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- Kazuo IshiguroLondon-based Kazuo Ishiguro makes a rare appearance to read from and discuss his first novel in 10 years, "The Buried Giant." Ishiguro is author of "Never Let Me Go" and the Booker Prize-winning "The Remains of the Day. The Times named him one of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945." Ishiguro's work has been […]
- Jane HirshfieldElected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2012, Jane Hirshfield has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. She has been praised and published widely and speaks clearly about her intentions in writing poetry. She will read from and discuss her two new books: […]
- Top of the Mark: The Word PartyPart of The Beat Museum's two-month series of readings and jazz at the top of the famed Mark Hopkins Hotel, which sits on Nob Hill with a fabulous view of San Francisco and the Bay, The Word Party presents readings accompanied by longtime partners the Nova Jazz Band, including poetry by host Jennifer Barone and […]
- Tribute to Kathleen FraserTo celebrate the 80th birthday of poet Kathleen Fraser, who taught at SFSU from 1972-1992, directed The Poetry Center and founded The American Poetry Archives, The Poetry Center and Small Press Traffic present readings by Bev Dahlen, Frances Richard, John Sakkis, Brenda Hillman, Robin Tremblay-McGaw, Linda Russo, Brian Teare, Latasha Diggs, Elena Rivera, Lauren Shufran, […]
- Pierre Joris on Paul CelanNew York-based poet Pierre Joris has translated and edited "Breathturn into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry of Paul Celan" (Farrar Strauss Giroux). Paul Auster claims that Celan "reinvented poetry--or invented a new kind of poetry--or took poetry to a place where it had never been before," calling Joris' book "linguistic alchemy." Multi-disciplinary artist Nicole Peyrafitte […]
- Elaine KahnPoet and musician Elaine Kahn celebrates the publication of her first full-length collection, "Women in Public," the 13th title in the City Lights Spotlight Poetry Series, with a reading and discussion at the landmark bookstore. Kim Gordon (of Sonic Youth) says, "Elaine Kahn's poems touch me somewhere deep. I don't know how or why, but […]
- Sarah MangusoAbout 800,000 words into her daily diary of 25 years, in which she obsessed about capturing the details of every day, Sarah Manguso got married and had a child, and the project has since shifted her need to document. In a new memoir, "Ongoingness: The End of a Diary," Manguso meditates on these changes. Visiting […]
- Babylon SalonAlways a well-rounded evening, Babylon Salon's quarterly series this season features Edan Lepucki, whose debut novel "California" rose to the NYT bestseller list after Stephen Colbert's enthusiastic endorsement, along with Charles Yu ("How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe"), Adam Rogers ("Proof: The Science of Booze") and novelists Josh Weil and Helene Wecker.
- Joanne Kyger and Robert AdamsonVisiting from Sydney, Australia, Robert Adamson reads with local legend Joanne Kyger as part of The Poetry Center's season of readings. Editor of the Poetry Society of Australia's "New Poetry" magazine from 19681982, and poetry reviewer for Australia's national newspaper, Adamson was instrumental in the "New Australian Poetry" movement. His new book is "Net Needle."
- John BendittJohn Benditt celebrates the launch of his first novel, "The Boatmaker" (Tin House Books), with a reading and discussion at Green Apple's new Inner Sunset location. The book begins when "a fierce, complicated, silent" man wakes from a dream and decides to build a boat to leave the island on which he was born. Thus […]