While San Francisco is ground zero for global technological innovation, it is also renowned as being in the vanguard for a variety of cultural movements: Literary, musical and sports. And, San Francisco policies were among the first of all US cities to institute committed environmental laws.
But culture isn’t all San Francisco is famous for; It also has been a hotbed of political change. San Francisco legislation addresses the needs of all citizens, demonstrating compassion and fairness.
Come listen to, and converse with three award winning authors who have captured a world-changing megalopolis in new, thought provoking books: Joan Gelfand, Geri Spieler, Aya de Leon, and moderator Kathleen Archembeau, native San Franciscan and WNBA-SF Board member
Where: Zoom (link provided via email – RSVP below)
When: October 16, 2020 Noon PDT
The author of three poetry collections, Joan Gelfand’s work appears in national and international journals. Her chapbook of short fiction won the Cervena Barva Fiction Award. Joan has won over 20 awards for poetry, fiction and reviewing. Her book, “You Can Be a Winning Writer: The 4 C’s of Successful Authors” published by Mango Press, is an Amazon #1 best seller. Joan’s debut novel, “Extreme” published by Blue Light Press is set in a Silicon Valley gaming startup.
Geri Spieler is an award winning journalist, research director and investigative reporter working with several newspapers and online investigative sites. She is the author of the award winning Taking Aim at the President and her latest book, San Francisco Values. Geri is a past president of the California Writers Club, member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Authors Guild, Women’s National Book Association, the Internet Society, and Book Critics Circle.
Aya de León teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishes her award-winning Justice Hustlers feminist heist series, including SIDE CHICK NATION the first novel published about Hurricane Maria. In December, Kensington will publish her first spy novel, A SPY IN THE STRUGGLE about FBI infiltration of an African American eco-racial justice organization. Aya blogs for Daily Dose: Feminist Voices for the Green New Deal and working on a Black/Latina spy girl series, GOING DARK. Visit her at ayadeleon.com.
Fourth-generation native San Franciscan, Kathleen Archambeau, is an award-winning writer and LGBTQ activist. She is author of four nonfiction works, Climbing the Corporate Ladder in High Heels (2006), “Seized,” an essay in The Other Woman (2007), edited by Victoria Zackheim, Pride & Joy (2017), and We Make It Better (2019), with gay dad, Eric Rosswood. Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Dustin Lance Black wrote the Foreword to Pride & Joy and endorsed We Make It Better. Archambeau’s work has been favorably reviewed in global and national literary publications and she has been a featured speaker at national and global Pride literary events. Her book was included as part of the Oakland Museum of California store’s Queer California Exhibit and she is a founding member of the James Hormel LGBT wing of the SF Public Library. kathleenarchambeau.com