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Bay Area Book Festival | Berkeley #UNBOUND

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Book Festival

On Sunday, October 4th, the Bay Area Book Festival presents Berkeley #UNBOUND, an all-day, free, virtual mini-festival — kicked off with a ticketed keynote program on Saturday night, October 3rd. Just a month before the election, Berkeley #UNBOUND will gather sixteen of the world’s most influential thinkers, writers and other trailblazers, all of whom happen to be based in Berkeley, to offer bold visions in response to this moment of political and social crucible facing our nation.

Who will share their ideas with you?

More details coming soon, but here’s a Sneak Peek of just a few:

  • Steve Kerr, activist, eight-time NBA champion, and outspoken head coach for the Golden State Warriors basketball team
  • W. Kamau Bell, author, comedian, and executive producer/host of CNN’s top-rated “United Shades of America”
  • Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law Dean and renowned Constitutional law scholar
  • Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard, chef, author, and food activist
  • Judith Butler, whom Cornel West called “the most creative and courageous social theorist writing today,” and author of the new book The Force of Non-Violence, which poses a radically and necessary rethinking of social action
  • Arlie Hochschild, author of 2016’s National Book Award finalist Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, which millions read to try to understand the 2016 election
  • Dacher Keltner, social psychologist, co-director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and author of The Power Paradox and the bestselling Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life
  • Ishmael Reed, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominated author of over 30 novels, essay collections, works of poetry, and plays
  • Saru Jayaraman, attorney, labor activist, creator of the ONE FAIR WAGE campaign, author of Forked and Bite Back, an Obama “Champion of Change” and winner of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award
  • john a. powell, UC Berkeley Law Professor, Director of Othering & Belonging Institute, and internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights, race, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy
  • Aya de Leon, author and director of UC Berkeley’s June Jordan Poetry to the People program
  • Annalee Newitz, Lambda Literary Award-winning novelist, science and tech journalist, and New York Times contributing opinion writer


Sign Up for Berkeley #UNBOUND