Start: 6:00 pm
3 Minute Readsfrom San Francisco Grotto Writers50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each! Joins us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.
Start: 7:00 pm
Margaret Talbot's father Lyle left his Midwestern home in 1918 to join a traveling carnival, and went on to have a career that spanned the entire trajectory of the entertainment industry. After touring with carnivals, he became a magician’s assistant, an actor in a traveling theater troupe, a romantic lead in early talkies, a star of major Warner Brothers pictures with the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Carole Lombard, an actor in cult B movies, and finally part of the advent of television, with regular roles on Ozzie and Harriet and Leave it to Beaver. From early century small-town America to the birth of Hollywood, Lyle’s own life was entwined with a radically changing America. The Entertainer ($28.95) masterfully combines social history, old Hollywood stories, and family memoir, with Talbot using her father’s experiences as a touchstone to dig deep into the massive changes in American entertainment. Talbot paints a vivid picture of a changing world with a deep warmth and nostalgia. Margaret Talbot has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 2003. Previously, she was a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and, from 1995 to 1999, an editor at The New Republic.