Tomorrow is Saturday, November 1st, and lots of things are happening that day alone:
First, NaNoWriMo begins. Sharpen your pencils, rev up your laptops, and get ready to create a work of highly dubious quality. Write-ins are being planned all over the city right now: join up on NaNoWriMo and register with the San Francisco cohort on the forums to receive updates. The truly ambitious and impatient can even begin tonight at midnight, before changing out of the costume, or even sobering up much. Just think: an army of inebriated, sexy nurses and vampires, typing their first lines. Yes.
Next up, the Alternative Press Expo is open at the Concourse the whole weekend, from 11-7 Saturday and 11-6 Sunday. This year’s Expo features comic-book superstar Chris Ware. His latest offering, Acme Novelty Library #19, has just been printed up by the truckload, and Ware plans to sign at least a goodly handful of them at the Drawn and Quarterly booth from 4-6 Saturday. On Sunday from 12:30-1:30, he’s got the spotlight panel, in conversation with Eli Horowitz (AKA the “other” McSweeney’s guy), with more signing of Novelties to follow.
On Sunday, November 2nd, there’s the aforementioned Chris Ware panel at the Alternative Press Expo.
Tuesday, November 4th is ELECTION DAY. So cast your ballot before doing anything else. But in the evening, if you’re not absolutely glued to the TV — or figure the votes’ll be counted whether you’re watching or not — you might head over to Borderlands Books at 7:00 PM and meet up with Ann and Jeff Vandermeer, who edited the smart anthology Steampunk, just out from Tachyon Publications. The question on the table: Steampunk: What Is It?
Wednesday, November 5th brings Michelle Tea’s monthly Radar Reading series at 6 PM at Main Library, Lower Level, in the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room. This month features Stephanie Kuehart, Pilou Miller, Danny el Lute Levesque and Marriage. You don’t need a link from me: just go.
Finally, on Thursday, November 6th at 6:00 PM, the Mechanic’s Institute presents Jonathan Hennessey, whose graphic novel, The United States Constitution, explains just how the dag-blasted thing is supposed to work. With pictures! For We, the Laggards in the Back Row. Details here; free to members, $12 to the public.