Aya de Leon

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Aya’s debut novel, UPTOWN THIEF

Marisol Rivera will do anything to protect her Manhattan women’s health clinic, including bankrolling it with an escort service and a series of heists of corrupt CEOs involved in a sex trafficking scandal…

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ABOUT AYA

Novelist, poet, activist, mom, UC Berkeley faculty, hip hop theater artist…

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Falling Back In Love with “New Girl”

One of the things I like to write about is falling in and out of love with new TV shows. This blog has borne witness to the ups and downs … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

Upcoming Appearances

  • From Bodice Rippers to Trailblazers: Feminism through Romance June 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Downtown Berkeley, CA - Hotel Shattuck Plaza Romance is one of the most maligned genres of the literary world, despite being a billion-dollar business. Maybe it’s because the books are written by, about, and for women. Misogyny at work? Who’s to say? But unlike other literature, romance novels always portray women in lead roles, prize their rule-breaking, and ensure that their sexual…
  • Disruptors: Writing for Social Change - Rebecca Solnit, Aya de Leon, and Julia Serano, moderated by Chinaka Hodge June 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm Downtown Berkeley, CA - Brower In business, disruption speaks to radical change. Similarly, literary disruptors are those writers whose words and ideas spark radical reactions and create game-changing conversations. In this panel, four change-makers come together in conversation about why and how they disrupt, exploring why this orientation to writing effects tangible change. http://baybookfest.org/content/schedule/schedule.html#99 -- http://addtocalendar.com

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