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Monday, December 1st, 2008
3:59 pm
December author events

Welcome to The Booksmith calendar of author events. Our readings/booksignings are a great opportunity to meet an author, hear them read from their work, or purchase an autographed copy of their latest book. As always, our events are free and open to the public. The Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole) in San Francisco's historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Check our information page for directions and a map to the store.

If you are unable to attend an event and are interested in purchasing a signed book (available at no extra charge), please please give us a call at 415-863-8688 or contact us via email at read at booksmith dot com. We're happy to hold your book or ship it to you.

PAPERBACK DREAMS
screening Paperback Dreams
Monday, December 1 at 7:30 pm

  Are independent bookstores still relevant in the 21st century? If you've ever wondered about this question, we invite you to join us for a screening and discussion of a powerful new documentary Paperback Dreams. The film is the story of two landmark independent bookstores - Kepler's and Cody's - going back to the days of the paperback revolution. The film traces the bookstores' history as cultural institutions and explores their community relationships. It also includes interviews with several well known authors, publishers, and booksellers, including Salman Rushdie and Michael Powell.

Paperback Dreams is a co-production of Alex Beckstead, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and KQED Public Television. Alex lives in San Francisco and is a Booksmith fan. His films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival and Public Television Stations across the US. Alex will join us for Q&A after the film screening.


JANIS BELL
talk & booksigning for Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences
Tuesday, December 2 at 7:30 pm

  After thirty-five years of teaching writing, Janis Bell knows which sentences work and which sentences don’t. In Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Avoiding the Most Common Errors in Grammar and Punctuation, Bell describes grammar and usage problems in ways that make sense. Like a new year’s resolution, this recently published book is a focused and entertaining guide to getting our sentences into good shape.

Janis Bell is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University, where her graduate studies in English focused on the teaching of writing. She lives in San Francisco, California.


DAVID THOMSON
talk for Have You Seen . . . ?: A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
Thursday, December 4 at 7:30 pm

  In 1975, David Thomson published his Biographical Dictionary of Film - few film books have enjoyed better press or such steady sales. Now, thirty-three years later, we have a companion volume, a second book of more than 1,000 pages in one voice - that of our most provocative contemporary film critic and historian. Juxtaposing the fanciful and the fabulous, the old favorites and the forgotten, Have You Seen . . . ?: A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films presents the films that this acclaimed film writer offers in response to the question he gets asked most often. David Thomson will also be screening clips from some of the films under discussion.

David Thomson was born in London. He is a regular contributor to publications in both Britain and the United States,and was the screenwriter on the award-winning documentary "The Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind." His other books include Showman: The Life of David O. Selznick, Rosebud, and three works of fiction.


DAN PIRARO (aka the cartoonist Bizarro)
talk, slideshow & booksigning for Bizarro Buccaneers
Friday, December 5 at 7:30 pm

  Ahoy, matey! Bizarro Buccaneers: Nuttin' But Pirate Cartoons is just that ­ a collection for both wannabe plunderers and scurvy walkin' plankwalkers! Brilliant and in full color, as well as a perfect stocking stuffer (hint-hint), its captain is one Bizarro, a cartoonist whose work we’ve spied in that local broadsheet, the San Francisco Chronicle. Don’t miss this special event, in which Bizarro will screen lantern slides, deliver a rogue-ish speech, and sign his name on the spot. . . . Sail ho me squiffy men!

Dan Piraro was born in Kansas City, grew up in Tulsa, and lived in Dallas for many years. He is a recipient of a Reuben Award for Best Single-Panel Cartoonist and his comic strip, "Bizarro," received multiple-year designations as Best Single-Panel Cartoon by the National Cartoonists Society. Locally, his work is featured in the San Francisco Chronicle.




Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
6:16 pm
November author events

Welcome to The Booksmith calendar of author events. Our readings/booksignings are a great opportunity to meet an author, hear them read from their work, or purchase an autographed copy of their latest book. As always, our events are free and open to the public. The Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole) in San Francisco's historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Check our information page for directions and a map to the store.

If you are unable to attend an event and are interested in purchasing a signed book (available at no extra charge), please please give us a call at 415-863-8688 or contact us via email at read at booksmith dot com. We're happy to hold your book or ship it to you.

BILL KELTER & WAYNE SHELLABARGER
talk & booksigning for Veeps: Profiles in Insignificance
Wednesday, November 5 at 7:30 pm

  Over the course of more than 200 years, American voters have sent a platoon of rogues, cowards, drunks, featherweights, doddering geriatrics, bigots, and atrocious spellers to Washington D.C. - only to sit one bullet, cerebral hemorrhage, or case of pneumonia away from the highest office in the land. In their first post-election event, authors Bill Kelter & Wayne Shellabarger discuss their newly released book, Veeps: Profiles in Insignificance.

Booksmith customer Wayne Shellabarger is a San Francisco-based artist and author (and customer at The Booksmith). Bill Kelter lives in Portland, Oregon.


ROSE AGUILAR
talk & booksigning for Red Highways: A Liberal's Journey Into the Heartland
Thursday, November 6 at 7:30 pm

  As a San Francisco radio host grown tired of media stereotypes, Rose Aguilar packed up her van, picked up her boyfriend, and set out on a six-month road trip through the red-state West to find out what voters there really care about. Equal parts travelogue, political reportage, and personal discovery, Red Highways: A Liberal's Journey Into the Heartland challenges conventional wisdom and calls for a more thoughtful and productive dialogue between Red and Blue America.

Rose Aguilar is a journalist and political blogger, and the host of "Your Call," a daily public affairs radio show heard on KALW. Aguilar has also written for CNET, Alternet and the BBC.


OLIVER CHIN
reading & booksigning for Welcome to Monster Isle
Sunday, November 9 at 1:00 pm

  A family's vacation goes bananas when a perfect storm tosses their skipper's tiny boat off course. Now seven castaways are stranded on an uncharted desert island! Whimsical, fantastic and lushly illustrated, Welcome to Monster Isle related the adventures of Finnegan, his sister, parents, and dog Howl as they venture into the wild and encounter a menagerie of colorful monsters. Can these hardy survivors befriend beasts straight from their wildest imaginations?

Oliver Chin is the author of popular children's books such as the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series, Julie Black Belt, Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought, and The Adventures of WonderBaby.


ALISON BECHDEL
talk, slideshow & booksigning for The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For
Monday, November 10 at 7:30 pm

  The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For is the collection Alison Bechdel fans have been waiting for! Gathering material from 11 earlier books, as well as 60 new strips never before published in book form, this new book from the author of the celebrated Fun Home chronicles the lives, loves, and politics of Mo, Lois, Sydney, Sparrow, Ginger, Stuart, Clarice, and others. Don't miss this special event - an author talk and slideshow with the one-and-only Alison Bechdel.

Alison Bechdel is the author of numerous collections of commix, including the national bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist Fun Home (named Time Magazine's #1 Book of the Year). Since 1983 she has been chronicling the lives of various characters in the fictionalized "Dykes to Watch Out For" strip, "one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre" (Ms.). The strip is syndicated in 50 alternative newspapers, translated into multiple languages, and collected into a book series with a quarter of a million copies in print.


THERESE POLETTI
talk, slideshow & booksigning for Art Deco San Francisco
Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 pm

 The Castro Theatre, the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Headquarters, 450 Sutter Medical-Dental Building - these masterpieces of San Francisco architecture are the work of one man: Timothy Pflueger. While his contemporaries looked to beaux arts traditions, Pflueger brought exotic and art deco forms to buildings ranging from simple cocktail lounges to the city's first skyscrapers. Therese Poletti tells his fascinating story in Art Deco San Francisco: The Architecture of Timothy Pflueger.

Therese Poletti has been a journalist for nearly twenty years. She has written for the San Jose Mercury News, and currently works for MarketWatch as a technology columnist. She lives in San Francisco.


WRITERS CORP
reading & booksigning for Tell the World
Friday, November 14 at 7:30 pm

  Through poetry we tell the world who we are, where we're from, what we love, what we think, how we feel, and why we hope. Tell the World is a new collection of poems by teens that have taken part in workshops run by WritersCorps, a national alliance of literary arts programs for youth. Join us for a reading by local teen poets published in this new book - their words represent the thoughts, hopes, and dreams of teens everywhere.

Writers Corps was founded in 1994 in three American urban centers - San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and the Bronx - with a mission to transform lives through the written word. Since its inception, the organization has helped forty thousand children and teenagers improve their writing skills and express their ideas and experiences.


KARAN MAHAJAN
reading & booksigning for Family Planning
Monday, November 17 at 7:30 pm

  Karan Mahajan's Family Planning is a hilarious debut novel set in India about a family of thirteen children that is bursting at the seems. "Mahajan is a natural - a masterful storyteller, an assured stylist, and a gentle satirist whose unblinking vision is ultimately tempered by compassion. Family Planning is an incredibly assured debut. More than a fine first novel, it's one of the best comic novels I've read in years." - Jay McInerney

Karan Mahajan is twenty-four years old and grew up in New Delhi. He holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University, and is the recipient of the 2006 Joseph Henry Jackson Award for Fiction.


SYLVIA BROWNRIGG
talk & booksigning for The Delivery Room
Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30 pm

  The Delivery Room is the new novel by Sylvia Brownrigg. Compelling, complex, and deeply human, it is both an engaging examination of the incomplete understandings that course between therapist and patient and a set of variations on the theme of motherhood - as well as a timely meditation on the meanings of wars fought from a distance when ordinary citizens have to measure their personal grief's against the outrages experienced by those under attack.

Sylvia Brownrigg grew up in Los Altos, California, and Oxford, England, was educated at Yale and Johns Hopkins Universities, and lived for many years in London. She is married to San Francisco radio host Sedge Thomson and lives in Berkeley, California.


LESLIE ROBERTS
talk & booksigning for The Entire Earth and Sky: Views on Antarctica
Wednesday, November 19 at 7:30 pm

  More than a distant continent, Antarctica is a land of the imagination, shaping and shaped by explorers, adventurers, scientists, and dreamers. In The Entire Earth and Sky, San Francisco writer Leslie Roberts conjures all these ideas and interweaves them with the experience and history of Antarctica, balancing the reality of a frigid outpost populated by a ragtag alliance of international researchers against the crystalline dreamscape of a continent at the bottom of the world.

Leslie Carol Roberts, a Fulbright Fellow at Gateway Antarctica New Zealand, teaches in the MFA programs in writing and graduate design at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. She has written hundreds of articles and essays for magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, including the Christian Science Monitor and the Sydney Morning Herald.


RACHEL RESNICK
talk & booksigning for Love Junkie: A Memoir
Thursday, November 20 at 7:30 pm

  Rachel Resnick, the celebrated L.A. writer and author of Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick, returns to The Booksmith to read from her just published memoir, Love Junkie. Written with raw humor and unflinching honesty, this new book charts the author's harrowing emotional journey. This unique memoir also sheds light on one of the more elusive and pervasive modern-day compulsions - as it holds a mirror up to each of us.

Rachel Resnick is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick. She has published articles, essays, and celebrity profile cover stories nationally in the Los Angeles Times, and is a contributing editor at Tin House magazine.


STEFAN KANFER
reading & booksigning for Somebody
Friday, November 21 at 7:30 pm

  For everything we know about Brando as a man as well as an actor and artist, he remains a fascination. What are we to make of someone whose life, both personal and professional, hit such dazzling highs and such abysmal lows? Acclaimed film critic Stefan Kanfer answers this question in Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando. And in the process, Kafner gives us what may well be the final word on one of the most astonishing talents of the twentieth century.

Stefan Kanfer's books include The Eighth Sin, A Summer World, The Last Empire, Serious Business, Groucho, Ball of Fire, and Stardust Lost. He was a writer and editor at Time magazine for more than twenty years and was its first bylined film critic, a post he held between 1967 and 1972. He is also the primary interviewer in the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Line King and editor of an anthology of Groucho Marx's comedy, The Essential Groucho.


BUCKY SINISTER
reading & booksigning for Get Up
Monday, November 24 at 7:30 pm

  As an atheist with a background in fundamentalism, Bucky Sinister was skeptical of 12-step groups when the time came for him to get sober. He was afraid of losing his artistic abilities and had big problems with the higher power concept. In spite of his hesitations, he stuck with the program and it rewarded him greatly. In Get Up: A 12-step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks, and Weirdos, he shares the knowledge he gained on his journey, from being afraid of the 12-step philosophies to embracing them, motivating others to join him in their own efforts to get clean.

Bucky Sinister, is a spoken word artist who performs about 40 times a years at comedy clubs and theaters, primarily on the West Coast, but also around the country. He has published nine chapbooks and three full-length collections of poetry, the most recent being All Blacked Out & Nowhere to Go. His first full-length CD, What Happens in Narnia, Stays in Narnia was released in 2007.


Thursday, August 21st, 2008
10:37 am
NEIL GAIMAN in San Francisco!
Neil Gaiman
Event for The Graveyard Book

Sunday October 5th, 3 - 5pm
Sundance Kabuki Theatres


Ticket price $28.00
Ticket price includes a signed, 1st edition copy of The Graveyard Book
Tickets are for sale at The Booksmith, in person, or by phone, 415-863-8688 or 800-493-7323.


Neil Gaiman will read a chapter from the book (according to his website it will be Chapter 6)  followed by a Q & A.

Extra signed copies of The Graveyard Book, and his backlist books will be for sale at the event.

Due to time constraints Neil Gaiman will not be signing at the event.

Japantown has two parking lots. One is on Fillmore at Post, the other is on Post at Webster. Free secure bicycle parking in both lots.
Some of the Japantown businesses will validate parking: Validated parking is $2.75 for the first 3 hours.
Several MUNI lines serve the theater, including the 3 Jackson,  22 Fillmore and 38 Geary.

The venue seats 500 and we're not going to hold back any tickets for sale on the night of the event. They're going fast & I think we will sell out.

If you can't make the event and want a signed book, please email us at read@booksmith.com (sorry we can't handle ticket sales via email) or call us at 415-863-8688 or 800-493-7323.

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
3:47 pm
September author events

Welcome to The Booksmith calendar of author events. Our readings/booksignings are a great opportunity to meet an author, hear them read from their work, or purchase an autographed copy of their latest book. As always, our events are free and open to the public. The Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole) in San Francisco's historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Check our information page for directions and a map to the store.

If you are unable to attend an event and are interested in purchasing a signed book (available at no extra charge), please please give us a call at 415-863-8688 or contact us via email at read at booksmith dot com. We're happy to hold your book or ship it to you.

JOE NICK PATOSKI
talk & booksigning for Willie Nelson: An Epic Life
Tuesday, September 2 at 7:30 pm

  Join Joe Nick Patoski (and special guests & outlaws *) as he discusses his exceptional new biography Willie Nelson: An Epic Life (hardback, $27.99). Drawing on over 100 interviews with Willie and his family, friends and band, Patoski tells the country music icon’s story from humble Depression-era roots to his musical education in Texas honky-tonks and his flirtations with whiskey, women, and weed. "Patoski has here conjured a biography . . . a book whose evocations of time, place, and spirit are as masterful as they are enthralling." - Nick Tosches

Joe Nick Patoski has written about Willie Nelson for publications including No Depression, Texas Monthly, Rolling Stone, TV Guide, and the Austin American-Statesman. The co-author and author of biographies of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Selena and a contributor to the Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll, Patoski lives in the Texas Hill Country. [* Among those joining us for this special event will be Willie Nelson's harmonica player, Mickey Raphael aka "The Reader in the Band," who will talk about Willie, music and the charms of the road.]


MARC LECARD
reading & booksigning for Tiny Little Troubles
Monday, September 8 at 7:30 pm

  From Marc Lecard, the critically acclaimed author of Vinnie's Head, comes a fast-paced crime story about an eccentric thug chasing after a piece of nano-technology and the scientist that created it. Set locally, Tiny Little Troubles (hardback, $24.95) is a fast-paced crime story (recalling Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiassen) in which the protagonist, a brilliant San Francisco scientist, encounters a whole world of trouble from the smallest of sources.

Marc Lecard is the author of an earlier novel, Vinnie’s Head, as well as short stories published in various anthologies. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife, 3,000 books (at last count), a roomful of musical instruments, and a growing collection of obsolete computers.


JANIS IAN
talk & booksigning for Society's Child: My Autobiography
Tuesday, September 9 at 7:30 pm

  Janis Ian has inspired generations of fans, and in Society's Child: My Autobiography (hardback, $26.95), the Grammy Award winner shares the fascinating story of her life in music. In this moving memoir, Ian tells the story behind her controversial 1966 hit "Society’s Child" (written when the musician was just 15 years old) and the equally acclaimed 1975 smash "At Seventeen," which earned two Grammys and five nominations.

Janis Ian is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, singer, multi-instrumental musician, columnist, and science fiction fan-turned-author. She had a highly successful singing career in the 1960s and 1970s, and has continued recording into the 21st century. Ian has been a regular columnist for and continuing contributor to the LGBT magazine The Advocate.


LILY KOPPEL
reading & booksigning for The Red Leather Diary
Wednesday, September 10 at 7:30 pm

  The Red Leather Diary (hardback, $23.95) tells the true story of a teenage girl’s discarded, Depression-era journal rescued from a dumpster in modern day Manhattan and eventually, and remarkably, reunited with its now elderly author. Found by a young writer, journalist Lily Koppel, who read its vivid entries as if letters to herself, this artifact of a forgotten time reveals the lost world of a New York teenager ­ a young woman who dared to follow her dreams.

Lily Koppel writes for the New York Times and other publications. She lives in New York City. For more on her and her book, see www.redleatherdiary.com


TAMIM ANSARY
reading & booksigning for West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American
Thursday, September 11 at 7:30 pm

  The Booksmith and One City One Book: San Francisco Reads celebrate West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American (softcover, $14.00), by Tamim Ansary. This memoir of growing up in pre-Taliban Afghanistan also recounts the author’s travels through North Africa and the Middle East as well as a personal journey through two cultures in conflict. Please join us for this special event.

