Cultures and Complexities: California’s Hidden Stories in History, Fiction, Poetry and MemoirSaturday, May 7 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
- In-Person Only
Residence Inn Berkeley - Ballroom 1
- Native American
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 Thanh Nguyen, “it both shocks and moves in its powerful and unrelenting portrait of this sunny, fiery state”) traces the intertwined lives of native-born Californians fighting for life and land in the Inland Empire, while William Bauer’s magisterial We Are the Land: A History of Native California, shows how, before there was a place called “California,” there were “the People and the Land.” And acclaimed poet Deborah Miranda, with an expanded tenth anniversary edition of her bestselling classic memoir Bad Indians–-full of oral histories, newspaper clippings, anthropological recordings, personal reflections, and poems–-explores ancestry, survival, and the indelible cultural memory of Native California. Come for a vision of the Golden State that will open your eyes and expand your horizons.
The bookstore partner for this session is Pegasus Books! Buy the books online on their website, on Bookshop.org, or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.
Book signing information: Pegasus Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 1:45 PM
With support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria