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October Meetup with special guest author Chana Wilson

Author Chana Wilson will be our guest this evening as we discuss her memoir Riding Fury Home.

From the book's website

"In 1958, when Chana Wilson was seven, her mother held a rifle to her head and pulled the trigger. The gun jammed and she was taken away to a mental hospital. On her return, Chana became the caretaker of her heavily medicated, suicidal mother. It would be many years before she learned the secret of her mother’s anguish: her love affair with another married woman, and the psychiatric treatment aimed at curing her of her lesbianism.

"Riding Fury Home spans forty years of the intense, complex relationship between Chana and her mother — the trauma of their early years together, the transformation and joy they found when they both came out in the 1970s, and the deep bond that grew between them. From the intolerance of the ‘50s to the exhilaration of the women’s movement of the ‘70s and beyond, the book traces the profound ways in which their two lives were impacted by the social landscape of their time. Exquisitely written and devastatingly honest, Riding Fury Home is a shattering account of one family’s struggle against homophobia and mental illness — and a powerful story of healing, forgiveness, and redemption."

Remember that Books, Inc. provides book club members a 15% discount on the books we are reading for the meetup. Call ahead to make sure they have a copy available for you. They can also arrange to have books shipped to you or the Books, Inc. store closest to you.

Please join us for some good discussion and social time. Refreshments will be available. (Please feel free to bring a snack or beverage. I will supply at least one bottle of wine. )

There is never any pressure to have the book completed (or read at all) in order to attend. We would just love to have you, and it can be

enjoyable to hear about the book and meet some cool people.

Parking and transportation

Please allow yourself a little buffer time to find parking. Sunday evenings around here can get crowded. 
Parking can be challenging, but there are a number of options. There are the obvious street meters which are free by this time. In addition to these there are two outdoor lots and a parking garage in the vicinity, all of which are also free on Sundays. (Regularly $0.50/hr)

The Civic Center Parking Structure is next door to the Alameda Theatre and is located at 1416 Oak

Street, between Central Avenue and Santa Clara Avenue. Lot A is accessible from Park Avenue between Central avenue and Santa Clara Avenue. Lot B is accessible from both Central Avenue and Alameda Avenue between Oak Street and Park Street.

The bookstore is also not too far from the Fruitvale BART Station on Oakland. It is an easy bus ride from there. Arrangements can also be made with the organizer and/or other members for rides to and from the BART. Just post requests and availability to the comments

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a wonderful night and it was great meeting Chana

    October 29, 2012

  • Gabriela D.

    Fabulous read. Looking forward to meeting Chana and discussing her book and the writing process.

    October 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can get to this event by public transit, but would love a ride back to a BART station afterwards. Anyone going near a BART station with room in her or his car? Thanks!

    September 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I missed Chana's debut at Diesel and am thrilled to have the chance to hear and see her speak about her memoir at this event!

    September 25, 2012

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