Posts Tagged: Bay Area
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....more
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....more
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....more
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....more
Amazon is creating a new uproar by allowing online booksellers to buy the “buy” button and sell unwitting consumers used books as new.
The Bay Area remains a literary haven thanks to the independent stores like City Lights....more
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....more
The small town where I have recently landed is ugly and beautiful. Walk down the main street: there are a few old gems like an ancient and glorious Masonic Hall, now home to evangelicals. Several boarded up stores, ugly as can be, and some small town cafes: one for Giants fans, specializing in breakfast, pancakes and pennants all over the joint, one Mexican taqueria, one family pasta palace with red and white checkered table cloths and cheap chianti, and an old-school diner for burgers....more
Broadly speaking, singer/songwriters have flown under the radar in recent years. Their relative heyday in the 90s was punctuated by radio darlings like Alanis Morissette, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, and a promising artist named Fiona Apple. But with the New Yorker‘s recent profile of Swedish hit-maker Max Martin—the unlikely writer behind top singles from Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd—it could be that these under-appreciated artists are experiencing a resurgence....more
Sonny Smith’s latest record SEES ALL KNOWS ALL is a monologue in album format about a San Francisco that sadly seems to be disappearing. If you are familiar with Sonny & the Sunsets, you won’t be surprised that Sonny’s latest album has dream episodes, hallucinogenic trips, spaceships, romance—all darkly funny and sweet, in a disturbing sort of way....more