Jun
11
5:30 PM17:30

Eve Ensler: Rethinking Domestic Violence, at The Commonwealth Club

Join Lauren at the Commonwealth Club for an evening with Eve Ensler.

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How do you come to terms with the need for an apology that will never come? How can the trauma of a childhood in an abusive household be put into words? And how can recounting the pain of those histories become a process of healing and personal reconciliation? These are the questions that Eve Ensler grapples with in her newest book, The Apology. It is a raw reckoning with a traumatic and unresolved past which has played an important role in Ensler’s artistic and political activist careers, and it shows other survivors of abuse how they may finally envision their own freedom from the past.

Ensler’s theatrical career took off when she wrote “The Vagina Monologues,” a work of such originality and power that it ran for over 10 years and has been translated into 140 languages. The performances inspired the creation of V-Day, a global platform to share the stories of survivors and for groups to raise money for the cause through their own yearly performances of “The Vagina Monologues.” Ensler has received numerous awards, including the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship in playwriting, an Obie and Glamour’s Woman of the Year. 

Come join us for a discussion with a woman renowned for her artistic work and political impact on a topic for which words do not come easily but need to be heard.

This program is part of the Commonwealth Club Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

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5:30 p.m. check-in
6:30 p.m. program
7:30 p.m. book signing



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Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Gloria Steinem: More Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

What is Gloria Steinem thinking about today in our era of #MeToo and intersectionality? How can today’s feminists learn from our foremothers, and vice versa? We’ll celebrate an updated, third edition of Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, originally published in 1983 — a book that has sold over half a million copies, and counting. As author Susan Faludi (Backlash) put it, Outrageous Acts“ will always be… a required feminist reader.” From satires to moving tributes, confessions (yes, the Playboy bunny essay is in here) and analyses, the book includes classics along with new material.

Lauren Schiller, host of Inflection Point from KALW will lead the conversation with Gloria Steinem and artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez of CultureStrike. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from an ever-relevant icon in a smart, sassy conversation that will provoke and inspire you. This event is produced by Women Lit/Bay Area Book Festival in collaboration with Inflection Point.

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Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Courage, Honor, and Hope: An Evening with Khalida Brohi

Join us for the next event in our Women Lit series!

Courage, Honor, and Hope: An Evening with Khalida Brohi in conversation with Inflection Point’s Lauren Schiller.

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Thursday, December 13 at The Women’s Building in San Francisco.
7:00 p.m. program followed by book signing.

General Admission: $15 advance, $20 at the door
Student Price: $10 advance/at the door; show student ID at the door

You are invited to hear from one of the most powerful young voices in international activism. At age 16, Brohi became an activist after her cousin was murdered by her uncle in an honor killing. From a tiny cement-roofed single room home in Karachi where she was allowed ten minutes of computer use per day, she created a Facebook campaign that went viral. She has embarked on a global quest to speak up for women and speak out against cultural practices that keep women down. Already one of Newsweek magazine’s “25 under 25 Women of Impact” and Forbes’ “30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs,” her book is “I Should Have Honor. A Memoir of Hope and Pride in Pakistan.” And she’s just getting started.

This is the second event in Women Lit, a new literary event series presenting female authors on lightning-hot topics for women and men today. It’s presented by the Bay Area Book Festival’s Women Lit society and KALW’s Inflection Point, the podcast and broadcast about how women rise up. Go to womenlit.org for a full schedule. KALW is a proud media sponsor of Women Lit.

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Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

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Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

Rebecca Traister in conversation with Inflection Point’s Lauren Schiller

Anger is power. Come join Lauren, Women Lit/Bay Area Book Festival, and your fellow agitators and thinkers for an evening with one of the most compelling voices for women today. With her latest book, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger, Rebecca Traister tracks the history of female anger as political and personal dynamite. Inform your rage! This evening could not be more timely.

Wednesday, October 10th, 7pm at the Berkeley City Club


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