Saturday, March 21st
THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED
After a long and happy run at the now-defunct Octopus Literary Salon, THERE, the popular East Bay reading/music/literary trivia series, moves to East Bay Booksellers as it resumes with its 32nd edition. Join us for an evening showcasing local literary and musical talent. This month, we feature Berkeley's Julia Flynn Siler, the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed The White Devil's Daughters; Devi S. Laskar of Oakland, author of the award-winning novel The Atlas of Reds and Blues, and Berkeley author Sunisa Manning, author of the forthcoming novel A Good True Thai.
The evening will also include a short musical performance of Americana music by singer Kate Brubeck, guitarist Geoff Van Lienden, mandolinist Allen Samelsen, and bassist Doug Sovern, and a ten-question quiz on literary trivia, with a prize for the winning team.
THERE is hosted by Rockridge's own Doug Sovern, an award-winning reporter at KCBS Radio, who's also the author of the first-of-its-kind Twitter novel TweetHeart and whose short stories have been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize. THERE began in 2015 as a way "to put the 'there' back in Oakland," and stands for THe Eastbay Reading Extravaganza.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Julia Flynn Siler is a New York Times best-selling author and journalist. Her new book, The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Against Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in May 2019. The New York Times Book Review named it an “Editors’ Choice.” She is also the author of Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure and The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty. As a veteran correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek magazine, Siler spent more than two decades in Europe and the United States, reporting from a dozen countries. She has covered fields as varied as biotechnology, cult wines, puppy breeding, and a princess’s quest to restore a Hawaiian palace’s lost treasures. She is a graduate of Brown University, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Devi S. Laskar is the author of The Atlas of Reds and Blues, winner of the 7th annual Crook’s Corner Book Prize for best debut novel set in the South and winner of the 2020 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association. It was selected by The Georgia Center for the Book as a 2019 book “All Georgians Should Read,” long-listed for the 9th annual DSC Prize in South Asian Literature and long-listed for the 2019 Golden Poppy Award sponsored by the NCIBA. The novel was named by The Washington Post as one of the 50 best books of 2019, and has garnered praise in Booklist, Chicago Review of Books, The Guardian and elsewhere. Laskar holds an MFA from Columbia University and an MA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as poem-a-day(poets.org), Indian Express and Crab Orchard Review. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She is an alumna of both TheOpEdProject and VONA, among others.
Sunisa Manning is half Thai, half American. She was born and raised in Bangkok and now makes her home in Berkeley. Her first novel A Good True Thai was a finalist for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize for Southeast Asian writers. It will be published in the region in 2020 by Epigram Books. Sunisa was a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State and also received an Emerging Writer’s Fellowship from the SF Writers Grotto. She’s been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook and the Hambidge Center for the Arts. Sunisa is a graduate of Brown University and teaches at UC Berkeley Extension.
Doug Sovern wrote the first-of-its-kind Twitter novel TweetHeart in 2011. Since 2013, his short stories have appeared in Narrative, Catamaran, The Madison Review and over a dozen other magazines and literary journals, have been honored by Narrative and Zoetrope:All-Story, and have been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes and Best of the West. A graduate of Brown University, he is the political reporter at KCBS Radio in San Francisco and has won almost 250 journalism awards, including the duPont-Columbia and multiple Edward R. Murrow, Sigma Delta Chi, National Headliner and Mark Twain awards. In 2017, he was elected to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. He worked previously for The New York Times and the Associated Press, and has reported from every continent except Antarctica. He is also a professional bassist and award-winning songwriter. Before becoming a journalist and author, he worked as a ditch digger, a messenger in New York City, a barista, a sous chef, a roadie for many legendary rock bands and duplicated Mafia wiretaps for the FBI. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two children. Follow him on Twitter @SovernNation.