Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 PM:
Mai'a Williams reading and discussion
Mai'a Wiliams will read from and discuss her new book, This Is How We Survive: Revolutionary Mothering, War, and Exile in the 21st Century, sharing her experiences working in conflict zones and with liberatory resistance communities as a journalist, human rights worker, and midwife in Palestine, Egypt, Chiapas, Berlin, and the U.S., while mothering her young daughter Aza.
She first went to Palestine in 2003 during the Second Intifada to support Palestinians resisting the Israeli occupation. In 2006, she became pregnant in Bethlehem, West Bank. By the time her daughter was three years old, they had already celebrated with Zapatista women in southern Mexico and survived Israeli detention, and during the 2011 Arab Spring they were in the streets of Cairo protesting the Mubarak dictatorship. She watched the Egyptian revolution fall apart and escaped the violence, like many of her Arab comrades, by moving to Europe. Three years later, she and Aza were camping at Standing Rock in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline and co-creating revolutionary mothering communities once again.
This is a story about mothers who are doing the work of deep social transformation by creating the networks of care that sustain movements and revolutions. By centering mothers in our organizing work, we center those who have the skills and the experience of creating and sustaining life on this planet. This Is How We Survive illuminates how mothering is a practice essential to the work of revolution. It explores the heartbreak of revolutionary movements falling apart and revolutionaries scattering across the globe into exile. And most importantly, how mamas create, no matter the conditions, the resilience to continue doing revolutionary work.
Friday, June 23 at 7:00 PM:
Love is Not Enough Book Release
Left Bank Books is releasing its first book of poetry since "More Noise Please" by Steven Jesse Bernstein.
"Love is Not Enough" was written by Frances Gregory. It is a book of poems prepared over the course of the year following the suicide of their mother. The poems are an investigation into the circumstantial and relational dynamics of grief as well as the bloody spectres of patriarchy and generational trauma.
"This is one of the most haunting, brilliant travels into grief I have ever read." -CA Conrad
"I still want to hang every ex-husband
boyfriend, father, doctor, lawyer, and stranger at the beach
that made you feel crazy and unsafe
from the moon, by their entrails
as a warning
I want to smear their blood across my face
as a beacon that bakes and stinks in the sun
I want to crush their bones for tea to get strong"
-Exerpt from "3-5 Years"
Musical performance by:
wrk shrt (oly)
Frances Gregory (sea/oly)
Willow Sacaan (oly)
This event will start on time.
Left Bank Books is wheelchair accessible. Please try to refrain from wearing scented products.