This weekend, the virtual mini-fest Berkeley #UNBOUND, created by the Bay Area Book Festival, will light up screens with a star-studded program offering bold visions and strategies to help heal a broken world. Twenty-two world renowned personalities, thinkers, writers, and changemakers will appear in eight programs just a month before the election –-and all but one are free. Speakers include:

  • U.S. Representative Barbara Lee and Berkeley Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky on how to avert a Supreme Court takeover and impending Constitutional crises.
  • Emmy-winning comedian W. Kamau Bell, Warriors head coach and three-time NBA champ Steve Kerr, and leading happiness researcher Dacher Keltner, talking politics, race, the role of sports in activism — and the vital importance of joy.
  • Race expert john a. powell and bestselling sociologist Arlie Hochschild on the schisms that keep Americans divided and what real solutions may require.
  • Legendary poet/novelist Ishmael Reed with Aya de Leon and others on how literature and the imagination can light the way.
  • Challenges facing front-line restaurant workers and others in the food system with President of One Fair Wage and Director of the Food Labor Research Center Saru Jayaraman and celebrity chef Alice Waters.
  • Former Disney exec and YA author R.C. Barnes, along with other leading children’s authors, inspiring kids and teens to dive deep into their imaginations and tell their own pressing stories.

“We’re all feeling near-overwhelming anxiety and shock from the litany of disasters,” says Festival Director Cherilyn Parsons. “Berkeley #UNBOUND intends to build a sense of solidarity and ‘grounded hope’.” 

Berkeley #UNBOUND opens on Saturday night, Oct. 3, 7 pm, with Warriors’ Steve Kerr, comedian W. Kamau Bell (CNN’s “United Shades of America”), and Dacher Keltner, all three friends who will talk about “Politics, Race, and the State of Play in our Nation.” Tickets are available online for $10.

All the rest of the mini-fest is free. There are two tracks on Sunday, Oct. 4: five programs for adults from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and two for youth from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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