Writer and translator John Keene, whose first book Publishers Weekly called "a new direction for literary fiction in the 21st century, reads from his new collection of short stories, "Counternarratives, which ranges from the 17th century to the present and draws from memoirs, newspaper accounts, detective stories, interrogation transcripts and speculative fiction.
Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink, creators of the hit podcast and touring live show "Welcome to Night Vale," discuss their new book of the same name. Glen David Gold ("Carter Beats the Devil" and "Sunnyside"), who has co-written an episode of the podcast and contributed to another, moderates the discussion.
In the tradition of epic communal readings of Herman Melville's classic "Moby Dick," San Francisco's first white whale marathon takes place, appropriately, in Fort Mason Center's Firehouse. It takes about 24 hours to read the book in its entirety.
The legendary 96-year-old poet and founder of City Lights Books and Bookstore appears in person to celebrate the publication of his "Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960-2013" (Liverlight Books/W.W. Norton), which was selected from mostly unpublished, handwritten notebooks and edited by Giada Diano and Matt Gleeson. The editors accompany Ferlinghetti to discuss the book.
Small Press Traffic kicks off its 41st year of presenting experimental poetry and writing with two new programs: Dinner Talks, a creative conversation about issues impacting the writing community, based on the work of Lois Weaver, and Obsessions, an informal talk about one writer's obsession and how it informs his/her practice. Eileen Myles presents this […]
The Danish author was awarded the 2008 Nordic Council's Literature Prize for her short stories collection "Baboon," which was translated into English by local poet Denise Newman and published by Two Lines Press (a project of San Francisco-based nonprofit Center for the Art of Translation). Aidt reads from and discusses her debut novel, "Rock, Paper, […]
For the 16th year, San Francisco's literary festival Litquake presents several event-packed days and authors (800 this year) from all over the Bay Area, the country and the world. The parade spotlights Pulitzer Prize winners and first-timers alike; dramatic, poetic monologues; drag queens reading celebrity tweets. Concludes with Lit Crawl. About 75 percent of the […]