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    • Wed, September 12, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, September 12
    9:30-11:00am

    The Last Days of Café Leila 
    by Donia Bijan

    Set against the backdrop of Iran’s rich, turbulent history, this exquisite debut novel is a powerful story of food, family, and a bittersweet homecoming. When we first meet Noor, she is living in San Francisco, missing her beloved father, Zod, in Iran. Now, dragging her stubborn teenage daughter, Lily, with her, she returns to Tehran and to Café Leila, the restaurant her family has been running for three generations. Iran may have changed, but Café Leila, still run by Zod, has stayed blessedly the same—it is a refuge of laughter and solace for its makeshift family of staff and regulars. As Noor revisits her Persian childhood, she must rethink who she is. Together, she and Lily get swept up in the beauty and brutality of Tehran.


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    • Wed, October 10, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, October 10
    9:30-11:00am

    Our Souls at Night
    by Kent Haruf

    In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis's wife. His daughter lives hours away, her son even farther, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. But maybe that could change? A beautiful story of second chances, Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer's enduring contribution to American literature.

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    • Tue, October 23, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Tuesday, October 23
    6:00-7:30pm

    Book Discussion: Sister Citizen by Melissa V. Harrris-Perry


    Facilitated by Representative Litesa Wallace and Karen Gutierrez

    Melissa V. Harris-Perry gives us a groundbreaking book that explores stereotypes such as lasciviousness, devotion, and outspoken anger that black women encounter every day in contemporary American life. These hurtful and dishonest representations shame and shape their experiences as citizens. The book uses multiple perspectives to understand more deeply--black women's political and emotional responses to race and gender images. Sister Citizen explores how African American women understand themselves as citizens and how a shared struggle to preserve the authentic self, links all women together.


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    • Wed, November 14, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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    Wednesday, November 14
    9:30-11:00am

    The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Land 
    by Lisa See

    Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, that has been in place for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city. A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.

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