Enjoy pirate mask making and fun writing activities hosted by a nonprofit that supports under-resourced students and helps teachers inspire students to write.
Agape Integrative Health Care Consulting
Featuring “Sleep is God’s Medicine” for a better understanding and appreciation of the therapeutic gift of sleep.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
The oldest religious organization in the USA under one spiritual leader. Come visit our booth for great books on Islam.
Author Andy Hsieh will sell signed copies of his newly published fantasy adventure book “Generations of Shade”
Angelica G. Allen
Seventh-day Adventist Christian author will present her book, “The Summer of Oh Nine,” which is the first novel written in the new Millennial Fiction genre!
Ava Bear Books
Los Angeles-based publisher striving to support a child’s life journey through compassionate stories that are sprinkled with magic and joy. Come and join author Mark Schustrin for book readings, laughs, a touch of magic and, yes, some beautiful little books too!
Backbone Press: Crystal Simone Smith
Publishing diversely since 2012. Featuring the works of managing editor and award-winning poet Crystal Simone Smith.
Bay Area Horror Writers Association
Local chapter of worldwide organization of writers, filmmakers, and publishers promoting dark literature.
Bay Area Queer Writers Associaiton
A safe, supportive, and empowering home for local LGBTQ+ writers to hone their skills and meet other storytellers. Stop by our booth and win a free prize!
Books Inc in Berkeley
The oldest independent bookseller in the West. Sharing a passion for reading since 1851!
Bookshop West Portal
Local independent merchant for fiction & non-fiction books, plus games, cards & toys in San Francisco’s West Portal neighborhood.
Brick Cave Media
Publishes books in digital e-book, audio book, paperback & hardcover print formats. Featuring the works of authors such as Sharon Skinner, J.A. Giunta, Scott Woods and Bruce Davis.
Bridgette Dutta Portman
Bay Area-based author of two young adult space fantasy novels, “The Twin Stars” and its sequel, “The Silver Sail”
California College of the Arts MFA Writing
A two-year program that encourages a variety of different writing forms, including memoirs, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces. Students also have the opportunity to explore other visual art that can be incorporated into their work, such as film and sculpture.
California Writers Club
Established in the Berkeley Hills in 1909, one of the nation’s oldest writing organizations with over 22 branches and 2,000 members. Welcoming fellow writers into a supportive environment to improve their craft and, if desired, receive assistance in their publishing endeavors.
Carlene M. Cogliati
Author/illustrator of children’s books – picture books and novels.
Handing out free literary journals and information about our upcoming summer writing workshops.
Cate DeLuca Books
Etruscan death demons, torrid archaeological romance, and lives of resolute goodness to inspire children of all ages! Come chat about breaking into fiction writing from academic non-fiction, aka turning research into sheer fun.
Cathy J. Schmidt
Children’s books for children ages 5-10 that teach a good moral about family life.
Center for the Art of Translation/Two Lines Press
Publishing the best world literature in English translation. Festival Sponsor
Chasing A Spider Publishing
Samuel Narh’s “A Kite for Melia” was selected as one of the best books of 2021 by Kirkus Reviews and won a 2021 Northern Lights Book Award.
A leadership development organization serving girls of color ages 9-18. Come learn about our programs and pick up a signed copy of the inaugural anthology of our Write Your Story writing program.
Specializing in silly and unusual children’s books, compelling historical fiction novels, and helpful nonfiction books on suicide prevention and chronic pain.
Author of the “Inspired to be…” children’s book series inspired by the culture, experiences, and dreams of Black people, with a universal message all children, regardless of race, can relate to.
Cuppa T Books
Featuring Bay Area author Melynda Kiring’s “Fortress” – the first in her Fantasy Trilogy “The Tale of D’lyssoday.” Will also offer handmade tie-in bookmarks.
Daniel A. Reyes
Author of The Essences trilogy will be on hand to present his book.
Author of three books and founder of the new All American Movement focused on our nation’s economic, education, and leadership issues. Will promote our efforts, and sell books, t-shirts, etc.
