Author Event: Dorothy Lazard, “What You Don’t Know Will Make a Whole New World”

Author Event: Dorothy Lazard, "What You Don't Know Will Make a Whole New World"

It is our absolute honor and privilege to welcome author, historian, librarian, and world traveler Dorothy Lazard to Alibi Bookshop in celebration of her new memoir, “What You Don’t Know Will Create a Whole New World,” a book I’ve been looking forward to for a long time!

If you don’t know Dorothy, you should — she is a wealth of stories and knowledge. She worked for The Oakland Public Library for over 20 years, and in 2009 became the head librarian at The OPL’s History Center, where you could find her upstairs among fascinating historical documents… and she could find you answers to all your questions. She also curated the library’s popular author and travel programs, and I’m thrilled that now she is the author The Bay Area is coming out to see.

Dorothy grew up in the Bay Area of the 1960s and ’70s, surrounded by an expansive network of family, and hungry for knowledge. Here in her first book, she vividly tells the story of her journey to becoming “queen of my own nerdy domain.” Today Lazard is celebrated for her distinguished career as a librarian and public historian, and in these pages she connects her early intellectual pursuits–including a formative encounter with Alex Haley–to the career that made her a community pillar. As she traces her trajectory to adulthood, she also explores her personal experiences connected to the Summer of Love, the murder of Emmett Till, the flourishing of the Black Arts Movement, and the redevelopment of Oakland. As she writes with honesty about the tragedies she faced in her youth–including the loss of both parents–Lazard’s memoir remains triumphant, animated by curiosity, careful reflection, and deep enthusiasm for life.

Please join us for this very special event with this very special person!


Date(s) - Sat, Jul 8, 2023
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Alibi Bookshop
624 Marin St., Vallejo


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