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Gary Soto

When: Fri., Aug. 23, 7 p.m. 2013

“Soto’s remembrances are as sharply defined and appealing as bright new coins,” the noted literary critic Alicia Fields wrote in the Bloomsbury Review in 1987. She was discussing Gary Soto’s poetry — which mostly encompasses acute and evocative portrayals of Chicano-American life, coming of age, and California, and which has earned him several literary awards — but the statement can just as easily apply to a different kind of remembrance, the kind Soto delivers in his new memoir, What Poets Are Like. In the book, from which Soto reads at Books Inc. Alameda (1344 Park St., Alameda), the longtime Berkeley resident offers sixty vignettes, each about a distinct episode over the course of a long life spent writing: the sting of rejection and the uneasy triumph of success, the death of Cody’s Books and the inherent oddness of meeting readers face-to-face, the hangovers and defeats and moments of clarity — bright new coins, every one.

Ellen Cushing

Price: free

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