May '68 Celebration
Friday, May 11, 7:00 pm
Come celebrate the publication of Excess—The Factory and the 50th anniversary of May '68 with Commune Editions and 34 Trinity!
To commemorate the 50th anniversary, Commune Editions is publishing the first translation of Leslie Kaplan's important book of poetry, Excess—The Factory. Commune editors and others will read from the book. Copies will be available for purchase.
Kaplan was part of a generation of Maoist établis, university-educated radicals who entered the factory in order to organize the working class. During the events of May, Kaplan was employed at a washing machine factory outside of Lyon, which she and the other workers occupied. Excess—The Factory evokes the tumult of those years through an encounter with the serial violence of the assembly line, descending by way of infernal workshops to reach the dark center of capitalist accumulation. Hailed by French luminaries such as Maurice Blanchot and Marguerite Duras as a unique event in writing, the book was at once legendary and all but lost to English-language readers. This long overdue translation by Julie Carr and Jennifer Pap, true to the original's spare, declarative tone, returns the book and its complex moment to new readers.
As always, our alley neighbors Escape From New York Pizza will stay open late for pizza, beer, and wine.
About 34 Trinity
Taking over G.F. Wilkinson Books’ three window stalls on the Financial District’s Trinity alley, 34 Trinity Arts & News aims to preserve a valued local cultural space, while expanding its focus to emphasize the literature, art, and politics that have made San Francisco an international beacon for radical culture.
34 Trinity Arts & News builds upon the location’s established practice by stocking one-third of the store from Wilkinson's collection of used books, while at the same time offering a new focus on San Francisco and Bay Area-specific writers, artists, and subject matter. Small and independent projects are highlighted, such as poetry chapbooks, self-published and small press books, limited-edition books, photography and visual arts, independent print news, and other ephemera.
Location & Hours
We're located at 34 Trinity Place in Downtown San Francisco, right between Sutter and Bush and directly across from Escape From New York Pizza.
We're open 12pm - 6pm Tuesday through Friday, and occasionally later for special events.
Want to sell your zine or art at 34 Trinity? Have a random question? We'd love to hear from you.
email us: info at 34trinity.com
Thanks to everyone who came out for our fall events! We had wonderful poetry readings by Alejandro Murguía, Tongo Eisen-Martin, and Tony Robles, plus jazz by the crew from Cafe International on Haight St, and tunes spun by Ephemera. If you want to stay in the loop for upcoming events, sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.