Join an all-star cast of San Francisco history as we celebrate this year's One City One Book recipient Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love. Author David Talbot's extraordinary telling of the city's colorful and often dark history spans from the late '60s to the early '80s, when figures such as Harvey Milk, Janis Joplin, Jim Jones, and Bill Walsh helped usher San Francisco from backwater city to thriving metropolis. With live music, tributes, remembrances, flashbacks, and many special guests.
Bestselling author Susie Bright, the country’s preeminent feminist sex writer, is one of the world’s most respected voices on sexual politics, as well as an award-winning author and editor who’s produced and published thousands of the finest writers and journalists working in American literature and progressive activism today.
Elisa Brooks aka Missy Manners, the Republican Porn Star, was lead actress in the 1986 adult film Behind The Green Door: The Sequel. She quickly became the nation’s spokesperson for safe sex, with interviews in The New York Times and Playboy (conducted by David Talbot), and appearances on Larry King Live and Oprah, where she was the first person to hand out condoms to the host.
Marc Capelle is a composer, arranger, and musician, leads the all-star soul band Marc & the Casuals, and is musical director and pianist for the Porchlight Storytelling series.
Ben Fong-Torres is an acclaimed music journalist of 45 years, a former Rolling Stone editor and the author of eight books, including The Grateful Dead Scrapbook, Not Fade Away: A Backstage Pass to 20 Years of Rock & Roll, Willin': The Story of Little Feat, and The Hits Just Keep on Coming: The History of Top 40 Radio. He is also the San Francisco Chronicle radio columnist, and was portrayed in the film Almost Famous.
As one of the treasured few biological females in the celebrated Cockettes, Fayette Hauser got wild and lived in technicolor with the likes of the Family Dog, Janis Joplin and Andy Warhol. Now living in Los Angeles, she writes, lectures and travels sharing her photographs, stories and thoughtful insights.
At 19, Penelope Houston was the lead singer and songwriter for the Avengers. Over a 30-year career, she’s been called “the archetypal indomitable rock’n’roll woman,” “soul-sister to Nick Drake and Sandy Denny,” and a pioneer of “melodic-yet-hard-hitting alternative rock.”
Gary Kamiya is author of Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco. He was a co-founder of Salon.com, with David Talbot. He is currently executive editor of San Francisco magazine and writes a weekly history column for the San Francisco Chronicle, “Portals of the Past.”
Denise Kaufman is a member of the Ace of Cups, San Francisco’s first all-girl band, rocking their music and babies from 1967 through today. A Merry Prankster on the bus with Ken Kesey, these days Denise teaches yoga, surfs, and is recording a new album with the Ace of Cups.
Barry “The Fish” Melton is the co-founder and original lead guitarist of Country Joe and The Fish, and performs in the concert documentaries filmed at both Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival. He continues to play music, and is a criminal defense attorney in Lake County.
David E. Smith
David E. Smith, MD, is founder of Haight-Ashbury Free Clinics, and is recognized as a national leader in treatment of addictive disease, psychopharmacology of drugs, new research strategies regarding drug abuse problems, and proper prescribing practices for physicians. In 2011 Haight-Ashbury Free Clinics merged with Walden House to form HealthRIGHT 360, serving patients throughout California.
David Talbot is an author, journalist, media entrepreneur, and book publisher. He is founder and former editor-in-chief of Salon.com, and is author of the bestsellers Season of the Witch and Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, and the illustrated pulp history Devil Dog: The Amazing True Story of the Man Who Saved America. His newest book is The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government.