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Moe's literary events began as a weekly poetry reading called Monday@Moe's. Over the years Moe's Books has become one of the premier Bay Area venues to hear novelists, poets, activists, and scholars read from their works. We archive our events in audio and video files that can be accessed from our webpage. Sign up for the Moe's Books events calendar alerts here.

All events, unless noted, start at 7:30pm

 

Poetry Flash presents Noah Blaustein and Alan Soldofsky, Thursday, April 17th

Flirt is Noah Blaustein's first book of poems. Christopher Merrill says, "Like all great lovers, he promises the world---and then delivers, in poems that employ a range of forms to address the central issues of the heart: how we flirt before we think---and how we then discern order in the new dispensation in which we find ourselves." Widely published in a variety of literary journals, he is also the editor of the anthology Motion: American Sports Poems.
Alan Soldofsky's new book is In the Buddha Factory. Dorianne Laux says, "This first collection from Alan Soldofsky reads like a fourth or fifth---dense with memorable imagery, the grit of experience, and a careful attention to language that together make it resonate with a captivating yogic hum." An important figure in Bay Area poetry, he's been a contributing editor of Poetry Flash and a co-host of a KPFA poetry show. "Planet on the Table." His poems have been published widely in magazines and journals including Poetry Daily, Grand Street, The Georgia Review, Rattle, The Rattling Wall, and The Rumpus . His essays, interviews, and reviews have also appeared in Chelsea, The Writer's Chronicle, and Narrative. He is professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at San Jose State University.

 

Annalee Newitz, Wednesday, April 23rd

Annalee  Newitz  writes about science, pop culture, and the future. She's the editor in chief of  io9.com , a popular online publication that covers science and science fiction. She's the author of Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction.

She's also published in Wired, The Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Post, 2600, New Scientist, Technology Review, Popular Science, Discover and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She's co-editor of the essay collection She's Such A Geek, and author of Pretend We're Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture. Formerly, she was a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a lecturer in American Studies at UC Berkeley. She was the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT, and has a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley.

 

Journalist Richard Cahan on Photogropher Vivian Maier, Saturday April 26th

Richard Cahan is a journalist who writes about photography, art and history. He worked for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1983 to 1999, primarily serving as the paper's picture editor. He left to found and direct CITY 2000, a project that documented Chicago in the year 2000. Since then, he has authored and co-authored more than a dozen books, including Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, Who We Were: A Snapshot History of America, and  Richard Nickel's Chicago. His most recent book is A Court That Tamed the West, is a history of the federal district court of Northern California that just published by Heyday.
  Presenting her breathtaking photographs alongside revealing interviews with those who knew her best, this volume is the first attempt to put Vivian Maier's work in context and create a moving portrait of her as an artist. Though she created more than 120,000 negatives during her lifetime, only a few were ever seen by others. Shortly after her death in 2009, the first group of her unseen photographs--gritty with humanity and filled with empathy and beauty--were shown online. What followed was a firestorm of attention, catapulting Maier from previous obscurity to being labeled as one of the masters of street photography. Her work has appeared in numerous museum exhibits and a feature-length documentary on her life and art has already been planned.

 

Joel Selvin on Legendary R&B producer Bert Berns, Monday, April 28th

Have you ever done a song-memory test on yourself? A certain song comes on and instantly you’re transported back to the first time you heard it? Whenever I hear “Piece of My Heart,” I’m transported back to driving up the Pacific Coast Highway—my brand new driver’s license in hand—Janis Joplin’s haunting voice filling the entirety of my car. If Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl” comes on, I am mentally back in my car (again with the driving), en route to visit a friend at Brown, the gorgeous fall foliage whizzing past me in colors of yellow and red.

That’s the power of a really good song. And we have legendary producer Bert Berns to thank for them. Now, thanks to Joel Selvin—the San Francisco Chronicle’s pop music critic for the past 36 years—music fans will finally have access to Berns’ story in Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm & Blues (On Sale: April 2014).

Sevlin’s biography is the definitive account of the golden age of rhythm and blues in the early ‘60s. It chronicles the ultimately tragic story of songwriter/record producer Bert Berns. Due to a bout with rheumatic fever as a child (leaving his heart severely damaged), Berns was not expected to live to see 21. However, Berns refused to let his health challenges hold him back and thrived under the auspices of Atlantic Records.

He worked alongside the greats of the era: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Jerry Wexler, Burt Bacharach, and Carole King. In seven quick years, he went from nobody to top of the pops, producing monumental R&B classics such as “Twist and Shout,” “Hang on Sloopy,” and “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.”

