Sunset District resident and children’s book author Emma B. Smith released two new books over the summer, each offering a riveting story of a local animal celebrity. The animals she highlights are Claude, the albino alligator from the Academy of Sciences, and Odin, survivor and hero of the Tubbs Fire.
Sieu Sean Do, author and victim rights advocate, now calls the Richmond District home. But his path started with a childhood in rural Cambodia and led him on a life-or-death struggle through the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge.
Written in first-person narratives that move between both male and female voices, Gelade’s stories center around issues that are timely and relevant: desire, divorce, nostalgia for the past, and consolation, with several of the stories interfacing with another story in the collection.
Longtime Richmond District resident Linda Lewin wrote a children’s story titled Flowers For Jenny. The story was illustrated by Sudesha Shrestha and is the sixth book written by Lewin.
“I have a goal to write a great, even beautiful book by the end of my life. Fortun ately, we’re all living longer than ever,” he joked.