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Guest Name
Brad Olsen
Guest Occupation
Book Publisher, Event Producer, and Award-Winning Author
Guest Biography

Brad Olsen is  an award-winning travel writer, publisher and producer. He gained notoriety in February, 2010 when his travel guide Sacred Places North America: 108 Destinations (2nd ed.) won the Bay Area Travel Writers top gold prize award.  Several other of his books…

Although the professional task of book publishing occupies most of his year, Brad Olsen is also the founder and event producer of the How Weird Street Faire in San Francisco, the city where he currently resides. Between writing online and print publication articles, new book chapters, and posting on social media, he also manages various websites, does marketing work, special sales fulfillment, administrative tasks, manages various projects with outsourced collaborators, and produces one of the largest festivals in The City. Wearing his publisher’s hat, he makes the stated goal of only releasing only the kinds of books he would value owning himself, which incorporates thought-provoking and critical content, and with a wide appeal to readers. His book publishing business CCC Publishing is distributed by Independent Publishers Group.

How Weird Street Faire in downtown San Francisco. The annual springtime event features a dozen stages of costumed performers, electronic music DJs, dancing in the street, and ample art projects commissioned for the 20k-person event. The How Weird Street Faire is centered at Second and Howard Street. How Weird = Howard, get it?

PUBLISHER AT CCC PUBLISHING: Brad Olsen has been a published artist since he was a political cartoonist in high school and college. He took his passion of the printed format from Illinois to California in 1995 when he founded Consortium of Collective Consciousness Publishing in San Francisco, the city where he currently resides. CCC Publishing has released one DVD and 22 book titles by numerous authors.

EVENT PRODUCER OF THE HOW WEIRD STREET FAIRE: In addition to running his book publishing business, Brad Olsen is also the founder and event producer of the wildly popularBrad Olsen’s passion for writing goes far beyond his book publishing business or the online content he produces. His books have reached a wide audience across the country and have won numerous awards. His work has been reviewed in top publications and he continues to lecture nationwide on various subjects. He has appeared on dozens of television and nationally syndicated radio shows over the course of two decades. Yet for all the fanfare, Brad Olsen likes to spend time with his friends and family, while attempting to be outdoors as much as possible.

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF NINE BOOKS: Brad Olsen started his writing career in 1996 with the advent of his book "World Stompers" which was called a "subversive masterpiece of travel writing" by film director Oliver Stone. Each book he wrote in the "Sacred Places: 108 Destinations" was either nominated or won an award for excellence in writing. Brad Olsen's latest "Esoteric Series" of books has already hit the pavement running with a Pinnacle Book Award first prize in the category of "New Age." Brad's stated purpose is valuing the reader's time and purchase, and creating a book he would want to own himself.