Everybody has to start somewhere, and here’s what happens when good writers start bad. Join Litquake and the Writers Grotto for the fourth annual Regreturature benefit, as established authors sheepishly read works they now regret, from fiction to nonfiction, journalism, opinion pieces, letters, and diary entries!* With Pulitzer Prize recipient Adam Johnson, New York Times bestselling authors Sylvie Simmons and Tamim Ansary, Sam Barry, Jenny Bitner, Zahra Noorbakhsh, Todd Oppenheimer, and Zarina Zabrisky!!
Emceed by Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware, and with the pianistic stylings of Marc Capelle.
(photo of Isaac Fitzgerald, Regreturature 2013)
Tamim Ansary’s books include the memoir West of Kabul, East of New York; the world history Destiny Disrupted; and a historical novel: The Widow’s Husband. His new book Games Without Rules tells of Afghanistan’s jagged journey toward nationhood.
Sam Barry edited and contributed to Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All, and is the author of two books: How to Play the Harmonica and Other Life Lessons, and Write That Book Already!
Jenny Bitner’s short stories have appeared in The Sun and Best American Nonrequired Reading. She’s finished a novel, Here Is a Game We Could Play.
Adam Johnson is author of Emporium, a short-story collection, and the novels Parasites Like Us and most recently, The Orphan Master’s Son, which received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. He teaches at Stanford.
Zahra Noorbakhsh is a comedian, writer/performer of the nationally touring one-woman show “All Atheists are Muslim,” and contributor to the anthology Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women. Watch for her upcoming comedy special, “Hijab and Hammerpants.”
Todd Oppenheimer has written for The New Yorker and The Atlantic, among other rags. He has won a National Magazine Award and is author of The Flickering Mind: Saving Education from the False Promise of Technology.
Sylvie Simmons has written for MOJO, Creem, and Kerrang, as well as a bunch of fiction and nonfiction books. Her latest is I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen. She collects awards and ukuleles, and just recorded her debut album.
Zarina Zabrisky is author of Iron, A Cute Tombstone, and We Monsters, and is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and recipient of a 2013 Acker Award. Her work has been published in six countries.
Marc Capelle (pianist) is a composer, arranger, and musician, leads the all-star soul band Marc and the Casuals, and is musical director and pianist for the Porchlight Storytelling series.
Jack Boulware (host) is author or co-author of three books, including the Bay Area punk history Gimme Something Better. He empties the trash at the Litquake office.
**Don’t miss Litquake’s first book, a collection of Regreturature called DRIVEL: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors, edited by Julia Scott, coming this September from Penguin Perigee! For more info and to pre-order, go to http://www.litquake.org/drivel.