What We’re Doing This Weekend

I’m going to be lazy about this and just let my cut-and-paste skills do the talking. But I will say that both of these events get the SFLS stamp of approval. Go. Enjoy. Swell!

Sábado Sábado Sábado!!! GIGANTE!!!

Opening Party Saturday, June 13th
California Modern Art Gallery
1035 Market Street, San Francisco
$15 at the door. Cash Bar.

Featured Artists: Nome Edonna, David Kudzma, Joshua Margolis, Jim Ardis, Barb Traub, Rob Corwin, Charlie Gadeken, Medium Reality, Native Intelligence, Caroluna, Ivan Bajinov, Kirill Krylov, Edward Kotovsky, Gelareh, KAYO, Chrystie Cappelli, Norman Carley, Julie Baron + more.


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Domingo, Domingo, Domingo!!! GIGANTE!!!

Josh Weil & Reese Kwon
Sunday, June 14, 2009, 5:00 P.M.

City Lights

reading from their works

Josh Weil reading from

The New Valley

published by Grove Press

Reese Kwon reading from selected works

about The New Valley:

The linked novellas that comprise Josh Weil’s masterful debut bring us into America’s remote, unforgiving backcountry, and delicately unveil the private worlds of three very different men as they confront love, loss, and their own personal demons.

Set in the hardscrabble hill country between West Virginia and Virginia, The New Valley is populated by characters striving to forge new lives in the absence of those they have loved. Told in three varied and distinct voices—from a soft-spoken beef farmer struggling to hold himself together after his dad’s suicide; to a health-obsessed single father desperate to control his reckless, overweight daughter; to a mildly retarded man who falls for a married woman intent on using him in a scheme that wounds them both—each novella is a vivid examination of Weil’s uniquely romanticized relationships. As the men struggle against grief, solitude, and fixation, their desperation leads them all to commit acts that bring both ruin and salvation.

Reminiscent of Bobbie Ann Mason, Annie Proulx, and Kent Haruf in its deeply American tone, The New Valley is a tender exploration of resilience, isolation, and the consuming ache for human connection. Weil’s empathetic, meticulous prose makes this is a debut of inescapable power.

Josh Weil holds an MFA from the creative writing program at Columbia University. He has published fiction in Granta, Carve Magazine and has been a finalist in The Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner Novella Competition and in the Raymond Carver Short Story Competition. In addition to his prose, he has written a screenplay that was a runner-up for the 2003 Sundance Writer’s Lab, had a stage play produced in Edinburgh, Scotland, and made a film that won Best Short and Best Actor at the Chicago Alternative Film Festival.

Reese Kwon is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Brooklyn College, where she won the Himan Brown Award. She was featured this year as one of Narrative’s Best New Writers for her story “Superhero.” A recipient of fellowships from the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, Hedgebrook, and the Elizabeth George Foundation, Kwon currently is working on a novel and is an assistant editor at Narrative.

Narrative is the leading online publisher of first-rank fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A nonprofit organization, Narrative is dedicated to advancing the literary arts in the digital age by supporting the finest writing talent and encouraging readership around the world and across generations. Our online library of new literature by celebrated authors and by the best new and emerging writers is available for free. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Narrative depends on your U.S. tax-deductible donation to ensure the vibrant growth of contemporary literature.



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