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We’re reading the following book right now. So, read along with us and meet us on Zoom for the discussion.

September 13, 2021 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – PST

Tureeda Mikell is all this and more: Educator, Consultant, Poet, Griot/Elocutionist/Story Medicine Woman, activist for holism, award winning poet, published/performed nationally and internationally. Qigong healer, BAWP Fellow, consultant for the Bay Area Writing Project at U. C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education, publisher: 72 CA Poets in the school’s student anthologies, and former Alameda County Area Coordinator for state-wide programs, CA Poets in the Schools, and founding director of Tree of Life Health Literacy Project. Mikell is also the Arts Is Education coach for Alameda County, S.F. and Contra Costa Counties, and winner of the 2015-16 Oakland Arts Grant for Unbroken Circles. Find her book on Nomadic Press.

July 31, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – PST

Julinda LeDee is a San Jose, California resident who earned her MPA in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco (USF) and her BA in Sociology with a minor in African American Studies from San Jose State University (SJSU).

LeDee uses her education and experience to express herself through poetry, prose, and performance. She has a gift for connecting with people, and to this end she’s created Speak for Impact and is self-published with a writing style that’s infinitely accessible. Find her on Amazon.

June 12, 2021 06:00 PM – 07:30 PM – PST

Julia Reyes is a defiant teen who lives in a troubled Chicago neighborhood with her parents and sister, Olga. Olga seems perfect, but when a sudden accident takes her life, Julia discovers Olga might not have been the daughter her parents had in mind. In fact, as Julia uncovers her sister’s secrets, she discovers things she ironically she has never really known about her parents and what is seeded in the tragic story of their border crossing. Buy it from Marcus Books.

Mar 06, 2021 06:00 PM – 07:30 PM – PST

Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, Black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends, and lovers, across the country and through the years.

Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and totally irresistible. Buy it from Marcus Books.

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