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Sat November 27, 2021

Book Release: We Grew Here by Apollo Papafrangou

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Join us to celebrate the release of We Grew Here, Apollo Papafrangou's new novel-in-stories collection.

Featuring performances by James Cagney, Rohan DaCosta, Keenan Norris, Ayodele Nzinga, and Daniel B. Summerhill

Emceed by DaziƩ Grego-Sykes

Music by Sweet Lew

Preorders will go live soon.

About the book: From the depths of Oakland's soil, fertile ground once rich with soul and prowled by Panthers, comes this defiant mantra of rhyme and reason. In the interconnected stories comprising We Grew Here, over a year's span we journey through the deep-rooted, diverse communities of this colorful Bayside city of trendsetters and go-getters. Amid the timely battle for The Town's future, transplants and locals collide for a prime space to call home. Among our cunning guides on this adventure-from-the-headlines are childhood friends, and Oakland Greeks, Pete and Alex--hustling in pursuit of the artist's life.

In "Sacrificial Lamb," Alex's Greek Easter plans to spit-roast a lamb in his yard clash with his transplant neighbors' animal rights stance; all amid the backdrop of a teen's recent murder by local police. In "High Note," Greek-American soul singer Johnny Eliopoulos croons the woes of the lonely bachelor's life. When gentrification threatens to mute his music, he turns to work as an escort with a twist. In the title story, as Oakland's influx of transplants crowd his space, Angelo struggles to maintain his artistic aspirations amid pressure from his girlfriend to conform.

Rife with vibrant prose and dialogue true to the mystique of "Oakland cool," We Grew Here is a commanding novel-in-stories from hometown author, Apollo Papafrangou.
Join us to celebrate the release of We Grew Here, Apollo Papafrangou's new novel-in-stories collection.

Featuring performances by James Cagney, Rohan DaCosta, Keenan Norris, Ayodele Nzinga, and Daniel B. Summerhill

Emceed by DaziƩ Grego-Sykes

Music by Sweet Lew

Preorders will go live soon.

About the book: From the depths of Oakland's soil, fertile ground once rich with soul and prowled by Panthers, comes this defiant mantra of rhyme and reason. In the interconnected stories comprising We Grew Here, over a year's span we journey through the deep-rooted, diverse communities of this colorful Bayside city of trendsetters and go-getters. Amid the timely battle for The Town's future, transplants and locals collide for a prime space to call home. Among our cunning guides on this adventure-from-the-headlines are childhood friends, and Oakland Greeks, Pete and Alex--hustling in pursuit of the artist's life.

In "Sacrificial Lamb," Alex's Greek Easter plans to spit-roast a lamb in his yard clash with his transplant neighbors' animal rights stance; all amid the backdrop of a teen's recent murder by local police. In "High Note," Greek-American soul singer Johnny Eliopoulos croons the woes of the lonely bachelor's life. When gentrification threatens to mute his music, he turns to work as an escort with a twist. In the title story, as Oakland's influx of transplants crowd his space, Angelo struggles to maintain his artistic aspirations amid pressure from his girlfriend to conform.

Rife with vibrant prose and dialogue true to the mystique of "Oakland cool," We Grew Here is a commanding novel-in-stories from hometown author, Apollo Papafrangou.
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