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- Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to TrayvonThe new W.W. Norton anthology includes poems by 43 African American writers, among them Pulitzer Prize-winners Rita Dove, Natasha Tretheway, Yusef Komunyakaa and Tracy K. Smith--each accompanied by a photo and first-person bio. The book also contains iconic images and posters of the Black Lives Matter movement, Malcolm X and the Black Panther Party. Co-hosted […]
- Rikki DucornetRikki Ducornet, author of nine novels, three collections of short fiction, two books of essays and five books of poetry, reads from her new novel "Brightfellow" (Coffee House Press). "Ducornet--surrealist, absurdist, pure anarchist at times--is one of our most accomplished writers, adept at seizing on the perfect details and writing with emotion and cool detachment […]
- Chinaka HodgeAcclaimed Oakland-based writer, educator, and performer Chinaka Hodge celebrates the publication of "Dated Emcees," the latest in the Sister Spit/City Lights imprint. Hodge is associate director for Programs and Pedagogy at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, visiting editor at The California Sunday Magazine, and a founder of The Life is Living festival series. With […]
- Annie ProulxThe Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of "The Shipping News" and "Brokeback Mountain" Annie Proulx reads from and discusses her new novel "Barkskins," which tells the story of two young, penniless Frenchmen who, bound to a feudal lord for three years in exchange for land, become woodcutters. The story follows their descendents for […]
- Walter Mosley & T. Geronimo JohnsonWalter Mosley reads from and discusses his new book "Charcoal Joe: An Easy Rawlins Mystery" with T. Geronimo Johnson ("Hold It 'Til It Hurts," "Welcome to Braggsville") as part of Kepler's premiere event series and in collaboration with 100 Black Men of the Bay Area and the NorCal branch of Mystery Writers of America. Mosley […]
- Witching HourThis intimate benefit for Radar Productions directly follows its popular annual Radar Superstars event, which this year features the incomparable Guillermo Gomez Pena and Jess Balitronica of La Pocha Nostra, with Xandra Ibarra (La Chica Boom), Aya De Leon, and Chinaka Hodge. Music by vainhein and Maya Songbird. Tarot readings by Miss Ben McCoy.
- Yaa GyasiYaa Gyasi reads from her much-praised debut novel "Homegoing," which traces the descendants of two sisters separated in 18th-century Africa--one of whom is married to an Englishman and oversees an empire, the other who is sold into slavery--across 300 years in Ghana and America. "I needed to read a book like this to remember what […]
- Lets Burn This Mother****** to the GroundThis month, the new reading series at Adobe Books features an interesting trio of poets: Raina J. Leon ("Canticle of Idols," "Boogeyman Dawn"), Annelyse Gelman ("Everyone I Love is a Stranger to Someone") and Arisa White ("You're the Most Beautiful Thing that Happened," "Black Pearl").
- Bay Area Book FestivalFor the second year, the Bay Area Book Festival presents two days of free-to-the-public events that range from children's and teen programs to speakers including Colm Toibin, T.J. Stiles, U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Sherman Alexie, Rebecca Solnit and many others; a film and literature series; and the popular 50,000-book public art installation Lacuna. […]
- Saul Williams w/Chinaka Hodge + Black SpiritualsRapper/poet/actor/musician Saul Williams headlines the opening event of the second annual Bay Area Book Festival. Williams has performed all over the world, from the White House to the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center and Queen Elizabeth Hall. Poet Chinaka Hodge, another dynamic performer, joins him, along with the avant-garde explorative […]