Monday, July 10, 2006

Literary Doings in the Bay Area

Kids flocked to the San Francisco Symphony this weekend to hear the world premiere of a new symphony composed by the nefarious Lemony Snicket and Nathaniel Stookey. While the orchestra played, Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) narrated the 30-minute piece, called The Composer is Dead. It told the story of a dead composer and the search for his killer, with digressions into the lives of various famous musicians.

CODY"S BOOKS on Telegraph held a combined good-bye and 50th anniversary party on Sunday. Today is the store’s last day.

How poignant and unbelievable," writer Maxine Hong Kingston told the Chronicle, noting that she first came to the store 48 years ago as a freshman at UC Berkeley.

"I walked in and found my haven and my home. It felt eternal. It felt like it would be here forever."

Dibs has a great -- if pointedly anti-leftist -- take on the celebration.

1 comment:

renee said...

Oh man, I wish I had known about the symphony. That sounds like so much fun! (Did you go? Was it as good as it sounds?)