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- Maw Shein WinFor more than 20 years, Fruitvale-based letterpress print shop Nomadic Press has been putting out custom work of all kinds. Lately they've started hosted events featuring an author and a musician; this one spotlights recipient of the Arkadii Dragomoshchenko Prize for Innovative Poetry, Maw Shein Win, who's been working on two sensational series of poems: […]
- John WatersTrailblazing independent filmmaker John Waters ("Hairspray," "Pink Flamingos") has long earned cult status for his off-beat and transgressive look at American culture. In an effort to surrender at least some control over his over-booked life, Waters hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco and turned his adventures into the book "Carsick." He'll be in conversation with […]
- Brandon Brown and Jocelyn SaidenbergThe fourth installment of a new monthly series curated by Steven Seidenberg, called False Starts, this reading features Brandon Brown ("Top 40," "The Poems of Gaius Valerius Catullus") and Jocelyn Saidenberg ("Negativity" and "Cusp"). Brown's intimate and often humorous style of addressing the audience should be a good combo with Saidenberg's syntactical, pattern-like investigations.
- Ernesto CardenalPart of the annual Flor y Canto Festival, this rare Bay Area appearance by 90 year-old Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal will be a bilingual reading in celebration of his publication of a collection of 90 new poems. Cardenal, whose work has long been tied to politics and direct political action, has been called "a kind […]
- Gary SnyderOne week after his 85th birthday, poet, Zen Buddhist, and founding member of the Beat Generation Gary Snyder will give a reading from and discuss his forthcoming collection "This Present Moment." Snyder's many collections of poetry and prose include "Mountains and Rivers Without End" and "Turtle Island." He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 and […]
- Emily HuntEmily Hunt launches her first collection of poems, "Dark Green" (The Song Cave). From "English": "Regard all that occurs as / a few shallow stairs. / A horse lying in a forest. / A dark tale of the Western frontier. / A teenager in Ohio. / An unbelievable amount of bats, in streams of hundreds. […]
- Michelle Tea, Eileen Myles and Jill SolowayIn conjunction with the Contemporary Jewish Museum's current solo exhibition, Josh Greene's "Bound to be Held: A Book Show"--which celebrates the relationship between a reader and a book--Michelle Tea, Eileen Myles and Jill Soloway discuss everything from literature to pop culture; all three have contributed books to Greene's ongoing "Read by Famous" project, which is […]
- Zyzzyva's Cinco de Mayo PartyIt's always a good time when Zyzzyva teams up with City Lights, and to celebrate the publication of issue no. 103, which falls out on Cinco de Mayo, they've invited contributors Jim Gavin ("Middle Men"), the poet Luiza Flynn-Goodlett and Kyle Boelte ("The Beautiful Unseen: Variations on Fog and Forgetting") to give readings. Hosted by […]
- Karl Ove KnausgaardKarl Ove Knausgaard's innovative six-part, 3,600-page autobiographical novel "My Struggle" recounts the author's life from boyhood to adulthood and has been translated into more than 15 languages. With Book 4 set to be released here this month, the Norwegian writer is in town for City Arts & Lectures and will be in conversation with Daniel […]
- erica kaufman and Frank SherlockNew York-based erica kaufman and Philadelphia Poet Laureate Frank Sherlock are both friends of the Bay Area avant-poetry circles that coalesce in large part thanks to Small Press Traffic, which presents them for a reading and Q&A. Mostly recently, they are the authors of "Instant Classic" (Roof, 2013) and "Space Between These Lines Not Dedicated" […]
- Stephen D. GutierrezWinner of the American Book Award for "Live from Fresno y Los," the second in his trilogy of autobiographical and wide-ranging short stories, Stephen D. Gutierrez reads at the Creative Writing Reading Series in support of the trilogy's conclusion: "The Mexican Man in His Backyard, Stories and Essays."
- Viet Thanh NguyenViet Thanh Nguyen's debut novel is told by a double agent, a captain of the South Vietnamese army who, in 1975, with his general and their compatriots, is amongst the last to leave the country. Living in Los Angeles, the captain secretly reports on the group to a superior back in the Vietnam, and ultimately […]
- Eli HorowitzIn "The New World," a woman discovers her husband of eight years has suddenly died, and when she arrives at the hospital that he had enrolled with a cryogenics company and his head has been removed from his body. The husband, or what is left of him, remains conscious... in the future. Co-authored by Chris […]
- Sarah Gerard with Ottessa MoshfeghJenny Offil, whose "Dept. of Speculation" was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times Book Review, puts it like this: Sarah Gerard's "Binary Star" is "a bold, beautiful novel about wanting to disappear and almost succeeding." It follows an anorexic woman and her alcoholic boyfriend as they travel […]