- George Oppen Memorial LectureEstablished at The Poetry Center at SFSU in 1985, the George Oppen Memorial Lecture generally addresses the work of Oppen and his contemporaries. Art writer Frances Richard, who has authored "Anarch" (Futurepoem, 2012), "The Phonemes" (Les Figues Press, 2012) and "See Through" (Four Way Books, 2003), makes this year's address.
- Michael ChabonThe deathbed confession of his terminally ill grandfather, told to him shortly after the publication of his first book back in 1989, forms the basis for Michael Chabon's latest novel, "Moonglow." Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of many books, including "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," "Wonder Boys," "Maps & Legends" […]
- 2016-2017 Steinbeck FellowsThis year's recipients of the Steinbeck Fellowships, which are awarded to new writers of any age and background to finish a significant writing project, read from and discuss their work: Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, whose debut poetry collection "Built with Safe Spaces" is forthcoming from Sundress Publications, and journalist Gary Singh ("The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic […]
- Writers With DrinksThis month the wildly entertaining literary variety show Writers With Drinks, hosted by the nonpareil Charlie Jane Anders, features Peter S. Beagle ("Summerlong," "The Last Unicorn"), Anne Raeff ("The Jungle Around Us"), Variny Yim ("The Immigrant Princess"), Garrett Caples ("Retrievals") and Vidhu Aggarwal ("The Trouble with Humpadori").
- Two Voices SalonThe Center for the Art of Translation hosts Australia-based translator and professor Chris Andrews in conversation about his newest translation, Cesar Aira's "Ema, the Captive," for the season's final Two Voices Salon. The salons bring together translators and literature lovers for snacks, beverages and discussion. Aira was a finalist for the 2015 Man Booker International […]
- Bill AyersSocial justice activist and retired Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois Bill Ayers ("Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident") is on a national tour to celebrate the release of his latest book, "Demand the Impossible! A Radical Manifesto." "This is a manifesto that should be read by everyone who wants to […]
- Howard Zinn Book FairThe third annual Howard Zinn Book Fair brings together authors, academics, zinesters and other critical thinkers for a day of readings, panels and workshops "exploring the value of dissident histories toward building a better future." The more than 40 sessions include everything from "Radical Approaches to Early Childhood Education" to "Abolishing Corporate Rights Through Politics […]
- Randa JarrarPalestinian-American writer and translator Randa Jarrar reads from her new story collection "Him, Me, Muhammad Ali," which in both realism and fable captures the lives of Muslims living around the world in varying circumstances. Her first novel, "A Map of Home," won the Hopwood Award and an Arab-American Book Award and was named one of […]