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Authors’ Choice: Three Picks for the Bay Area Book Festival from Local Writers

Read or bust.


The second annual Bay Area Book Festival hits Berkeley this month, with nearly 300 authors reading and a film festival at the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Three local scribes give us their must-sees.

Chinaka Hodge
Her gig: Reading poems from her newest book, Dated Emcees. June 2, Freight & Salvage  
Her pick: “The film on Czeslaw Milosz. As a poet, I love his turn of phrase.” June 1, BAMPFA

Caroline Paul
Her gig: Reading from her new memoir, The Gutsy Girl, with her partner, illustrator Wendy MacNaughton. June 4, Berkeley Public Library 
Her pick: “Hearing Faith Adiele speak on a panel called ‘Why Write Memoir?’—a question I always ask myself.” June 5, Hotel Shattuck Plaza

Daniel Handler
His gig: Deconstructing storytelling with fellow novelist Sherman Alexie. June 5, Freight & Salvage 
His pick: “[Former poet laureate] Robert Hass’s panel, ‘New California Poets,’ includes Solmaz Sharif, whose first book is greedily anticipated in my house.” June 5, Hotel Shattuck Plaza

The Bay Area Book Festival runs June 4–5 in Downtown Berkeley


Originally published in the June issue of San Francisco

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