Womens Magazine

Culture and change: Reem’s journey from organizer to entrepreneur; Writing place-based mysteries

We speak with Reem Assil, who was a community organizer for ten years before deciding that her true passion is food.  Reem started Reem’s California, an Arab street corner bakery in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, with the help of several community initiatives including the Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment, La Cocina and ICA Fund Good Jobs.

And in the second half of the show, I discuss writing mysteries that emphasize the sense of a place, with fellow mystery authors Michelle Cox and J.L. Doucette.  Cox’s wildly successful Henrietta & Inspector Howard series is set in Chicago during the 1930s. Doucette’s acclaimed debut novel Last Seen utilizes the harsh landscape of rural Wyoming to create a taut psychological thriller.

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