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- Freemans: FamilyPreviously both editor of Granta and president of the National Book Critics Circle, New York City-based John Freeman discusses the second issue of his anthology "Freeman's," which is published in partnership with Grove/Atlantic and The New School, themed "Family" and featuring new writing from Claire Messud, Aminatta Forna, Marlon James, Alexander Chee, Aleksandar Hemon, Tracy […]
- Ivy Anderson and Devon AngusIvy Anderson and Devon Angus discuss "Alice: Memories of a Barbary Coast Prostitute" (Heyday Books), winner of this year's California Historical Society Book Award. It compiles the serialized memoirs of anonymous sex worker Alice Smith, "A Voice from the Underworld," for the first time in over 100 years. In their intro, Anderson and Angus contextualize […]
- Michael McClureFamed poet Michael McClure gives a rare reading in celebration of his new book, "Mephistos and Other Poems" (City Lights). McClure has been one of the country's leading voices in experimental poetry since his role in the 1955 Six Gallery reading that launched Ginsberg's "Howl." The title poem is a result of his ongoing "grafting" […]
- devorah majorSan Francisco Poet Laureate Emeritus devorah major celebrates her new book "and then we became" (City Lights) with a reading and conversation. major, who has authored two novels and four previous collections, is legendary for her powerful performances; she has given them throughout the U.S., Africa, the Caribbean, South America and Europe.
- Aichlee Bushnell and Solmaz SharifMills presents Aichlee Bushnell, whose debut "Objects of Attention" addresses the writings of Thomas Jefferson and the story of Sally Hemmings, and won the 2014 Noemi Press Book Award for Poetry, and Solmaz Sharif, whose debut "Look" is a sort of poetic re-write of the U.S. Department of Defense's "Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms," […]
- Lori Ostlund and Anne RaeffLongtime partners and readers of each other's work, Lori Ostlund ("After the Parade" and "The Bigness of the World") and Anne Raeff (the forthcoming "The Jungle Around Us") have both received the Flannery O'Connor Prize for Short Fiction. Here, they are in conversation with Jan Ellison, whose "A Small Indiscretion" was released last year to […]
- Berkeley Arts & Letters: Michael KrasnyBerkeley Arts & Letters kicks off its fall season with beloved KQED radio host Michael Krasny, whose new book "Let There Be Laughter" is a trove of Jewish jokes, presented as a study of the relationship between the jokes and their role in Jewish identity. The book is as wise as it is funny; Krasny […]
- Obsessions: Kaia SandSmall Press Traffic presents the latest in its brilliant series in which a writer gives a talk about his/her obsessions and how they inform his/her practice. Portland-based Kaia Sand, whose "interval" was a 2004 SPT book of the year, recently completed a Despina Artist Residency in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "A Tale of Magicians Who […]
- Peter OrnerSan Francisco treasure Peter Orner celebrates the launch of his new book "Am I Alone Here?" with a reading and conversation with journalist and radio producer Julia Scott. Orner is the author of the novels "Love and Shame and Love" and "The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo" and the collection "Esther Stories." "This book... defies […]
- Dada World FairIn celebration of the 100th anniversary of Dada--an art movement of the avant garde that spanned disciplines, galvanized international leanings toward the anarcho-political and arguably provided the basis for postmodern art--City Lights and many local cultural partners have organized a week of one-of-a-kind installations, lectures, roundtables and performances. Full line-up available online.