Tamim Ansary writes and lectures about Afghanistan, Islamic history, democracy, schooling and learning, fiction and the writing process. He also directs the San Francisco Writers Workshop, the oldest continuous free writers workshop in America and the hub of a growing community of Bay Area writers.


BILL SANTIAGO
talk & booksigning for Pardon My Spanglish
Monday, September 15 at 7:30 pm

  Come hear comedian Bill Santiago read from his new book, Pardon My Spanglish: One Man's Guide to Speaking the Habla (softcover, $14.95), and perform some of the hilarious Spanglish standup from his Comedy Central special. Afterwards, share your own personal experiences with Spanglish (featuring twice the vocabulary and half the grammar). Porque, because laughs for Latinos and the Latino-curious are guaranteed!

Bill Santiago is a nationally known comedian who has appeared on Conan O’Brien and Comedy Central. He became a standup comic after narrowly escaping a career as a widely published journalist, facing the fact that as a comedian he was funny, but as a reporter he was a joke. Bill Santiago's latest show, The Funny of (Latin) Dance, will be premiering at the Brava Theater Center on September 20th.


LYNDA BARRY
talk & booksigning for What It Is
Thursday, September 18 at 7:30 pm

  If there were a list of 1,000, or 100, or 10, or even 1 author to see before you die ­ at the top of that list should be Lynda Barry. She is a comic book genius - a comix goddess, and one of the most delightful and inspiring author-artists you’ll ever meet. Her new book, What It Is (hardback, $24.95), is a deliciously drawn, insightful, and engaging take on the process of artistic creation. "Barry is not just a storyteller, she’s an evangelist who urges people to pick up a pen - or a brush . . . and look at their own lives with fresh, forgiving eyes." - San Francisco Chronicle

Cartoonist, novelist, playwright and Booksmith favorite Lynda Barry is the creator of the syndicated strip "Ernie Pooks Comeek," featuring the incomparable Marlys and Freddy. Her books include Cruddy, One Hundred Demons and The Good Times Are Killing Me.


IRVINE WELSH
talk & booksigning for Crime
Friday, September 19 at 7:30 pm

  In Crime (hardback, $24.95), Scottish-born author Irvine Welsh brings his unique brand of literary mayhem to the glitzed-out, drugs-and-danger state of Florida. This just published novel tells the tale of Ray Lennox (a supporting character from the novel Filth) who is cast adrift in the Sunshine State and who befriends a young girl in jeopardy. Not all, however, is as it seems. Described by the author as more "an existential thriller than a police procedural crime novel," Welsh’s latest is sure to keep readers riveted.

Irvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting, Marabou Stork Nightmares, Ecstacy, Porno and other works. He divides his time between Florida, Ireland, and Scotland.


RICK WARTZMAN
talk & booksigning for Obscene in the Extreme
Tuesday, September 23 at 7:30 pm

  Few books have caused as big a stir as John Steinbeck’s classic 1939 novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Just a month after publication, it was the nation’s number one bestseller; but in Kern County, California - the Joads’ newfound home - the book was burned publicly and banned from library shelves. Obscene in the Extreme (hardback, $26.95), by California journalist and historian Rick Wartzman, tells the remarkable story behind this fit of censorship.

Rick Wartzman is director of the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University and an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation. He spent two decades as a reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. He is co-author, with Mark Arax, of the award-winning bestseller The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire.


DAPHNE BEAL
talk & booksigning for In the Land of No Right Angles
Wednesday, September 24 at 7:30 pm

  Suspenseful, haunting and spare, In the Land of No Right Angles (softcover, $13.95) marks the arrival of a talented and intuitive new writer. In this, her first novel, Daphne Beal tells the story of a twenty-year-old American spending a year in Nepal who befriends a local ­ only to be drawn into an uncertain world where the desire to save a friend is more harmful than doing nothing at all.

Daphne Beal was on the editorial staff of The New Yorker, and her writing has appeared in Vogue, McSweeney's, Open City, and The London Review of Books. Her work has been anthologized in The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers, The KGB Reader, and most recently in State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America.


SEAN WILSEY
talk, screening & booksigning for State by State
Saturday, September 27 at 7:30 pm

  Inspired by the WPA guides of the Thirties and Forties, 50 contemporary writers have produced original pieces of reportage and memoir that capture the 50 states in our time. State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America (hardback, $29.95) is an American road trip in book form featuring original writing on all 50 states by 50 of our finest novelists, journalists, and essayists. Join editor Sean Wilsey and other contributors as we celebrate the publication of this new book and screen a short film on its making.

Sean Wilsey is the author of the memoir, Oh the Glory of It All, and the co-editor of The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, and McSweeney’s quarterly, where he is the editor at large.


NEIL GAIMAN
reading for The Graveyard Book
Sunday, October 5 at 3:00 pm

  The Graveyard Book (hardback, $17.99) is Neil Gaiman's first full-length novel for middle-grade readers since the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Coraline. And like Coraline, this book is sure to enchant and surprise young readers as well as Neil Gaiman's legion of adult fans. This exclusive San Francisco event - one of only a few around the country - will take place at the Sundance Kabuki Theater (1881 Post Street) in San Francisco. Tickets are $28.00 and are on sale at The Booksmith. For more information, please visit www.booksmith.com/gaiman.html

Neil Gaiman is the author of the New York Times bestselling children's book Coraline and of the picture books The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish. He wrote the script for the film MirrorMask and is also the author of critically acclaimed and award-winning novels and short stories for adults, as well as the Sandman series of graphic novels. Among his many awards are the World Fantasy Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Bram Stoker Award. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.


  Please join us for one or more of these upcoming events. Booksmith author events are free and located at our San Francisco store (1644 Haight Street in San Francisco, between Clayton & Cole), unless otherwise noted. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, approximately 45 minutes in advance. For further information, call 415-863-8688 or visit www.booksmith.com

We have a great line-up of author events scheduled for the next few months. Coming to the Booksmith are Tales of the City author ARMISTEAD MAUPIN (October 8), Bay Area favorite LEWIS BUZBEE (October 9), magical realist JONATHAN CARROLL (October 20), radio journalist ROSE AGUILAR (November 6), graphic novelist ALISON BECHDEL (November 10), film critic DAVID THOMSON (November 12), and many others.

Friday, July 25th, 2008
4:40 pm
August author events

Welcome to The Booksmith calendar of author events. Our readings/booksignings are a great opportunity to meet an author, hear them read from their work, or purchase an autographed copy of their latest book. As always, our events are free and open to the public. The Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole) in San Francisco's historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Check our information page for directions and a map to the store.

If you are unable to attend an event and are interested in purchasing a signed book (available at no extra charge), please please give us a call at 415-863-8688 or contact us via email at read at booksmith dot com. We're happy to hold your book or ship it to you.

BROKE-ASS STUART
talk & booksigning for Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply in San Francisco
Friday, August 1 at 7:30 pm

  In Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply in San Francisco (softcover, $12.95), thrifty local and cult fave Broke-Ass Stuart uncovers city secrets for the young, the beautiful, and the broke. This gritty, anecdotal and often funny guide shows locals and tourists what to do and where to stay, eat, and drink without breaking the bank. " . . . a fun read for anyone on a budget . . . both amusing and wise." - SF Bay Guardian.

Broke-Ass Stuart has been called "an SF cult hero" (SF Bay Guardian), "Best Local Writer" (SF Weekly) and "the pimp daddy of budget travel" (Everywhere magazine). He is the publisher of a popular zine, has written for Lonely Planet, and is the author of the forthcoming Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply in New York.


JONATHAN EVISON
reading & booksigning for All About Lulu
Tuesday, August 5 at 7:30 pm

  "Anyone who has ever experienced obsessive love - or wanted to experience obsessive love - will find themselves at home in Jonathan Evison's All About Lulu (softcover, $14.95). The voice is fresh as this morning's rain, the emotions are universal. Read this book and realize you aren't the only one knocked stupid for love." - Tim Sandlin

Jonathan Evison has worked in a wide variety of jobs - from rotten tomato server to syndicated radio talk show host. His comedy show, Shaken Not Stirred, was nominated for two Peabody Awards. He has received two Silver Microphones, and two Communicators, and was frequently nominated for the Soundie Award.


SHAWN TAYLOR
talk & booksigning for Big Black Penis
Friday, August 8 at 7:30 pm

  Being black and male is serious business, but its many absurd contradictions are often laugh-out loud. In Big Black Penis: Misadventures in Race and Masculinity (softcover, $14.95), Bay Area writer Shawn Taylor deftly leads us on a no-holds-barred tour of his masculine development, while acknowledging some deep but often hilarious truths about black men. Unapologetic and sharply critical, Taylor brings the subject of black masculinity into the 21st century.

Shawn Taylor is the author of People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. He is a spoken-word performer and writer whose focus is gender, cultural identity, folklore, ancestry, and ritual. His solo performance, "Slower than a Speeding Bullet," was selected as the AOL.com pick of the week.


ANNA WINGER
reading & booksigning for This Must Be the Place
Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 pm

  Anna Winger's debut novel, This Must Be the Place (hardback, $24.95), is the moving story of friendship between neighbors in a Berlin apartment building. Walter is a fading actor and Hope is a young married woman; both are coming to terms with the past. "As smart and cosmopolitan as the twenty-first-century Berlin she chronicles so well . . . an essential love story for our confused and difficult times. Funny, touching, and unforgettable." - Gary Shteyngart

Anna Winger grew up in Kenya, Massachusetts, and Mexico as the daughter of Harvard University anthropologists. Today, she is a professional photographer and the producer of the "Berlin Stories," which is heard on NPR Worldwide. Her journalism has been published in The New York Times Magazine, and other publications.


THORINA ROSE
reading & booksigning for The Heartbreak Diet
Friday, August 22 at 7:30 pm

  Thorina Rose's beautifully illustrated memoir (akin to a graphic novel) charts the unexpected dissolution of her marriage and the struggles and adventures of single life. With humor and insight, The Heartbreak Diet: A Story of Family, Fidelity, and Starting Over (hardback, $19.95) blossoms into a moving and entertaining meditation on fidelity, family, and finding one's way. " . . . funny, poignant, and wise." - Laura Fraser

Thorina Rose is a San Francisco-based artist whose work has been featured in the books Office Kama Sutra and Lovers' Yoga, as well as Travel & Leisure and numerous other publications. She lives not far from The Booksmith.


  Please join us for one or more of these upcoming events. Booksmith author events are free and located at our San Francisco store (1644 Haight Street in San Francisco, between Clayton & Cole), unless otherwise noted. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, approximately 45 minutes in advance. For further information, call 415-863-8688 or visit www.booksmith.com

We have a great line-up of author events scheduled for the next few months. Coming to the Booksmith are renown novelist NEAL STEPHENSON (September 9), cartoonist goddess LYNDA BARRY (September 18), "Trainspotting" author IRVINE WELSH (September 19), fantasist NEAL GAIMAN (October 5), Bay Area favorite LEWIS BUZBEE (October 9), magical realist JONATHAN CARROLL (October 20), graphic novelist ALISON BECHDEL (November 10), and many others.

Monday, June 30th, 2008
3:48 pm
July author events
Welcome to The Booksmith calendar of author events. Our readings/booksignings are a great opportunity to meet an author, hear them read from their work, or purchase an autographed copy of their latest book. As always, our events are free and open to the public. The Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole) in San Francisco's historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Check our information page for directions and a map to the store.

If you are unable to attend an event and are interested in purchasing a signed book (available at no extra charge), please please give us a call at 415-863-8688 or contact us via email at read at booksmith dot com. We're happy to hold your book or ship it to you.

MONICA FERRELL
talk & booksigning for The Answer Is Always Yes
Tuesday, July 8 at 7:30 pm

  Monica Ferrell’s exuberant new novel - described as a pyrotechnic debut whose prose recalls Tom Robbins - is The Answer Is Always Yes (hardback, $24.00). By turns a fierce, funny coming-of-age story and a teasing work of literary suspense ­ this just published work traces the precipitous rise and fall of a teenage impresario at the zenith of the recent New York club scene. Will social outcast Magic Matt ­ the Jay Gatsby of his set ­ achieve his ambition to be accepted?

Monica Ferrell’s poems have appeared in the New York Review of Books, Paris Review, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn and is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.


KATIE HAFNER
reading & booksigning for A Romance on Three Legs
Wednesday, July 9 at 7:30 pm

  Glenn Gould was one of the most brilliant artists of the twentieth century ­ as well as a musician famous for his many eccentric habits. A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano (hardback, $24.99) tells the story of the Gould’s greatest obsession of all, a Steinway concert grand known as CD 318. Katie Hafner’s fascinating and detailed new book is a must-read for classical music buffs, armchair musicologists, Gould fanatics, and even those rare few who never heard a note Gould played.

Katie Hafner is a correspondent for the New York Times and the author or coauthor of four books, including Where Wizards Stay Up Late, Cyberpunk, The Well, and The House at the Bridge. She lives in the Bay Area.


MICHELLE RICHMOND
talk & booksigning for No One You Know
Tuesday, July 15 at 7:30 pm

  Michelle Richmond dazzled readers and critics alike with her luminous novel The Year of Fog. Now, Richmond returns with an intensely emotional, multi-layered family drama - a woman’s search for her sister’s killer that spirals into a journey of secrets, revelations, and damaged lives. No One You Know (hardback, $23.00) is a novel about the stories and lies that strangers, lovers and families tell - and the secrets we keep even from ourselves.

Michelle Richmond is the author of The Year of Fog, Dream of the Blue Room, and The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. Her stories and essays have appeared in Glimmer Train, Playboy, The Oxford American, and elsewhere. She has been a James Michener Fellow, and her fiction has received the Associated Writing Programs Award and the Mississippi Review Prize. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Richmond lives in San Francisco.


JENNIFER TRAIG
reading & booksigning for Well Enough Alone
Wednesday, July 16 at 7:30 pm

  From Bay Area writer Jennifer Traig, the critically acclaimed author of Devil in the Details, comes a hilarious new book, Well Enough Alone (hardback, $23.95). Both a first-person account of life as a hypochondriac as well as a literary tour of hypochondria past and present, Well Enough Alone is a singular book on being worried sick ­ oops, we mean worried well, in all of its anxious, gruesome, hysterical and ultimately life-changing detail.

Jennifer Traig is the author of Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood as well as numerous craft and children's books. She is also a contributor to The Forward and McSweeney’s. Traig holds a Ph.D. in literature.


DAPHNE GOTTLIEB
reading & booksigning for Kissing Dead Girls
Thursday, July 17 at 7:30 pm

  Fusing pornography and postfeminist theory, transcript and tell-all - the playful, penetrating poems and stories found in Daphne Gottlieb’s Kissing Dead Girls (softcover, $15.95) reach off the page in search of what it is to be known, both to the masses and to the "other." Similarly, the author’s just published Fucking Daphne: Mostly True Stories and Fictions (softcover, $14.95), an edited collection with work about the author, blurs the lines between reality and fiction and begs the question "who is the real Daphne?"

Daphne Gottlieb is a San Francisco-based performance poet and author. She is the editor of "Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader," as well as the author of the poetry book "Final Girl" (winner of the Audre Lorde Award in Poetry in 2003), "Why Things Burn" (winner of a 2001 Firecracker Alternative Book Award), and "Pelt," and the graphic novel "Jokes and the Unconscious" with artist Diane DiMassa. Her work has been translated into Turkish and Greek, and has inspired theatrical adaptations and DJ-remixes.


MICHELLE GAGNON & SIMON WOOD
talk & booksigning for Boneyard & We All Fall Down
Friday, July 18 at 7:30 pm

  The Booksmith welcomes two local crime fiction writers. Michelle Gagnon is the author of Boneyard (paperback, $6.99), the riveting story of the hunt for a serial killer and their copycat nemesis. Simon Wood is the author of We All Fall Down (paperback, $7.99), a clever page-turner set among high-tech workers in the Bay Area. Ladies and gentlemen, hold onto your seats.

Michelle Gagnon is a former modern dancer, dog walker, bartender, freelance journalist, personal trainer, model, and Russian supper club performer. To the delight of her parents, she eventually gave up all these jobs for an infinitely more stable and lucrative position as a crime fiction writer. Simon Wood was born in England and was an engineer by training. He now lives in San Francisco and writes full time. Wood is the author of four previous novels.


DEBORAH GRABIEN
reading & booksigning for Rock & Roll Never Forgets
Tuesday, July 22 at 7:30 pm

  JP Kinkaid, aging guitarist for a long-lived rock band, has got more than a few things to deal with ­ including the fact that a ruthless tabloid biographer is planning a tell-all history of his group. Murder, malfeasance and music ensue in Rock & Roll Never Forgets (hardback, $24.95), the ultimate rock music mystery. Deborah Grabien ­ San Francisco crime fiction author and rock music insider - offers readers an all-access, back-stage pass into the lives and loves of musicians in this, her latest book.

Deborah Grabien is a cook, guitar player, cat rescuer, traveler, and all-around rocker chick. She also writes a little. Grabien is the author of the Haunted Ballad mystery series and five stand-alone novels. Additionally, many of her short stories and essays have appeared in anthologies and magazines. Grabien lives in San Francisco, heads back to London and Paris whenever she can, and honestly believes you’re never too old to rock and roll.


JACK HIRSCHMAN
reading & booksigning for All That's Left
Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 pm

  The most recent volume in the San Francisco Poet Laureate Series, All That's Left (softcover, $10.95), is a powerful collection of poems by street poet turned city laureate Jack Hirschman. The volume opens with the poet’s autobiographical inaugural address, which traces his career as a poet, editor, translator, and agitator for political and social causes. Along with more personal poems, All That's Left includes a homage to fallen comrades like Bob Kaufman and Jack Kerouac.

