A Uniquely Literary Holiday Party (In San Francisco)


The winter is cold and dark and your fingers turn blue.

Money is scarce. Mornings are the worst of all. Some of us get lonely. We reach for the bottle or the remote control. We long for free camaraderie in a place that is conducive to reverie and bookishness and easy conversation. Are we alone in what we want? No! a thousand times NO.

If you want to attend a FREE event in an elegantly literary venue (a used bookstore), replete with music, art, books, smart people, a silent auction and endlessly nuanced conversation, I invite all of you to Dog Eared Book’s annual holiday party this Friday, December 4th from 7 to 10 p.m.

Two talented men, Jonathan Segel and Victor Krummenacher will be performing (both formerly of the legendary Camper Van Beethoven) and yours truly has been persuaded to “guest bartend.”

Which means I’ll stand there and make you drinks and pour you wine and you will like it. We will both like it.

I’m compelled to offer this invitation for a number of reasons, not least of which is that I’m a proud employee of Red Hill Books which is part of the Dog Eared family of used bookstores (also including Phoenix Books).  My other reasons include: love for humanity, too much coffee, a nervous tic, and the fact that everyone should spend a winter’s night in the company of comrades inside of the warm, book-adorned walls of Dog Eared.

Lastly, if you’re at all wondering about whether it’s worth making the trek up to Red Hill Books in Bernal Heights, or if you don’t believe that I actually work there, then you should peruse some of our recent favorites at the Red Hill site.

Michael Berger is a barely-published writer and book-seller living in San Francisco. He is one of the founding Corsairs of the Iron Garters Bike Club and is currently pursuing a degree in applied pataphysics. He sometimes eats oatmeal for dinner. More from this author →