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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 7th, join some of the Bay Area's most successful authors as they sheepishly read works they may now regret, from fiction to nonfiction, blogs, journalism, opinion pieces, even diary entries. Featuring San Francisco Writers' Grotto members Laura Fraser, Melanie Gideon, Stephen Elliott, Cameron Tuttle, James Nestor, Josh McHugh, Kristen Tracy, Chris Colin, Gerard Jones, and more. Emceed by Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware. This frank, revealing, and humorous night of Regreturature takes place Thursday, April 7 at the Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street. Doors open at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at the door. Beer, wine and mixed drinks will not only be available, but perhaps even necessary! Proceeds to benefit Litquake 2011, which runs October 7-15.

Elizabeth Bernstein is a writer, editor and writing coach. Her stories have been published in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, North Atlantic Review, eleven eleven magazine and other journals. Her short story, "Alice," won first prize in the San Francisco Bay Guardian Fiction Contest and was optioned by Sneaky Little Sister Films. She edits The Big Ugly Review (www.biguglyreview.com), an online literary magazine that showcases fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, music and short films. www.ebc-books.com

Chris Colin is the author of "What Really Happened to the Class of '93," and a frequent contributor to the New York Times. His writing has appeared in Smithsonian, Mother Jones, McSweeney's Quarterly and several anthologies. He wrote the long-running "On the Job" column for SFGate, and was an early writer/editor at Salon. He works and teaches at the Grotto.

David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning, bestselling author of seven books published in 19 languages; he is a journalist and a television, radio and film producer and correspondent. His most recent book is the bestseller "Experimental Man: What one man's body reveals about his future, your health, and our toxic world."

Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books including, most recently, "The Adderall Diaries." His writing has been featured in Esquire, The New York Times, The Believer, GQ, Best American Non-Required Reading, Best American Erotica, and Best Sex Writing. He is the editor of The Rumpus.

Longtime Grotto member Laura Fraser has been a freelance writer for 30 years and never had a full-time job. She is the author, most recently, of the travel memoirs "All Over the Map" and "An Italian Affair."

Melanie Gideon is the New York Times bestselling author of "The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After." She is also author of the young adult novels "Pucker" and "The Map that Breathed." Her forthcoming novel "Wife 22" will be published by Ballantine in the summer of 2012. She has written for New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Daily Mail, and London Times as well as many other publications.

Gerard Jones is the author of "Men of Tomorrow: Gangsters, Geeks and the Birth of the Comic Book," and a writer of graphic novels and comic books stretching back to 1987. He's written five other books and has a new one, "The Undressing of America," coming from FSG next year. Lately he's been teaching workshops on "Finding the Story" at the Writers Grotto. He attempted to burn all his horrible early work in 1996, but some of it slipped behind the wainscoting and was exposed when his house was demolished.

David Munro is a San Francisco-based writer and director whose films have won top honors from Sundance to Berlin. His debut feature "Full Grown Men" was awarded the 2007 Sundance Channel Audience Award. David's dark secret is his early career in advertising. You can pick your friends, but not your clients.

James Nestor has written for Outside, NPR, Dwell, The New York Times, and more. His column, Too Much Tech, appears in ReadyMade Magazine. His second book, "OUT THERE: A Year in the Weird Science of Enlightenment," will be released in Fall 2011.

Kristen Tracy writes middle-grade novels, young adult novels, and poetry. She also volunteers as a gardener on Alcatraz. Her latest novel due out this summer from Disney-Hyperion, "Sharks and Boys," follows a group of teenagers adrift at sea in a life raft who get attacked by sharks.

Cameron Tuttle is the author of two YA novels, "Paisley Hanover Acts Out" and "Paisley Hanover Kisses and Tells," the best-selling series The Bad Girl's Guides, and "The Paranoid's Pocket Guide." Her books, translated into 15 languages, have inspired a Webby-nominated online community and a TV sitcom. She is currently writing the screenplay for "Paisley Hanover Acts Out."

Meghan Ward blogs at Writerland.com and has an essay in 7x7 magazine this month titled "Hitting Bottom." Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Oakland Tribune, and "It's So You: 35 Women Write About Personal Expression Through Fashion and Style." She is currently at work on a memoir titled "Paris On Less Than $10,000 a Day," which she hopes she won't regret.


Swedish American Hall
2174 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
United States


Arts > Literary

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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