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Donna Loren - Pop Sixties! (Ferry Building)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 6:00pm

Pop Sixties: Dick Clark, Beach Party, and Photographs from the Donna Loren Archive is the photographic retrospective of a 1960s "It Girl." Featuring narrative by Loren herself and the help of longtime Los Angeles archivist Domenic Priore, Donna Loren looks at her work on television's Shindig and Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars tour (including images of The Supremes, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many more), plus behind-the-scenes on the sets of Batman, The Monkees, and all the American International beach movies. At a time when The Beach Boys and Beach Blanket Bingo were on top, Donna Loren was the iconic California Girl.

Donna Loren started singing professionally on the Mickey Mouse Club and became the Dr. Pepper Girl which lead to her primary role in Beach Blanket Bingo, where she sings her signature song, "It Only Hurts When I Cry." Donna retired in 1968 when she married Lenny Waronker whom she met at Warner Bros. Records while being an artist for Reprise. They had three children; Joey, Anna and Katie. Donna is currently revitalizing life in a new marriage to her prom date, Jered Cargman. She lives in Los Angeles.

Domenic Priore is the author of Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood, Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles' Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier (with Christopher Merritt), Beatsville (with Martin McIntosh), Pop Surf Culture: Music, Design, Film and Fashion From the Bohemian Surf Boom (with Brian Chidester) and Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece. He wrote the booklet notes for The Beach Boys: Smile Sessions box set (Capitol) as well as the DVD booklet for The Decline of Western Civilization Collection (Shout! Factory). Priore was the primary writer for the two-part AMC documentary series Hollywood Rocks The Movies, hosted by Ringo Starr and David Bowie. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

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$34.95
ISBN: 9781942600398
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Published: Rare Bird Books - July 25th, 2017

Pop Sixties: Dick Clark, Beach Party, and Photographs from the Donna Loren Archive is the photographic retrospective of a 1960s "It Girl." Featuring narrative by Loren herself and the help of longtime Los Angeles archivist Domenic Priore, Donna Loren looks at her work on television's Shindig and Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars tour (including images of The Supremes, Jame


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Cooks with Books: Philip Tessier & Roland Passot - Chasing Bocuse (San Francisco)

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 6:30pm

La Folie, San Francisco
Tickets: $350 per person (includes meal & book)
Only 40 Seats Available

In Chasing Bocuse, the dramatic story of the American team's journey from obscurity to the silver-medal and ultimately the gold-medal win at the world's most renowned cooking competition, the Bocuse d'Or, is told in riveting narrative, breathtaking photographs, and expert recipes from every stage of the process. In 2015 in Lyon, France, Team USA medaled for the first time ever at the Bocuse d'Or--often called the "Olympics of the cooking world"-- taking silver. Two years later, Team USA won the competition and took home the gold. The coach and mentors of the 2015 team consisted of chefs who have become household names: Gavin Kaysen, Thomas Keller, and Daniel Boulud, with French Laundry executive sous chef Philip Tessier and his assistant Skylar Stover as the primary competitors.

Now Tessier, who went on to coach the winning 2017 team, and his teammates offer readers a seat at the table of this exciting culinary event, founded by and named for famed chef Paul Bocuse, in a book brimming with personal anecdotes, vibrant pictures, and a course-by-course offering of recipes for the home chef from the competitions. As Tessier describes the journey to the competition -- first as competitor, then as coach -- including the chaos, pressure, and the glorious result, readers will feel every heated moment. With a collection of recipes for meals served at every stage, readers will be able to taste those moments as well. Rarely has food writing been so exciting--or so rewarding. Combining a great story with recipes crafted by America's culinary giants, this beautiful celebration of a historic victory will make every reader feel and cook like a champion.

Philip Tessier is the first American chef to ever place on the podium at the prestigious Bocuse d'Or culinary competition in Lyon, France, taking silver in 2015 competition. Chef Tessier continued on to coach the 2017 U.S. team, guiding them to victory as they won gold for the first time in the 30 year competition. He was previously executive sous chef at Thomas Keller's three Michelin star The French Laundry in Napa Valley, CA, and chef de cuisine at Bouchon in Yountville, CA. He was part of the opening team of Per Se and was a sous chef at Le Bernardin, both three Michelin star restaurants based in New York City.

