E.M. Wolfman, the beloved community-focused indie bookstore that first opened in 2014 and recently opened a second Oakland location, presents a night of readings by a righteous duo of religious poets and community organizers, Marvin K. White ("Our Name Be Witness," "Status," "last rights" and "nothin' ugly fly") and David Brazil ("The Ordinary," "Antisocial Patience" […]
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts continues to redefine the way we discuss, create and transform culture, both individually and collaboratively. The #YBCA100 Summit brings together the 100 people, organizations and movements that most inspire the center's inspiring staff and advisors. Through talks and performances, a selection of those 100 articulate the questions that propel […]
This idea fest returns for its fifth year of provocative conversations between leading thinkers who address a broad range of topics focusing on the key issues of our time. Presented by the award-winning, independently owned local news site Berkeleyside, Uncharted also includes live music, dance performances and hands-on labs. Full line-up and more at BerkeleyIdeas.com.
The Creative Writing Reading Series at St. Mary's College presents a reading and performance by Tyehimba Jess, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for "Olio" (Wave Books). Author also of "Leadbelly," winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series, Jess is introduced by poet and St. Mary's Associate Professor of English and Poetry Matthew […]
Two towering figures in contemporary experimental American writing, Dennis Cooper ("George Miles Cycle," "The Marbled Swarm," "Zac's Freight Elevator") and Eileen Myles ("Chelsea Girls," "Cool for You, I Must Be Living Twice"), read from their works as part of the Communal Presence: New Narrative Writing Today conference, sponsored by The Poetry Center and The Green […]
Renowned for her innovative, curious works that address identity, language, geography and intersectionality, Renee Gladman is author of a novel cycle ( "Event Factory" and "The Ravickians"), a collection of linked essays on writing and experience, "Calamities," and "Prose Architectures," a collection of drawings. She visits for the Holloway Reading Series.
Russian-American journalist and Putin biographer Masha Gessen ("The Man Without A Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin") talks about her new book "The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia," a narrative work of nonfiction that charts the effects, on the personal lives of several Russians, of Russia's last three decades toward democracy, and […]
One of SF's freshest, most lyrical wordsmiths, Tongo Eisen-Martin has been astonishing the Bay Area with performances from his first book, "someone's dead already" (Bootstrap), and his second, "Heaven Is All Goodbyes," the 61st in City Lights' acclaimed Pocket Poets Series. This pairing--with interdisciplinary artist Marshall Trammell--should convince you to sign up for The Poetry […]
The quintessential contemporary expression of San Francisco's storied literary zeitgeist, Litquake's annual nine-day-long festival is impossible for any lit lover to argue against. The 800-plus authors in 100-plus events is ridiculously vast, but it's the scope of the festival that ultimately inspires: the region's depth of talent is matched by its diversity, on display with […]
Ng's first novel, "Everything I Never Told You," a literary thriller set in 1970s Ohio, won Amazon book of the year in 2014 and has been translated into 15 languages. Ng reads from and discusses, with Bich Minh Nguyen ("Pioneer Girl," "Short Girls" and "Stealing Buddha's Dinner"), her second novel, "Little Fires Everywhere," set at […]