by Mia Martins, US Blogger & Junior Drama Co-editor jaBlog!
One of the best ways to get involved in the literary scene is to take advantage of local festivals and events. Not only will you engage with like-minded individuals, but oftentimes these events will feature acclaimed authors that you otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to meet.
An event coming up soon in my community is the Bay Area Book Festival. Taking place in downtown Berkeley’s Arts District on June 6 & 7, this free festival features an array of activities for the whole family.
The children and teen events are themselves enough to sustain a whole event. With authors such as Judy Blume, Jenny Han, Morgan Matson, Lauren Oliver, Dannielle Page, Suzanne Young, and many more acclaimed children’s and young adult authors, the guest list reads like who’s who of the writing world.
The Teen Stage, running both days for several hours, not only features several readings, but also other presentations such as a Hip Hop for Change showcase. As well, the Children’s Stage for younger visitors presents beloved children’s books and other engaging performances such as the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano taking place at the end of the first day.
A bonus when attending large events like this one is that it has activities for the entire family. A family of four can send their young child to an event at the children’s stage and their teen to an event at the teen stage. In the meantime, the parents can split up and explore the festival on their own terms. With presentations in categories such as current affairs, technology, memoirs, poetry, spirituality, and culture, there’s something for everyone. Plus, art exhibits, dance shows, and free food ensure that festival goers will be able to take a break from the literary main course.
For more information about the Bay Area Book Festival, visit their website at www.baybookfest.org.
Check out the literary festivals in your own area. Full of ways to engage with your community and expand your literary palette, festivals like this one provide a great opportunity to spice up your summer.