The Oscar-nominated Precious star and Empire actress GABOUREY (GABBY) SIDIBE

THIS IS JUST MY FACE. Hosted by S.F.Chronicle Critic David Wiegand & KPFA’s Anita Johnson

When: May 10, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

Where: First Presbyterian Church. 2407 Dana, Berkeley

KPFA Radio 94.1FM  presents:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017   7:30 PM
First Presbyterian Church. 2407 Dana, Berkeley
Advance tickets: $12 : :: T: 800-838-3006
or Marcus Books, Books Inc/Berkeley, Pegasus (3 sites), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s
$15 door

The Oscar-nominated Precious star and Empire actress delivers a long-awaited very personal memoir – wise, fearless, smart, incredibly funny, and gloriously candid.




“To know Gabby is to love Gabby. To read her book is to love her even more. It is bold, brave, on-your-front-foot writing. Her story inspires you to step up and own your life with a compassion and confidence so potent that it will break down any door.”
— Laura Linney, actress


“Gabourey Sidibe’s delightful memoir offers a memorable look into what happens when a black girl’s dreams come true, from the inside out. From her uniqued childhood as the daughter of a subway-singer mother and polygamous father to struggling with depression to getting the role of Precious, Sidibe is fearless, incredibly funny, and gorgeously open. What she offers of herself in these pages is a gift .”
—Roxane Gay


Gabby skyrocketed to international  fame in 2009 when she played the leading role in Precious, a film made from a novel by poet Sapphire. She tells the engrossing story of her first job as a phone-sex “talker.” And she fully shares her wildly unconventional rise to fame as a movie star, alongside “a superstar cast of rich people who lived in mansions and had their own private islands and amazing careers while I lived in my mom’s apartment.”  Her memoir is packed with self-knowing stories about friendship, haters,  race and weight – usually irreverent, hilarious and unique.


Host David Wiegand is the assistant managing editor and the TV critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. A native of Rochester, NY, he holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in journalism from The American University in Washington, D.C.  Before joining The Chronicle, he was the editor of the Cambridge Chronicle in Massachusetts and managing editor of Dole Publishing Company. He is also a past recipient of the O Henry Prize for short fiction


Anita Johnson began her journalistic career at Youth Radio in 1994. She was the senior producer for YR’s weekly talk show on WILD 94.9, and served as senior producer for 106.1 KMEL’s Street Knowledge, hosted by Davey D. By 1997, she was submitting national segments to Marketplace and NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. In 2000, Anita co-founded KPFA’s Hard Knock Radio, a public affairs program covering news, views and Hip-Hop.

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