San Francisco Public Library

Tales from Two Cities

9:00 - 5:00

Main Library

Koret Auditorium

100 Larkin St.

Tales from Two Cities: Writing From California

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. 4and continues all day Saturday Oct. 5, at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St., in San Francisco’s Civic Center.

Schedule for Saturday, October 5:

9:15 a.m. - Regional Voices - Frances Dinkelspiel, Ellen Ullman, Karen Tei Yamashita, Faith Adiele, Moderator: Anthea Hartig

10:15 a.m.- Films - Presented by Richard Moore

11:30 a.m.- Universities and Literary Communities - Tobias Wolff, Peter Richardson, Paul Yamazaki, Laura Cogan

1:30 p.m.- The Literary Tradition in California - Kevin Starr in conversation with William Deverell

3 p.m.- Science Fiction/Environmental Writing - Dana Gioia, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ursula Heise

4 p.m.-5 p.m. - The City - David Talbot, Phil Bronstein, Gary Kamiya, Michelle Tea, Moderator: Jane Ganahl

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