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Cultures and Complexities: California’s Hidden Stories in History, Fiction, Poetry and Memoir

Tech empires, movie sets, surfers with golden tans: that's California, right? Not so fast. The California that exists beyond the stereotypes is much more complex and interesting. National Book Award finalist Susan Straight’s Mecca (says Viet…
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Not All Is Lost: New Visions for Conservation

With a never-ending escalation of climate catastrophes and dire forecasts, is it foolish to believe the world can still be saved? These three authors say there’s still hope to turn things around, and they’re going to tell us why—and how.…
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Becoming Story, Writing the Land: Obi Kaufmann and Greg Sarris on California Dreaming

East Bay native Obi Kaufmann (The Coasts of California) spent his early years escaping into the mountains, mapping untamed wilderness. Tribal leader and author Greg Sarris (Becoming Story: A Journey among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors)…
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What’s New in Native American Literature for Kids

A wider range of Native American issues, stories, and characters than ever before are being represented in books for young people. In this session, hear from debut YA author Jen Ferguson (The Summer of Bitter and Sweet), picture book author…
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Native Voices: Essayists from the 2022 Graton Student Writing Program

The Graton Writing Project is a series of writing workshops open to middle- and high-school Native students from Sonoma, California, that culminates in a published youth anthology. This year, students were asked to write on the theme of enacting…
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On the Trapline

A young Indigenous child goes on a trip with his grandfather—and on a journey into his Swamp Cree grandfather's memories of growing up connected with the land. Award-winning picture book author David A. Robertson will share this meaningful…
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Powwow Day

River longs to participate in the Grand Entry procession at the powwow, but she's recovering from an illness and is too weak to dance. As she looks on from the sidelines, though, she feels gratitude to be part of of this tradition and hope for…