Jack Hirschman is a poet and social activist who has written more than 50 volumes of poetry. Dismissed from teaching at UCLA for anti-war activities in 1966, he moved to San Francisco in 1973, and at present is the city's poet laureate. Hirschman translates nine languages and edited the seminal Artuad Anthology.


ALAN BLACK
reading & booksigning for Kick the Balls
Thursday, July 24 at 7:30 pm

  When Alan Black was a child growing up in Glasgow, Scotland, soccer - or what he called fitba’ - was the be all and end all. His experience was not the little league, boys-of-summer stuff. For Black, it was life and death. Now middle-aged and living in California, the ex-pat manager of the Edinburgh Castle finds himself coaching a team of eight-year-olds in his beloved sport -and nothing is going right. Kick the Balls: An Offensive Suburban Odyssey (hardback, $23.95) tells the story.

Alan Black is the literary manager of San Francisco’s famous bookish venue, the Edinburgh Castle Pub. His work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon.com, and The Christian Science Monitor. Black is cofounder of the Scottish Cultural and Arts Foundation and coeditor of Public House, an anthology. This is his first book.


JESS WINFIELD
reading & booksigning for My Name Is Will
Tuesday, July 29 at 7:30 pm

  Original, witty, and often laugh out loud hilarious ­ Jess Winfield’s My Name Is Will (hardback, $23.99) is the tale of two Shakespeares. Separated in time and place, the lives of William and Willie begin to intersect in curious ways, from harrowing encounters with the law (and a few ex-girlfriends) to dubious experiments with mind-altering substances. Their misadventures might be dismissed as youthful folly. But wise or foolish, the choices they make will shape the Shakespeare each is destined to become.

As a founding member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, Jess Winfield co-created the full-length show "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)," which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987 and became an international sensation, leading to multiple world tours and engagements. After leaving the Reduced Shakespeare Company, Winfield spent ten years writing and producing award-winning cartoons for the Walt Disney Company. He left Disney to write this, his first novel.


Friday, June 6th, 2008
4:32 pm
June author events at Booksmith
Welcome to The Booksmith calendar of author events. Our readings/booksignings are a great opportunity to meet an author, hear them read from their work, or purchase an autographed copy of their latest book. As always, our events are free and open to the public. The Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole) in San Francisco's historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Check our information page for directions and a map to the store.

If you are unable to attend an event and are interested in purchasing a signed book (available at no extra charge), please please give us a call at 415-863-8688 or contact us via email at read at booksmith dot com. We're happy to hold your book or ship it to you.

MIKE FARRELL
talk & booksigning for Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist
Tuesday, June 10 at 7 pm

  After gaining renown for his role in the much-loved television series M*A*S*H, actor Mike Farrell embarked upon a more arduous path as a human rights advocate. Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist (softcover, $16.95) is his story. As amply demonstrated in this memoir, Farrell’s celebrity has put him in the unique position to witness and participate in the efforts of peace-workers both at home and throughout the world.

Best known as an actor and for his eight years on M*A*S*H and five seasons on Providence, Mike Farrell is also a writer, director and producer. Farrell has served on human rights and peace delegations to many countries around the world. As President of Death Penalty Focus, he speaks, writes, and coordinates efforts to stop executions.


ANDREW SEAN GREER
reading & booksigning for The Story of a Marriage
Thursday, June 12 at 7 pm

  As he demonstrated in The Confessions of Max Tivoli, Andrew Sean Greer can spin a touching narrative based on an intriguing premise. His new book - set in San Francisco in the early 1950’s - is The Story of a Marriage (hardcover, $22.00). "This is a haunting book of breathtaking beauty and restraint. Greer’s tone-perfect prose conjures an unforgettable woman who exists both within and somehow above the stifling class, racial and sexual constraints of 1950s America." - Dave Eggers

Andrew Sean Greer is the acclaimed, best-selling author of The Confessions of Max Tivoli, the story collection How It Was for Me, and the novel The Path of Minor Planets. He lives in San Francisco, California – not far from The Booksmith.


ELLEN SUSSMAN & Co. **
talk & booksigning for Dirty Words
Thursday, June 12 at 7 pm

  Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex (hardcover, $19.95) is a witty reference, a playful take on bedroom talk, and a smart and often funny compendium of entries written by notable contemporary writers. From sexual relationships (monogamy, one-night stand, ménage à trois) to sexual positions (doggie style, 69), from age-old practices (prostitution) to contemporary twists (cybersex), this alphabetical encyclopedia includes everything you need to know about the language of love and lust.

** Join us for an adults only evening with editor Ellen Sussman and local contributors Michelle Richmond, Meredith Maran, Helena Echlin, Stephen Elliott, and Katharine Noel. This Booksmith sponsored event will take place at the Edinburgh Castle (950 Geary Street).


RUSSELL TARG
reading & booksigning for Do You See What I See?
Friday, June 13 at 7 pm

  Do You See What I See?: Memoirs of a Blind Biker (hardcover, $23.95) is the story of a visually impaired physicist, Russell Targ, who sees beyond perception to help readers find meaning. Targ has been visually handicapped since childhood and yet has performed groundbreaking research in lasers and optics. He is grounded in the world of science and yet helped created the Cold War program that became the real X-Files - the CIA and NASA-sponsored work in "remote viewing" that has only recently been declassified. This remarkable memoir reads like a cultural history of the last half of the twentieth century as Targ befriends the likes of Ayn Rand, Alan Greenspan, Alan Alda, and brother-in-law chess champion Bobby Fisher!

Russell Targ is an American physicist and author, an ESP researcher, and pioneer in the earliest development of the laser. Currently retired, Targ enjoys motorcycling in the desert (even though legally blind) and studying Dzogchen Buddhism. He lives in Palo Alto, California.


DONNA GEORGE STOREY & LIZA DALBY
reading & booksigning
Tuesday, June 17 at 7 pm

  Join us for an evening of Japanese-inspired sensual literature with local authors Donna George Storey and Liza Dalby. Inspired by Ihara Saikaku’s 17th-century satiric novel of the pleasure quarters, Storey’s Amorous Woman (softcover, $7.95) is the tale of an American woman’s love affair with Japan that gives readers a rather intimate view of the country that few Westerners ever see. Dalby, author of Geisha and other books on Japanese culture, is the author most recently of East Wind Melts the Ice: A Memoir through the Seasons (hardcover, $24.95).

Donna George Storey holds a Ph.D in Japanese literature from Stanford. She is the translator of Child of Darkness: Yoko and Other Stories, by Furui Yoshikichi. Her erotic fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies including Best American Erotica and Best Women's Erotica. Liza Dalby is a writer and anthropologist specializing in Japanese culture. She is the acclaimed author of Geisha and other books, and was a consultant for Rob Marshall's film Memoirs of a Geisha.


ED PARK
talk & booksigning for Personal Days
Wednesday, June 18 at 7 pm

  In an unnamed company, the employees are getting restless as everything around them unravels. There’s Pru, the former grad student turned spreadsheet drone; Laars, the hysteric whose work anxiety stalks him in teeth-grinding dreams; and Jack II, who distributes unwanted backrubs – aka "jackrubs" – to his co-workers. Then, the firings begin. Rich with Orwellian doublespeak, filled with sabotage and romance, Ed Park’s literary debut, Personal Days (softcover, $13.00), is a comic delight and a narrative tour de force, not to mention the Great American Novel (office edition 2008).

Ed Park is a founding editor of The Believer and a former editor of the Voice Literary Supplement. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review and many other publications. He lives in Manhattan, where he publishes The New-York Ghost.


PETER HEEHS
reading & booksigning for The Lives of Sri Aurobindo
Thursday, June 19 at 7 pm

  Since his death in 1950, Sri Aurobindo has been known primarily as a yogi and a philosopher of spiritual evolution. His years spent in yogic retirement were preceded by nearly four decades of rich public and intellectual work. Peter Heehs, one of the founders of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives, is the first to relate all the aspects of the yogi’s life. The result is The Lives of Sri Aurobindo (hardcover, $45.00), the most comprehensive, thorough, and balanced study to date of Sri Aurobindo Ghose's remarkable life and thought.

This special event will be introduced by Esalen co-founder Michael Murphy. Peter Heehs was born and educated in the United States but has lived in India since 1971. One of the founders of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives, he is currently a member of the editorial board of the Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo, and has published many books and articles.


SASA STANISIC
reading & booksigning for How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone
Friday, June 20 at 7 pm

  Sasa Stanisic's sensational debut novel, How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone (hardcover, $24.00), is the moving story of a young child caught up in the Bosnian conflict who finds the secret to survival in language and stories. This European bestseller thrums with the joy of storytelling. "A great rattlebag of a book that's funny and heartfelt and brazen and true. Find some space on your shelf beside Aleksandar Hemon, Jonathan Safran Foer, William Vollmann, and David Foster Wallace." - Colum McCann

Sasa Stanisic was born in Visegard in Bosnia, but escaped to Germany at the age of 14 after the Serbian army invaded the city. He is the offspring of a mixed family - his mother is Muslim and his father is Serbian. His short stories have been published in anthologies and literary magazines and he won the German Ingeborg Bachmann competition for new authors.


KIARA BRINKMAN
reading & booksigning for Up High in the Trees
Monday, June 23 at 7 pm

  Told in brief, poetic vignettes of luminious prose, Up High in the Trees (softcover, $14.00) is a moving evocation of the inner life of a most unusual boy, Sebby Lane. This remarkable debut novel (just out in softcover) also introduces an original and quietly powerful new writer, Kiara Brinkman. " . . . captures, pitch-perfectly, the voice of one eight-year old boy. That the story is also compelling, beautifully written, humorous, and heartbreaking makes it necessary reading." - Cristina Garcia.

Kiara Brinkman grew up in the Midwest and in California. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Pindeldyboyz, and other publications. She has been working with children and books her whole life.


JENNIFER SEY
reading & booksigning for Chalked Up
Tuesday, June 24 at 7 pm

  Jennifer Sey began competing in gymnastics at the age of six, and went on to become 1986 National Gymnastics Champion and seven-time national team member. Now, she has authored a cautionary tale, Chalked Up: Inside Elite Gymnastics' Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders, and Elusive Olympic Dreams (hardcover, $24.95). This is the remarkably candid true story of a gymnastics champion whose lifelong dream was to compete in the Olympics, until anorexia, injuries, and coaching abuses nearly destroyed her.

Jennifer Sey is a graduate of Stanford University, Sey was named one of the "Top 40 Marketers under 40" by Advertising Age in 2006 for her work at Levi Strauss & Co. She has also written and produced two short films. She lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco.


SAN FRANCISCO TAPE MUSIC CENTER **
reading & booksigning for The San Francisco Tape Music Center
Wednesday, June 25 at 7 pm

  The San Francisco Tape Music Center: 1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde (softcover, $27.50 / hardcover, $65.00) tells the story of an influential group of creative artists who connected music to technology during a legendary time in California's cultural history. As an integral part of the San Francisco "scene," the San Francisco Tape Music Center developed new art forms through collaborations between composers and the San Francisco Actor's Workshop, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Ann Halprin Dancers' Workshop, Canyon Cinema, and others. Told through vivid personal accounts, interviews, and retrospective essays by leading scholars and artists, this work - capturing the heady experimental milieu of the sixties - is the first comprehensive history of the San Francisco Tape Music Center.

** Don't miss this historic event, which will take place at the Park Branch Library (1863 Page Street). Planned are a panel discussion, demonstration of the Tape Music Center's original Buchla Box, and a brief nostaligic performance of the "Riley Delay." Participants include Morton Subotnick, Terry Riley, Ramon Sender, Bill Maginnis, David Bernstein, and Maggi Payne. Stu Dempster will dijerdu the room. A booksigning will follow.


TODD KOMARNICKI
reading & booksigning for War: A Novel
Thursday, June 26 at 7 pm

  A soldier is alone. He doesn't know where he is or how he got here. All he does know is that he is at war. But who is the enemy? Surrounded by a ruined city, without a compass to guide him or a clear mission to fulfill, the soldier must rely on what he has left to survive. Using only memory, his warrior's skills, and his own, suddenly fierce humanity, he will construct a map to lead him toward what he desperately hopes will be his escape. War (hardcover, $24.95), the new novel by Todd Komnarnicki, is the story of one man's journey deep into the heart of violence.

Todd Komarnicki is a screenwriter, producer, director, and novelist, and the author of the Famine. Active in Hollywood, Komarnicki was the producer of Elf, the 2003 Will Ferrell comedy. This event marks his second appearance at The Booksmith.


  Please join us for one or more of these upcoming events. Booksmith author events are free and located at our San Francisco store (1644 Haight Street in San Francisco, between Clayton & Cole), unless otherwise noted. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, approximately 45 minutes in advance. For further information, call 415-863-8688 or visit www.booksmith.com

We have a great line-up of author events scheduled for the next few months. Coming to the Booksmith are journalist KATIE HAFNER (July 9), NY Times bestselling author MICHELLE RICHMOND (July 15), San Francisco poet laurette JACK HIRSCHMAN (July 23), San Francisco favorite BROKE ASS STUART (August 1), and many others.

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
4:29 pm
Booksmith named "Best Author Events"
The Booksmith just won the "Best Author Appearances" category from the SF Weekly in their annual "Best of the Bay" issue. Here is the link

http://www.sfweekly.com/bestof/2008/award/best-author-appearances-1033164/

MAY 2008 / SF WEEKLY  Best Author Appearances: The Booksmith

"When bookstores vanish, so do their author appearances, a point that was sadly hammered home in 2006 when A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books crapped out. City-bound authors, however, weren't out of luck, given that the Booksmith was ready and willing to add to its already stellar speaker series. The events at the independent store, which changed owners last year, are still under the firm hand of coordinator Thomas Gladysz, who has organized more than 900 events over the past decade, drawing local authors, touring hotshots, and award winners -- along with Daniel Handler in each of his various guises. Last year saw a bunch of big names, among them William Gibson, Greil Marcus, Jonathan Lethem, William T. Vollmann, China Miéville, and Chuck Palahniuk, along with legions of newcomers such as first-time novelist
Keith Gessen, who parachuted into the shop at the end of April, two days after launching another weary hit on McSweeney's and Dave Eggers via The New York Times. Kudos, Booksmith, for welcoming even tools!"
Friday, April 25th, 2008
3:19 pm
May author events
MAY AUTHOR EVENTS

Welcome to The Booksmith calendar of author events. Our readings / booksignings are a great opportunity to meet an author, hear them read from their work, or purchase an autographed copy of their latest book. As always, our events are free and open to the public. The Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole) in San Francisco's historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Check our information page for directions and a map to the store. If you are unable to attend an event and are interested in purchasing a signed book (available at no extra charge), please please give us a call at 415-863-8688 or contact us via email at read@booksmith.com. We're happy to hold a book or ship it to you.

MARK ENGLER
talk & booksigning for How to Rule the World
Monday, May 5 at 7 pm

  "As the world readies to heave a collective sigh of relief upon George W. Bush's exit from the White House, How to Rule the World (softcover, $16.95) is a caution against complacency. Mark Engler offers a timely reminder that before Bush's boots and bombs there was Clinton's corporate 'consensus' - more soothing perhaps but no more sustainable than the neocons' disastrous militarism. He then makes a case that there lies a third choice: democracy. Impressively researched and sharply argued, How to Rule the World is an essential handbook not for the few who do rule the world but for the many who should." - Greg Grandin, author of Empire's Workshop

Mark Engler is an analyst with Foreign Policy In Focus. He is also a New York City-based journalist. His articles have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, Dissent, In These Times, Salon.com, and MotherJones.com.


CATHLEEN SCHINE
reading & booksigning for The New Yorkers
Tuesday, May 6 at 7 pm

  Inspired by Cathleen Schine's adoption of a profoundly troubled dog named Buster, The New Yorkers (softcover, $14.00) is a novel of love, longing, and overcoming the shyness that leashes us. On a quiet block near Central Park, compelled to meet by their canine companions, five lonely city dwellers find one another. Over the course of four seasons, they emerge from their apartments in snow, rain, or glorious sunshine to make friends and sometimes even fall in love. A love letter to a city full of surprises, The New Yorkers is an enchanting comedy of manners (with dogs!) from one of our most beloved writers.

Cathleen Schine is the author of The Love Letter and Rameau's Niece, among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review.


FELICIA SULLIVAN
talk & booksigning for The Sky Isn't Visible from Here
Wednesday, May 7 at 7 pm

  Felicia Sullivan's volatile, beautiful, drug-addicted mother disappeared the night she graduated from college. In The Sky Isn't Visible from Here (hardback, $23.95), Sullivan, who grew up on the streets of Brooklyn, now looks back on her childhood lived among drug dealers, users, and substitute fathers. She became her mother's keeper, taking her to the hospital when she overdosed, withstanding her narcissistic rages, succumbing to the abuse of so-called stepfathers, and always wondering why her mother would never reveal the truth about the father she'd never met. This is a memoir brave and beautiful.

Felicia C. Sullivan is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a Best American Essays notable. Her work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Mississippi Review, and Pindeldyboz - and in such anthologies as Homewrecker: An Atlas of Illicit Loves and Money Changes Everything. Sullivan was the recipient of the 2005 Tin House memoir fellowship, and in 2001, she founded the critically acclaimed literary journal Small Spiral Notebook. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


DALE PENDELL
reading & booksigning for Walking with Nobby
Tuesday, May 13 at 7 pm

  Norman O. Brown (1913-2002) was an American intellectual, academic, and author of wide-ranging interests and influence. In Walking with Nobby: Conversations with Norman O. Brown, the teacher's one time student - the acclaimed ethnobotanist Dale Pendell - records a series of conversations on such topics as paganism and world religions, psychoanalysis, modern and ancient cultures, Dionysus, Marx, and Freud.

