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Berkeley History and Authors at the Bay Area Book Festival this weekend, June 6-7, 2015

Join the Berkeley Historical Society (BHS) and the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) at the first annual Bay Area Book Festival in Downtown Berkeley this weekend.

The two local history organizations will be sharing a large booth on Allston Way, in front of the Downtown YMCA and across from the Post Office. The booth operates from 10 AM until 6 PM each day. We will be right around the corner from most of the Book Festival activity, including a huge book sculpture in Civic Center park.

Dozens of titles of history and fiction about Berkeley will be for sale at the BHS / BAHA booth, including many hard to find or out of print publications of BHS and BAHA. The offerings include works of history, fiction set in Berkeley, oral histories, and monographs. BAHA will have a display of many house and neighborhood tour booklets for sale.

Several local authors will also be signing their books for sale during specific hours at the BHS / BAHA booth. Their names and times of appearance:

  • Burl Willes, author of Tales of the Elmwood and editor of Picturing Berkeley: A Postcard History. 10-11 AM, Saturday.

  • Dave Weinstein, author of It Came From Berkeley, 11-1, Saturday.

  • Shirley Streshinsky, author of Atomic Love (Robert Oppenheimer and his Berkeley days), 1-3 PM, Saturday.

  • Tonya Staros and Jeanine Castello-Lin, co-authors of Crowden School oral history, 2-4 PM, Saturday.

  • Shelley Rideout, co author of Berkeley Bohemia, 10-1, Sunday.

  • Susan Cerny, author of Berkeley Landmarks and the Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area, 11:30 to 1:30, Sunday.

  • Susan Austin, author of The Bamboo Garden, a children’s novel of interracial friendship against the backdrop of 1923 Berkeley and the Berkeley Fire.

  • Roy Fisher Doolan, long-time Berkeley resident and author of a new memoir about his life, including World War II experiences, 2-4 PM, Sunday.

  • Sarah Wikander, co-author of Picturing Berkeley: A Postcard History, 2-5 PM, Sunday.

  • Harvey Smith, author of Berkeley and the New Deal, 2-5 PM, Sunday.

Please come visit us, meet the authors, buy a book or two, and wander the larger Book Festival which will fill several blocks of Downtown Berkeley streets with scores of booths and vendors, hundreds of authors and speakers, and other activities. For the full program of Festival events, see





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