Events

Upcoming

2 December 2018: LGBTQ Literature: Still Rad After All These Years at the 5th annual Howard Zinn Book Fair, held at San Francisco City College’s Mission Campus, 1125 Valencia St., 10-6 (panel time TBA). Fifty years after Stonewall, a generation of queer writers and readers comes of age trailing a legacy of history, literature, and busted-open closets. For many of today’s U.S. queers, the coming out story, HIV/AIDS narrative, triumph over bullying tale, or gay love story feels flat and unreflective of our lives, yet curators of mainstream queer culture continue to lean toward those archaic motifs (think “Carol” or “Simon”). How are today’s queer fiction writers bringing our perspective on gender and sexuality to stories rooted in broader struggles–immigration, colonization, climate change, and social upheaval? How are we pushing for our place in spaces where queers remain unwelcome? How do we create stories “queer enough” for the gatekeepers of a niche market without isolating ourselves from broader readership? What kinds of stories will speak to and challenge LGBTQ youth just beginning to define themselves? Join Carolina De Robertis, Kate Raphael, Nancy Au, Juliana Delgado Lopera, and Steve Masover in exploring these questions. The theme of this year’s Howard Zinn Book Fair is “Fighting for the Air We Breathe.”

 

CONSEQUENCE launch party at Diesel Books (Oakland, CA), 18 October 2015
CONSEQUENCE launch party at Diesel Books (Oakland, CA), 18 October 2015

Past events

19 Nov 2017: Narrating the Anthropocene. a panel discussion featuring fiction and non-fiction authors exploring the role storytelling plays in rousing humanity to engage with the crises of our current century. Including Steve Masover with fellow authors Liz Carlisle (Lentil Underground), Michael J. Fitzgerald (The Fracking War) and Jean Tepperman (Warning from my Future Self) at the 4th annual Howard Zinn Book Fair, held at San Francisco City College’s Mission Campus.

Narrating The Anthropocene panel at the Howard Zinn Book Fair, 19 Nov 2017. From left to right: Liz Carlisle, Steve Masover, Michael J. Fitzgerald (not pictured: Jean Tepperman). Photo credit: Sylvia Fox.
Narrating The Anthropocene panel at the Howard Zinn Book Fair, 19 Nov 2017. From left to right: Liz Carlisle, Steve Masover, Michael J. Fitzgerald (not pictured: Jean Tepperman). Photo credit: Sylvia Fox.

8 Oct 2016: Indie Author Day at 300 libraries across the U.S., including a panel of local authors and editors (Steve is the panelist sitting third from the left in the photo) and a round of “speed reading” at the Berkeley Public Library (Central Branch).

Panel of local authors and editors, Berkeley Public Library, 8 Oct 2016
Panel of local authors and editors, Berkeley Public Library, 8 Oct 2016

20 Feb 2016: Radical Fiction – Authors Exploring Activism, a panel discussion with Steve Masover, Kate Raphael, and Barbara Rhine at the Oakland Public Library (Rockridge Branch).

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15 Nov 2015: Radical Storytelling: Writing Activism into Fiction, a panel discussion featuring Steve Masover and fellow authors Starhawk, Kate Raphael, and Diana Block at the 2nd annual Howard Zinn Book Fair, held at San Francisco City College’s Mission Campus (photos)

18 Oct 2015: Launch Party at Diesel Books, Oakland, California (photos)