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The Berkeley-born writer Ariel Schrag was first published while she was still a student Berkeley High School in the late 90s. Schrag gained success after writing a series of four autobiographical coming-of-age graphic novels - one about each year of high school. In the mid-aughts she wrote for television - including the Showtime series The L Word. She recently finished her first novel Adam and is currently living in Brooklyn. 

Interview with children's author Stacey Lee

Jul 13, 2015
Photo courtesy staceyhlee.com

When she was a child, author Stacey Lee wanted to read stories about more people like her. She’s a fourth-generation Chinese-American whose ancestors came to California during the heyday of the cowboys. Her new young adult novel, Under a Painted Sky, is about a Chinese girl and an African-American girl traveling the Oregon Trail together, disguised as boys. They’re trying to get to California during the gold rush. 

 


On today’s episode of “Crosscurrents,” we are talking about identity. We have heard how people, whether intentionally or not, can “pass” as another race, just by the sound of their voice. Passing can also be a full-time, physical endeavor. The United States has a long history of African Americans who chose to live as white in their daily lives. 

Out In The Bay 3/13/14

Mar 13, 2014

Interview with lesbian author and activist Judy Grahn

Since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the link between the two countries has been undeniable. Fremont, in the East Bay, has the largest Afghani community in the U.S. Local Children’s author Naheed Senzai is married to Afghan American political scientist Fareed Senzai, who has an incredible story of fleeing Afghanistan with this family as a boy, and ending up in Fremont, where he has lived ever since. 

Out In The Bay 7/18/20

Jul 18, 2013

Interview with Judy Grahn

Chuck Palahniuk, author of “Fight Club” and  “Invisible Monsters Remix”, in conversation with writer Tom Barbash, contributing book critic for The New York Times.  On Inforum from the Commonwealth Club, Tuesday at 7pm.