On June 16 literary nerds across the world celebrate a little known holiday — June 16 is Bloomsday, a day that honors the famous author James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses. Berkeley pays homage to this holiday (although summer school is never canceled which is baffling) by hosting a series of readings. read more »


Reading out loud is a skill that requires finesse. Nothing is worse when you are forced to read out loud to your peers, only to transform what used to be elegant prose into a stumbling, monotone mess. That said, whatever skills you may have at recitation (if you are good, the Clog is infinitely jealous), everyone can enjoy the art of listening. Berkeley offers many reading events where authors read excerpts from their own work and talk about their creative process. Local bookstores such as Moe’s Books and Mrs. Dalloway’s regularly host reading events to promote newly released titles. On campus, English faculty members  Vikram Chandra and Melanie Abrams hosts a prose reading session every second Thursday of each month at Morrison Library with their Story Hour program.  As you can see, there is no lack of opportunities to be able to gaze at the aura of the Author (yes, it needs to be capitalized). read more »


This week (okay a week and 2 days) the Bay area presents Litquake. Originally a one-day reading series in Golden Gate park, Litquake has expanded enormously to last 9 days and even travel west to east. That’s right, this year Litquake will also be holding events in Berkeley.

The event is “Stories on Stage” at Berkeley’s Rep’s Roda Theater where actors will be performing short fiction by Bay Area literary big names. They are even reading a Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket piece.

Just a BART ride away in San Francisco are many other cool events. On Oct. 3rd there will be a North Beach Literary Walking tour as well as “Lit Flicks: Litquakes Literary Film Festival.” They even have an event where songs that incorporate famous words from books are being performed.

Browse the events here. With so many the festival makes it possible for us literary buffs to attend at least one. Comments describing the best events from past years are appreciated.

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Litquake Literary Festival [Site]