Litquake & Oakland Public Library present LIT BY THE LAKE AT THE LIBRARY

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Celebrate six of the East Bay's literary luminaries in a special after-hours event at Oakland’s Main Library. Authors will read from their latest work while you enjoy a glass of wine courtesy of Ashes & Diamonds Winery and treats courtesy of Semifreddi's.

Admission $5.00 suggested donation benefiting Litquake and the Friends of the Oakland Public Library

Admission includes complimentary wine for attendees over the age of 21.

Our 2019 panel features authors Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Alison Hart, Vanessa Hua, S.A. Lelchuk, Jenny Odell and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton.

Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Wolfman Books.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s most recent novel, The Evolution of Love, takes place in the East Bay and was a finalist for both the Ferro-Grumley award and the Lambda Literary award. Her new collection, Lava Falls, Stories at the Intersection of Family and Survival, won the Devil’s Kitchen fiction award. Her middle grades novel, Running Wild, is just out. She lives in Berkeley with multiple animals of various species.

Alison Hart’s debut novel Mostly White was praised by the National Book Award-winning author Isabel Allende as "So compelling it gave me goosebumps…” Alison identifies as a mixed race African American, Passamaquoddy Native American, Irish, Scottish and English
woman of color. She is the author of the poetry collection Temp Words.

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of A River of Stars and Deceit and Other Possibilities.  Honors include the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, among others.  Photo credit: Andria Lo

Saul Lelchuk’s debut novel, Save Me From Dangerous Men, introduces Berkeley bookseller and vigilante Nikki Griffin. The book in development for a TV series and the foreign rights have sold in multiple countries. Saul is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. When not in California, he teaches creative writing at Dartmouth College.

Jenny Odell, author of How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy is an artist and writer based in Oakland, California. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Sierra Magazine, and McSweeney’s, and her art has been exhibited internationally. Odell teaches digital art at Stanford University.

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton studied creative writing at Dartmouth College and law at UC Berkeley. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was a 2017 National Book Award Nominee, a New York Times Notable Book of 2017 and a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. Her work has been published in The New York Times Book ReviewOprah.comLenny LetterThe Massachusetts Review, and other publications.  Photo credit: Ben Krantz


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Oakland, CA 94612
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