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Faith Adiele was featured in DETOUR Magazine’s inaugural episode of “Publisher’s Studio,” a podcast hosted at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism: “New DETOUR podcast goes behind scenes for Black travelers.” DETOUR’s staff also highlighted her memoir, Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Forest Nun, as one of “Four classic Black travel books to take with you on your next trip.” (And in her latest DETOUR monthly travel column, Faith explores deep connections and makes delightful new friends as she experiences “Faith’s prior DETOUR columns can be read here: Faith Adiele, Author at DETOUR.

Members Ruth Carlson and Alec Scott are reading together, being grilled, doing a trivia contest, signing books at the Commonwealth Club on Tuesday, October 24th at 5:30 p.m. Ruth will be speaking about her recent book Secret California, probably drawing some from her earlier book, Secret San Francisco. Shhh, it’s a secret. And Alec is releasing his Oldest San Francisco this month. Both are published by Reedy. The details are here — those who came to our recent meeting at the Commonwealth Club will know it’s at 110 The Embarcadero. A few of us may go to Perry’s afterwards. Book a 7:30 table if you’d like to join. Details here.
The Commonwealth Club event has paid tickets, but Alec is doing another reading, for free, at Books. Inc. Laurel Village (3515 California St.) on Saturday, October 21st, from 7:00 p.m. This is California’s oldest bookstore, and the micro-chain’s former CEO Michael Tucker will join to run through a short highlight reel of its history. It reaches back to the Gold Rush to a man who peddled books in the Sierras to the miners. Will repair to a local bar afterwards, if stamina permits. Details here.

Diane LeBow, BATW President emerita and the author of the award-winning travel memoir: “Dancing on the Wine-Dark Sea: Memoir of a trailblazing woman’s travels, adventures, and romance,” will be reading from her travel memoir and discussing her feisty adventures around the world on October 17 from 2:30-4 p.m. at the San Francisco Village headquarters, 3220 Fulton St., in San Francisco. Diane will be accompanied by Henry Michalski, author of Torn Lilacs, and multimedia artist, poet, and essayist Susan Kitazawa. Proceeds from book sales will go to Women for Women International. Book purchase is not required to attend. Register here.

Renee Roberts has joined the Visit Oakland team full-time as the Director of Public Relations + Communications. Prior to accepting the role with Visit Oakland, Renée led her independent firm representing the Palace Hotel for 20 years as well as the Mount View Hotel & Spa and the Tallman Hotel. In addition to her hospitality clients, Renée’s portfolio includes work with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Boston Properties, Macy’s, and more. Before starting her own firm, she held management positions at the Palace Hotel, Nordstrom, and Crescent Communications. She loves connecting with people and treasures the life-long friendships she has developed through her work.

Kahja Elliott is kicking off Season 4 of The As Told By Podcast on Tuesday, October 3rd! On this storytelling podcast, Kahja interviews Bay Area notables on a variety of related topics, covering the Bay Area food scene, music, entrepreneurship, and other impactful stories. The As Told By Podcast is available on all streaming platforms, and new episodes are available every other Tuesday.

Ginny Prior led an intrepid team of BATWers (Ruth Carlson, Laurie Armstrong Gossy, Molly Blaisdell and Matthew Eley) through the alleys of San Francisco to research an article on speakeasies for LOCALE Magazine in SoCal last month. The feature just published and you can read it here.



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