Please note: Out of respect for the East Bay community’s vocal opposition to his appearance, Francisco Cantú feels it will be best to cancel his signing appearance at East Bay Booksellers tonight. We regret any inconvenience this might cause. As he indicated in his public statement yesterday, Francisco acknowledges the importance of ceding space to the voices of those who are protesting his appearance, many of whom are our community’s most disenfranchised and endangered voices, and ultimately concluded the best thing he could do right now was to respect their wishes.
For our part, we have begun crafting a future panel discussion that will be more identifiably reflective of the lives and perspectives — by way of their art, literature, and advocacy, etc. — of those for too long denied their proper, safe platform. We look forward to telling you more about it. It’s going to be fantastic.