For our June issue, we asked fifteen of the Bay Area's best writers to do something a little different. We had them pick their own local literary crushes, and, well, go out on a date. They went bowling. They had pancakes at IHOP. They watched baseball games. They drank, and drank, and drank some more. You can read the results for yourself in the magazine, out tomorrow, or on this website next week. We're pretty happy with the results.
So happy, in fact, that we decided to throw a party. It's free, and you are invited. We're gathering many of issue's contributors at Book Passage in the Ferry Building this Thursday night at 7:30 PM for the mother of all literary readings. The lineup includes:
Daniel Handler: the author of four novels, most recently the printz Honor–winning Why We Broke Up, as well as far too many books written under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket, including this October’s When Did You See Her Last? from Little, Brown.
Jennifer Kahn: a UC Berkeley journalism professor and frequent contributor to the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and many other publications.
Scott Hutchins: author of last year's acclaimed novel A Working Theory of Love, and a lecturer in Stanford's creative writing program.
Chinaka Hodge: a poet, screenwriter, and educator who lives on airplanes and sometimes sees her homes in Los Angeles and West Oakland.
Lysley Tenorio: author of the short story collection Monstress, which was nominated for a 2013 California Book Award, and an associate professor at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Helene Wecker: her first novel, The Golem and the Jinni, was published in April, and just received a rapturous review on the front page of the New York Times Book Review.
Robin Sloan: a former employee of Twitter and Current TV, his first novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2012.
Josh Mohr: the author of four novels: Fight Song, Damascus, Some Things That Meant the World to Me, and Termite Parade, who teaches in the MFA program at USF.
Peter Orner: the author of the novel Love and Shame and Love and the newly reissued Esther Stories. His next book, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, will be published in August by Little, brown.
Spring Warren: her first book, Turpentine: A Novel, was published by Grove/Atlantic. Her second was Quarter-Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year.
Kara Levy: Her fiction appeared or is forthcoming in the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Mississippi Review, Zen Monster, and Narrative. She currently teaches at Stanford.
Ethel Rohan: the author of two story collections, the forthcoming Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone. Born in Dublin, she currently lives in San Francisco.
Mac Barnett: author of books for children, including Extra Yarn, which won a 2013 Caldecott Honor, as well as the Brixton Brothers series of mystery novels.
Leath Tonino: A freelance journalist currently working on stories about the Grand Canyon, the Connecticut River, roadkill in New Jersey, and elephant sanctuaries in Nepal.
Book Passage (1 Ferry Building), 7:30 PM. Thursday, May 23. Free.