NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE
When: 6:00–8:00 p.m. TUESDAY, September 8th, 6-8pm
Where: OLD CAPITOL BOOKS – 559 Tyler St. Monterey, Ca 93940
Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday: NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, we want to hear your VOICE.
On September 8th we will feature Dr. Christine Sleeter Professor Emerita at California State University Monterey Bay, who is internationally known for her work in multicultural education. Her nineteen non-fiction books include Power, Teaching and Teacher Education. She will be reading from White Bread her first work of fiction.
In White Bread, readers accompany Jessica on a journey into her family’s past, into herself, and into the bicultural community she teaches but does not understand. Jessica, a fictional White fifth-grade teacher, is prompted to explore her family history by the unexpected discovery of a hundred-year-old letter. Simultaneously, she begins to grapple with culture and racism, principally through discussions with a Mexican American teacher. White Bread pulls readers into a tumultuous six months of Jessica’s life as she confronts many issues that turn out to be interrelated, such as why she knows so little about her family’s past, why she craves community as she feels increasingly isolated, why the Latino teachers want the curriculum to be more Latino, and whether she can become the kind of teacher who sparks student learning. The storyline alternates between past and present, acquainting readers with German American communities in the Midwest during the late 1800s and early 1900s, portraits based on detailed historic excavation. What happened to these communities gives Jessica the key to unlock answers to questions that plague her.
Questions to or to sign up to be featured: firstname.lastname@example.org 831-601-9195 or co-emcee Janice Rocke @ 831-521-0375.