Discover SF’s Hidden History at Bay Area Book Festival

by on June 2, 2016

We are only two days away from the biggest extravaganza for book lovers in the Bay Area: the Bay Area Book Festival. And I am excited to be part of this huge event by joining fellow authors Gordon Chin and J.K. Dineen on a Saturday at 10 am panel moderated by USF professor and former Bay Guardian writer, Rachel Brahinsky.

The panel will be at Berkeley’s Brower Center, the Tamalpais room. Admission is free.

The panel offers a rare opportunity to hear about neighborhoods and bars that are not part of standard San Francisco historiography. Chin’s Building Community, Chinatown Style, Dineen’s High Spirits: The Legacy Bars of San Francisco, and my own, The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco, offer many intersecting plot lines (after all, the Tenderloin was long dominated by bars and Chinatown has had its fair share).

The Bay Area Book Festival premiered in 2015 and has exploded in the number of panels and authors this year.  Authors participating in the longtime Los Angeles Times Book Festival have often asked why doesn’t the Bay Area have a major book festival of its own—now it does.

With all of the authors in the Bay Area the absence of a book festival has proved a glaring omission to the cultural scene. After last year’s success and the extraordinary lineup this year, its place in the region’s cultural landscape appears secure.

Authors will be signing books and answering questions about them. It is an indoor and outdoor event so attendees will get plenty of chance to walk around and enjoy a beautiful springtime day.

See you on June 4!

Randy Shaw is Editor of Beyond Chron.

Randy Shaw

Randy Shaw is the Editor of Beyond Chron and the Director of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic, which publishes Beyond Chron. Shaw's latest book is Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America. He is the author of four prior books on activism, including The Activist's Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century, and Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century. He is also the author of The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco

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