Olympia-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.
Part 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 […]
The 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.
This event is part of the Holloway Series' annual The Mixed Blood Project, which focuses on the contemporary African-American avant-garde, bringing writers to UC Berkeley "whose work cuts deliberately across conventional literary and social categories." Wright, last year elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, has won the National Book Critics Circle Award […]
An evening with the author of "Fight Club," "Invisible Monsters" and eight other books including the nonfiction collection "Stranger than Fiction," to celebrate the publication of his new novel, "Beautiful You," which follows a billionaire as he develops a nationwide chain of boutiques devoted to female sex toys. Hosted by The Booksmith. Storytelling, participatory Q&A, […]
The distinguished provocative intellectual/professor speaks about his forthcoming book, "Black Prophetic Fire," as part of City Arts & Lectures. The book presents, in West's signature conversational format (with German scholar Christa Buschendorf), a fresh take on the legacies of six revolutionary African-American leaders. In conversation with filmmaker and writer Astra Taylor.
San Francisco's literary festival--celebrating 15 years--presents nine days of literary mayhem, with an average of a dozen events per day and programming for every age and predilection. Highlights vary wildly: some honor individual writers, others local organizations and ambassadors from other continents. Lit Crawl, held on the festival's final day, boasts over 100 events in […]
Ottilie Mulzet, who won the 2013 Best Translated Book Award for her translation of Laszlo Krasznahorkai's "Seiobo There Below," Skypes from Prague to discuss the process of working with the Hungarian author's intricate, seemingly endless sentences. She'll also discuss the content of the book and her current projects. Light refreshments.
UC Berkeley's venerable Lunch Poems series, in partnership with City Lights, which first published Frank O'Hara's influential "Lunch Poems" 50 years ago, presents a special event featuring readings from a newly expanded edition. With Garrett Caples, C. S. Giscombe, Jane Gregory, Robert Hass, Owen Hill, Elaine Katzenberger, Evan Klavon, giovanni singleton, Juliana Spahr and Matthew […]
With new titles out from Wave Books, Hoa Nguyen and Rachel Zucker give a reading as part of the St. Mary's College Creative Writing Reading Series. Nguyen's "Red Juice" collects a decade of poems previously only available in chapbooks, journals and out-of-print books, and Zucker's "The Pedestrians" consists of startlingly contemporary parables and poems.
The 19th annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, presented by Poetry Flash, Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers' Market and U.S. Poet Laureate emeritus Robert Hass, features legends like Kay Ryan and Al Young (performing with jazz accompaniment), as well as student poets, eco-authors, and a table with local books and magazines.
Author of four books and three novels, including her most recent, "Americanah," which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of "The New York Times" Ten Best Books of the Year, Adichie will be in conversation with Dave Eggers as part of the City Arts & Lectures "On Arts" series.
Seattle-based poetry powerhouse Wave Books celebrates new titles with readings by Garrett Caples, Anthony McCann, Hoa Nguyen, Cedar Cigo, and Rachel Zucker, whose poems "read like skin-of-your-teeth escapes from impending disaster" (Dan Chiasson, "The New Yorker"). Hosted and introduced by Wave Books Editor at Large Matthew Zapruder.
A collection of essays from one of this generation's most fierce and tireless writers, "The Bad Feminist" is Roxane Gay's examination of modern culture--through lenses popular, political and personal. Essays editor for "The Rumpus" and co-editor of "PANK," Gay's debut novel, "An Untamed State," was also recently released.
The author of "Cloud Atlas," "Black Swan Green" and "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" reads from his new novel, "The Bone Clocks," which follows a psychic teenager as she runs away from home and sweeps through time, space, and a tapestry of characters. A copy of the book is included with admission.