2015 International Latino Book Award winner and Lambda Literary Award finalist. To purchase the book, click the SPD button or Amazon button below. Or buy it from a real San Francisco bookstore: Green Apple BooksFolio Books, or Green Arcade Books.

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Finder of Lost Objects by Susie Hara

Published by Ithuriel’s Spear Press
Book cover image: Back Door #1,
by Bay Area painter Wayne Jiang

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The House on Ashbury Street, my second novel, will be published by Mumblers Press in early 2023.

Thirty years after Nikki and Deb met at a Haight-Ashbury commune in the seventies, their paths cross once again when each sets out on a search to investigate the devastating events that took place at the house on Ashbury Street.

Finder of Lost Objects was a finalist for a 2015 Lambda Literary Award and first-place winner of a 2015 International Latino Book Award.

Finder of Lost Objects is available at various libraries, including the San Francisco Library and  the New York City Public Library.

First review! Click here to read the review on Bibliophile's Reverie Blog

And another first: Finder of Lost Objects made it onto the Small Press Distribution Best Sellers List for March and April 2014.



Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for upcoming events.

Past Events

Saturday, October 22, 2022. Lit Crawl in-person event with Castro Writers' Coop. I'll be reading a piece along with other Coop writers in a collaborative, rollicking riff on Armistead Maupin's classic, renamed Tail of the City. At Martuni's, a Castro bar.

Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 7 pm. Come see a fabulous show of Lee Jenkins' solo work, It's Later Than You Think, at Stage Werx, 446 Valencia, SF, directed by yours truly. Go here for tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mission-solo-featuring-amy-k-kilgard-and-mercilee-jenkins-tickets-384385606697?aff=erelexpmlt

October 23, 2021. Castro Writers' Coop once again collaborates on a relay race of storytelling, in-person and masked up. We deliver our spin on Hansel and Greta; ours is called Handsome and Greta, featuring Prince Harry and Greta Thunberg, unlikely partners in a zany-antics-ensue sendup.  At Martuni's, a Castro bar. 

October 24, 2020 at 7 pm. Join us for Lit Crawl 2020, where I'll be reading--virtually--with other Castro Writers' Cooperative writers, on Zoom. We're presenting a collaborative takeoff called Wizard of Ahhhs. Here is a link to the video of the event: https://www.facebook.com/150537243713/videos/663449781029878

October 19, 2019. Lit Crawl. Once again, I'm joining the Castro Writers' Coop to put our heads together and come up with a collaborative script in advance of Lit Crawl, resulting in a relay race of a reading/performance. Lit Crawl is the closing event of the fabulous annual Litquake festival in San Francisco.

May 27, 2019. Reading at Bay Area Generations of an excerpt from our play, Dopey Little City, written with Rowena Richie.

April 1 through 21, 2019. I've been awarded a residency fellowship at Brush Creek, in Wyoming. Looking forward to three luxurious weeks of uninterrupted time and space for working on my new book, Fish and Ice Cream!

October 20, 2018, Lit Crawl. Once again, I'm joining the Castro Writers' Coop to put our heads together and come up with a collaborative script in advance of Lit Crawl, resulting in a relay race of a reading/performance. Lit Crawl is the closing event of the fabulous annual Litquake festival in San Francisco.

October 14, 2017, Lit Crawl! Thrilled to be collaborating with other members of the Castro Writers' Coop at a reading, as part of this annual Litquake event. Details to come.

August 3 through 5, 2017, I'll be on a panel at Mendocino Writers' Conference; the topic is "Paths to Publishing."May 18 through 21, 2017.

Saturday, October 15, 2016, Litcrawl! Join us for a reading of Ithuriel's Spear Press authors as part of LitCrawl at Green Arcade Bookstore, 1680 Market St., San Francisco, 7:15 p.m.

Friday, October 21, Join me for a talk at the Writer's Lunch series; I'll be introducing tips for energizing your writing sessions with hands-on, practical activities, at Writers' Lunch at the Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco,  12 noon.

Saturday, August 20, 2016, Come join us--I'll be reading from my work, along with writers Kathleen McClung, Mike Karpa, and Emma Buls at The Writing Salon Reading Series in Berkeley. Click here for more information.

August 6, 2016, I'm teaching a Kinetic Writing Workshop at the Writing Salon, Berkeley, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 15, 2015, Panel at Howard Zinn Bookfair, San Francisco Noir: The Mysteries of the Page Will Not be Gentrified! at City College, Mission Campus, 1125 Valencia, 3 to 4 pm, I'll be on this panel along with authors John Goins, F.S. Rosa, and Sin Sorocco

November 7, 2015, Book Signing at Open Studio, Made in the Mission open studio at Army Lofts, 3435 Cesar Chavez, 11 am to 6 pm https://www.facebook.com/events/1624908061103910/

September 25, 2015: Write! Evolve! Write! Along with other Mechanics Institute Library writers, I'll present new work, and each of us will discuss ideas about the writer's journey and process. Free event, at The Mechanics Institute Library, 57 Post St., 4th Floor, 6:00 pm.

October 11, 2015, Litquake Festival: Join me and other writers at LitQuake in the Castro at 1:00 pm, at The Magnet, 4122 18th St, San Francisco. I'm thrilled to be a part of LitQuake, a dynamic festival, going strong!

May 28, 2015: Green Apple Books Reading: Fabulous author Lori Horvitz comes to town to read from her new book of essays, The Girls of Usually (great title!), and I will be sharing the evening with her at the wonderful Green Apple Bookstore (the original Clement St. store) at 7:00 pm. Here is a link to Green Apple's Events page, for more info: Lori and Susie read at Green Apple Books.

April 21, 2015: Lambda Literary Award Finalists Reading: I'm happy to be reading, along with other Lambda Literary Award finalists, at the San Francisco Library Main Branch, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A and B – Lower Level. Reception at 5:30, reading at 6:00 pm. For more info, here is a link: San Francisco Public Library Lambda Literary Award Reading.

November 15, 2104, 4:00 pm:  San Francisco Noir panel at the  Howard Zinn Bookfair, along with fabulous authors Sin Sorocco, John Goins, and Francesca Rosa.

October 18, 2014, 8:30 pm: Lit Crawl! First time at Lit Crawl, and it was a blast. I read from my novel, in the company of several other compelling writers who read from their work, at Cafe La Boheme.

April 23, 2014: The book launch for Finder of Lost Objects at Green Arcade Books  was great fun. Green Arcade Books is a wonderful bookstore at the corner of Market and Gough in San Francisco.