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I couldn’t believe the long lines of cheerful readers, the hugely appreciative crowds, the authors on offer (many of them heroes of mine since boyhood), and the ease and compactness of setting up a teeming book festival in the middle of a crowded city! The Bay Area Book Festival shows how a spirited, thoughtful, and fun idea can come together with an engaged, deeply literate, and alive community and make magic.
Over the weekend of May 4th and 5th, 2019, the Fifth Anniversary Bay Area Book Festival will fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.