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Presentation: Facing Life: Pendarvis Harshaw & Brandon Tauszik

in conversation with Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods
Saturday, 12/3/2022
2:00 - 3:30
Koret Auditorium
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This is a hybrid event. Registration is required for Zoom attendance. In-person attendance does not require registration; seats available first come, first served.

Pendarvis Harshaw and Brandon Tauszik in conversation with Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods, our 17th One City One Book authors. Joining the conversation is Lynn Acosta, one of the participants of Facing Life, who will share her story. 

Watch on YouTube. 

Facing Life is a multimedia web-based project that chronicles the experiences of eight individuals living through re-entry after serving life prison sentences in California. Visuals by Brandon Tauszik & Words by Pendarvis Harshaw. Lynn Acosta photo by Brandon Tauszik

Over the course of two years, Tauszik and Harshaw followed these individuals as they faced everyday challenges, entered the workforce, and tried to readjust to today's rapidly changing way of life. Facing Life is comprised of cinemagraphs, videos, 360VR clips, and text, giving an intimate and extensive look into the lives of eight individuals living through re-entry in California. This project was made possible with support from the Pulitzer Center.  

Harshaw is a renowned journalist and educator based in Sacramento and Oakland, California. He has taught journalism to high school students as well as incarcerated men. He is a staff writer and podcast producer at KQED, as well as a graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism. His first book, OG Told Me, is a memoir-style collection of essays about Harshaw’s coming of age experience as a black man in America.

Tauszik is a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles and Oakland, California. His long-term projects examine elements of America’s social periphery. His most recent works have incorporated the largely unexplored medium of cinemagraphs, a delicate hybrid between the still image and film. This work has received reviews from TIME, Slate, VICE, Medium among others.

Following the event will be a reception and exhibition viewing at The Bridge, located on the 5th Floor of the Main Library. Light refreshments will be served. 

Connect: 

Facing Life - Website

Pendarvis Harshaw - Linktree | Pendarvis Harshaw - Twitter | Pendarvis Harshaw - Instagram 

Brandon Tauszik - Website | Brandon Tauszik - Twitter | Brandon Tauszik - Instagram

 


Events and workshops curated around SFPL’s One City One Book selection. One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is a citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time. For more information, see sfpl.org/onecityonebook.

Learn about and increase your awareness of issues related to jail, prison, incarceration and reentry resources. Find out more about our services: sfpl.org/services/jail-and-reentry-services.


This program is sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.


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