First-ever Bay Area Book Festival delights

What do slam poetry, Scandinavian crime fiction and NaNoWriMo bumper stickers have in common? All made an appearance last weekend in Berkeley, where the inaugural Bay Area Book Festival transformed 10 blocks Downtown into a multimedia explosion of bookish debris. The festival, different from other literary festival in the area
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Oakland Book Festival celebrates literature, learning

On Sunday morning, a loose assembly gravitated toward Oakland City Hall’s hushed hearing rooms. The humming crowd gathered in lines that curled, snakelike, around corners in anticipation of the city’s first public book festival. For one day, Frank Ogawa Plaza became an agora for book lovers, literati and beginning readers
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