Entries by Erin Skidmore

How Literature Is an Activist Force

By Cherilyn Parsons, Bay Area Book Festival Founder and Director Literature is one of the most powerful tools for social change because it shapes the most potent force that humankind has: hearts and minds. When hearts and minds are mobilized, watch out—as we have seen with books from The Origin of the Species to The […]

Former Chez Panisse Chef with New Cookbook to Appear at the Festival

Writer Samin Nosrat worked for several years at Chez Panisse, and Alice Waters described her as “America’s next great cooking teacher.” Now Nosrat has published Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, combining the best of her cooking and teaching talents into a cookbook. The book, illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton (New York Times bestselling illustrator of The Gutsy Girl, […]

Third Annual Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley to Highlight the Power of Literature for Social Change

With 200 authors, 100 literary events, a film and literature series, and 200 exhibitors, including children’s activities, the 2017 Bay Area Book Festival returns to Berkeley the weekend of June 3-4. As the official announcement notes, the festival will feature acclaimed writers including New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay; Micah White, co-creator of Occupy […]

New List Highlights Books By Women of Color

What new books are you looking forward to reading this year? How about one of the titles on this list from R.O. Kwon? She highlights 34 books by women of color and says, “Inclusion has real consequences, and if you’re looking for the perfect gift to buy your Republican uncle or your racist cousin, here’s a shopping list.” Sounds […]

Black History Month: A Sampling of Book Recommendations

In honor of Black History Month, several news sites and organizations have published reading lists featuring books that celebrate Black history. We posted some on Twitter earlier this month, but wanted to highlight a few here, in case you want to expand your personal reading list further: Newsweek features a list from Booker T. Washington’s […]

Galvanizing the Resistance Via Literature

“We have always emphasized writers and books concerned with social justice, diversity and the environment. We now are raising our sign higher in the public square.” In light of recent events in the U.S., we’ve decided to focus our mission on literary activism. Our Festival this June 3-4 will highlight the “literary voice of resistance.” To learn more, […]

Save the Dates: June 3-4, 2017!

We’re looking forward to seeing you the weekend of June 3-4 in Berkeley for the 3rd annual Bay Area Book Festival. With 200 authors, a street fair, literary sessions, and even a film showcase, it’s a can’t-miss event for readers of all ages! Stay tuned for more information here on our blog. You can also […]

City Lights Publishes a Resistance Reading List

In the wake of the recent election, San Francisco’s City Lights Bookstore has published a “Pedagogies of Resistance” reading list to engage readers in “revolutionary competence.” Titles include On Revolution by Hannah Arendt and The Black Revolution on Campus by Martha Biondi. See the full list here: http://www.blogcitylights.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Pedagogies-of-Resistance-list.pdf