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Babylon Salon

June 6, 2020 @ 5:00 pm PDT

Babylon Salon 2020
presents a special 
online performance 
Saturday, June 6, 2020
5pm PST / 8pm EST 
presents a special 
online performance 
Saturday, June 6, 2020
5pm PST / 8pm EST 
“An enthusiastic and thoughtful work mixing history, journalism, and elements of memoir… We’ll never be the fish, Tsui reminds us. ‘But we get glimpses of what it’s like to be the fish. We get flashes of forgetting the water.’ How glorious.” — The New York Times Book Review
A Boston Globe bestseller and Best Book of the Season: Amazon, Buzzfeed, Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle
Bonnie Tsui is a longtime contributor to The New York Times and California Sunday Magazine. She has been the recipient of the Jane Rainie Opel Young Alumna Award from Harvard University, the Lowell Thomas Gold Award, and a National Press Foundation Fellowship. American Chinatown: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods, won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and Best of 2009 Notable Bay Area Books selection. Bonnie has also performed numerous times at Pop-Up Magazine and other live storytelling events. She helped to launch F&B: Voices from the Kitchen, a storytelling project from La Cocina that shares stories from cooks and kitchens that are less often heard. She is also her first children’s book, Sarah & the Big Wave, about big-wave women surfers; it will be published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers in spring 2021.
“Meng Jin’s beautiful debut novel is ambitious in the best ways: meticulously observed, daringly imagined, rich in character and history. Ranging across continents, cultures and generations, Jin poses profound questions: how might we know ourselves, or the people we love? And what truths, if any, travel with us?” — Claire Messud
“If the mark of a good novel is its ability to delicately rewire the reader’s brain, then Meng Jin has given us a very good novel….Little Gods is a page-turner—but all the while it winks, reminding us that possible explanations in our universe are as varied as the beings who populate it.” — The Paris Review, Staff Pick
Meng Jin was born in Shanghai and lives in San Francisco. A Kundiman Fellow, she is a graduate of Harvard and Hunter College. Little Gods is her first novel.
“I devoured this book! Sex, drugs, rock-n-roll, a savvy business woman, a social and medicinal revolution: What’s not to love? This is a story Alia Volz was born to tell.” —Rebecca Skloot, bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Alia Volz is the author of the new memoir Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, spring 2020). She’s a homegrown San Franciscan. Her work has been published in The Best American Essay2017The New York TimesBon Appetit, Threepenny Review, Salon, and many other places. Her unusual family story has been featured on Snap JudgementCriminal, and NPR’s Fresh AirAlia has received fellowships by the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation and has twice been awarded the Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She was runner-up of The MOTH’s GrandSLAM Championship in 2014.
(Big Familia; Rad Dad; Collaboration/Colaboración)
“A quiet, thoughtful story about coming-of-age at middle age. . . . With his first novel, poet Moniz tells a story that is simultaneously timeless and quite timely. . . . Characters deal with and talk about racism and homophobia, gentrification and police brutality. These are some of the challenges they endure as they navigate universally human experiences like connection, community, birth, and death. . . . Diverse characters and a deeply likable protagonist make this a standout debut.” — Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

Tomas Moniz edited Rad DadRad Families, and the kids book Collaboration/Colaboración. He’s recently been published by Barrelhouse and Longleaf Review. In July 2019, he released a chapbook, All Friends Are Necessarywith Mason Jar Press and his debut novel, Big Familia, on Acre Books (which received a STARRED Kirkus review), in November 2019. Big Familia was a Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel 2020 Award, a Finalist for a LAMBDA 2020 award for Bisexual Fiction and a Finalist for the Foreword Review Indies Award.

with music from


(Hello; Goodbye; Earth Abides)
Art Elliot sings of apocalyptic futures, lost loves, ice ages and Depression-era folk art, among other topics. Born the second son of a carpenter and a singer during the height of The Catastrophe™, Elliot took to his iron horse and rode west at the age of 22. Art has collaborated with a few of the well-known troubadours of Sector 6 including Larry GallagherThe Dirty Snacks EnsembleJack O’ the Clock, and Eli Wise. He currently dwells deep underground in a bunker near what was once known as Oakland, California.


Free Admission!


June 6, 2020
5:00 pm PDT
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