Bay Area Book Currents: The Stories Behind Bookselling
Monday, October 8, 2012, 7:00 P.M., California Book Club, 312 Sutter Street, Suite 500 San Francisco, CA 94108-4377

City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in conjunction with the Litquake Festival present

Bay Area Book Currents:: The Stories Behind Bookselling

Moderated by Oscar Villalon (Zyzzyva)

Panelists: Paul Yamazaki (City Lights), Jack Shoemaker (Counterpoint Press), Ethan Nosowsky (McSweeney's), Alison Reid (Diesel Books)

An evening of informal discussion and storytelling where local booksellers face-off with local publishers to talk shop. We'll examine the trajectories that book selling has taken over the course of the last century with reference to the unique cultural environment found only in the Bay Area. In the face of the invasion of electronic content, this evening's participants have all contributed to the vitality and survival of the local book trade and publishing. They will explore the intersections where booksellers and publishers cross paths and help to define and shape the business as it enters the 21st century.

Ethan Nosowsky is the editorial director of McSweeney's Books and formerly an editor at Farrar, Straus, Giroux and Gray Wolf Press. He has worked in the booktrade at all levels.

Allison Reid (together with her partner John Evans) owns Diesel Books with stores in Oakland, Malibu, and Brentwood

Jack Shoemaker has spent his life in the booktrade. He is the vice president and editorial director of Counterpoint Press and has worked with numerous notable authors including Wendell Berry, Gary Snyder, and others.

Oscar Villalon is a writer, critic, and Managing Editor of Zyzzyva Magazine. He is the former book editor of the San Francisco Chronicle's Literary Section and a voracious reader and historian of literary culture.

Paul Yamazaki is a lifelong bookman and buyer for City Lights Bookstore. He has served on numerous literary boards and panels and is known to be discerning on the subject of the perfect martini.

Litquake, San Francisco's annual literary festival, was founded by Bay Area writers in order to put on a week-long literary spectacle for book lovers, complete with cutting-edge panels, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings. Since its founding in 1999, the festival has presented more than 3,650 author appearances for an audience of over 83,500 in its lively and inclusive celebration of San Francisco's thriving contemporary literary scene. Litquake seeks to foster interest in literature, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing as a complement to the city's music, film, and cultural festivals.