Bay Area Book Festival 2022

May 7 2022 - 11:00am to May 8 2022 - 4:30pm

Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8
Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, and various Berkeley venues

"Bay Area Book Festival May 7-8, 2022, in partnership with SF Chronicle: Top authors, timely conversations, youth programs. Books Build Bridges." Logo shows illustration of Golden Gate bridge, books and silhouettes of people

Outdoor festival is free to attend. Purchase Author Event tickets here

In-person author events will fill multiple Downtown Berkeley venues, with many events viewable online. The Outdoor Fair, with adult program stages, a robust children’s area, and more than 200 exhibitors and food vendors runs Saturday and Sunday at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park. Visit our Pegasus booth on Bookstore Boulevard at the corner of Allston and Milvia, as well as our Pegasus Downtown bookstore, just blocks away from the festival!


Check out these fabulous festival events! Asterisk indicates event for which Pegasus will sell books:

Becoming Story, Writing the Land: Obi Kaufmann and Greg Sarris on California Dreaming Obi Kaufmann, Greg Sarris

Black Panthers: Inherit the Revolution Kekla Magoon, Jetta Grace Martin, Waldo Martin Jr.

Secrets and Revelations, Lies and Love: Family Legacies in Fiction Daniel Black, Gabriela Garcia, Devi Laskar, Monica West

*“Tell Me the Story of Your Body”: Emily Rapp Black and Jan Grue on Creativity and Disability Emily Rapp Black, Jan Grue

Conversation with Jokha Alharthi, International Booker Prize Winner Jokha Alharthi, John Freeman

What Has Oakland Taught Us?: A History of Disruptive Development and New Visions for Urban Planning Majora Carter, John Kamp, James Rojas, Mitchell Schwarzer

*Keep Calm and Go Quietly Mad Molly Giles, Leslie Kirk Campbell, Sarah Moss

Building a Literary Community Janis Cooke Newman, Grant Faulkner, Rebecca Phelps

Writer to Writer: Written on the Body Alyssa Songsiridej, Shruti Swamy

I Am the Dream: Voices of a New Generation on Word Power Stage

World as Lover, World as Self: Joanna Macy on Hope, Healing, and Connection in a Suffering World Wendy Johnson, Joanna Macy

Total SF Book Club Live: Urban Hiking in San Francisco with Alexandra Kenin Peter Hartlaub, Alexandra Kenin, Heather Knight

Revolution and Resilience: Global Politics in Fiction Uzma Aslam Khan, NoViolet Bulawayo

The Secrets of Being an Extraordinary Woman: Three Authors on Ambition, Adventure, and Equality Lara Bazelon, Mia Kankimäki, Eliza Reid

*Cultures and Complexities: California’s Hidden Stories in History, Fiction, Poetry and Memoir William J. Bauer, Jr., Deborah A. Miranda, Susan Straight

The Fierce Voice of Nature: Three Astonishing New Novels from Around the World Maja Lunde, Matsatsugo Ono, Irene Solà

Relationships, Reckonings & Remembrances: A Reading by Three California Poets Mai Der Vang, Amanda Moore, Christine No

Fear and Loathing in San Francisco: Hunter S. Thompson’s Savage Journey to Gonzo Sam Quinones, Peter Richardson

*Let Her Tell It: Black Women Writing on the Body and Mind Kira Lynne Allen, Jenee Darden, Natalie Devora, Kelechi Ubozoh, adrienne danyelle oliver

Native Voices: Essayists from the 2022 Graton Student Writing Program on the Word Power Stage

2-Minute Reads: The Plot Twist hosted by Janis Cooke Newman

Rebecca Solnit on Orwell’s Roses Geeta Anand, Rebecca Solnit

From the Window Seat: Travel the World with Aminatta Forna Aminatta Forna, Traci Thomas

“We Read in Order to Come to Life”: Grief, Joy, and the Magic of Literary Form Claire-Louise Bennett, Victoria Chang, Pik-Shuen Fung

*What It Means to Be Human: Memoirs Rooted in Nature Litt Woon Long, Suzanne Roberts, Marco Wilkinson

Celebrating Cannabis Melanie Abrams, Monica Lo, Larry Smith

America in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth: Sam Quinones’s Chronicle of a Crisis Cecilia Lei, Sam Quinones

Writer to Writer: Karen Joy Fowler and Lee Kravetz on Art and Life Karen Joy Fowler, Lee Kravetz

*Werewolves and Monster Slayers: Transforming Horror in YA Lily Anderson, Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Radical Imagination: New Voices, New Visions from San Francisco State University Matthew Clark Davison, Stacy D. Flood, Shruti Swamy

Nordic Noir Thomas Enger, Carin Gerhardsen, Camilla Sten

What’s New in Native American Literature for Kids Jen Ferguson, David A. Robertson, Cynthia L. Smith, Traci Sorell

