Posts tagged “peter plate”
February 24, 2014
This year the Howard Zinn Bookfair awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to “three great Bay Area literary treasures.” Among them was Seven Stories’ very own Peter Plate.
Named a Literary Laureate of San Francisco in 2004, Plate taught himself to write fiction during eight years spent squatting in abandoned buildings. He is the author of many novels, beginning with Black Wheel of Anger (1990) and continuing through his seven neo-noir “psychic histories” of San Francisco, where he still lives and writes today.
March 28, 2013
Our longtime readers will remember that Seven Stories Press derived its name from the seven authors whose works were the foundation of our catalog from the outset. We love each and every one of our authors, but we hold a special place in our heart for the late Nelson Algren, the brilliant author of The Man With the Golden Arm, The Devil’s Stocking, and much more, whose death in 1981 left a hollow place in American literature. He was born on March 28th, 1909, and today would have been his 104th birthday.
Born Nelson Algren Abraham in Detroit, Algren wrote his first story, “So Help Me,” in 1933, and won his first award–an O. Henry prize for his short story “The Brother’s House”–two years later, in 1935. The same year, he also published his first book, Somebody in Boots, which he later disowned, saying that it was politically naive. Algren is certainly best known for The Man With the Golden Arm, which won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1950 and was adapted into a film starring Frank Sinatra in 1955 (which Algren abhorred).
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