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Rabbi Sharon Brous and Father Gregory Boyle
Rabbi Sharon Brous, Father Gregory Boyle
January 30, 2024
Cristina Rivera Garza and Ceci Bastida
Cristina Rivera Garza, Ceci Bastida
November 16, 2023
Tracy K. Smith
Tracy K. Smith, Morgan Parker
November 9, 2023
Rosa Lowinger
Rosa Lowinger, Carolina A. Miranda
October 18, 2023
Arts & Entertainment
Santi Elijah Holley
Santi Elijah Holley, Melina Abdullah
October 11, 2023
Alejandra Campoverdi
Alejandra Campoverdi, Jean Guerrero
September 28, 2023
 Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein, Cory Doctorow
September 6, 2023
Tess Gunty
Tess Gunty, Claire Vaye Watkins
June 28, 2023
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Reza Aslan, Franklin Leonard, Jean Guerrero
May 13, 2023
Current Events
David Ambroz
David Ambroz, Jessica Strand
May 11, 2023
Bestselling author Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl Strayed, Liz Tigelaar
April 20, 2023
Arts & Entertainment
Emily St. John Mandel
Emily St. John Mandel, Charles Yu
April 4, 2023
Arts & Entertainment
author and poet Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai in a red dress
Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, Kenneth Nguyen, Quyen Ngo, Dr. Jason R. Nguyen
March 20, 2023
Arts & Entertainment
Colin Campbell in fron of his library
Colin Campbell, Rabbi Sharon Brous
March 16, 2023
Colm Tóibín
Colm Tóibín, Rachel Kushner
March 9, 2023
Kristina Wong on the cover of her new book
Kristina Wong, Jessica Arana, Māhealani Flournoy, Laura Karlin
February 6, 2023
Arts & Entertainment
george saunders
George Saunders, Nick Offerman
November 7, 2022
Arts & Entertainment
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Robert D. Putnam, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy
October 30, 2022
Arts & Entertainment
Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin and visual artist River Garza in the Central Library Rotunda
Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin, River Garza
October 16, 2022
Cody Keenan
Cody Keenan, Jon Favreau
October 11, 2022
Vivian J.O. Barnes, Inda Craig-Galván, and Dave Harris
Vivian J.O. Barnes, Inda Craig-Galván, Dave Harris, J. Holtham
September 20, 2022
Arts & Entertainment