Past Event

Oakland Book Festival Opening Gala


All ages
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From the organizer

Join the Oakland Book Festival on its opening night!

OBF2017 will kick off with a keynote address on “Equality” by Danielle Allen at 5pm on Saturday May 20th in Council Chambers at Oakland City Hall.
This event is free and open to the public.

Following Professor Allen’s address, the Starline Social Club will host a gala reception for the OBF from 6:30-8pm.

This is an opportunity for you to meet the more than 100 novelists, journalists, philosophers, poets, artists, and editors participating this year, from Danielle Allen to Sheryl Oring to Mistah F.A.B., privately and in person, over the Starline’s delicious cocktails and food—all while supporting the Oakland Book Festival’s present and future efforts!

Tickets for the 6:30 cocktail party are $125 and include a free
drink, and access to all events throughout the night!

The general admission party starts at 8pm! There will be mercifully few readings, many musical performances, and non-stop dancing from 8pm-2am.

Tickets for the general admission party are $10 and includes access to the latenight RnB dance party!

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