Barry Gifford and Peter Maravelis discuss Gifford’s new story collection THE ROY STORIES at the Mechanics’ Institute in San Francisco

January 15, 2014 6:00am


Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 at 6pm
the Mechanics’ Institute
57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA  94104

Co-sponsored by  City Lights Bookstore.

Barry Gifford will be at The Mechanics’ Institute on Wednesday, January 15th at 7pm to discuss his newest story collection, The Roy Stories, with Peter Maravelis, events coordinator at City Lights Bookstore. These long-time friends will discuss the inspiration behind Barry’s stories followed by an audience Q&A and signing.

 Spanning time and space—the Southern and Midwestern United States from the 1940s through the early 1960s—The Roy Stories chronicle the personal history of Gifford from Chicago to the deep south, reminiscent of Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories. Emotional, exploratory, and brimming with photographic realism.

BARRY GIFFORD, called “a master of the short story” by the New York Times Book Review, is the author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages. Beginning his literary career as a poet, Gifford’s most recent prose works include Sailor & Lula: The Complete NovelsSad Stories of the Death of Kings, and Memories from a Sinking Ship.

PETER MARAVELIS is a native San Franciscan with a life-long involvement in the art and literary scenes. He programs the events calendar at City Lights Bookstore and is editor of both San Francisco Noir and San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics published by Akashic Books.

The Mechanics’ Institute Library and Chess Room is an historic membership library, cultural event center, and chess club located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California at 57 Post Street. Founded in 1854 to serve the vocational needs of out-of-work gold miners, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker who needs a quiet place to plug in a laptop and do research.

“Like Hemingway, Saroyan, Kerouac, and Salinger…Gifford has a style. He is a great comic realist who…has seized the still-live vein of that American realism which began with Mark Twain.”—Andrei Codrescu, NPR

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