Tens of thousands of book lovers meet hundreds of acclaimed authors over an exciting weekend in downtown Berkeley, California. One of the premier literary events in the nation!
Now with more author interviews, book recs, & literary food for thought to sustain & inspire you!
Learn more about the festival’s cancellation in the San Francisco Chronicle and Berkeleyside.
Help the festival return stronger than ever!
Check out our year-round Women Lit speaker series featuring Eimear McBride, Louise Aronson, and more to come!
Get a first look at some of this year’s authors and programs
“It was perfect. Couldn’t have been better. Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity.”
“My experience was unbelievable. Each of the panels I attended exceeded my expectations. This Festival was the high point of my year.”
“My best festival experience ever.”
“I was incredibly inspired by how this Festival provides so many writers and artists with the opportunity to share their work with such a vibrant community in the Bay Area.”
“I was truly impressed by the scope and diversity of the panels, participants, and overall programming.”
“The panelists were clearly selected with care, and in all cases I could have listened to them speak all day.”
“All the writers I spoke to expressed their love and admiration for the Festival. I do mean all the writers – every single one.”
“I’m pretty sure that everyone who attended will agree that they will be forever changed.”
Literary trivia, book recommendations, interviews, and unearthed gems from Festival history: Check out our newsletter archive!
We keep the festival low cost so all can participate. Nearly 90% of our budget comes from donors and sponsors ─ and your donation is essential to making it all possible.
Volunteers are a crucial part of the Festival’s success each year. No experience is necessary and you’ll enjoy learning what is required to produce a major literary event!
We offer a variety of creative, affordable sponsorship opportunities to reach your target market, and showcase your products and services.
See all of our 2019 Festival Sponsors
Bay Area Book Festival
1569 Solano Ave. #635
Berkeley, CA 94707
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Over the weekend of May 2nd and 3rd, 2020, the Sixth Bay Area Book Festival will fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.