Walking Tour in Celebration of “Alice” Book Release | City Lights
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City Lights Books | 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
In 1913 the San Francisco Bulletin published a serialized, ghostwritten memoir of a prostitute who went by the moniker Alice Smith. “A Voice from the Underworld” detailed Alice’s humble Midwestern upbringing and her struggle to find aboveboard work, and candidly related the harrowing events she endured after entering “the life.”
While prostitute narratives had been published before, never had they been as frank in their discussion of the underworld, including topics such as abortion, police corruption, and the unwritten laws of the brothel. Throughout the series, Alice strongly criticized the society that failed her and so many other women, but, just as acutely, she longed to be welcomed back from the margins.
Free but an RSVP is required. Sign up at front counter of City Lights begining October 18.
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