Stories from El Barrio

Piri Thomas

Piri Thomas, who reached millions of readers with his bestselling autobiography, Down These Mean Streets, now gives readers of all ages a vivid slice of the life in El Barrio—a place where people face their problems with energy, ingenuity and love. He draws vivid stories from his past experiences and makes us feel what it means to be poor and proud and generous; to be streetwise and full of bravado but frightened, too; to struggle to go straight; to be ashamed of being ashamed; to dream. Speaking in the voice of the streets and from his heart, Piri captures the spirit, the laughter and the hope of his people.

“Stories From El Barrio is a crystal clear reflection of the general facet of Piri Thomas’s literary power. It is tender, powerfully compassionate, humanely provocative.”
Claude Brown, author of Manchild in the Promised Land

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Through the Wall: A Year in Havana

Margot Pepper

Margot Pepper's memoir propels us through the blockade to post-cold war Cuba. It's a surreal world where high-ranking officials are required to pick up hitch-hikers. Root canals, cosmetic surgery and graduate school are free, but toilet paper is exorbitant. There's no income tax nor homelessness, yet no house-paint either. As the story unfolds, Margot pursues a passionate love affair with a penniless Mexican poet who shakes up her views about Cuba. With cinematic vividness, Through the Wall reveals the failures and successes of one of the few functioning alternatives to corporate-run government, and draws out lessons that will be embraced by all who believe another world is possible.
ISBN: 0-915117-17-7 $19.95

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Roger Burbach's Memoir: Fractured Utopias - Release Party June 24, 2017

Freedom Voices & Reimagine! announce the release of

Roger Burbach's Memoir

Fractured Utopias: A Personal Odyssey with History

June 24, 2-4 pm

with readings and commentary by
Compañeros & Compañeras

Niebyl-Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609,

adjourning to the
Bateau Ivre Restaurant
2629 Telegraph Ave Berkeley, CA 94704
for hors d'ouevres and drinks (no host bar)

Reading at SF Main Library Sunday, Dec. 13, 1pm

Freedom Voices

The Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center & the San Francisco Public Library present:

Freedom Voices

Speaking to and from the Margins


Sunday, December 13, 1pm
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street @ Grove, lower level

Readings  from new and forthcoming  books:

Upcoming Readings from American Day Dream by Margot Pepper

Freedom Voices


Sunday, Mar. 1, 2014 // 2pm

Bird & Beckett – 653 Chenery St. San Francisco, CA
415.586.3733 //




Saturday, Mar. 14, 2014 // 2:30pm

Oakland Public Library, Temescal Branch
5205 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA
510.597.5058 //


Press Packet for Sugaree Rising, a novel by J. Douglas Allen-Taylor published by Freedom Voices

Freedom Voices

Press Release on Acquiring Sugaree:

Individual Book Orders:

Hi Resolution Book Cover for Publicity Use:

To come:

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William Everson/Brother Antoninus Centennial Celebrations in Berkeley and Santa Cruz


Berkeley Celebrates Centennial of Poet William Everson / Brother Antoninus

Event will honor the shaman/poet of the California landscape, prophet of erotic spirituality, and herald of the environmental revolution


Freedom Voices Reading, Tuesday June 26 - 6pm, SF Main Library

Freedom Voices

The Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center & the San Francisco Public Library present


Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 6:00pm

San Francisco Main Library 100 Larkin Street @ Grove, lower level

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Freedom Voices Reading, Tuesday June 26 - 6pm, SF Main Library

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Art and Activism: 1930s and Today

Art Hazelwood

Paul Boden
Organizing Director, Western Regional Advocacy Project
Art Hazelwood 
author of Hobos to Street People

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