RESCHEDULED: Alice at the 2017 Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair

RESCHEDULED: Alice at the 2017 Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair

Join authors Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus as they discuss their book Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute and its connection to the history of sex work, gender, and activism in the Bay Area at this year's Anarchist Book Fair! 

"A Voice from the Underworld," the serialized version of Alice Smith's story, originally published in the San Francisco Bulletin in 1913, has until its recent republication, gone forgotten as a key piece of radical U.S. history. Alice Smith's story attracted the attention of the famed anarchist and feminist activist Emma Goldman, who found "A Voice from the Underworld", and the many letters written in response by other working class women and sex workers, to offer a uniquely radical perspective on the questions of sex, class, gender, and marriage. The publication of "A Voice from the Underworld" also marks a significant transition in the career of newspaper editor Fremont Older, who later gained fame within radical circles for his work with criminals Donald Lowrie and Jack Black in the name of prison reform, and his defense of Tom Mooney and Warren Billings, San Francisco's own Sacco and Vanzetti, who were wrongfully convicted of bombing the pro-war "Preparedness Day" parade that took place in 1916. In 1917, Fremont Older would work with several of the sex workers he had met during the run of Alice's story to organize the first sex worker's rights protest in U.S. history, which took place on January 25th, 1917.  We will discuss these early strains of activism in the Bay Area and how they influenced later feminist, queer, and sex worker rights movements. 

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Alice at Wooden Shoe Books in Philadelphia
7:00pm 7:00pm

Alice at Wooden Shoe Books in Philadelphia

-Join us at the Wooden Shoe Bookstore in Phildelphia, PA for a discussion with the editors of 'Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute', winner of the 2015 California Historical Society Book Award. They will discuss the book and the history of feminism, sex work, and queer rights in the U.S. 

-Performance by Herald of Heavyheart, a baritone balladeer who yodels against the apocalyptic monolith. (Reid Books) 

-Shaina Kapeluck and Roger Martinez will be performing old songs and ballads on voice and guitar respectively

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Lewis and Clark College Gender Studies Symposium
to Mar 10

Lewis and Clark College Gender Studies Symposium

Join authors Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon for a discussion of sex work, gender, labor, and activism as a part of their 3 day Gender Studies Symposium.

March 10, 2017
9:30–11 a.m., Stamm
Empowerment, Defiance, and Identity
Moderator: Jessie Starling, L&C assistant professor of religious studies
Priscilla Wu, Reed College ’17, “Language, Myth, and Feminist Chinese American Identity in Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior
Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus, “‘A Voice from the Underworld’: Sex Worker Activism in the West, 1911-1917”
Erin Keoppen, L&C ’17, “Wild Words: Space, Place and Gender in Tamil Feminist Poetry”
Maggie O’Leary, MA student in English, Portland State University, “‘A Position of Tragic Dignity’: The Colonial Conflict of the Armagh Women’s ‘Dirty Protest’of a panel on Empowerment, Defiance, and Identity

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Authors on the Move!
7:30pm 7:30pm

Authors on the Move!

Join author Ivy Anderson, as well as 40 other noted authors, at the Sacramento Library Foundation's annual author gala and fundraiser. Other attendees include Hector Tobar, Kathryn S. Olmstead, Cara Black, and more. 

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Sex Work, Queer Representation, and the Policing of Gender in Early San Francisco
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sex Work, Queer Representation, and the Policing of Gender in Early San Francisco

Part of the Shaping San Francisco Public Talks Series!

Join authors Ivy Anderson, Devon Angus, and Clare Sears in a discussion about the history of gender, criminality, and law in early San Francisco.

Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus are the authors of Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute (Heyday Books, 2016) , winner of the California Historical Society Book Award.

Clare Sears is associate professor of sociology and sexuality studies at San Francisco State University. She is author of the book Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law and Fascination in Nineteenth Century San Francisco (Duke University Press, 2014). 

