From our friends at the San Francisco Public Library:

Literary Conference, October 4 and 5, 2013, SF Main Library

Featuring Armistead Maupin, Tobias Wolff, Kevin Starr & More

What’s regional about Northern California writers and writing?  What’s Californian about it?  San Francisco Public Library will host a day and a half of discussions, readings, and interviews that explore the literary and publishing landscape of the Bay Area in Tales from Two Cities: Writing from California.  The literary conference, free and open to the public, begins Friday Oct. 4 and continues all day Saturday Oct. 5, at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St., in San Francisco’s Civic Center.

Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin will be in conversation with David Ulin, author, book critic and former Book Editor of the Los Angeles Times, on Oct. 4.

Other authors, editors, historians, and booksellers at the conference include Dana Gioia, Kevin Starr, John Tayman, Ellen Ullman, Tobias Wolff, Kim Stanley Robinson, Karen Tei Yamashita, David Talbot, Gary Kamiya, Elaine Katzenberger, Oscar Villalon, Jane Ganahl, Frances Dinkelspiel, Ursula Heise, Peter Richardson, Laura Cogan, Will Hearst, Faith Adiele, Anthea Hartig, Michelle Tea, and Phil Bronstein.

A second conference will explore writers and writing in Southern California, which will be held at the Los Angeles Public Library on Feb. 21 and 22, 2014.

Sponsors include: The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West; FORA.TV; Friends of the San Francisco Public Library; and The Library Foundation of Los Angeles. For more information, go to

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Michelle Jeffers
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