San Francisco’s bigger than life literary lion, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, is quick approaching his 100th birthday, and the celebratory occasions are multiform and multitudinous. The legendary poet, painter, writer, defender of free speech and founding father of Metropolis Lights bookstore marks the centenary milestone on March 24, however an entire host of famed writers flip up on the retailer three days earlier for the launch celebration of his new autobiography, “Little Boy” (Doubleday, $24, 192 pages).

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These giving readings starting at 7 p.m. March 21 embrace Maxine Hong Kingston, Michael Krasny, Armistead Maupin, Joyce Carol Oates, Julien Poirier, Andrew Sean Greer and Shobha Rao. Though the person of the hour is not going to be current, the Metropolis Lights doorways are thrown large open on his precise birthday for a 1 to five p.m. nonstop parade of poets, writers and mates studying from Ferlinghetti’s works (“A Coney Island of the Thoughts” is certain to be an element). There shall be ancillary occasions happening that afternoon at Cafe Zoetrope, Vesuvio’s bar and the Canessa Gallery. Different occasions proceed all through the month at establishments such because the San Francisco Public Library, the Roxie Theater and the Rena Bransten Gallery.

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Sue Gilmore, Correspondent



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