Dorothy Allison speaks at Berkeley Public Library

May 10, 2016
Contact: Kay Finney
Berkeley Public Library
Groundbreaking southern author Dorothy Allison speaks at the Central Library in Berkeley on Saturday, June 18 at 1:00pm in the Community Meeting Room
Dorothy Allison received mainstream recognition with her novel Bastard Out of Carolina, (1992) a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. The novel won the Ferro Grumley prize, an ALA Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing, became a best seller, and an award-winning movie. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Her other works include Cavedweller (1998), Trash: Stories (1988), and Two or Three Things I Know for Sure (1995). Dorothy Allison now travels the country teaching and speaking at various literary conferences. 
Ms. Allison describes herself as a feminist, a working class story teller, a Southern expatriate, a sometime poet and a happily born-again Californian. Join us in the Central Library community meeting room for an hour that is sure to be thought-provoking and entertaining.
Allison says, “I am quite clear that my own life was saved by story, and moreover by the books in which I found life-saving stories. But the ways in which that takes place are never as simple or reductive as we might imagine.”
For more information about this event call 510-981-6135.
This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library. (
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