In what it sure to be a classic City Arts & Lectures event, beloved authors Arundhati Roy and Alice Walker meet to discuss Roy's new novel "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness." Roy, who lives in New Delhi, is author of the Man Booker prize-winning "The God of Small Things." Walker wrote the seminal novel "The […]
Booksmith presents Roxane Gay for her memoir "Hunger," held offsite at the African American Art & Culture Complex. Deeply personal, "Hunger" explores Gay's anxieties over food and bodies and what they reveal about our shared obsessions with appearance and health. "I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood," Gay writes, […]
Achy Obejas ("Ruins"), Distinguished Visiting Writers at Mills College and "one of Cuba's most important writers" (Junot Diaz), celebrates her new collection of short stories, "The Tower of the Antilles" (Akashic Books) with a reading. Obejas edited and translated into English the anthology "Havana Noir" and received a 2014 USA Ford Fellowship for her writing […]
Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland co-wrote the novel "The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.," about the end of magic brought upon by the scientific revolution and Age of Enlightenment, and the Department of Diachronic Operations traveling back in time to save magic. And while they're able to build the technology, they're not as easily able […]
Stanley Kunitz Award-winning New York-based poet and editor of the popular online Poem-a-Day series from the Academy of American Poets Alex Dimitrov ("Begging for It") reads from his new poetry collection "Together and By Ourselves" (Copper Canyon) with local poet Randall Mann ("Straight Razor"), who reads from his new book "Proprietary" (Persea Press).
Hosted by Charlie Jane Anders ("All the Birds in the Sky"), the monthly literary variety show that mixes science fiction with erotica and reality with surreality features Glen David Gold ("Carter Beats the Devil", "Sunnyside") and creator of Mark Reads and Mark Watches Mark Oshiro, as well as others TBA.
The reading series "Cleave: Bay Area Women Writers" has joined forces with The Liminal Center to publish "Little letters on the skin," an anthology of work by Hannah Rubin, Christine No, Gina Goldblatt, Heather Schubert, Jasmine Wade, Jenee Darden, Norma Smith, Rebecca Gomez Farrell and Ruth Crossman. A Q&A follows the readings; all proceeds benefit […]
Laleh Khadivi ("The Age of Orphans") celebrates the launch of her second novel, "A Good Country," which follows a straight-A 14-year-old living in California after he first smokes weed. When he falls out with his new surfer friends he meets another group who share his background, and in less than a year is headed, with […]
The Bay Area Book Festival returns for the third year with two full days of events featuring over 200 writers, including 25 traveling from 13 countries, children's programming, the return of the film and literature series, "Auteur, Author" with the Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive, and a street fair with some 200 lit-themed exhibitors […]
Long-running quarterly reading series Babylon Salon, curated and hosted by a revolving cast of USF MFA grads, features International Griffin Poetry Prize winner Brenda Hillman ("Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire"), Meron Hadero (Best American Short Stories), and Erin Byrne ("Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France") at its new location, downstairs in […]