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‘The End of San Francisco’ Author Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore In Seattle Tonight

by Stuart Wilber on March 29, 2013

in Arts,culture,News,Stuart Wilber

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Author Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore today, Friday, March 29, at 7:00 PM returns to Seattle, Washington’s Elliott Bay Book Company to read from her new book, The End of San Francisco which breaks apart the conventions of memoir to reveal the passions and perils of a life that refuses to conform to the rules of straight or gay normalcy.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore was described as “a cross between Tinkerbell and a honky Malcolm X with a queer agenda” by the Austin Chronicle and one of “50 Visionaries Changing Your World” by Utne Reader. She is the author of two novels, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly and Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, and winner of an ALA Stonewall Book Award.

Via Sycamore’s website:

skitched-20130329-122805The End of San Francisco breaks apart the conventions of memoir to reveal the passions and perils of a life that refuses to conform to the rules of straight or gay normalcy. A budding queer activist escapes to San Francisco, in search of a world more politically charged, sexually saturated, and ethically consistent— this is the person who evolves into Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, infamous radical queer troublemaker, organizer and agitator, community builder, and anti-assimilationist commentator. Here is the tender, provocative, and exuberant story of the formation of one of the contemporary queer movement’s most savvy and outrageous writers and spokespersons.

Using an unrestrained associative style to move kaleidoscopically between past, present, and future, Sycamore conjures the untidy push and pull of memory, exposing the tensions between idealism and critical engagement, trauma and self-actualization, inspiration and loss. Part memoir, part social history, and part elegy, The End of San Francisco explores and explodes the dream of a radical queer community and the mythical city that was supposed to nurture it.

A Seattle resident, Sycamore is also the editor of Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity and That’s Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. She writes regularly for a variety of publications, including the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Bitch, Bookslut, Alternet, and Time Out New York, and is the reviews editor at the feminist magazine Make/shift.

The Elliott Bay Bookstore is located at 1521 10th Avenue, Seattle WA.  For more information call 206-624-6600 or 800-962-5311

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore continues her book tour with stops in Oregon, California and Washington State:

Monday, April 1, 7:30 pm

Portland, OR: Powell’s City of Books located at 1005 W. Burnside, Portland, OR.  503-228-4651.

Thursday, April 4, 6:00 pm

Eugene, OR: University of Oregon in the Ben Linder Room of the EMU located at 1585 E. 13th Ave. Eugene OR 97403.

Thursday, April 11, 4:30 pm
Los Angeles, CA: Loyola Marymount University
Friday, April 12, 7:30pm
Los Angeles, CA: Skylight Books located at 1818 N Vermont Ave (between Hollywood Blvd & Franklin) (323) 660-1175 &

Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 pm

Fullerton, CA: Cal State Fullerton

Sunday, April 28, 7:30pm

Santa Cruz, CA: Bookshop Santa Cruz 1520 Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz  (831) 460-3232.
Mattilda returns to San Francisco: Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 pm
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Bookstore

Thursday, May 2, 7:30pm Berkeley, CA: Pegasus Bookstore

Pegasus is located at 2349 Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley. For more information: 510-649-1320 &

Thursday, May 9, 7-9 PM
San Francisco, CA: GLBT Museum 4127 18th Street in the Castro.
Images courtesy City Lights Publishing
Stuart Wilber believes that living life openly as a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Allied person is the most powerful kind of activism. Shortly after meeting his husband in Chicago in 1977, he opened a gallery named In a Plain Brown Wrapper, where he exhibited cutting edge work by leading artists; art that dealt with sexuality and gender identification. (Photo by Mathew Ryan Williams)
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