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Bay Area Book Festival
Bring the entire family to the Bay Area Book Festival! It's a free, two-day, indoor-outdoor event with 280 authors on various stages in keynotes, interviews, panels, and performances. Kids ages 12 and younger go home with a free book, courtesy of the East Bay Children's Book Project! The festival spans a 10-block radius of downtown Berkeley, and organizers expect more than 50,000 visitors this year!

The full list of authors and the schedule appear at Highlights include appearances by Irish novelist Colm Tóibín (interviewed by UC Berkeley's Chancellor Nicholas Dirks); recent Pulitzer Prize winners T. J. Stiles and William Finnegan; past Pulitzer winners Richard Russo, Adam Johnson, and Robert Hass; U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera; Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang; and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, launching her memoir.

With writers coming from 13 countries, including Egypt, Taiwan, Korea, India, and several European nations, the festival is the most international literary gathering in the western United States.

This year the festival has significantly expanded its children's and teen programs. For the under-seven crowd and their parents, a free outdoor Kids' Stage offers lively interactive performances, while indoor sessions help parents find the best picture books for their kids. For middle graders, best-selling authors, such as Megan McDonald, anchor indoor sessions that parents and their children can attend together. A robust teen lineup features authors like Jason Reynolds, Tim Federle, and Lauren Myracle.

Festivalgoers also will participate in a dazzling public art installation made entirely of 50,000 physical books, which are free for the public to take. Called Lacuna, the project is an interactive work by the FLUX Foundation, a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to engage people in designing and building large-scale public art as a catalyst for education, collaboration, and empowerment. The books are donated by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit online library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more.

Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, starts at 10 a.m.
Downtown Berkeley Arts District

"Light the Way" Monarch Leadership Awards
Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition (PAAWBAC)

Join PAAWBAC and ABC7 Morning News Anchor Reggie Aqui for the Monarch Leadership Awards, honoring the next generation of emerging Asian Pacific Islander women leaders.

This year's awardees are:
  • Katharine Chin, Theatrical Performer & Writer, Student at The New School

  • Angela Chau, Co-Founder, 5YINA BEAUTÉ

  • Saira Hussain, Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform Program, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus

  • Kelly Mayeda, Associate, Marketing Manager, Shah Kawasaki Architects

  • Lauren Morimoto, Youth Leadership Specialist, Japanese Community Youth Council

  • Katy Tang, Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 4 (Sunset/Parkside)

Honorary Co-Chairs of the event are San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and First Lady Anita Lee.

PAAWBAC was founded in 1980 to promote the personal, professional and political development of Asian Pacific Islander women. During its first 25 years, PAAWBAC recognized 101 Woman Warriors for distinguished achievements in their work and contributions to the community. The Monarch Awards were established in 2006 to recognize young API women leaders in the Bay Area who inspire those around them and are making outstanding contributions at a young age.

Proceeds raised from the awards event and silent auction will be directed to PAAWBAC's Catalyst Fund Mentorship Program, supporting leadership opportunities for API women. Tickets: $150 Regular, $250 Supporter.

Sunday, June 3 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
InterContinental San Francisco Hotel, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco
(415) 341-1223

AIDS Walk San Francisco
30th Anniversary

Mark your calendar for AIDS Walk San Francisco, July 17, and help celebrate a momentous 30 years of providing critical support for important Bay Area HIV-AIDS organizations! It's a 10k walk that starts and ends at Sharon Meadow in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

It's a fun event for the whole family. Sign-in starts at 9 a.m., while Opening Ceremonies start at 9:30 a.m. KidZone opens at 12 p.m., and the post-walk concert begins at 12:30 p.m.

AIDS Walk San Francisco benefits Project Inform, Ward 86 at San Francisco General Hospital, Project Open Hand, and many HIV/AIDS programs and services throughout the Bay Area.

Since 1987, AIDS Walk San Francisco has raised $86 million for HIV programs and services in the Bay Area, and has grown into the largest AIDS fundraising event in Northern California. In 2015, 20,000 participants, many of whom as members of nearly 600 corporate and community teams, raised nearly $2.3 million for Bay Area AIDS service organizations.

The AIDS Walk San Francisco Foundation is now the governing body of AIDS Walk San Francisco. It is composed of a Board of Directors intimately familiar with the Walk and the communities it serves. The Board oversees the event's production and finances as well as determines how the event's net proceeds are distributed. Beneficiaries of each year's AIDS Walk are determined by the Board well in advance of the event to ensure an informed community of participants and donors.

Sunday, July 17 9 a.m. Sign-in, 9:30 a.m. Aerobic Warm-up/Opening Ceremony, 12:30 p.m. Post-Walk Concert
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
(415) 615-WALK (9255)
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