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Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org
San Francisco Public Library Celebrates Diversity in Literature
We Love Diverse Books – January 2017 Programs
The San Francisco Public Library celebrates diversity in San Francisco and in literature with a new series of city-wide programs, titled We Love Diverse Books. The series includes 50 book events and programs throughout the month of January at all neighborhood branches, showcasing the beautiful array of representation that is available between the pages of the Library’s books and collections.
Featured author appearances include New York Times bestseller Daniel José Older, Katrina Goldsaito, author of The Sound of Silence, and Robert Liu-Trujillo, local children’s book creator and author of Furqan’s First Flat Top. Events include the launch of the Black Comix Arts Festival, drag queen story time, cultural cooking classes, book-making workshops, poetry workshops and more.
This new program series is informed by the pioneering work of Dr. Rudin Bishop who stated, “When Children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read, or when the images they see are distorted, negative, or laughable, they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are a part.” National advocacy efforts have drawn attention to the homogeneity of publishing, and this month the Library is proud to showcase their diverse collections with a host of authors and artists who will be sharing their unique stories.
This program is in collaboration with Blood Orange Press, an independent publisher committed to filling the gaps in the world of children’s books with stories that counteract stereotypes and limitations. We Love Diverse Books is supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
Daniel Jose Older – Book Reading & Book Signing
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library
Be the Author of Your Creative Life – Katrina Goldsaito
Saturday, Jan. 14, 1 p.m., The Mix, Main Library
Robert Liu-Trujillo – Book Reading & Workshop
Monday, Jan. 9, 10 a.m., Visitacion Valley Branch
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m., Portola Branch
Black Comix Arts Festival Launch
Sunday, Jan. 15, 12 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library
Black Comix Arts Festival Comic-Con
Monday, Jan. 16, CityView Metron, 135 4th Street
Drag Queen Story Hour
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch
Tuesday, Jan. 24., 10:30 a.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch
Tray of Togetherness Tasting
Saturday, Jan. 21, 1:15 p.m., Mission Bay Branch
Book Makers 101 with Blood Orange Press
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 12 p.m., Ortega Branch
Make Your Mark with Magnetic Poetry
Saturday, Jan. 28, 3 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch
Find the entire list of programs in the We Love Diverse Books Program Guide
Or via the Library’s online calendar.