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January 22, 2023 - CwK field trip


A special immersive event:

"The Narrative Resonance of Objects"

with a field trip to the Space 4 Art


Sunday, January 22, 2023, 1.30 - 4pm

in Pan's Garden (map) 
506  21st Street, San Diego, CA 92102
and in Space 4 Art 

Guest Speaker: Ryan Griffith
Reliquarian and Grossmont College 
Creative Writing Teacher

Join us for an immersive experience worthy of Kafka and the worlds he created. Meet in Pan’s Garden for instructions. Ten guests at a time, up to a total of 40 guests, will visit Space 4 Art, only six blocks from Pan’s Garden, and journey into a room filled with historical ephemera, faded pages, and rusted memories. Parking will be provided at Space 4 Art. After visiting the room, we will meet back in Pan’s Garden to discuss our experiences.

Reliquarian Ryan Griffith will help unravel the mysteries of lives represented by artifacts he collected during sabbaticals in Russia, Germany and Eastern Europe. As the creator of the installation art experiment, “Relics of the Hypnotist War”—equal parts museum, cabinet of curiosities, microtheater, and speakeasy—he will provide rare access to the relics.  Ryan teaches fiction writing at Grossmont College, and created "Relics of the Hypnotist War" for a gallery in Istanbul and Los Angeles, then redesigned it at Space 4 Art here in San Diego in 2018.

“Art is a means by which we can filter the real world but sometimes what art says about the real world is not always obvious. That’s why the mysteries of ‘Relics of the Hypnotist War’ at Space 4 Art is so intriguing.” 

Beth Accomando, KPBS


Coffee, wine, and refreshments will be served. 

Suggested donation: $10

Pan’s Garden: 506 21st Street, San Diego, CA 92102

Space 4 Art: 340 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101

GUESTS LIMITED TO 40 total, make your reservations early!!!

to register please e-mail: Elizabeth Rohwer

October 23, 2022 – Book Event with a German Guest


Sunday, October 23, 2022, 1 - 3pm

in Pan's Garden (map) 
506  21st Street, San Diego, CA 92102

We are pleased to invite you to an in-person presentation by New York Times bestselling German author Bernhard Schlink in one of his few stops of his U.S. book signing tours

Bernhard Schlink

A professor emeritus of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, and Cardozo Law School, New York, he is the author of many internationally bestselling novels.  Germany’s most successful living writer, Bernhard Schlink first became a star in the U.S. literary constellation when his book The Reader (1997) was selected as an Oprah pick and made into an Oscar-winning film featuring Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet. Since then, he has continued to write powerful and disquieting books that raise moral questions about Germany immediately following WWII.

His latest novel, Olga, a story of love, passion, and history, was a #1 international bestseller and follows Olga from late-19th century to modern-day Germany. A master storyteller, Schlink seamlessly shifts between different viewpoints and forms and tells the story of a woman who, like many of her generation, is forced to live below her capacities, next to men who live above theirs. Yet Olga manages to cope with the hardships of her era with strength, dignity, and courage. 

Bernhard will discuss his books and will answer questions, followed by a book signing. Copies of Olga, The Reader, and The Woman on the Stairs will be available for sale at the event, thanks to Susan McBeth and Adventures by the Book, which made Bernhard’s appearance at Coffee with Kafka possible.

Refreshments will be served. Reservations are required. Seating is limited and is sure to fill. 

Please RSVP to reserve your seat by emailing  elizabeth (at) coffeewithkafka.com

$10 suggested donation.