Dale Pendell is a poet, software engineer, longtime student of ethnobotany and the author of the acclaimed Pharmako trilogy - a literary, shamanic, and pharmacological study of psychoactive plants. He has led workshops on ethnobotany and ethnopoetics for the Naropa Institute and the Botanical Preservation Corps.


FARHAD MANJOO
reading & booksigning for True Enough
Wednesday, May 14 at 7 pm

  In 2005, Stephen Colbert catapulted the word "truthiness" - the notion of an idea feeling true without any backup evidence - into the public consciousness. Salon.com writer Farhad Manjoo expands upon this concept in True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society (hardback, $25.95), a perceptive analysis of the status of truth in the digital age - as well as an exploration of how biases push both liberals and conservatives to interpret news in a way that accords with their personal versions of "reality."

Farhad Manjoo manages Machinist, a daily technology news blog at Salon.com, where he also writes frequently on journalism, politics, and new media.


CHUCK PALAHNIUK **
talk & booksigning for Snuff
Wednesday, May 28 at 7 pm

  Chuck Palahniuk's new novel, Snuff (hardback, $24.95), is the story of a gargantuan gangbang. It tells the tale of an aging porn queen who intends to put an exclamation point on her career by having sex on film with 600 men in one day. The story begins with Mr. 600. The perspective then shifts to Mr. 72, before we encounter Mr. 137. Wild, funny, and thoroughly researched - Snuff goes where no literary novel has gone before. Who else but Chuck Palahniuk would dare do such a thing?

Chuck Palahniuk is the bestselling author of seven novels: Haunted, Lullaby, Fight Club - which was made into a popular film by director David Fincher - Diary, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke - which will be released later this year as a film starring Sam Rockwell and Angelica Houston.

** This Booksmith sponsored event will take place at the Sundance Kabuki Theater (1881 Post Street) in San Francisco. Tickets are on sale at The Booksmith.


TIM WINTON
reading & booksigning for Breath
Saturday, May 31 at 7 pm

  Tim Winton is Australia's best-loved novelist. His new work, Breath (hardback, $23.00), is an extraordinary evocation of an adolescence spent resisting complacency, testing one's limits against nature, finding like-minded souls, and discovering just how far one breath will take you. It's a story of extremes sport and extreme emotions. "Breath is a coming-of-age novel written with Tim Winton's customary tenderness and vivid sense of place and psychological truth." - Colm Toibin

Tim Winton was born in Perth, Western Australia, and is the preeminent Australian novelist of his generation. He has written twenty books, including the bestselling novels Cloudstreet, The Riders (shortlisted for the Booker Prize), and Dirt Music.


  Please join us for one or more of these upcoming events. Booksmith author events are free and located at our San Francisco store (1644 Haight Street in San Francisco, between Clayton & Cole), unless otherwise noted. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, approximately 45 minutes in advance. For further information, call 415-863-8688 or visit www.booksmith.com

We have a great line-up of author events scheduled for the next few months. Coming to the Booksmith are actor, activist and M*A*S*H* star MIKE FARRELL (June 10), "Confessions of Max Tivoli" author ANDREW SEAN GREER (June 12), German novelist SASA STANISIC (June 20), local author and Booksmith favorite KIARA BRINKMAN (June 23), screenwriter and producer TODD KOMARNICKI (June 26), NY Times bestselling author MICHELLE RICHMOND (July 15), San Francisco poet laurette JACK HIRSCHMAN (July 23), San Francisco favorite BROKE-ASS STUART (August 1), and many others.

Friday, March 28th, 2008
4:12 pm
April author events
APRIL AUTHOR EVENTS

Welcome to The Booksmith calendar of author events. Our readings / booksignings are a great opportunity to meet an author, hear them read from their work, or purchase an autographed copy of their latest book. As always, our events are free and open to the public. The Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole) in San Francisco's historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Check our information page for directions and a map to the store. If you are unable to attend an event and are interested in purchasing a signed book (available at no extra charge), please please give us a call at 415-863-8688 or contact us via email at read@booksmith.com. We're happy to hold a book or ship it to you.

VINCENT CARRELLA
talk & booksigning for Serpent Box
Thursday, April 3 at 7 pm

  Serpent Box (softcover, $14.95), a debut novel by northern California writer Vincent Carrella, brings to mind Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood. Set in post-WWII Appalachia, Serpent Box unfolds against a backdrop of snake handlers, tent revivalists, folk healers, sinners and skeptics. Powerful, compelling, and ambitiously historic, Serpent Box is a vividly rendered, uplifting coming-of-age novel.

Vincent Carrella is a writer and designer of interactive digital media who has created original adventure games and animated web serials as well as characters for DreamWorks, Warner Bros., SaturdayNightLive.com, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Darkhorse Comics. He lives in northern California.


LEWIS BUZBEE & DAVE TILTON
reading & booksigning for first to leave before the sun
Monday, April 7 at 7 pm

  Long-time friends Lewis Buzbee and Dave Tilton join together in first to leave before the sun (softcover, $14.50), a collection of two novellas set in California’s Central Valley. Buzbee contributes "First to Leave," a fictional account of his family's move from Oklahoma to Modesto in the first years of the Dust Bowl. Dave Tilton contributes "Before the Sun," a tale of growing up in Manteca in the 1960s. first to leave before the sun explores the betrayal of emigration and the emigration of betrayal through the lens of the promise of the Golden State.

Lewis Buzbee is the author of The Yellow Lighted Bookshop (a local bestseller), Fliegelman’s Desire, and After the Gold Rush. He lives in San Francisco. Dave Tilton is a writer as well as a solo recording artist, and along with Jason Peri, a member of folk-jazz duo Seventh Triangle.


MARY ROACH
talk & booksigning for Bonk
Tuesday, April 8 at 7 pm

  In Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (hardback, $24.95), the best-selling author of Stiff and Spook turns her curiosity and wit to the most alluring subject of all: sex. Mary Roach - "the funniest science writer in the country" – examines such varied subjects as the penis-camera, coital-imaging, transplants, implants, masturbation, the immaculate orgasm, and the eternal question “can a woman find happiness with a machine.”

Mary Roach is the author of the national bestsellers Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Salon, GQ, Vogue, and the New York Times magazine. She lives in Oakland.


SLOANE CROSLEY
reading & booksigning for I Was Told There'd Be Cake
Saturday, April 12 at 1 pm

  Wry, hilarious, and profoundly genuine, this debut collection of literary essays is a celebration of fallibility and haplessness in all their glory. From despoiling an exhibit at the Natural History Museum to provoking the ire of her first boss to siccing the cops on her mysterious neighbor, Sloane Crosley can do no right despite the best of intentions - or perhaps because of them. Together, the essays in I Was Told There'd Be Cake (softcover, $14.00) introduces a strikingly original voice, chronicling the struggles and unexpected beauty of modern urban life.

Sloane Crosley's essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, New York Observer, the Village Voice, Playboy, Teen Vogue, Salon, Maxim, and The Believer. She is the Associate Director of Publicity at Vintage/Anchor Books in New York.

** This Booksmith co-sponsored event will take place at Orson, 508 4th Street in San Francisco.


SUSAN GRIFFIN
reading & booksigning for Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy
Wednesday, April 16 at 7 pm

  In Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy: On Being an American Citizen (hardback, $24.95), Susan Griffin – poet, feminist, public intellectual – blends history, cultural criticism, and memoir to discover the essence of democracy – the essence of our democracy. From the Declaration of Independence to the war in Iraq, from Thomas Jefferson to Jelly Roll Morton, Griffin reflects upon the rise and fall of the American vision of freedom and equality

Susan Griffin has won dozens of awards for her work as a feminist writer, poet, essayist, playwright, and filmmaker. She is the author of more than twenty books including A Chorus of Stones, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the recipient of an Emmy, a MacArthur grant, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. A resident of Berkeley, she is a frequent contributor to Ms. magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and numerous other publications.


NATHANIEL RICH
reading & booksigning for The Mayor's Tongue
Friday, April 18 at 7 pm

  "I read The Mayor's Tongue with ever-increasing delight, rooting with all my heart for the young protagonist on his near-mythic quest. This is an elegantly-structured, brilliantly-told novel, by turns terrifying, touching, and wildly funny, and always generous and magical. The Mayor's Tongue (hardback, $24.95)is about how we talk to each other and how make-believe helps us get on with our lives; most of all, it's about love. Kudos to Nathaniel Rich, who has created a brave book, a novel brimming with brio." - Stephen King

Nathaniel Rich has published essays and criticism in The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Nation, The New Republic, and Slate. He is an editor at The Paris Review and author of San Francisco Noir.


PATRICK MCGRATH
reading & booksigning for Trauma
Monday, April 21 at 7 pm

  Admirers of Patrick McGrath’s work know what to expect from his fiction. The grotesque and the macabre dominate his work. Trauma (hardback, $24.95) – his new novel – is no exception. In an unreliable first person narrative, this disturbing new novel includes aspects of mental illness and sexual obsession, and in general, a distressing ambiance. All in all, it’s highly recommended and jolly good fun.

Patrick McGrath was born in London and grew up near Broadmoor Hospital, where for many years his father was medical superintendent. McGrath’s work is described by some as gothic. He is the author of six novels including Spider, which was adapted for the screen in 2002; Dr Haggard's Disease; and Asylum, which was shortlisted for the 1996 Guardian Fiction Prize and is currently being made into a feature film. McGrath is the co-editor, with Bradford Morrow, of The New Gothic. He lives in New York City and London, and is married to British actress Maria Aitken.


MELANIE ABRAMS
reading & booksigning for Playing
Tuesday, April 22 at 7 pm

  Melanie Abrams’s debut novel is a provocative tale of love, betrayal, and how one young woman’s unconventional sexual reawakening uncovers the most guarded parts of her past. Rapturous, illuminating, and emotionally charged, Playing (softcover, $13.00) is also an unflinching look at the irrevocable consequences of giving in to our most secret passions, and the freedom that comes with self-knowledge.

Melanie Abrams received her MFA from UNC Greensboro and teaches writing at UC Berkley. She is married to the novelist Vikram Chandra.


SUSAN JACOBY
reading & booksigning for The Age of American Unreason
Thursday, April 24 at 7 pm

  Americans are dumb. We are a lazy and credulous public, prone to following ignorant political and religious leaders. In The Age of American Unreason (hardback, $26.00), Susan Jacoby dissects a culture at odds with both its heritage of Enlightenment reason and with contemporary secular knowledge and science. With wit, Jacoby surveys an anti-rationalist landscape extending from pop culture to a pseudo-intellectual universe of "junk thought." This provocative new book challenges Americans to face a painful truth about what our flight from reason has cost us as individuals and as a nation.

Susan Jacoby is the author of seven previous books, including Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, which was named a Notable Book of 2004 by the Washington Post and Times Literary Supplement. Jacoby is a frequent contributor to many publications including The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.


KEITH GESSEN
reading & booksigning for All the Sad Young Literary Men
Tuesday, April 29 at 7 pm

  All the Sad Young Literary Men (hardback, $24.95) is a charming, yet scathing portrait of young adulthood at the opening of the twenty-first century. Keith Gessen’s debut novel charts the lives of Sam, Mark, and Keith as they over-think their college years, under-think their love lives, and struggle through the encouragement of the women who love and despise them to find a semblance of maturity, responsibility, and even literary fame.

Keith Gessen was born in Russia and raised in Massachusetts. A contributor to The New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, and New York magazine, he is a founding editor of the literary magazine n+1. Gessen is the translator of the NBCC Award-winning Voices from Chernobyl, the forthcoming Penguin Classics edition of Ludmila Petruskevskaya’s Scary Fairy Tales, and is writing the introduction to the Penguin Classics edition of Mikail Bulgakov’s A Dead Man’s Memoir.


  Please join us for one or more of these upcoming events. Booksmith author events are free and located at our San Francisco store (1644 Haight Street in San Francisco, between Clayton & Cole), unless otherwise noted. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, approximately 45 minutes in advance. For further information, call 415-863-8688 or visit www.booksmith.com

We have a great line-up of author events scheduled for the next few months. Coming to the Booksmith are "Fight Club" author CHUCK PALANHIUK (May 28), acclaimed Australian novelist TIM WINTON (May 31), actor, activist and M*A*S*H* star MIKE FARRELL (June 10), "Confessions of Max Tivoli" author ANDREW SEAN GREER (June 12), local author and Booksmith favorite KIARA BRINKMAN (June 25), screenwriter and producer TODD KOMARNICKI (June 26), and many others.

Friday, February 29th, 2008
4:30 pm
March 2008 author events
MARCH AUTHOR EVENT

Welcome to The Booksmith calendar of author events. Our readings/booksignings are a great opportunity to meet an author, hear them read from their work, or purchase an autographed copy of their latest book. As always, our events are free and open to the public. The Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole) in San Francisco's historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Check our information page for directions and a map to the store.

If you are unable to attend an event and are interested in purchasing a signed book (available at no extra charge), please please give us a call at 415-863-8688 or contact us via email at read at booksmith dot com. We're happy to hold your book or ship it to you.

CARYL FLINN
talk & booksigning for Brass Diva: The Life and Legends of Ethel Merman
Thursday, March 6 at 7 pm

  Brass Diva: The Life and Legends of Ethel Merman (hardback, $34.95) tells the story of how a stenographer from Queens became the queen of the Broadway musical. Mining official and unofficial sources, including interviews with Merman's family as well as her personal scrapbooks, film historian Caryl Flinn unearths new details about Merman's life and finds that behind the high-octane personality was a remarkably pragmatic woman who never lost sight of her roots.

Caryl Flinn lives and works in Tucson, where she is a Professor at the University of Arizona. She is the author of The New German Cinema, Strains of Utopia, and Music and Cinema (co-edited).


CARA BLACK
reading & booksigning for Murder in the Rue De Paradis
Wednesday, March 12 at 7 pm

  Murder in the Rue De Paradis (hardback, $24.00) is the vivid new novel from San Francisco writer Cara Black. In this eighth Aimée Leduc story, the intrepid investigator is determined to avenge the murder of her one-time lover, an investigative journalist. Leduc's investigation embroils her in Turkish and Kurdish politics and leads to a sleeper jihadist. "She makes Paris come alive as no one else has since Georges Simenon." - Stuart Kaminsky

Cara Black lives in San Francisco with her bookseller husband. She is the author of an acclaimed series of novels set in Paris, including Murder in the Marais, Murder in the Bastille, Murder in Belleville, Murder in the Sentier, and Murder in Clichy. The most recent book in the series, Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis, was a #1 bestseller last year.


DAVID SMAY
talk & booksigning for Swordfishtrombones
Friday, March 14 at 7 pm

  Swordfishtrombones, the now legendary 1983 album by Tom Waits, was a watershed recording for the idiosyncratic artist. It not only revived his career, but signaled a significant change in the artist's personal life as well. David Smay's new book, Swordfishtrombones (softcover, $10.95), which is part of the 33 1/3 series, tells the story of the making of this remarkable album, once named the second best of all-time.

David Smay is a San Francisco music writer and longtime Booksmith customer whose earlier books include Bubblegum Music Is the Naked Truth: The Dark History of Prepubescent Pop, from the Banana Splits to Britney Spears and Lost in the Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed.


AL YOUNG
reading & booksigning for Something About the Blues
Tuesday, March 18 at 7 pm

  Like Harlem renaissance poet Langston Hughes, who first popularized the blues as a poetic form, California Poet Laureate Al Young has written about the blues, played the blues and drawn inspiration from the blues. Something About the Blues (hardback, $22.95) uses the form as a theme throughout 100 new and previously-published poems. These works evoke the cold, hard city, love gone wrong and blues music itself.

California Poet Laureate Al Young is the author of more than 20 books including Heaven: Collected Poems 1956-1990; Mingus Mingus: Two Memoirs (with Janet Coleman); Drowning in the Sea of Love: Musical Memoirs; and the novels Snakes, Who Is Angelina?, and Sitting Pretty. A popular reader and performer, Young lectures worldwide on literature, music, creativity, and African American culture.


STEPHEN ELLIOTT & CO.
reading & booksigning for Sex For America: Politically Inspired Erotica
Tuesday, March 25 at 7 pm

  From Monica Lewinsky's stained dress to Larry Craig's bathroom tendencies, its fair to say sex and politics are inextricably commingled. In the just released anthology, Sex For America: Politically Inspired Erotica (softcover, $13.95), Stephen Elliott brings together writers who explore the intersection of sexual desire and political belief. Along with editor Elliott, joining us for this special event will be contributors Nick Flynn, Daphne Gottlieb, and Michelle Richmond.

Stephen Elliott, in addition to being a former stripper, is the author of six books including Happy Baby, a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lion Award. Originally from Chicago, Elliott was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford, where he now teaches, and is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. He is also the founder of the Progressive Reading Series, which helps authors raise money for and participate on behalf of progressive candidates across the country.


ANNE LAMOTT **
reading & booksigning for Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
Wednesday, March 26 at 7 pm

  Through Anne Lamott's many books (including six novels, a best selling parenting memoir, and a popular guide to writing), the subject the author keeps returning to is faith, her deeply personal - "erratic" at times, she says - journey in Christianity. Her latest book, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith (softcover, $14.00), which is just out in paperback, is her third collection of funny, smart, and prayerful essays-to-live-by.

Anne Lamott is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the bestselling author of Bird by Bird, Operating Instructions, Traveling Mercies, and other books. She is a former columnist for Salon and lives in Northern California.

** This Booksmith sponsored event will take place at the All Saints Church (1350 Waller St) in San Francisco. Copies of Anne Lamott's books will be available for purchase at the Booksmith table.


