Spend the afternoon with New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu! Liu is the author of 19 novels of urban fantasy and paranormal romance including the Dirk and Steele and Hunter Kiss series, but she is perhaps best known for her work in comics including NYX, X-23, and her GLAAD Award-winning run on Astonishing X-Men. Liu comes to the North Branch to talk about her creator-owned comic book series Monstress, published by Image Comics.
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It's been 50 Years since the Black Panther Party Movement began! Join Author and Professor Rickey Vincent who will discuss his book Party Music. Party Music explores the connection between Black Power and Soul Music, uncovering the rhythms of the revolution. From James Brown to Jimi Hendrix, revolution was in the air, and Party Music lets you breathe it all in- featuring the Black Panther's own soul funk band The Lumpen.
In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the East Bay Hills Fire, the North Branch welcomes author Risa Nye, whose memoir There Was a Fire Here recounts her experience losing her home in the fire, and her struggle to build a new one.
Copies of the book are available at the North Branch, and everyone is welcome to join us and reflect on this part of our local history, and the shadow it still casts.
Author Cecile Pineda reads from her forthcoming book, Three Tides: Writing at the Edge of Being, and shares 40 years of the writing life, the breakthroughs, the discouragements, and the daily practice. She will be introduced by Professor Marcial Gonzalez, UC Berkeley Dept. of English and author of Chicano Novels and the Politics of Form: Race, Class, and Reification. Reading is followed by a robust discussion with the audience and book signings.
Celebrate Banned Books Week with wizarding fun for the whole family. We will show a movie based on one of the most banned books of the last decade (can you guess what it is?) while you have snacks, make crafts and celebrate intellectual freedom. Suitable for adults, teens & children comfortable with PG rated films. For more information call the branch at (510) 981-6260.
Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus of the International House at U.C. Berkeley, presents a fascinating and enlightening talk that spans his more than thirty years of experience in leadership, both at the International House and abroad. Bringing with him a feast of cross-cultural stories and misadventures, he explores the deeper cultural messages that typically escape people due to their prejudices, be they conscious or unconscious. Lurie reveals how cultural filters distort perceptions of others in the worlds of immigration, diplomacy, and business.
In 1955, British author Catherine Storr wrote a humorous children’s book to help her daughter Cecilia, nicknamed Polly, feel a bit more brave. The resulting work, Clever Polly an the Stupid Wolf, has never been out of print and was described in a recent Guardian article as reading “like a feminist reworking of Little Red Riding Hood“ and as being wonderfully contemporary, with no helpless little girls or doddering grannies.