Litquake and the Writers' Grotto present the return of REGRETURATURE: An evening of readings that probably shouldn't see the light of day!
Everybody has to start somewhere, and here's what happens when good writers start bad. On April 4th, join members of the acclaimed San Francisco Writers' Grotto for the second annual night of Regreturature, as they sheepishly read works they may now regret, from fiction to nonfiction, blogs, journalism, opinion pieces, even diary entries. Featuring Grotto inhabitants Katie Crouch, Heather Donohue, Isaac Fitzgerald, Jeff Greenwald, Rachel Levin, James Nestor, Todd Oppenheimer, Caroline Paul, Mary Roach, and more. Emceed by Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware, and with the pianistic stylings of J. Raoul Brody. This frank, embarrassing, and hilarious night of Regreturature takes place Wednesday, April 4 at the Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street. Doors open at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door. Proceeds to benefit Litquake 2012, which runs October 5-13.
Katie Crouch is New York Times-bestselling author of the novels Girls in Trucks, Men and Dogs, and the Magnolia League series. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Observer, Tin House, Glamour, Slate, the London Guardian, and McSweeney's. She lives in San Francisco with her family. katiecrouch.com
Heather Donohue starred in the film Blair Witch Project, and has appeared in many films and television shows since, including a guest role on the sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She is author of the new memoir Growgirl: The Blossoming of an Unlikely Outlaw, about her time as a medical marijuana grower. heatherdonohue.com
Jeff Greenwald is an Oakland-based author and activist and has traveled extensively through five continents, working as a journalist and photographer. In addition he has prepared exhibits, lectures and educational programs for San Francisco's Exploratorium, the University of California, The Body Shop, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. His books include Shopping for Buddhas, The Size of the World, and his latest, Snake Lake, set in Nepal during the 1990 democracy revolution. jeffgreenwald.com
Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and been given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. He has also written for The Bold Italic, McSweeney's, Mother Jones, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is managing editor of The Rumpus. therumpus.net
Rachel Levin is a former senior travel editor for Sunset magazine, and gave up her garden view and grazing access to the test kitchen for a dark, windowless office at the Grotto. She continues to write for Sunset, as well as The New York Times, Food & Wine, and San Francisco magazine, and sold her first piece to The New Yorker last summer. It still hasn't run. In addition to her sixth grade portrayal of Harriet Tubman, this is another thing she regrets.
James Nestor writes for Outside, Men's Journal, The New York Times, and more. He is currently working on a nonfiction science/adventure book, DEEP: A Sea Odyssey, which will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2014.
Todd Oppenheimer has spent 25 years as an award-winning journalist, and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including ABC's "Nightline." His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Newsweek, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, Mother Jones, and an assortment of daily and weekly newspapers. He is the author of The Flickering Mind: Saving Education from the False Promise of Technology, a finalist for the Investigative Reporters and Editors Book Award.
Caroline Paul is author of Fighting Fire, a memoir of her 13-year-career as a San Francisco firefighter, and the historical novel East Wind, Rain, set in Hawaii during World War II. Her third book, Lost Cat; A Story of Love, Desperation and GPS Technology, will be published in February 2013 by Bloomsbury.
Mary Roach is author of four New York Times bestsellers: Stiff, Spook, Bonk, and her latest, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, which was San Francisco's One City, One Book selection for 2011. Mary has also written for National Geographic, Wired, New Scientist, The New York Times Book Review, and Outside, among others. She is guest editor of the 2011 Best American Science and Nature Writing and a winner of the American Engineering Societies' Engineering Journalism Award, in a category for which, let's be honest, she was the sole entrant. maryroach.net
Julia Scott is a San Francisco-based journalist, broadcaster and essayist covering science and the environment. Her freelance writing is anthologized in Best American Science Writing and has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Maclean's, Rolling Stone, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere. juliascott.net
Joshua Raoul Brody (interstitial piano) spends most of his time accompanying improvisational theater and earns most of his money selling heroin to junior high school kids hey, a guy's gotta make a buck. You just missed his monthly Plays His Favorite Beatles Songs And Accompanies You On Yours (first Mondays at Cafe Royale, Post and Leavenworth) and seeing his name in The New Yorker (a lifelong dream come true) for his work on the Residents' Sam's Enchanted Evening. With Merle "Don't Call Me 'Merle "Ian Shoales" Kessler'" Kessler he will be previewing songs from an upcoming show (and several past ones) at Red House Speakeasy on April 14.
The Verdi Club (View)
2424 Mariposa St
San Francisco, CA 94104