About the East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest


In 2010, two Bay Area writers/zinesters decided it was time the East Bay had its own indie media celebration modeled on the amazing work people were doing in San Francisco and Portland. Tomas Moniz and MK Chavez organized the first East Bay Alternative Press Book Fair. It was a wonderful experience and a huge success, bringing over 50 participants into Berkeley City College. In 2011, Brooke Appler created the flyer and helped organize the event. Again the tables went quickly, with over 60 vendors and artists participating, and attendance doubled. In 2012, Tomas teamed up with the amazing Rock Paper Scissors Collective. Collective member Ara and volunteers Jamie, Olivia, and Crystal helped the event grow to new heights! That year also came with a new name: East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Festival, or EBABZ (say, "e-babes,") for short. After a hugely successful 2012 and 2013, EBABZ is getting prepped for this year's zine extravaganza!

Thank you to everyone who comes out each year, especially the wonderful tablers, workshop leaders, and speakers! We look forward to seeing you again soon! If you have any suggestions, connections, or recommendations on how to improve EBABZ, please do not hesitate let us know. Keep writing, keep living! Love, the EBABZ crew!