I decided to use this space to talk a little about the cool literary events that are happening in San Francisco--or at least the very few I get to see because I have a small child and hardly ever get out of the house after dark.
Last night, however, I had a chance to see SF's Progressive Reading Series, which is always wonderful and always at the Makeout Room, a perfect space for a literary event because it has a bar and a stage and a great location in the Mission. The night began with Colm Toibin, an Irish writer who shares my love for Barcelona--at least, I believe that to be the case from his bio--and continued with a reading/narrative by Vendela Vida, a selection of six word memoirs by local authors, a bit about Lebanon by Michelle Orange, some very funny letters by Steve Almond, and finally, a few pieces of non-fiction by Charles D'Ambrosio, who can read as well as he can write (i.e., the ended the show with a bang). What a night! And the show is always for a good cause. I'm looking forward to the next one. Every third Saturday of the month, I believe--check the website for dates, etc.