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April Reading – Pat Murphy, Jewelle Gomez & Madeleine Robins

April 14th, 2017 · Comments Off on April Reading – Pat Murphy, Jewelle Gomez & Madeleine Robins

**Extra! Extra!** San Francisco’s fabulous Jewelle Gomez will be joining our author lineup!

Join us on Saturday, April 23, for a lively evening of reading and discussion with Pat Murphy, Jewelle Gomez and ABM’s own Madeleine Robins, moderated by Bay Area author, editor, and raconteur Terry Bisson.

Pat Murphy writes fiction that has “a hint of the strange,” from the Nebula Award-winning The Falling Woman to the World Fantasy Award winner Bones. Her novelette “Rachel in Love” won the Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, the Locus Award, and the Asimov Readers Award. When not writing fiction she has written about science for the Exploratorium and Klutz Press, as well as a column with physicist Paul Doherty for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She is currently the Activity Guru/Evil Genius of Mystery Science, creating science curricula and activities for elementary school students. She is a co-founder of the James Tiptree Memorial Award.

Madeleine Robins has been, in no particular order, a nanny, a teacher, an actor and stage-combatant, an administrator, a comic book editor, a baker, typist-clerk for Thos. Cook’s Houses of Parliament office, a repairer-of-hurt-books, an editorial consultant, and a writer. Her work includes the New York Times notable book The Stone War, Sold for Endless Rue, and three books in her swashbuckling alt-Regency-noir detective series: Point of Honour, Petty Treason, and The Sleeping Partner. She is a founding member of the online publishing collective Book View Cafe, the Operations Manager of the American Bookbinders Museum, and is working on another book.

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Jewelle Gomez is a Bay Area treasure — author, poet, critic and playwright. She lived in New York City for 22 years, working in public television and theatre. Her writing encompasses fiction, poetry, essays and cultural criticism, and is included in more than a hundred anthologies, including the first anthology of Black speculative fiction, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, edited by Sheree R. Thomas. Gomez was on the founding board of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in 1984. Gomez is the author of seven books, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories. In print since 1991, and now available in a brand-new 25th anniversary edition, it reframes the traditional vampire mythology within a lesbian/feminist perspective, telling the tale of an escaped slave who comes of age over two hundred years. According to scholar Elyce Rae Helford, “Each stage of Gilda’s personal voyage is also a study of life as part of multiple communities, all at the margins of mainstream white middle-class America.”

For over a decade SF in SF has offered readings, films, and special events in the Bay Area for readers of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Moderated by Terry Bisson, past guests have included Patrick Rothfuss, Gail Carriger, Jeffrey Ford, Lev Grossman, Brian & Wendy Froud, Samuel R. Delaney, Cory Doctorow, Karen Joy Fowler, and Nalo Hopkinson. We hope you will join us!

$10 at the door (no one is turned away for lack of funds). As always, Borderlands Books will be on hand with copies of both authors’ work. Feel free to bring books from home to be signed.

Doors and refreshments open at 5:30PM; program begins at 6:30PM

All proceeds from the event benefit the American Bookbinders Museum, located at 366 Clementina, off of 5th between Howard and Folsom. Street parking is free; garage parking available at 3rd & Folsom, or 4th & Mission. Check 511.org to plan your trip via MUNI or BART; Powell Street BART is just a couple blocks away.

Thank you to our sponsors for this event: Tachyon Publications, Borderlands Books, and SOMA FM.

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March Reading – Peter S. Beagle & Effie Seiberg

March 13th, 2017 · Comments Off on March Reading – Peter S. Beagle & Effie Seiberg

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A very special author event featuring:

Peter S. Beagle & Effie Seiberg

Event begins at 6:30PM
Doors and bar open at 5:30PM
$10 at the door benefits the American Bookbinders Museum
no one turned away for lack of funds / cash or Square
All proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum

Each author will read a selection of their work, followed by Q&A with the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson. Books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books — please feel free to bring your own books from home.