EDWARD DOCX
reading & booksigning for Pravda
Friday, March 28 at 7 pm

  Edward Docx, the acclaimed British author of The Calligrapher, has now written Pravda (softcover, $13.95), a saga of secrets and lies in a single family across the generations. Set in London, New York, Paris, and Saint Petersburg - and inspired by the author's own family history, Pravda is a haunting chronicle of suspicion and loss, love and loyalty, and the destructive legacy of deceit.

Born in England, Edward Docx has been literary editor, columnist, and associate editor of the London Express. He is the author of an earlier novel, The Calligrapher, which was named a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. (It was also long-listed for the Mann Booker Prize.) Docx is now a freelance journalist - his work appears in the London Times, Spectator, and other periodicals.


Monday, January 28th, 2008
11:00 am
February author events @ Booksmith
Welcome to The Booksmith calendar of author events. Our readings/booksignings are a great opportunity to meet an author, hear them read from their work, or purchase an autographed copy of their latest book. As always, our events are free and open to the public. The Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole) in San Francisco's historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Check our information page for directions and a map to the store.

If you are unable to attend an event and are interested in purchasing a signed book (available at no extra charge), please please give us a call at 415-863-8688 or contact us via email at read at booksmith dot com. We're happy to hold your book or ship it to you.

WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN
reading & booksigning for Riding Toward Everywhere
Thursday, February 7 at 7 pm

  William T. Vollmann has investigated humanity's obsession with violence (Rising Up and Rising Down), taken a personal look into the hearts and minds of the poor (Poor People), and now turns his attentions to America, to our romanticizing of "freedom" and the ways in which we restrict the very liberties we profess to admire. Riding Toward Everywhere (hardback, $26.95) is the new book from the National Book Award winning author of Europe Central.

William T. Vollmann is the author of seven novels; three collections of stories; a seven-volume critique of violence, Rising Up and Rising Down (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award); and Poor People, an examination of poverty. His most recent novel, Europe Central, won the National Book Award in 2005. He has also won the PEN Center USA West Award for Fiction, a Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize, and a Whiting Writers' Award. No other writer has appeared more often at The Booksmith as has this acclaimed California author.


DINAW MENGESTU
talk & booksigning for The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
Wednesday, February 13 at 7 pm

  The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (softcover, $14.00), by Dinaw Mengestu, is a deeply affecting novel about what it means to lose a family and a country - and what it takes to create a new home. "This first novel, by an Ethiopian-American, sings of the immigrant experience, an old American story that people renew every generation, but it sings in an existential key...His straightforward language and his low-key voice combine to make a compelling narrative." - Alan Cheuse

Dinaw Mengestu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1978. In 1980, he immigrated to the United States with his mother and sister, joining his father, who had fled Ethiopia during the Red Terror. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Columbia University's MFA program in fiction and the recipient of a 2006 fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts.


BETH LISICK
reading & booksigning for Helping Me Help Myself
Tuesday, February 19 at 7 pm

  From Bay Area favorite Beth Lisick, author of Everybody into the Pool, comes Helping Me Help Myself (hardback, $24.95) - the engaging and often-humorous story of one skeptic (the author), ten self-help gurus (John Gray, Richard Simmons, Stephen R. Covey, Jack Canfield, etc….), and a year spent trying to improve one's self. The author doesn't think of herself as a victim of the self-help movement. But is she?

Beth Lisick, author of the New York Times bestselling book Everybody into the Pool, is also a performer and odd-jobs enthusiast. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies including Best American Poetry, the Christian Science Monitor, and Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Movement. She has contributed to public radio's This American Life and is the cofounder of the monthly Porchlight storytelling series in San Francisco.


CHARLES BOCK
reading & booksigning for Beautiful Children
Wednesday, February 20 at 7 pm

  In his debut novel, Charles Bock mixes incandescent prose with devious humor in capturing life in contemporary Las Vegas. And in doing so, the author provides a glimpse into a microcosm of modern America. Beautiful Children (hardback, $25.00) is an odyssey of heartache and redemption - heralding the arrival of a major new writer. "Beautiful Children careens from the seedy to the beautiful, the domestic to the epic, all with huge and exacting heart." - Jonathan Safran Foer

Charles Bock was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has an MFA from Bennington College and has received fellowships from Yaddo, UCross, and the Vermont Studio Center. He lives in New York City. Visit the author's website at www.beautifulchildren.net..


CHARLES BAXTER
reading & booksigning for The Soul Thief
Thursday, February 21 at 7 pm

  Charles Baxter - the acclaimed author of The Feast of Love - now gives us one of his most beautifully wrought and unexpected novels. The Soul Thief (hardback, $20.00) is a work of fiction at once lyrical and eerie, acutely observant in its sensual and emotional detail, and audaciously metaphysical in its underpinnings. The Soul Thief is a brilliant novel - one that is certain to expand both his already-stellar reputation and ever-growing readership.

Charles Baxter is the author of eight previous works of fiction, including Saul and Patsy, The Feast of LoveThrough the Safety Net, and Believers. He has also authored books of poetry and the art of writing. (nominated for the National Book Award and recently released as a film),


PHILIP FRADKIN
reading & booksigning for Wallace Stegner and the American West
Tuesday, February 26 at 7 pm

  As a writer and novelist, as the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Angle of Repose and National Book Award winning The Spectator Bird, as a teacher and founder of the Stanford Creative Writing Program, and as an advocate of the Western landscape, Wallace Stegner has few equals. Philip Fradkin's new biography, Wallace Stegner and the American West (hardback, $27.50), is the definitive account of one of the most acclaimed and admired writers, teachers, and conservationists of our time.

Philip L. Fradkin shared the Pulitzer Prize as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and was western editor of Audubon magazine. He is the author of ten previous books, including The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906: How San Francisco Nearly Destroyed Itself and Stagecoach: Wells Fargo and the American West. He lives on the coast north of San Francisco.


Monday, January 7th, 2008
3:07 pm
January author events at The Booksmith
January author events at The Booksmith

Welcome to The Booksmith calendar of author events. Our readings/booksignings are a great opportunity to meet an author, hear them read from their work, or purchase an autographed copy of their latest book. As always, our events are free and open to the public. The Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole) in San Francisco's historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Check our information page for directions and a map to the store. If you are unable to attend an event and are interested in purchasing a signed book (available at no extra charge), please please give us a call at 415-863-8688 or contact us via email at read@booksmith.com. We're happy to hold a book or ship it to you.

TODD MCCAFFREY
reading & booksigning for Dragon Harper
Tuesday, January 8 at 7 pm

  Bestselling author Anne McCaffrey has dazzled audiences with her tales of the Dragonriders of Pern, one of the most popular science fiction series of all time. Recently, her son Todd McCaffrey has delved into the Pern universe with his own Pern novel and through two collaborations with his mother. Now, in Dragon Harper (hardback, $25.95), Anne and Todd spin a tale of a mysterious illness that may succeed in doing what centuries of Threadfall could not: kill every last human on Pern.

Todd McCaffrey is the bestselling author of the Dragonsblood, as well as Dragon's Kin and Dragon's Fire, which he co-wrote with his mother, the legendary fantasy author Anne McCaffrey. A computer engineer, Todd currently lives in Los Angeles. Having grown up in Ireland with the epic of the Dragonriders of Pern, he is bursting with ideas for new stories of that world and its people.


LLOYD DANGLE
talk & booksigning for Troubletown Told You So
Friday, January 11 at 7 pm

  Troubletown Told You So: Comics that Could've Saved Us from this Mess (softcover, $11.95) is the new collection of comics from Lloyd Dangle, the nationally syndicated cartoonist whose work appears in the San Francisco Bay Guardian and other alternative newsweeklies and lefty political magazines. What’s it all about? In his introduction, columnist Dan Savage says, "Thank God there’s at least one person out there who can clearly see the lies and the malice - and he’s still got a sense of humor! This is no small comfort in Bush’s America."

Oakland, California cartoonist Lloyd Dangle grew up in Michigan, where he drew cartoons for Michael Moore’s muckraking newspaper, The Michigan Voice. He has also worked for the Village Voice, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Mother Jones, The Nation, Utne Reader, and Wired. Lloyd was also the first cartoonist assigned to cover the Republican National Convention in New York City.


FRAY
reading & booksigning for Busted: True Stories of Getting Caught in the Act
Friday, January 18 at 7 pm

  Bank robbing! Fish smuggling! Counterfeiting! Skinny-dipping! Join us for a reading from, and signing of, the premier issue of Fray Quarterly: Busted! True stories of getting caught in the act. Just out is Busted: True Stories of Getting Caught in the Act. The event will be emceed by Fray Editor and Publisher Derek Powazek. Guest readers include Jack Boulware, Steve Silberman, Kevin Smokler, Joe Loya, and Kate Kotler.

Fray began as a storytelling website. Since 1996, it has presented true first-person stories. Eventually, the website evolved into a series of live storytelling events. And now, Fray is evolving again ­ this time into a quarterly series of independently produced books. Fray (located at www.fray.com) is about true, personal stories and original art. They plan to publish a themed book four times a year.


ROBERT HASS
reading & booksigning for Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005
Tuesday, January 22 at 7 pm

  RESCHEDULED FROM NOVEMBER: Robert Hass is a poet of great eloquence, clarity, and force whose work is rooted in the landscapes of his native Northern California. Widely read and much honored, he has brought the kind of energy in his poetry to his work as an essayist, translator, and activist. Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005 (hardback, $22.95) - his first new collection in a decade - is grounded in the beauty and dynamics of the physical world, and in the bafflement of the present moment in American culture.

Robert Hass was born in San Francisco and lives in Berkeley, where he teaches at the University of California. Hass served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. A MacArthur Fellow , a two-time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the recent winner of the National Book Award, he has published poems, literary essays, and translations.


HEIDI JULAVITS
reading & booksigning for The Uses of Enchantment
Friday, January 25 at 7 pm

  In late afternoon on November 7, 1985, sixteen-year-old Mary Veal was abducted after field hockey practice at her all-girl New England prep school. Or was she? Heidi Julavits’ new novel, The Uses of Enchantment (softcover, $13.95) ­ which is just out in paperback, weaves a provocative spell in which the reader sees how the extraordinary power of a young woman’s sexuality, and the desire to wield it, have a devastating effect on all involved.

Heidi Julavits is the author of two previous novels, The Mineral Palace and The Effect of Living Backwards, as well as a collaborative book, Hotel Andromeda. She is a founding editor of The Believer, and her writings have appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Time, and McSweeney’s. She lives in Manhattan and Maine.


Friday, November 30th, 2007
11:12 am
December author events
December author events at The Booksmith

Welcome to The Booksmith calendar of author events. Our readings/booksignings are a great opportunity to meet an author, hear them read from their work, or purchase an autographed copy of their latest book. As always, our events are free and open to the public. The Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole) in San Francisco's historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Check our information page for directions and a map to the store. If you are unable to attend an event and are interested in purchasing a signed book (available at no extra charge), please please give us a call at 415-863-8688 or contact us via email at read@booksmith.com. We're happy to hold a book or ship it to you.

SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
author booksignings
Saturday, December 1

  Join The Booksmith at the historic Castro Theater as we celebrate the art of silent film. In between the day's three programs, we will be hosting booksignings with Anthony Slide, author of Incorrect EntertainmentNow Playing: Hand Painted Poster Art (hardback, $50.00), Matthew Kennedy, author of Joan Blondell (softcover, $19.95) and (hardback, $30.00), and others. More information, including a schedule of films, is available at www.silentfilm.org

Tickets to the December event are on sale at our store through November 30.


ANTHONY LAPPE & DAN GOLDMAN
talk, slideshow & booksigning for Shooting War
Monday, December 3 at 7 pm

  Shooting War (hardback, $21.99) is the “scary-smart,” “must read” online graphic novel (a bold, irreverent, unflinching spoof of the network news, the war in Iraq, and the burgeoning “citizen journalism” movement set in the near future) started by Anthony Lappé and Dan Goldman at www.smithmag.net, where it generated fantastic attention from Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, etc…. At its peak, Shooting War received over a million unique visitors a day, and was nominated for a 2007 Eisner Award for “Best Digital Comic.” Now it’s a book.

Anthony Lappé, an executive editor at Guerilla News Network, is a journalist who produced a documentary with footage he shot while he covered the war in Iraq. Dan Goldman, artist and designer, is a founding member of the daily online comics anthology Act-i-vate, and the coauthor of the political fiction graphic novel, Everyman: Be the People.


JAMES GURNEY
talk, slideshow & booksigning for Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara
Tuesday, December 4 at 7 pm

  In the spirit of Marco Polo and Gulliver's Travels, James Gurney’s new book Dinotopia: Journey to ChandaraDinotopia: Journey to Chandara takes the adventure to a whole new level and new dimensions." – Ray Harryhausen (hardback, $29.95) recounts the adventures of explorer Arthur Denison and dinosaur Bix through the exotic eastern realm of the imaginary land of Dinotopia. "I thought the first two books in the Dinotopia series could not be topped, but I was proved wrong.

James Gurney's fantasy art has appeared on the covers of more than 70 books, and his art has appeared in National Geographic and other magazines. He is the author and illustrator of the various Dinotopia books, each of which has become a bestseller. The original, Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time, was a publishing sensation as a New York Times bestseller, with more than two million copies sold in eighteen languages in more than thirty countries.


DANIEL MERRIAM
talk, slideshow & booksigning for The Art of Daniel Merriam: The Eye of a Dreamer
Thursday, December 6 at 7 pm

  From the brush of acclaimed artist Daniel Merriam comes The Art of Daniel Merriam: The Eye of a Dreamer (hardback, $45.00), a new collection of paintings where dreams in color invite the viewer to join a journey into the imagination . . . where worlds of reality and fantasy collide in an explosion of shapes and symbolism. For more about this fantastic artist, visit www.danielmerriam.com

Born in 1963, Daniel Merriam is a much loved and much collected San Francisco artist. His work is included in the public collections of The Riverside Museum of Art in California, The Gesundheit Institute in Virginia, and the Manhattan Club in New York. His work has also been featured in The World & I, Art News, Arts & Antiques, and New Art International.


JASON BROWN
reading & booksigning for Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work
JERRY STAHL
reading & booksigning for Love Without
Friday, December 7 at 7 pm

  Jason Brown’s exquisitely crafted second collection of short stories, Why the Devil Chose New England for His WorkPermanent Midnight and the novel I, Fatty comes Love Without (softcover, $14.00), a long-awaited collection of short stories. Join us at the Booksmith as these two remarkable authors come together for a singular night of short fiction. (softcover, $14.00), will certainly establish him as one of the most important new voices in American fiction. From Jerry Stahl, the bestselling author of the memoir

Jerry Stahl's 1995 memoir, Permanent Midnight (detailing his life as a drug-addicted TV writer), and three novels (I, Fatty is the most recent), have won him a fan base that shares his glee for the comically deviant. Jason Brown was a Stegner Fellow and Capote Fellow at Stanford University, where he now teaches. He has been published in Best American Short Stories, 25 and Under/Fiction, Mississippi Review, Georgia Review, Story, Epoch, TriQuarterly, and DoubleTake.


LEMONY SNICKET & LISA BROWN
talk & booksigning for The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming
Tuesday, December 11 at 6 pm**

  Latkes are potato pancakes served at Hanukkah, and Lemony Snicket is an alleged children’s author. For the first time in literary history, these two elements are combined in one book (with illustrations by Lisa Brown). A particularly irate latke is the star of The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming (hardback, $9.95), but many other holiday icons appear and even speak: flashing colored lights, cane-shaped candy, a pine tree. Santa Claus is briefly discussed as well. The ending is happy, at least for some.

Unfortunately, elusive author Lemony Snicket is the author of a series of books whose joining title is “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Lisa Brown is an illustrator and author. Her books include How to Be and the popular “Baby Be of Use” series from McSweeney’s.
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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
2:46 pm
November author events
November author events at The Booksmith

Welcome to The Booksmith calendar of author events. Our readings/booksignings are a great opportunity to meet an author, hear them read from their work, or purchase an autographed copy of their latest book. As always, our events are free and open to the public. The Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole) in San Francisco's historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Check our information page for directions and a map to the store. If you are unable to attend an event and are interested in purchasing a signed book (available at no extra charge), please please give us a call at 415-863-8688 or contact us via email at read@booksmith.com. We're happy to hold a book or ship it to you.

MICK ROCK
talk, slideshow & booksigning for Psychedelic Renegades
Thursday, November 1 at 7 pm

  By the time he passed permanently into the next dimension, Syd Barrett’s life had developed into something far more significant than he could ever have imagined. The man who turned his back on fame, fortune, Pink Floyd, and the entire rock music scene over thirty years ago became an involuntary legend. Was he a genius or just a madman? Mick Rock’s new book about his long-time friend, Psychedelic Renegades (hardback, $29.95), attempts to unravel the enigma that was Syd Barrett.

Mick Rock is one of the most widely recognized and prolific music photographers working today. His list of subjects is a virtual history of rock music. Rock’s earlier books include the just released Classic Queen, Glam! an Eyewitness Account, Raw Power: Iggy & The Stooges, and Moonage Daydream: The Life & Times of Ziggy Stardust.


ELYSE SCHEIN & PAULA BERNSTEIN
talk & booksigning for Identical Strangers
Monday, November 5 at 7 pm

  Elyse Schein had always known she was adopted, but it wasn’t until her mid-thirties that she searched for her biological mother. When Elyse contacted her adoption agency, she was not prepared for the life-changing news she received: She had an identical twin sister. Elyse was then hit with another bombshell: she and her sister had been separated as infants, and for a time, had been part of a secret study on separated twins. Elyse Schein and her sister Paula Bernstein discuss Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited (hardback, $25.95).

