Tales From Two Cities: Writing From California - SF

October 4 - 5, 2013


  • Friday, October 4
  • Saturday, October 5
1:00 pm PDT Writing from California: Welcome     Watch On-Demand
Luis Herrera, Will Hearst, David Ulin, Bill Deverell
1:30 pm PDT Panel Discussion: The New Publishing     Watch On-Demand
Oscar Villalon, John Tayman, Elaine Katzenberger, Moderator: Will Hearst

The conference opens with a discussion, moderated by Will Hearst, which explores "new publishing" in the Bay Area and beyond. How has, and how is, publishing changing? How might the dynamism in publishing, for good or ill, effect or alter regional distinctiveness when it comes to Bay Area literary production? What works? What doesn't? How can we think of new publishing well beyond easy caricatures of book publishing vs. digital publishing? Is the Bay Area a leader in this arena? Why, how, or why not?
2:45 pm PDT Reading: Dana Gioia     Watch On-Demand
Dana Gioia

A poetry reading by the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, distinguished poet, and literary scholar.
3:30 pm PDT Poets' Lives     Watch On-Demand
Brenda Hillman and Robert Hass in conversation with Matthew Zapruder

Poet Matthew Zapruder asks Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman if there is a Northern California tradition in poetry and writing? If so, what things make it distinct? And what does it have to do with physical place and geography? Or with historical setting or accident? Or with concepts of redemption, rejuvenation, spiritual or other liberation? Are there neglected and/or misunderstood Northern California poets or poetic traditions? And how might we deepen our understanding of what kind of poetry this region has produced?
4:30 pm PDT Keynote Interview: Armistead Maupin     Watch On-Demand
Armistead Maupin in conversation with David Ulin. Introduction: Ralph Lewin

Introduced by the President and CEO of Cal Humanities Ralph Lewin, this free-wheeling conversation between Los Angeles Times book critic (and conference co-organizer) David Ulin and the writer Armistead Maupin will investigate Maupin's body of work and the general landscape of writing about, in, and on San Francisco in the last several decades.

About this conference

Two free conferences examining the literature of Alta, California, north and south - from immigration to innovation, from the desert to the coast. Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, print and digital: It's all part of how California defines itself, going back to the earliest days. Regional distinctions are important, but most essential is the idea of California as a state with a culture and aesthetic all its own. What is our sensibility? How does the literature of California tell us who we are?

About The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West

The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (ICW) is a center for scholarly investigation of the history and culture of California and the American West. Through sponsorship of innovative scholarship and research, ICW draws on the resources of the University of Southern California and The Huntington Library to build an innovative collaboration between a research university and a research library.

For more information, visit: http://usc.edu/icw

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