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San Francisco’s Andrea Schwartz Gallery will be showing new work of Cara Barer in a two-person show running November 17–December 22, 2010. Definitely check it out if you’re in SF — Cara’s archival digital photographs are absolutely stunning (click here for a previous post on her work).
From the press release: “In an age of when the Internet is quickly becoming the primary source of information, Barer’s photographs act as a lament for the passing of an era when books were considered a pathway to knowledge.”
Really wish I was in New York this weekend. If you are, check out the Brooklyn Book Festival, taking place this Sunday, Sept. 12, from 10am-6pm.
There are tons of author readings–Salman Rushdie, Naomi Klein, Paul Auster, Venus Williams, Nelson George, Sarah Silverman, Gary Shteyngart, Mary Gaitskill, John Ashbery, Rosanne Cash, Paul Krugman, Colson Whitehead, Francine Prose, Dennis Lehane, Per Petterson, Esmeralda Santiago, Pete Hamill, Jennifer Egan, Russell Banks, Michael Connelly, John Hodgman, Kristen Schaal, Sam Lipsyte, Sloane Crosley, Maaza Mengiste, Paul Harding, Amy Goodman, Marlon James, Sarah MacLean, Jean Valentine, Elizabeth Nunez.
Plus, there is a marketplace in Borough Hall Plaza and Columbus Park with 170 vendors–including national and local booksellers, publishers, authors and presses galore. And remember those literary-inspired T-shirts I posted about a few months ago? They’ll be there too.
Today, June 16th, is the day on which James Joyce’s mammoth novel Ulysses takes place.
Check out what’s going on in Ireland and around the world and a brief timeline of where and when the novel’s events take place on the James Joyce Center website.
Overdue library books? For two weeks, The San Francisco Public Library is forgiving your overdue book fines if you just bring the books back! Anytime from May 3rd-May 16th, return your overdue library books to any San Francisco Public Library branch and your fines will be forgiven. To encourage people to participate, the Library is asking people to share their best excuse for why their books are overdue at sfpl.org/fineamnesty.
Sean Clarity, inspired by The Velveteen Rabbit
Heads up San Francisco book-lovers! There’s a cool exhibit opening this Friday, May 1 at Gallery 1988 (1173 Sutter St., at Polk). It’s called “Beyond the Page: Re-Illustrating Our Favorite Children’s Books,” and if you couldn’t tell from the title of the exhibit, it features original illustrations of characters and scenes from favorite children’s books. Some of the books you’ll see new art for: Bridge to Terabithia, Little Red Riding Hood, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Velveteen Rabbit, Calvin and Hobbes, and Snow White.
The show is free, but the gallery asks visitors to bring a new children’s book. They’ll be donated to the San Francisco Unified School District. The show lasts May 1-21, 2009, and the opening reception is Friday May 1, 7-10pm.
This Wednesday, the David Cohen Prize for Literature was given to poet Seamus Heaney. The lifetime achievement award is given to a living author every two years, and recognizes the writer’s contribution to British literature.
Also announced this week were the nominees for two prestigious literary awards — the Orange Prize and Man Booker International Prize. The Man Booker International Prize is also a lifetime achievement award; it’s presented every other year to a fiction writer. This year’s nominees are: Peter Carey, Evan S Connell, Mahasweta Devi, E.L. Doctorow, James Kelman, Mario Vargas Llosa, Arnošt Lustig, Alice Munro,V S Naipaul, Joyce Carol Oates, Antonio Tabucchi, Ngugi Wa Thiong’O, Dubravka Ugresic, and Ludmila Ulitskaya. I’m really happy to see Alice Munro on the list — she’s one of my favorite authors. The Man Booker International Prize will be awarded in May.
The Orange Prize nominees were also announced this week (finalists will be announced on April 21, and the winner revealed on June 3). The annual prize is awarded to a female fiction writer. There are 20 nominees, including Marilynne Robinson (for Home) and Toni Morrison (for A Mercy). Click here for the full list of nominees.