Bay Area Book Festival Report

Charlie Jane Anders, Kim Stanley Robinson, Rebecca Roanhorse, Zoraida Córdova, Terry Bisson, Annalee Newitz (by Chloe Smith)

The fifth Bay Area Book Festival took place May 4-5, 2019 in Berkeley CA, with keynotes, interviews, and panels held on ten indoor stages. The festival also included an Outdoor Fair in Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park with over 200 exhibitors and free programming, including many events for children. Books were available for sale through various independent bookstore partners.

Joyce Carol Oates, André Alexis, David Streitfeld, Arwen Curry (by Chloe Smith)

The festival included over 300 speakers and panelists, with guests of genre interest including Charlie Jane Anders, Justina Ireland, Alice Sola Kim, Carmen Maria Machado, Annalee Newitz, Joyce Carol Oates, Cindy Pon, Rebecca Roanhorse, and Kim Stanley Robinson. There were many panels on SF and fantasy, notably “Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin: Film and Conversation”, “Writing Climate: Literature of the Anthropocene”, and “Let the World Move: Speculative Fiction from the Periphery”, among others.

Next year’s festival will be held May 2-3, 2020 in Berkeley CA.

Lesley Nneka Arimah, Carmen Maria Machado, Alice Sola Kim, Alexandria Brown, Justina Ireland (by Chloe Smith)

This report and more like it in the June 2019 issue of Locus.

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