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ALOK, Vivek Shraya, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Meredith Talusan, More For Adobe Books

June 19, 2020 @ 12:00 pm PDT


Fundraising Goal: $2000

It’s a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we’re raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business, with a series of fundraisers. This event will feature trans/nb authors ALOK, Vivek Shraya, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Cyrus Grace Dunham, Meredith Talusan and Toni D. Newman in a panel discussion, to support Adobe Books.

Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art, theatre, and film. Her best-selling book I’m Afraid of Men was heralded by Vanity Fair as “cultural rocket fuel,” and her album with Queer Songbook Orchestra, Part‑Time Woman, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. She is one half of the music duo Too Attached and the founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books.

ALOK (they/them) is a gender non-conforming writer and performance artist. Their distinctive style and poetic challenge to the gender binary have been internationally renowned. As a mixed-media artist they explore themes of gender, race, trauma, belonging, and the human condition. They are the author of Femme in Public (2017) and Beyond the Gender Binary (2020). In 2019 they were honored as one of NBC’s Pride 50 and Out Magazine’s OUT 100.

Jennifer Finney Boylan is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University. She is the author of 16 books, including Good Boy: My Life in 7 Dogs (Celadon/Macmillan); her 2003 memoir, She’s Not There: a Life in Two Genders(Broadway/Doubleday/Random House) was the first bestselling work by a transgender American.

Meredith Talusan is an award-winning author and journalist. Her debut memoir, Fairest, is out now from Viking / Penguin Random House.

Cyrus Dunham is a writer and organizer living in Los Angeles. His first book, A Year Without A Name, was published by Little, Brown in October, 2019. He is a member of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners.

Toni Newman is a Consultant for the Transgender Strategy Center based in Los Angeles. Toni was the Executive Director for St. James Infirmary and the Development Director for Maitri Compassionate Care, HIV/AIDS hospice in San Francisco and previously served as the Interim Director of Development & Communications at the To Help Everyone Health and Wellness Center in Los Angeles and as a Strategic Fundraiser, Volunteer Recruiter, and Legislative Aide for Equality California. Toni worked with EQCA to raise money to win marriage for the LGBTQ community in California. Additionally, Toni is a best selling author, noted for her memoir I Rise -The Transformation of Toni Newman released in 2011.

All proceeds benefit Adobe Books. Shop online now!

We use the conferencing system Zoom. After you sign up you’ll get an email with the Zoom access code. (Check that Eventbrite is using your current email address.) You don’t have to join with video, but it’s nice to see faces.


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