Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Castle in the Air Loves the Oakland Book Festival

As a clubhouse for writers, Castle in the Air knows who uses which pencil, what everyone’s writing for NaNoWriMo, and who is communicating tomorrow’s big ideas. It’s no accident that we’re in the middle of it all—as soon as we opened in 2001 we started working on books of our own, and that work grew into Dromedary Press.

There are other Bay Area writers’ clubhouses too, mostly in the form of shops and cafés. But rarely has there been a grand party gathering everyone together under one roof. That’s why we’re thrilled to learn about the Oakland Book Festival, happening this Sunday at Oakland City Hall. Check out this lineup!

We'd love to hear from you. Tell us what exciting things are happening in your community to support books and publishing. 

Oakland Book Festival 
Sunday, May 31, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland CA 
Free and open to the public
Read. Debate. Celebrate.

One day – Seven Hours – 90 Writers – 40 Events
Inside City Hall, 90 novelists, poets, historians, philosophers, journalists, and activists will engage event goers in panels, interviews, and open debate. The event features national literary luminaries Edwidge Danticat, Hector Tobar, Tracy K. Smith, Paul Beatty, and Astra Taylor. Participating Bay Area writers include Rick Prelinger, Elaine Brown, Vikram Chandra, Ben Fong-Torres, Mark Danner, and Anthony Marra. A full list of activities and speakers can be found at Join us for conversations about gentrification, multi-culturalism, whistle-blowing, city life, and the future of American literature.

Children’s Area – Music – Booksellers – Food
The outdoor portion of the festival, on Frank Ogawa Plaza, includes a dedicated children’s area with performances from Children’s Fairyland, “favorite-stories” read by librarians from the Oakland Public Library, and book-making projects courtesy of the Museum of Children’s Art. There will be live music on the amphitheater all day. Booksellers, magazine publishers and local literary organizations will have booths on the plaza; food trucks will provide nourishment.

And don’t miss …

Opening Night Plenary 
Saturday May 30th, 6pm to 8pm
Reading Oakland: Stories from our City’s Literary Past
Keynote address: Lewis H. Lapham
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Followed by a wine reception

Closing Party
Sunday May 31st, 8pm
XOXO Nightclub, 201 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
Performances by Critchley and Simmons
“Ever wondered what it would sound like if David Bowie & Jacques Derrida had love children who decided to form a band?" Critchley and Simmons - are those love children!

For more information and the full program please visit:

No comments: