Did you know November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? It’s a whole month devoted entirely to encouraging you (yes, You!) to write. So if you’ve been sitting on an idea for a novel, if you used to write but have fallen out of the habit, if you have something to say or something you want to get out, now is the time.
NaNoWriMo has two central goals: To help you write every day for the month of November, and f...[read more]
The first time I read China Miéville's Perdido Street Station, I felt baffled and overwhelmed by this monster of a novel. I’d long been a fan of genre fiction but what was this novel, I wondered? Was it steampunk, fantasy, or horror? Or a mind-bending marriage of all three? And what of the plot, at turns heartbreaking, terrifying, and then deep and thoughtful? I put the book down, and didn’t return to it until years later, when I wa...[read more]
For the third year in a row, Mechanics' Institute will be hosting a food drive for the SF-Marin Food Bank. The food bank needs these items the most:
*Please no pet food, glass items, or opened packages*
Is horror not scary because it’s just not real? Do you prefer non-fiction but don’t want to miss out on the spooky trends of October? Stop by the display on the 2nd Floor Balcony to find biographies, history, essays, and fun references for horror-related books and films. There's even some mystery and noir thrown in to round o...[read more]
A new display of artistic Arion Press books
Arion Press Fine Print books are not only literary masterpieces but also artistic treasures. Many of the volumes in MI’s Arion Press special collection are both beautifully illustrated and bound in unique and imaginative covers and slipcases.
On exhibit, in the 2nd floor archival d...[read more]