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Lager and Love Can’t Pay the Bills: 2020 Booker Prize Winner Douglas Stuart on his Masterpiece, Shuggie Bain

Douglas Stuart enraptured readers worldwide in 2020 when his heart-stopping debut novel, Shuggie Bain, took the world’s top literary award, the Booker Prize. While Stuart may have seemed like an overnight success, Shuggie Bain was a labor…

Your Self on the Shelf: Books that Speak Your Language

All kids and teens should be able to see themselves in the pages of the books they love. And who better to help than your friendly neighborhood librarian? In a conversation that couldn’t be more timely and important, Bay Area librarian Joanne…
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I AM THE DREAM: Voices of a New Generation, Presented by Cinnamongirl, Inc.

Summer 2020 marked the start of Write Your Story, an exciting year-long collaboration with Cinnamongirl, Inc, that brought creative-writing workshops and artistic mentorship to young women of color, ages 12 to 18. Our amazing inaugural cohort…
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There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Mourn, Heal, and Take to the Streets with Former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and Others

The iconic Lawrence Ferlinghetti, revered poet and co-founder of San Francisco’s City Lights Books, famously claimed, “Printer’s ink is the greater explosive.” Ferlinghetti died at age 101 just a couple of months ago, but his spirit…
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Soundtracks & Stanzas: Changing Canada's Black Future

Whether it be poetry written for the page, the silver screen, the poetry slam or the melody, every poet plays with language to reveal the inexpressible. The Toronto International Festival of Authors and JAYU present the new generation of Canadian…
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French women writers of today: feminism, identity and madness

The Villa Gillet is France’s centre for international writers. It runs two international festivals each year – the Assises internationales du roman (Lyon’s international book festival) in May, and Mode d’Emploi (a festival of ideas and…
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Diverse Books Matter (to Kids and Everyone)

Moderated by grassroots organization We Need Diverse Books, a publisher, author, public librarian/blogger, and two literacy nonprofit employees talk about the work they’re doing to increase diversity in children’s literature.
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Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape

Three provocative writers of color explore how our country’s still unfolding history, and ideas of “race,” have marked us and the land. From twisted terrain within the San Andreas Fault zone to a South Carolina plantation, from national…
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She Who Has No Master(s)

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network presents a collective of writers and artists elucidating the Vietnamese “feminine”—as touched by war, history, heritage, mythology, and personal experience. This reading gathers the voices and experiences…
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The Future of Vietnamese American Literature

Forty years after the Fall of Saigon, Vietnamese American writers produce diverse literature that moves beyond classic immigrant/refugee narrative into genres of memoir, experimental poetry, graphic novel and espionage thriller. This panel engages…