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Upcoming Virtual Event




University of California Extension, Berkeley

Love Stories: Memoir Writing and Allyship

In conversation with Katya Cengal, author of From Chernobyl With Love

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

12 Noon PT

FREE registration here









Past Events

(many with YouTube videos) 



Imagining Justice, Heart and Soul Center of Light, Oakland, CA

May 19, 2021

With Valerie Joi Fiddmont, co-host 

In collaboration with Book Passage

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Greenlight Books, Brooklyn, NY

May 20, 2021

With Ellery Washington, Professor of Writing, Pratt Institute, author of the forthcoming novel Buffalo

Watch Video




Politics and ProseWashington, D.C.

May 24, 2021

With Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College and

NY Times Best-selling author, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?  

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East End Books, Provincetown, Mass.

May 26, 2021

With Jewelle Gomez, award-winning author of The Gilda Stories, and Maxine Wolfe, co-founder of Act Up National Women's Committee




MoAD (Museum of the African Diaspora), San Francisco, CA

June 11. 2021

A special event in honor of Loving Day

 With Sarah Ladipo Manyika, award-winning author of Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun

Watch video




Alta Mesa Center for the Arts, Orinda, CA

Sunday, July 11, 4 pm PST 

With Irma Herrera, playwright, Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name? 

watch video

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Seattle's East West Bookshop  

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 5 pm PST

With the legendary Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington


Topic: LOVE, Essential for Social Justice

watch video







To schedule an event please email

Dr. Lester through the contact tab above.