Elyse Schein is a writer and filmmaker. Her short films “I Steal Happiness” and “Private Dick” have been shown at the Telluride Film Festival and at cinemas in Prague and San Francisco. Paula Bernstein is a freelance writer whose work has been published in The New York Times, New York, The Village Voice, and Redbook, among other publications. Formerly a reporter at Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Bernstein has also been a regular contributor to CNN.


STEVE ERICKSON
reading & booksigning for Zeroville
Wednesday, November 7 at 7 pm

  Steve Erickson writes novels that escape traditional classification – typically, they are placed on the borders of magical realism. In Zeroville (softcover, $14.95), a film-obsessed ex-seminarian with images of Elizabeth Taylor & Montgomery Clift tattooed on his head arrives in Hollywood in 1969. Soon, he becomes a film editor of astonishing vision – and through encounters with former starlets, burglars, political guerillas, punk musicians, and veteran filmmakers, discovers the secret that lies in every movie ever made.

Steve Erickson lives in Los Angeles. He is a novelist, essayist and critic. "Erickson is as unique and vital and pure a voice as American fiction has produced."- Jonathan Lethem ---- “Steve Erickson has that rare and luminous gift for reporting back from the nocturnal side of reality.” – Thomas Pynchon


KHALIL BENDIB
talk, slideshow & booksigning for Mission Accomplished: Wicked Cartoons by America's Most Wanted Political Cartoonist
Thursday, November 8 at 7 pm

  In an increasingly Manichean geopolitical world, Khalil Bendib happens to be both "Us" and "Them," American and Muslim, a walking oxymoron - a "Clash of Civilizations" made flesh. He is – by many accounts - the only American political cartoonist with an in-your-face non-Eurocentric perspective. Bendib is a voice of the voiceless. Join us for a discussion and slide show for Mission Accomplished: Wicked Cartoons by America's Most Wanted Political Cartoonist (softcover, $17.95).

The son of survivors of the Algerian war of independence, Khalil Bendib was born in Paris during the Algerian revolution and grew up in Morocco and Algeria before coming to California at the age of 20. After an eight-year stint with Gannett Newspapers, Khalil resigned over increasing censorship of his work. His cartoons have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.


PAUL MYERS
talk & booksigning for It Ain't Easy: Long John Baldry and the Birth of the British Blues
Friday, November 9 at 7 pm

  Long John Baldry is one of the little-known legends of rock n roll. Considered the father of British blues, Baldry knew, influenced, and worked with Elton John, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, John Mayall, Mick Fleetwood and others. Drawing on intimate anecdotes from Baldry's legendary friends and lovers, Paul Myers uncovers the man behind the myth. It Ain't Easy: Long John Baldry and the Birth of the British Blues (softcover, $18.95) traces the musician’s extraordinary life from birth during the London Blitz to the musical, social and sexual upheaval of the 60s and 70s. Paul Myers’ presentation will include rare film clips of Long John Baldry and other musicians.

Paul Myers is the author of Barenaked Ladies: Public Stunts, Private Stories. As a broadcaster, he has appeared on American and Canadian television. His journalism has appeared in publications in the United States, Canada and England.


“COUSIN BRUCIE” MORROW
talk & booksigning for Doo Wop: The Music, the Times, the Era
Monday, November 12 at 7 pm

  Join us for a special evening with the legendary NYC disc jockey “Cousin Brucie” Morrow – who will be on hand to discuss Doo Wop: The Music, the Times, the Era (hardback, $24.95). This new book, which takes a look back at the tail-finned 50’s and early 60’s, captures the spirit of the times through spectacular visuals and informative text. Few know the subject as well as Morrow, one of the pioneering radio personalities behind doo-wop and rock n roll.

“Cousin Brucie” Morrow has been one of the most famous names in broadcasting for almost half a century. In August of 1965, he had the distinction of introducing the Beatles during their historic Shea Stadium concert. Morrow was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, among others. In 1994, part of West 52nd Street was named “Cousin Brucie Way.” Today, he can be heard on Sirius Satellite Radio.


RUDY RUCKER
talk & booksigning for Postsingular
Tuesday, November 13 at 7 pm

  It all begins next year in California. A maladjusted computer industry billionaire and a somewhat crazy U.S. President initiate a radical transformation of the world through sentient nanotechnology; which is sort of the equivalent of biological artificial intelligence. At first they succeed, but their plans are reversed by Chu, an autistic boy. Longtime Booksmith favorite Rudy Rucker returns to read from his new mind-bending novel, Postsingular (hardback, $25.95).

Rudy Rucker is a mathematician, novelist, software engineer and former professor of computer science at San Jose State University. He is well known for his popular books about science, as well as for his acclaimed novels and short fiction. Rucker is considered one of the original cyberpunk authors, and is a two-time winner of the Philip K. Dick Award. “Rudy Rucker should be declared a National Treasure of American Science Fiction.” -- William Gibson


ADRIAN TOMINE
reading & booksigning for Shortcomings
Wednesday, November 14 at 7 pm

  From one of the finest cartoonists of his generation comes one of the most anticipated graphic novels of 2007. Shortcomings (hardback, $19.95), Adrian Tomine’s first long-form graphic novel, is the story of Ben Tanaka, a confused, obsessive, Japanese American male in his late twenties, and his cross-country search for contentment (or at least the perfect girl). Don’t miss this special event.

Adrian Tomine is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and lives in Brooklyn, New York. His illustrations have appeared in myriad publications, including EsquireRolling Stone, and his stories have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Tomine has acquired a cult following which has earned him a status as one of the most widely acclaimed cartoonists of our time.


 

CARY TENNIS
talk & booksigning for Since You Asked
Thursday, November 15 at 7 pm

  Cary Tennis is best known for his work as an advice columnist, or agony aunt, in his Salon.com column, “Since You Asked.” Now, the best of Tennis’ popular column have been collected in Since You Asked (softcover, $17.95), a collection of reader’s favorite advice on love, drugs, sex, dreams, creativity, adultery, addiction, abuse, narcissism, hyperacusis, grief, and the frequently asked question – “where the hell does my boyfriend really live, anyway?”

Cary Tennis has been Salon.com’s advice columnist since 2001, when he replaced Garrison Keillor’s column. Before that, Cary was well known throughout the San Francisco Bay Area as a poet, spoken word artist, punk rocker and rock 'n roll journalist for the San Francisco Weekly.


 

ROSCOE ORMAN
reading & booksigning for Ricky & Mobo
Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 pm

  His face is instantly recognizable to millions of Sesame Street viewers who grew up with Gordon, the on air personality who has offered friendly guidance to two generations of children. Roscoe Orman, who has portrayed this beloved character for more than thirty years, is the author of Sesame Street Dad: Evolution of an Actor (softcover, $19.95) and the just published Ricky & Mobo (hardback, $14.95), a heartwarming, illustrated story based on true events in the author’s life.

Roscoe Orman is an award-winning actor known to millions for his portrayal of Gordon on the highly acclaimed children's television series Sesame Street. An accomplished performer, director, teacher, poet, writer, illustrator, and lecturer, Orman and his wife reside in New Jersey and are the proud grandparents of five. Orman's childhood nickname was Ricky.


 

DAN HARDER
reading & booksigning for Askew
Monday, November 19 at 7 pm

  Part memoir, part manifesto, part log of epiphanies, Askew (hardback, $12.95) is a poetic work of passionate beauty and originality in which multiple stories appear to unfold within the same field of time and space. Using a unique poetic invention he calls “zippers,” poet Dan Harder tells the story of a young man’s travels to one of the least traveled parts in the (almost) South of France.

Dan Harder is a San Francisco poet, journalist, playwright and children’s book author. His features have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times, and his commentaries have been broadcast on National Public Radio.


 

MATTHEW KENNEDY
talk & booksigning for Joan Blondell: A Life Between Takes
Tuesday, November 20 at 7 pm

  Joan Blondell: A Life Between Takes (hardback, $30.00), by local film historian Matthew Kennedy, is the first major biography of the effervescent, scene-stealing actress (1906-1979) who conquered motion pictures, vaudeville, Broadway, summer stock, television, and radio. Kennedy’s book offers extensive research and insights gained from the cooperation of Blondell’s friends, family, and colleagues – this new book is a must read for anyone interested in early Hollywood.

Matthew Kennedy teaches anthropology at the City College of San Francisco and film history at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is the author of Marie Dressler: A Biography and Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory: Hollywood's Genius Bad Boy.


 

THIS I BELIEVE
reading & booksigning for This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women
Monday, November 26 at 7 pm

  Join us for a special evening as we celebrate the publication of This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women (softcover, $14.00). Based on the NPR series of the same name, this anthology of short essays features eighty Americans - from the famous to the unknown - completing the thought that the book’s title begins. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others.

National Public Radio listeners have been moved to tears by the personal essays that constitute the series This I Believe. Created in 1951 by Edward Murrow, the sometimes funny, often profound, and always compelling series has been revived, according to host Jay Allison, because once again “matters of belief divide our country and the world.”


 

DIANE VADINO
reading & booksigning for Smart Girls Like Me
Tuesday, November 27 at 7 pm

  Smart Girls Like Me (hardback, $23.95)is the debut novel by Diane Vadino. It is a story about what happens when you are twenty-four years old and it’s 1999 and you are quite certain that everyone on the planet has been invited to super-fun New Year’s Eve orgies, except you, because you were too busy making plans for the end of the world - courtesy of God or some militiamen or your best friend and her ridiculous wedding in the middle of the South Pacific. This is a story about what happens when . . . .

Diane Vadino was the first main staff person at McSweeney’s. She has spoken with members of the Beastie Boys and Metallica for Spin magazine, conducted interviews with fashion designers in pidgin Italian for Surface, and applied perfume to passersbys for Allure; her writing on film and design regularly appear in Nylon, I.D., and other publications. She has also worked as a waitress, Daily Show intern, and professional shampooer.


 

ROBERT HASS
reading & booksigning for Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005
Wednesday, November 28 at 7 pm

  Robert Hass is a poet of great eloquence, clarity, and force whose work is rooted in the landscapes of his native Northern California. Widely read and much honored, he has brought the kind of energy in his poetry to his work as an essayist, translator, and activist. Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005 (hardback, $22.95) - his first new collection in a decade – is grounded in the beauty and dynamics of the physical world, and in the bafflement of the present moment in American culture.

Robert Hass was born in San Francisco and lives in Berkeley, where he teaches at the University of California. Hass served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. A MacArthur Fellow and a two-time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, he has published poems, literary essays, and translations.


 

BRYAN RAY TURCOTTE
talk & booksigning for Punk Is Dead: Punk Is Everything!
Friday, November 30 at 7 pm

  Sure to be as successful as his 1999 bestseller, Fucked Up + Photocopied, Bryan Ray Turcotte’s just published Punk Is Dead: Punk Is Everything! (hardback, $40.00) broadens its scope to expose the lasting impact of “punk” on visual culture worldwide. Described as the “last organically incubated oppositional youth movement” of the pre-MTV era, punk slipped quietly under the cultural radar before rising again to inspire new generations of creative and idealistic artists and musicians.

Bryan Ray Turcotte is a music producer and author. His Fucked Up + Photocopied is considered one of the definitive reference books on the North American Punk scene. In 2000, it won the Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Music.



Thursday, October 11th, 2007
1:08 pm
October Author Events at The Booksmith

Welcome to The Booksmith calendar of author events. Our readings/booksignings are a great opportunity to meet an author, hear them read from their work, or purchase an autographed copy of their latest book. As always, our events are free and open to the public. The Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole) in San Francisco's historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Check our information page for directions and a map to the store. If you are unable to attend an event and are interested in purchasing a signed book (available at no extra charge), please please give us a call at 415-863-8688 or contact us via email at read@booksmith.com. We're happy to hold a book or ship it to you.


RUDOLPH DELSON
reading & booksigning for Maynard and Jennica
Tuesday, October 2 at 7 pm
Maynard is a defeated musician, and a reformed misanthrope. One day, in the New York City subway, he meets Jennica, a nostalgic Californian who calculates she has been lonesome 68.53 % of her adult life. Rudolph Delson's debut novel, Maynard and Jennica (hardback, $24.00), is the portrait (told in the voice of 35 narrators!) of a pair of lovers who are both flawed and complex and at once eccentric and deeply familiar.


Rudy Delson, a "recovering lawyer," quit his job on the eve of his 30th birthday to write Maynard and Jennica, his first novel. Delson was raised in San Jose, graduated from Stanford, and currently lives in Brooklyn.


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LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI
booksigning for Poetry as Insurgent Art
Tuesday, October 9 at 7 pm
>From the groundbreaking A Coney Island of the Mind to the "personal epic" of Americus, Book I, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has, in more than 30 books over 50 years, been the poetic conscience of America. Now in the just released Poetry As Insurgent Art (hardback, $12.95), he offers in prose his primer of what poetry is, could be, and should be. The result is by turns tender and furious, personal and political. If you are a reader of poetry, find out what is missing from the usual fare; if you are a poet, read at your own risk.


Lawrence Ferlinghetti is not only a major American poet - he is an international icon. In 1998 he was named Poet Laureate of San Francisco. In 2005, he received the National Book Award's first Literarian Award (recognizing an individual whose life's work has enhanced the literary world as a whole). In 2006, he was named a Commander in the French Order of Arts and Letters. Ferlinghetti has read his poetry and shown his art around the world.


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ROBERT ALTMAN
talk, slideshow & booksigning for The Sixties
Wednesday, October 10 at 7 pm
Timothy Leary. Allen Ginsberg. Jim Morrison. Neil Young. Abbie Hoffman. Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Janis Joplin. Ram Dass. Dennis Hopper. Jane Fonda. Ken Kesey. Hippies on Mt. Tam. The March on Washington. Anti-war demonstrations. People's Park. Berkeley. Haight Ashbury. Robert Altman's just published book, The Sixties (hardback, $39.95), brings together photographs of the people, events, culture, rock stars, writers, and political figures who made the sixties the most influential decade of the century.


Robert Altman is an internationally acclaimed photographer who studied with Ansel Adams. He is best known today as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone magazine - Cameron Crowe used many of his images in the film Almost Famous. A leader in embracing digital photography, Altman's recent work appeared in numerous publications including Entertainment Weekly, Mojo, New York Times, People, and the San Francisco Chronicle.


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WESLEY STACE
reading, a bit of ventriloquism, & booksigning for By George
Thursday, October 11 at 7 pm
By George (hardback, $24.99) is the new novel from Wesley Stace (aka the singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding), which tells the story of two boys named George Fisher, one flesh, one wood. Weaving the boy's tale and the "memoirs" of a ventriloquist's dummy, Staces' second novel unveils the secrets of four generations of entertainers. Exquisitely tender, By George also tells the story of two boys separated by years but driven by the same desires: to find a voice, and to be loved.


Educated at Cambridge, Wesley Stace (also known as John Wesley Harding) cut short his Ph.D. studies to pursue a music career. He has released 8 solo albums and toured as the opening act for Michelle Shocked, The Mighty Lemon Drops, and Bruce Springsteen. His bestselling novel, Misfortune, was published to great acclaim in 2004.


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KEN FOSTER
talk & booksigning for Dogs I Have Met
Friday, October 12 at 7 pm
Ken Foster writes about the human/canine bond with wisdom, insight, and a great heart. Now, this Booksmith favorite returns to our store to speak about his new book, Dogs I Have Met (softcover, $14.95), the follow up to the author's bestselling memoir, The Dogs Who Found Me: What I've Learned from Pets Who Were Left Behind. If you love dogs, if you love good writing, if you loved Marley and Me, don't miss this very special event.


Ken Foster is the author of The Kind I'm Likely to Get, a New York Times Notable Book, and the editor of two anthologies, including Dog Culture. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, McSweeney's and The Believer. He lives in New Orleans, where he and his dogs survived Hurricane Katrina.


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DON LATTIN
talk & booksigning for Jesus Freaks
Tuesday, October 16 at 7 pm
After twenty-five years of reporting on religion in America, journalist Don Lattin thought he'd seen it all. Yet, the San Francisco Chronicle reporter was stunned by what he found inside one of the most controversial sects he has encountered: the Children of God, aka Family International. In the tradition of Under the Banner of Heaven, Lattin's just released Jesus Freaks: The True Story of Murder and Madness on the Evangelical Edge (hardback, $24.95) is a story of revenge that left two people dead and shocked a nation.


Don Lattin is one of the nation's leading journalists covering religion in America. His award-winning work has appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, where he covered the religion beat for nearly two decades. Lattin authored two earlier books, was a three-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize, and has broken several national stories including the Jim Jones/Peoples Temple tragedy.


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FRANK WARREN ***
talk & booksigning for A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book
Wednesday, October 17 at 6 pm
For the past three years Frank Warren has invited people of all backgrounds to send creatively decorated postcards bearing secrets they have never before revealed. Warren has shared these secrets on his award-winning blog - www.PostSecret.com, in an internationally traveling art exhibit, and in three bestselling books. Now, in A Lifetime of Secrets (hardback, $27.95), "America's most trusted stranger" again delves into our collective confessions, presenting a never-before-seen selection of provocative post secrets.


Frank Warren is a small business owner who started postsecret.com as a community art project. Since October 2004, he has received thousands of anonymous postcards that have been featured in galleries, music videos, and, most recently, in the bestselling book PostSecret. Ranked by New York magazine as the third most popular blog on the Internet, Warren's website has earned several awards and continues to attract over 3 million visitors a month.


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HARRY SHEARER ***
reading & booksigning for Not Enough Indians
Wednesday, October 17 at 8 pm
Harry Shearer - the voice of the Simpson's - is an actor as well as a satirist, musician, radio host, playwright, and now author. His first novel, Not Enough Indians (softcover, $12.95), is a bitingly funny satire about a down and out town that tempts fate by having themselves declared a sovereign Indian nation - and opening a casino. Funny, smart, antic and scathing, Not Enough Indians is also a hilarious send-up of the American dream. Don't miss this special event.