Historical Fiction: China and California Carol Edgarian, Vanessa Hua, Jenny Tinghui Zhang

The High Sierra: A Love Story (A Journey with Kim Stanley Robinson) Kim Stanley Robinson

National Book Foundation Presents: Hanif Abdurraqib and Douglas Kearney Hanif Abdurraqib, Douglas Kearney

Not All Is Lost: New Visions for Conservation Christina Conklin, Jessica Hernandez, John W. Reid

*Talking Single Motherhood, Community, and Black Girl Magic with Novelist Jayne Allen Jayne Allen, Justin Phillips

Picturing a Life: Graphic Memoirs Maureen Burdock, Rhea Ewing, Laura Gao, L. John Harris

Natasha Miller: Relentless Natasha Miller

*YA: Rumors and Lies Dhonielle Clayton, E Lockhart

Noir at the Bar Cara Black, Thomas Enger, Carin Gerhardsen, Tod Goldberg, Gary Phillips, Camilla Sten

Wander the Coast with Obi Kaufmann Obi Kaufmann

Birds in Your Backyard Jack Gedney, Alex Harris

Crime: True and Imagined Jessica Garrison, Tod Goldberg, Paul Holes

125 Years of the New York Times Book Review: A Blockbuster Tour Tina Jordan

Cataclysm or Cure-All?: Fiction Writers Engage with the Promises and Perils of Our Tech Future Kate Folk, James Kennedy, Claire Stanford, Vauhini Vara

New Writing from Ireland Colin Barrett, Claire-Louise Bennett, Sarah Moss

*Motherhood, the Glorious Earthquake Jokha Alharthi, Jazmina Barrera, Chloé Cooper Jones

The Last Wild Horses: Maja Lunde on Her “Climate Quartet” Maja Lunde

The Art of Translation Christina MacSweeney, Megan McDowell, Achy Obejas

“Castles, Canals, and Freeways: Historical Mysteries of the Twentieth Century” Cara Black, Rhys Bowen, Laurie R. King, Gary Phillips

Revolution Then and Now: Four Authors Talk about Radical Change from the 1960s to Today Judy Gumbo, David Talbot, Margaret Talbot

*YA: Growing Up Queer Then and Now Jen Ferguson, Laura Gao, Carly Heath

Women in the Wild Lauren DeLaunay Miller, Diana Helmuth, Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

Shine Bright: Black Women in Pop Music Mariecar Mendoza, Danyel Smith

Writer to Writer: Nadifa Mohamed and Douglas Stuart Nadifa Mohamed, Douglas Stuart

How to Write a Mystery Dale Berry, Steve Hockensmith, Catriona McPherson, Gary Phillips

The End of Everything: Geoff Dyer and David Thomson on Aging and Other Disasters Geoff Dyer, David Thomson

*Publishing: Who Calls the Shots? Jayne Allen, Angela Engel, John Freeman, Traci Thomas

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The Poetry of Exile Victoria Chang, Shangyang Fang, Achy Obejas, Brian Tierney

The Ruptures of Leaving: Women Writers on Migration Gabriela Garcia, Masha Rumer, Shugri Said Salh

No Man’s Land: Writing the Story of Displacement Carol Edgarian, Paisley Rekdal

Jasmine Guillory: By the Book Jasmine Guillory, Taj McCoy

*Writing a Path Out of Darkness: Writers on Mourning Pik-Shuen Fung, Kristin Keane, Litt Woon Long

Short Stories: In Search of Belonging Colin Barrett, Meron Hadero

Red Carpet: China, Hollywood, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy Orville Schell, Erich Schwartzel

Science Fiction: In Search of Hope Charlie Jane Anders, Mike Chen, John Scalzi

Mother, Daughter, Collaborators (Plus the Book That Changed the World of Food): The Lappés Anna Lappé, Frances Moore Lappé

Lightfast: An Immersive Sensory Journey with Live Cello, Words, and Images Sylvia Brownrigg

*Claiming Space for the Self: Limitation and Liberation Jan Grue, Chloé Cooper Jones

Writer to Translator: Chilean Poet Megan McDowell, Alejandro Zambra

*Collective Book Studio Presents: Mother’s Day Meredith Rose Essalat, Raquel Kelley, Josephine Wai Lin, Kaitlin Soulé

Engaging with Evolution Elizabeth Shreeve, Pamela Turner

Young (Adult) Love Kate Marchant, Casey McQuiston, Suzanne Park, Sajni Patel

Buster Keaton and the Dawn of Cinema Dana Stevens, David Thomson

Event address: 
Downtown Berkeley Arts District
and Civic Center Park
Berkeley, CA 94704
Event Category: 
Offsite Location