Laurel Book Store: 1:30

Three memoirists read from their set-in-Oakland work and discuss how the city influenced their experiences and writing.

ROD CAMPBELL is an Oakland native and the man behind the brand DopeOnly. His memoir Do: The Diary of a Hustla chronicles his experience building and sustaining the principles behind DopeOnly, a unique business and community touchstone that is by Oakland and for Oakland.

NOVELLA CARPENTER grew up in rural Idaho and Washington State. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Saveur, Mother Jones, and elsewhere. She has been cultivating her farm in the city for over ten years now, and her neighbors still think she’s crazy. It all started with a few chickens, then some bees, until she had a full-blown farm near downtown Oakland, where she lives today.

ZAC UNGER has been an Oakland firefighter since 1998. He has written two books of nonfiction, Working Fire and Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye.