And I’m very excited to get to know the talented Justin Torres, whom I saw read from We the Animals at Writers With Drinks just seconds before he became huge. And director T Geronimo Johnson, who was just nominated for a PEN Faulkner!
Working on a mixed or 1st-generation memoir? Monday is the deadline to apply to work with Faith Adiele and Stacyann Chin this summer at VONA!
I will be giving 2 free, public multimedia readings this week in San Francisco:
Friday November 14 is my debut at my new employer, California College of the Arts. I will be giving a multimedia overview of my projects and approach to memoir as the final WRITERS SERIES/FRIDAY SEMINAR:
3:30 – 5:00 PM
The Writers Studio
195 De Haro at 15th Street
Thursday November 15 is a project near and dear to my heart: a benefit reading/video on the legacy of the Nigerian civil war called LOOKING : BIAFRA.
Join EMERGENCY USA for Listen for Peace, an evening of literature and music to raise awareness about the realities of war, potential for peace, and the impact of war on civilian lives. Writers include Faith Adiele, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Genny Lim, Julie Thi Underhill, and editors of an anthology of Afghan women.
The event is free and open to the public, though there will be opportunities to donate to EMERGENCY USA to help contribute toward the funding of free medical facilities in war torn areas.
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Main Library (near Civic Center BART)
100 Larkin St
Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room B
- Nigeria charges more than 100 Biafra independence activists with treason (guardian.co.uk)
- Mass arrests over Biafra protest (bbc.co.uk)
- Biafra and humanitarian imperialism* (loomnie.com)
Umu-AdaIgbo, a social cultural organisation and initiative that serves as a rallying point for all black women across the globe who can trace their roots to Southeast Nigeria, plans to establish a specialist hospital.
“We encourage all blacks in the Diaspora to establish links with their people at home in order to assist in empowerment and development projects,” she said.
Read more at Nigeria Daily Times
If you’re in San Francisco, come to Haight Street Tuesday to see me get trounced (pizza and beer extra)! I am famous for drawing a blank whenever asked the title of a book, any book, even my own.
WORDS & PIZZA: Game Night at The Booksmith!
1644 Haight St.
San Francisco, California
Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00 PM
Embarrassing – can you believe I forgot the password to my updated website and blog so haven’t been able to post?! (Not that I’m all that conscientious to start with – especially when tons of things are happening of the multiculti sort. Which sort of defeats the purpose. Ah well.)
Anyway, for the first time I’m championing a crowdfunding cause (1) because it supports publication of a book I’ve long been wanting to compile / read / teach and (2) because funders get a bar of gourmet chocolate! I don’t know any of the folks involved, so I’m not getting any chocolate kickbacks.
Click here to find out about African Lives: An Anthology of Memoirs and Autobiographies. Cool, huh?
The first book of its kind
As far as I know, no one has ever before published an anthology that brings
together a collection of African authors — men and women of all ethnic groups,
born and raised on the continent — telling the stories of their own lives in
their own words.
The best week of the year, the VONA Summer Workshops for Writers of Color, has started with a bang. Be sure to mark your calendars for the faculty all-star reading on Thursday (6/28, 7PM, Berkeley City College). 10 writers who bring it. SRO audience. Free.
M. Evelina Galang