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- Geoff Dyer & Pico IyerCity Arts & Lectures presents a conversation between Geoff Dyer, whose latest book is "White Sands," and regular "Time" essayist Pico Iyer ("Video Night in Kathmandu"). Dyer is the author of several novels ("Paris Trance") and numerous nonfiction books, including the essay collection "Otherwise Known as the Human Condition," which was awarded the National Book […]
- Adam HaslettLitquake's The Epicenter features Adam Haslett, whose story collection "You Are Not a Stranger Here" was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and whose debut novel "Union Atlantic" won the Lambda Literary Award. He discusses his second novel, "Imagine Me Gone," which begins when a woman in 1960s London […]
- Writers With DrinksCharlie Jane Anders' popular literary variety show this month deviates from its usual schedule to fall on the third Saturday of the month, and features Guy Gavriel Kay ("Children of Earth and Sky"), Yangsze Choo ("The Ghost Bride"), David Lau ("Virgil and the Mountain Cat"), Kwan Booth ("Black Futurists Speak: An Anthology of New Black […]
- Rachel Richardson, Tess Taylor & Kimberly GreyPoets Rachel Richardson, Tess Taylor and Kimberly Grey read from their latest books. Grey (whose "The Opposite of Light" was awarded the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry) and Richardson ("Hundred-Year Wave") are Stegner Fellow alumni, and Taylor reviews poetry for NPR; her "Work and Days" came out of the Amy Clampitt Fellowship--a year-long […]
- Louise ErdrichPeninsula Arts & Letters and Kepler's Books present critically acclaimed Native American author Louise Erdrich, whose novel "The Round House" was awarded the 2012 National Book Award. Her new novel, "LaRose"--the first since "The Round House"--begins when a man kills his neighbor's son in a hunting accident. Joining Erdrich in conversation is Gail Tsukiyama ("The […]
- Joanna Newsom & Dave EggersAcclaimed singer/songwriter Joanna Newsom speaks with McSweeney's founder Dave Eggers ("A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius") about her new album "Divers." Eggers was an early champion of Newsom, saying in advance of her 2004 debut: "Music like this can actually make you feel vulnerable, because it's vulnerable itself, it's bare and unflinching, which gives you […]
- Barbara J. Reyes and othersThe Main Library's General Collections & Humanities Center presents its Local Poets Series, featuring readings by Barbara Jane Reyes ("To Love as Aswang," "Diwata"), Robin Tremblay-McGaw ("Dear Reader") and Eleni Stecopoulos ("Armies of Compassion," "Autoimmunity").
- Don Delillo & Rachel KushnerOne of America's most important novelists, New York-based Don DeLillo, is the author of nearly 20 books, including "White Noise," "Underworld," "Mao II" and "Libra." Recently awarded the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, DeLillo is in conversation with Los Angeles-based Rachel Kushner ("The Flamethrowers") about his just-out novel "Zero K."
- Juan Felipe HerreraHerrera, the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate, headlines the 2016 Legacy of Poetry Day, which includes two group performances: "Poetry on the Paseo," featuring San Jose State University student, alumni, faculty and staff poets, with music by Mariachi Spartaneros, and The Poet Laureates Reading, featuring past and present regional Bay Area Poet Laureates including Al […]
- Viet Thanh Nguyen & Maxine Hong KingstonAuthor of the novel "The Sympathizer," which won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, Viet Thanh Nguyen reads from and discusses "Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War." Nguyen traveled through the U.S., Southeast Asia and Korea to examine ways that memorials […]