Hattery brings thinkers, creators, authors, leaders, and other clever people together for talks and workshops that inspire and foster new thought.
Richard Flanagan is arguably Australia’s greatest living writer. He’s an adventurer, a Rhodes scholar, a film maker, and the acclaimed author of Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, and Wanting, among others. Much of his work is inspired by fact and woven into haunting and powerful fiction.
His most recent novel, The Narrow Road to The Deep North explores friendship, memory, and how war illuminates love. To write his new book, Flanagan drew deeply from conversations with his late father about his experience as a slave laborer on the Thai-Burma Railway during World War Two. In acute historic detail, and with great humility, Flanagan has written his most personal novel yet – to wide acclaim.
Join Richard when he comes to San Francisco to celebrate the publication of The Narrow Road to The Deep North. Join us for a conversation about the spinning of fact into fiction, the paradox of love and war, and the importance of storytelling.
What happens when an acclaimed memoirist sits down for a conversation with his mother?
Join us for a conversation with author Sean Wilsey, who captured the curiosity of life as a San Francisco society child in his 2005 memoir Oh the Glory of it All. Wilsey, an avid skateboarder and boarding school wayfarer, chronicled a youth spent in and out of San Francisco’s upper echelons with what the New York Times described as a “vivid mix of brio, self-awareness and sophistication.”
In Wilsey’s new collection of essays, More Curious, the author paints a compelling picture of an America he found to be “much kinder and less homogenous” than he feared. More Curious spans fifteen years of Wilsey’s work and includes musings on life in rural Texas, what soccer and religion have in common, and the state of skateboarding — and American culture — today. Other essays include those previously published in GQ, McSweeney’s, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Fast Company, and Vanity Fair.
Join Wilsey as he discusses More Curious, the power of place, and memoir as catharsis. Wilsey will be joined in conversation by his mother, non-fiction author and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Pat Montandon.
You know the work, but do you know the man behind it?
The Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods, Alcatraz, Fort Point. The artist who has rendered California’s iconic landmarks in image form is illustrator Michael Schwab. For over twenty years, Schwab has produced work that celebrates life in the Golden State. His posters, logos and illustrations are instantly recognizable for their graphic forms and drama. Schwab’s work is at once bold and beckoning and proves that simplicity is stunning.
Eric Heiman, founder of Volume Inc. and a professor of graphic design at CCA, will join Michael in conversation about the creative process, the development of a style, the power of ink on paper and the way of life at the drawing table.
Tom Barbash’s superb debut collection of short stories, Stay Up With Me, has been lauded as an instant classic and featured in many ‘best of’ lists. Set mostly in New York City, these stories explore the different ways we try to connect with each other and the world around us. The characters in Stay Up With Me are deeply compelling and resonant, and their stories expose new truths – for themselves and the reader.
Tom Barbash is the author of The Last Good Chance, and the New York Times bestseller, On Top of The World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11. His work has been published in McSweeny’s, Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House and others. He teaches writing at California College of the Arts and lives in Marin County.
Come and hear Tom Barbash in conversation about his work, the evolution of a style, and the creative process.
You’ve seen her work—in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, campaigns for Tiffany, American Express, Nike, and Samsung, and online web sensations. Now come spend an evening with Jessica Hische, as she serves as Hattery’s guest editor on July 17.
Jessica will present interviews, stories, tutorials, and more around her chosen theme of Vices and Virtues. Topics to be covered include the story of a mystery millionaire hiding $100 bills around San Francisco, how to make a scotch cocktail while ruminating on the historical significance of booze in the city, and the rise of caffeine culture and why we need it.
This is the first in a series of Guest Editor events at Hattery in which luminaries from culture, technology, and the arts curate evenings of discussion, experience, and fun centered on their favorite things.
About Jessica Hische
Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, type designer, and self-described relentless procrastiworker. Her clients have included Wes Anderson, Dave Eggers, Penguin Books, The New York Times, Tiffany & Co., OXFAM America, McSweeney’s, American Express, Target, Victoria’s Secret, Chronicle Books, Nike, Samsung, and Wired Magazine.
For much of the 1990s, Tabitha Soren was the voice of a generation. She was one of MTV’s first political reporters, covering the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections and became the face of its “Choose or Lose” campaign to encourage young people to vote.
Now she’s behind the camera rather that in front of it, after having discovered photography during a year long hiatus from television. Her photographs have been featured in the New York Times Magazine, on the cover of McSweeney’s, in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, and in museums and galleries around the country.
Come and hear about the creative process, the intersection of art and story, inspiration, and the move from cultural icon to artist. Tabitha will be in conversation with Derek Fagerstrom, managing editor of Zoetrope: All-Story and co-creative director of Pop-Up Magazine.
In 2008, Josh Higgins co-created an unofficial Barack Obama poster that drew national attention and caught the eye of Obama’s election team. In 2011, Higgins built and led the design team for the president’s reelection campaign, in which design and technology played pivotal roles. Join us for a conversation with Josh Higgins, design director for Obama 2012, about the creative process, the changing nature of design in the civic sphere, the use of design skills for good, and exactly why design matters to the president.
Christopher Simmons, past AIGA SF president and creative director of MINE, will interview Josh. This event is part of San Francisco Design Week.
In celebration of the seventh anniversary of their delightful and unique venture, The Thing, editors John Herschend and Will Rogan will present their seven favorite issues, and, in the process, show-and-tell the story of The Thing.
The Thing Quarterly is a periodical in the form of an object. It’s like a magazine, except that each issue is conceived of by a different contributor – be it an artist, writer, musician, or filmmaker – and published on a useful thing. Past issues have included a shower curtain by writer Dave Eggers, a lipstick-covered mirror by actor James Franco, and a window shade by filmmaker and artist Miranda July. Park Life will hold a one-night-only pop up store selling objects of art and design from their San Francisco store.
For many of us, public libraries evoke memories of childhood: the studious stillness, the unending shelves of books upon books, the musty smell of old pages, and the thrill of discovery upon finding a stack of previously undiscovered books. More than just a building full of books, libraries are important community centers, houses of knowledge, or sometimes just places to take shelter. From historic Carnegie designs, such as the New York Public Library, to vividly contemporary structures like Rem Koolhaas’s Seattle Public Library, the experience of a dedicated space for information is an important part of what makes public libraries so inviting.
During the past 18 years, photographer Robert Dawson has travelled the country documenting these beloved and often endangered institutions. His new book – the most comprehensive visual survey of American libraries ever published – reveals the breadth of American libraries. The Public Library: A Photographic Essay spans the grand reading room of New York City’s Public Library to the one room library built by former slaves in California, examining a universally important and transformative institution.
Robert Dawson will be interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle’s architecture critic, John King.
Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing at the event through our independent bookselling partner, William Stout Architectural Books.
In the summer of 2009, three young Americans went for a hike. They ended up in one of the world’s most infamous prisons in Iran.
Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd were living together in Syria, teaching and writing. Their friend, Josh Fattal was visiting from the U.S. The strayed too close to the Iranian border and were captured. The three were accused of spying, and sent to prison – Sarah for more than a year, and Shane and Josh for more than two. The case shocked and intrigued the world, but only now are the three finally able to tell their side of the story.
Sarah and Shane will be interviewed by Mimi Lok, executive editor of McSweeney’s Voice of Witness.
Poet George Sterling described San Francisco as the “cool gray city of love”, and Gary Kamiya has created a one of a kind book for this one of a kind city: a guide to San Francisco, and a guide to loving any place more fully.
When Kamiya set out to divide the city of San Francisco into a grid and explore every square mile of it, he already knew the city well. Or well enough. But despite his time driving cabs in the city while earning degrees in English literature at Berkeley, he could never have guessed at the fascinating stories and forgotten histories he would uncover.
From the shark-haunted islands 28 miles off its coast, and the teeming tenements of Chinatown; from the dreamlike summit of Russian Hill, and the mad depths of the Tenderloin; from the patrician mansions of Nob Hill, and the windswept dunes of Larsen Peak, Kamiya approaches his subject from many perspectives, uncovering the endless views afforded by the unique natural and cultural melange that makes San Francisco so compelling.
Gary Kamiya – Bay area native, Yale dropout, cofounder of Salon.com, and San Francisco flâneur discusses his recent book, Cool Gray City of Love, with Clara Jeffery, editor of Mother Jones, National Magazine Award winner, and current resident of San Francisco’s Mission district.
