May 13, 7 PM at Studio 333. $5 gets you in. The theme is Complications. You know what those are. So do the authors who’ll be reading. Come and hear theirs.
Daniel Handler is the author of the novels The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, and Adverbs, and far too many books as Lemony Snicket, including the forthcoming 13 Words, a collaboration with Maira Kalman. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and child.
Tony DuShane is the author of Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk, a novel loosely based on his life growing up a Jehovah’s Witness. Vanity Fair picked it as a Hot Type title for March 2010. He lives in San Francisco’s Tenderloin and writes for lots of publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, Mother Jones, and SFGate.com. He hosts the radio show Drinks with Tony and DJs at bars and clubs around San Francisco. He uses Wild Hair Moustache Wax and is obsessed with the World’s Strongest Man Competition.
Lori Ostlund’s first collection of stories, The Bigness of the World, received the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by the University of Georgia Press in October 2009. She was one of six emerging women writers chosen to receive a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award in 2009. Her stories have appeared in New England Review, The Georgia Review, and The Kenyon Review, among other journals. She teaches developmental English and story writing at The Art Institute of California-San Francisco and is currently at work on a novel and a second story collection.
Christina Sunley was born in New York City, raised on Long Island, and has lived for the past twenty years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended Wesleyan University, got a BFA in Film from New York University, and received her Masters in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Christina’s short fiction has appeared in a variety of literary journals. She was a writer-in-residence at Klaustrið (The Monastery), a stone farmhouse in a remote area, near where her grandfather had lived. The Tricking of Freya is her first novel, about which Publishers Weekly (starred review) said “”This grand coming-of-age-novel boasts a dynamic set of characters and a rich bank of cultural and personal lore, making this dark, cold family tale a surprisingly lush experience.” Christina also works full-time in the nonprofit sector.
Bora Reed was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in Southern California. In 2002, she left her job in campus ministry, went to writing school, and started working on a novel set in the Korean War. In 2006, she was privileged to travel to North Korea with her father, who left Pyongyang in 1950 as a war refugee. North Korea, then and now, remains one of her enduring interests. To support her writing habit, Bora now works as an editor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. She holds a MFA from Warren Wilson College and a MA in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union.
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Ethel Rohan now lives in San Francisco. She received her MFA in fiction from Mills College, CA. While there, she was awarded both a Dean’s Undergraduate Merit Scholarship and an Alumni Graduate Merit Scholarship. Her work has or will appear in Storyglossia, Keyhole 9, The Emerson Review, Los Angeles Review, and Potomac Review, among many others. She blogs at her website.
It’s spring — go crazy! Join us at Studio 333 for Why There Are Words Thursday April 8, 7 pm. Hear the following authors read their work on the theme “crazy.”
Tom Barbash is the author of the novel The Last Good Chance, winner of the California Book Award and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, as well as the New York Times bestselling non-fiction book, On Top of the World. His short stories have appeared in Tin House, One Story, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Narrative, Story, StoryQuarterly, and other publications. He is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow, and a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto.
Allison Landa is a Berkeley-based writer whose fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in Word Riot, CherryBleeds, CleanSheets, Defenestration, and Pindeldyboz. A MacDowell Colony Fellow, she has also held artist residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Julia and David White Artists’ Colony. She received her MFA in creative writing from St. Mary’s College of California.
Ryan Sloan received his MFA in Fiction from New York University, and lives in Berkeley. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Sloan’s work has appeared in LA Weekly, Nerve, Opium Magazine, The Modern Spectator, and Painted Bride Quarterly. He’s working on his first novel, titled “The Plagiarists.”
Wendy Nelson Tokunaga is the author of the novels Love in Translation and Midori by Moonlight. Japan and Japanese culture have been major influences on her life and this is reflected in much of her writing. Her novel, No Kidding, won the Literary/Mainstream Fiction category in Writer’s Digest’s Best Self-Published Book Awards in 2002. She’s also the author of two children’s non-fiction books, and has had short stories published in various literary journals. Wendy earned her MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco.
Ethan Watters is the author of, most recently, Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche, a book that’s had him appear on, among other venues, The Daily Show. He’s also the author of Urban Tribes, an examination of the mores of affluent “never marrieds,” and coauthor of Making Monsters, a groundbreaking indictment of the recovered memory movement. A frequent contributor to NPR, The New York Times Magazine, Discover, Men’s Journal, Details, Wired, and PRI’s This American Life, he’s also appeared on such national media as Good Morning America, Talk of the Nation, and CNN. His work has been featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing series. Ethan is co-founder of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto where he sometimes teaches writing classes. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and children.
