Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Our Awesome Cannabis Author Night Gets More Awesome

By David Downs
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM

The Cannabis Author Showcase IV on Thursday, September 17 at The Rock Steady in Oakland (Free, 6 p.m.) has added two more authors to round out the night’s line-up.

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Harborside Health Center author Stephen DeAngelo releases his debut memoir/polemic The Cannabis Manifesto on September 22. DeAngelo will appear at the Showcase for a one-on-one Q&A and panel discussion, then an exclusive sneak preview book sale and signing of the The Cannabis Manifesto, published by North Atlantic Books.

Equally exciting, Bay Area author/researcher/activist Ellen Komp will appear along with her amazing, new, self-released book Tokin’ Women, which recounts 4,000 years of famous women who smoked pot — from Helen of Troy to Melissa Etheridge.

Komp informed us that our Author Showcase night falls on the 150th anniversary of Mark Twain' Stoned Stroll — wherein Clemens tried hashish in San Francisco with Fitz Ludlow, and decided to quit journalism for the humor writing which made him famous. 


DeAngelo and Komp join two other titans of cannabis nonfiction: Michael Backes, author of the excellent Cannabis Pharmacy; and Cheri Sicard, author of women’s issues cannabis book Mary Jane.

The Cannabis Author Showcase IV is programmed like a talk show, with authors engaging in a one-on-one Q&A with your columnist, David Downs (contributing author of Beyond Buds, 2014).

After we’ve empaneled our authors, we'll do some roundtable discussion, take questions from the audience, then break for food, drink, and book sales and signings.

Cannabis Author Showcase IV is a production of Legalization Nation. Our media sponsors also include the East Bay Express, SFGate blog Smell the Truth, and our podcast The Hash. Our community sponsors are Oaksterdam University and ReformCA, and our bookstore partner is the Oakland Patient ID Center.

The event is free with RSVP. You RSVP by signing up for our podcast The Hash over at TheHash.org/contest.

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