THE BOLD ITALIC (SAN FRANCISCO) -- The East Bay is a notorious hub for the literary arts. Its literary ghosts don’t quite have the same cachet as San Francisco’s (Mark Twain, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Maya Angelou), but it’s damn close (Gertrude Stein, Philip K. Dick, Jack London, Ursula K. Le Guin). Most of those icons are long gone, of course. The literary world in general is not what it used to be. So where does this leave the East Bay in terms of literary fortitude today? If you’re a young writer looking for a literary community in Berkeley or Oakland, will you be disappointed?
Carolina de Robertis : Author of The Gods of Tango and other award-winning novels, she currently teaches Creative Writing at SF State University.