May 9th 2005 two authors:
Luis Carrillo Miranda was born in a small town in Puerto Rico. After
many difficulties growing up, he joined relatives in New York where he
worked his way through college. After graduating, he took a bus to
California. When he arrived by mistake in San Francisco instead of L.A., he
fell in love with the city and remained here, "where most of his
lifetime dreams became a reality: a career in Social Work and the publication
of his memoir: ' A Child of No Importance-The Life of a Puerto Rican
Dreamer.' Luis worked as a school social worker in the S. F. Unified
Schools, a family counselor at S.F.City College and as a professor at
S.F.State University. He took an early retirement in order to finish writing
his memoir, but remains a tireless world-wide traveler with hobbies in
sculpture and other arts.
Luis Carrillo Miranda and Gerald Rosen
Novelist Gerald Rosen will offer "An Evening of Laughter," reading
funny scenes from two of his novels, "Growing Up Bronx" and "The Carmen
Miranda Memorial Flagpole." The NY Times called his "Carmen Miranda
Memorial Flagpole "-"a terrific book, a book that reveals a remarkably acute
understanding of both New York and California, a book that is both
hilarious and devastating, an exceptional novel." The NY Times called his
"Growing Up Bronx"-"a humorous and touching novel." Before he dropped
out and became an anti-war protestor and a novelist in the late 60s, he
took a degree in Electrical Engineering, a Wharton MBA, and an MA and
PhD in American Literature and History from the University of
May 23, 2005:
Morris Bassan will read from his"Haight Ashbury Sketches." A reviewer
wrote: "Despite what later would be called good vibes, Bassan rightly
stresses a Dickensian side to the neighborhood." Basssan's other books
include one about Nathaniel Hawthorne's son called "Hawthorne's Son",
and a collection of essays about Stephen Crane. He has retired from S.F.
State, and most recently has been teaching individual-author courses at
the Fromm Institute-Bernard Shaw and Eugene O'Neill, plus Emily
Dickinson. He also has taught courses there on "Emma Goldman and the Golden
Age of American Radicalism," and "British Political Theatre." A novel
called "The Governor" about the troubles at SF State in the
1960s-awaits an eager publisher.
Morris Bassan and Abby Wassermann
Abby Wasserman will read from "Praise, Vilification & Sexual Innuendo,
or How to Be a Critic: The Selected Writings of John L. Wasserman." She
also will bring original artwork from one of her children's books.
Wasserman is a writer and artist in the San Francisco Bay Area and former
editor-in-chief of the Oakland Museum of California's quarterly
magazine. Now freelance, she facilitates writing groups, exhibits her art,
works on editorial projects and is at work on several books including a
novel titled "Cross Country."
Her publications include "The Spirit of Oakland," a multicultural
history of Oakland; and "Portfolio," essays on 11 Native American artists.
She also has completed two illustrated children's books.
Abby Wasserman grew up in the Bay Area loving the arts. In her youth
she played the piano, painted, acted, danced and wrote. She attended San
Francisco State and New York University, where she studied theater
education. In the mid-1980s Abby returned to the Bay Area and wrote art and
museum reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle and The Museum of
California magazine, published by the Oakland Museum of California. She was
offered a job writing and editing at the museum and soon rose to
editor-in-chief. She edited the magazine for 14 years.
During those years, Abby produced two books: Praise, Vilification and
Sexual Innuendo or, How to Be a Critic: The Selected Writings of John L.
Wasserman, 1964-1979, about her late brother, the Chronicle critic and
entertainment writer, featuring a narrative about his life and some 90
of his columns; and The Spirit of Oakland, an anthology of Oakland
History from multicultural perspectives.
Abby has recently been concentrating her artistic talents on producing
collages and symbolic watercolors, and has written and illustrated two
children's books, with a third on the way. Since 2003, she has served
on the Board of the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley. She
facilitates two writing groups while devoting most of her time to writing