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- Kate Gale, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Shelley SavreA late afternoon of poetry with Kate Gale ("The Goldilocks Zone"), who "possesses a poetic tone and pace all her own" (Billy Collins), Maxine Hong Kingston ("I Love a Broad Margin to My Life") and Shelley Savren ("The Wild Shine of Oranges"), whose "frank, tightly crafted narratives recount the sounds of protest and are testament […]
- The Howard Zinn BookfairThe first annual Howard Zinn Bookfair is a daylong celebration of subversive books and people's history, past, present and future, with over 100 authors including Robin DG Kelly, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, TJ English, Eric Drooker, Terry Bisson, Walidah Imarisha, Rebecca Solnit and Aimee Suzara. Panels, discussions and readings of original work, with dozens of publishers and […]
- William Taylor Jr.William Taylor Jr. has long carried the Bukowski-inspired torch of lonely scribes taking a hard look at the beauty and ugliness of the modern world, balancing terror and humility into an often-bittersweet affirmation of life. He's joined by A.D. Winans, Neeli Cherkovski and others for the launch of his new book "The Blood of a […]
- Lydia MilletThe first of a new semi-monthly ZYZZYVA-sponsored series at the new Green Apple Books location south of Golden Gate Park features Lydia Millet in conversation with Oscar Villalon about her new novel "Mermaids in Paradise." Millet has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award and is a recent […]
- Frances Richard and Ronaldo WilsonGenine Lentine curated this season's Re@ds series, which spotlights poetry and experimental fiction. This evening's program features poet and critical writer Frances Richard ("Anarch", "The Phonemes") and poet Ronaldo Wilson ("Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man"). Includes admission to the L@te series. photo: Alan Bernheimer
- The Shameless ShipwreckThe monthly Shipwreck series presents six authors re-appropriating characters from classic works of literature, putting them into an erotic context. This month is a tribute to Lemony Snicket; six of his friends, including Andrew Sean Greer and Michelle Richmond, will write "licentious and depraved" fan-fiction inspired by "A Series of Unfortunate Events." Admission includes open […]
- Haunted Reflections: Walter BenjaminA weeklong celebration of the great philosopher and critic Walter Benjamin, as organized by City Lights, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, Goethe Institut San Francisco, Harvard University Press, Mechanics' Institute Library, San Francisco Art Institute and Department of History/University of California at Berkeley, includes panel discussions, critical presentations, walking tours and more.
- Rebecca SolnitReading from and discussing her new collection of 29 essays "The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness," Rebecca Solnit may cover anything from the Arab Spring to Henry David Thoreau's laundry. No matter the topics, as in the book, conversation will be expansive and engaging, with audience participation likely playing a large role in the evening.
- Will BoastWill Boast's debut collection of stories, "Power Ballads," won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and his new memoir, "Epilogue," is earning early praise for its combination of craft and feeling. Anthony Marra calls it "honest, heartbreaking, gorgeously written, and hands down the most moving book I've read this year." photo: Dan Hudson
- Radio Ambulante LiveA live version of the popular radio program founded by Daniel Alarcn and a team of Latin American journalists and radio producers, "Radio Ambulante" presents the world premiere of "Outsiders," featuring audio documentaries reimagined for the stage. Often compared to "This American Life," the show is bilingual, and will be subtitled.
- Miranda MellisOlympia-based writer Miranda Mellis will be in town to read and discuss her work as part of the California College of the Arts' Writers Series. Author of "The Quarry," "The Spokes," "None of This Is Real," "Materialisms" and "The Revisionist," Mellis edits The Encyclopedia Project and teaches at Evergreen State College.
- Tracy K. SmithPart of San Jose State University's vital Center for Literary Arts program, and in partnership with the Stanford Arts Institute, Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy K. Smith this year's James D. Houston Memorial Lecturerreads from and discusses her work, which has also received a Whiting Writers' Award, the James Laughlin Award, and many others. Smith teaches at […]
- Alette in OaklandThe Bay Area Public School, one of the charter members of the new collective space The Omni, put out a call several months ago for creative and critical responses to the life and work of radical Paris-based poet Alice Notley. This three-day symposium promises to be an inspiring, intellectual feast for fans and newcomers alike.