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Litquake and Writers Grotto Present Regreturature IV


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.

Sam's Latest Blogs

Apr.01.2014 - 6:02 pm
Florence Presbyterian Church, Omaha, Nebraska
I read the following piece on Thursday, March 14, 2014 at Litquake's Regreturature IV in San Francisco. Regreturature is a fundraiser at which authors willingly stand up and read...
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Mar.06.2014 - 12:00 pm
Jack Nicholson
The secret to good writing is 90 per cent perspiration, 10 per cent inspiration, and 5 per cent masturbation. Or maybe it’s 90 per cent of writing well is showing up. As a writer...
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Dec.09.2013 - 2:28 pm
Recently I was working an event at Book Passage with Amy Tan, whose new book is called The Valley of Amazement (you should read it—it’s really good—and guys? There’s sex) when I...
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Oct.12.2013 - 9:16 am
Sam Barry author pic.png
Every day is a miracle. Oh I know. You think I’ve gone spiritual on you. Maybe I have. I was just in my car listening to Tramaine Hawkins singing “Goin ' Up Yonder,” and frankly,...
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Comments from Sam

Jul.25.2013 - 9:49 am
In response to: Evolution of Advice
Thanks, Mary. We muddle along, from child to parent (if that role is in the cards for us), and somehow we've managed to...
Jul.25.2013 - 9:28 am
In response to: Turn On The Radio
Lately I've been working with some young folks--young enough to be my kids--and I've noticed they like many of the...
Jun.19.2013 - 2:27 pm
In response to: One Year Later
Thank you, Orna! Sam
Jun.18.2013 - 10:05 pm
In response to: Hard Listening
During World War II, the Nazis melted all the cowbells in the countries they occupied. What does that tell you?
Jun.18.2013 - 5:01 pm
In response to: Hard Listening
How many cowbells do we need? Five? Ten? More?

Published Reviews

Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All
Published by The New York Times Book Review
In 1992, a group of authors formed a rock band and made a not-so-glorious noise at a book convention in California. The Rock Bottom Remainders included Dave Barry, Stephen King,...