September-October 2020 Selection
Benjamin Bac Sierra
In conjunction with iVIVA!: Latino Heritage Month SFPL is honored to host Benjamin Bac Sierra as our On the Same Page author. We will celebrate this local author, educator, poet, activist and Mission District native. Bac Sierra’s new book Pura Neta, the long awaited sequel to Barrio Bushido is due out in mid September Pochino Press.
Set in the San Francisco Mission barrio from 2012 to 2014, Pura Neta explores the creative struggle of homeboys and homegirls fighting against gentrification, police brutality, racism and economic and educational injustice.
Benjamin Bac Sierra was raised by a widowed mother and the streets of the Mission District. He served in the Marine Corps, where he participated in frontline combat during the first Gulf War. He is a professor at City College of San Francisco, a community innovator and keynote speaker throughout the Bay Area. Bac Sierra’s essays and stories have been published in newspapers and literary magazines. His first novel, Barrio Bushido, received a Best of the Bay Award and an International Latino Book Award.
"It was a soft sunny spring afternoon when God stopped loving them." – from Barrio Bushido