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OFFSITE: Babylon Salon presents Susan Kiyo Ito, Helene Wecker, Ilana DeBare, Teresa Burns Gunther & Sarah Rose Cadorette

Saturday, December 9, 2023 - 5:30pm

Booksmith is thrilled to partner with Babylon Salon for their Winter event, featuring readings by Susan Kiyo Ito (I Would Meet You Anywhere), Helene Wecker (The Hidden Palace), Ilana DeBare (Shaken Loose), Teresa Burns Gunther (Hold Off the Night) & Sarah Rose Cadorette (Sonora Review)!

Please note:

This is a free, outdoor event to be held at The Sycamore (2140 Mission St).

About the authors/performers

Susan Ito began reading at the age of three, and writing stories at the age six. She co-edited the literary anthology A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption. Her work has appeared in The Writer, Growing Up Asian American, Choice, Hip Mama, Literary Mama, Catapult, Hyphen,The Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. She is a MacDowell colony Fellow, and has also been awarded residencies at The Mesa Refuge, Hedgebrook and the Blue Mountain Center. She has performed her solo show, The Ice Cream Gene, around the US. Her theatrical adaption of Untold, stories of reproductive stigma, was produced at Brava Theater She is a member of the Writers’ Grotto, and teaches at Mills College/Northeastern University and Bay Path University. She was one of the co-organizers of Rooted and Written, a no-fee writing workshop for writers of color. She lives in Northern California. Author photo by Emma Asano Roark.

Helene Wecker received a BA from Carleton College in Minnesota and an MFA from Columbia University in New York. A Chicago-area native who has made her home in Minneapolis, Seattle, and New York, she now lives near San Francisco with her husband and daughter. The Golem and the Jinni is her first novel.

Ilana DeBare is author of Shaken Loose, a speculative fiction novel published by Hypatia Press in July 2023. While Shaken Loose is her first published novel, it's not her first novel altogether. (Um, FOUR unpublished novels before this? Let's just say they started out bad and got better. A former newspaper reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee, Ilana also worked as a communications director for her local Audubon Society. She was the founding board chair of the Julia Morgan School for Girls, an all-girl middle school in Oakland, California. Her experience helping start Julia Morgan led her to write "Where Girls Come First: The Rise, Fall, and Surprising Revival of Girls' Schools" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2004). She lives in Oakland with her husband Sam and their astonishingly fluffy cat Bowie. Learn more at ilanadebare.com or follow Ilana's blog at /ilanadebare.substack.com.

Teresa Burns Gunther is an award-winning author. Her fiction and nonfiction are published widely in US and international literary journals and anthologies. Her stories have been recognized in numerous contests. Her story "War Paint" was awarded the 52nd New Millennium Award for Fiction in 2022, and is included in her short story collection, Hold Off The Night, a Finalist for the Orison Book Prize and the Hudson Book Prize. She is the founder of Lakeshore Writers Workshop, an Amherst Writer & Artists Affiliate, where she leads workshops and classes and offers coaching and developmental editing services. Learn more at https:// teresaburnsgunther.com.

Sarah Rose Cadorette was born and raised in Minnesota, and has since lived on both U.S. coasts and in several other countries. She has worked as an ESL teacher, a community organizer, the education director for a travel nonprofit, a professor of rhetoric and, hilariously, as a gardening instructor. Sarah holds a Creative Writing MFA and a Travel Writing and Social Advocacy BA, both from Emerson College. She is currently working on publishing a book of essays on obsessions and possessions. Her obsessions are Prince and her dog, Cleopatra.

Please note: this is a free, outdoor event to be held at The Sycamore (2140 Mission St).