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

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By Philip Tessier, Daniel Boulud (Contribution by), Thomas Keller (Contribution by)
$49.95
ISBN: 9783791383699
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Published: Prestel Publishing - October 24th, 2017

All proceeds from the book are donated to ment'or, the non profit Foundation that supports Team USA for the Bocuse d'Or


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Leah Stewart - What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw (San Francisco)

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 6:00pm

In What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw, celebrated author Leah Stewart (whom The Boston Globe compared to Anne Tyler) of The Myth of You and Me explores an untraditional love story through the lens of a character actor who must finally become the hero of her own story.

After a series of missteps in the face of his newfound fame, actor Charlie Outlaw flees to a remote island in search of anonymity and a chance to reevaluate his recent breakup with his girlfriend, actress Josie Lamar. But soon after his arrival on the peaceful island, his solitary hike into the jungle takes him into danger he never anticipated.

As Charlie struggles with gaining fame, Josie struggles with its loss. The star of a cult TV show in her early twenties, Josie has spent the twenty years since searching for a role to equal that one, and feeling less and less like her character, the heroic Bronwyn Kyle. As she gets ready for a reunion of the cast at a huge fan convention, she thinks all she needs to do is find a part and replace Charlie. But she can't forget him, and to get him back she'll need to be a hero in real life.

Leah Stewart is the critically acclaimed author of The New Neighbor, The History of Us, Husband and Wife, The Myth of You and Me, and Body of a Girl. She received her BA from Vanderbilt University, and her MFA from the University of Michigan. The recipient of a Sachs Fund prize and an NEA Literature Fellowship, she teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati and lives in Cincinnati with her husband and two children.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780735214347
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 27th, 2018

One of PureWow's "20 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018"

The celebrated author (whom The Boston Globe compared to Anne Tyler) of The Myth of You and Me explores an untraditional love story through the lens of a character actor who must finally become the hero of her own story.


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Ryan Holiday - Conspiracy (San Francisco)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 6:00pm

In the tradition of Janet Malcolm's The Journalist and the Murderer and Robert Greene's The 48 Laws of Power, Conspiracy examines the case that rocked the media world -- and the billionaire mastermind behind it

In 2007, a short blogpost on Valleywag, the Silicon Valley-vertical of Gawker Media, outed PayPal founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel as gay. Thiel's sexuality had been known to close friends and family, but he didn't consider himself a public figure, and believed the information was private.

This post would be the casus belli for a meticulously plotted conspiracy that would end nearly a decade later with a $140 million dollar judgment against Gawker, its bankruptcy and with Nick Denton, Gawker's CEO and founder, out of a job. Only later would the world learn that Gawker's demise was not incidental -- it had been masterminded by Thiel.

For years, Thiel had searched endlessly for a solution to what he'd come to call the "Gawker Problem." When an unmarked envelope delivered an illegally recorded sex tape of Hogan with his best friend's wife, Gawker had seen the chance for millions of pageviews and to say the things that others were afraid to say. Thiel saw their publication of the tape as the opportunity he was looking for. He would come to pit Hogan against Gawker in a multi-year proxy war through the Florida legal system, while Gawker remained confidently convinced they would prevail as they had over so many other lawsuit -- until it was too late.

The verdict would stun the world and so would Peter's ultimate unmasking as the man who had set it all in motion. Why had he done this? How had no one discovered it? What would this mean -- for the First Amendment? For privacy? For culture?

In Ryan Holiday's masterful telling of this nearly unbelievable conspiracy, informed by interviews with all the key players, this case transcends the narrative of how one billionaire took down a media empire or the current state of the free press. It's a study in power, strategy, and one of the most wildly ambitious -- and successful -- secret plots in recent memory.

Some will cheer Gawker's destruction and others will lament it, but after reading these pages -- and seeing the access the author was given--no one will deny that there is something ruthless and brilliant about Peter Thiel's shocking attempt to shake up the world.

Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of Trust Me, I'm Lying; The Obstacle Is the Way; Ego Is the Enemy; and other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His work has been translated into twenty-eight languages and has appeared everywhere from the Columbia Journalism Review to Fast Company. His company, Brass Check, has advised companies such as Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as multiplatinum musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world. He lives in Austin, Texas.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780735217645
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Published: Portfolio - March 6th, 2018

In the tradition of Janet Malcolm's THE JOURNALIST AND THE MURDERER and Robert Greene's THE 48 LAWS OF POWER, author Ryan Holiday examines the case that rocked the media world--and the billionaire mastermind behind it


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Chris Hughes - Fair Shot (San Francisco)

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Fair Shot, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes argues that the best way to fight income inequality is with a radically simple idea: a guaranteed income for working people, paid for by the one percent.

The first half of Chris Hughes's life played like a movie reel right out of the "American Dream." He grew up in a small town in North Carolina. His parents were people of modest means, but he was accepted into an elite boarding school and then Harvard, both on scholarship. There, he met Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz and became one of the co-founders of Facebook.

In telling his story, Hughes demonstrates the powerful role fortune and luck play in today's economy. Through the rocket ship rise of Facebook, Hughes came to understand how a select few can become ultra-wealthy nearly overnight. He believes the same forces that made Facebook possible have made it harder for everyone else in America to make ends meet.

To help people who are struggling, Hughes proposes a simple, bold solution: a guaranteed income for working people, including unpaid caregivers and students, paid for by the one percent. The way Hughes sees it, a guaranteed income is the most powerful tool we have to combat poverty and stabilize America's middle class. Money--cold hard cash with no strings attached--gives people freedom, dignity, and the ability to climb the economic ladder. A guaranteed income for working people is the big idea that's missing in the national conversation.

This book, grounded in Hughes's personal experience, will start a frank conversation about how we earn in modern America, how we can combat income inequality, and ultimately, how we can give everyone a fair shot.

Chris Hughes is the co-founder of the Economic Security Project, a network of policymakers, academics, and technologists working to end poverty and rebuild the middle class through a guaranteed income. He co-founded Facebook as a student at Harvard and later led Barack Obama's digital organizing campaign for President. Hughes was the owner and publisher of The New Republic magazine from 2012 to 2016. He lives in New York's Greenwich Village with his family.

 

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781250196590
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 20th, 2018

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes argues that the best way to fight income inequality is with a radically simple idea: a guaranteed income for working people, paid for by the one percent.


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Achy Obejas & Adam Smyer - An Evening in Conversation (San Francisco)

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:00pm

The Tower of the Antilles is the latest incredible short story collection from author Achy Obejas.

In "Superman," several possible story lines emerge about a 1950s Havana sex-show superstar who disappeared as soon as the revolution triumphed. "North/South" portrays a migrant family trying to cope with separation, lives on different hemispheres, and the eventual disintegration of blood ties. "The Cola of Oblivion" follows the path of a young woman who returns to Cuba, and who inadvertently uncorks a history of accommodation and betrayal among the family members who stayed behind during the revolution. In the title story, "The Tower of the Antilles," an interrogation reveals a series of fantasies about escape and a history of futility.

With language that is both generous and sensual, Obejas writes about existences beset by events beyond individual control, and poignantly captures how history and fate intrude on even the most ordinary of lives.

Achy Obejas is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ruins, Days of Awe, and three other books of fiction. She edited and translated (into English) the anthology Havana Noir, and has since translated Junot Diaz, Rita Indiana, Wendy Guerra, and many others. In 2014, she was awarded a USA Ford Fellowship for her writing and translation.

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In Knucklehead we meet Marcus Hayes, a black law student who struggles, sometimes unsuccessfully, with the impulse to confront everyday bad behavior with swift and antisocial action. The cause of this impulse is unknown to him.

When Marcus unexpectedly becomes involved with the brilliant and kind Amalia Stewart, her love and acceptance pacify his demons. But when his demons return, he is no longer inclined to contain them.

Adam Smyer is an attorney, martial artist, and mediocre bass player. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two cats. Knucklehead is his debut novel.

