Hilary Zaid discusses and signs "Paper is White"
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Hilary Zaid to the store to discuss and sign Paper is White on Thursday, April 19th at 6:30 pm. Joining Hilary in conversation will be award-winning playwright Josh Gershick. Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store.
When oral historian Ellen Margolis and her girlfriend decide to get married, Ellen realizes that she can't go through with a wedding until she tells her grandmother. There's only one problem: her grandmother is dead.
As the two young women beat their own early path toward marriage equality, Ellen's longing to plumb that voluminous silence draws her into a clandestine entanglement with a wily Holocaust survivor--a woman with more to hide than tell--and a secret search for buried history. If there is to be a wedding Ellen must decide: How much do you need to share to be true to the one you love?
Set in ebullient, 1990s Dot-com era San Francisco, Paper is White is a novel about the gravitational pull of the past and the words we must find to make ourselves whole.
Hilary Zaid is an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Tin House Writer's Workshop and a 2017 Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her short story For Non-Speakers of the Mother Tongue has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and The Dark Between the Stars won the 2014 BLOOM Fiction Chapbook Prize. Hilary works as a freelance editor in Oakland, California.
Josh Gershick is the Southern California Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild of America and literary manager of L.A.’s Skylight Theatre. Gershick’s works include the plays Dear ONE: Love & Longing in Mid-Century Queer America, Coming Attractions, Assisted Living, and Bluebonnet Court, winner of the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre, and two acclaimed oral histories, Gay Old Girls, and Secret Service: Untold Stories of Lesbians in the Military. He earned an MFA from the USC School of Dramatic Arts & an MPW from the USC Dornsife College.