Bookwaves/Artwaves – June 18, 2020: Judy Juanita – Bonnie Tsui

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.


The Playground is presenting, in honor of Black Lives Matter, a Juneteenth Theatre Justice Project: Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids by Vincent Terrell Durham, June 19th at 7 pm. Via Zoom On Demand. Co-sponsored by 30 companies, including Berkeley Rep, Marin Theatre Company, Custom Made Theatre, Cal Shakes, Cutting Ball, etc.
Bay Area Book Festival. Coming Together fundraiser from March with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Anthony Doerr and and RO Kwon now streaming as a benefit; available free in the future.
The Booksmith lists its entire June on-line schedule of interviews and readings on their website, which includes Lockdown Lit every Tuesday at 11 am.
Book Passage author interviews: Elizabeth George, Saturday June 20 at 4 pm and Jason and Paris Rosenthal Sunday June 21 at 4 pm. Registration required.
Theatre Rhino Thursday play at 8 pm June 11, 2020 on Facebook Live is Wahoo, conceived and performed by John Fisher,on Facebook Live. and Lavender Scare can be streamed through the KALW website.  
Shotgun Players. Streaming: Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, 2018 production. The Claim, workshop production. June 20, 2020, 5 pm via Zoom, podcast.
San Francisco Playhouse. Thursday June 18, 7 pm Artistic Director Bill English interviews Michael Gene Sullivan. Every Monday, SF Playhouse presents Zoomlets, a series of short play table reads. Monday June 22, 7 pm: The Jewish Wife by Bertolt Brecht, with Susi Damilano and Anthony Fusco, directed by Carey Perloff.
Kepler’s Books presents Refresh the Page, on line interviews and talks, June 18th, 6:30 featuring Neil Shubin with Kishore Hari. Robert Reich Tuesday June 23rd at 8 pm,
American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) presents Take Ten, a series of six ten-minute interactive theatre games for adults and children.
National Theater At Home on You Tube: Small Island.


Judy Juanita, author of the novel “Virgin Soul,” in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky, recorded spring, 2013.

Judy Juanita is a poet, novelist and playwright. In her younger days, as Judy Hart, while at San Francisco State, she served as editor in chief of The Black Panther newspaper, and lived in one of the Black Panther safe houses in 1967. Along the way she came to know such figures as Bobby Seale and Huey Newton.

In 2013, her first novel, Virgin Soul, was published. It’s a fictionalized memoir of her life in the black student movement and with the Panthers. This interview, recorded recorded in the spring of 2013, goes into detail about her life during the Panther days, about the relationship of the book to actual history, and about Judy Juanita’s life after the Panthers.

Since 2013, Judy Juanita has continued to write and teach Her collection of essays, DeFacto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland was published in 2016, and she recently had a story published in the collection Oakland Noir. Judy Juanita recently completed a second novel. Extended podcast.


Bonnie Tsui discusses her book, Why We Swim, which examines the human need for moving in water, from the history of swim strokes, to how physiology plays a role in swimming, to the history of swimming from ancient times in the Sahara to Rome and to the present, and how swimming became a sport.

Bonnie Tsui lives in the Bay Area and swims regularly at the Albany Pool, when it’s open, and also swims in San Francisco Bay. She is also the author of American Chinatown: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods.

In the interview she discusses some of the topics in her book, and how the pandemic has affected Asian Americans. Recorded using internal Mac microphones on the zencastr website. Extended 34-minute podcast.

Bonnie Tsui portrait photo: copyright Lindsay Skiba. By permission of the publisher.


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