 

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781617755392
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Published: Akashic Books - July 4th, 2017

Included in The Rumpus's "What to Read When You've Made it More Than Halfway Through 2017"

Selected as one of Rigoberto Gonzalez's Favorite Books of 2017/Critics Pick, LA Times Jacket Copy

One of Electric Literature's Best Short Story Collections of 2017


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$15.95
ISBN: 9781617755873
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Published: Akashic Books - February 13th, 2018

"This book is bold in how it treats the reader as an insider to the reality of American blackness. It can be, in turns, lyrically poignant, cynical, hilarious, and infuriating."
--Foreword Reviews, Starred Review


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Zak Dychtwald - Young China (San Francisco)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 6:00pm

A close up look at the Chinese generation born after 1990 exploring through personal encounters how young Chinese feel about everything from money and sex, to their government, the West, and China's shifting role in the world--not to mention their love affair with food, karaoke, and travel. Set primarily in the Eastern 2nd tier city of Suzhou and the budding Western metropolis of Chengdu, the book charts the touchstone issues this young generation faces. From single-child pressure, to test taking madness and the frenzy to buy an apartment as a prerequisite to marriage, from one-night-stands to an evolving understanding of family, Young China offers a fascinating portrait of the generation who will define what it means to be Chinese in the modern era.

Zak Dychtwald was twenty when he first landed in China. He spent years deeply immersed in the culture, learning the language and hanging out with his peers, in apartment shares and hostels, on long train rides and over endless restaurant meals.

Zak Dychtwald moved to China after graduating from Columbia University and has since become fluent in Mandarin while developing an understanding of the inner workings of modern Chinese culture. He is head of the China practice for the Dilenschneider Group. He lives in New York City and travels frequently to China.

 

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$25.99
ISBN: 9781250078810
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 13th, 2018

The 24-year old author, who is fluent in Chinese, examines the future of China through the lens of the Jiu Ling Hou--the generation born after 1990.


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Left Coast Writers®: Jackson Fahnestock - Shu Wei’s Revenge (San Francisco)

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 6:00pm

Shu Wei's Revenge is a story about strength of family and friendships, heartbreak, perseverance, and personal tragedy. The setting is 1898 in the sleepy village of Sanhou, China. Seventeen-year-old Shu Wei, in his role as Town Scribe, makes a disastrous mistake, raising the ire of some crooked town counselors. His father's business is burned to the ground by one of the villainous counselors in retaliation. To make matters worse, a tribunal of these counselors is called that summarily banishes his family from the town, including his father and sister. Sensing their lives are at risk, they decide to emigrate to San Francisco's Chinatown. On the trip over, Shu Wei encounters the counselor-arsonist on board the ship who threatens his life if he doesn't meet his demands to investigate his suspicions about his co-leader of a Tong in San Francisco.

The intrigue, mystery, and tension that follow grow deeper as Shu Wei wrestles with a hostile world. Meanwhile, various members of the community rally by Shu Wei's side, trying to stabilize the fragile remnants of his confidence and honor. A Chinese American newspaper offers him a job as a cub reporter where he collaborates with a woman colleague on the paper. She befriends him, tutoring him in the ways of reporting and photography -- a very suitable arrangement in his eyes.

Jackson Fahnestock is the author of To Preserve a Heritage, a book on landmarks in Lower Manhattan.

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$12.95
ISBN: 9780998803418
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Published: Bayside Press - September 6th, 2017

This is a story about strength of family and friendships, heartbreak, perseverance, and personal tragedy. The setting is 1898 in the sleepy village of Sanhou, China. Seventeen-year-old Shu Wei, in his role as Town Scribe, makes a disastrous mistake, raising the ire of some crooked town counselors. His father's business is burned to the ground by one of the villainous counselors in retaliation.


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Blaire Briody - The New Wild West (San Francisco)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Partnership with Mesa Refuge

Williston, North Dakota was a sleepy farm town for generations -- until the frackers arrived. The oil companies moved into Williston, overtaking the town and setting off a boom that America hadn't seen since the Gold Rush. Workers from all over the country descended, chasing jobs that promised them six-figure salaries and demanded no prior experience.

