"Devil for a Witch" selected for YEAR'S BEST CRIME AND MYSTERY STORIES 2016 by Kobo

Oakland Tales, Lost Secrets of The Town was selected for a 2015 Partners in Preservation Award by the Oakland Heritage Alliance; and honored on Feb. 18, 2016. More information about the event. ​

March 4, 2016 Check out San Francisco's J-Weekly for an excerpt of my story, "Devil for a Witch" from Jewish Noir (published by PM Press).

"A book for this generation of Oakland youth."
— Oakland Councilwoman Lynette McElhaney

“The Tale Behind Richmond Tales” in California Educator Magazine, February 2015 (pp. 50-51)

Richmond Tales, Lost Secrets of the Iron Triangle has been selected by the California Teachers Association for the 2015 READ ACROSS AMERICA campaign.

To purchase a copy of Oakland Tales or Richmond Tales, please visit

A short video on Project Ivy, an offshoot of Ivy, Homeless in San Francisco. Project Ivy will eventually direct kids to a website where they can 'talk' to Ivy and learn how to address homelessness in their community:

Look for other writings by Summer Brenner

River of Fire, Commons, Crisis & the Imagination, edited by Cal Winslow, The Pumping Station in collaboration with the Mendocino Institute, 2016

"Devil for a Witch" in YEAR'S BEST CRIME AND MYSTERY STORIES 2016 by Kobo

"Devil for a Witch" in JEWISH NOIR, edited by Ken Wishnia, published by PM Press, 2015

Infinite City by Rebecca Solnit

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5, 2007 Bombing of Baghdad's "Street of Booksellers," edited by Beau Beausoleil and Deema Shehabi

Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail! Stories of Crime, Love, and Rebellion, edited by Gary Phillips and Andrea Gibbons


Upcoming Events

Life Academy's Sixth Grade presents Oakland Tales
Co-produced by Word For Word

Monday, December 1​8, 4-6pm

Auditorium at Life Academy
2101 - 35th Avenue
​​Oakland 94601​