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Join us for April Author Talks

We are thrilled to partner with the Libraries for three author events this month. A portion of the proceeds from any of the titles below (through links) will support the Foundation.  

Good and Mad, Rebecca Traister moderated by our own Tanya Beat
April 15, 6 pm

Join San Mateo County Libraries for a conversation with award-winning journalist and author Rebecca Traister on her New York Times Bestselling book, Good and Mad.  With an audience Q&A to follow, she will be interviewed by Tanya Beat, Director of the County of San Mateo Commission on the Status of Women and County of San Mateo LGBTQ Commission (and Foundation board member). Traister has become a leading voice on feminism and women in politics. Good and Mad was selected as one of the best books of 2018 by NPR, The Washington Post and more. Traister explores the power of female anger and its ability to transform it into a political movement. 

Register: Webinar Registration – Zoom

Purchase your own copy:


Zero Waste Chef, Anne Marie Bonneau
April 21, 7 pm

Are you interested in learning about living with as little plastic, food waste, and stuff as possible? Then join San Mateo County Libraries for an evening with Anne-Marie Bonneau as she shares her debut book “The Zero-Waste Chef”! Bonneau will share her experience working towards zero-waste, motivational facts, and simple fixes to ease you into wasting less. This program is intended for adults.

Anne-Marie Bonneau is the blogger behind Zero-Waste Chef who has lived plastic-free since 2011. She shows others how reducing their trash not only benefits the planet but also satisfies their taste buds and boosts their bank accounts. Bonneau lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two daughters and her sourdough starter, Eleanor.

Register for event: Author Talk with Anne-Marie Bonneau

Purchase your own copy:  


Here We Are, Aarti Namdev Shahani
Undocumented Americans, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
April 28, 6 pm

Join San Mateo County Libraries for a conversation between award-winning authors Aarti Namdev Shahani and Karla Cornejo Villavicencio!

In her book “Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares“, Aarti Namdev Shahani shares her family’s riveting story, from the upheaval of the Partition, their move to the US in 1981, and the struggle to live in the midst of family deportation, September 11, and immigrant isolation. It also chronicles Aarti’s own unlikely journey from undocumented kid in Queens to a national, renowned voice.

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio was on DACA when she decided to write about being undocumented for the first time using her own name. A National Book Award Finalist, “The Undocumented Americans” reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in a deeply personal portrait of a nation.

This conversation is part of our Equity Author Series, which highlights authors who write about equity in housing, immigration, education, and LGBTQIA+ issues.

Register for event: Webinar Registration – Zoom

Purchase your own copy of Here We Are and/or Undocumented Americans: 

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