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"The Flame Alphabet": Ben Marcus Speaks at Bookfest

Sunday, Feb. 26 Ben Marcus' bracing 2012 novel The Flame Alphabet (Knopf) makes high, messy art from the fantastic. His premise — that the language of children suddenly is toxic to adults — has an immediate power but takes on…
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Culture, Bookcap "Monstress": Lysley Tenorio Reads From His California Stories

"Monstress": Lysley Tenorio Reads From His California Stories

Thursday, Feb. 2 Lysley Tenorio's stories — of faith healers, B-movie sirens, and the Filipino mob that tried to beat the shit out of the Beatles for their snub of Imelda Marcos — are California stories, not just because some…
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December Lit Events

Tuesday, Dec. 6 Among the professionally outraged talking-head set, "Kool-Aid drinker" has become shorthand for "anyone who subscribes to beliefs different than those I am paid to espouse." The phrase implies a gullible zealotry on the part of the believers…
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November Literary Events

Thursday, Nov. 3 As on-the-nose and garishly red as that prosthesis Bozo used to wear, Hillary Jordan's When She Woke is a galvanizing fit of a novel, a paranoid fever of Hawthorne, Atwood, and your favorite fundamentalist. Again and again,…
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August's Literary Events

Thursday, Aug. 4 Edie Meidav's new novel Lola, California (FSG, $27), which takes its name from the Kinks song, is set in the author's home base of Berkeley, here described as a "town inhaling during the corset of the Reagan…
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June's Literary Events

Thursday, June 2 Selling paperbacks has never been more revolutionary. It was pretty damn revolutionary before, in the beginning, when open-minded booksellers saw paperbacks as the great democratizers of literature because the masses could afford them. Technology now having democratized…
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Some Books to Read Now

Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Résumé Ages 0-22 (Harper, $16) By: MariNaomi Published: March Of interest because: Fearless, funny, tender, unsparing cartoon memoirs, people. S.F.'s own MariNaomi shows us how it's done. Gist: Sex. Drugs. Feelings. Autobiographical comics thereof. Sample…
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February book events in San Francisco

Wednesday, Feb. 9 San Francisco author David Vann with his novel Caribou Island (Harper; $26), about a marriage in decay in the Alaskan wilderness, at the Booksmith, 1644 Haight (at Cole). 7:30 p.m., free; 863-8688, www.booksmith.com.   Thursday, Feb. 10 S.F.…
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This month's literary events

Thursday, Dec. 2 "A brilliant idea," Dave Eggers says. "A great idea," R. Crumb says. "A brilliant, beautifully executed idea," Kurt Andersen says. Famous blurbists agree that Simon & Schuster's Pulp History series is on to something — namely, an…
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This month's literary events

Thursday, Nov. 4 It's astonishing how nimbly Anne Germanacos glides across presupposed boundaries — between dream and myth, between poetry and prose, between her own dueling provenances of ancient Aegean islands and the modern San Francisco peninsula. A gifted perceiver,…
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This month's literary events

Thursday, Oct. 7 Judd Apatow is often called the father of the bromance movie. It's hard to argue with that label, since his directing credits include The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Funny People. But there's clearly an intelligent mind…
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Lit events: Doug Dorst, Mary Roach, Bookswap, and more

Monday, Aug. 9 Former local Doug Dorst has a knack for getting lots of people to read his fiction. His Colma-set debut novel, Alive in Necropolis, was San Francisco's One City One Book selection last year, and his new short-story…
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July Literary Events

Wednesday, July 7 Let's judge local writer Suzanne Rivecca's book by its cover, which depicts a young person's arm reaching toward the face of a tiger. Tense. The book, a collection of stories, goes by the name Death Is Not…
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June Literary Events

Thursday, June 3 Local travel writer Laura Fraser's new book, All Over the Map (Harmony, $24), is a sequel of sorts to her 2001 memoir, An Italian Affair; it's also an account, as she puts it, of "what happens in…
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May Literary Events

Monday, May 24 While we're on the subject of Booksmith events involving local author Glen David Gold (see above), allow me to point out another Booksmith event involving local author Glen David Gold. His recent novel, Sunnyside, new this month…
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April Literary Events

Saturday, April 10 It doesn't take a Shepard Fairey to figure out that good political posters, like good political ideas, stand the test of time. Or, relatedly, that in order to get ahead in this world, political ideas sometimes need…
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March Literary Events

Thursday, March 4 As Slate.com observed of local author Zachary Mason's first book a couple of weeks ago, "There are less hubristic ways to start a career as a novelist than by retelling the story of The Odyssey." But Mason,…
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February Book Events

Wednesday, Feb. 3 Bay Area author Carol Sklenicka's new book is called Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life (Scribner, $35). That isn't a bad title. Gets right to the point. You might even call it Carverlike, in its way. But maybe…
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December Book Events: "Is the Book Dead? High Tech and the Written Word," Michael Medved, Norman Podhoretz, Dave Eggers, San Francisco Panorama, Writers with Drinks at the Make-Out Room

Thursday, Dec. 3 If panel discussions aren't dead, then neither are books, dammit. Consider "Is the Book Dead? High Tech and the Written Word," a panel discussion, which caps the biannual members' meeting at the Mechanics' Institute Library tonight. Jew…
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November Book Events: Howard Junker, Joshua Clover, Lierre Keith, and William S. Burroughs

Monday, Nov. 9 If the name Howard Junker sounds at all familiar, it's probably because he edits ZYZZYVA, the reliably good and deliberately provincial West Coast literary journal. In that capacity, he is known for discovering new writers and publishing…
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