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, featuring past appearances by Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Maureen Dowd, Freeman Dyson, Allen Ginsberg,
Christopher Hitchens, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Billy Collins, Iris Chang, Patricia Neal
with Stephen Michael Shearer, Edward Albee, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and Oliver Stone.
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Professor Robert Polito and Patricia Patterson discussing
Members of the public
invited to read
from Steve Kowit’s
last collection of poetry:
New and Selected Poems
Saturday, October 17, 7PM
Steve Kowit, Poet Laureate of San Diego,
passed away in April 2015. He was a poet, an editor, and beloved teacher. He was 2007 winner of the Tampa Review Prize for
Poetry for his collection The First Noble Truth and author of other books of poems, including Lurid Confessions,
The Dumbbell Nebula, and The Gods of Rapture. He was also author of the influential creative writing workshop
text In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop.
How fine to have in in our hands . . . the lucid, voluptuous, exuberant poems of Steve Kowit.” —Dorianne Laux
“A memorable exhilaration, a singular concentration of language,
and a flow of razor-sharp images springing irrepressibly from the author’s humanity.” – Choice
will read from and discuss her new book
LOS ANGELES, 1897
Saturday, November 14th, 7PM
Sporting Guide is a brilliantly imaginative, illustrated recreation
of an 1890s Los Angeles pocket guide, or "Sporting Guide," to the brothels of the day. Before there was the glitz and glamour
of Hollywood, Los Angeles was a rough place, building its way out to the global city of today. In the late nineteenth century
it was a rapidly growing city filled with pimps and prostitutes, Chinese railwaymen, robbers, smugglers, and corrupt politicians.
It was a city where losers and dreamers from all over the world could came to make their fortune. This era of her native city
has always fascinated author, fashion icon, and filmmaker Liz Goldwyn. In a series of beautiful, haunting interlinked stories
she recreates the Los Angeles of the 1890s through stories of its pimps, politicians, prostitutes—male and female—businessmen,
madams and johns.
She takes readers inside the bordellos and velvet curtained rooms where sex
entices but power and money rule. Based on her original research in the libraries and archives of LA, these fictional stories
center around real historical characters—like the famous owner of LA’s grandest brothel, Pearl Morton (whose tombstone
Goldwyn discovered). Interspersed in those stories, Goldwyn writes about the historical realities of the time, from fashion
to opium drug addiction to sexual practices and birth control. Sporting Guide evokes a lost world of those on the margins
of LA, of the hustlers who made it into one of the great cities of the world, and she gives a poignant voice to people and
stories lost to time.
Liz Goldwyn is a writer, filmmaker, and artist living and working in Los Angeles.
She is the writer and director of the documentary Pretty Things (HBO, 2005) based on her non-fiction book Pretty
Things: the Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens. Goldwyn's short films include Underwater Ballet (2008),
LA at Night (2009), The Painted Lady (2012) and Dear Diary (2013).
Goldwyn was New York Editor of French Vogue from 2001 to 2002 and has contributed to publications including
the New York Times Magazine, the Financial Times, British Vogue and C Magazine. In September 2014 she became
the first guest editor of Town & Country in its' 168-year history. She has
been commissioned as an artist and designer by M.A.C Cosmetics, Van Cleef & Arpels, Altamont Apparel, and Le Bon Marché;
and has created jewelry for feature films including Running With Scissors (2006).
Previous Events at D.G.Wills Books
Director Oliver Stone
Historian and Churchill biographer Sir Martin Gilbert
Vogue magazine photo of Francoise Gilot
at the original store
Nobel Laureate Gerald Edelman, Director of the Neurosciences
Institute, with U.C. Berkeley philosopher John Searle with Mrs. Searle
Nobel Laureate Manfred Eigen
Noted editor Robert Weil, editing a Patricia
Highsmith manuscript for W.W. Norton & Co.