By the Book: A Storytelling Fundraiser
to help close the early literacy gap in the Bay Area
Wednesday September 6, 2023
7-8:30 pm via Zoom
All tickets are tax deductible
Sliding scale at BytheBookstorytelling.eventbrite.com
Books change lives! Come here four stories by outstanding Bay Area storytellers on the power of books to make a difference in the world we live in.
A recording of the performance will be sent to all ticket holders -- so watch it live, or watch it when you can, just don't miss it!
Neshama Franklin, “Books Are My Life!”
Claire Hennessy, “Book Love”
Roopa Mohan, “It’s Never Too Late!”
Kiran Rana, “Three From the Heart”
with emcee Dana Sherry (storyteller and Community Reading Buddies board member)
and Kathleen Mautner (executive director of Aspire Education/Community Reading Buddies)
All proceeds go to support equity in education through Aspire Education's Community Reading Buddies program, and tickets are tax-deductible.
Want to do more to support CRB? Learn more about our work and how to donate at communityreadingbuddies.org
Hosted by the Storytelling Association of California
About the Tellers
Neshama Franklin has been telling stories ever since she could talk. She got her professional start in '89 at Marin County Library where she still works, and has performed all over the place ever since. She tells both personal and folk tales.She also has a radio show on KWMR and a weekly blog at Marin County Library. Check her out on YouTube.
British-born Claire Hennessy is a founder and co-producer of the highly acclaimed online storytelling show, Six Feet Apart Productions, producing over 100 storytelling shows and festivals, including The Bay Area Storytelling Festival (the West Coast’s longest-running storytelling festival). She is an award-winning storyteller, emcee, podcaster (The Bonkers Brit) and author. She performs funny, true and often embarrassing stories around the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world. She was a featured teller at The Sacramento Valley Storytelling Festival in May 2023. Her stories have been on the RISK! Podcast and she is a National Storytelling Network and Moth GrandSlam finalist. She has been published in award-winning anthologies and is hoping to find an agent for her humorous memoir before she is too old to go on a book tour.
Roopa Mohan is a storyteller from Walnut Creek CA. She spent her childhood in S.India, steeped in the rich oral tradition of sacred stories and folktales. After retirement she came upon formal storytelling at the Asian Art Museum in Sf where she trained as a docent and storyteller. She has started telling outside the museum and tried many genres of stories, often braiding her childhood memories into them. She is on the board of the Storytelling Assoc of CA and an active member of Asian American Storytellers in Action. She is also a Chautauqua scholar and recently debuted her portrayal of Kasturba Gandhi.
Born in India, Kiran Rana has lived in the USA since 1981. He is a student and teacher of the mystical tradition of Sufism and finds inspiration in life, in fellow human beings, and in singing, writing, poetry, storytelling and theater. He tells personal stories, makes up por quoi stories and tells stories of the Sufis, especially stories of the great trickster figure, Mulla Nasruddin, whose tales subtly point out many problems in our daily thought-jumps.