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- Loose Lips with Cecil BaldwinThe Booksmith's series of erotic literary fanfic contests, which each month invites a handful of authors to appropriate--and sleaze up--characters from a classic book, has become an anthology, "Loose Lips," which launches with a show on William Goldman's "The Princess Bride." With Cecil Baldwin, Gina Gold, Jane Harrison, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Kate Schatz, Michelle Threadgould and […]
- Jonathan Safran FoerAuthor of the bestselling, critically acclaimed novels "Everything is Illuminated" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," and the part-memoir, part investigative-reporting "Eating Animals," Jonathan Safran Foer reads from and discusses his anticipated new novel "Here I Am," which takes place over four weeks in present-day Washington D.C., as part of City Arts & Lectures. With […]
- Juan Gabriel VasquezColumbian novelist Juan Gabriel Vasquez, author of the 2014 International Dublin Literary Award-winning "The Sound of Things Falling," and weekly columnist for the Columbian newspaper "El Espectador," reads from and discusses his latest novel, "Reputations," about a legendary political cartoonist who, at the height of his powers, is forced to reevaluate his life.
- Apogee PressBerkeley-based Apogee Press, publisher of experimental poetry, presents Pattie McCarthy ("Quiet Book"), Denise Newman ("Human Forest") and Laura Walker ("story"). McCarthy has been a recipient of the Pew Fellowship, and Newman's translation of Naja Marie Aidt's "Baboon" won a PEN Translation Award; in 2014 she received both a Creative Work Fund grant and an NEA […]
- San Jose Poetry FestivalThemed "Breaking Borders," this year's San Jose Poetry Festival features a day of workshops, youth presentations, a small press fair and segments of World Poetry, in which international poets read in their native tongues and in English; Veteran writers; spoken word/slam and much more. Featuring Alejandro Murguia, Arlene Biala and Sally Ashton.
- Zach WynerUSF MFA alum Zach Wyner celebrates the release of his debut novel, "What We Never Had," which is set, through a skillful second-person, past-tense telling, in a post-collegiate scenario: a couple of friends crashing on the couch, a dangerously dysfunctional relationship, and a job going nowhere fast. The point of view, in conflict with the […]
- Colson WhiteheadThe author of "The Intuitionist" and "Zone One," MacArthur Fellow Colson Whitehead reads from and discusses his new novel "The Underground Railroad," an Oprah Book Club pick that follows an outcast slave as she comes of age and seeks freedom through a journey out of the deep, pre-Civil War south.
- Mauro Javier CardenasIn a starred review, Publishers Weekly called Mauro Javier Cardenas' debut novel "The Revolutionaries Try Again," "exuberant, cacophonous... Cardenas dizzyingly leaps from character to character, from street protests to swanky soirees, and from lengthy uninterrupted interior monologues to rapid-fire dialogues and freewheeling satirical radio programs, resulting in extended passages of brilliance." He discusses his work […]
- Anuradha RoyWinner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, "Sleeping on Jupiter" is Anuradha Roy's third book; her first, "An Atlas of Impossible Longing" (2008), has been translated into 15 languages, and her second, "The Folded Earth" (2011), won the Economist Crossword Prize. A tale of class, love […]
- The Epicenter: Kim AddonizioKim Addonizio launches two books: the memoir "Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life," and a collection of poems, "Mortal Trash," as part of Litquake's series The Epicenter, where she'll be in conversation with Jen Siraganian. Addonizio is widely known and (and her works taught) for provocative, often outrageous writing, which moves deftly […]