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- Karan MahajanMahajan is the author of the novel "Family Planning," which was published in nine countries and selected as a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Adam Johnson says of Mahajan's second novel, "The Association of Small Bombs": "Urgent and masterful, this novel shows us how bystander, bomber, victim and survivor will forever […]
- A. Igoni BarrettThe Nigerian writer of two collections of stories, including "Love is Power, or Something Like That," (which was an NPR Best Book of 2013), celebrates his debut novel, "Blackass" (Graywolf Press). The book begins when a young Nigerian wakes the morning before a job interview to find he's been transformed into a white man--an entirely […]
- InsideStoryTimeCurated by fiction writer James Warner ("All Her Father's Guns"), InsideStoryTime kicks off its 11th year of intimate monthly readings that have spanned numerous San Francisco venues and helped to define the local literary climate. Featuring Sean Beaudoin ("Welcome Thieves"), Roshni Rustomji-Kerns ("The Great American Movie Script") and others to be announced.
- Helen OyeyemiOne of Granta's Best Young British Novelists and author of the acclaimed novel "Boy, Snow, Bird," about which The Washington Post says "the atmosphere of fantasy lingers over these pages like some intoxicating incense," Oyeyemi celebrates the release of a new collection of stories, "What is Not Yours is Not Yours," with a reading and […]
- Jack Hirschman & Manhaz BadihianSan Francisco Poet Laureate Emeritus Jack Hirschman ("All That's Left," "Frontlines," "The Xibalba Arcane") joins Iranian poet Manhaz Badihian to read the poems of Rumi in English and Farsi. Badihian has published a best-selling translation of Pablo Neruda's "Book of Questions" into Persian and wrote her debut collection of poetry, "From Zayandeh Rud to the […]
- Cristina GarciaThe winner of a Whiting Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and many other accolades, García's debut novel "Dreaming in Cuban" was nominated for a National Book Award. She has published six novels, including "The Agüero Sisters", and the poetry collection "The Lesser Tragedy of Death." She is currently the Lurie Visiting Chair at San Jose […]
- Fred Moten & Nathaniel MackeyThe Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, The Green Arcade and McRoskey Mattress Co. co-present a performance by Los Angeles-based poet and professor Fred Moten and Nathaniel Mackey, who reads in the Bay Area for the first time since moving to North Carolina in 2010. The two are joined by Mackey's long-time friend and […]
- Quiet Lightning: Water Under the BridgeQuiet Lightning presents the world premiere of its first feature-length film, composed as an experimental portrait of San Francisco. Directed by Katie Wheeler-Dubin and Mila Puccini, the film follows a dozen people of various backgrounds as they try to make a home in the city. The screening also features film-inspired collaborative performances by multidisciplinary artists.
- Claudia RankineCelebrating 20 years of its MFA in Creative Writing program, St. Mary's College has put together an incredible lineup for its Creative Writing Reading Series. This event features recent National Book Critics Circle Award winner Claudia Rankine, whose "Citizen" was the first book to be named a finalist for that award in both the poetry […]
- Maggie NelsonAuthor of nine books that famously defy categorization, including "The Argonauts," "Bluets" and "The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning," Los Angeles-based Maggie Nelson reads from her work as part of the Mills College Contemporary Writers Series. Nelson is currently the director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at the School of Critical Studies at CalArts.