Michelle Tea‘s monthly RADAR series of readings by writers looks especially good this month. Ali Liebgott, winner of the 2008 Lambda Literary Award for women’s fiction; Sara Shun-Lien Bynum, a National Book Award finalist 2004; San Francisco queer activist and writer Gina DeVries, and fiction and non-fiction writer Frances Lefkowitz appear. Liebgott and Bynum, both connected with UC San Diego, bring a Southern California flair to the event.
The LA Times had a nice piece today about Zyzzyva. The San Francisco litmag is still edited, after nearly 25 years, by its founder Howard Junker, though Junker is threatening to retire next year. I was charmed to read that Junker was a technical writer before being laid off by Bechtel, whereupon he founded the litmag. (Of course, the last time I was laid off by a high tech company, I finished my first novel during the downtime. And now look at me. I’m a technical writer again. And trying to finish my second novel.)
Progressive Reading Series organizer and well-known local author Stephen Elliot writes in the Huffington Post of last night’s successful event to raise money for recycling bins for Houston. They raised enough for 276 18-gallon bins, and more importantly raised the profile of the recycling program of the Texas city.
Houston to accept donation
Congratulations to San Francisco’s Joshua Mohr, whose debut novel “Some Things That Meant the World To Me” has been sold as part of a two-book deal, according to Publisher’s Marketplace. Mohr teaches a writing course at the local The Writing Salon and has had several short stories in litmags. But as far as I can tell from Google, he has neither a website nor a blog. So he actually might write a second book some day!
In Marin, the literary scene in remote but picturesque Point Reyes Station [map] was the subject of a long article in the Marin Independent Journal on Sunday. The piece draws attention to the visits by nationally known authors and political figures, as well as a recent three-day Stegner conference.