ZYZZYVA EventsMarch 8, 2015
Dale Herd and Bill Berkson
Location: 2 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery St., San Francisco
Description: Herd and Berkson (former ZYZZYVA contributors) read from their new books: "Empty Pockets: New and Selected Stories" (Coffee House Press) and the poetry collection "Expect Delays" (Coffee House Press), respectively. Free. For more info, visit http://bit.ly/1DbQ9HJMarch 19, 2015
Paul Beatty in Conversation with Oscar Villalon
Location: 7 p.m., City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco
Description: The acclaimed author of "The White Boy Shuffle" and "Big Bank Take Little Bank" discusses his new novel, the satire "The Sellout," with ZYZZYVA Managing Editor Oscar Villalon. Free. For more info: http://bit.ly/1FXeCHOMarch 26, 2015
ZYZZYVA Presents Quan Barry
Location: 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave., San Francisco
Description: ZYZZYVA Managing Editor Oscar Villalon in conversation with Barry about her first novel, "She Weeps Each Time You're Born," described by Library Journal as "fierce, stunning, and devastating." Free. For more info: http://bit.ly/1IL6nKY
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Monthly Archives: December 2012
Chaney Kwak is an award-winning travel writer living in San Francisco whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Condé Nast Traveler, among other places.
“Oh, Oh, Oh” is his first work of fiction in print and appears in ZYZZYVA’s Winter 2012 issue. Told in a cheeky, wised-up voice, it is the moving and hilarious tale of two very different men who share (mostly) the same first name. Despite the gulf separating their worlds, they are destined to meet–right at Christmas, making “Oh, Oh, Oh” perhaps the best holiday story ever involving furtive rest stop sex, over-the-top decorations, and online hustling.
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Zubair Ahmed’s first poetry collection City of Rivers (McSweeney’s, 96 pages) captures the reader’s heart from its first line to its last. These poems are reminders of poetry’s power to leave us breathless after immersing us in truths, both wonderful and painful. Ahmed, who was born and raised in Bangladesh and moved to the United States in 2005, explores memory and identity with a sincere voice steeped in genuine experience. These are dense poems, carrying the story of an individual, of a family, and of Bangladesh itself. City of Rivers opens with “Measuring the Strength of a Sparrow’s Thigh” and …Continue reading
Originally published in 1933, Hans Keilson’s recently translated first novel, Life Goes On (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 255 pages; translated by Damion Searls), is a gripping story of a family living in post-World War I Germany. Keilson’s autobiographical novel, which came out when he was only twenty-three, is a striking exploration of struggle, shame, and hope, and what it means to live. Life Goes On follows the lives of the Seldersens as they face the economic turbulence sweeping Germany. Herr Seldersen, a veteran of the Great War, runs a small shop with his wife. Even as they try to make …Continue reading
From 1985 to 1988, photographer Thomas Alleman worked in a jimmy-rigged laundryroom-cum-darkroom to document the life, passion, and spirit of one of the most prominent and historic gay neighborhoods in the world—San Francisco’s Castro District—in the face of AIDS. His latest show, “Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws: Gay San Francisco, 1985-1988,” runs at the Jewett Gallery in the San Francisco Main Library from December 1 though February 10. His photographs—stirring, necessary, and often deeply joyous—depict a brave set of San Franciscans propelled by a spirit that was unable to “be extinguished by something as dispassionate as a plague.” We spoke …Continue reading
“The one journal I read cover to cover as soon as it arrives—ZYZZYVA is that smart, that brilliantly curated …” —Junot Diaz “Zyzzyva is a snouted beetle, as any dictionary kid knows. It’s a word that nearly can’t be played in Scrabble, on account of all the Z’s. But those are novelty uses. The real meaning is this superb literary journal, which has real meaning. If you want to learn the things that literature can do with language, read it.” —Ben Greenman The newest issue of ZYZZYVA offers the same engaging mix of compelling writing and art you’ve come to …Continue reading