The Bay Area Book Festival — My Idea of a Good Time

The Bay Area Book Festival was held June 4 & 5, 2016 in the streets and indoor venues of downtown Berkeley, California. The Lacuna sculpture garden and book giveaway.

The Lacuna sculpture garden and book giveaway at the 2016 Bay Area Book Festival. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Books everywhere. Authors all over the place. And best of all, writers I know from writing groups or my newspapering days. Talking about ideas, books and writing — my idea of a good time.

The Bay Area Book Festival was held June 4 & 5, 2016 in the streets and indoor venues of downtown Berkeley, California. The Lacuna sculpture garden and book giveaway. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The Lacuna sculpture garden. Photo by Barbara Newhall

If you are up and at ’em this fine Sunday morning in June, it’s not to late to walk, drive, BART or bike on over to downtown Berkeley for the annual Bay Area Book Festival. Treat yourself to 300 authors, 230 exhibitors and 150 programs. The indoor-outdoor event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and it’s free.

Sunday’s highlights — “Why Write a Memoir” with Faith Adiele, Jessica Fechtor, Meredith Maran, Jasmin Singer, and Linda Joy Myers. “You Are Not Your Fault” with Wes “Scoop” Nisker, now a Buddhist, once a talky alternative radio Bay Area newscaster. And “How Much Should a Book Cost?” with Sandra Dijkstra, Elaine Petrocelli, Charlie Winton and Ethan Nosowsky. I hope to see you there!

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The Bay Area Book Festival was held June 4 & 5, 2016 in the streets and indoor venues of downtown Berkeley, California. Inspiration Alley exhibitors. Carol Pogash with her book, "Quotations from Chairman Trump." Photo by Barbara Newhall

Carol Pogash’s “Quotations from Chairman Trump” isn’t satire. It’s dead-serious quotes from The Donald. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The Bay Area Book Festival was held June 4 & 5, 2016 in the streets and indoor venues of downtown Berkeley, California. Dave Zobel and his book, "The Science of TV's 'The Big Bang Theory.'" Photo by Barbara Newhall

Also among the exhibitors: Dave Zobel and his book, “The Science of TV’s ‘The Big Bang Theory.'” Photo by Barbara Newhall

The Bay Area Book Festival was held June 4 & 5, 2016 in the streets and indoor venues of downtown Berkeley, California. Rob Bell author. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Speaker Rob Bell, author of “How to Be Here,” entertained, then signed books. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The Bay Area Book Festival was held June 4 & 5, 2016 in the streets and indoor venues of downtown Berkeley, California. Literary Lane. Anne K. Ross and her book about autism, "Beyond Rain Man."

Anne K. Ross wrote about autism in the family in “Beyond Rain Man.”

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  1. Thanks, Barbara. It was great to chat with you yesterday about writing and family. Can’t wait to read your book!

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