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Written on the Dock of the Bay: May 31, 2013


Written on the Dock of the Bay is your weekly guide to literary and bookish happenings in the pleasantly literary and bookish Bay Area.


This past Wednesday, author Jack Vance - mystery, fantasy, and science fiction writer of more than 60 books - passed away in his home in Oakland. He was 96 years old. Readers might know Vance by his pen names: John Holbrook Vance, Ellery Queen, Alan Wade, Peter Held, John van See, or Jay Kavans. In this way, he's taken more than one voice with him. Vance is most known for Hugo Award winners Dragon Masters and The Last Castle.


Friday, May 31

San Francisco Cacophony celebration // For those not in the know, the Cacophony Society is the group of creative pranksters who inspired both Burning Man and, apparently, Fight Club. According to the Society's code, you may even already be a member without knowing it. San Francisco Cacophony by Carrie Galbraith, John Law, and Kevin Evans attempts to explain the unexplainable society, and there's an event that will last exactly 5.5 hours to celebrate the book this Friday at the Castro Theatre. The event will feature screened episodes of Weird America aswell as Circus Redikuless – the documentary of Chicken John's circus. If that doesn't get you, there will also be belly dancers. // DETAILS: Friday, May 31, 7:30pm. The Castro Theatre. 429 Castro, San Francisco, CA

Saturday, June 1

Issues Anniversary // There have been some serious issues for a while, but this Saturday, we're not whining. Instead, we're celebrating the six year anniversary of Issues, the Oakland-based magazine store, with summer sounds from KUSF-in-Exile DJ Irwin and a 10% discount on everything … in the store. Because sometimes we don't want the Internet; sometimes we want words on a page. Plus, if you go at 2pm there will be free pizza from Hot Italian. // DETAILS: Saturday, June 1, 12– 6pm. Issues. 20 Glen Avenue, Oakland, CA

Sunday, June 2

Inbetweenland reading // Jack McNamara's Inbetweenland is, like the title suggests, a collection caught somewhere between poetry, prose, prose-poetry, poetry-prose, and poetry-howl-song-incantation. It's also representative of a “hybrid experiment in the neon vernacular of being alive.” If that hasn't blown your mind already, come hear McNamara's reading live and see if your mind is still there afterwards. // DETAILS: Sunday, June 2, 7pm. Pegusus Bookstore Downtown. 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Wednesday, June 5

Radar Reading Series Anniversary // You better call your significant other, because all these literary anniversARies are starting to make it look like it's everyone's anniversary. The Radar Reading Series is turning 10 this Wednesday and, to celebrate, Michelle Tea is hosting the Radar SuperStars Program. The incredibly interesting SuperStar lineup will feature performances by Thomas Page McBee, a woman who became a man and then became a masculinity expert, Brian Freeman, founder of the African-American gay theater troupe Pomo Afro Homos, Iranian-American Dynasty Handbag writer and reformed girl scout Jibz Cameron, and more. If you can believe it. // DETAILS: Wednesday, June 5, 6 – 8pm. San Francisco Main Library. 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA