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Litquake & the Oakland Public Library present: Lit by the Lake in the Library
Join us to celebrate the variety of literary talent in the East Bay in a special after-hours event at Oakland’s Main Library. Five East Bay authors come together this year to read from their newly published books. Enjoy a glass of wine, take a seat, and make new friends while you meet some of our top local authors.
Admission includes complimentary wine for attendees over the age of 21.
Books will be available for purchase from Laurel Book Store.
AYA DE LEON teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley. Her debut feminist heist novel, Uptown Thief, won an Independent Publisher "IPPY" award. The Justice Hustlers series continues with The Boss. Her work has appeared in Ebony, Guernica, Writers Digest, Bitch Magazine, VICE and on Def Poetry.
MEREDITH JAEGER was born and raised in Berkeley, the daughter of a Swiss father and an American mother. While working for a San Francisco startup, she completed The Dressmaker's Dowry, her debut novel. She lives in Alameda with her husband, baby daughter and bulldog.
ELIZABETH ROSNER is the author of three novels and a poetry collection. The Speed of Light was translated into nine languages and won several awards in the US and in Europe, including being shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Femina. Blue Nude was named among the best books of 2006 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Electric City was named among the best books of 2014 by NPR. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Elle, the San Francisco Chronicle, and others. She lives in Berkeley.
SHANTHI SEKARAN teaches creative writing at California College of the Arts, and is a member of the Portuguese Artists Colony and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Her work has appeared in Best New American Voices and Canteen, and online at Zyzzyva and Mutha Magazine. She is the author of The Prayer Room and Lucky Boy (Putnam). A California native, she lives in Berkeley with her husband and two children.
Cave Canem graduate fellow ARISA WHITE received her MFA from UMass, Amherst, and is the author of Black Pearl, Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Saved. She teaches in the low-residency BFA program at Goddard College and is a member of the board of directors for Nomadic Press. You’re the Most Beautiful Thing that Happened, her newest collection from Augury Books, was nominated for a 29th Lambda Literary Award.