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The Booksmith
San Francisco, CA
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Just in time for back to school, September Word / Play is poised to make you more smarter.  

120 minutes
+ 6 writers
+ 2 teams
+ 3 rounds
+ 6 games
+ points^(wit x whimsy)
+/- 1 open bar

Amy Stephenson hosts 2 teams of 3 writers sweating it out for arbitrarily awarded points in made-up games of literary ridiculata.

"Can't we just have a dance-off instead?" -- Saeed Jones

Eric Berkowitz is a San Francisco-based author, journalist and civil rights lawyer. He has published widely on a variety of subjects, including domestic violence, sexual politics and history, and corruption in the state justice system. His book, Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire, has received rave reviews worldwide and, in addition to the UK, it is set for release in Japan, China, and Turkey.

Simone Chavoor is a longtime Bookswapper and WordPlay devotee who is living the dream of making it onto a WordPlay panel.  A trivia fiend, she's dominated living room games of Trivial Pursuit, pub quizzes, and has also recently auditioned for Jeopardy.  When she's not being an insufferable know-it-all, she works as a media and marketing consultant for several companies throughout the Bay Area, drawing on her experience working in film, television, radio, and new media.

Sarah Griff writes essays, poems, and other things (including aspirational fanfiction about expensive inanimte objects and erotic fanfiction about symbolic billboards, intergalactic starships, enormous red dragons, and radio psychologists). Her work has appeared in The Irish Times, The Rumpus, and The Stinging Fly, and she has read multiple times on RTE Radio's arts program, Arena. She is co-editor of Bare Hands International Poetry Journal. Her first collection of poetry, Follies, was published by Lapwing in 2011. She's from Dublin, Ireland but lives in San Francisco.  She is usually covered in cat hair.  She likes video games from the 1990s and strong female protagonists.

Ken Grobe is a San Francisco-based writer and filmmaker. He has penned short stories for Penguin Books, created award-winning digital advertising campaigns, and edited graphic novels for a host of publishers. He has also scripted and produced twenty comedy shorts, mostly for SF sketch comedy stalwarts Killing My Lobster. And he performed on THE GONG SHOW onceand won. Ask him about it sometime.

Kari Kiernan is a San Francisco writer and storyteller whose work has appeared in Skirt! Magazine and The Morning News, as well as onstage in various places including Porchlight, Previously Secret Information, and Opium Magazine's Literary Death Match. She holds an MA in Humanities from Dominican University, but fears it will not help much in this situation. She, like everyone you know, has a blog. You'll find it at:

Lauren Traetto is the SF Vicereine of Vouched Books, a nonprofit that promotes small press literature through a local reading series, a bomb-ass national website, and a pop-up guerilla bookstore. She is the managing editor of Coconut Books and is on about a million book committees for a number of organizations in the Bay Area, where she moved about five months ago from Atlanta, a landlocked Southern city best known for possessing an exceptionally large statue of a chicken. She has been described by the Booksmith as "charming." An abridged version of this bio is available at

Tickets $10 (includes drinks and two hours of putting your BA in English to good use) in the store or at Brown Paper Tickets online.
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The Booksmith (View)
1644 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
United States

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Arts > Literary

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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