“Love disables you; it holds you captive.” – Arisa White, author of A Penny Saved said at this month’s installment of the Sweet Adeline Book of the Month Club in Berkeley. For about an hour she discussed working with verbs and lines and nouns, her foray into opera, her letter writing campaign.

sweet adeline book of the month clubThe idea behind the Book Club is to present something different than a reading or interview. It’s meant to be a conversation with people who have read the book (or just fans and friends); it’s a chance to ask questions, talk process and honor the amazing work of our local writing community like Arisa White in an informal, intimate setting with coffee and perhaps a cinnamon bun. It’s meant to build community.

In the past we’ve had authors such as Jason Bayani and Soma Mei Sheng Frazier. Coming up on Sunday, June 29th at 2 pm is Monica Wesolowska and her book Holding Silvan: A Brief Life.

Here’s a bonus treat: enjoy Arisa reading as part of the Hazel Reading Series (next show: this Sunday!). We’ll be featuring her in The Write Stuff very soon, so look forward!

tomas zine reading2Tomas Moniz is founder, editor, and writer for the award winning: Rad Dad. He released Bellies and Buffalos, a tender novella about friendship, family and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. He’s makes zines, and his most current one is available, but you have to send a postcard: PO Box 3555, Berkeley 94703.