Public Knowledge

Books and Public Discourse: Rebecca Solnit and Paul Yamazaki

Part of The Phyllis Wattis Distinguished Lecture Series

Thursday, December 6, 2018
7 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

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Left: Rebecca Solnit; photo: Trent Davis Bailey
Right: Paul Yamazaki; photo: courtesy City Lights

In our digital age, books remain important tools for fostering discourse and sparking civic imagination. As part of our Public Knowledge programming, join us for a conversation on the continuing value of the printed word and its impact on public culture with two San Francisco luminaries: author Rebecca Solnit and City Lights book buyer Paul Yamazaki, moderated by Barbara and Stephan Vermut Associate Curator of Public Dialogue Deena Chalabi.


Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of twenty books on feminism, Western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, and hope and disaster. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a columnist at Harper’s.

Yamazaki is the head book buyer at City Lights Bookstore, the legendary independent bookseller in San Francisco.

Public Knowledge is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library. The project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in Public Knowledge do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This program is part of SFMOMA’s Phyllis Wattis Distinguished Lecture Series

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Launched in April 2017, Public Knowledge is a two-year project that aims to promote public dialogue on the cultural impact of urban change. Through artist projects, research collaborations, public programs, and publishing, it builds new connections between ideas, individuals, and communities. Public Knowledge is based in San Francisco and takes place at multiple locations in the city.