El Cerrito poet Maw Shein reads from her new book, "Storage Unit for the Spirit House." It’s a collection of poems around themes of containment and liberation, originally inspired by her obsession with storage units and spirit houses.
San Francisco author Alia Voltz reads from her book "Home Baked." It's about how her mother, Meridy Voltz, became an unexpected caregiver in the 1970s when she opened a bakery called Sticky Fingers Brownies.
San Francisco-based author Valeria Luu and Berkeley-based photographer Andria Lo co-authored a book called Chinatown Pretty. It celebrates the street style and wisdom of senior citizens they met in Chinatowns across North America.
Oakland-based author Elwin Cotman reads from his new short story collection "Dance on Saturday." It's about many things, including a zoology conference, people who make their body parts from fruit, and an origin story for Prince.
Oakland author Yodassa Williams reads from her debut novel "The Goddess Twins." This passage is of one of the main characters remembering a moment from her past when she almost drowned. Williams next book will be a memoir about her experiences as a Black femme burner.
San Francisco-based author Dorothy Hearst reads from "Bobo’s Cave of Gold." She and Pamela Berkman write the children’s series "At the Heels of History," featuring dogs and their human companions at key moments in our past.
San Anselmo author Kate Milliken reads from her new novel, "Kept Animals." It's set in a southern California neighborhood of horse ranches and movie stars, and it revolves around the relationships of teenage girls.