Culture & Criticism From the Far Distant Realms
Best-selling writer Dave Eggers (The Circle; A Hologram For The King), and founder of the San Francisco independent publishing house McSweeney’s, kicks off the publication of his latest book, The Monk Of Mokha, with a tour through San Francisco. The Monk Of Mokha is the true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a Yemeni-American man raised in San Francisco. The book chronicles Alkhanshali’s struggle to revive the ancient art of Yemeni coffee while trapped by civil war in Sana’a. Given the global tumult and unrest that’s been created by changes to immigration laws in the United States, The Monk Of Mokha is especially timely – illuminating the faces of the ordinary people whose lives will be shaped by what happens in the coming months in Washington.
Egger’s tour begins Friday, January 26 at 10:30 AM on the steps of City Hall in a partnership with the San Francisco Public Library. Speakers at the event include Eggers; James Freeman, Founder and CEO of Blue Bottle Coffee; Hellen Russel, co-founder of Equator Coffee; Zahra Billoo, Executive director of CAIR; Dawood Yaseen, head of student life at Zaytuna College; San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera; Ahmed Abo Zaid, Vice President of Local87; Bita Nazarian, Executive Director of 826 Valencia; Supervisor Jane Kim; and Mokhtar Alkhanshali.
On January 27 and January 28, Eggers and Alkhanshali continue the tour by book mobile, visiting five bookstores – The Booksmith Bindery; Green Apple on the Park; Book Passage in the Ferry Building; Bookshop West Portal; and Books Inc Laurel Village. Even though The Monk Of Mokha will not be officially released until January 30, advance copies will be available at each venue.
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