Our Fall event season at City Lights Bookstore kicks off this September. As always, there is a mixture of fiction and poetry, noir and nonfiction, local authors and visitors on their nationwide book tour.
This month we have a John Wieners tribute, a discussion of the work of Lucia Berlin, a noir classic by Leonard Gardner, and an exploration through the erotic world of World War II-era Paris.
Each and every event is held at City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave. (at Broadway), San Francisco, CA, 94133 at 7PM, unless otherwise noted.
A tribute to John Wieners with Garrett Caples, Michael Seth Stewart, Micah Ballard, Cedar Sigo, Duncan McNaughton, Bill Berkson, and friends celebrating the release of Stars Seen in Person: Selected Journals by John Wieners published by City Lights and Supplication: Selected Poetry of John Wieners, published by Wave Books.
John Wieners was on the periphery of many of the twentieth century’s most important avant-garde poetry scenes, from Black Mountain and the Boston Renaissance to the New York School and the SF Renaissance. Both of these new books of John Wieners–the journals all previously unpublished and the poetry selected from his entire career–display one of the most influential American poets of the 20th century.
“At long last we have the magnificent John Wieners here before us, in his full undressed splendor: poet, stargazer, philosopher, shaman, flâneur, survivor.”–Wayne Koestenbaum
City Lights Booksellers in conjunction with the Book Club of California present:
“Best Kept Secrets: The Fiction of Lucia Berlin”
Celebrating the release of A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories, a compilation of Lucia Berlin‘s legendary short-stories with her trademark blend of humor and melancholy, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday–uncovering moments of grace in the cafeterias and laundromats of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Northern California upper class, and from the perspective of a cleaning woman alone in a hotel dining room in Mexico City.
Opening statement by Stephen Emerson, with readings by Gloria Frym, Barry Gifford, August Kleinzahler, Jim Nisbet, and Michael Wolfe.