About twenty of us met in a Muir Woods parking lot on a cool, grey Thursday morning. We hiked up a hill for a mile or so, through Coastal Redwoods, ending up on a dusty road with only a mailbox as a signpost....more
Posts Tagged: San Francisco
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
The Rumpus talks to Sean Michaels about his new book, Us Conductors, challenging a reader’s empathy, and a true, strange musical instrument: the theremin....more
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....more
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.
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.
Monday 2/17: The Porchlight Series continues with Long Walks on the Beach: The Dating Show, featuring stories by Rachel Balik, David Jordan, and Heather Marlowe. $15 adv/$20 door, 7 p.m. at Verdi Club.
Tuesday 2/18: Peter Mountford, author of The Dismal Science, is in conversation with Peter Orner at The Booksmith....more
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....more
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....more
The Rumpus is looking to fill internship positions! We are looking for two interns in the San Francisco area and two interns in the Los Angeles area:
Responsibilities for LA interns: writing blog posts, social media tasks, Letters in the Mail assistance, and helping organize any events. Must have a car. Copyediting skills a plus....more
Monday 1/20: Happy MLK Day!
Tuesday 1/21: Ben Marcus reads and discusses Leaving the Sea: Stories with Daniel Levin Becker at City Lights. Free, 7 p.m.
Wednesday 1/22: Moazzam Sheikh will be reading from his newest book Café Le Whore and Other Stories in the Granny Smith Room at Green Apple Books....more
Monday 1/13: New York City’s Boog City Goes West 2014 featuring readings from Amy Berkowitz, Brandon Brown, Donna de la Perrière, Ivy Johnson, David Kirschenbaum, Joseph Lease, and Jill Stengel. Free, 6 p.m. at Alley Cat Gallery.
Tuesday 1/14: The Booksmith hosts a launch party for Motherland, the latest novel from Maria Hummel....more
Monday 1/6: Quiet Lightning kicks off off its fifth year with a dinner ($3-5) and Junkdrawer spinning records from 6-7:30, when the readings will start. $7-10 (nobody turned away for lack of funds), Public Works (161 Erie St).
Tuesday 1/7: Peninsula Arts & Letters Presents Amy Tan, author of the recent The Valley of Amazement, in conversation with Jan Yanehiro....more
Monday 12/16: Writers on Writing. The San Francisco State University Creative Writing Department opens its Writers on Writing course to the public every Monday evening of the semester. Dodie Bellamy and Steven Seidenberg read from and discuss their latest work. Free, 7 p.m. Humanities Building, Humanities Auditorium, SFSU campus....more
Monday 12/9: Author Jonathan Franzen comes to the Bookshop Santa Cruz to discuss and sign copies of his new book,The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus. Free, 7 p.m.
Tuesday 12/10: InsideStorytime THE FIX features Joe Clifford (Junkie Love), Zarina Zabrisky (We, Monsters), Roy Mash (Buyer’s Remorse), Emily Meg Weinstein (Lake Celeste or the Joy of Sex), and Sean Labrador y Manzano, with MC James Warner (All Her Father’s Guns)....more
Steve Almond, our friend and author of not one but two Rumpus columns, is teaching three classes in the Bay Area on the weekend of December 7–8.
In addition to the classes on obsession and humor in San Francisco that we blogged about earlier, Steve will be conducting a “freewheeling workshop” in Oakland on how to write sex scenes....more
Monday 11/25: Join Green Apple Books and the San Francisco Elk’s Lodge in welcoming Barry Gifford to the historic Elk’s Lodge in celebration of his new book, The Roy Stories. Free, 7 p.m.
Bay Area contributors to Flash Fiction Funny, the world’s only short-short fiction anthology dedicated to humor, will read stories from the book, answer audience questions, and sign copies....more
Tuesday 10/29: The Moth comes to The Booksmith, featuring an opening story from writer and Moth podcast host Dan Kennedy....more