12:00 - 1:00
In honor of Bay Area author Anthony Boucher (1911-1968), Steven Black and Randal S. Brandt will discuss the life and career of this powerhouse in imaginative fiction and will perform one of his San Francisco-based radio plays, The Ghost Town Mortuary.
Anthony Boucher was a renaissance figure in 20th century pulp and genre fiction. Author of such classic tales as "The Quest for Saint Aquin" and "The Compleat Werewolf," he co-founded, with J. Francis McComas, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Boucher’s Ghost Town Mortuary features, as a guest character, George R. Stewart, the real-life author of the apocalyptic classic, Earth Abides.
Steven Black is the Head of Acquisitions and Randal Brandt the Head of Cataloging in the Technical Services Department at UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library, where Brandt is also the curator of the California Detective Fiction Collection.