TypeHack, in collaboration with TYPO Conference 2014, is an all-day typography hackathon, where graphic designers and type enthusiasts will come together for a day of friendly competition. Participants receive a brief upon arrival at TypeHack, with details on the challenge and parameters to brainstorm, design, and submit seven alphabet characters on a theme. Throughout the day, leading typographers speak on inspiration and technique.
Brain Pickings: An evening with Maria Popova
Thursday, April 10
Maria Popova, the brain behind the wildly popular culture blog Brain Pickings, comes to Hattery to share inspiration, insights, and ideas that she’s uncovered in her online travails.
Brain Pickings is a one-woman discovery engine for interestingness, “bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in – until you are.” Popova founded Brain Pickings in 2006 as a basic email digest, and the Library of Congress included the site in its permanent web archive in 2012.
She will spend the evening in conversation with author Caroline Paul at Hattery. They’ll discuss hunting and gathering on the internet, lessons on creativity, and musings such as the curious minds (and sleep habits) of famous writers past and present. Come and enrich your mental pool of resources. You’ll leave inspired, motivated, and possibly smarter.
More about our guests:
Maria Popova, is the brain behind Brain Pickings – an “interestingness hunter-gatherer” and curious mind at large, she has also written for The New York Times, Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, and The Atlantic, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. In her native Bulgaria, she was once a recreational bodybuilder.
Caroline Paul is the author of the memoir Fighting Fire, about her time as a San Francisco firefighter, and the novel East Wind, Rain. Caroline’s latest book is Lost Cat, a True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS technology, an illustrated memoir about stalking her cat. In her spare time she flies an experimental plane.
The Case Against Giving. A conversation with William Easterly
Wednesday, March 26
Over the past fifty years, the West has given billions of dollars to fight global poverty – with little lasting effect. One quarter of the world’s population still lives in extreme poverty. Economist William Easterly argues that this failure is largely due to the West’s top-down approach, and proposes that we instead empower individuals to pursue entrepreneurial solutions.
Easterly is one of the world’s leading thinkers in economic development. He is the author of a number of books on international aid, including The White Man’s Burden: How the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, and The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics. He will be interviewed by Victoria Arch, the Director of Strategy at Angaza Design, which provides prepaid, solar energy solutions for the developing world.
Happy Hour Book Party with Larry Downes, Author of Big Bang Disruption
Tuesday, February 25
It used to take years or even decades for disruptive innovations to dethrone dominant products and services. But now any business can be devastated virtually overnight by something better and cheaper. Learn about Downes’ insights on how to be an even better disruptor while protecting your business from disruption.
Larry Downes is an Internet industry analyst and author on the impact of disruptive technologies on business and policy. His first book, “Unleashing the Killer App,” was one of the biggest business bestsellers of the early 2000s. He is a columnist for Forbes and CNET.com, and writes regularly for other publications including USA Today and the Harvard Business Review.
Is Tech the New Counterculture?
Thursday, February 20
Is the west coast tech scene too dominant to be considered a counterculture? Or does tech belong right in there alongside the idealists of the 1960s and the liberal beatniks of the 1950s? Amid the conversation about San Francisco’s haves and have-nots, the backlash against the Google buses, and the unrestrained influx of money and wealth, is there a historical perspective that might shed some light on the whole mess? Join Fred Turner in conversation with Dan Parham to explore the historical context of the state we’re in right now.
Fred Turner is Associate Professor of Communication at Stanford University and a senior editor of Public Culture. He is the author of From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism, The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties, and Echoes of Combat: The Vietnam War in American Memory.
Dan Parham is the CEO and co-founder of Neighborland, a platform where organizations and residents collaborate to build vibrant, resilient cities. Before founding Neighborland, Dan was a Director of User Experience at Yahoo!. Dan received a BFA in Film and Video from the University of North Carolina, and his work has been recognized by the Venice Biennale of Architecture, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.
Offering Unpaid Internships Legally
Wednesday, February 12
Prepare now for your summer interns. Expert attorneys from our partner WilmerHale will speak on the legal ins and outs of offering unpaid internships and answer any questions you may have. The presentation will be interactive in nature and you are encouraged to come with questions.
At the event, attendees will also be able to sign up for free office hours with WilmerHale the following day to further discuss any questions specific to your business.