PETER S. BEAGLE is the best-selling author of the beloved classic, The Last Unicorn. Published in 1968, when the author was 29, it was made into a Rankin/Bass animated film in 1982. His other novels include A Fine & Private Place, The Innkeeper’s Song, and Tamsin. His short fiction has been collected in four volumes by Tachyon Publications, including The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche, The Line Between, We Never Talk About My Brother, and Sleight of Hand. He has won the Hugo, Nebula, Mythopoeic, and Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire awards and the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. His recent books are Summerlong, and In Calabria, both out from Tachyon Publications. Peter’s newest collection, The Overneath, as well as the anthology he is editing, The New Voices of Fantasy, are due out this fall,

EFFIE SEIBERG is an up-and-coming young science fiction and fantasy writer, based in San Francisco with the requisite San-Francisco-based tech job. With a slew of promising short fiction to her credit, at any one time she is either working on 1) baking a spaceship-shaped cake, 2) a YA novel 3) walking her dog YoYo, and/or making everything in the tech sector just a little bit better. Follow her on Twitter at @effies, or check out her other stories online, here.

The American Bookbinders Museum‘s entrance is located at 366 Clementina Alley, off of 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom. Street parking is free; garages are located at 5th & Mission, and 3rd & Folsom. The closest BART station is Powell Street — just turn down 5th Street, cross Mission and Howard, and turn left onto Clementina. NOTE: there is NO access to Clementina from 4th Street due to construction.

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Joe R. Lansdale and Bubab Ho-Tep

March 1st, 2017 · Comments Off on Joe R. Lansdale and Bubab Ho-Tep

Friday March 3rd, 7:00pm

A VERY SPECIAL AUTHOR & FILM EVENT!!

SF in SF, The Balboa Theatre, and Tachyon Publications present

in person!
AUTHOR JOE R. LANSDALE

with a FREE screening of

BUBBA HO-TEP
(R) 1 hr., 32 mins.

Starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis
Based on the acclaimed short story by legendary author Joe R. Lansdale,
Bubba Ho-tep tells the “true” story of what really became of Elvis.

We find the King (Bruce Campbell) as an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home, who switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his “death”, then missed his chance to switch back. Elvis teams up with Jack (Ossie Davis), a fellow nursing home resident who thinks that he is actually President John F. Kennedy, and the two valiant old codgers sally forth to battle an evil Egyptian entity who has chosen their long-term care facility as his happy hunting grounds.

“Mind-blowing in its originality, Bubba Ho-tep transcends the “late-night cult” genre by virtue of captivating performances by Campbell and Davis…you actually believe that Elvis and JFK are alive and not quite well. Bubba Ho-tep, with its cinematic flash and terrifically offbeat humor, is a fantastic story of redemption, courage and friendship.” — CineVegas International Film Festival

Film begins at 7:30PM
Mr. Lansdale will speak after the film
Film is free, courtesy of the Balboa Theatre and Tachyon Publications

Mr. Lansdale’s books will be for sale in the lobby, courtesy of Borderlands Books — Books may be brought from home to be signed; however, please note Mr. Lansdale will not sign ARCS or proofs.

Please patronize the fabulous concession stand at the Balboa – it’s a bar!!
Serving BEER!!! (21+ only)
plus the usual assortment of goodies (what’s a movie without Red Vines or popcorn?!) Come along and have a blast – a one-time only event!

The Balboa is at 3630 Balboa St., between 37th & 38th Streets, Outer Richmond
Street parking only (metered until 6PM. )
Come early and enjoy dinner in the neighborhood!
Plan your trip via MUNI here at www.511.org

**A very special THANK YOU to Rick Klaw for arranging this event**

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Podcast – Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland

February 26th, 2017 · Comments Off on Podcast – Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland

Thanks once again to SomaFM, here is the January podcast featuring Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland.

