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Bad Indians at San Francisco Public Library


Friday, December 17 | 2:00 pm

Join the San Francisco Public Library for On the Same Page—a bimonthly city-wide reading group. Each month San Francisco Public Library staff select titles of literary merit, high interest, and readability with the goals of appealing to the community and sparking engagement. The focus is on local, emerging and diverse authors.

This event features an author talk with Deborah A. Miranda, author of Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir, a beautiful and devastating book about the experience of California Indians, as told through oral histories, newspaper clippings, anthropological recordings, personal reflections and poems. 

“If we allow the pieces of our culture to lie scattered in the dust of history, trampled on by racism and grief, then yes, we are irreparably damaged. But if we pick up the pieces and use them in new ways that honor their integrity, their colors, textures, stories—then we do those pieces justice, no matter how sharp they are, no matter how much handling them slices our fingers and makes us bleed.”

—Deborah A. Miranda, Bad Indians

Register for the event (available via Zoom) at the San Francisco Public Library website.

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About the Speaker

Deborah A. Miranda

Deborah A. Miranda

Deborah A. Miranda is an enrolled member of the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Nation of the Greater Monterey Bay Area in California. Her mixed-genre book Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir (Heyday 2013), received the 2015 PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, a Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Association, and was short-listed for the William Saroyan Literary Award. She is also the author of four poetry collections: Indian CartographyThe Zen of La LloronaRaised by Humans, and the forthcoming Altar for Broken Things. She is coeditor of Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature. Deborah lives in Lexington, Virginia with her wife Margo and a variety of rescue dogs. She is the Thomas H. Broadus, Jr. Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, where she teaches literature of the margins and creative writing. Visit her blog, BAD NDNS.


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