Drop Everything and Read Indie is a nonprofit promoting 2022 Year of the Reader and 2022 Summer Read-A-Thon fundraiser for schools, libraries, and other lit orgs.
Del Corazón Music
San Francisco-based independent book publisher and record label focused on bilingual print and cultural recordings.
Delicious Kettle Corn
Freshly-made Kettle corn, caramel corn and 100% fresh-squeezed lemonades
Dr. Jon-Patric Nelson
Providing insights into the literary field and the importance of reading through his various books.
Independently published, award-winning BIPOC author of Young Adult and New Adult Science Fantasy. Meet, purchase signed paperbacks, and get free merch all weekend.
East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse
Come make a sustainable craft out of reuse materials and learn ways you can help keep local and global landfills free of items that can be reused or recycled.
Eastwind Books of Berkeley
Asian American/Ethnic Studies specialty bookstore. Cookbooks, children’s picture books, science fiction, fiction, history, poetry, author talks and events.
Former teachers and school administrators offering for sale their self-published books, which include enlightening stories from a principal, and an award-winning historical mystery series.
Einstein in the Attic – Dana Dargos & Said Al Bizri
Dana Dargos and Said Al Bizri present their novel about the search for truth by those who transcend time; come meet the authors of the book that is making big waves on Amazon!
El Meson de Violeta
La Cocina food vendor featuring artisanal empanadas, handcrafted and locally made, locally sourced.
Empowermint Press, David Keyes
Berkeley-based, first-time author of the children’s book “What If My Nana Was a Banana?” inspiring kids to ask silly questions and write their own stories to answer them.
Face painting, typewriter poets, roaming magicians and stiltwalkers courtesy of the San Francisco-based event design and production house Entire Productions.
Evil Goddess Press
Publishing imprint for fantasy author Dalila Caryn. Home to epic fantasies with female – driven plots and intense family drama.
The Walnut Creek-based independent children’s bookstore will host book signings by festival authors with books for younger readers.
Friends of the Berkeley Public Library
Selling gently used books and media (and new T-shirts!) to support Berkeley’s amazing public libraries.
Presenting author Joe Byrd’s award-winning “Monet & Oscar” historical novel about the personal life of Claude Monet as told through the eyes of a WWI veteran who becomes his gardener and more.
A loose band of mapmakers, researchers, and designers intent on widely promoting the cartographic arts and facilitating an expansion of the art, methods, and thematic scope of cartography through collaborative projects and disruptive publishing.
Half Price Books
America’s largest family-owned bookstore will be giving away free Kids and YA books, branded tote bags and other swag, and doing drawings for HPB gift cards. Festival Sponsor
Heather Ellis and Denise Latray
Heather, a dancer, and Denise, a singer, are great friends and children’s authors. They team up for this event to share their love for stories with children and their families. Will have coloring books and other fun activities for kids at their booth.
The traditionally published author of a dozen children’s books, including the acclaimed “I AM SMOKE” which he will be giving away to schoolteachers and children’s librarians from his booth.
Independently published author will present his book “Torn Lilacs: A True WWII Story of Love, Defiance and Hope.”
Small independent publisher of mastery-based educational materials since 1977.
Independent, nonprofit publisher and unique cultural institution promoting awareness and celebration of California’s many cultures, landscapes, and boundary-breaking ideas.
Islamic Circle of North America
Distributing free literature about Islam, the fastest growing religion in the world
J. P. Carol
J. P. Carol: Independently published author of YA fantasy series and children’s picture books have books and posters on display.
J. Robert Gribble
A memoir by J. Robert Gribble about becoming a firefighter for all the wrong reasons only to find that it would become a significant, influential, and integral part of his life.
“Mystery at the Blue Sea Cottage: A True Story of Murder in San Diego’s Jazz Age.” True crime book about the 1923 death of a young dancer.
Jeff Marinelli: “You’re Right, I’m Wrong.” To win the Queen you have to act like a King.
JFK & the Muckers of Choate, Scott Badler
JFK & the Muckers of Choate: Groundbreaking YA historical fiction about a young JFK at prep school.
