Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute at Litquake

Sunday Oct 08 2017   12:00 PM
  814 Mission St, San Francisco, CA  map

Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus, authors of the California Historical Society Book Award-winning Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute, walk and talk you through the vice districts of twentieth-century San Francisco, just before closure of the infamous Barbary Coast. Enjoy discussions of S.F. history, politics, and geography framed around the story of “Alice Smith,” a sex worker whose memoir electrified the city during its serialized publication in 1913.

Free and open to the public. Tour begins at the historic San Francisco Bulletin office at 814 Mission St. (behind the Westfield Mall), and ends at City Lights Books in North Beach, for a reception with light refreshments. Walk should last two hours total, and includes no significant hills or staircases. Comfortable shoes and layered clothing are highly recommended. Content of the talk may not be appropriate for small children.

Devon Angus is an artist, activist, and historian based in San Francisco. He composed and performed a conceptual folk operetta based on San Francisco history, The Ghosts of Barbary, throughout the Bay Area, Switzerland, and Italy. He organized and published a series of oral histories of immigrants in the Catskills region, and was the recipient of an arts grant through the New York State Council on the Arts for his show Songs and Stories of Old New York. Angus is currently pursuing a history M.A. at San Francisco State University.

Ivy Anderson is a San Francisco–based writer who focuses on issues of ecology and radical history. Her reportage on water management issues was published in Water Efficiency Magazine and and her poetry in Poecology. She holds a B.A. in environmental studies with a minor in geography, runs a community garden, and is on the board of a bookstore collective in San Francisco.