While Berns passed away at age 38 from a long-expected heart attack, his music lives on forever. Selvin—an award-winning journalist who is the bestselling author of twelve books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Red: My Uncesnsored Life in Rock—does an incredible job capturing the heart and spirit of such an iconic man.

 

Poetry Flash presents Kasey Jued and Keetje Kuiper, Thursday, May 1st

Kasey Jueds's first book of poems, Keeper , is the winner of the 2012 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Jean Valentine says, "This perceptive, sensual history of a soul grows more bold and mysterious as it unfolds: to show a life pondering what to keep, what to lose, what to leave, and what to find: and discovering that, as an old gravestone says, what we had, we have." Widely published in literary magazines, she's been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Soapstone, and the Ucross Foundation.

Keetje Kuipers's new book of poems is The Keys to the Jail . Elyse Fenton says, "Quietly ferocious, The Keys to the Jail is full of love and after-love poems that come clad with 'bell[ies] of rusted steel.' These poems are not afraid to feel, not afraid of desire or beauty or the inevitability of their respective undo ings. . ." H er first book of poems is Beautiful in the Mouth.

 

Ken Knabb on Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle, Wednesday, May 7th

  Guy Debord was the most influential figure in the Situationist International, the subversive group that helped trigger the May 1968 revolt in France. His book *The Society of the Spectacle*, originally published in Paris in 1967, has been translated into more than twenty other languages and is arguably the most important radical book of the twentieth century. This is the first edition in any language to include extensive annotations, clarifying the historical allusions and revealing the sources of Debord's "détournements."
  Ken Knabb has also translated the *Situationist International Anthology*, Debord's *Complete Cinematic Works*, and Ngo Van's *In the Crossfire: Adventures of a Vietnamese Revolutionary*. His own writings, collected in his book *Public Secrets* and posted online at his "Bureau of Public Secrets" website, have been translated into more than a dozen other languages. He has lived in Berkeley since 1965.

 

East Bay book launch for Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me, Wednesday, May 14th

Writer, historian, and activist  Rebecca Solnit is the author of fourteen books about civil society, popular power, uprisings, art, environment, place, pleasure, politics, hope, and memory, most recently  The Faraway Nearby , a book on empathy and storytelling. She is a  Harper's Magazine  contributing editor.
 

In her comic, scathing essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters.

She ends on a serious note— because the ultimate problem is the silencing of women who have something to say, including those saying things like, “He's trying to kill me!”

This book features that now-classic essay with six perfect complements, including an examination of the great feminist writer Virginia Woolf 's embrace of mystery, of not knowing, of doubt and ambiguity, a highly original inquiry into marriage equality, and a terrifying survey of the scope of contemporary violence against women.

 

James Fearnley of the Pogues, Monday, June 9th

James Fearnley was born in 1954 in Worsley, Manchester. A multi-instrumentalist, specializing in guitar and accordion, he was a founder member of the Pogues and has played with the London-Irish folk-punk band throughout its thirty-year career. In 1993, he moved to California to form the critically acclaimed Low and Sweet Orchestra. He rejoined the Pogues upon their reunion in 2001 and continues to perform with them throughout the world.

Fearnley has also participated in writers’ programs at the Arvon Foundation in Great Britain, and in the United States he has been a Fellow at both the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Hambidge Artists’ Residency Program. He is currently working on a second book, his first work of fiction.

The Pogues came barreling out of Kings Cross, Londonin the early 80s—a riotous sound of punk rock and poetic Celtic folk that would turn traditional Irish music on its head. With emotive songwriter Shane MacGowan at the helm, the Pogues were destined for world tours with the likes of Elvis Costello, U2 and Bob Dylan.

In Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues (Chicago Review Press, May 2014), James Fearnley paints a clear, often dark picture of the fantastic highs and dramatic lows of life in one of the most original bands of their era. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as the series of journals and the letters he wrote throughout the band’s career, Fearnley reveals how the drifters who made up the Pogues, led by MacGowan, succeeded, according to Billy Bragg, in “taking Irish music and throwing it down the cellar steps.”

The exuberance of their live performances coupled with relentless touring spiraled into years of hard drinking and excess which eventually took their toll—most infamously on MacGowan, but also on the rest of the band—causing them to break up after nine years (though reuniting in 2001 and touring ever since). Here, their story is told with beauty, humor and honesty by James Fearnley, who with a novelist’s eye brings to life the youthful friendships, the concerts, the conflicts and the eventual collapse, in a hugely compelling and moving account.