Joanne Alain Cook
Northern California author presents fun mystery novels and picture books!
Justice Tales Press: Berta Saves the River
Berta Saves the River is a vibrantly illustrated, bilingual picture book about social justice for elementary-aged children that portrays real-life, Honduran human rights and environmental leader, Berta Cáceres.
Promoting vacation and travel opportunities.
Author of “Surviving Home” will present and sell her book.
Picture books and activities for ages 0-8. Silly science stories for the little kids, wild adventure for the slightly older ones. Books are body positive, dyslexia-friendly, and gender inclusive.
Kid Beowulf Comics
A mythological mash-up, graphic novel series ideal for ages 8–12-year. History! Mythology! Adventure!
Krystaelynne Sanders Diggs
Children’s Books that cultivate diversity, self-confidence, and personal growth!
La crepe a moi
Made to order sweet and savory crepes made with gluten-free buckwheat flour. Family owned Berkeley business.
Lawrence Hall of Science and Science at Cal, UC Berkeley
Lawrence Hall of Science and Science at Cal, UC Berkeley: Learn about color, light and reflection while creating your very own iridescent bookmark.
Author of the literary historical novel of King William’s War in 17th-century New England, “Out Front the Following Sea,” will be signing and selling copies of her book.
Linda Oxley Milligan, Beak Star Books
Publishers of the novels of Linda Oxley Milligan who will be on site to discuss her books as well as promote the novels of the famous Polish science fiction writer, Stanislaw Lem, whose English translation biography Linda Is currently editing.
Little Monarchs Book Tour
Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Jonathan Case with a new middle-grade graphic novel “Little Monarchs” Will also be distributing native milkweed seeds to support the struggling monarch population. Come get the whole scoop at our booth!
La Cocina food vendor featuring high-quality, authentic Mexican specialties
Majken Bullard Design
San Jose-based graphic designer, author, illustrator, and professional voiceover actress who brings her unique perspective to her craft.
Author with many years of Hip-Hop expertise as a former Universal Music Group recording artist is at the forefront and creating a definitive guide to end all barbershop debates about rap. Will sell copies of his debut children’s picture-book, “I Grab The Mic” and associated merchandise (t-shirts & stickers), while promoting his upcoming non-fiction book
Historic Oakland independent bookshop that opened in the ’60s and specializes in titles by and about black people. Will host book signings with festival authors.
Bestselling and award-winning author will be signing copies of her brand-new release “Dark Obsessions” as well as her debut novel “Dark Associations.”
Award-winning novels with delicious recipes set in exotic South India.
The culmination of 16 children’s books and three novels by Author Arturo Martinez
A genuine love warrior and justice seeker whose “heart, mind, soul, and voice empower us all in these turbulent times!” —Cornel West, Union Theological Seminary
A new micropublisher featuring LGBTQ interest (suspense, science fiction, romance) and general literary fiction.
Mystery LLC, Fred Andersen
Your source for new and classic mysteries and thrillers.
Mystery Writers of America – NoCal Chapter
Northern California regional chapter of the country’s oldest organization of professional mystery writers. Festival Sponsor
From a homeless shelter for youth to the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest growing companies in America, Natasha Miller’s best-selling memoir “Relentless” traces one woman’s tenacity in breaking free from an abusive childhood to growing a multimillion-dollar corporation. Festival Sponsor
The famed Berkeley artist’s complex isometric murals and illustrations focus on whimsical subjects like giant cats or flying food in bold, bright colors that adorn several public spaces throughout the Bay Area. Visit his booth for a live mural creation demonstration!
La Cocina food vendor featuring modern Vietnamese food prepared with garden-fresh produce, bright flavors, and high-quality, local organic ingredients.
North Atlantic Books
Independent nonprofit publisher committed to a bold exploration of the relationships between mind, body, spirit, culture, and nature.
Oakland Public Library
We represent the Oakland Public Library and plan to give away free books, sign people up for library cards, share library resources, and maybe offer button making
Found images and objects, salvaged from damaged books and up-cycled into soldered-glass pendants. Every piece is a wearable work of art that evokes nostalgia and honors the history of the printed image.
