Friday, August 16, 2013

Oh, look – my fall book tour for The End of San Francisco continues to develop – of course, let me know if you want to bring me to your town or university…



Here's what I have so far:


UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

Thursday, October 3, 7 pm

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building

Madison, Wisconsin


 

CHICAGO, IL

Women & Children First

Monday, October 7, 7:30 pm

5233 N Clark St

Chicago, IL 60640



 

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Friday, October 11, 4:30 pm

National Coming Out Day Keynote

Kleinau Theatre

Carbondale, Illinois

 

WASHINGTON, DC

Busboys and Poets, 5th& K

Tuesday, October 22, 6:30 pm

Cullen Room @ Busboys and Poets, 5th & K

1025 5th St. NW

Washington DC 20001


 

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

Tuesday, October 29, 6 pm

Kimmel Center for University Life, Room 912

60 Washington Square South

New York, New York

 

NEW YORK, NY

Bluestockings Bookstore

Wednesday, October 30, 7 pm

172 Allen St

New York, NY 10002



 

BROOKLYN, NY

Brooklyn Community Pride Center

Monday, November 4, 7 pm

4 Metrotech (corner of Willoughby and Gold Sts., entrance on Willoughby St.)

Brooklyn NY 11201



 

PHILADELPHIA, PA

Giovanni’s Room

Monday, November 11, 5:30 pm

345 South 12th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107



 

BALTIMORE, MD

Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse

Friday, November 15, 7 pm

30 W. North Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21218


 

WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

Tuesday, November 19, 4:30 pm

Middletown, CT

 

AMHERST, MA

Food for Thought Books

Thursday, November 21, 7 pm

106 North Pleasant Street

Amherst, MA 01002



 

BOSTON, MA

Harvard Book Store

Wednesday, December 11, 7 pm

1256 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02138



 

And, a Facebook invite for the whole tour:




And, info on the book:

The End of San Francisco
by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
City Lights Publishers 2013

“One of the most important memoirs of the decade.”
—Ariel Gore, Psychology Today

“[A] frantic kaleidoscope of mourning and survival… recklessly transfigured through language and imagination.”
—Michael Bronski, San Francisco Chronicle

“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

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 praise:

“Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore… is the posterchild for all that was culturally alternative in San Francisco in that pierced-lip poser decade [the '90s], while at the same time possessing one of the loudest voices cutting through the bullshit clamor back then and questioning it all. She's also a brilliant writer… Her new memoir… is written in such a hypnotically elliptical style (summoning City Lights' Beat poet legacy) and contains so many spot-on observations and era-damning epigrams that anyone who lived through the period described will cling to its pages while wishing to hurl the book at a wall in embarrassed self-recognition. Searing, funny, maudlin, elegiac, infuriating, and confessional, The End of San Francisco is a deliberately disordered collection of vignettes dealing mostly with Sycamore's span living in the city… Along the way we get drug overdoses, AIDS, lesbian potlucks, heroin chic, crystal meth, ACT UP, the birth of the Internet, the dot-com boom, the dot-com bust, mental breakdowns, outdoor cruising, phony spirituality, Craigslist hookups, hipster gentrification, Polk Street hustling, fag-bashing, shoplifting, house music, the Matrix Program, crappy SoMa live/work lofts, "Care Not Cash," gallons of bleach and hair dye, and processing, processing, and more processing… As we weather another dot-com boom of homogenizing gentrification, The End of San Francisco is a timely reminder of the community that can spring from resistance.”
—Marke B., San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Leave it to Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore to have us all excited about the end of San Francisco… Her writing is furious and unlike anything you’ve ever read… Drunk on language that ought to be incomprehensible but is somehow piercingly lucid, [Sycamore] wails elegiac for the dream of a transcendent queer culture once glimpsed with such promise here."
—Evan Karp, SF Weekly

“Can memoir be honest, emotionally or otherwise? Is counterculture actually possible as a way to live? What happens to those who dream of a radical queer community when the dream fails? Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s latest book, The End of San Francisco, is a despairing memoir of loss—the loss of the dream of radical queer San Francisco, the loss of formative friendships, the loss of personal and political innocence. Written in a free-associative style and merging personal and social history, it is—like all of Sycamore’s work— innovative both formally and politically… The End of San Francisco is the opposite of nostalgia. Nostalgia is fundamentally conservative, and its conservatism is often embedded in the form in which stories are told. The End of San Francisco seems to me radical, not just in content, but formally, in insisting on other ways of remembering and documenting.”
—Jessica Hoffmann, Los Angeles Review of Books

“Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s long awaited memoir… will rip you open; crack your rib-cage and pour glitter into your heart… Brutal and brilliant, the memoir weaves in and out of time, bringing readers into the intimate details of Sycamore’s adolescence and early activist days. Never defaulting to tidy recounts, cleaned with the passage of time, Sycamore invites readers to share in the complexities of growing up and finding yourself… There is no rose-colored revisionist memory here. Expertly, Sycamore tells not only the story of her past, but also gives a glimpse into the world of anyone who was ever young, idealistic, and too queer.”
—Sassafras Lowrey, Lambda Literary

