The Bay Area is teeming with readers, writers, creators, and thinkers. We have 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.
In 2018 we launched a program called Women Lit to help raise women’s voices. We present acclaimed, female-identified authors in public events year-round and at the festival. Women Lit also offers receptions and salons to build literary community among Bay Area women.
The Festival kicked off in 2015 with the mission to create a free, inclusive, world-class literary event in the Bay Area. Since then, the Festival has welcomed more than 1,000 speakers in nearly 400 distinct sessions and is approaching 100,000 attendees.
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