Redefining Mexican cuisine by opening a window to Oaxacan culture through hand-crafted, authentic food made with locally-sourced ingredients.
Paper Angel Press
Small San Jose-based publisher with three imprints: Paper Angel Press (general fiction, mysteries, historical fiction), Water Dragon Publishing (fantasy, science fiction), and Unruly Voices (memoirs, poetry, self-improvement).
Paper Lantern Writers
Author collective focused on historical fiction of all eras. From Medieval Europe to the Gilded Age (and beyond), in locales around the world, from romantic to tragic and back again, our books will take you on the journeys of a lifetime.
Nonprofit publisher founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh that publishes books and media on the art of mindful living and Engaged Buddhism. Committed to offering teachings that help transform suffering and injustice. Aspiring to contribute to collective insight and awakening, bringing about a more joyful, healthy, and compassionate society.
Offers books explaining why only the working class can provide leadership needed to end capitalism’s intertwined economic, social, and moral crises.
Award-winning indie author of philosophical fiction, a supernatural escape artist, and managing editor of her indie chariot: WaterBearer Press.
Independent bookstore selling new and used books in Berkeley and Oakland for more than 50 years. Will host book signings with festival authors.
Oakland-based independent, radical publisher of books and media to educate, entertain, and inspire.
An online review and literary event calendar for California. Presenters of the Poetry Flash reading series, Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, and the Northern California Book Awards.
Powerhouse Digital Strategy
Powerhouse Digital Strategy builds websites for writers and other creatives.
Prisoners Literature Project
Inclusive, all-volunteer, grassroots nonprofit that sends free reading materials to encourage the pursuit of knowledge and self-determination among incarcerated people.
Psalms for the Queer
A collection of poetry by David Osnoe that is both devastating and delightful as it dives deep into the themes of surviving brutalization and addiction.
Rae Trujillo, Rae’s of Sunshine
Artist/Maker of literary-themed items such as artists’ books, luxury bookmarks, purses, wallets, and writing journals.
Recover Your Thoughts
Journals, diaries, sketchbooks, and jotters made from books discarded from the library.
Regent Press Printers & Publishers
Independent press offering an eclectic mix of titles in a variety of subjects and genres of both an academic and popular nature.
A beacon for a whole new world at a moment when the planet and future of humanity are in peril, Revolution Books is where you find the way out of the madness. Books and tshirts will be avaiable at the booth.
Rick Mater, Boulevard 55 Books
Set against the aftermath of the 1960s, the once vibrant hippie dream a fading memory, “BEAT” is a provocative and disturbing novel that explores lost idealism, compromise, and moral crisis through the prism of its anti-hero’s journey.
San Francisco Chronicle
Subscription sign ups, meet & greets, book signings, swag giveaways. Festival Sponsor
San Francisco State University Department of Creative Writing
The mission of the department is to make our writers attentive readers of the literatures of the world. We aim for our writers to be socially aware members of society who can use writing for self-expression and exploring the possibilities of the medium, as well as in service of social causes and concerns. Festival Sponsor
Sausalito Books by the Bay
A community supported independent bookstore providing the finest in reading enjoyment, Sausalito Books By The Bay will host book signings with festival authors.
Read a nightly descent into shadow and horror-filled hellscapes of death and destruction of the imagination, or is it? Unlock the secrets to defeating the Shadow in time to escape its grasp.
She Writes Press
Local and independently owned hybrid publisher of women’s fiction, memoir, and more celebrating its ten-year anniversary in 2022. Will showcase its authors and their beautiful books. Festival Sponsor
Sherri Leigh James
1969 Cal grad’s first mystery “Girl with a Past” is based on her Berkeley experiences. Her later books “Blood Red” and “Iced Blue” introduce Cissy Huntington, interior designer to the rich and famous, based on Sherri’s long career as an interior designer in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles-based writer whose work has appeared in Lit Hub, Essence, Vibe and many other outlets. Her middle-grade fantasy novel “Wishless” takes the reader on a fairylicious adventure with Max, a young fairy godmother fresh out of training.
