The Bay Area has long been fertile ground for literary talent - from Jack London to Amy Tan to Dave Eggers. Litquake, now in its 11th year, is our annual celebration of the written word, and it blows through town October 1-9. It's a whirlwind of lectures, parties and lit-events, so pick and choose what suits your fancy, but definitely aim to hit up something. Here are the biggies this week:
Prolific Mexican columnist, novelist, poet, and former UNESCO ambassador, Homero Aridjis has just released a new collection of poetry, Solar Poems. To celebrate, Aridjis will make an appearance at City Lights Bookstore in North Beach tonight (April 6) at 7pm. But it's not just Aridjis that makes the trip worthwhile. Aridjis also produced a billingual edition of his book, WHAT IS POETRY?/¿QUÉ ES LA POESÍA?, and City Lights founder and legendary poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti will be there to read selected poems from the book.
Not wanting to boldly go where millions are already planning to be this weekend? (Hint: We're not talking about Ben Vereen's Saturday night gig at Hotel Nikko.) If so, there are plenty of alternatives to space-based fantasy awaiting you at the city's indie theaters.
1. Sita Sings the Blues
Where: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., 415-668-3994
When: May 8-12
The spirit of Abbondanza filled hearts (and tummies) Sunday in the auditorium of Sts. Peter & Paul Church in North Beach at the North Beach Citizens dinner.
Now in its eighth year, the down-home event raises funds for this neighborhood homeless organization founded by film director Francis Ford Coppola.