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Cover | Jonathan Shum

Phoenix Rising (gouache and colored pencil). Jonathan Shum, now a senior at Piedmont High School in Oakland, created this show-stopping image in response to an art class assignment last year. For more about Shum’s work, as well as that of our second- and third-place winners, Lorna Chiu and Wylie Kiskaddon, click here.

For our December literary issue
The Monthly is now accepting flash fiction—complete stories of 500 words maximum—for possible publication in our December issue. Your story must include one of the following words: “crow,” “silver,” “elbow.”
To submit, paste the story into your email to editorial@ and attach as a Word document (“.doc,” not “.docx” file). Please include your name, email address, and phone number.
Deadline: Monday, Oct. 17.

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September 2011 Issue:
Table of Contents

|  Midlife Bar Mitzvah
While the typical bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah is a 13-year-old boy or girl, middle-age adults are jumping on the bandwagon at synagogues around the East Bay. Shifting cultural roles, a deepening sense of religious identity, or a new-found self-awareness—whatever the reason, these grown-ups (many with teenagers of their own), are going back to Hebrew school, learning to chant, and reading aloud from the Torah.   By Maggie Fazeli Fard.

The Kilduff File |  Flossie Lewis
Octogenarian Flossie Lewis broadcasts her salty perspective on schools today, how to get into a good college, and the lifelong benefits of memorizing a poem.  By Paul Kilduff

SCHOOL TIME: The Monthly’s September School Section

Extra Credit
With record numbers of children today being diagnosed with learning differences, parents are anxious to find their kids the help they need with reading, time management, social skills, and other issues affected by unusual brain processing. Many local schools, services, and businesses offer specialized instruction to help kids succeed.  By Rachel Trachten.

Art for the Real World
Students in the ENGAGE program at Oakland’s California College of the Arts are earning course credit in some unusual places, including the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco and San Quentin State Prison in Marin. By sending students to create work with and for others, the program prepares budding artists for life outside the serene haven of the studio.  By Emily Wilson.

Reading Round-Up
Local independent bookstores weigh in on their favorite back-to-school books for kids and adults.

Fresh Images
Meet the winners of The Monthly’s 11th Annual Student Cover Art Contest.

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Editor’s Note:
a look at this month’s issue and commentary on life in the East Bay

Letters: reader responses to The Monthly’s stories
Be East Bay: an introduction to interesting people, places and events in your community

Critics Choice: highlights of this month’s happenings in art, theater, film, dance and music

Boutique Bazaar: distinctive small shops in the East Bay

Food for Thought: local caterers and food and wine purveyors

Dining Guide: a selection of East Bay restaurants

Marketplace Home: a catalog of services for your home and garden

Marketplace Services: a catalog of personal and creative services

Kartoon Korner: editorial cartoons to entertain and agitate

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