A book-length poem rooted in Jewish mysticism, an exploration of white flight in fiction, and a short story collection about characters who endeavor to create new worlds that honor their identities and their Chinese heritage. Meet the authors of these works at local bookstores during the week ahead. See all literary listings in our comprehensive calendar.
“Ascend Ascend” author Janaka Stucky at City Lights Bookstore on September 17
Author of three previous collections of poetry, and founder of the indie press Black Ocean, Janaka Stucky celebrates his new book “Ascend Ascend” (Third Man Books). Written over the course of just twenty days, as Stucky was coming in and out of trance states induced by intermittent fasting and somatic rituals, the book-length poem is rooted in Jewish mysticism and the ecstatic tradition. Learn more.
“White Flights: Race, Fiction and the American Imagination” author Jess Row at Green Apple Books on the Park on September 23
Jess Row discusses his new book, “White Flights: Race, Fiction and the American Imagination.” At the heart of the book, Jess Row ties “white flight”—the movement of white Americans into segregated communities, whether in suburbs or newly gentrified downtowns—to white writers setting their stories in isolated or emotionally insulated landscapes. White Flights aims to move fiction to a more inclusive place, and Row looks beyond criticism to consider writing as a reparative act. See details.
“Nancy Au Presents Spider Love Songs” at East Bay Booksellers in Oakland on September 25
East Bay Booksellers welcomes Nancy Au to celebrate the publication of their debut short story collection, “Spider Love Song and Other Stories.” These seventeen stories present the challenges facing characters whose inner and outer lives often do not align, whose spirits attempt flight despite dashed hopes and lean circumstances. Marginalized by race, age, and sexuality, they endeavor to create new worlds that honor their identities and their Chinese heritage. Au will be joined by Natasha Dennerstein, Tomas Moniz, Kimberly Gomes, and Carson Beker. Learn more.