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Local Author Shira Glassman Book SIgning and Labor Rights Discussion - 9/17

"Labor Rights? In My Fantasy Lit?"

"It's More Likely Than You'd Think!"

Wednesday, 9/17, 7:30 PM at the CMC: local author and Wild Iris groupie Shira Glassman introduces her latest book, Climbing the Date Palm.


Inspired by the Alachua County Wage Theft Task Force and her own spouse's union organizing, Date Palm is a fairy tale about worker's rights and wage theft, with plenty of queer characters (and a dragon.)

She will be accompanied by speakers from the Wage Theft Task Force itself, to talk about the movement that inspired the story.

About Climbing the Date Palm

The highly anticpated second novel from local author Shira Glassman is now available for pre-order. Copies will be released late July. We also have The Second Mango available if you're new to the series.

Prince Kaveh, the youngest son of the king of the City of Red Clay, is bisexual, and is completely besotted with Farzin, the engineer his father hired to oversee the improvements to the city's roads and bridges. However, the king doesn't share his positive feelings. After Farzin ends up at the head of the protest that ensues when the workers are only paid a third of their promised wages, he's thrown in prison and is scheduled to be executed.

Queen Shulamit, who rules over the neighboring nation of Perach, is eager to assist the desperate prince. She, too, loves justice and has a same-sex partner. She's also hoping Kaveh, with his royal blood, is willing to give her and her sweetheart a legitimate heir in exchange. But can she find a peaceful solution that will pacify the king next door, get his workers fairly paid, and free Farzin, or will she and her dragon-riding bodyguard Rivka have to go to war?

Alachua Co. Black History Task Force - Town Hall Mtg - Oct 26th

Alachua County Black History Task Force Town Hall Meeting
October 26th, Downtown Library, 4th Floor, 2-4pm

In the early nineties a Florida law was passed requiring that school curriculum incorporate “teachings about the history of African Americans, including the history of African peoples before the political conflicts that led to the development of slavery, the passage to America, the enslavement experience, abolition and the contributions of African Americans to society.”  Today less than 10 of Florida’s 67 counties are compliant, and Alachua County is not meeting the standards. (The feminist within us cannot help but mention that the “contributions of women” are also included in this law.)  Local activists have worked for over a decade on attempts to broaden the scope and celebration of African American history in our public schools with little permanent change. 

Let us be clear that the end goal of the ACBHTF centers around the practice of INFUSION.  We are not interested in anything less than people of color being represented, acknowledged and celebrated through all curriculum.  Supporting a handful of mainstream black heroes during the month of February is not enough, curriculum addendums are not enough, elective choices are not enough.  Only infusion is enough.  The Task Force is also strongly committed to an infrastructure that trains and monitors compliance of school staff and administration.  On a deeper level our passion tells us that we can create a shift in thinking, opening up the hearts of our educators and helping them release internalized biases that tell them that black children cannot learn and are not worth the teaching.

Please join us in October when we will host a town hall meeting to educate around our mission and organize the future steps of the task force.  This will also be our chance to visually show the administration the community force behind this initiative.  We need your support and we hope that you will share this event and bring your friends.  We will create the strategy so that our community can transform the fabric of our school systems, not because it is the law but because it is the right thing to do.  We hope you will stand with us.



Town Hall Meeting, October 26th, 2-4pm
Downtown Public Library, 401 E University Ave

Wild Iris Books - New Hours - Tues-Fri from 1-7pm, Sat 12-6pm - Starting 9/9

We're cutting back a little for fall hours!  And it's the season of fall tabling where we'll be visiting campus to spread the feminist love so we may be in and out during normal business hours!  Feel free to give us a call if you're worried about us not being there!

Wild Iris Books | 22 SE 5th Ave, Behind CMC
Tuesday thru Friday, 1pm - 7pm
Saturday, 12pm - 6pm

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Labor Daze Festival - Sunday - Aug 31st - 4pm - 10pm - Bo Diddley

Join community members and organizations at the Fourth Annual Labor Daze Fest!

There will be music, food, and fun for all ages.  Free massages, a misting tent, a free rock wall and lots of other great all-age activities.

To celebrate the workers in our community several organizations are providing employment resources.  Wild Iris will be hosting a resume tent where locals will be able to set up appointments and leave Labor Daze with a brand new printed resume.  Then check out the clothing tent, where vouchers will be given for interview clothes as needed.

Take this moment to relax, have fun and mix and mingle with the best our community has to offer!  We'll see you there!

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