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100 Years of the Sex Workers' Rights Movement
5:30pm 5:30pm

100 Years of the Sex Workers' Rights Movement

Hosted by the Tenderloin Museum and the Center for Sex & Culture
Doors: 5:30pm
Discussion: 6:00-8:00pm
Procession: 8:00-9:00pm

On January 25th, join the Tenderloin Museum and the Center for Sex & Culture to celebrate the 100th anniversary of San Francisco's 1917 sex worker march. On January 25th, 1917 Reggie Gamble and Maude Spencer, two madams of the Uptown Tenderloin vice district, organized a demonstration against the planned Valentine's Day eviction of San Francisco's brothels. Targeting anti-vice reformer Rev. Paul Smith, nearly 300 prostitutes stormed the reverend's church and took over the pulpit, demanding that the congregation hear their concerns. Reggie Gamble's speech, which was covered by every one of the city's major newspapers, demanded economic justice and a halt to the looming evictions that threatened to displace the thousands of sex workers that lived and worked in San Francisco's vice districts. The 1917 march, the first of its kind in the United States, sits alongside the protests at San Francisco's Compton Cafeteria and the New York's Stonewall Inn as important historical events reclaimed by communities, and as an important milestone in the struggle for sex worker’s rights.

Help us set the tone for the new year in celebrating the centennial of this vital piece of Bay Area history. Our program will begin at the Tenderloin Museum, where authors Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus, co-editors of Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute, will give a talk examining the history of sex work in San Francisco from 1849-1917. Afterwards, members of the Erotic Service Providers Union (ESPU), the US PROStitutes Collective (US PROS), and Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP Bay Area) will address where we are at 100 years later in the continuing fight for sex worker’s rights. Following the presentations will be a march to the site of the original protest, at Leavenworth and O’Farrell Streets, where Reggie Gamble's 1917 speech will be read, along with speeches by some of the leaders of today’s sex worker’s rights movement. Following the march, we will gather to celebrate this centennial at the Gangway bar, located at 841 Larkin St. 

100 Years of the Sex Worker’s Rights Movement will begin on Wednesday, January 25th at 5:30pm at the Tenderloin Museum. A $10 suggested donation will be taken at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds). Refreshments will be available. The procession to the original protest site, just two blocks from the Tenderloin Museum, will leave at 8:15pm. If you plan on attending the march, warm clothes, candles, and signs are encouraged.

Participant Bios:

The Tenderloin Museum celebrates the rich history of one of San Francisco's most overlooked neighborhoods. Through history exhibitions, resident-led walking tours, community programs, and the presentation of original artwork, the Tenderloin Museum invites all comers to learn about the roots of our dynamic neighborhood, gather together with friends old and new, and reclaim our city's past and future. The 31 blocks of the Tenderloin District are a microcosm of San Francisco, peopled by immigrants and iconoclasts, artists and activists, sinners and saints. All are welcome to join us in telling its story. 

The non-profit Center for Sex & Culture believes that sex is an essential part of human life, learning, and culture. Via our library, archives, art gallery, and event space, we preserve materials, promote learning, and provide resources related to sex and gender, their histories, and their intersection with the arts. When you support the CSC, you are also supporting the many sexual, LGBTQ, and artistic communities & individuals
that depend on our physical space for a safe haven or rely on our resources to continue their mission.

Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus are the co-editors of Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute, winner of the California Historical Society Book Award. This memoir recalls the life of “Alice Smith,” a prostitute who worked across the state of California in the early 1900’s. The publication of her story in the San Francisco Bulletin in 1913 served as direct inspiration for the organization of the 1917 prostitute’s march. For more information, visit: or

The Erotic Service Providers Union (ESPU) is by and for those who labor erotically to gain agency through industrial organizing for our occupational, social, and economic rights through affiliating with organized labor.

SWOP Bay is an open and informal support group in the SF Bay Area. Our goals are to help create space for our sex worker community.

The US PROStitutes Collective (US PROS) is a multiracial network of women who work or have worked in different areas of the sex industry. Founded in 1982, US PROS campaigns for the decriminalization of prostitution and for justice, protection and resources so that no woman, young person or man is forced into prostitution through poverty or violence.

