Bay Area Book Festival 2015

Posted June 11, 2015 by Kathy in Events / 4 Comments

The Bay Area Book Festival was last weekend in downtown Berkeley. The two-day event brought together Bay Area booklovers for the first time. The inaugural event included a Children’s and Teen Stage with author presentations, interviews and panels. I was so excited for this event since my area has always been missing a book festival. And I finally got to meet Grace of My Book Snack ! It was fun meeting another book blogger!

Bay Area Book Festival 3

The event showcased The Lacuna Project, a giant circular temple of books 50 feet in diameter and built of 50,000 books. The books were a collection of used library books. Instead of being recycled the books were free for visitors to take. It was amazing to see all the books and it was a fun way to encourage reading. The display was organized by genre and my daughter was excited to find a copy of The Lightning Thief.

Lacuna Project

Here is a video explaining the project:


Grace and I spent the entire Saturday in the Teen area. We sat through author presentations from Amy Spalding, Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys), Suzanne Young (The Remedy), Jenny Han (PS I Still Love You), and Lauren Oliver (Vanishing Girls). All of these ladies were fun to see and I was able to get some books signed.

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Amy Spalding and Lauren Oliver

Jenny Han

Suzanne Young

On Sunday we attended the Flaunt That Romance – Don’t Hide It panel. The panel included authors T.J. Kline (Heart’s Desire), Julie Ann Long (It Started with a Scandal), Jennifer Ryan (At Wolf Ranch). It was interesting hearing their thoughts on strong heroines and alpha males that are popular in the romance genre.

My youngest daughter, Kailee, has been writing stories so we went to the For Kids, By a Kid: How to Write Your Own Book panel. The panel was led by 9-year-old author Michelle Longega Wilson (The Adventures of Giulia). Michelle gave writing and publishing advice to the room filled with kids. My daughter walked away with some good tips.

Bay Area Book Festival 2

The first Bay Area Book Festival was a huge success. It was great to finally meet Grace and I can’t wait for the next festival!

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4 responses to “Bay Area Book Festival 2015

    • Kathy

      Thanks Iza! It was nice to finally have a book event close to where I live. I love that these events bring the community together and I think the panel sparked some creativity for the kids that attended. I hope your daughter enjoys her event.