Posts Tagged: San Francisco

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A new wall mural has been installed in Los Angeles’s The Last Bookstore to coincide with a new rare books section.

Bookstores in train stations and airports are seeing sales rise as they begin acting more like traditional independent bookstores and less like chains, offering personalized recommendations from booksellers and stocking lesser known literary fiction.

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The Rumpus Interview with Phoebe Gloeckner

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Artist and author Phoebe Gloeckner talks about her semi-autobiographical novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl, just adapted into a film starring Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard, and what she's working on now. ...more

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The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Patrick O’Neil

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Patrick O'Neil talks about his debut memoir Gun Needle Spoon, being big in France, the drug/recovery genre, and writing through trauma. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Skip Horack

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Skip Horack talks about his new novel, The Other Joseph, blending research with fiction, and living with the “curse of the fiction writer.” ...more

Song of the Day: “Colours”

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Producer/songwriter duos depend on so many factors for their success, so when a great one comes along, we seize it and refuse to let go. Grab hold of “Colours,” by the San Francisco-based electronic music group Colour Theory. “You make it special,” sings talented vocalist and songwriter, Lizzie Karr—but it’s the futuristic finishing touches by instrumentalist Ben Wiley that make this track stand out.

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Strange Things Have Happened Here

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People of the Bay Area!

Come to 826 Valencia on Sunday night at 6 p.m. for a good old-fashioned Rumpus shindig, featuring writers from the USA, Russia, and Iran.

Details are here.

With free drinks!

Also, it is entirely possible that I will be sitting at a table in the back with a typewriter, offering to write acceptance letters to anyone who asks, in response to any query whatsoever.

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The Rumpus Interview with Alysia Abbott

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Alysia Abbott discusses craft and love in her new memoir, Fairyland, set in the ’70s and ’80s during the AIDS crisis in San Francisco. ...more

Irresistible Narrators and Riveting Scenes with Steve Almond

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Rumpus columnist and friend Steve Almond is teaching two classes at the Grotto in San Francisco on July 19th!

How to Write Riveting Scenes will investigate what it takes to keep readers on the edge of their seats, while How to Create Irresistible Narrators examines the work of Nabokov, Salinger, Austen, and others in an effort to make sure your next narrator isn’t just strong, but irresistible.

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Exploring San Francisco with Gary Kamiya

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This week, San Francisco’s Hattery will host Gary Kamiya, cofounder of Salon.com and author of Cool, Gray City of Love (2013), an exploration of San Francisco from 49 different perspectives. Kamiya divided San Francisco into a grid during his journey uncovering forgotten history and cultural narratives, and he mixes academic research in alongside personal experiences as a cab driver and urban wanderer:

From the shark-haunted islands 28 miles off its coast, and the teeming tenements of Chinatown; from the dreamlike summit of Russian Hill, and the mad depths of the Tenderloin; from the patrician mansions of Nob Hill, and the windswept dunes of Larsen Peak, Kamiya approaches his subject from many perspectives, uncovering the endless views afforded by the unique natural and cultural melange that makes San Francisco so compelling.

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The Gift of Understanding

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Author and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton is featured on Brain Pickings for her new book, Meanwhile in San Francisco: A City in its Own Words. MacNaughton’s beautiful illustrations remind us of the importance of community, and an essential message:

[T]here is no greater gift we can give each other than the gift of understanding, of looking and really seeing, of peering beyond the persona and into the person with an awareness that however different our struggles and circumstances may be, we are inextricably bonded by the great human longing to be truly seen for who we are.

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Notable SF: 2/3–2/9

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Monday 2/3: Burroughs at 100: A screening of the William S Burrough’s films Towers Open Fire, The Cut-Ups, and Bill and Tony with commentary by Mindaugis Bagdon. Free, 8 p.m. at City Lights.

Tuesday 2/4: Michelle Richmond comes to Green Apple Books for a reading from her new novel Golden State and book signing with Free, 7 p.m.

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Notable SF: 1/27–2/2

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Monday 1/27: Bring your 5 minute story for a chance to get onstage Feb. 17th at the Verdi Club with Porchlight. The theme is Long Walks on The Beach: The Dating Show. $5, 7 p.m. at the Hemlock Tavern.

Tuesday 1/28: City Lights hosts an evening with Dennis McKenna, author of the new book The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terence McKenna at the Emerald Tablet.

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