A novel by Andrew Bardin Williams
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On the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love, new reporter Jack McClure is assigned to write an article about an influential figure from San Francisco's past. A beatnik, a hippie and a one-time movie star, Dean Simmons is anything but an easy interview, but Jack knows that getting to know the "real" Dean is his ticket off the news desk. Along the way, Jack learns what it means be an activist and to make a name for himself.
Learning to Haight is the story of San Francisco and its affect on the young men and women who are drawn there to find themselves. The city does something to people--what will it do to Jack?
Andrew Bardin Williams at the Institute Library, January 31
Reintegrate: Studying the Geography of Literature
Andrew Bardin Williams was awarded a Reintegrate grant from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven to study the sense of place in literature. Working with a geographer, Andrew will create a database of literary locations in Google Maps that will be populated and edited by the public (a la Wikipedia and the Urban Dictionary). The project is ongoing now and will be presented in May.
Indie Reader Discovery Award: Learning to Haight Named Finalist for National Award
One of nine finalists in the literary fiction category, Learning to Haight was honored as one of the top independent books in 2012. Results were announced at Book Expo America in New York on June 3.
"It's a Full House Day": Inspiration for Learning to Haight's Opening Lines
Learning to Haighton the Air: Dante's Hot Tub on Radio Valencia, November 30
(fast forward to 15:40 for introduction of Andrew Bardin Williams)
As the Occupy movement slogged into the holiday season, the Wednesday November 30, 2011 edition Dante's Hot Tub hosted author Andrew Bardin Williams. Andrew recently published his novel Learning to Haight, a coming of age story about a young activist in San Francisco. Upon reading this literary novel, it's impossible not to examine how previous protest movements are affecting today's political and social movements. Host Juan Rapido and Andrew discuss the novel, the role of protest and social movements, and play protest songs old and new.
Book Reading: Andrew Bardin Williams at the Beat Museum, November 15
Walk with Jack:
Experience the city as Jack did in Learning to Haight