Your Guide to the 2nd Annual Bay Area Book Festival

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Erin Branagan

The Bay Area Book Festival returns to downtown Berkeley for a second year this Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5!

Even bigger than the debut festival last year, it will feature more than 250 authors and speakers (including writers from 13 countries), 120 events, and expanded children and teen programs.

The festival has also launched a literary film series in cooperation with the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive: “Author, Auteur” will show 10 films directly related to writers and writing, including a documentary about Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz.

Executive Director Michael Holtmann will moderate two panels:

On Saturday, June 4 at 11:30 am, the topic is “Confronting the Past: Time and Memory in Contemporary Fiction” with French novelist Jean-Philippe Blondel, Chilean-Norwegian poet Pedro Carmona-Alvarez, Swedish actor and author Jonas Karlsson, and Norwegian writer Kjersti Annesdatter-Skomsvold.

And on Sunday, June 5 at 11:45 am, he’ll lead a discussion on “The Art of Translation” with translator Katrina Dodson, Algerian-Italian writer Amara Lakhous, South Korean author Jung Young-Moon, and novelist, poet and translator Idra Novey.

Other festival highlights include a special event on Thursday, June 2 at Freight & Salvage with spoken word poet and musician Saul Williams, and “Literary Erotic Fanfiction Based on the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” at the Marsh Theater Saturday, June 5.

The festival will also be the site of Lacuna, an art installation made out of 50,000 books.

With more than 20 events focused on international literature and ranging from Nordic noir to literary Taiwan, translation, and crossing borders, there’ll be plenty to enjoy for fans of world literature and translation.

The complete festival lineup is online.

Two Lines Press will have a table on Literary Lane (Addison St. between Shattuck Ave. and Milvia St., see map), so be sure to stop by to chat and peruse our books! We’ll have all the latest titles available for sale.