This event will be held at our 9th avenue location.
Please join Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus as they discuss Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute, winner of the 2015 California Historical Society Book Award.
Praise for Alice:
“With its unflinching honesty, the political relevance of Alice's story and analysis resonates today. By speaking out from 'the underground,' Alice's narrative predicts contemporary San Francisco sex worker discourse, motivating political action against all odds. An important book.”—Carol Leigh, artist, author, filmmaker, and sex workers' rights advocate
“Not only for Bay Area history buffs, Alice will enlighten all readers to early shifts in gender roles and societal correlations today.”—Cassie Duggan, Literary Hub
Ivy Anderson is a San Francisco–based writer who focuses on issues of ecology and radical history. Her reportage on water management issues was published in Water Efficiency Magazine and and her poetry in Poecology.
Devon Angus is an artist, activist, and historian based in San Francisco. He composed and performed a conceptual folk operetta based on San Francisco history, The Ghosts of Barbary, throughout the Bay Area, Switzerland, and Italy.
In 1913 the San Francisco Bulletin published a serialized, ghostwritten memoir of a prostitute who went by the moniker Alice Smith.