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Celebrating Ruby Authors at Warby Parker

Join us at Warby Parker’s Hayes Valley store on April 10. We're getting together with Warby Parker to celebrate new work by brilliant Ruby writers. 

Come for readings by Melissa Graeber, Namwali Serpell, Helen Shewolfe Tseng, and Esmé Weijun Wang, and conversation moderated by Aku Ammah-Tagoe. Stay for snacks and drinks.


About the Rubies

Aku Ammah-Tagoe is a PhD candidate in the English department at Stanford University. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary literature and urbanization.

Namwali Serpell is a Zambian writer who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. She won the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for women writers in 2011 and was selected for the Africa39, a 2014 Hay Festival project to identify the best African writers under 40. The Old Drift (Hogarth, 2019) is her first novel.

Esmé Weijun Wangis the author of the essay collection The Collected Schizophrenias and the novel The Border of Paradise. She received a 2018 Whiting Award, was named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists” in 2017, and is the recipient of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize in 2016. Born in the Midwest to Taiwanese parents, Esmé lives in San Francisco. 

Melissa Graeber is a writer, editor, and former teacher of teens. She co-hosts a long-running radio show in San Francisco called Astral Projection Radio Hour and also co-teaches tarot workshops at the Ruby, San Francisco’s creative co-working space for women and non-binary folks. She has had written stories and essays commissioned by Medium, Red Light Lit, Quiet Lightning, The New Inquiry, and Sparkle & Blink, and has a forthcoming book about astrology and creative rituals with Chronicle Books in April 2019. She won "Most Distinguished Scholar of Ancient Curses" at Egyptology Summer Camp in 1990.

Helen Shewolfe Tseng is an interdisciplinary artist and designer living and working in an expanding universe. She co-hosts Astral Projection Radio Hour on and is the co-author and illustrator of The Astrological Grimoire (Chronicle Books, April 2019). Helen is currently a YBCA Fellow and a Designer in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. @wolfchirp

Earlier Event: April 10
Side Hustle Support Group