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Notebook: Record Keeping in the Diaspora

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Red Bay Coffee Roastery & Bar (Headquarters)

3098 East 10th Street

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MATATU invites you and your (new or old) notebook(s) to a writer’s salon where attendees from a range of origins and backgrounds exchange documentation ideas, languages, and practices.

"The mistaken assumption is that a writer’s notebook is a diary. Certainly, there are writers who, indeed, keep diaries, but a writer’s notebook is so much more.

My notebook is a collection of reflections, speculations, confessions, descriptions, quotations, impressions, and meditations. It’s fragments of words, sentences, paragraphs as well as entire essays. It contains ideas and drafts of poems and the novel that I am currently writing. Thus, it is one of the most valuable things I own and I don’t go anywhere without it.

In addition to text, my notebook is a scrapbook. In it are receipts, theater tickets, newspaper headlines, excerpts from magazine articles or books, airline tickets, photographs, restaurant menus, labels from wine bottles, and pictures of anything that I think is beautiful – art, interior design, for example. The notebook is my life. — E. Gerard Parsons

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Sephora Woldu is a filmmaker and writer based in San Francisco. Her past films have received awards in festivals including Independent Film Awards Berlin, Montreal International Black Film Festival, and the San Francisco Black Film Festival. Her current project, Life is Fare (2018), won an IAC grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission and funding from the SF Film Commission's initiative, Scene in San Francisco. Sephora is also a full-time candidate in the Master's in Architecture program at California College of the Arts and currently works at the design firm IDEO because among other things, she is full of surprises.

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