City Arts & Lectures
Jamaica Kincaid (left) and Joyce Carol Oates

We can always count on City Arts & Lectures to bring some of the smartest writers, cultural commentators and policy makers to speak in our city. This year, their knockout lineup just so happens to include some of our favorite female authors. The organization is in the midst of renovating the opulent Nourse Theatre, which will officially open on May 1; events will take place at the Herbst Theatre until then. Even with the additional space, big names will sell out fast. Here are the tickets we?ve just added to our shopping cart:

Jamaica Kincaid Quick--clear your schedule this Wednesday night. The Antiguan author and former New Yorker regular will be here to discuss her first tome in ten years, See Now Then, as well as her other poignant works.

Joyce Carol Oates The prolific writer (she?s even profuse on Twitter!) will make an appearance at the Herbst Theatre on March 5. Her latest novel, Daddy Love, relays the terrifying tale of a young boy abducted by a sadistic preacher. National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Hass will moderate the discussion.

Fran Lebowitz After gaining new insights into the perpetual satirist?s mind through Martin Scorsese?s documentary Public Speaking, we?re eager to hear Lebowitz?s quips in person on May 10. One of the first speakers at the renovated Nourse, she will be bantering with Steven Winn. Tickets are available to members now and to the general public on February 20.

Herbst Theatre: 401 Van Ness Ave., 415-392-4400 or sfwmpac.org/herbst/ht_index.html; Nourse Theatre: 275 Hayes St., cityarts.net/

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