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Literary Friday

Summer Reading List Giveaway!

Last week, we gave away a copy of Michael Lee West’s “A Teeny Bit of Trouble” to Tamara Welch during our Twitter chat. Today, we’ll be handing out another book to a reader who commented on our Summer Reading List and posted about the list. “Sea Change” by Karen White, which hits shelves June 5, is going to Laura Kay with A Novel Review. We’ve still got lots more books to give away, so keep commenting and posting to be entered to win!

And don’t forget about our June 8 Twitter chat with Kimberly Brock. We’ll be talking about her new book “The River Witch” from 1-2 p.m. CST and giving away a copy.

Direct From San Francisco …

Since we’re bringing this edition of Literary Friday to you from the City By the Bay, we thought we’d share a few tidbits about San Francisco’s literary history. The city shined last week in HBO’s “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” standing in for Spain, New York, Cuba, Shanghai and more. The movie was shot over 40 days last spring within 20 miles of the city, home to director Phil Kaufman. Read more in articles from the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times.

San Francisco is home to and has inspired numerous literary figures, including Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and his City Lights Books, Jack Kerouac, Amy Tan, Dashiell Hammett, Armistead Maupin and Dave Eggers. The list goes on and on. For the romance fans, Danielle Steel’s house in Pacific Heights (pictured below) is a must-see (a good vantage point is from Lafayette Park). It’s the former Spreckels Mansion, located at 2080 Washington St., and has 55 rooms and a ballroom.

 Here are a few other literary-related sites to check out if you’re ever in San Francisco:

Landmark independent bookstore City Lights in North Beach, founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in the 1950s.

Jack Kerouac Alley can be found next to City Lights, between Chinatown and North Beach, and was named after the Beat writer because he used to frequent the bookstore and bar next door.

Vesuvio is a North Beach bar, located across the alley from City Lights, and was a favorite of the Beat writers. It’s said Neal Cassady, the real-life Dean Moriarty of Kerouac’s “On the Road,” stopped there for a poetry reading in 1955. Fans can order The Jack Kerouac cocktail, a mixture of rum, tequila, orange and cranberry juices and lime.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope building (the green one) in North Beach is where his literary magazine Zoetrope: All-Story is published.

Literary News

NY Post chooses Erika Robuck’s “Hemingway’s Girl,” due out in September, as one of its summer reads 

“Hemingway & Fuentes” Set To Go With Anthony Hopkins, Andy Garcia & Annette Bening

Sotheby’s to auction handwritten letter, childhood books of Confederacy of Dunces author 

The New York Times chooses Carl Hiaasen’s “Chomp” as one of its Motherlode Book Club picks 

Literary Blogs

Book Riot’s author-on-author smackdown between Richard Wright and Zora Neale Hurston

Southern Foodways Alliances Recap of the 2012 International Biscuit Festival & Southern Food Writing Conference

Literary Events

Birmingham Public Library’s Bards & Brews kicks off today with a poetry slam and beer tasting and continues the first Friday of the month at different venues around town.

The National Black Book Festival takes place June 8-10 in Houston, Texas.

A trio of weekend events for listeners of podcast “Books on the Nightstand,” Booktopia makes a stop in Oxford, Mississippi, June 15-17, presenting authors Ellen Brown, Tom Franklin, Jesmyn Ward and more.

New in Southern Voice

Smoke in the South,” a story by Amber Cook about two siblings dealing with the loss of their grandmother in Mississippi.

Don’t miss the Literary Friday Pinterest board!

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  • Maria Norcia Santillanes / June 1, 2012

    Love Karen White’s writing!! I pre-ordered her book for my Kindle … great stories and a great voice.

  • Tamara / June 1, 2012

    You are my hero- giving away great books and promoting great authors! Deep South Mag is one of my many “happy places”.


    PS- Can’t wait for Kimberly Brock chat & a reminder to anyone in driving distance of Lemuria in Jackson, MS- Karen White’s scheduled to be there in July for her new book!