2019 Bay Area Book Festival – Day 1

Saturday May 04 2019   11:00 AM
  Allston Way & Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA  map

The Bay Area is teeming with readers, writers, creators, and thinkers, and the Bay Area Book Festival has harnessed the power of this community to create one of the premier literary festivals in the world. The Festival is a two-day event complete with literary sessions presenting top authors from this region, the nation, and the world, along with an outdoor fair with hundreds of literary exhibitors. We also offer events for kids and writing contests. We transform vibrant Downtown Berkeley into a literary utopia where readers of all ages and interests can find kindred spirits. Join Heyday at Booth #112, near the intersection of Allston and Martin Luther King Jr. Ways.

At 1:30 p.m. Laura Atkins, coauthor of Biddy Mason Speaks Up and Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, will be interviewed by a young person at the Young Readers Stage.

Free and open to the public; more info here.

Laura Atkins

Laura Atkins is an author, teacher, and independent children’s book editor with over twenty years of editorial experience. She worked at Children’s Book Press, Orchard Books, and Lee and Low Books, helping to produce winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and American Library Association Notable Book selections, among others. She taught creative writing at the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL) in London, where she also received her M.A. in children’s literature, and she completed her M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2016. In addition to cowriting Fred Korematsu Speaks UpLaura is the author of the lighthearted picture book Sled Dog Dachshund (Minted Prose Press). Passionate about diversity and equity in children’s books, Laura is based in Berkeley, California, where she lives with her daughter. Find out more at www.lauraatkins.com.