But for every person chasing the American dream, there is a darker side--reports of violence and sexual assault skyrocketed, schools overflowed, and housing prices soared. Real estate is such a hot commodity that tent cities popped up, and many workers' only option was to live out of their cars. Farmers whose families had tended the land for generations watched, powerless, as their fields were bulldozed to make way for one oil rig after another.

Written in the vein Ted Conover and Jon Krakauer, using a mix of first-person adventure and cultural analysis, The New Wild West is the definitive account of what's happening on the ground and what really happens to a community when the energy industry is allowed to set up in a town with little regulation or oversight--and at what cost.

Blaire Briody is a journalist who has written for The New York Times, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Fast Company, and Glamour, among others. She has worked as a senior editor at The Fiscal Times and she received the Richard J. Margolis Award in 2014 for social justice reporting.The New Wild West is her first book and it was the 2016 finalist for the Lukas Work-in-Progress Award from Columbia Journalism School and Harvard's Nieman Foundation. She teaches journalism at Santa Rosa Junior College, and she's been a writer-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Mesa Refuge, and Blue Mountain Center. She grew up in the small town of Mount Shasta, California, graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in international relations, and now resides in Sonoma County.

 

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250064929
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 26th, 2017

Williston, North Dakota was a sleepy farm town for generations--until the frackers arrived. The oil companies moved into Williston, overtaking the town and setting off a boom that America hadn't seen since the Gold Rush. Workers from all over the country descended, chasing jobs that promised them six-figure salaries and demanded no prior experience.


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Ama & Stephanie Marston - Type R (San Francisco)

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

Forget Type As and Bs. The future lies with Type Rs -- the resilient individuals, leaders, businesses, families, and communities who turn challenges into opportunities in times of upheaval, crisis, and change.

In Type R, Ama Marston and Stephanie Marston explore Transformative Resilience and the strategies of those who use difficult circumstances as catalysts for growth -- springing forward rather than bouncing back during turbulent times.

Here, Ama and Stephanie share inspiring stories of Type Rs thriving during unprecedented world events and increasing global pressures--from climate change to financial crises. They share the individual and collective triumphs of people coping with the stress of daily life and the challenges and disruptions that rattle all our lives at some point. And they draw upon research that spans the personal and the professional, the local and the global. Reaching across psychology, neuroscience, business, and politics, Type R demonstrates how we can use challenges to innovate, create new strengths, and grow.

Type R also teaches leaders, businesses, and organizations how to cultivate the critical Type R Vision and Culture, which is essential for navigating and thriving in disruptive change. This thought-provoking book proves that there is much we can learn from those who use change, stress, and adversity as springboards to progress in a chaotic world.

Ama Marston is an international strategy and leadership expert as well as a recognized thought leader focused on Transformative Resilience and inclusive and purpose-driven leadership and business. She is the founder of Marston Consulting, which has provided services to Fortune 500 and FTSE companies, the United Nations, Oxford University and numerous others. Her work with leaders like Mary Robinson, Ireland's first female President and Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel laureate economist and as a top advisor to the UN and international NGOs has placed her at dozens of decision-making tables and taken her to work in countries around the world. Ama has long been hailed as a leader and original thinker and has won several awards, including a Council of Women World Leaders Fellowship and Phi Beta Kappa national honors, and was nominated as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She earned a master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and currently splits her time between the UK and the US.

Stephanie Marston is a pioneering psychotherapist with more than 30 years experience and is a widely recognized stress and work-life expert and corporate consultant. She is the founder of 30 Days to Sanity, a stress and work/life online platform. She has published five previous books and has appeared frequently on shows such as The Oprah Show, The Today Show, CNN Headline News and numerous other radio and TV shows. Stephanie has also served on the WebMD clinical advisory board. She consults with some of the world's most prestigious corporations including Whirlpool Corporation, H.J. Heinz Company, Xerox Corporation, Mattel Inc., Prudential Insurance, Morgan Stanley, and The Mayo Clinic. Stephanie lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781610398060
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Published: PublicAffairs - January 9th, 2018

Forget Type As and Bs. The future lies with Type Rs-the resilient individuals, leaders, businesses, families, and communities who turn challenges into opportunities in times of upheaval, crisis, and change.


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