5 Questions with Elizabeth Percer, Author of All Stories Are Love Stories

all storiesVery excited for Elizabeth Percer to join us this Tuesday, March 22 to read from her new novel, All Stories Are Love Stories published by HarperCollins.

Event: Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00PM. 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133.

About All Stories Are Love Stories: All Stories Are Love Stories follows a group of survivors thrown together in the aftermath of two major earthquakes that strike San Francisco within an hour of each other on Valentine’s Day. Among the survivors are a motley crew of about a dozen individuals who have found shelter in the auditorium of the Nob Hill Masonic and Performing Arts Center.

There is Max, who is still haunted by an abandonment long ago. Vashti, who has lost several people in her life . . . but she can’t stop thinking about one in particular: Max, the one who got away. Gene, a geologist from Stanford who knows too much about the earthquakes happening around them. As the night goes on, and fires begin around the city, Max and Vashti, trapped in the Masonic Temple, have to finally confront each other while Gene embarks on a frantic search around the city to find his partner, Franklin, who isn’t answering the phone. By morning nothing will look the same. A beautiful, lyrical novel about the power of nature, the resilience of survival, and most importantly, love.

About Elizabeth Percer: Elizabeth Percer is the author of An Uncommon Education. Her poetry has been published widely, and she has been twice honored by the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation and nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. She received a B.A. in English from Wellesley, a Ph.D. in arts education from Stanford University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship for the National Writing Project at Berkeley. Percer’s academic publications on art, the education of the imagination, and writing have been published and presented internationally. She lives in California.

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City Lights: If you’ve been to City Lights before, what’s your memory of the visit? If you haven’t been here before, what are you expecting?

Elizabeth Percer: City Lights is my favorite San Francisco bookstore, and has been since I first walked into it twenty years ago! I actually got the call that my editor wanted to buy All Stories Are Love Stories when I was puttering around your fiction section. Talk about coming full circle!

CL: If your book had a soundtrack, what would it sound like?

EP: I have to admit that I’m a sucker for pretty much any song about San Francisco, and have a habit of turning the volume WAY up whenever one comes on the radio while fantasizing about how it would play into the movie version. But those moments should and probably will stay with me alone, so let’s pretend I haven’t given grand, obnoxious, book-to-movie daydreams a single, delicious moment’s thought.

CL: What’s the first book you actually finished reading?

EP: Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss. Though my sister insists to this day that I just “memorized it.” (As if that’s less impressive? Honestly, it’s been over thirty years. Throw me a bone, here, Shayna.)

CL: If you weren’t a writer, what might you do?

EP: I have no friggin’ idea. Probably a lot of things. I have many fantasy jobs, the first of which came to mind in my Hop on Pop days. There was this segment that sometimes came on Sesame Street or something like it about a postman who delivered the mail ON HORSEBACK. Given my lifelong fascination with words on paper and animals, I still think that’s just the coolest thing ever, and can’t promise I won’t throw all other aspirations to the wind one day and give it a try. #unfulfilleddreams

CL: Name a few things you’d require if stranded on a desert island for an undefined period of time (and, yes, no wifi). 

EP: I’m a mom, so I can’t help but be disappointingly practical. But once I get past the necessities of maintaining a clean, safe, well-fed life–qualities that make me shockingly happy–I’d say I’d like a book with constantly replenishing pages (you’re the ones who opened the imaginary floodgates), a pet, a project, and some excellent sun protection. Oh, well. I tried not to be practical.


Please join us on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 for Elizabeth Percer reading from her new novel All Stories Are Love Stories, a novel set in San Francisco. For more about Elizabeth, check our her official site. For more events at City lights Bookstore this Spring, go to our complete calendar.

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