Monday, June 6, 2016

2016 Bay Area Book Festival

Yes, I made it to the 2nd annual Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, California!! 

was held this past weekend, June 4th and 5th,
 in downtown Berkeley, California. 
This year, the 2016 Bay Area Book Festival
was filled with several authors & speakers,
exhibitors, and performers, + family
activities, food and drink, and much more!

There was so much to see and do
during the 2016 Bay Area Book Festival that
it was difficult to see it all in the two days
this book festival took place.

I was only able to attend the 
2016 Bay Area Book on Sunday, June 5th.
So, I decided to focus most of time there
attending author/speaker events and signings
this year and skip focusing on the exhibits 
as I'd visited the 2015 Bay Area Book Festival
and seen many of the exhibitors then.

I attended two author/speaking events on
Sunday, June 5, 2016 that were each 75 minutes
in length and were followed by author signings. The
two events I attended were titled:

From Bodice Rippers to Trailblazers: Feminism through Romance @ the Shattuck Hotel Plaza

with an author panel, which included
 Aya de Leon, Gail Carriger, Alice Gaines, Kristin Miller, and moderator, Beth Barany.

I enjoyed listening to all five women speak

about their writing/works and
hearing their thoughts about feminism as it
pertains to romance novels.

Telling Stories: Sherman Alexie and Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket) Take the Stage @ San Francisco Chronicle Stage @ the Freight & Salvage

I have become a H-U-G-E fan of Sherman Alexie's 
writing in recent years.
So, I just knew that I had to see him speak live at the
2016 Bay Area Book Festival. For me, hearing 
Sherman Alexie speak live before an audience
could be a potentially a once in a lifetime opportunity for me!
Plus, having Sherman Alexie 
sign copies of his books that I had 
brought with me was awesome too.

Both Daniel Handler and Sherman Alexie

were fabulous to hear speak live.
Both men are hilarious and engaging speakers. 

Additionally, I briefly visited the Lacuna at
the 2016 Bay Area Book Festival, which is
and art installation containing used books given
away free to the public during the 2016 Bay Area Book Festival.
The Lacuna was pretty picked over by the time
I arrived there on Sunday afternoon, so I
didn't take any free books home with me.

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