For almost 40 years, Heydey Books has been dedicated to the cultures of California, and its annual New California Writing series collects some of the best work published in literary journals, magazines, novels, and newspapers. To celebrate this year's release (the third), Heydey publisher Malcolm Margolin, editors Gayle Wattawa and Kirk Glaser, and emcee Peter Coyote will host rapid-fire readings from 14 of the book's contributors, including Robert Hass, Linda Norton, and Stephen Gutierrez.
The early bird gets free food, wine, and beer, and authors will be around to sign the book after the readings. New California Writing 2013 contains work by Susan Straight, Joan Didion, Shanthi Sekaran, Lysley Tenorio, and many more. The last two years sold out, so get tickets early.
The Third Annual New California Writing Launch Party starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday April 11 at the California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F. Tickets are $5, $20 with the book; call (510) 549-3564 or visit ncal2013.eventbrite.com/.