For more information on the 1917 march, you can read Gary Kamiya’s Chronicle article on the event here:

Press Contact: Tenderloin Museum 398 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA 94102  /  415.351.1912  / /

This event is sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts/General Fund Portion of the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

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Barbary Coast Walking Tour

Hosted by City Lights Books! Call to reserve your space now; space is limited: (415) 362-8193

Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus will present the fascinating story behind the publication of prostitute Alice Smith's memoir in 1913 San Francisco, all while leading tour participants through San Francisco's historic Barbary Coast vice district. This tour is sure to enlighten all those curious about vice, social geography, and the history of feminism in San Francisco. 

The tour begins at the historic offices of the San Francisco Bulletin in San Francisco's downtown district at 814 Mission St. (behind the Westfield Mall) and ends at City Lights Books in North Beach, where a reception with light refreshments will follow. 

Comfortable shoes and layered clothing are highly recommended. The content of the talk may not be appropriate for small children. The walk itself will be appropriate for those of most fitness levels, as there are no significant hills or staircases. 

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7:00pm 7:00pm

California Studies Dinner Ceremony at UC Berkeley

  • Directors Room, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus will present their book, Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostituteat the November 17 California Studies Dinner Seminar. This series of dinners provides a forum for discussion of California politics, economy, and society that meets once a month on the Berkeley campus. It brings together scholars, students, and specialists from around the Bay Area to hear speakers talk about new books, research, and ideas of note concerning California. The series has been going strong for twenty years (with a predecessor going back thirty years!), and is the finest intellectual forum on California history, geography, and public affairs in Northern California.

To reserve your space, RSVP to Margaret Olney at or (510) 643-8140. For more information, visit the California Studies Dinner Seminars website.

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6:00pm 6:00pm

Book Release Party at the California Historical Society

Join Ivy Anderson, Devon Angus, and representatives from the Erotic Service Providers Union at the California Historical Society offices in San Francisco to celebrate the release of Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast ProstituteAn hour long presentation on Alice Smith, the history of prostitution and sex worker's rights movements in San Francisco will be followed by an hour long Q & A session with the authors and SWOP representatives. 

Light refreshments will be served, and original archival materials relating to the history of prostitution in California will be on display. 

$5-10. You can purchase tickets through Eventbrite by clicking here.

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Sex and Culture Expo

Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus will be presenting at the Center for Sex and Culture's 2016 Sex and Culture Expo

Expo Only $40 in advance, $50 at door (choose 1st option)
Burlesque Only $30
Super-Ticket (both events!) $60, $70 at door (choose 2nd option)

Let’s talk about sex and San Francisco! Featuring a keynote conversation with porn great (and Bay Area native) Nina Hartley interviewed by Whorecast podcaster and "The Whore Next Door" author Siouxsie Q, plus three great panels, a live literary reading, and tables by local arts and sex-related organizations. THIS SATURDAY! Get up, grab some brunch, and come on over! 

Panels: Sex & Politics; San Francisco's Sex History; Space for Queer/Sex Art in Today's City. PLUS readings! 

Participants (this is a nearly-complete list—expect a couple more special guests!): Yoseñio Lewis, Greta Christina, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Aya de Leon, Ivy Anderson & Devon Angus, Katie Gilmartin, Allison Moon, Dorian Katz, Tessa Wills, Carol Queen
Merch and info from the Center for Sex & Culture, Expo authors, California Institute of Integral Studies, Adobe Books, Radar Reading Series, Godless Perverts, the Leather Alliance, and more! 

Inspired by our desire to reach out to new San Francisco residents with info about the sexy history and culture of our City By The Bay (and give old-timers a great day of sexual discourse and celebration), the #SexCultureExpo is a benefit for the Center for Sex & Culture’s "Wait, What!? Our Rent Just Doubled" Fund. 
After a quick dinner break we’ll be back with a burlesque and performance night—lots more info coming VERY soon! After our day of juicy discussion, let's get frisky with some of SF's great burlyQ performers! Get an eyeful, win prizes, and thrill to the sexy, sultry, saucy art of burlesque! We've invited some of our fave performers to welcome new San Francisco residents with hometown SanFranFrisky culture.

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