James Franco & Frank Bidart

James Franco & Frank Bidart

August 9: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Academy Award Nominated Actor James Franco plays with the concept of memoir in his new book A California Childhood, through personal snapshots, sketches, paintings, poems, and stories.

An actor treads the line between reality and fiction every time he plays a part, and for James Franco, that exploration isn’t limited to the screen—he’s also a visual artist with several exhibitions under his belt as well as the author of the widely praised story collection Palo Alto.

On the evening of August 9th, James will join us in the store for a special conversation and signing with legendary poet and academic Frank Bidart. Aside from the achievement of his many collections, Frank’s 2002 chapbook, Music Like Dirt, is the only chapbook to ever be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. James and Frank will be speaking on memoir, California, and their own approaches to their written and visual creative endeavors. James and Frank will also be discussing James' chapbook of poems, The Strongest of the Litter. Copies of both A California Childhood and The Strongest of the Litter will be available for purchase at the event.


THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. This event will be located in our fifth floor loft space, accessible through the elevator bank at 826 Broadway. In order to come up to the event, customers must have already purchased tickets either through our website or at our main floor registers.

Customers who have purchased a ticket may begin lining up outside the 826 Broadway entrance at 5:30pm.  Doors open at 6pm. Seating is limited and is first come, first served.

Customers are required to check in at the lobby entrance where they'll receive a wrist band prior to being escorted to our 5th floor loft space. Once customers arrive on the 5th floor, they will receive either the book or gift card depending on which option they purchased. Please note that the book and/or gift card are only available for pick-up at the event.

In the interest of time and to ensure that all customers have the most pleasant experience possible, please be aware that James Franco will only be signing copies of A California Childhood and this will be limited to one book per customer. Additionally, please note that the purchase of A California Childhood is required to enter the signing line. Memorabilia will not be allowed.

Photos may be taken during the event. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, James Franco will NOT be taking photographs with fans.

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