At the Commonwealth Club's Inforum event, a panel discussion on being single, moderated by Jessica Mullens and, participating: Ethan Watters, author of Urban Tribes: A Generation Redefines Friendship, Family, and Commitment; Emily Morse, of the radio show, Sex with Emily; Jane Ganahl, author of Naked on the Page: The Misadventures of My Unmarried Midlife and Sasha Cagen, author of Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics.

Before the discussion, author, Kemble Scott, reading Jane Ganahl's book, Naked on the Page: The Misadventures of My Unmarried Midlife . He's about twenty pages into it--so far it's great. He brought it this evening so she would sign it for him. His own book, SoMa, has just come out. It takes place in San Francisco right after the dot com boom and is sort of a Sex in the City, but it's grittier and more shocking. It was blurbed by JT Leroy, when she was still a he. His favorite book of all time--Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. He remarked that, when it came out, it was thought to be shocking and that, when PBS aired it, Congress tried to take away PBS funding. Now, however, when you read it, it's not so shocking...it just gives you that timeless feeling that San Francisco never changes.

Here's Jane Ganahl herself (right) after the panel discussion, posing with Elline, who is giving a workshop on The Century of Artists' Books, by Johanna Drucker, at the International Book Fair tomorrow. Elline's favorite book of all time is A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce. Check out my 10/19/06 posting for another reader who also liked this book and has a tattoo to prove it.

After the event, panelist Sasha Cagen rushed off to host the 5th annual Quirkyalone day party at Jack's (on 24th and Utah)--in her words, the latest old man bar to be invaded by hipsters.