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November 4, 2010November 4, 2010, Time TBA, City Lights Bookstore welcomes novelist Peter Plate to present and discuss his latest work, Elegy Written on a Crowded Street. Location: 261 Columbus Ave. San Francisco, CA 94133-4586. Updates for time will be available soon, or go to www.citylights.com for more information.
October 13, 2010So it would seem that even a completely gentrified San Francisco offers writers a rich vein of noir opportunity. Yet the lone novelist today determinedly probing the dark side of San Francisco's endless battle to clean up the streets is Peter Plate. Plate's latest novel, Elegy Written on a Crowded Street (Seven Stories Press, 176 pages, $13.95), is his ninth noir novel in a hardboiled writing career that spans the era of out-of-control gentrification in the city. With little fanfare or support, against the real life backdrop of police sweeps of the homeless and the start of the dot-com boom, Plate has produced a shelf of books that represent a lonely, yet noble and deeply radical literary effort to write noir crime fiction in which the criminals, not the cops, are the protagonists. Taken as a whole, they offer a compelling and defiant portrait of the psychic toll the disappearance of loved people, places, and opportunity from the city has taken on those left behind. — San Francisco Bay Guardian on Peter Plate