Oakland Book Festival 2017 @ Oakland City Hall, Oakland [21 May]

Oakland Book Festival 2017

11:00 - 18:00

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Oakland City Hall
150 Frank H Ogawa Plz, Oakland, California 94612
One day – Seven Hours – 100 Writers – 50 Events

The Oakland Book Festival hosts over 100 novelists, poets, historians, philosophers, journalists, editors, and activists at City Hall, engaging event goers in panels, interviews, and open debate. This year’s Festival will feature Angela Davis, Judith Butler, Danielle Allen, Jeff Chang, Arlie Hochschild, Sheryl Oring, Mistah F.A.B, Wendy Brown, Ishmael Reed, Laura Albert and Anthony Marra (among many others).

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 Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe. Oakland Youth Poet Laureate will be announced on the amphitheater at 1:00pm.

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.


Oakland City Hall is entirely wheelchair accessible (including all of the rooms in which panels are hosted, the amphitheater, and the plaza). Individuals with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact [email protected]


— And don’t miss …

Keynote Address
When: Saturday, May 5, 2017, 5:00pm
Where: Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland CA
The Oakland Book Festival 2017 will kick off with a keynote address on “Equality” by Danielle Allen at 5pm on Saturday May 20th in Council Chambers at Oakland City Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Opening night Party
When: 6:30pm
Where: Starline Social Club, 2236 M.L.K. Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94612
The Starline Social Club will host a gala reception for the OBF from 6:30-8pm. This is an opportunity for you to meet the novelists, journalists, philosophers, poets, artists, and editors participating this year, from Danielle Allen to Sheryl Oring to Mistah F.A.B., privately and in person, over the Starline’s delicious cocktails and food—all while supporting the Oakland Book Festival’s present and future efforts!

Please purchase tickets for the OBF gala here: kickstarter.com/projects/975549984/2017-oakland-book-festival?ref=project_share
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