Berkeley Public Library Foundation’s Annual Authors Dinner with Laura Atkins, Obi Kaufmann, and Richard Schwartz

Saturday Feb 08 2020  
Berkeley City Club  2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

The Foundation’s Annual Authors Dinner is a unique cultural event that honors authors and spotlights the Bay Area’s literary tradition. For one magical night in February, over 300 people gather for this glamorous gala featuring a lively meet-the-authors reception, an epicurean meal seated with one of our honored authors, and a festive program introducing all 24 authors. Guests take home lasting memories and a celebrated author’s book.

The evening’s hosts include Emmy Award winner Linda Schacht Gage, Pulitzer Prize-winning author T.J. Stiles, and San Francisco Chronicle columnist and author Vanessa Hua. Heyday authors Laura Atkins (Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, Biddy Mason Speaks Up), Obi Kaufmann (The State of Water, The California Field Atlas), and Richard Schwartz (The Man Who Lit Lady Libertywill be honored at the event.

The Foundation raises funds to benefit all five locations of the Berkeley Public Library by supporting innovations, building improvements, and literacy projects for all ages. This is all made possible thanks to authors, sponsors, and donors who support the beloved annual Authors Dinner. More details and tickets here.

Obi KaufmannGrowing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. For Kaufmann, the epic narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at his desk in Oakland, posting @coyotethunder #trailpaintings on social media. His website is www.coyoteandthunder.com.
Richard SchwartzRichard Schwartz is a historian and the author of Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley; Earthquake Exodus, 1906; Berkeley 1900; and The Circle of Stones. An outdoor enthusiast and animal lover, he worked on a Pennsylvania Dutch farm before heading west to find higher mountains. He now lives in Berkeley, California, where he works as a building contractor and documents early Native American sites in the Bay Area. Visit his website at www.richardschwartz.info.
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.