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Author Talk – Jackie Speier & Michael Krasny
Undaunted is a memoir about her experiences in Guyana confronting and overcoming the aftermath of the Jonestown tragedy. (See further description below)
The Author Talk is a fundraiser to benefit the Community Center. We are all very excited this year as we welcome Michael Krasny and Jackie Speier to our Author Talk fundraiser.
Michael Krasny, of KQED’s Forum, has been hosting this annual fundraiser for over 10 years, bringing us some amazing authors like Alice Walker, Khaled Hosseini, Amy Tan, and Robert Reich just to name a few. We are thrilled to add Congresswoman Jackie Speier to this list as a featured author. Please join us in the Main Hall on Friday, September 13th. Two types of tickets* for sale:
General Admission ADV: $30
Single VIP tickets $150 (Limited)
- Includes 1 ticket to the VIP reception at 5:30 while mixing and mingling with our guest speakers!
- Reserved seat for the talk in the Main Hall.
- A copy of Jackie Speier´s new book
Jackie Speier was twenty-eight when she joined Congressman Leo Ryan’s delegation to rescue defectors from cult leader Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. Ryan was killed on the airstrip tarmac. Jackie was shot five times at point-blank range. While recovering from what would become one of the most harrowing tragedies in recent history, Jackie had to choose: Would she become a victim or a fighter? The choice to survive against unfathomable odds empowered her with a resolve to become a vocal proponent for human rights.
From the formative nightmare that radically molded her perspective and instincts to the devastating personal and professional challenges that would follow, Undaunted reveals the perseverance of a determined force in American politics. Deeply rooted in Jackie’s experiences as a widow, a mother, a congresswoman, and a fighter, hers is a story of true resilience, one that will inspire other women to draw strength from adversity in order to do what is right—no matter the challenges ahead.