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March 02, 2006

San Francisco Events I'm Going To

For those of you in the San Francisco Bay Area interested in expanding your horizons ;) I'll be at these events in the coming week. Hope to see some of you there ...

R. Zamora (Zack) Linmark made a big splash in the nineties with his novel Rolling the Rs, a coming-of-age-as-a-gay-Pinoy-in-Hawaii story told in pidgin. Very, very funny and much worth reading. Anyway, Zack's coming off a long period of residencies during which he developed his poetry-writing muscles. He's just produced a collection of poetry called Primetime Apparitions. Marianne Villanueva came out with her collection of short stories The Mayor of the Roses last year. I'm ashamed to say I've only read two of the stories (both excellent) -- the two she submitted to me at Hyphen magazine, one of which we published in Hyphen's Issue 7. (I also published a poem of Zack's in Hyphen's Issue 2, by way of full disclosure.) Marianne and Zack will be reading from their latest books in San Francisco on Saturday: at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts gallery space, on Saturday Mar. 4, 2- 4 PM in the Education Resource Room, which is just off the main gallery.

Those of you who know your Asian American history will know about the International Hotel, which was the locus of a fierce, decade-long fight to preserve a dying ethnic enclave in the heart of San Francisco. The fight was lost, but the encroaching financial district won only a pyrrhic victory, and nearly 30 years after the fall of the I-Hotel, a new building stands in its place, housing a community cultural center. Next week the Manilatown Center will host a reading for International Women's day featuring Michelle Bautista, Evelie Delfino Sáles Posch, Janet Stickmon, and Annabelle Udo (Editor of Rewind Magazine, a Bay Area club/music magazine published in the early 90s). 868 Kearny Street (at Jackson) in San Francisco.

Two more of my Wiscon/online friends will be doing a signing at science fiction/fantasy/horror bookstore Borderlands next week. Husband and wife matched-pair, Justine Larbalestier and Scott Westerfeld, both YA (young adult fiction) writers (Scott is also an adult SF writer and Justine also an academic who writes about SF) will be signing their latest books: Magic Lessons the second of Justine's trilogy that began with Magic or Madness, and Midnighters: Blue Noon, the final book in his Midnighters trilogy. Really fun reads, both of them (I have Blue Noon sitting on my desk, just begging to be read, ya know. Tuesday 7 March 2006, 7 PM at Borderland Books, 866 Valencia St in San Francisco

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