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Books of history, memoir, and fiction set in Berkeley abound, many of them recently written. At this year’s Bay Area Book Festival, the weekend of June 4 and 5, 2016 in Downtown Berkeley, an extensive array of local history-related books and living authors will be featured.

The Berkeley Historical Society (BHS) and Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) are happy to collaborate for a second year on a “big tent” booth at the Book Festival.

BHS and BAHA are sharing a 30 foot long Book Festival booth frontage on the north side of Allston Way in front of the YMCA and across from the Post Office. The booth is between Harold Way and Milvia Street.

Both organizations will be selling many of their own publications, including BAHA’s popular 41 Walking Tours of Berkeley, and some hard to find or out of print local histories assembled by BHS. Historical Berkeley postcards will also be available for purchase.

A central feature of the booth is a local authors area with a changing array of writers selling and signing their own books about Berkeley.

Books include personal and family memoirs, poetry, neighborhood histories, oral histories, architectural guides, and children’s fiction set in Berkeley.

Author appearances will be from 10 AM to 4:00 PM both days. Below is a list of the authors participating, the times they will be signing, and the names of the local book(s) they have written which will be available for sale and signing. Quantities of some of the publications are limited.


Photos Attached (photo credit, Steven Finacom)


Photo credit: Steve FinacomFestival goers take a look at the extensive array of Berkeley-themed publications at the Berkeley Historical Society / Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association booth at the inaugural 2015 Bay Area Book Festival.




Photo Credit: Steve FinacomAbout a dozen local authors, including children’s book writer Sue Austin, pictured here, will be signing and selling their Berkeley-themed books at the BAHA / BHS booth 2016 Bay Area Book Festival, June 4/5 in Downtown Berkeley.





Authors at Berkeley Historical Society / BAHA Booth at Bay Area Book Festival - June 4 / 5, 2016

Saturday, June 4.

10-12 noon.

Burl Willes, author of Tales of the Elmwood and lead author of Picturing Berkeley: A Postcard History.

Diane De Pisa, author of Berkeley Then: A Photo Diary of the Sixties Scene, featuring the photographs of her husband, Elio de Pisa, who managed the Cafe Med on Telegraph Avenue.

12 to 2:

Lyndon Comstock, author of On Parker Street, an in-depth history of the south Berkeley block where he lived.

Sue Austin, author of The Bamboo Garden, a gentle children’s novel about life and interracial friendship in 1923 Berkeley at the time of the great Berkeley Fire.

2 - 4:

Sal Levinson, author of Butterfly Papercrafts, signing her book and also representing her brother, Bill Levinson, whose book, Firecats! is a children’s novel about the 1991 Oakland/Berkeley Hills Firestorm.

2 to 3:

Aleta George, author of Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate.


Richard Di Giacomo, author of Historical Gems of the San Francisco Bay Area, a guide to local museums and historical sites.

Sunday, June 5.


Wendy Markel, author of Berkeley, California (Arcadia Postcard History series).

12 - 2:

Alan Bern, career staffer at the Berkeley Public Library and poet, author of Waterwalking in Berkeley.

Harvey Smith, local historian and activist, author of Berkeley and the New Deal.

2 – 4

Susan Dinkelspiel Cerny, author of Berkeley Landmarks, Bay Area Architecture, and co-author of Picturing Berkeley: A Postcard History.


Anthony Bruce, executive director of BAHA, signing Home to Berkeley in 1912: A Centennial Remembrance of his family’s early life in 20th century Berkeley and the year they bought a house on Benvenue Avenue and took an extensive trip to Europe.


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