Free

Bronwyn Harris at Alameda Authors Series 4

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Alameda Free Library, Stafford Room

1550 Oak Street

Alameda, CA 94501

View Map

Event description
Author Bronwyn Harris will speak about her new nonfiction "Letters from the Inside."

About this Event

The fourth annual Alameda Authors Series, sponsored by Friends of the Alameda Library and the Alameda Branch of AAUW, continues with nonfiction writer and teacher Bronwyn Harris.

Ms. Harris will speak about her new book, LLetters from the Inside: Hope Beyond the Classroom and the Cell, co-authored with "Jorge", one of her former elementary school students.

Ms. Harris' previous work, Literally Unbelievable: Stories from an East Oakland Classroom, was published in 2016, and has been provided to state legislators as a reference on conditions in public schools.

About the author:

Bronwyn Harris began her teaching career in East Oakland in January 2000, teaching first-graders who had already gone through one teacher and six substitutes during that school year. In the first five minutes of teaching, one student threw a book at her head and she realized she had no set curriculum with which to teach them. In addition, she was a “roving teacher,” meaning that she moved classrooms every three weeks.

Teaching at this school did not get easier as she transitioned into teaching third grade, but the students were incredible: creative, thoughtful, loving, angry, at-risk, misunderstood, valuable, and overlooked. After eight principals in less than eight years, Harris had to face the fact that she couldn’t keep working in such an environment and left the school district, but has stayed in touch with many of her students.

During her time teaching, Harris would tell many of her middle-class white friends about what was going on at her school, and found that many of them didn’t believe her, which is how the title of the book came to be. This also strengthened her resolve to write down the true stories so that people would know this side of life in the Bay Area.

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Alameda Free Library, Stafford Room

1550 Oak Street

Alameda, CA 94501

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved