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Indigenous Perspectives in Genre Fiction

Just three years ago, the Los Angeles Times published a profile of an author whose new novel was, as they put it, "one of only a handful of thrillers by an Indigenous author." How quickly things have changed, as evidenced by this panel of Native…
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Fiction: Across Cultures

Stories transcend borders, build bridges across cultural divides, and foster empathy. In Marie Myung-Ok Lee’s The Evening Hero, a Korean immigrant and recently retired obstetrician struggles against loneliness and isolation across generations…
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Words and Pictures

We admit it—we're word people. But books featuring beautiful, provocative imagery can make for a singularly powerful reading experience. Immerse yourself in striking visual artworks and the stories behind them in this hour devoted to the art…
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Story Time: Family and Heritage

Come one, come all for a cozy picture book story time centered on family relationships and self-discovery! Bay Area–based illustrator Minnie Phan presents The Yellow Áo Dài, a heartwarming generational story celebrating Vietnamese culture…
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Seen and Unseen: New Glimpses of Japanese Incarceration

Photographs are a way of documenting the world—but what if they only capture part of the story? Or what if the things they show aren't allowed to be shared? That’s part of what Elizabeth Partridge explores in her remarkable book Seen and…
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Tricia Hersey: Rest Is Resistance

In the instant New York Times bestseller Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto, Tricia Hersey, aka The Nap Bishop, shows us how to connect to the liberating power of rest, daydreaming, and naps as a foundation for healing and justice. What would…
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Poetry at the End of the World

Explore themes of apocalypse, survival, and hope with this power-packed panel. It certainly feels like we're all Alive at the End of the World right now. That's also the title of Saeed Jones' latest collection of poetry, in which he explores…
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Echoes of Exclusion

In her memoir Orphan Bachelors, Fae Myenne Ng includes a haunting quote from her father: "America didn’t have to kill any Chinese, the Exclusion Act ensured none would be born.” The Chinese exclusion era started in 1882 and ended (at least…
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Do the Work! How You Can Take Action Against Racism

This Festival finale program will be a fast-paced, fearless, fascinating, funny, and probably occasionally shocking conversation between the famously infamous W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz—and with you, if you want to ask questions, make comments,…
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An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom: Master Slave Husband Wife

Scholars of American history have uncovered and recounted countless remarkable stories of the courage and resourcefulness of enslaved and formerly enslaved people. But it's no exaggeration to say that the one Ilyon Woo relates in Master Slave…