Harry Shearer is first and foremost an actor - as well as an author, director, satirist, musician, radio host, playwright, and multi-media artist. For nineteen years, he has enjoyed enormous success with his voice work on The Simpsons, where he plays a stable of characters including Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, and Rev. Lovejoy. He is the host of the nationally syndicated NPR program, Le Show, and helped create and also appeared in such films as This Is Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind.


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ALAN CHEUSE
reading & booksigning for The Fires
Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm
In the two novellas which make up The Fires (softcover, $10.00), NPR book critic Alan Cheuse dissects the aftermath of two very different deaths: one, of an American businessman traveling in Russia; the other, a mother, jazz pianist and drug addict. The two novellas - one of sorrow and one of radiance - are filled with characters trying to maneuver the space between creation and destruction. Read them, and weep.


Alan Cheuse is a longtime commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and the author of The Light Possessed and The Grandmothers' Club. A teacher in the writing programs at George Mason University and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Cheuse's short fiction has appeared in The Antioch Review, The New Yorker, and Ploughshares.


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ANN PACKER ***
reading & booksigning for Songs Without Words
Tuesday, October 23 at 7:30 pm
Ann Packer's debut novel, The Dive from Clausen's Pier, was a Bay Area and nationwide best seller that established her as one of our most gifted chroniclers of the interior lives of women. Now, in her long-awaited second novel, Songs Without Words (hardback, $24.95), Packer takes us on a journey into a lifelong friendship pushed to the breaking point. Don't miss this special event.


Ann Packer received a Great Lakes Book Award and the Kate Chopin Literary Award for The Dive from Clausen's Pier, a national best seller that has been translated into ten languages. Also the author of Mendocino and Other Stories, she lives in northern California.


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JEANINE BASINGER
talk & booksigning for The Star Machine
Friday, October 26 at 7 pm
From one of our leading film authorities comes The Star Machine (hardback, $35.00), a penetrating look at the golden age of film. In this new book, Jeanine Basinger offers us an immensely entertaining look into the "star machine," examining how, at the height of the studio system, the studios worked to manufacture star actors and actresses. With revelatory insights and delightful asides, she shows us how the machine worked when it worked, how it failed when it didn't, and how irrelevant it could sometimes be.


Jeanine Basinger is the chair of film studies at Wesleyan University and the founder and curator of its cinema archives. She has written nine other books on film, including A Woman's View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women 1930-1960; Silent Stars, winner of the William K. Everson Award for Film History; and American Cinema: 100 Years of Filmmaking, the companion book for a ten-part PBS series.


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DIANA NYAD & BONNIE STOLL ***
talk & signing for BravaBody
Sunday, October 28 at 6 pm
With their just released DVD, BravaBody (dvd, $19.99/$39.99), two world-class athletes become your personal fitness coaches. Join us as world champion swimmer Diana Nyad pairs with professional racquetball player Bonnie Stoll to discuss fitness for women over 40. Their new program - inspiring women to embrace fitness as the foundation of well-being - allows you work out in any small space with no equipment and no gym membership.


A world champion swimmer of the '70's, Diana Nyad is still the world record holder for the longest swim in history - 102.5 miles from the Bahamas to Florida. Today, she can be heard on National Public Radio and seen doing commentary on CBS Sunday Morning. A former #3 in the world in professional racquetball, Bonnie Stoll has carved out a niche as one of the most successful personal fitness coaches in Los Angeles.


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REBECCA CURTIS
reading & booksigning for Twenty Grand
JONATHAN SELWOOD
reading & booksigning for The Pinball Theory of Apocalypse
Monday, October 29 at 7 pm
The Booksmith is pleased to partner with Harper Perennial for "Take a Stranger Home with You," a new program that celebrates debut authors and invites readers to take a chance on an unknown writer! Join us as Rebecca Curtis, author of the delightful and disturbing short story collection Twenty Grand (softcover, $13.95) - and Jonathan Selwood, author of the post earthquake, pre-apocalypse novel The Pinball Theory of the Universe (softcover, $13.95) read from their new books. You heard it here first!


Rebecca Curtis's writing has appeared in The New Yorker, including its debut fiction issue, as well as in Harper's, McSweeney's, and n+1. She is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, and her work has been selected for The O. Henry Prize Stories. She teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University. Jonathan Selwood grew up in Hollywood. He received an MFA from Columbia University and is married and lives in Portland, Oregon


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JOSHUA HENKIN
reading & booksigning for Matrimony
Tuesday, October 30 at 7 pm
We began the month with a love story, and we end the month with a love story, Joshua Henkin's second novel, Matrimony (hardback, $24.95). It's 1987, and Julian Wainwright, aspiring writer and Waspy son of old money, meets beautiful Jewish Mia Mendelsohn in the laundry room at college. So begins a love affair that - spurred on by family tragedy - takes the young lovers . . . . What happens to a marriage confronted by betrayal and mortality? Will love survive the passing of time?


Joshua Henkin is the author of the acclaimed novel Swimming Across the Hudson. His short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in many journals and newspapers.

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Please join us for one or more of these upcoming events. Booksmith author events are free and located at our San Francisco store (1644 Haight Street in San Francisco, between Clayton & Cole), unless otherwise noted. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, approximately 45 minutes in advance. For further information, call 415-863-8688 or visit www.booksmith.com
We have a great line-up of author events scheduled for the next few months. Coming to the Booksmith are music photographer MICK ROCK (November 1), acclaimed author STEVE ERICKSON (November 7), legendary NYC disc jockey COUSIN BRUCIE (November 12), graphic novelist ADRIAN TOMINE (November 14), popular Salon columnist CARY TENNIS (November 15), Sesame Street's ROSCOE ORMAN (November 17), Joan Blondell biographer MATTHEW KENNEDY (November 20), Dinotopia author JIM GURNEY (December 4), local artist DANIEL MERRIMAN (December 6), novelist and screenwriter JERRY STAHL (December 7), and many others.

Current Mood: industrious
Friday, September 28th, 2007
5:43 pm
October author events
OCTOBER AUTHOR EVENTS at THE BOOKSMITH

Welcome to The Booksmith calendar of author events. Our readings/booksignings are a great opportunity to meet an author, hear them read from their work, or purchase an autographed copy of their latest book. As always, our events are free and open to the public. The Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole) in San Francisco's historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Check our information page for directions and a map to the store.

If you are unable to attend an event and are interested in purchasing a signed book (available at no extra charge), please please give us a call at 415-863-8688 or contact us via email at read at booksmith dot com. We're happy to hold your book or ship it to you.

RUDOLPH DELSON
reading & booksigning for Maynard and Jennica
Tuesday, October 2 at 7 pm
  Maynard is a defeated musician, and a reformed misanthrope. One day, in the New York City subway, he meets Jennica, a nostalgic Californian who calculates she has been lonesome 68.53 % of her adult life. Rudolph Delson's debut novel, Maynard and Jennica (hardback, $24.00), is the portrait (told in the voice of 35 narrators!) of a pair of lovers who are both flawed and complex and at once eccentric and deeply familiar.
Rudy Delson, a "recovering lawyer," quit his job on the eve of his 30th birthday to write Maynard and Jennica, his first novel. Delson was raised in San Jose, graduated from Stanford, and currently lives in Brooklyn.

LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI
booksigning for Poetry as Insurgent Art
Tuesday, October 9 at 7 pm
  From the groundbreaking A Coney Island of the Mind to the "personal epic" of Americus, Book I, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has, in more than 30 books over 50 years, been the poetic conscience of America. Now in the just released Poetry As Insurgent Art (hardback, $12.95), he offers in prose his primer of what poetry is, could be, and should be. The result is by turns tender and furious, personal and political. If you are a reader of poetry, find out what is missing from the usual fare; if you are a poet, read at your own risk.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti is not only a major American poet - he is an international icon. In 1998 he was named Poet Laureate of San Francisco. In 2005, he received the National Book Award's first Literarian Award (recognizing an individual whose life's work has enhanced the literary world as a whole). In 2006, he was named a Commander in the French Order of Arts and Letters. Ferlinghetti has read his poetry and shown his art around the world.

ROBERT ALTMAN
talk, slideshow & booksigning for The Sixties
Wednesday, October 10 at 7 pm
  Timothy Leary. Allen Ginsberg. Jim Morrison. Neil Young. Abbie Hoffman. Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Janis Joplin. Ram Dass. Dennis Hopper. Jane Fonda. Ken Kesey. Hippies on Mt. Tam. The March on Washington. Anti-war demonstrations. People's Park. Berkeley. Haight Ashbury. Robert Altman's just published book, The Sixties (hardback, $39.95), brings together photographs of the people, events, culture, rock stars, writers, and political figures who made the sixties the most influential decade of the century.
Robert Altman is an internationally acclaimed photographer who studied with Ansel Adams. He is best known today as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone magazine - Cameron Crowe used many of his images in the film Almost Famous. A leader in embracing digital photography, Altman's recent work appeared in numerous publications including Entertainment Weekly, Mojo, New York Times, People, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

WESLEY STACE
reading, a bit of ventriloquism, & booksigning for By George
Thursday, October 11 at 7 pm
  By George (hardback, $24.99) is the new novel from Wesley Stace (aka the singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding), which tells the story of two boys named George Fisher, one flesh, one wood. Weaving the boy's tale and the "memoirs" of a ventriloquist's dummy, Staces' second novel unveils the secrets of four generations of entertainers. Exquisitely tender, By George also tells the story of two boys separated by years but driven by the same desires: to find a voice, and to be loved.
Educated at Cambridge, Wesley Stace (also known as John Wesley Harding) cut short his Ph.D. studies to pursue a music career. He has released 8 solo albums and toured as the opening act for Michelle Shocked, The Mighty Lemon Drops, and Bruce Springsteen. His bestselling novel, Misfortune, was published to great acclaim in 2004.

KEN FOSTER
talk & booksigning for Dogs I Have Met
Friday, October 12 at 7 pm
  Ken Foster writes about the human/canine bond with wisdom, insight, and a great heart. Now, this Booksmith favorite returns to our store to speak about his new book, Dogs I Have Met (softcover, $14.95), the follow up to the author's bestselling memoir, The Dogs Who Found Me: What I've Learned from Pets Who Were Left Behind. If you love dogs, if you love good writing, if you loved Marley and Me, don't miss this very special event.
Ken Foster is the author of The Kind I'm Likely to Get, a New York Times Notable Book, and the editor of two anthologies, including Dog Culture. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, McSweeney's and The Believer. He lives in New Orleans, where he and his dogs survived Hurricane Katrina.

DON LATTIN
talk & booksigning for Jesus Freaks
Tuesday, October 16 at 7 pm
  After twenty-five years of reporting on religion in America, journalist Don Lattin thought he'd seen it all. Yet, the San Francisco Chronicle reporter was stunned by what he found inside one of the most controversial sects he has encountered: the Children of God, aka Family International. In the tradition of Under the Banner of Heaven, Lattin's just released Jesus Freaks: The True Story of Murder and Madness on the Evangelical Edge (hardback, $24.95) is a story of revenge that left two people dead and shocked a nation.
Don Lattin is one of the nation's leading journalists covering religion in America. His award-winning work has appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, where he covered the religion beat for nearly two decades. Lattin authored two earlier books, was a three-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize, and has broken several national stories including the Jim Jones/Peoples Temple tragedy.

FRANK WARREN ***
talk & booksigning for A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book
Wednesday, October 17 at 6 pm
  For the past three years Frank Warren has invited people of all backgrounds to send creatively decorated postcards bearing secrets they have never before revealed. Warren has shared these secrets on his award-winning blog - www.PostSecret.com, in an internationally traveling art exhibit, and in three bestselling books. Now, in A Lifetime of Secrets (hardback, $27.95), "America's most trusted stranger" again delves into our collective confessions, presenting a never-before-seen selection of provocative post secrets.
Frank Warren is a small business owner who started postsecret.com as a community art project. Since October 2004, he has received thousands of anonymous postcards that have been featured in galleries, music videos, and, most recently, in the bestselling book PostSecret. Ranked by New York magazine as the third most popular blog on the Internet, Warren's website has earned several awards and continues to attract over 3 million visitors a month.
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HARRY SHEARER ***
reading & booksigning for Not Enough Indians
Wednesday, October 17 at 8 pm
  Harry Shearer - the voice of the Simpson's - is an actor as well as a satirist, musician, radio host, playwright, and now author. His first novel, Not Enough Indians (softcover, $12.95), is a bitingly funny satire about a down and out town that tempts fate by having themselves declared a sovereign Indian nation - and opening a casino. Funny, smart, antic and scathing, Not Enough Indians is also a hilarious send-up of the American dream. Don't miss this special event.
Harry Shearer is first and foremost an actor - as well as an author, director, satirist, musician, radio host, playwright, and multi-media artist. For nineteen years, he has enjoyed enormous success with his voice work on The Simpsons, where he plays a stable of characters including Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, and Rev. Lovejoy. He is the host of the nationally syndicated NPR program, Le Show, and helped create and also appeared in such films as This Is Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind.
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ALAN CHEUSE
reading & booksigning for The Fires
Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm
  In the two novellas which make up The Fires (softcover, $10.00), NPR book critic Alan Cheuse dissects the aftermath of two very different deaths: one, of an American businessman traveling in Russia; the other, a mother, jazz pianist and drug addict. The two novellas - one of sorrow and one of radiance - are filled with characters trying to maneuver the space between creation and destruction. Read them, and weep.
Alan Cheuse is a longtime commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and the author of The Light Possessed and The Grandmothers' Club. A teacher in the writing programs at George Mason University and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Cheuse's short fiction has appeared in The Antioch Review, The New Yorker, and Ploughshares.

ANN PACKER ***
reading & booksigning for Songs Without Words
Tuesday, October 23 at 7:30 pm
  Ann Packer's debut novel, The Dive from Clausen's Pier, was a Bay Area and nationwide best seller that established her as one of our most gifted chroniclers of the interior lives of women. Now, in her long-awaited second novel, Songs Without Words (hardback, $24.95), Packer takes us on a journey into a lifelong friendship pushed to the breaking point. Don't miss this special event.
Ann Packer received a Great Lakes Book Award and the Kate Chopin Literary Award for The Dive from Clausen's Pier, a national best seller that has been translated into ten languages. Also the author of Mendocino and Other Stories, she lives in northern California.
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JEANINE BASINGER
talk & booksigning for The Star Machine
Friday, October 26 at 7 pm
  From one of our leading film authorities comes The Star Machine (hardback, $35.00), a penetrating look at the golden age of film. In this new book, Jeanine Basinger offers us an immensely entertaining look into the "star machine," examining how, at the height of the studio system, the studios worked to manufacture star actors and actresses. With revelatory insights and delightful asides, she shows us how the machine worked when it worked, how it failed when it didn't, and how irrelevant it could sometimes be.
Jeanine Basinger is the chair of film studies at Wesleyan University and the founder and curator of its cinema archives. She has written nine other books on film, including A Woman's View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women 1930-1960; Silent Stars, winner of the William K. Everson Award for Film History; and American Cinema: 100 Years of Filmmaking, the companion book for a ten-part PBS series.

DIANA NYAD & BONNIE STOLL ***
talk & signing for BravaBody
Sunday, October 28 at 6 pm
  With their just released DVD, BravaBody (dvd, $19.99/$39.99), two world-class athletes become your personal fitness coaches. Join us as world champion swimmer Diana Nyad pairs with professional racquetball player Bonnie Stoll to discuss fitness for women over 40. Their new program - inspiring women to embrace fitness as the foundation of well-being - allows you work out in any small space with no equipment and no gym membership.
A world champion swimmer of the '70's, Diana Nyad is still the world record holder for the longest swim in history - 102.5 miles from the Bahamas to Florida. Today, she can be heard on National Public Radio and seen doing commentary on CBS Sunday Morning. A former #3 in the world in professional racquetball, Bonnie Stoll has carved out a niche as one of the most successful personal fitness coaches in Los Angeles.
*** Please note special start time.

REBECCA CURTIS
reading & booksigning for Twenty Grand

JONATHAN SELWOOD
reading & booksigning for The Pinball Theory of Apocalypse
Monday, October 29 at 7 pm
  The Booksmith is pleased to partner with Harper Perennial for "Take a Stranger Home with You," a new program that celebrates debut authors and invites readers to take a chance on an unknown writer! Join us as Rebecca Curtis, author of the delightful and disturbing short story collection Twenty Grand (softcover, $13.95) - and Jonathan Selwood, author of the post earthquake, pre-apocalypse novel The Pinball Theory of the Universe (softcover, $13.95) read from their new books. You heard it here first!
Rebecca Curtis's writing has appeared in The New Yorker, including its debut fiction issue, as well as in Harper's, McSweeney's, and n+1. She is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, and her work has been selected for The O. Henry Prize Stories. She teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University. Jonathan Selwood grew up in Hollywood. He received an MFA from Columbia University and is married and lives in Portland, Oregon

JOSHUA HENKIN
reading & booksigning for Matrimony
Tuesday, October 30 at 7 pm
  We began the month with a love story, and we end the month with a love story, Joshua Henkin's second novel, Matrimony (hardback, $24.95). It's 1987, and Julian Wainwright, aspiring writer and Waspy son of old money, meets beautiful Jewish Mia Mendelsohn in the laundry room at college. So begins a love affair that - spurred on by family tragedy - takes the young lovers . . . . What happens to a marriage confronted by betrayal and mortality? Will love survive the passing of time?
Joshua Henkin is the author of the acclaimed novel Swimming Across the Hudson. His short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in many journals and newspapers.

