SF’s Secret Histories at Bay Area Book Festival

by on May 17, 2016

Want to discover the lost histories of San Francisco’s Tenderloin, Chinatown and Legacy Bars? Join Gordon Chin, J.K. Dineen, Rachel Brahinsky and myself for a panel discussion at the Bay Area Book Festival on Saturday June 4 from 10-11:15 AM at The Brower Center. Admission is free and the festival continues through June 5.

The panel offers a rare opportunity to hear about neighborhoods and bars that are not part of standard San Francisco historiography. Chin’s Building Community, Chinatown Style, Dineen’s High Spirits: The Legacy Bars of San Francisco, and my own, The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco, offer many intersecting plot lines (after all, the Tenderloin was long dominated by bars and Chinatown has had its fair share). Brahinsky, a professor of Urban Affairs at USF whose own research focuses on Bayview-Hunters Point, will moderate.

The Bay Area Book Festival is a remarkable event that premiered in 2015. It is the answer to the longstanding question asked by those who have participated or attended the longtime Los Angeles Times Book Festival: why doesn’t the Bay Area have a major book festival?

With all of the authors in the Bay Area the absence of a book festival has proved a glaring omission to the cultural scene. After last year’s success and the extraordinary lineup this year, its place in the region’s cultural landscape appears secure.

Authors will be signing books and answering questions about them. It is an indoor and outdoor event so attendees will get plenty of chance to walk around and enjoy a beautiful springtime day.

See you on June 4!

Randy Shaw

Randy Shaw is the Editor of Beyond Chron and the Director of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic, which publishes Beyond Chron. Shaw's latest book is Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America. He is the author of four prior books on activism, including The Activist's Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century, and Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century. He is also the author of The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco

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