Date and Time
Jun 19, 2019 6:30 pm
14th & V
Books will be available in our bookstore for purchase. This is a free event, seating is first come, first served. Full menu and bar will be available during the event.
Part coming-to-America story, part lyrical memoir, and another part activist’s call to action, The Coffeehouse Resistance: Brewing Hope in Desperate Times is timely, funny, and poignant. When Prabasi and her husband move from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to New York City with their young daughter in 2011, they start a thriving coffee business, grow their family, and live their American Dream. After the 2016 election, they are suddenly unsure about their new home. Reclaiming the tradition of coffeehouses throughout history, their coffeehouses become a hub for local organizing and action. Moving from despair to hope, this is a story is about building community, claiming a home, and fighting for our dreams.
Sarina Prabasi is author of The Coffeehouse Resistance: Brewing Hope in Desperate Times(Green Writers Press, April 2019), Co-Founder of Buunni Coffee and CEO of WaterAid America. She was born in the Netherlands, raised in India, China and Nepal, and spent formative years in the United States and Ethiopia. Following a career leading initiatives in global health, education, water and sanitation, Sarina moved with her husband, Elias, from Addis Ababa to New York City, where they started Buunni Coffee together. Today, Buunni is a thriving business and a hub for community conversation and action. On Twitter she’s @SPrabasi
Ryan Grim is the Washington bureau chief for The Intercept, and was previously the bureau chief for The Huffington Post, where he led a team that was twice a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, winning once. The author of This Is Your Country On Drugs, this is his second book. He's a member of the board of the National Press Foundation, a contributor to The Young Turks network, and was previously an on-air contributor to MSNBC.