Friends of the Oakland Public School Libraries (FOPSL) is hosting a series of online ‘Author Chats’ via Zoom on Thursday evenings throughout October to help raise funds for books, resources for librarians, and a new eBook collection for Oakland Public Schools. The Chats include:
October 1: Author, humorist, and podcaster Nancy Davis Kho will read from her book The Thank You Project, and discuss gratitude in the time of covid.
October 8: Award-winning mystery writer Terry Shames writes the Samuel Craddock mysteries. Her latest, A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary, was called the “best in an enjoyable series” by Kirkus Review.
October 15: Best-selling author and journalist Dashka Slater will discuss her award-winning true-crime narrative The 57 Bus with Aishatu Yusuf, project director with the justice reform nonprofit Impact Justice, and her children’s books with OUSD school librarian Mariah Sparks.
October 22: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan will be in conversation with Ethan Nosowsky, editorial director of Gray Wolf Press. Her most recent novel, Manhattan Beach was a New York Times bestseller and her previous novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize.
October 29: Chef, food activist, owner of Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse, and the author of 16 books, Alice Waters will speak about her work.
The Rogers Family Foundation and The Gunderman Group Realtors are sponsors of the events. Tickets are $25 per event or $100 for the series.
Interested in the series but not sure if you can commit to the date? All Chats will be recorded and each ticketholder will receive a copy of the recording after the event.
First 30 purchases will receive a signed copy of Dashka Slater's award-winning book, The 57 Bus. All Chats will be recorded and sent to ticketholders.
Can't make the event at the last minute? No worries! As a ticket holder, you'll receive a recording of Terry Shames' Author Chat.
Can't make the event at the last minute? No worries! As a ticket holder, you'll receive a recording of Dashka Slater's Author Chat.