Events

Notes & Words benefit for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Notes & Words benefit for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

2019 PERFORMERS

Helen Hunt
ACTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER

Helen Hunt has enjoyed a distinguished career not only as an award-winning actress, but as an accomplished writer, director and producer. As an actress, her extensive and diverse body of work includes roles in film, theater, and television. 

In 2012 Hunt’s performance in the THE SESSIONS earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female and notations in the same category by the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, SAG Awards, Broadcast Film Critics’ Awards and the BAFTA Awards. 

Additional credits include MAD ABOUT YOU and the critically acclaimed HBO Miniseries EMPIRE FALLS. For her role as Jamie Buchman in MAD ABOUT YOU, Hunt garnered four Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards (three as lead actress and one as Producer for Best Comedy), and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She was also named “Best Actress” for her role in the film AS GOOD AS IT GETS for which Hunt won a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Oscar. 

  

Kelly Corrigan
AUTHOR

You know her as the creative force behind Notes & Words and you love her for her clever, insightful best-selling memoirs The Middle PlaceLift, and Glitter and Glue. Her most recent release, an instant New York Times bestseller, Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say, is a story-driven collection of essays on the twelve powerful phrases we use to sustain our relationships. Her books deeply resonate with readers with their delicate weave of humor and heartache. When Kelly isn't traversing the country on book tours, interviewing thought leaders and writers for The Nantucket ProjectExactly, or puzzling over the wonders of teenage daughters, you can find her in the neonatal intensive care unit holding preemie infants.

  

Andrew Sean Greer
AUTHOR

Andrew Sean Greer is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of six works of fiction, including the bestsellers The Confessions of Max Tivoli and Less.  Greer grew up, an identical twin, in the suburbs of Washington, DC, the son of scientists. He studied writing at Brown University, where he was the commencement speaker at his own graduation.

After years in New York working as a chauffeur, television extra and unsuccessful writer, he moved to Missoula, Montana, where he received a master of fine arts degree from the University of Montana. He soon moved to Seattle, where he wrote for Nintendo and taught community college, then finally landed in San Francisco where he currently resides. 

Greer has taught at a number of universities and is a winner of the California Book Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award.  He is the recipient of a NEA grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. 

 

 

Oakland School for the Arts
NEXT GENERATION MUSICIANS

By popular demand, we welcome back to the Notes & Words stage our favorite resident performers, The Oakland School for the Arts for an uplifting and empowering night of music.

OUR HOSPITAL & YOU

EXTRAORDINARY CARE FOR ALL KIDS

At UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, the world-renowned pediatric specialists at our Oakland and San Francisco campuses deliver hope and healing to children throughout the Bay Area and around the globe.

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Drinking with Lonely Writers (literary party for adults)
Feb
13
6:00 PM18:00

Drinking with Lonely Writers (literary party for adults)

  • 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center (map)
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Please join 826 Valencia in the Tenderloin for a chance to match your literary wits against some of the Bay Area’s beloved authors in a game we call “Literature vs. Love.”

Featuring Dave Eggers, Andrew Sean Greer, R.O. Kwon, Juliana Delgado Lepora, Sarah Manyika, and Dashka Slater. With guest emcees Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) and Lisa Brown.

Including a Q&A session and book signing, along with, don’t worry, cocktails and snacks. 

Ticket price includes a book and a chance to support 826 Valencia’s free writing, tutoring and publishing programs. Special thanks to our bookstore partner Booksmith. 

For more information, message Allyson Halpern, 826 Valencia Director of Advancement, at allyson@826valencia.org

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Beginnings and Endings Andrew Sean Greer, Jayant Kaikini and Mahesh Rao in conversation with Paul McVeigh
Jan
28
12:30 PM12:30

Beginnings and Endings Andrew Sean Greer, Jayant Kaikini and Mahesh Rao in conversation with Paul McVeigh

The momentum of the beginning and the sense of an ending define the circumference of a short story. A panel of accomplished writers read from and context beginnings and endings in the structure of their work.

Jayant Kaikini is the four time recipient of the Karnataka Sahitya Akademy Award. His recently translated book ‘No Presents, Please- Mumbai Stories’ has been shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018. Mahesh Rao’s debut novel, ‘The Smoke is Rising’ won the Tata First Book Award for fiction. His second book, ‘One Point Two Billion’ was a collection of short stories, followed by ‘Polite Society’, a novel. Andrew Sean Greer is the New York Times bestselling author of six works of fiction, including the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning novel ‘Less’.

Paul McVeigh’s debut novel, The Good Son, won The McCrea Literary Award and The Polari First Novel Prize. He is the co-founder of London Short Stories Festival.

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Where Does Fiction Come From? Andrew Sean Greer,  Ben Okri, Mohammed Hanif, Sebastian Barry, Tania James and Vikram Chandra in conversation
Jan
25
11:15 AM11:15

Where Does Fiction Come From? Andrew Sean Greer, Ben Okri, Mohammed Hanif, Sebastian Barry, Tania James and Vikram Chandra in conversation

Where does fiction come from? What is the process of its creation? How do you make up characters and situations that are believable and why should the reader care? Five of the world’s greatest living novelists - Vikram Chandra, Sebastian Barry, Andrew Sean Greer, Tania James, Mohammed Hanif, and Ben Okri share their insights on the art of the novel.

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Writing About Writing Andrew Sean Greer and Anita Nair in conversation with Prayaag Akbar
Jan
24
5:15 PM17:15

Writing About Writing Andrew Sean Greer and Anita Nair in conversation with Prayaag Akbar

A fascinating conversation with two writers who have written about writers and the writing life.  Andrew Sean Greer’s relentless lampooning of the literary world , ‘Less’ won the 2018 Pulitzer prize for fiction. This novel about a novelist tells us about “the crazy quilt of a writer’s life: warm enough, though it never quite covers the toes." Anita Nair’s novel ‘Eating Wasps’ is about the unravelling story of a thirty-five year old writer who kills herself , a half century ago. In conversation with author Prayaag Akbar, they speak of the comedies and tragedies of the writing life , of the doubts and epiphanies in the constant struggle for experience and self expression, and what it means to be writing about writing.

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"By the Book" Panel
Nov
17
10:30 AM10:30

"By the Book" Panel

  • Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261) (map)
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Pamela Paul leads a conversation with Miami Book Fair presenting authors Jacqueline Woodson, Laura Lippman, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Andrew Sean Greer, based on her wildly beloved NYT’s column, “By the Book.”

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Marin Country Day School Book Fair Luncheon
Nov
14
11:00 AM11:00

Marin Country Day School Book Fair Luncheon

For one week each November, the MCDS community comes together to celebrate books and our shared love of reading. Please join us for any or all of our featured events, or just come enjoy the amazing selection of books hand-picked by more than one hundred parents, faculty, and staff during our regular hours from Monday through Thursday in the Learning Resource Center. Friends and the public are welcome too! Tickets go on sale October 11.

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National Kidney Foundation Luncheon
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

National Kidney Foundation Luncheon

2018 PRESENTING AUTHORS
Tina BrownThe Vanity Fair Diaries l Legendary former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, Lisa McCubbinBetty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer l Author of four New York Times bestsellers, Susan OrleanThe Library Book l Staff writer for The New Yorker and author of The Orchid Thief, Bill PetrocelliThrough the Bookstore Window l Acclaimed author and bookstore owner, LeUyen PhamStop That Yawn! l 2018 Golden Kite Award-winning children's illustrator, Evan & Sarah RichRich Table l Proprietors of San Francisco's Michelin-starred Rich Table

MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Michael Krasny, Author and Host of KQED's Forum

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