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."
"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."
"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.”
"This is the book festival the East Bay has been waiting for. I can't wait for next year!"
"The first Oakland Book Festival was not unlike a conclave convened upon a kaleidoscopic aural summit sans the rhetoric of commercial devitalization."