Aleta George will be heading to the East Bay to promote Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate this weekend and next. At the Oakland Book Festival on Sunday, May 31, she will participate on a panel, Oakland Writers Reconsidered, at 1:30pm in Hearing Room 1, where she will represent Ina Coolbrith, Oakland’s first public librarian. The all-day book festival offers lots of great panels and readings, so come for the day.
For more information, visit oaklandbookfestival.org.
At the Bay Area Book Festival on June 6-7, look for George’s book table near Ina Coolbrith’s poem panel on the Addison Street Poetry Walk in Berkeley near the corner of Shattuck. Come by and say hi. If you want to buy a paperback or the special centennial (limited) hardcover edition just mention BAIPA for a 20% discount! This two-day festival takes place in downtown Berkeley with more than 300 authors from around the world.
For more information, visit bayareabookfest.org.
Save the date! On June 25, the San Francisco History Center and the San Francisco Public Library will celebrate Ina Coolbrith’s centennial with Aleta George as the featured speaker. One hundred years ago, Coolbrith was crowned California’s first poet laureate at the Exposition Auditorium (now the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium) during the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. George will speak about Coolbrith as poet, librarian, and the most popular literary ambassador in the early American West.
For more information, visit happyanniversaryinacoolbirth.