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January Reading

January 15th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Saturday, January 28

Ryan Boudinot & Ayize Jama-Everett

It’s debut novel drink night! One of our few traditions is to serve a special, fabulous cocktail whenever we have a novelist appearing with a debut work — so join us at the bar, with benefits to Variety Children’s Charity!

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson. Booksigning and schmoozing follows in the lounge, and books will be for sale, courtesy of Borderlands Books

6:00PM – doors and cash bar open
7:00PM – event starts

Suggested $5-$10 donation at the door benefits Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California – to date, we’ve helped raise over $25,000 for the kids in our community! Learn more at

Ryan Boudinot is appearing with SF in SF for the first time, with his new Slipstream novel, Blueprints of the Afterlife, now out from Grove-Atlantic. Ryan Boudinot is also the author of the novel Misconception, a finalist for the PEN/USA Literary Award; and The Littlest Hitler, a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Monkeybicycle, Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy, Opium, Hobart, Los Angeles Review, Black Book, Don’t You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes, Torpedo, The Lifted Brow, and many other places. Ryan is on the faculty of Goddard College’s MFA program in Port Townsend, Washington. He blogs about film in a column called The Eyeball at The Rumpus. He has also been a Writer in Residence at Seattle’s Richard Hugo House, where he continues to teach and lead writing retreats. A graduate of Evergreen State College, he holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Bennington College, and a BA from The Evergreen State College (the fighting bivalves!!). He now lives in Seattle. Acclaimed author Paul di Filippo reviewed the book for Barnes & Noble.

Ayize Jama-Everett is also appearing with SF in SF for the first time, with his debut novel The Liminal People. We are delighted to welcome this local author to the series. Born in 1974 and raised in Harlem, New York, he has traveled extensively in Northern Africa, New Hampshire, and Northern California, and holds a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s in Divinity. He teaches religion and psychology at Starr King School for the Ministry when he’s not working as a school therapist at the College Preparatory School. When not educating, studying, or beating himself up for not writing enough, he’s usually enjoying aged rums and practicing his aim. Originally a self-published novel, Small Beer Press picked up the rights and published his debut novel, the science fiction thriller The Liminal People, on January 10, 2012. You can find out more about the book at the author’s website.

“Ayize’s imagination will mess with yours, and the world won’t ever look quite the same again.” – Nalo Hopkinson, author

“You’ll be sucked into a fast-paced story about superpowered people struggling for control of the underground cultures they inhabit … The novel is a damn good read . . . will entertain you while also enticing you to think about matters beyond the
physical realm.” – Annalee Newitz, io9

The Variety Preview Room Theatre
The Hobart Bldg., 1st Floor — entrance between Quiznos and Citibank
582 Market Street @ 2nd and Montgomery
San Francisco, CA 94104

Don’t Drive — BART/MUNI Montgomery Street station is right at our front door, and parking in San Francisco sucks!!! Street parking ($3.50 per hour) is metered M-Sat., til 6PM; find a parking garage here.

Tags: Ayize Jamal-Everett · Jan12 · Readings · Ryan Boudinot

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jesse Schust // Jan 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I really would love to come to this! Unfortunately, I live outside the US at the moment, so I don’t think I’ll make it this time! I hope it’s a great time for everyone!

    By the way, a typo crept into this page and lists Ayize as “Jamal-Everett”. The correct spelling is Ayize Jama-Everett.

    Wish I could be there!

  • 2 SFinSF // Jan 25, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Well spotted. Hopefully it is fixed everywhere now.

    Your humble web goblin wishes she could be there too.