Why Northern California?

Historical literary figures as diverse as Robinson JeffersRobert Louis Stevenson, and Henry Miller at one time made their home along the breath-taking coastline of Monterey County, California. Author John Steinbeck also hailed from the area, and his famous Salinas Valley now boasts the National Steinbeck Center in his honor. Monterey, always a popular spot for festivals and conferences, is the original home of the annual TED conference and has subsequently hosted many TEDx meetings of the mind. The annual Authors and Ideas Festival in Pebble Beach/Carmel also brings together contemporary literary greats to inspire and connect with community. Santa Cruz, just up the highway from Monterey, has a lively writing community, including Poetry Santa Cruz, networks such as Santa Cruz Writes and publications such as the bi-annual journal Poesy, which brushes up against the mission of Literary Cadences, as it focuses on poetry from Santa Cruz and Boston.

North of Monterey and Santa Cruz, in San Francisco, literary traditions abound – too many to name here. Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Books in North Beach, for example, is just one player in a host of SF-based movements and moments that have helped shape the world of books.

The sheer beauty of the landscape and the openness of this tourist region to welcome people from many places to its shores, is reason enough to create of the area a literary exchange partner.

Venues, West

(An ever-growing list of venues we like and venues we work with.)

Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur, CA (Workshops are generally held at the Big Sur Lodge.)

Robinson Jefferson Tor House, Carmel, CA


Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, CA

Pilgrim’s Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden, Carmel CA

Luminata Books and Gifts, Monterey, CA

Crossroads Books, Watsonville, CA

The Beat Museum, San Francisco, CA

Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Books Inc., San Francisco CA

Moe’s Books, Berkeley CA

Book Passage, Corte Madera CA

Events, West

sfsu_poetry Thurs, Feb 12, 2015 4:30pm – Okey Ndibe talk & book signing San Francisco State University - Okey Ndibe will speak and read from his novel Foreign Gods, Inc. at the famed Poetry Center at San Francisco State University.
webBooks-Inc_-in-Opera-Plaz Fri, Feb 13 2015, 7:00pm – Okey Ndibe talk & book signing Books Inc. Opera Plaza, San Francisco CA - Okey Ndibe will speak and read from his novels Foreign Gods, Inc. and Arrows of Rain at Books Inc. Opera Plaza, San Francisco CA
BookPassage Mon, Feb 16 2015 7:00pm – Okey Ndibe talk & book signing at Book Passage, Corte Madera CA - Okey Ndibe will speak and read from his novels Foreign Gods, Inc. and Arrows of Rain at an event at Book Passage, Corte Madera CA
Moes-Books-2010-courtesy-Moes-Books Tues, Feb 17 2015 7:30pm – Okey Ndibe talk & book signing, Moe’s Books, Berkeley CA - Okey Ndibe will speak and read from his novels Foreign Gods, Inc. and Arrows of Rain at Moe’s Books in Berkeley CA
mpc Fri, Feb 18, 2015, 3:00pm – Okey Ndibe “The Art and Arc of Storytelling” at Monterey Peninsula College - Okey Ndibe discusses the art and arc of the story through the Monterey Peninsula College Guest Author Series. The writer will also read from his newest novel, Foreign Gods, Inc. and sign copies of the book. Tickets for the event are $10, available at the door – Lecture Forum 103 on the MPC campus.
luminata Friday, April 11 2014 – Christian McEwen at Luminata Books and Gifts, Monterey - Luminata Books and Gifts 631 Cass St, Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 333-1110
PW-Logo-300x111 Saturday, April 12 2014, 1:00-3:00pm PDT Meet & Greet with Christian McEwen, Pilgrim’s Way Books, Carmel - Pilgrims Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden Dolores, Between 5th and 6th, Carmel, CA 93923 Phone:(831) 624-4955
henrymillerlib Saturday, April 12 2014, 7pm – Christian McEwen Reading and Film Screening at Henry Miller Memorial Library - Henry Miller Memorial Library 48603 California 1, Big Sur, CA 93920 (831) 667-2574 Includes screening of the film “To Spring from the Hand: The Life and Work of Paulus Berensohn.”

Authors, West

EllenBassbyIrene-Young200pxw Ellen Bass - (Ellen Bass photo by Irene Young) Ellen Bass (www.ellenbass.com) has a new book of poetry, Like a Beggar, published in April 2014 from Copper Canyon Press. Her previous books include The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press), named a Notable Book by the San Francisco Chronicle and Mules of Love (BOA Editions) which won the Lambda Literary Award. She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No…

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