The 2nd annual Bay Area Book Festival was last weekend in downtown Berkeley. The two-day event brought together bay area booklovers of all genres. The event includes author presentations, interviews and panels.
For the second time 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. The display was organized by genre but unfortunately we did not find any books we liked. But it was still fun to be surrounded by books and fellow booklovers.
I did grab some free books from the Half Price Books booth. I was lucky to find some books from The House of Night series and an ARC of DaVinci’s Tiger.
I only attended Saturday so I went to one panel:
Creating Fantasy: Making Geographies, Myths, Languages, and Customs of Fictional Worlds (with Matthew Jobin, Alyson Noël, Veronica Rossi, Kevin Sands, Evelyn Skye, and Wendy Spinale). Creating a whole imagined geography, mythology, or language isn’t easy; it demands a thoroughly engaged and daring sort of writer. We’ve managed to gather six of them here to discuss the challenges and thrills of creating entire new worlds in their novels.
It was really interesting to hear these authors creating the setting and characters. They also gave advice to inspiring authors in the audience. After the panel I met the authors at the book signing. I loved Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky series so I was really excited to meet her.
I’ve seen Alyson Noel, Evelyn Skye and Wendy Spinale’s new books on a lot of blogs so it was great to meet them at this event.
I walked away with so many new books I am running out of shelf space! The Bay Area Book Festival was another fun event that I enjoyed with my daughter. We can’t wait to go again next year.