Literary History Today March 5: Frank Norris born

    Frank Norris, who was born on this day in 1870 in Chicago made his way westward and became the quintessential California author.  His major work McTeague is still taught in university classes there as a example of early 20th century literature. Who told me that? The bartender at McTeague’s Saloon in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. “If you study any kind of California literature, you run across Frank Norris,” […]


Today in Literary History for Jan 10: Dash Day

On this day in 1961, author Dashiell Hammett, creator of private detective Sam Spade dies at the age of 67.


Spooky Places: Burritt Alley, San Francisco

Walk through Union Station, Chinatown and the Tenderloin in San Francisco and although everything is in colour, the black and white world of Dashiell Hammett.


Literary Travels - Angel Island, California (Part 2)

Angel Island, CALIFORNIA – Today, Angel Island is a tranquil 30-minute ferry ride across the bay from Fisherman’s Wharf past Alcatraz Island.


In the footsteps of McTeague - San Francisco's Tenderloin Neighbourhood

San Francisco, CALIFORNIA – Elijah Glasper knocks on his own door before pushing it open into a wide wedge, allowing light from the hallway.