“The End of San Francisco begins and ends with intense wants for recognition and connectivity. Throughout, there isn’t one part where [Sycamore] is disengaged from this intensity. But that want for more, for something deeper, for integrative relationships and structural change, which is so often mistaken for cynicism, is fueled by love and aspirations.”
—Peter Cochrane, BOMB

“A whirring, thoughtful—but not nostalgic—elegy for San Francisco as queer haven. The book is invested in trying to understand, in trying to process both joyful and traumatic experiences even before laying them out in linear time… The book weaves and glitters, it holds the hopes and threats of Clairice Lispector’s The Passion of G.H. and also David Wojnarowicz’s blood-filled egg—one of his images for rage—while at the same time creating its own brave, tender, kinetic world.”
—Mairead Case, The Rumpus

"This autobiography is a story of the way people fail each other, whether out of malice or exhaustion or just not knowing how to be there. It’s a chronicle of the ways that we need each other, and the way that need can be turned around, inside-out, torn in all the wrong places but still the only blanket that you have. It’s about critiquing out of love and loving despite critique, despite failure, until you can't do it anymore, until you genuinely feel as though an entire city has come to an end."
—Ocean Capewell, Maximum Rocknroll

Sycamore’s work… is structurally challenging, and reads like it was driven more by free association — Freud’s psychoanalytic technique that employs spontaneous and unconstrained collecting of emotions and ideas — than by any style taught in an English literature classroom. The result is brilliant, a collection of unstructured vignettes about sex abuse, dying parents, feminism and veganism, Tracy Chapman and Le Tigre, dyke bars and gay tricks, AIDS and ACT UP that all weave together a life of hope in ’90s San Francisco and the disappointment that follows.”
—Diane Anderson-Minshall, The Advocate

The End of San Francisco is as much social critique about the impossibility of collective dreams as it is a memoir looking back at queer and feminist community building in the ‘90s. And it feels life changing reading this book in the midst of the marriage debates… As a reader I felt like I was inside my own memories while I was given access to the formative moments of someone else’s life. I kept wanting Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore to be sitting next to me so I could say, “Right, me too”... The End of San Francisco is a reminder of the ways hopefulness runs alongside longing. It is a model for turning internalized pain into unabashedly anti-assimilationist liberatory politics.
—Jessica Lawless, HTMLGiant

"A trenchant observer, [Sycamore’s] denunciation of racism, classism and homophobia is fierce and she does not spare queer communities for their refusal to reject hetero-normativity—marriage and children—or capitalist consumption."
—Eleanor Bader, TruthOut

“This book is a useful reminder that the gay community is far from monolithic and that it is especially important to listen to the voices of resistance.”
June Thomas, New York One

"Sycamore identifies the complicated messiness of identities wrestling with belonging, activism and being instruments of gentrification. . . Her style—emotional and conversational—creates a rich, satisfying, evocative and deeply relatable world."
—Sarah Mangle, Broken Pencil

"The End of San Francisco could be the most insightful break-up memoir the city has ever received."
—Ingrid Rojas Contreras, KQED Arts

“Shirking the idea that time unfolds linearly and our lives are both affectively lived and narrated chronologically, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore's The End of San Francisco gives us memoir as "an active process of remembering" to be experienced simultaneously by author and reader. At its core, The End of San Francisco is a narrative of emotions loosely tied together in constellations of events. It's a trippy read—in multiple senses of the word—but at the same time profoundly honest and raw.”
—Marcie Bianco, Velvet Park

“A fin-de-siècle late '90s narrative that captures the city's underground demimondaine of artists, punks, activists, anarchists and addicts whose ranks will soon be, if not completely swept away by the tech boom's false promises, then severely thinned by gentrification.”
—Tomas Mournian, Huffington Post

“Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore's whip-raw memoir… feels like emerging from a chrysalis...”
—Paul Constant, The Stranger

Described as "startlingly bold and provocative" by Howard Zinn, "a cross between Tinkerbell and a honky Malcolm X with a queer agenda" by the Austin Chronicle, and one of "50 Visionaries Changing Your World" by Utne Reader, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is most recently the author of The End of San Francisco, described by Psychology Today as “one of the most important memoirs of the decade.” Sycamore is the author of two novels, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly and Pulling Taffy, and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies, most recently Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book, as well as Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity and That’s Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. Sycamore currently lives in Seattle. www.mattildabernsteinsycamore.com

2 comments:

kayti said...

We are going to be out of town when you come in October until the 25th but we are planning to see in Baltimore :) . Thanks for coming back to our area:). I would be so upset if I didn't get to see you at all.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Kayti, I'm so glad I'll get to see you in Baltimore!!!

Love –
mattilda