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 tablers into Berkeley City College. The following year Brooke Appler created the flyer and helped organize the 2011 event. Again the tables went quickly, with over 60 vendors and artists, and attendance doubled. In 2012, Tomas Moniz and the amazing Rock Paper Scissors Collective members and volunteers Ara, Jamie, Olivia, and Crystal created an even larger, more wonderful event with a slightly different name: East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Festival, or EBABZ (say, "e-babes,") for short. Now in its fourth year, the festival is coming back bigger and better than ever in 2013!

Thank you to everyone who came out in 2012, especially the wonderful tablers, workshop leaders, and our two 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!