Monday 10/21: Lauren Grodstein, author of The Explanation of Everything, and Adam Mansbach, author of The Dead Run, discuss their books, careers, and the writing life. Free, 7:30pm at The Booksmith....more
Posts Tagged: San Francisco
The Institute is a new documentary film about the Jejune Institute, one of the most fascinating, disorienting, and exciting experiences to emerge out of the Bay Area in the last several years....more
Getting excited for San Francisco’s LitQuake? Well, take a deep breath and calm down.
And then get even more excited because we’re hosting a pre-LitCrawl party with Austin-based indie press—and publisher of recent hot-prof-on-student-word-sex subject Kelly Luce—A Strange Object.
The event is free and open to the public, so if you’re in the Bay Area, come party with us Thursday, October 17, at Amnesia! We’ll have games, a raffle, and drink specials, plus a bunch of supercool readers and writers to hang out with, including Luce....more
Michelle Tea writes about a dark time in the San Francisco literary scene. After the novel Sarah came out to critical acclaim, JT Leroy was a powerful new voice in the queer community. It turns out JT Leroy never existed. She was the creation of a woman to get a book deal....more
In early December, Rumpus columnist Steve Almond will teach writing classes at the SF Grotto.
His December 7th class will focus on the idea of embracing one’s obsessions to jump-start good writing, avoiding the pitfalls of sentiment and self-absorption. On December 8th, Steve will teach a class pitching “funny” as the “new deep,” keeping in mind that “the comic impulse is inextricably linked to tragedy.”
The fee is $75 for a single course, or $135 for both....more
The women who danced at the Lusty Lady Theatre were pierced and collared and well-read. When they weren’t breathing fire or taking writing classes, they stripped....more
We are waiting to see if the city will understand what the community already does: that Marcus Books is a historical landmark; that it is San Francisco; that it is the Fillmore’s best self. If they do, perhaps the store can stay.
Fourteen Hills, a splendid literary journal that has published several Rumpus contributors, is turning twenty!
Come celebrate their big 2-0 tomorrow at 7:00 PM at San Francisco’s Art Institute of California, where there will be a variety of wonderful readers and light refreshments....more
Gentrification is a thorny subject in San Francisco these days, as it is in many American cities.
A roundup post at SF Weekly blog The Snitch collects some of the best writing that’s sprung up around the issue, including George Packer’s puzzled look at Silicon Valley in the New Yorker and Rebecca Solnit’s excoriation of the Google Bus in the London Review of Books....more
Still hyped up from Beast Crawl and counting down the days until San Francisco’s Lit Crawl in October?
Then you’ll want a ticket to Lit Tease, LitQuake’s preview/fundraiser event for the highlight of their annual festival, happening tonight.
Tickets are $20 apiece (with discounted drinks), which seems well worth the price for a night of comedy, music, readings, LitCrawl’s first-ever book fair, and a live auction with some pretty astonishing Bay-Area-lit-scene prizes....more
The new issue of SF Weekly features the life stories, translated from their own words, of four gay and transgender Latin American immigrants who came to San Francisco in the 1980s.
The pasts they left behind are as dissimilar as the routes that led them to San Francisco, each a complicated journey shaped by the societies who challenged them....more
Part four of San Francisco’s Phone Booth Sessions will be taking place tomorrow!
Readings, performances, & screenings by Jarett Kobek, Janey Smith, Dean Smith, Davenzane Hayes, Dorothy Tunnell, M Kitchell, and Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, featuring music from Andy Tisdall.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 26th, 8PM at The Secret Alley....more
Lovers of fiction and art (i.e., pretty much every Rumpus reader), listen up.
The Modern Eden Gallery is San Francisco is hosting an exhibition called “Fiction,” in which artists portray literary characters from Dorian Gray to Alice in Wonderland to Bradbury’s Illustrated Man....more
Remember our delightful “Parallel Streets of San Francisco” illustrations?
Now you can send a little part of San Francisco anywhere in the world…like, for example, the part where Scott is commanded to pierce Steiner....more
In a sort of Bay Area meeting of minds, Scott Hutchins, author of a novel about San Francisco and Silicon Valley, profiles Michael Chabon, whose latest novel takes place mainly in Oakland and Berkeley.
Read it to learn about Chabon’s love for the East Bay, his similarities to Charles Dickens, and Telegraph Avenue‘s beginnings as a failed TV pilot....more
One part of me will always be on my roof in the Sunset District, smoking with my human butt on a damp spot, my cigarette butt about to rest on a similarly moist shingle....more
A comic based on a French children’s song found in a book by Georges Perec, who found it in a book by Paul Eluard, who heard some French children singing the song...more
Hot tip from Xeni Jardin: the Bay Area Film Society is screening Farmcore tomorrow at New Nothing Cinema in San Francisco.
Farmcore is a documentary about the Farm, a San Francisco community center during the ’70s and ’80s that housed gardens, farm animals, daycare facilities, a library, and…a venue for punk bands like the Dead Kennedys and the Descendents....more
Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Octavio Solis sits down for a chat about night terrors, universal storytelling, and finding a home with the Magic Theatre of San Francisco....more
As the 49ers head to the Super Bowl, San Francisco can’t stuff its excitement into a hemp messenger bag fast enough.
In one season, our City—Bill O’Reilly’s favorite punchline for everything fey and un-American—may defeat the nation in baseball and football....more
“Like many people who moved to San Francisco in the early 1990s, I did it because San Francisco was cheap,” Ken Layne writes in a post for the Awl titled “Is San Francisco the Brooklyn to Silicon Valley’s Unbuilt Manhattan?...more
Another bookstore closes and San Francisco yawns. But Adobe Books on 16th Street, between Valencia and Guerrero isn’t another bookstore. It is a haven, a port for lonely souls, readers....more