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Cover | Sofia Ascencio

Untitled, (graphite, watercolor, and ink). The artist, Sofia Ascencio, entered Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., this fall as a freshman. She completed this work while a senior at Holy Names High School as part of a school art project that combined black-and-white portraiture with color added to convey a sense of the subject's personality. The image was selected as the first-place winner of the The Monthly's annual student cover art contest. The portrait is of Margaux Faure, who looks up to Sofia as a sister mentor; Sofia dated her brother for two years. An outstanding volleyball player, Sofia confessed that her favorite medium is ink and that she is also a huge fan of collage. Read more about Sofia and the second- and third-place winners here.

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September 2015 Issue:
Table of Contents

The Wraparound Approach
A new dual-immersion charter debuts in East Oakland and strives to function as the center of health for the neighborhood.
By Emily Wilson.

Ask a Homeschooler
A veteran at-home teacher shares the most common questions and comments she gets over her chosen educational lifestyle.
By Karen T. Hartline.

Minecraft as a Teaching Tool
Does video game playing in a classroom setting actually teach kids anything, or are they just getting more addicted to Minecraft?
By Momo Chang.

Artistic Opportunities
The winners of The Monthly's annual student cover art contest.
By Judith M. Gallman.

FEATURE |  Telling Their Real Stories
A reunited father and daughter work together in Richmond on their dual memoir of loss and recovery in documentary form.
By Edward Guthmann.

|  Gather
An insightful new chef finds new meaning in ingredients that others take for granted.
By Anneli Rufus.

The Kilduff File
|  George Zimmer
The former Men's Wearhouse CEO goes mobile with a new career at zTailors.
By Paul Kilduff

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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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