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This Sunday – Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland

January 19th, 2017 · Comments Off on This Sunday – Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland

SF IN SF starts off its 12th year!
AMERICAN BOOKBINDERS MUSEUM

Join us for
Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland with Terry Bisson

Sunday, January 22
Doors and bar open at 5:30PM
Event begins at 6:30PM
$10 – at the door
All proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum!

The American Bookbinders Museum is at 355 Clementina, off of 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom. Please note — there’s no entrance to Clementina from 4th Street. Street parking is free; cheap paid parking at 5th & Mission/3rd & Folsom garages.

Kim Stanley Robinson has published nineteen novels and numerous short stories but is best known for his Mars trilogy. His work has been translated into 24 languages. Many of his novels and stories have ecological, cultural and political themes running through them and feature scientists as heroes. Robinson has won numerous awards, including the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the World Fantasy Award. Robinson’s work has been labeled by The Atlantic as “the gold-standard of realistic, and highly literary, science-fiction writing.” According to an article in The New Yorker, Robinson is “generally acknowledged as one of the greatest living science-fiction writers.”

Cecelia Holland is a grande dame of historical fiction who began writing at age twelve. Her first published work, The Firedrake, arrived in 1966, and since then she has written extensively in historical fiction, modern and speculative fiction, short stories, children’s fiction, and speculative and factual nonfiction. One critic wrote, “What sets Cecelia’s work apart in the genre is not just her productivity but also her versatility; she has the unique ability to make most any historical period her own.”

Terry Bisson will, as always, be on hand to make the evening flow smoothly.

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January Reading – Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland

January 7th, 2017 · 2 Comments

This event will now be on Sunday January 22nd, but we’ll still be at The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco. Doors and cash bar open at 5:30pm – program begins at 6:30pm. $10 donation at the door (no one is turned away for lack of funds). As always Borderlands Books will be on hand with copies of the authors’ work. Further details will follow soon.

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Podcast: Rick Wilber and Nick Mamatas

December 12th, 2016 · Comments Off on Podcast: Rick Wilber and Nick Mamatas

And finally, thanks once again to SomaFM, here is the November podcast featuring Rick Wilber and Nick Mamatas.

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Podcast: Helene Wecker & Garth Nix

December 12th, 2016 · Comments Off on Podcast: Helene Wecker & Garth Nix

Thanks once again to SomaFM, here is the October podcast featuring Helene Wecker & Garth Nix.

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Podcast: Cecil Castellucci and Ben Loory

December 12th, 2016 · Comments Off on Podcast: Cecil Castellucci and Ben Loory

Apologies for the delay, but we now have the backlog of podcasts cleared. Our thanks to the lovely people at SomaFM for all of their hard work.

First up we have the August event with Cecil Castellucci and Ben Loory.

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Rogue One Preview

December 8th, 2016 · Comments Off on Rogue One Preview

Thanks to the generosity of the Balboa Theatre, SF in SF will be hosting a sneak preview of the new Star Wars film:

ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars story

Thursday, Dec 15 – film begins at 7PM

Tickets will be available from SF in SF in the lobby beginning at 6:30; no need to wait in line at the box office, yours seats are guaranteed (general seating).

$8.50 per person — to guarantee your seat please prepay and send money to sfinsfevents@gmail.com, at PayPal. If you want to call me directly to charge your tickets, please call at 415-572-1015 no later than Thursday 12-15 at noon.

PLUS!! We’ll be running a raffle for some great schwag – but there’s a catch 🙂

Participate in our toy drive for a raffle ticket!

We are hosting a toy drive for the holidays — please bring a new, un-gift-wrapped toy, book, or article of clothing (nothing gently used, please!) suitable for boy or girl of elementary school age! We will be donating all items collected to the Prince Hall Computer Learning Center and Afterschool Program.

We want to help make the holidays a little brighter for them, so please contribute! This is a wonderful community resource located in the Western Addition, aiding kids with computer skills and afterschool programs. For other ways to contribute, visit here.

Please note: we are unable to issue cash refunds if you pay and don’t attend, but we’ll give you a pass to see a show there with us another time!

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