Raya Rahman, owner and editor of Oakland-based indie publishing company Guba Publishing, her daughter, and bilingual English/Bengali calligrapher Silvia Reshmeen. Guba published bilingual English/Bengali books as well as English books with diverse stories. (Shia Levitt/KQED)
Book lovers of all ages gathered in downtown Berkeley for the Bay Area Book Festival, a weekend-long event dedicated to literary nerds and curious minds alike. Now in its fifth year, the festival attracts big name authors across several genres, and is known for its focus on social justice issues.
This year's program includes a free outdoor fair with 200 literary exhibits by bookstores, publishers and authors, along with a selection of paid indoor programs.
Attendants highlighted the interactivity of the event, which brought authors, publishers and the public in the same space.
Sunday's events include sessions on Native American authors, climate change and writing about conflict.