Posts by: Charles Kruger

Notable San Francisco: 8/23–8/29

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Literary events and readings in and around the Bay Area this week! ...more

Notable San Francisco: 8/9–8/15

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Wednesday 8/9: The Center for the Art of Translation presents David Larsen discussing his translation of Names of the Lion by 10th century Arabic lexicographer Ibn Khālawayh. He will be joined by Stephen Sparks. Free, 7 p.m. Diesel, A Bookstore.

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Notable San Francisco: 8/2–8/8

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Wednesday 8/2: San Francisco’s current Poet Laureate (its seventh), Kim Shuck, will present one of her first readings in that capacity (taking over from Laureate #6, Alejandro Murguia). Shuck’s previous honors include a local hero award from KQED, a Mary Tall Mountain award, and numerous Puschcart nominations.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #35: Moons and Mirrors, Fathers and Sons

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So, I had a vision this morning in which I visited the moon. What’s that? You don’t have visions? Oh, my friend, you must learn to have visions; it is a gift that saves.

I did not intend to go to the moon.

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Notable San Francisco: 7/26–8/1

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Wednesday 7/26: Samantha Hunt discusses her new story collection, The Dark Dark, with Clary Sankey. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Andrew Sean Greer is launching his new novel, Less. Free, 7:30 p.m., Booksmith.

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Notable San Francisco: 7/19–7/25

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Wednesday 7/19: John Burroughs (aka Jesus Crisis) is a voice to be reckoned with from Cleveland, Ohio, where he founded Crisis Chronicles Press and promotes many poetry events. He is visiting the West Coast for the first time on his 2017 poetry tour.

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Notable San Francisco: 7/12–7/18

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Wednesday 7/12: National Book Award winner Julia Glass (Three Junes) reads from her newest novel, A House Among the Trees. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Thursday 7/13: RADAR Productions collaborates with Nomadic Press to present July’s edition of the Queer Reading Series at the San Francisco Public Library.

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The Storming Bohemian #34: Descent into the Underworld

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The last time I punked the muse, I wrote of the summer solstice, a meditation into the heart of the sun. My goal was to leave behind the ever-more-depressing news cycle, and touch some place deep down where hope resides.

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Notable San Francisco: 7/5–7/11

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Wednesday 7/5: It’s summer, the days are long and warm, and it’s a nice time of year to drive a bit further afield for literary adventure. Tonight, you can travel down the Peninsula to the legendary Kepler’s Bookstore in Menlo Park to hear novelist Mackenzi Lee (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue) in conversation with Anna-Marie McLemore.

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Notable San Francisco: 6/28–7/4

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Wednesday 6/28: Popular historical fiction team Laura Kamoie and Stephanie Dray read from their new novel, America’s First Daughter, about Martha Jefferson Randolph. Free, 6 p.m., Book Passage San Francisco.

Perfectly Queer East Bay presents it’s annual Pride reading (Pride Poetry Palooza) featuring MK Chavez, Thea Matthews, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, David Welper, Arisa White, and Shelley Wong.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #33: Solstice Soul Song

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Today I write on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. As someone who has been influenced by not a few pagan practitioners and Wiccan wonder workers, along with more conventional priests and monks of various religious varieties, I am attuned to the turning of our planet in the cosmos.

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Notable San Francisco: 6/21–6/27

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Wednesday 6/21: Cuban writer Achy Obejas (The Tower of the Antilles—our June book club pick!), currently Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College, reads from her forthcoming story collection. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.

Charif Shanahan, Nancy Patrice Davenport, André Le Mont Wilson, Andrew J.

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Notable San Francisco: 6/14–6/20

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Wednesday 6/14: Alex Dimitrov (Together and By Ourselves, Copper Canyon Press) and Randall Mann (Proprietary: Poems, Persea Press). Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Christopher Bernard presents his new book Chien Lunatique, along with poets Keith Ekiss and Clara Hsu.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #32: Make the Soup

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I am meditating. In a room in Rodeo, at the rickety old secretary/dresser I use as a desk. It is by a window. I look out at the roadway, and think I am glad to live at a crossroad. The house across the street is silver grey.

