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Thursday, October 18 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Word for Word: Octavio Solis

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Co-presented by City Lights Bookstore & Booksellers

In the uniquely framed memoir Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border, award-winning playwright Octavio Solis channels his youth in El Paso, Texas. From the first terrible self-awareness of racism to afternoons playing air trumpet with Herb Alpert, Solis reflects on the trauma and transformation that shaped him into a man. Tonight, San Francisco’s Word for Word Performing Arts Company stages an excerpt from Retablos, directed by Sheila Balter. Author in conversation with Balter and Zyzzyva managing editor Oscar Villalon. Book sales and signing to follow. Please register in advance as seating is limited. FREE, $15 suggested donation

Online registration ends at 3 p.m.

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Oscar Villalon

Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA. His reviews, essays, and interviews have been published in VQR, Zocalo, The Believer, Lit Hub, The Daily Beast, and many other publications. A former board member of the National Book Critics Circle, and past book editor of the San... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Sheila Balter

Sheila Balter has worked at theaters in the Bay Area and beyond, and has been a member of Word for Word Performing Arts Company for over 20 years. She acts with the company and has branched out into directing several of their productions, including work by Tobias Wolff, Sandra Cisneros... Read More →
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Octavio Solis

Author of over 20 plays, Octavio Solis is considered by many to be one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America. With works that both draw on and transcend the Mexican-American experience, he is a writer and director whose style defies formula, examining the darkness, magic... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Elbo Room
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