If you are a book lover, writer or member of a book club — and chances are if you live in Berkeley you’re one of the three — you might want to clear your calendar for tomorrow and check out the 16th annual Festival of Women Authors that is taking place at H’s Lordships on the Berkeley Marina.

The four featured authors this year, all from the Bay Area, will be discussing what is it like to be an author — and the steps, challenges and highlights along the way.

The authors are:

  • Berkeley resident Dana Whitaker whose books include Transforming Lives $40 at a Time (pictured above), Women and Microfinance: Upending the Status Quo.
  • Bonnie Tsui, author of American Chinatown: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods.
  • Michelle Richmond, the author of four books of fiction, including the critically acclaimed novel No One You Know and the New York Times bestseller The Year of Fog.
  • Vivienne Sosnowski, the author of When the Rivers Ran Red which has appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle’s best-selling book list.

The day will include presentations, Q&As and book signings and runs from 8:45- 3:30. The event is  sponsored by the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland. Books by the featured authors will be sold by Books Inc Alameda throughout the day with 20% of the proceeds going towards support of YWCA programs.  Call the YWCA at 510-848-6370 to make a reservation.

Update: Tickets, at $80.00 each, are also available on the door.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...