Press for the Oakland Book Festival

"Passionate, eclectic, engaging, and invigorating – the inaugural Oakland Book Festival felt a lot like Oakland itself. Judging from the packed rooms and crackling conversations, this vibrant and literate city had been craving an event of this caliber for quite some time. By the end of the day, my mind was overflowing with ideas and my heart was bursting with civic pride." 

–Dashka Slater


"Where else can a war reporter share an intense conversation about war and violence –with two novelists? A journalist and two novelists exchanging views about writing and war before a packed room of rapt book lovers, and all of us continuing the discussion over bratwursts from the food truck outside in the sunshine afterwards: That's the Oakland Book Festival."

–Mark Danner


"A congenial and engaged atmosphere, with full houses at all panels and readings, often standing room only. Beautifully organized by an army of friendly, green-shirted volunteers within the City Hall venue.”

–PEN Oakland


"This is the book festival the East Bay has been waiting for. I can't wait for next year!"

–Nayomi Munaweera


"The first Oakland Book Festival was not unlike a conclave convened upon a kaleidoscopic aural summit sans the rhetoric of commercial devitalization."

–Will Alexander

"Oakland Book Festival Returns May 22," 
San Francisco Chronicle

"First-Ever Oakland Book Festival Coming May 31," 
San Francisco Chronicle

"New Book Festival Brings Big Ideas," 
East Bay Express

"Oakland Book Festival Celebrates Literature, Learning," 
Daily Californian


"Celebrate Bay Area Community With The Oakland Book Festival," 
Oakland Local

"Oakland Book Festival Debuts Sunday," 
San Jose Mercury News

"Forget New York: Reading Oakland Founders Excited About Bay Area," 
San Francisco Chronicle

"Snapp Shots: Oakland Couple's First Book Festival Successful, Enriching," 
Contra Costa Times