The Bay Area Book Festival, now in its sixth year, welcomes your proposals. We are looking for your ideas on featured authors, panel topics, and possible exhibitors to join us May 2 & 3, 2020, in downtown Berkeley. With over 200 authors at 12 venues and 3 outdoor stages, the Bay Area Book Festival has become one of the premier literary events for authors both local and international.
We are lucky to be in the Bay Area, a region rich with literary creativity. Our writers, readers, activists, and booksellers make the Bay Area one of the most exciting places for literature today. Twenty-five thousand people attend the Festival yearly, and your authors and programs also will be featured on our well-trafficked social media channels. Further, the Festival partners with the San Francisco Chronicle to produce a comprehensive Festival Program Guide with reach to households across the entire Bay Area.
The Festival seeks to offer a panoramic view of what’s most exciting in literature today. Our goal is to create conversation, prioritizing authors and topics that reflect and engage the diverse body of readership in the Bay Area. We highlight marginalized voices, explore complex current events, and celebrate boundary-pushing literature. We also offer a comprehensive program for children and YA readers, seeking new and creative ways to engage young readers with interactive and innovative programming.
Nominations for speakers and programs are now open. Please refer to the guidelines below.
We encourage your nomination of excellent authors of literary fiction, memoir, works in translation, essays, sci-fi, mysteries and thrillers, current events, politics, science, spirituality, travel, poetry, young adult fiction, contemporary romance and children’s books. We especially encourage submissions from authors of diverse backgrounds and experience.
We regularly showcase international authors and the best of translated literature today. Authors travel to the Festival from a dozen or more countries, and many of the Festival’s domestic authors originally hailed from outside the United States. To appear at the Festival, an author must be able to fluently present in English.
A speaker at the Festival should have a book published between June 2019 and May 5, 2020. Book sales are a key part of the Festival experience. Books must be readily available to our independent bookseller partners.
Festival programs include keynote speakers, conversations and interviews, panel discussions, storytelling and interactive experiences, literary performances, and a limited number of workshop-style sessions.
Publishers: You are welcome to nominate authors any time throughout the year. For maximum consideration, please submit your proposal before December 13, 2019.
Individuals: You are welcome to submit a programming proposal (for a talk, interview, panel, or other festival event) and/or specific book between September 15, 2019, and December 13, 2019.
For program ideas, please send us a 1-2 paragraph description of your idea, why you think it is a good fit for the Festival, who your intended audience is, and how you would work with the Festival’s marketing team to bring audience to your proposed event.
All nominations must include:
- Author name(s)
- Most recent book title
- Publication date
- ISBN, price, and format (hardcover or paper)
- Publisher and imprint
- Short description
- Short author bio and press kit, if available
Please confirm that the author(s) you nominate will be available May 2-3, 2020!
An Advance Review Copy helps us greatly in reviewing your submission. Please send ARCS to:
BABF Program Team
1569 Solano Ave #635
Berkeley, CA 94707
Please note, we do consider all suggestions, but as we will be featuring over 200 authors we are simply unable to take every suggestion. We will reply by the end of January, 2020.
To submit a nomination or session proposal, please fill out this form.