The Bay Area Book Festival is Back

The Bay Area Book Festival—one of the world’s premier celebrations of writers, readers and the written word—has announced its full complement of presenters, programs and activities. The schedule at, with tickets on sale now.

Nearly 500 authors and exhibitors—from the Bay Area, nation and world and from across the spectrum of genres, traditions and inspirations—will come together with tens of thousands of book enthusiasts for the fourth annual Bay Area Book Festival April 28 and 29 in downtown Berkeley, CA.

The Festival celebrates two days of presentations, panels, keynotes, films, performances, participatory activities, exhibits and a lively outdoor fair. The literary program will satisfy fans across many interests, from science fiction, history, mysteries, memoir, poetry, food writing, children’s literature and more, with special tracks this year on women, Native storytelling and youth literature—all within overall themes of the power of books to create a better world. Literary sessions take place in venues throughout the downtown area and on outdoor stages.

Ticket Information Outdoor venues, including the San Francisco Chronicle Stage, are free. All indoor programs can be accessed through Priority Tickets at $10/session to guarantee seating (ticket holders must arrive 10 minutes before session start time). The other option is a General Admission Wristband, which allows access to all sessions all weekend for only $15, with wristband holders entering sessions on a first-come, first-served basis after Priority Ticket holders are let in.