Hertha Sweet Wong: Professor of English, reading from "Picturing Identity: Contemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text"
Cafe Society Presents "Romeo is Bleeding," a Benefit Screening for Richmond's RAW Talent Collective, with Donte Clark in conversation.
Donte Clark — poet, writer, youth activist— gained national recognition with the 2017 release of the award-winning documentary “Romeo Is Bleeding.” Donte and the RAW Talent Collective's spoken word artists will perform, and there will be a discussion of the making of the film.
Richmond Writes! Richmond's Poet Laureates Daniel Ari, Ciera Jevai Gordon and Rob Lipton with the winners of the Richmond Writes Poetry in the Schools Competition
Whitney Chadwick, author of Farewell to the Muse: Love War and the Women of Surrealism, will discuss her book on female friendship, Surrealism, and the shaping of women artists' lives by war, loss, and trauma.
Bestselling author and artist Lisa Congdon's book, A Glorious Freedom, explores the power of women over the age of forty who are thriving and living life on their own terms.
Lisa Congdon will interview Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin, a former member of the California Legislature, an artist, and a civil rights activist.
Robert Hass, former US Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, will share his just published book on prosody, A Little Book on Form
Making the Most of Nature in Your Writing: Using the natural landscape as character in fiction and memoir
Political Activists and Authors Suzanne Gordon and Steve Early will discuss veteran's healthcare and political activism in Richmond, California
Story Making for Our Uncertain Times
Please join novelist Mary Rakow and The Rev. Liz Tichenor for an evening devoted to looking at contemporary use of sacred texts. Mary will read from her novel This Is Why I Came.
Ethiopean-born restaurant owner Menbere Aklilu will talk about her life and her support for the Richmond community.
Please join Cafe Society in supporting Menbe's work. We will gratefully collect donations for her annual "Day of Giving Thanks", a Thanksgiving meal for Those in Need at her world-famous Salute e Vita Ristarante on the Richmond Marina.
Dana Johnson will join author Victoria Patterson for a conversation on "Race, Class, Gender and the Need to Represent!"
Praise for Johnson's collection of short stories, In the Not Quite Dark
“This is essential reading for Angelenos, Californians, and anyone interested in masterly, morally engaged storytelling.”
— Publishers Weekly