Codex Book Fair – Berkeley

Surrounded by the spirit of Berkeley, the Codex International Book Fair and Symposium is held on the Berkeley campus. I watched students protesting on Sproul Plaza in solidarity with Egyptian peers and ate dinner at Café Gratitude where entrees have names like “I am Worthy,” “I am Abundant,” and “I am Touched.”

Attended by their creators, the Book Fair features scores of beautiful letterpress, digitally produced, and one-of-a-kind books. Lectures each morning at the Berkeley Art Museum make the event even richer.

Best for me was being there with my friend, the one who paints in the woods, while she tended her table of “fold-y forests” (what the young writer calls the calendars my friend makes with her tree-filled images). They brought color, and the scent of fir and spruce to the Student Union ballroom.

For a couple of days I walked the campus and Berkeley neighborhoods in sunshine, and dipped repeatedly into Book Fair treasures.

I am inspired!

2 thoughts on “Codex Book Fair – Berkeley

  1. Hi Katy – It’s been a while since I’ve logged on to Her Spirits Rose – we were travelling in the Galapagos and rainforest in Ecuador during March, so we’ve been busy getting ready and recovering.

    This Berkeley journal is wonderful, a very poignant reminder of our years in that exciting town in the 60’s and 70’s. I even saw Mario Savio give his infamous speech on top of a car in Sproul Plaza – the beginning of the Free Speech movement. And Pete’s was the first place – before Starbucks, I think – where you could get custom-roasted coffee. Glad you had such a great time.

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