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Lawrence Ferlinghetti is turning 100 and City Lights Books is celebrating him this whole week. This Thursday, come on out and celebrate the release of his novel, Little Boy. The night will feature guest readers Maxine Hong Kingston, Michael Krasny, Armistead Maupin, Joyce Carol Oates, Julien Poirier, Andrew Sean Greer, and Shobha Rao. About the book: In this unapologetically unclassifiable work Lawrence Ferlinghetti lets loose an exhilarating rush of language to craft what might be termed a closing statement about his highly significant and productive 99 years on this planet. The "Little Boy" of the title is Ferlinghetti himself as a child, shuffled from his overburdened mother to his French aunt to foster childhood with a rich Bronxville family. Service in World War Two (including the D-Day landing), graduate work, and a scholar gypsy's vagabond life in Paris followed. These biographical reminiscences are interweaved with Allen Ginsberg-esque high energy bursts of raw emotion, rumination, reflection, reminiscence and prognostication on what we may face as a species on Planet Earth in the future. Little Boy is a magical font of literary lore with allusions galore, a final repository of hard-earned and durable wisdom, a compositional high wire act without a net (or all that much punctuation) and just a gas and an inspiration to read.
The Racket is hungry. Hungry for sad, weird, and gripping stories. The readers will share their interpretations of hunger and, as is often the case for Racket readings, you never know what to expect. The Readers (so far): Patrick Strange Maggie Tokuda-Hall Paul Corman-Roberts Jenee Darden Jared Roehrig John Haggerty C.F. Pinto As always, free beer!!
May the 4th be with Bay Area book lovers!! The Bay Area Book Festival will take over downtown Berkeley on May 4th and 5th!! Hundreds of authors, panels, and presses will be there to satisfy your literary appetite. Live that lit life!! You can view the schedule here: https://www.baybookfest.org/schedule/ Here are some of the ones that caught my eye: Saturday, May 4th: 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About: Writers Break the Silence w/Michele Filgate, Kiese Laymon, Carmen Maria Machado, and Nayomi Munaweera, moderated by Natasha Singh 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Facing the World Through Fantasy: An Interview with Justina Ireland Justina Ireland interviewed by Alexandria Brown 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM I’m Losing You: Fiction on Grief, Change, and the Pathos of Fame w/Tom Barbash, Erik Tarloff, and Adrian Todd Zuniga 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM A Celebration of The Paris Review w/Franny Choi, R.O. Kwon, Kiese Laymon, and Emily Nemens, moderated by Christian Kiefer 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM University of San Francisco MFA in Writing Presents: Impossible Choices and Unspeakable Acts w/Kirstin Chen, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, and Nayomi Munaweera, moderated by Beth Nguyen 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM Writing Climate: Literature of the Anthropocene w/Charlie Jane Anders, Cai Emmons, and Brenda Shaughnessy, moderated by David Wallace-Wells 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM Then It Fell Apart: An Interview with Moby Moby interviewed by Peter Hartlaub 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin: Film and Conversation w/Arwen Curry, Annalee Newitz, Kim Stanley Robinson, and David Streitfeld Sunday, May 5th 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM State Lines: New and Emerging California Poets Jason Bayani, James Cagney, Heather June Gibbons, and Leticia Hernández-Linares, moderated by devorah major 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Critic’s Choice: Three Young 21st Century Writers Rocking the Literary World Jamel Brinkley, R.O. Kwon, and Namwali Serpell, moderated by Jane Ciabattari 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM A People’s Future of the United States w/Omar El Akkad, Charlie Jane Anders, Lesley Nneka Arimah, and Justina Ireland 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Lawrence Ferlinghetti at 100: A Tribute Garrett Caples, Barbara Jane Reyes, Maw Shein Win, and Julien Poirier, moderated by Emily Nemens 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Rattlesnake Wins Hummingbird’s Heart: A Word for Word Performance Greg Sarris and Native youth of Sonoma County 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM Literary Bravery: Sleepwalkers, Ghosts, and Radical Storytelling from Three International Luminaries Dorothee Elmiger, Laura Lindstedt, and Mike McCormack 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM San Francisco State University MFA Program Presents: Who’s Got The Power? Nona Caspers, May-lee Chai, and Michael David Lukas, moderated by Carolina De Robertis Go here to buy tix: https://www.baybookfest.org/get-tickets/ Buying the $15 GA wristband is the best option.
The fantastic erotic fan-fic competition event will return for a very special one-off show in June!! Writers and featured book TBA, but Baruch will return as the master orator of the salacious stories and Amy will resume her hosting duties. Get tickets early, cuz they're gonna go fast!! $12 advance, $15 door, ticket includes *open bar* for 21+, and admission to the afterparty at The Alembic (1725 Haight). Once more deets come out, I will update!! For those of you who were never able to make it out to a Shipwreck, here's how it works: Six Great Writers destroy six notable characters from one Great Book. Fics are blind-read by our Thespian-in-Residence, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, and you choose the best ship before the writers are unmasked.