PAUL DRUMMOND
reading & booksigning for Eye Mind
Wednesday, October 31 at 7 pm
  The 13th Floor Elevators (who for a time resided in San Francisco) released the first "psychedelic" rock album in America - and helped transform pop culture in the 1960s and beyond. Eye Mind: The Saga of Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, The Pioneers of Psychedelic Sound (softcover, $22.95) tells the remarkable and at times tragic story of this trailblazing band. Join us for a special event with author Paul Drummond and secret special guests.
The 13th Floor Elevators - incidentally one of Thomas Pynchon's favorite bands - are revered as a formative influence on Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Patti Smith, Primal Scream, R.E.M, and Z.Z. Top, among others. Musician Julian Cope called Eye Mind "One of the most exhilarating and important rock 'n' roll stories ever told." Paul Drummond is a British journalist, set designer and art director. He can be seen in the documentary, You're Gonna Miss Me: A Film About Roky Erickson.

Friday, August 31st, 2007
3:20 pm
September author events @ Booksmith
SEPTEMBER AUTHOR EVENTS
Welcome to The Booksmith calendar of author events. Our readings/booksignings are a great opportunity to meet an author, hear them read from their work, or purchase an autographed copy of their latest book. As always, our events are free and open to the public. The Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole) in San Francisco's historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Check our information page for directions and a map to the store. If you are unable to attend an event and are interested in purchasing a signed book (available at no extra charge), please please give us a call at 415-863-8688 or contact us via email at read@booksmith.com. We're happy to hold a book or ship it to you.

JENNIFER GILMORE
reading & booksigning for Golden Country
Thursday, September 6 at 7 pm

Golden Country (softcover, $14.00) vividly brings to life the intertwining stories of three immigrants: handsome and ambitious Seymour, a salesman turned gangster turned Broadway producer; gentle and pragmatic Joseph, a door-to-door salesman driven to invent a cleanser effective enough to wipe away the shame of his brother’s mob connections; and irresistible Frances Gold, who grows up in Brooklyn, stars in Seymour’s first show, and marries the man who invents television. Spanning the first half of the 20th century, Jennifer Gilmore’s debut novel captures the exuberance of the American dream - while exposing its underbelly of disillusionment, greed, and disaffection bred by success.

Jennifer Gilmore’s work has appeared in magazines, journals, and anthologies, including the New York Times Magazine, Allure, Nerve, and Salon. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and is a fan of the silent film star Louise Brooks.


MATT VOLLA
talk & booksigning for Matt Volla's Unruly Drawings
Friday, September 7 at 7 pm

Oakland based artist, musician, teacher, and surfer Matt Volla has been obsessively drawing strange kinetic creatures for years. These creatures were born into small-enclosed room-like spaces where they bounced and slithered off the walls. In Matt Volla's Unruly Drawings (softcover, $40.00), the artist has created a universe in which drawings can evolve, flourish, have rave parties and battles, find solace, have existential crisis, animate, and become self-aware.

Matt Volla is an Oakland based artist and musician whose art practice involves two different directions. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Studio Art with an emphasis in Sound Art and Sculpture. Later, he received an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College in Oakland, CA. He has shown his work throughout the United States.


GEORGE SAUNDERS
reading & booksigning for The Braindead Megaphone
Monday, September 10 at 7 pm

George Saunders's first foray into nonfiction - The Braindead Megaphone (softcover, $14.00) - is comprised of sharply observant essays on literature, travel, and politics. Echoing the work of Mark Twain and Kurt Vonnegut, Saunders leads the reader across the rocky political landscape of modern America. The result is a look at the real world brimming with wonderful, marvelous strangeness.

George Saunders is the author of several books – including CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Pastoralia. He writes regularly for The New Yorker, Harper's, and GQ. Saunders is the recipient of multiple National Magazine Awards, and teaches at Syracuse University.


ZARA HOUSHMAND
reading & booksigning for A Mirror Garden
Wednesday, September 12 at 7 pm

A Mirror Garden (hardcover, $25.95) is a memoir by Monir Farmanfarmaian. It is an enchanting love story, a compelling portrait of the creative spirit, and a celebration of the warmth and grace of Iranian culture. It is also a genuine fairy tale whose exuberant heroine has never needed rescuing - for by embracing experience, she has always charmed her own life. Join co-author Zara Houshmand as she speaks about this book.

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian was born in 1924. She now lives and works in New York. Zara Houshmand is an Iranian American writer and theater artist. She lives in Austin, Texas.


VINCENT LAM
reading & booksigning for Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures
Tuesday, September 18 at 7 pm

Margaret Atwood, upon introducing Vincent Lam at the Giller Prize ceremony, said “Direct in style, unsparing though compassionate in observation, subtle in emotion, and occasionally gruesome in humor, Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures (hardcover, $23.95) follows four medical students from widely different backgrounds as their stories intertwine, as their illusions shatter, and as the meanings of many lives expand around them.” Don’t miss this author debut.

Dr. Vincent Lam studied medicine in Toronto and is an emergency physician at Toronto East General Hospital. He is from the expatriate Chinese community of Vietnam, and his first novel, a multigenerational family saga set in Saigon during the Vietnam War, will be published in 2008.


STEVE ALMOND
reading & booksigning for (Not that You Asked): Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions
Wednesday, September 19 at 7 pm

How does Steve Almond get himself into so much trouble? Could it be his incessant moralizing? His generally poor posture? The fact that he was raised by a pack of wolves? Frankly, we haven’t got a clue. What we do know is that Almond has a knack for converting his dustups into essays that are both funny and furious. The result is (Not that You Asked): Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions (hardcover, $21.95) – a book you will feel foolish for not having read.

Steve Almond is the author of the story collections My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow, the nonfiction book Candyfreak, and the novel Which Brings Me to You, co-written with Julianna Baggott. He lives outside Boston, and a few years back sent the Booksmith a big box of regional candy from around the United States. Find out more about the author at www.stevenalmond.com.


JACK KEROUAC CELEBRATION ***
panel discussion & booksigning celebrating the 50th anniversay of On the Road
Saturday, September 22 at 7 pm

In September of 1957, Viking published On the Road. Fifty years later, the world celebrates the legacy of Jack Kerouac with a panel discussion composed of John Leland, author of the just released Why Kerouac Matters (hardcover, $23.95); Joyce Johnson, Kerouac’s one-time companion and the author of the National Book Critic’s Circle Award winning Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir (softcover, $15.00); Michael McClure, the acclaimed Beat poet and longtime Booksmith customer who was rendered in fictionalized terms in Kerouac’s novels; Barry Gifford, acclaimed novelist, screenwriter and co-author of Jack's Book: An Oral Biography Of Jack Kerouac (softcover, $15.95); and local writer Suzanne Kleid, who will be reading from the just released City Light's publication You'll Be Okay: My Life With Jack Kerouac (softcover, $15.95), by Edie Kerouac-Parker. Also for sale at this special San Francisco event will be two other new books, On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition (hardcover, $24.95) and On the Road: The Original Scroll (hardcover, $25.95). Please come enjoy a lively evening.

*** This special San Francisco celebration will take place at the All Saints Church (1350 Waller) in the City's Haight Ashbury neighborhood. For further information, call 415-863-8688. This special event is sponsored by The Booksmith, City Lights, and Viking Penguin.


DANIEL PINCHBECK
talk & booksigning for 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl
Monday, September 24 at 7 pm

“Daniel Pinchbeck's 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (softcover, $14.95) is a dazzling kaleidoscopic journey through the quixotic hinterlands of consciousness, crop circles, and ancient prophecy, as well as an intriguing and deeply personal odyssey of transformation. 2012 presents a compelling and complex teleological argument, weaving together the twilit realms of the human imagination and the harsh realities of accelerated global catastrophe. Its conclusions are surprisingly robust, original, and thankfully optimistic.” - Sting

Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism. He has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Wired, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, ArtForum and many other publications.


GRAHAM HANCOCK
talk, slideshow & booksigning for Supernatural
Wednesday, September 26 at 7 pm

Less than fifty thousand years ago mankind had no art, no religion, no sophisticated symbolism, no innovative thinking. Then, in a dramatic and electrifying change described by scientists as “the greatest riddle in human history,” all the skills and qualities that we value most highly appeared fully formed. In Supernatural: Meetings With the Ancient Teachers of Mankind (softcover, $18.95), Graham Hancock sets out to investigate this mysterious “before-and-after moment” and to discover the truth about the influences that gave birth to the modern human mind.

Graham Hancock's books have sold more than 5,000,000 copies and have been translated into 27 languages. He is the author of the international bestsellers The Sign and The Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods, and Heaven's Mirror. His TV appearances and lectures have put his ideas before audiences numbering in the tens of millions.


STEPHEN MURDOCH
talk & booksigning for IQ: A Smart History of a Failed Idea
Thursday, September 27 at 7 pm

IQ scores have the power to determine the chance we have in life: the people we meet, the schools we attend, the jobs we get, the lives we live. Very few of us, however, understand what IQ tests and ratings really mean. In his fascinating and provocative book, IQ: A Smart History of a Failed Idea (softcover, $24.95), journalist Stephen Murdoch explains the turbulent history and controversial current uses of intelligence testing.

Stephen Murdoch is a freelance journalist who has written for the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor and many other publications. Before becoming a writer, Murdoch was a human rights lawyer in Cambodia and practiced civil litigation in Washington.

Please join us for one or more of these upcoming events. Booksmith author events are free and located at our San Francisco store (1644 Haight Street in San Francisco, between Clayton & Cole), unless otherwise noted. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, approximately 45 minutes in advance. For further information, call 415-863-8688 or visit www.booksmith.com We have a great line-up of author events scheduled for the next few months. Coming to the Booksmith are Beat poet LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI (October 9), acclaimed photographer ROBERT ALTMAN (October 10), novelist WELSEY STACE aka John Wesley Harding (October 11), postsecret.com founder FRANK WARRENALAN CHEUSE (October 18), film writer JEANINE BASSINGER (October 26), acclaimed author STEVE ERICKSON (November 7), legendary NYC disc jockey COUSIN BRUCIEADRIAN TOMINE (November 14), Sesame Street's ROSCOE ORMANJIM GURNEY (December 4), novelist and screenwriter JERRY STAHL (October 17), NPR book critic (November 12), graphic novelist (November 17), Dinotopia author (December 7), and many others.


Monday, July 30th, 2007
4:11 pm
AUGUST 2007 AUTHOR EVENTS AT THE BOOKSMITH
 
Author events are free and are sponsored by The Booksmith (1644 Haight St. in San Francisco).
 For further information, call 415-863-8688 or visit www.booksmith.com
 
ELLEN KLAGES

reading & booksigning for "Portable Childhoods"
Thursday, August 2 at 7 pm
 
"Portable Childhoods" is short fiction that offers a tantalizing glimpse of what lies hidden just beyond the ordinary. Ellen Klages’ new collection – which includes the Nebula Award winning “Basement Magic” – has been described by critics as “timeless,” “delightful,” “chilling,” and “beautiful.” “Ellen Klages believes books can be magic, and now she’s delivered the proof.” – Connie Willis
 
Ellen Klages is the author of "The Green Glass Sea," which won the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Her Nebula Award-winning short fiction has appeared in numerous science fiction and fantasy anthologies and magazines, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Strange Horizons. Klages lives in San Francisco.
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JESSICA BRUDER
talk & booksigning for "Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man"
Friday, August 3 at 7 pm
 
It all began when a pair of friends burned an eight-foot-tall effigy on Baker Beach in front of an impromptu audience of twenty. Two decades later, Burning Man has evolved into an annual extravaganza dedicated to self-reliance and self-expression that attracts nearly forty thousand people. Jessica Bruder’s "Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man" - illustrated with more than three hundred stunning photographs - is both a commemoration of the event’s storied history and an enlightening companion for festivalgoers.
 
Jessica Bruder is a journalist who has written for the New York Times and Washington Post
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ANITA THOMPSON
talk & booksigning for "The Gonzo Way: A Celebration of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson"
Monday, August 6 at 7 pm
 
Tom Wolfe once described Hunter S. Thompson as the finest comic writer of the 20th century. Thompson was this and more, an apt observer of the American scene, the founding father of “Gonzo journalism,” and an inspiration to many. Anita Thompson new book, "The Gonzo Way: A Celebration of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson," explores the legacy of her late husband as a writer and as a citizen, through her own words and through interviews with those who knew him best.
 
Anita Thompson began working as Hunter's Thompson’s assistant in 1999. In 2000, she moved in and three years later they were married. Today, she is the publisher of a magazine called The Woody Creeker. Anita Thompson lives in the town of Woody Creek outside of Aspen, Colorado where she is also helping edit Hunter's book "Polo Is My Life."
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REBECCA SOLNIT
talk & booksigning for "Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics"
Tuesday, August 7 at 7 pm
 
Rebecca Solnit has made a vocation out of journeying into difficult territory and reporting back - as an environmentalist, public intellectual, and anti-globalization activist. "Storming the Gates of Paradise," an anthology of her essays from the past ten years, comprise a unique guidebook to the American landscape after the millennium - not just the deserts, skies, gardens, and wilderness areas that have long made up Solnit’s subject matter, but the social landscape of democracy and repression, of borders, ruins, and protests.
 
Rebecca Solnit is the author of ten books – among them "Wanderlust," "Savage Dreams," and "Hollow City" – as well as numerous articles for which she has received awards and accolades. In 2003, she won the National Book Critics Circle Award for "River of Shadows," as well as the Lannan Literary Award. 
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WILLIAM GIBSON ***
reading & booksigning for "Spook Country"
Wednesday, August 8 at 7 pm
 
William Gibson’s new novel involves pirates, the CIA, tramp freighters, weapons of mass destruction, big-time war profiteers, and vast amounts of cash leaving this country. Loosely speaking a “thriller,” "Spook Country" takes place at the intersection where politics, technology, national security, cryptography and (sometimes) art collide. Picking up threads begun in the author’s bestseller novel "Pattern Recognition," it continues its probe of cultural change in the United States since 9/11.
 
William Gibson is the author of "Mona Lisa Overdrive," "All Tomorrow’s Parties" and other novels.  He is credited as the creator of the term “cyberspace.”  Entertainment Weekly has stated he “invented the future with "Neuromancer.
 
*** This Booksmith sponsored event will take place at the All Saints Church (1350 Waller) in San Francisco. For further information, call 415-863-8688 or visit www.booksmith.com
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KIM ADDONIZIO
reading & booksigning for "My Dreams Out in the Street"
Thursday, August 9 at 7 pm
 
Kim Addonizio writes like Lucinda Williams sings, with hard-earned grit and grace about the heart's longing for love and redemption, the kind that can only come in the darkest dark when survival no longer even seems likely. "My Dreams Out in the Street" is one of the finest American novels I've read in some time, a night-blooming flower you will not be able to put down, so honestly rendered you'll wonder, as you turn the last page, why you feel so much hope.” – Andre Dubus III
 
Kim Addonizio is the author of the novel "Little Beauties" and several acclaimed collections of poetry, including "Tell Me," a finalist for the National Book Award. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and she has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA grants, and a Pushcart Prize. 
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GREIL MARCUS
talk & booksigning for "The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice"
Tuesday, August 21 at 7 pm
 
In "The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice," critic and author Greil Marcus traces the nation’s fable of self-invention from its earliest Puritan beginnings to its successive retellings in the work of diverse contemporary artists. The book – just out in paperback - is an exhilarating and kaleidoscopic investigation of American identity where past and the present merge in the most extraordinary and surprising ways.
 
Greil Marcus is the author of nine previous books, including "Lipstick Traces," "Mystery Train," and "The Dustbin of History." He lives in Berkeley, California. “Greil Marcus is the Lew Archer of cultural criticism.” – Michael Chabon
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RICHIE UNTERBERGER
talk & booksigning for "The Rough Guide to Shopping with a Conscience"
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ELLIS JONES
talk & booksigning for "The Better World Shopping Guide: Every Dollar Makes a Difference"
Wednesday, August 22 at 7 pm
 
Sweatshops, fair trade, climate change, ethical investment, organic food . . .  shopping can sometimes feel like a moral minefield. What can consumers do to make a difference? Join the discussion as author Richie Unterberger talks about "The Rough Guide to Shopping with a Conscience," and author Ellis Jones talks about "The Better World Shopping Guide: Every Dollar Makes a Difference."
 
Bay Area writer Richie Unterberger lives in Oakland and has authored a number of books on music history and travel. Ellis Jones has been teaching students to make a difference for the past 15 years. A scholar of social responsibility, social change and everyday activism, he founded and directs the Better World Network. He currently teaches sociology at University of California, Davis.
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JEFF PARKER
reading & booksigning for "Ovenman"
Tuesday, August 28 at 7 pm
 
Jeff Parker’s uproariously funny debut novel, "Ovenman," follows the adventures of When Thinfinger - skateboarder, pizza slinger extraordinaire, and general ne’er-do well with a slightly tarnished heart of gold. His philosophy is that anything worth saying should fit on a Postit note - and, following too many beer-soaked nights, he comes to rely on these daily notes to himself to serve as memory. “This is a delight of a debut.” – Aimee Bender
 
Jeff Parker fiction and nonfiction have appeared in "The Best American Nonrequired Reading," Ploughshares, Tin House, and other books and journals. He currently teaches at the University of Toronto and is the program director of Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia. He lives in Toronto, Canada, and Ypsilanti, Michigan.


These Booksmith sponsored events will take place at The Booksmith (1644 Haight Street in San Francisco), unless otherwise indicated. For further information, call 415-863-8688 or visit www.booksmith.com     If you can't attend an event and would like to order a signed copy of the author's new book, please email or phone our store.
Friday, July 27th, 2007
11:53 am
Booksmith featured on TCM website
The TCM website ran an article on silent film books and the Booksmith booktable at the annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The article can be found at http://www.tcm.com/movienews/index/?cid=178014

It makes for fascinating reading, if we do say so ourself.
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