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Black Book Fair, Bay Area Book Festival ahead

Two books-centric gatherings are Saturday and Sunday.

The second annual Sacramento Black Book Fair spans nine Oak Park venues, with four themes: “Reading: A Pathway To Freedom,” “The 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act,” “The Black Arts Movement” and “Why Sacramento?” Included are panel discussions, author appearances, children’s activities and a parade. Free. www.sacramentoblackbookfair.com.

And more than 300 authors will gather 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in downtown Berkeley for the free Bay Area Book Festival. Joining them will be storytellers, performers and 150 exhibitors, including bookstores and publishers. Best-selling YA novelist Judy Blume appears at 7 p.m. Saturday, Berkeley Community Theater ($12-$45), www.bayareabookfest.org.

Author appearances

Angelica Jackson for “Crow’s Rest,” 2 p.m. Saturday at Face In a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills, (916) 941-9401.

Bil Paul for “The Train Never Stops in Dixon,” 2 p.m. Saturday at Avid Reader at Tower, 1600 Broadway, Sacramento; (916) 441-4400. Also coming to the bookstore: Heather Sappenfield for “The View From Who I Was,” 2 p.m. Sunday.

Book sale

Friends of the Sacramento Public Library has one of its regular sales of thousands of “gently used” books, videos and audiobooks, 50 cents to $2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Book Den, 8250 Belvedere Ave., Sacramento; (916) 731-8493, www.saclibfriends.

Book awards

The San Francisco-based Commonwealth Club of California, the oldest public affairs forum in the U.S., has announced the winners of its 84th annual California Book Awards. Gold medals went to “An Unnecessary Woman,” Rabih Alameddine (fiction), “Waiting for the Electricity,” by Christina Nichol (first fiction) and “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez,” by Miriam Pawel (nonfiction). The club's website has a complete list of the awards.

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