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Bay Area Book Festival

  • Bay Area Book Festival The Brower Center, Tamalpais Room, 2150 Allston Way Berkeley, CA, 94704 United States (map)

The Bay Area is teeming with readers, writers, creators, and thinkers. The Bay Area Book 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. 

Join editor Deborah Santana and contributing authors in a presentation of All the Women in My Family Sing at a panel on Sunday morning as they read from their essays, answer questions, and sign books. As human rights and justice are being challenged around the world, this monumental and timely collection of poetry and prose raises the voices of women of color.

Tickets: $10 (Purchase here or can purchase at venue on day of event)


Camille Hayes is a communications professional, social change advocate, author and blogger, covering politics and women’s issues at her blog, Lady Troubles (www.ladytroubles. com). Her writing has been featured by The Good Men Project, Bitch magazine and the Ms. magazine blog, and she’s a former columnist for the Sacramento Bee. Camille holds a bachelor of science in psychology and a master of arts in English. When she’s not busy complaining about injustice, she likes to cook, make jam, hike and kayak near her home in San Francisco.

Michelle Mush Lee, Ed.M., is a poet, educator and arts and culture advocate who uses poetry to preserve the water of her story in this American desert. She moves from the intersec- tion of mind, heart and spirit, and is propelled by what learners do know. Mush’s presentations and storytelling have been fea- tured on HBO, PBS and AfroPop, and at the National Asian American Theater Festival, the New Works Theater Festival and the Brave New Voices Festival. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an Ed.M. from San Francisco State University with a focus on equity and social justice. Mush is a former Compasspoint Next Generation Leaders of Color Fellow and is frequently a featured speaker on racial literacy, spoken word pedagogies and contemporary youth poetry movements. Mush currently serves as an advi- sory board member for the Alameda County Department of Education’s Integrated Learning Specialist Program and as a senior advisor of pedagogy at Youth Speaks, Inc. She is the founding CEO of Whole Story Group, Inc., a creative consult- ing firm specializing in story-rich strategies for social change.

Samina Ali is an award-winning author, activist and cultural commentator. Her debut novel, Madras on Rainy Days, won France’s prestigious Prix Premier Roman Etranger Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Fiction. Ali’s work is driven by her belief in personal narrative as a force for achieving women’s individual and political freedom. She is the curator of the groundbreaking, critically acclaimed virtual exhibition Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices. A former cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Daily Beast, Ali has spoken extensively at universities and other institutions worldwide. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Economist, the Guardian and Vogue as well as on National Public Radio (NPR) and elsewhere. She is currently working on a memoir about her near-death experience delivering her firstborn.

Belva Davis is the first Black woman to work as a television news reporter in the western United States. During her impressive career of nearly four decades, Belva has been honored with eight local Emmys, a number of lifetime achievement awards including the International Women’s Media Foundation’s, and honorary membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She is profiled in the Newseum, the world’s first interactive museum of news, and in the HistoryMakers Library of Congress collection, both in Washington, D.C.

She was one of the founding directors of the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Belva Davis has also received four honorary doctorates, and archives have been named for her at San Francisco State University and the Indiana University Bloomington Black Film Center. Her memoir, Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism, was published in 2011.




Earlier Event: April 27
Oakland Center for Spiritual Living
Later Event: June 21
The San Francisco Foundation