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Malcolm X Jazz Festival-19th annual

This is the 19th annual Malcolm X Jazz Fest!! I’ll be there selling books along side fellow author Jesse Byrd. Come through and get some new books, see people, dance, eat good food, chill out, and support the East Side Arts Alliance who throw the festival for the people of Oakland year after year. The artwork for the poster is done by Pablo Soto Campoamor and the design is done by my wife Joy Liu-Trujillo for Design Action!

Facebook EVENT link

For more history and info, please visit East Side Arts Alliance

Furqan’s First Flat Top UPDATE 6- Book Release!

Peace everyone, this Robert Liu-Trujillo the author and illustrator of “Furqan’s First Flat Top” a bilingual children’s book about love between a father and son, reassurance, cultural pride, and imagination. On Sunday June 26th (11AM-2PM) at the East Side Arts Alliance I will be hosting a small book release party. Please join me in celebrating the release of this book that took many years to complete, a kickstarter campaign, and loads of support from family, friends, mentors, and comrades. 

Coffee + Tea will be available from “La Cultura Cura” Cafe

STORYTIME for the children!!! There will be several local Bay Area authors there reading their books and I will read mine. Some of the authors reading are: 
Katherine Cespedes-“He was as big as a house
Aya De Leon– “Puffy”
Ann Berlak ” Joelito’s Big Decision”
Malia Connor– “Mixed Heritage”

BOOKS: I will have books for sale for those who haven’t gotten one yet as well as prints and other goodies( I will sign them as well). Some of the authors mentioned above will sell books as well. If you purchased a book through kickstarter or online and have not received it yet you can also get it from me there. Come through with your children, or friends kids, come just to hang out and say hello, come to check out East Side’s new Cafe. See you soon. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.
-Robert Liu-Trujillo

If you cannot make it to the book release but want to purchase a copy for your child, office, library, or school please go to FurqansFirst.com

School Visit- Woodland Elementary Oakland

This week I had he pleasure to visit Woodland Elementary in East Oakland off of 81st ave for African American literature week. I got a chance to read from “A Bean and Cheese Taco Birthday” and “I am Sausal Creek”.

I read to a group of Kindergarten and 1st-5th grade students. I also was asked to bring some artwork to show the students which they really liked. They all had really cool questions and its always fun to read to and reach the youth. Plus, we were at one of my favorite libraries in Oakland-the 81st branch.

BIG thanks to Janine Macbeth, Oakland Education Fund, and the staff/parents of Woodland Elementary!

Dig this? Check out this school visit in Black Pine Circle in Berkeley, CA.

Book Cover “Y U Gotta Call it Ghetto?”

This past winter I started working on this book with my homie, a great Poet and now a PhD LeConte J. Dill. This is a project she started with youth from the East Oakland Youth Development Center almost a year and a half ago. This is a collection of some beautiful poems about what youth in the east go through on the bus, in the street, at school, and in their neighborhood. Please demand it in your local book store. Holler at me if you need the isbn number. Or, check out the site! Thank you LeConte! Thank you Eoydc!