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One For The Books

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Crawford Family Forum

One For The Books is back for another round! Host Traci Thomas (she/her), creator and host of The Stacks podcast, welcomes writer Kashana Cauley (she/her), whose highly-anticipated debut novel, The Survivalists, is out on shelves now. She’s also a TV writer with a fab Twitter feed. Also joining the conversation will be Michael Arceneaux (he/him), author of I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé and I Don’t Want to Die Poor. Join Traci, Kashana, and Michael for a great conversation on how books take on politics, both in fiction and nonfiction. We’ll also have trivia (yes, there will be audience participation), some gossip and hot takes, and lots of fun. There may even be some singing and dancing - who knows?!

Purchase a book bundle ticket in advance or shop a curated selection of books night of with partner North Figueroa Bookshop.

You can check out a little bit of what you missed at our first One For The Books, with guests Sam Sanders and Danyel Smith here.

Traci Thomas is an avid reader and book lover who created the acclaimed podcast, The Stacks, in order to talk about books and the ways they shape our cultural understanding of race, gender, politics, and what it means to be alive. Weekly guests range from academic thought leaders to bestselling authors, from actors to politicians and more; you'll find Ibram X. Kendi, Angelina Jolie, Brit Bennett, Desus and Mero, Quentin Tarantino, and many more on The Stacks. Traci also writes a monthly bookish advice column on Traci lives in LA with her husband aka Mr. Stacks, and her twins, the Mini Stacks. You can find her on Instagram @thestackspod.

Michael Arceneaux is the New York Times bestselling author of I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Essence, Esquire, Ebony, Elle, Rolling Stone, and many other publications on and off Al Gore’s internet. He’s ran his mouth on MSNBC, NPR, VH1, Viceland, Comedy Central, SiriusXM, and elsewhere. His second book is I Don’t Want to Die Poor. He’s working very hard to avoid such fate.

Kashana is the author of the novel THE SURVIVALISTS, which will be published on January 10, 2023 by Soft Skull Press. She’s also a writer for The Great North, former staff writer for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and former contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She has also written for Pod Save America on HBO, The Atlantic, Esquire, The New Yorker, Pitchfork, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. But you’re probably here because of her Twitter feed.

This project is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture.

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