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Isabel Allende

41st Annual NCBA: Isabel Allende, ZYZZYVA, more

11 SEPTEMBER 2022 — sunday

41st Annual Northern California Book Awards, honoring the published works and authors of Northern California, as well as California translators state-wide. FRED CODY AWARD: Isabel Allende, accepting by video. RECOGNITION and GROUNDBREAKER AWARDS to ZYZZYVA literary journal and Mule Kick Blues, Michael McClure, edited by Garrett Caples; Nominees: POETRY: Derrick Austin (Tenderness), Ari Banias (A Symmetry), Mai Der Vang (Yellow Rain), Benjamin Gucciardi (West Portal), Amanda Moore (Requeening), Erin Rodoni (And if the Woods Carry You); FICTION: Chang-rae Lee (My Year Abroad), Tom Lin (The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu), Keenan Norris (The Confession of Copeland Cane), Claire Oshetsky (Chouette), and Shruti Swamy (The Archer); CREATIVE NONFICTION: LaDoris Hazzard Cordell (Her Honor: My Life on the Bench…What Works, What's Broken, and How to Change It), Joan Steinau Lester (Loving before Loving: A Marriage in Black and White), Joshua Mohr (Model Citizen), Shugri Said Salh (The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert), and Liz Tichenor (The Night Lake: A Young Priest Maps the Topography of Grief); GENERAL NONFICTION: Cynthia L. Haven (Czeslaw Milosz: A California Life), Michael Lewis (The Premonition: A Pandemic Story), Michael Pollan (This Is Your Mind on Plants), Rebecca Solnit (Orwell's Roses), and David Talbot and Margaret Talbot (By the Light of Burning Dreams: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Second American Revolution); CALIFORNIA TRANSLATION IN POETRY: Maria Baranda, edited and partially translated by Paul Hoover (The New World Written: Selected Poems), Shang Qin, translated by John Balcom (The All-Seeing Eye: Collected Poems by Shang Qin(), and Blanca Varela, translated by Lisa Allen Ortiz and Sara Daniele Rivera (The Blinding Star); CALIFORNIA TRANSLATION IN PROSE: Beatriz Bracher, translated by Adam Morris (Antonio), Wendy Guerra, translated by Achy Obejas (I Was Never the First Lady), and José Emilio Pacheco, translated by Katherine Silver (Battles in the Desert); CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, YOUNGER READERS: Mac Barnett (What Is Love?), Mitali Perkins (Home Is in Between), and Elizabeth Shreeve (Out of the Blue: How Animals Evolved from Prehistoric Seas); MIDDLE GRADE: Jennifer L. Holm (The Lion of Mars), Aimee Lucido (Recipe for Disaster), and Shanthi Sekaran (The Samosa Rebellion); YOUNG ADULT: Stacey Lee (Luck of the Titanic), Anna-Marie McLemore (The Mirror Season), and Tess Sharpe (The Girls I've Been), bookselling by Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore follows, in-person, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00 pm PDT (For more information, poetryflash.org/programs/?p=ncba_2022 or https://sfpl.org/events)




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29 NOVEMBER 2022 — tuesday

  • City Lights Books presents award-winning poet Eileen Myles, celebrating their new collection, Pathetic Literature, joined by writers Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts, Camille Roy, Honey Mine, Laurie Weeks, Zipper Mouth, winner of the Lambda Literary Award, Simone White, House Envy of All the World, and Frank Wilderson, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Rawle James, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents a special workshop with poets Zachary Zan and Hanson Lee, discussing and analyzing the famous Chinese poem "Cold Mountain", free, at the North Beach Library Community Room, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30-7:30 pm PST (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2022/11/29/panel-poetry-reading)

30 NOVEMBER 2022 — wednesday

  • Book Passage presents acclaimed writer and musician Patti Smith, Just Kids, winner of the National Book Award, celebrating her new book, A Book of Days, a collection of over 365 images and reflections that reflect the artist's life and unique aesthetic, Dominican University of California, 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael, $40, tickets include a copy of the book, 7:00 pm PST (Purchase tickets here: www.bookpassage.com/abookofdays2022)

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