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In an attempt to examine the robust literary cultures of Northern and Southern California, and to see where those traditions intersect and what that says about California identity, historian Bill Deverell and book critic David Ulin have organized a two-part conference, Tales from Two Cities: Writing From California, set to debut this week in San Francisco and then, in February, in Los Angeles. The two have partnered with the public library systems of both cities, as well as other major players, including chairman of the board of the Hearst Corporation, Will Hearst, executive chair of the board of the Center for Investigative Reporting, Phil Bronstein, founder and former editor-in-chief of, David Talbot, representative members of City Lights, Litquake, and Zyzzyva, and a list of luminaries that includes Armistead Maupin, Dana Gioia, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Tobias Wolff, Ellen Ullman and Karen Tei Yamashita, to present a two-day series of panels and discussions free to the public. Saturday evening, after the conference is officially over, there will be a reading at the California Historical Society.

Fri., Oct. 4, 1-5:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 5, 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m., 2013
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