Online Art Docent Webinar | California Photography: Sun and Shadow in the Golden State
Jun 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

We are so thrilled to bring you the next in our series Friends @ Home from the Friends of the Alameda Free Library. We welcome back Avril Angevine, one of our favorite art docents, to this online event.

California photographers have explored, developed, and refined the art of image-making in significant ways. From the early Pictorialists to Oakland’s revolutionary F64 group to the New Topographics work of the 1970s, to contemporary experimenters, photographers in the Golden State have produced a body of work that documents the human and natural environment of a very special place.

Avril Angevine is an independent art lecturer who has spoken at the Alameda Library many times. She is a Humanities and English instructor at local colleges, and a museum guide at both SFMOMA and the Oakland Museum.

Registration for this event is available here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JgNYjf9aTUWSQXccndtiRQ

Online Author Event: Alan Fleishman & A Collection of Characters
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Join us on Wednesday, June 24 from 7-8pm for our second online author event. We will be joined by author Alan Fleishman who will discuss his work, A Collection of Characters. Registration is required for this event, and can be done here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JU2yrhVMRMCr3LI9KNzd5w.

A Collection of Characters brings together fourteen short stories by Alan Fleishman. The lead story in this collection is entitled Frannie Potter, a work of fiction set during the Spanish Civil War. Fleishman’s presentation will focus on the history underpinning the story.

In 1937 an unusual young American woman named Frannie Potter goes off to fight in the Spanish Civil War to save the Spanish Republic and keep her friend, Marty Hornstein, alive. Together, these two “best friends” join the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a band of idealistic young American volunteers determined to fight the rising tide of fascism. Their young lives are stamped forever by the ferocious fighting, the atrocities, the heat, the cold, privations, and their undiminished passion for the Spanish people and their cause.

A Collection of Characters, which includes the Frannie Potter story, is available in Kindle, paperback, and hardcover online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, other e-tailers, and through local book stores.

Alan Fleishman is the author of four previous novels, Goliath’s Head, A Fine September Morning, Lara’s Shadow, and Odyssey of Chaos. His short stories have appeared in the Avalon Literary Review, Evening Street Review, and the Pennsylvania Literary Journal. Before becoming an author, he was a successful business executive and served as a U.S. Army officer. Today he and his wife Ann live with their cats, Dolly and Bailey, high on a hill overlooking San Francisco Bay. Visit Alan at: www.alanfleishman.com.