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Mary Williams 

When: Tue., April 23, 7:30 p.m. 2013
Price: free

Mary Williams' life seems like the stuff of fiction. Born to Black Panther parents, she grew up in Oakland in the Seventies watching her father stumble in and out of prison, her mother struggle with alcoholism, and her sister succumb to prostitution and teen pregnancy. Then, through a set of peculiar circumstances, she was adopted by Jane Fonda. Since then, she's worked with the Lost Boys of Sudan, solo-hiked the Appalachian Trail, and spent months doing research in Antarctica. Join her on Tuesday, Apr. 23, at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley (2345 Channing Way, Berkeley) when she'll discuss her new memoir, The Lost Daughter. Williams will be in conversation with McSweeney's founder and author Dave Eggers, whose book What Is the What was inspired by her work in Sudan. 7:30-9 p.m., $12 ($5 for students).

— Azeen Ghorayshi


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