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“Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute” Book Discussion | South SF

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Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Molloy’s Tavern | 1655 Mission Road, Colma, CA 94014

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Join Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus as they discuss Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute, winner of the 2015 California Historical Society Book Award.

Alice brings to light for the first time in over 100 years, and for the first time in book form, the memoirs of a San Francisco sex worker who published under the name of Alice Smith. Her fascinating and timely story was serialized in one of San Francisco’s leading daily newspapers, the San Francisco Bulletin, in 1913. Her memoir touched upon several pressing issues of the day, including sex worker rights, the power and direction of the the budding feminist movements of early California, abortion rights, and the force of the media in swaying public opinion. Her story was a controversial yet dazzling success for the paper, garnering over 4,000 letters to the editor of which nearly 300 were printed, with a third of those written by sex workers themselves.

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Cost: FREE
Categories: Literature
Address: 1655 Mission Road, Colma, CA 94014