BAIPA member Aleta George has two book events coming up around her book “Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate,” during the centennial of Coolbrith being crowned during the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.
George is a journalist and independent scholar who writes about nature and culture in California. Her work has been featured in Smithsonian.com, High Country News, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Bay Nature magazine. This is her first book.
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Hey BAIPA members—I hope to see you at one of my upcoming fall events.
Say hi before the event so that during the talk I can give a shout out to BAIPA,
which was invaluable in helping me publish this book independently.
Tuesday, September 22, 7-8pm
Ina Coolbrith and Berkeley
Books, Inc., Berkeley
Why Books Inc. in Berkeley?
– Ina was the first woman in America to write a commencement ode when she wrote “California” for the University of California in 1871. She wrote another ode for the 1876 graduating class that included two women.
– Anton Roman, the founder of Books Inc., published “Outcroppings,”California’s first poetry anthology, and “Overland Monthly,” the early American West’s most critically acclaimed magazine, both of which published Ina’s poetry.
– Ina lived in Berkeley as an octogenarian and died in Berkeley on leap day, February 29, 1928. Her memorial service was held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
Thursday, September 24, 6:00-7:30pm
Ina Coolbrith and the Overland Trinity
Book Passage, San Francisco Ferry Building
Why Book Passage in San Francisco?
– Ina loved San Francisco and called it her “city of love and desire.” I appreciate every opportunity to celebrate Ina in her beloved city. Come hear stories about Ina and John Rollin Ridge, Bret Harte, Mark Twain, Charles Warren Stoddard, and John Muir.
– Book Passage helped me write this book with several workshops and classes.
Saturday, September 26, 2:00-4:00pm
Fremont Area Writers, The Centennial Branch of the CA Writers Club
Rewards of Research