Oakland Book Festival
Sunday, May 31, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland CA
Free and open to the public
Read. Debate. Celebrate.
One day – Seven Hours – 90 Writers – 40 Events
Inside City Hall, 90 novelists, poets, historians, philosophers, journalists, and activists will engage event goers in panels, interviews, and open debate. The event features national literary luminaries Edwidge Danticat, Hector Tobar, Tracy K. Smith, Paul Beatty, and Astra Taylor. Participating Bay Area writers include Rick Prelinger, Elaine Brown, Vikram Chandra, Will Alexander, Ben Fong-Torres, Mark Danner, and Anthony Marra. A full list of activities and speakers can be found at www.OaklandBookFestival.org. Join us for conversations about gentrification, multi-culturalism, whistle-blowing, city life, and the future of American literature.
From the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles to Chicago, “The Ladies Quintet” is the definitive “little engine that could,” explains playwright Kathryn G. McCarty, describing the upcoming Off-Broadway production of her play “The Ladies Quintet.” Over ten years in the making, with several runs in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles and the Raven Theatre Complex in Chicago, McCarty and her team of actresses say they are ready to take on the Big Apple.
“It’s a lifelong dream,” said actress Helen Means, who has been with the show since its inception. “I’m 80 in July,” quipped Means. “I told Kathy we better get to New York while I still remember my lines.” Means and the cast are headed for Theatre Row, and Off-Broadway theatre on 42nd Street in Manhattan, and she couldn’t be more excited. Continue reading The Ladies Quintet from Bay Area to Off-Broadway!
AIR—an international network of independent radio and television media makers and entrepreneurs—is searching for 15 creative leaders with ideas that will bring public media to every street corner in America. The winning projects will be incubated at public radio stations nationwide as part of Localore: Finding America, a $3.2 million production that seeds innovation units at public radio and television stations across the country.
“We’re in the golden age of talent, with podcasters and media entrepreneurs in position to lead and inspire us all,” said Localore Executive Producer Sue Schardt. “Localore will bring forward makers who want use public media in new ways to address the disparities that exist in our country.”
Finding America is the latest in AIR’s series of producer-led research and development productions, which have an accumulated reach of more than 28 million since 2010. Winners will be given 6- to 9-month contracts to build their ideas while working with one of the 1,200 public media stations in cities and towns across the United States. Finding America’s competition is open to documentarians, journalists, programmers, storytellers, educators, artists, and entrepreneurs: makers with a passion for public service media. Continue reading AIR launches nationwide competition for storytelling experiments in public media
Save the date! April 25th 5-8PM
Two great local Manhattan lit orgs meet to keep words alive between the skyscrapers. Poets and fiction writers MARIPOSA, MELANIE GOODREAUX, SHEILA MALDONADO, RON KOLM, FRANK PEREZ, CHAVISA WOODS, POONAM SRIVASTAVA, and STEVE CANNON bring the Lower East Side up to the Heights.