Aggie Zivaljevic was born in Sarajevo, in the former Yugoslavia. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson and is the recipient of three scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her fiction has appeared in Crab Orchard Review and Speakeasy. Her story “Village at the Bottom of the Lake,” an excerpt from a novel-in-progress, was a finalist for Sherwood Anderson Short Fiction Award. She lives in San Jose and spends her days at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, runs the Kepler’s Writing Group, and hosts the Kepler’s blog for writers, “The Well Read Donkey.”
Why There Are Words is drawing raves and a full house of Marin, Sonoma, SF, and East Bay residents. Make plans now for March 11 to hear the following six authors read from their work on the theme of “Breaking Away.” Studio 333, 7 PM, $5 donation at the door.
Justin Allen has written on music, culture, travel, and politics for the Sacramento News and Review, Midtown Monthly, Ashcan Magazine, and The San Francisco Public Press. His short fiction has appeared in Sussurrus, Transfer, and Right Hand Pointing. He has been self-publishing ‘zines and chapbooks since the late 90s. His most recent chapbook is Satellite Memories. He studied creative writing at San Francisco State University and resides in Oakland.
Natalie Baszile is the author of the novel-in-progress, “The Grinding Season,” the story of a woman and her daughter who leave Los Angeles and strike out for Louisiana where the woman has inherited a sugar cane farm. “The Grinding Season” won the Hurston Wright College Writer’s Award and was a runner up for the Faulkner Pirate’s Alley competition for novels-in-progress. Natalie has had artists’ residencies at the Ragdale Foundation where, in 2008, she was awarded the Sylvia Clare Brown fellowship. Excerpts of “The Grinding Season” have been published in CAIRN and ZYZZYVA. She is a fiction editor at The Cortland Review and a member of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto. Natalie is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers where she received a Holden Minority Scholarship. She has a MA in Afro-American Studies from UCLA and a BA in English from UC Berkeley. Natalie lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters.
Ann Dickinson has blogged about the San Francisco Bay watershed for KQED, held the Sara Shallenberger Brown Fellowship in Environmental Literature at the University of Virginia, and spent a year as a research assistant studying ecology in a Panamanian rainforest. She works in the public information office at a local water agency and is at work on a Gothic natural history novel set in Victorian England.
Dylan Landis is the author of Normal People Don’t Live Like This, a Newsday best book of 2009. She has published short stories in Tin House, Bomb and Best American Nonrequired Reading, won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and, in a past life, was a newspaper reporter. Spiritually Californian, she lives in DC. See her website for more info.
The New York Times called Leslie Larson’s second novel, Breaking Out of Bedlam, “A kick.” Publishers Weekly said, “Delightful…Plenty of heart and humor.” And the San Francisco Chronicle called it “A good read: funny, sad and easy.” Leslie s critically acclaimed first novel, Slipstream, was a BookSense Notable Book, a Target Breakout Book, winner of the Astraea Award for Fiction, and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her work has appeared in Faultline, the East Bay Express, Writer magazine, and the Women’s Review of Books, among other publications. She has been a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook and an instructor at the Macondo Writers Workshop and San Diego Ink. She lives in Berkeley. See her website for more.
Ransom Stephens is a professor of particle physics turned writer and speaker. He has worked on experiments at SLAC, Fermilab, CERN, and Cornell, discovered a new type of matter, and was on the team that discovered the top quark. He is the author of over 200 articles on impossible subjects like quantum physics, the future of publishing, and parenting teenagers. His first novel, The God Patent, is set in the battle between science and religion over the nature of the soul and the origin of the universe. Ransom lives in Petaluma. He has a website.
The February 11 Loves, Lusts, and Good Strong Likes was an amazing event.
You can see a few photos here (facebook album). Better, Evan Karp’s got video. People are saying many good things about the reading series, and it’s been packed both events now. But I’m especially touched by what Evan writes about the Feb. 11 reading:
i won’t comment much except to say i have high expectations for this series in a different way than the myriad others i frequent. it’s like going to a classier restaurant than you would usually go to (if you went to restaurants) and expecting the quality to be exponentially better than you’re used to, and, fearing your own disappointment, you’re taken aback by the neat and well-mannered and timely and even sincere waitress and the food surpasses everything and the ambiance is like, i don’t know, coming from inside of you or something it’s so in tune, or you are, or there just isn’t a difference (and why should there be?). There shouldn’t! If you haven’t been to Studio 333, understand: this gallery is an ideal place for an epicenter of N Bay culture, and WTAW really seems to be laying the foundation for a much-desired community series.
Well-attended again (packed, actually), the room was full of people from all sides of the bay, but predominantly, I think, N Bay’ers. Amy Tan and Bombo even made it out—talk about a good crowd! As you may have already seen, readers were Lauren Becker, James Warner, Tanya Egan Gibson, Judy French, Joan Frank, and Stephen Elliott.