Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Monday, August 1, 2016: Aya de Leon talks about her new novel

Tune in now for an hour-long conversation with Bay Area poet, author, activist and educator, Aya de Leon. 

On this special fund drive show, we talk about Aya's first novel, Uptown Thief, her writing career and growing up in the movement in Berkeley. Uptown Thief, just released from Kensington Press last week, is the story of a Puerto Rican/Nuyorican sex worker-turned-feminist health worker who turns to robbing rich men to save her clinic.  Aya discusses her views on sex work, trafficking and the challenges of marketing authentic, subversive fiction centering women of color.

We'll be offering copies of Uptown Thief and Aya's spoken word CD, "Joy in the Struggle" as thank you gifts for your donation during this special fund drive show.  It's the only time during this fund drive that these gifts will be offered (although they should be available on the website whenever you give - so if you can't listen live, you can still support us).

As you have probably heard, if you are a regular KPFA listener, we started this fund drive in the middle of the Democratic National Convention because we don't have the money to pay our bills.  So this is no joke.  If you want to keep KPFA on the air in this time of looming fascism, and if you want Women's Magazine and voices like Aya's to be part of it, please give whatever you can tomorrow.  It's the sad truth that we don't make as much money as a lot of other public affairs shows, and when we do, it's usually with self-help content or books or films by white feminists.  But centering women of color, LGBTQ voices and radical feminists is important to us and you can show that it's important to you by donating during this, our only show of this pledge drive.

Thanks so much to Aya and Kensington Press for donating the copies so that all of your tax-deductible donations will go directly to us.

Click now to listen to the entire show. 59:50 min.

Also on today's show:
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