Small Press Distribution
In an increasingly corporatized book industry, SPD brings readers independently published literature, emphasizing small press values equity, experimentation, and access.
Interfaith Christian author/illustrator with books and prints for children and adults.
TAKING BACK OLD, Leona Nicholas Welch
“TAKING BACK OLD: Poetry in Celebration of Old Women” is about the author’s quest to remove the negative from the word, “old” and replace the stigma attached to age with an attitude of celebration.
Teresa Van Woy
The author will sell and sign copies of her compelling memoir “Wildflower” about overcoming poverty and abuse to find a life of abundance, meaning, and inspiration.
The Berkeley Baby Book Project
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Affiliate promoting literacy from the start with books gifted monthly by mail to registered children ages 0-5. Will have books to give on the spot, and provide a drawing table, playdough, lawn games, and blankets for parents to sit and read books.
The Collective – Oakland
Independent Black-owned bookstore will sell books and bookish items.
The Collective Book Studio
Woman-owned, independent press based in Oakland, CA that publishes high quality lifestyle, gift, and children’s books. Founded by industry leader Angela Engel in 2019, we lead the west coast publishing scene with innovative content and tactile design. The Collective’s award-winning titles have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, The Today Show and more. Visit our booth to meet our authors and get to know us! Festival Sponsor
The Low Residency MFA @ UC Riverside
Founded in 2008. One of the largest in the nation, featuring a diverse and accomplished student body, an award-winning and nationally renowned faculty, and alumni who are publishing and producing at a remarkable pace.
The Luxe Life Book, Dee Smith
The Luxe Life Book from author Dee Smith offers women who love fashion a step by step guide to launching a fabulous and thriving online boutique while empowering them along their journey.
The Neal and Carolyn Cassady Estate
First-hand knowledge of the peak of the Beat Generation in the Bay Area. Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg.
An arts and letters-focused collective of women and non-binary artists & writers based in the Mission District of San Francisco. Several of our authors will be at the booth to showcase their work.
The Weekend Store
Makers of thoughtful gifts for writers, travelers, and other interesting people.
Thoth Global Connective
Named for the Egyptian god of scribes, we are a six-member group of independent authors spanning two continents with extensive experience in literature and writing.
Three Rooms Press
Fiercely independent publisher founded in 1994 by editors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges. Serves as a leading independent publisher of diverse, cut-the-edge creative, including fiction, memoir, biography, young adult, LGBTQ fiction and nonfiction, as well as fiction and nonfiction by underrepresented voices in the literary world.
Inspired by the true stories of over thirty women firefighters, “The Fire She Fights” is a first of its kind novel bringing female firefighter stories blazing to the Bay Area Book Festival.
Tracy Stanley: Stop by the local author’s reading nook and lounge to do some free children’s art and craft projects, read a book or two and best of all, listen to the author read her children’s books all in our comfy little nook at the festival.
Oakland-based, award-winning independent publishing house with a focus on international literature
A small group of local authors and photographers who will display and market our books.
Longtime award-winning journalist and author of the just-released “Not Too Old For That: How Women Are Changing the Story of Aging.” Also co-author of the groundbreaking book, “The New I Do: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels.”
Wendy Gorton: Spark a love of nature! Handcrafted for caregivers that want to spark a love of nature, 50 Hikes with Kids: California highlights the most kid-friendly hikes in the Golden State. Stop by the booth to pick up your copy, grab a stick, and spin the wheel to win a prize!
Attempting to restore degradation and degeneracy to the literary arts. We are unwilling to sacrifice intellectual rigor, unrelenting playfulness, and visual beauty, often leading to texts that would otherwise be abandoned in a homogenized literary landscape.
Authors Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller will be on hand to discuss and present their nine books for sale.
Bringing caring coaches into public schools to inspire students to think critically and write clearly. We are seeking volunteers to join our coaching team and will provide all the training you need to become a great coach!