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Notable San Francisco: 6/7–6/13

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Wednesday 6/7: Jess Arndt reads from her short fiction debut, Large Animals. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Robert Hass, Douglas Manuel, and Charles Hood read from, discuss, and sign their latest works. Free, 7 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #31: Pulling the Trigger on Father’s Day

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June is an ambivalent month for me.

As a child it meant the start of summer vacation, and weeks spent at my grandparent’s beautiful beach home in Hyannisport. This was wonderful because it meant spending time with my siblings and seven cousins, a houseful of children of all ages, and loving—even adoring—grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

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Notable San Francisco: 5/31–6/6

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Take note: The Bay Area Book Festival is this weekend, June 3 and 4, in downtown Berkley. It is an epic event.

Wednesday 5/31: Litquake presents a panel of women authors under the heading “Such a Nasty Woman: Female Authors Respond to Trump.” The discussion will be moderated by journalist Vanessa Hua and includes Christina Garcia, Jewelle Gomez, and Kate Schatz.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #30: Walk On

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This Tuesday was, by no means, a good news day. The night before was the tragedy in Manchester, England, at which a suicide bomber killed children at a pop concert.

But, sad as it is, that is not the story that moved me, on this beautiful Tuesday, to tears.

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Notable San Francisco: 5/24–5/30

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Wednesday 5/24: David Brazil celebrates the release of Holy Ghost, his  third full-length collection. He will be in conversation with Julien Poirier, co-founder of Ugly Duckling Presse. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Claire Dederer (Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses) celebrates the release of Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning, in conversation with Peggy Orenstein.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #29: Poetry Is an Affliction

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On Thursday night, May 25, an amazing event will take place outside a BART train station in the Mission District of San Francisco, as it has every Thursday night for the past fourteen years.

If you were to pass by, you might not even notice what is taking place.

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Notable San Francisco: 5/17–5/23

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If you can make only one event this week, don’t miss the Oakland Book Festival on Sunday, 5/21. This all-day festival features more than 100 writers, 50 panels, and lots of tabling and networking. And, The Rumpus will be there!

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The Storming Bohemian Punks The Muse #28: Let’s Do Dinner

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Dinner party! Now that the garden is starting to look nice, and the cats are becoming less feral and more civilized, and Klopnik has begun to change (occasionally) out of his gardening clothes, the  Storming Bohemian’s thoughts turn to socializing on the patio.

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Notable San Francisco: 5/10–5/16

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Wednesday 5/10: San Francisco Chronicle lead theatre reviewer Lily Janiak hosts a panel of playwrights published by the local EXIT Press, featuring Allison Page, Aren Haun, Martin Schwartz, Stuart Bousel, and Terry Baum. Highly recommended if you are interested in theatre.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #27: Spring Is Sprung

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It is springtime for sure in the house of The Storming Bohemian and Argyle C. Klopnik. All day, every day, Klopnik digs his garden. Our once-chaotic backyard is now a richly soiled pile of black, with a section of lawn and some brick pathways, terraces, and several rose bushes a-blooming.

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Notable San Francisco: 5/3–5/9

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Wednesday 5/3: James Nolan (Flight Risk: Memoirs of a New Orleans Bad Boy) reads at City Lights. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Paul Madonna presents his newest work, On to the Next Dream. Free, 7:30 p.m., Booksmith.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #26: Love Is the Ultimate Trip

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My day job is driving on the ride sharing platform, Lyft. Several years ago, I retired from teaching school to devote myself to writing and painting and lived off savings until I couldn’t. Four years ago, I started driving Lyft so I wouldn’t have to take a straight job and could focus on my creative work.

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Notable San Francisco: 4/26–5/2

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Wednesday 4/26: Notable Spanish writer Andrés Barba is promoting the publication of Lisa Dillman’s translation of his novel Such Small Hands. This translation is the inaugural publication of Transit Books, a nonprofit publisher of international and American literature based in Oakland.

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