Literary

Scary Stories, Past and Present - LOREN RHOADS

Join us for a spine-chilling storytime to get you in the Halloween spirit! First, hear local author Loren Rhoads read her short story, "In the Pines," a tale that's short but definitely not sweet, then participate in a live Q&A with the author. Next, listen to the beginning of Shirley Jackson's classic masterpiece The Haunting of Hill House as read by David Warner.

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Scary Stories, Past and Present - SUMIKO SAULSON

Join us for a spine-chilling storytime to get you in the Halloween spirit!

First, hear local author Sumiko Saulson read an excerpt from hir novella Ashes and Coffee, a distinctly Bay Area, modern take on Poe's The Masque of the Red Death, and participate in a live Q&A with Sumiko. Then hear the original Poe story as read by Basil Rathbone. (Link+ has a number of Saulson's works, and BPL is working on adding Ashes and Coffee and more to our collection.)

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Scary Stories, Past and Present - ADDIE TSAI

Join us for a spine-chilling storytime to get you in the Halloween spirit! First, hear author and artist Addie Tsai read from their new novel, Unwieldy Creatures, a biracial, queer, gender-swapped retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and participate in a live Q&A. Then enjoy a horror classic, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as read by Anthony Quayle. (Unwieldy Creatures is on order at BPL, but Link+ has you covered for now!)

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Intro to Zines Workshop

What's a zine (said zeen)? It's a short, handmade booklet about anything you want to share with the world--and anyone can make one! Join us at this event to not only learn more about zines and zine history, but also to make your very own zine with the help of experienced zinesters. We can't wait to see what you create!

This workshop will be held in The Commons, our new social space on the first floor of Central Branch.

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Intro to Zines Workshop

What's a zine (said zeen)? It's a short, handmade booklet about anything you want to share with the world--and anyone can make one! Join us at this event to not only learn more about zines and zine history, but also to make your very own zine with the help of experienced zinesters. We can't wait to see what you create!

This workshop will be held in The Commons, our new social space on the first floor of Central Branch.

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Poetry Reading- Author Donté Clark, Close Caskets

Author Donté Clark, ex-poet laureate of Richmond, reads from his latest book Close Caskets. Close Caskets, is an intergenerational collection of poems about life in Richmond, California from the perspective of author, activist, educator, and actor Donté Clark. Clark delivers a visceral interpretation of how his world view was shaped by his location ̶ a landscape that placed him in the middle of trauma, love, hardship and triumph.

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Making Myths New

Do you like to be creative, find new ways to express yourself and relieve stress? Join us for a workshop reading ancient myths, discussing the works of art and literature that they have inspired, and making our own myth-inspired stories, poems, and songs!

In this six-week workshop, we take a playful approach to the stories of ancient Greece, and the creatively powerful images within them. In each unit, we will read a famous myth, explore interpretations by creators from different times, learn techniques for getting started in a new creative genre, and share what we create!

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