The celebration for the 25th anniversary of the literary streets is on for 2 p.m. in Jack Kerouac alley, next to City Lights, on Sunday October 6. The roster of speakers (five minutes each, max, or so I’m told) will be (author/street first, then speakers):
Jack London: Burrito Justice
Ambrose Bierce: Steven Black
Mark Twain: Sacha Arnold
Dashiell Hammett: Don Herron
Isadora Duncan: Rita Felciano
Frank Norris, Jr.: Jim Nelson
Richard Henry Dana, Jr.: Peter Kasin
Beniamino Bufano: John Held Jr.
Bob Kaufman: Mia Paschal
Lawrence Ferlinghetti: (speaker as yet unconfirmed)
Kenneth Rexroth: Mikl-Em
William Saroyan: Foul Play Productions
Jack Kerouac: Nicole Gluckstern
With MC duties handled by Evan Karp
I think I might be the only guy who was on the scene for the original naming of the streets, but can’t say for sure. If I am, then I’m the one to ask about why a street wasn’t named after poet George Sterling, etc & etc, if you’re there and you’re curious.
I understand the order of the speakers is based on the order of the streets as reached during the bicycle tour preceding the event.
And, yes, I’m once again speaking on behalf of Hammett and the mean streets. Always a pleasure.