Alan Bern: "In the Pace of the Path", feat. Cellist Gael Alcock

Jun 27 2024 - 7:00pm


Join us at Pegasus Books Downtown on Thursday, June 27th for an evening of music, text, and storytelling with Alan Bern, Berkeley-based storyteller, performer, author of IN THE PACE OF THE PATH. Bern's reading will be accompanied by music from cellist Gael Alcock. Recently released by UnCollected Press, IN THE PACE OF THE PATH is a hybrid work of poetry, prose, and photos that charts Bern's life in his hometown of Berkeley and his career at the Berkeley Public Library.

From 6:30-7pm, browse books and enjoy Bach's Cello Suite #4 performed by Alcock, in memory of Larry Bensky, host of KPFA’s 'Sunday Salon' and ‘Piano’." Reading and conversation with Bern will follow, at 7pm. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the reading.

Alan Bern’s IN THE PACE OF THE PATH walks the border between poetry and prose, between the surreal and the realism where surrealism spawns, between the past and future which is the pace of the moment by moment of a life. I have learned from Bern’s clarity in poetry and prose to walk the edges of my homeland and step out into the unknown, while carrying the life I have lived within me. This is such an important work to read now and reread as we move through our lives.

—Rusty Morrison, Co-Publisher of Omnidawn

About the author:

Alan Bern is a performer and published/exhibited photographer with three books of poetry, including No no the saddest (Fithian Press, 2004). A retired children’s librarian after 21 years at the Berkeley Public Library, Bern is cofounder with artist/printer Robert Woods of the San Francisco Bay Area fine press Lines & Faces. IN THE PACE OF THE PATH is his first full-length hybrid of poetry, prose, and photos. In addition to Pushcart Prize nominations, Bern's recent awards include: Winner, Saw Palm Poetry Contest (2022); Flash Fiction Finalist, Ekphrastic Sex (2021); and Winner, Littoral Press Poetry Prize (2015). Recent and upcoming writing and photo work is featured in: Haunted Waters Press, Feral, DarkWinter Literary Magazine, The Hyacinth Review, and swifts & slows: a quarterly of crosscrossings. Bern was born and raised in North Berkeley, and still lives two blocks from where he was born.

About the musician:

Gael Alcock moved from Vermont to San Francisco in 1975, and to Berkeley in 1990. She’s played at the Berkeley Art Museum, Zellerbach Hall, Shotgun and Berkeley Rep Theaters, KPFA Studios, Freight & Salvage, and in bookstores including Pegasus, Geiger’s, LA, and Berkeley Books of Paris.

Event address: 
Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
Event Category: 
Shattuck Location