Left Coast Voices

"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

Speaking on Sunday in Napa

I will be speaking at Copperfield’s Books in Napa on Sunday between 1-3pm. Copperfield’s is at 3990 Bel Aire Plaza between Hwy. 29 & Transcas Streeet. If you are there for the weekend, or have friends in the area, please drop by and support the local independent bookstore and help spread the word.

Here’s a quote from the flyer:

Meet an author with an opinion. Alon Shalev will discuss using fiction to create a better world, the changing face of the publishing industry, the craft of writing, and (most) anything else!

“The novel has long held the ability to create powerful images and characters that stay with the reader long after the final page.

What if the novel can precipitate a transformational change not just within the story, but also for the reader?

What if the emotional connection between reader and plot, or reader and fictional character, can provide impetus for the reader to engage in fighting social injustice?

Mrs. Blogs will be joining me, so I promise to be on my best behavior. Actually, just between us, it was Mrs. Blogs’ political and social values that first drew me all those moons ago (well her political awareness was, and still is, part of a very attractive package).

See you on Sunday?


Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/and on Twitter (#alonshalevsf).



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