Sunday, March 17, 2013

BOOK TOUR for The End of San Francisco (I will keep updating this page as new events emerge)!!!

It's time for The End of San Francisco! Kirkus Reviews calls it “blunt, dynamic and original.” SF Weekly says it’s “a wonderfully messy mix of memoir, social history, and elegy.” And the Stranger calls it “a tender good-bye to a San Francisco that doesn’t exist anymore.”

Here's the blah blah blah:

The End of San Francisco breaks apart the conventions of memoir to reveal the passions and perils of a life that refuses to conform to the rules of straight or gay normalcy. A budding queer activist escapes to San Francisco, in search of a world more politically charged, sexually saturated, and ethically consistent—this is the person who evolves into Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, infamous radical queer troublemaker, organizer and agitator, community builder, and anti-assimilationist commentator. Here is the tender, provocative, and exuberant story of the formation of one of the contemporary queer movement's most savvy and outrageous writers and spokespersons.

Moving kaleidoscopically between past, present, and future, Sycamore conjures the untidy push and pull of memory, exposing the tensions between idealism and critical engagement, trauma and self-actualization, inspiration and loss. Part memoir, part social history, and part elegy, The End of San Francisco explores and explodes the dream of a radical queer community and the mythical city that was supposed to nurture it.

More advance praise:

Mattilda is a dazzling writer of uncommon truths, a challenging writer who refuses to conform to conventionality. Her agitation is an inspiration.
—Justin Torres, author of We the Animals

Delivered in a free-form, associative writing style, Sycamore’s effort to exorcise the demons from her past is blunt, dynamic and original.
—Kirkus Reviews

Bring on The End of San Francisco! And Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, whose new book has reinvented memoir without the predictable gloss of passive resolution. This book is undeniably brave and new, and the internal energy churning at its core is like nothing you've seen, heard or read before. I swear.
—T Cooper, author of Real Man Adventures

We hear so much about coming-of-age narratives that we seldom think about going-of-age—the shutting down and closure, the making sense of where we've been. Written with grace, reserve, and the honest tremblings that come when things matter, Mattilda shows us that The End of San Francisco is really the beginning of joy.
—Daphne Gottlieb, author of 15 Ways to Stay Alive

And, the events!!!

Elliott Bay Book Company
Friday, March 29, 7 p.m.
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle WA 98122
(206) 624-6600
Facebook invite

Powell's City of Books
Monday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.
1005 W. Burnside
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 228-4651
Facebook invite

University of Oregon
Thursday, April 4, 6 p.m.
Ben Linder Room, EMU
Eugene, Oregon

Loyola Marymount University
Thursday, April 11, 4:30 p.m.
Los Angeles, California 90045

Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.
Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-1175

Cal State Fullerton
Wednesday, April 17, 5 p.m.
Fullerton, California

Bookshop Santa Cruz
Sunday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-0900

City Lights Bookstore
Tuesday, April 30, 7 p.m.
261 Columbus Ave. at Broadway
San Francisco, CA
(415) 362-8193

Pegasus Books Downtown
Thursday, May 2, 7:30 pm
2349 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

GLBT History Museum
Thursday, May 9, 7:00 pm
4127 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-1107

Olympia Timberland Library
Wednesday, May 22, 7:30 pm
313 8th Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 352-0595

Midwest and East Coast coming in the fall -- let me know if you want to bring me to your town or university…

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