Harper Lee Responds to ‘The Mockingbird Next Door’

Harper Lee strikes back:


Truman Capote Was A Psychopath Says Harper Lee

Commentary on the forthcoming book about Harper Lee, The Mockingbird Next Door.


Great News for Mystery Fans: New Elmore Leonard Stories!

For all of us who have read every existing Elmore Leonard story, here comes some more:


Poet/Musician Patti Smith Wins Tribune Literary Award

The best news here is that there will be a sister volume to the wonderful Just Kids.



Authors’ Earnings Decline

Here’s a big surprise:



New Poem from Peter Sherburn-Zimmer

Beyond Prophecy and Wealth


…I spent the day’s energies

emptying the bookshelf

of all my dusty ornaments,


then tinkered with a Greek

I can never say why, lexicon to lexicon,

after a few words at a splintered oar –

lost in a sea I shall never see


and returned to my own words

lost at last in their own electricity,

without youth or hope or strength

beyond the balls of dust


and the shallow breathing

of an afternoon content

with small accomplishments.

Interesting New Twist on Reading

From Friends volunteer Joseph Jordan comes this article on yet another way to make books available to readers.



Will Self on the Dubious State of the Literary Novel

In case yesterday’s posting had you wondering…


Golden Crown Literary Society Awards List 2014: Women and Words


Thursday at Readers: Melba Abela and Diego Deleo

Join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in our Readers Bookstore Fort Mason for our weekly FREE poetry series! Browse books and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to internationally acclaimed poets and artists such as Jonathan Richman, David Meltzer, Diane di Prima and California Poet Laureate Al Young. The series is  curated by Friends’ Resident Poet Jack Hirschman. For a full line-up and more information please visit our website at www.friendssfpl.org.

Proceeds from our bookstores benefit the San Francisco Public Library

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Pictured: Jonathan Richman performing last Thursday.

This Thursday we are excited to have Melba Abela and Diego Deleo read.

Melba Abela, a Filipino American immigrant, was born in Capiz, Philippines.  She received a BSE, major in in history from the University of the Philippines, where she also matriculated in postgraduate studies in education and library science. After working for many years and matriculating in various disciplines at CCSF, San Francisco State University and in a summer program in creativity at JFK University, she received a BFA, major in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001.  She has had solo exhibitions  in galleries and in open or guerrilla public venues in San Francisco and in Capiz.  She has also participated in various group shows throughout the US.  Melba has been an artist-in-residence at the  SF Asian Art Museum,  Asia Alive Program,  and a fellow at the New Pacific Studio in Vallejo, California. Her artwork and writings have appeared in various anthologies and journals, of late, notably Poets 11 and the Revolutionary Poets Brigade.  Of her artist books, “Killing the Masters” series is the most known and exhibited.

The Language of Peace in Jive*

By Melba Abela

Its that kind of life

A story begun and not finished

Swept away into a vertiginous river

Words, images vanishing, forming

Borne out of time from an ancient land

A contested land – present, a big league

hot zone where shadows swing

In constant motion

On the move you nose the winds

The Israeli Prime Minister tells the Argentine

Pope,“Jesus spoke Hebrew,” – “Aramaic”

Corrects the latter, “Aramaic and

Hebrew,” the former amends

Is this peace?  Is this reconciliation?

Our authority versus your authority?

No worry, the contemporary Jesus

Now speaks in Jive


* A software that combines collaboration, community and social features.

Artwork by Melba Abela
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Diego Deleo “Here at 17, wearing my older brother’s clothes fitted

for me, preparing to venture in to the New World, leaving my family, my horse and plow behind, uneducated, immature in more ways than one, bent, not broken by the natural, nor the man-made laws I endured. 62 years later I contemplate my past well-spent and looking forward.”


Why Say It


To make connection with
the people of the world
or only a few
To uncover poet’s lament: life
is good death not so good
To inject some idealism
into our life to improve our lot
To influence a few toward
the beauty of expression
To say children before schooling
say pure innocent phrases
they are our joy—our living poetry
To say great minds don’t make
great poets big hearts do
To say life is a deadly affair
that we can fight
with love and win.