Join Why There Are Words on August 14, 2014 at Studio 333 in Sausalito with the following authors reading on the theme “Outlaw .” Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15. $10.
Katy Butler’s groundbreaking memoir, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, examines her parents’ desires for “Good Deaths” and the forces that stood in the way. Based on an award-winning NY Times Magazine piece, it was named one of “the Ten Best Memoirs of 2013” by Publishers Weekly. An award-winning medical journalist, she has written for the New Yorker, The NY Times, and many “Best of” collections. She has guest-lectured on shared medical decision-making at Harvard Medical School, Ochsner Clinics, John Muir Medical Center, and other leading hospitals and medical centers nationally. She is a prior finalist for a National Magazine Award and a recipient of the Science in Society prize from the National Association of Science Writers.
Gina Frangello is the author of three books of fiction: A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014), now in its third printing, which has been included in the Target Emerging Authors series and has been a book club selection for NYLON magazine, The Rumpus, and The Nervous Breakdown; Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010), which was a Foreword Magazine Best Book of the Year finalist, and My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus 2006). She is the Sunday editor for The Rumpus and the fiction editor for The Nervous Breakdown, and is on faculty at UCR-Palm Desert’s low residency MFA program in Creative Writing. The longtime Executive Editor of Other Voices magazine and Other Voices Books, she now runs Other Voices Queretaro, an international writing program in the Central Highlands of Mexico.
Ann Gelder is the author of the brand new novel Bigfoot and the Baby (Bonafide Books, July 2014). Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Crazyhorse, Flavorwire, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Tin House, and other publications. She has taught literature at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked as an online producer and marketing consultant.
Sandra Hunter’s fiction has been published in a number of literary magazines and received awards including the 2014 H.E. Francis Fiction Award, 2012 Cobalt Fiction Prize, 2011 Arthur Edelstein Short Fiction Prize and three Pushcart Prize nominations. Her debut novel, Losing Touch, was released in July 2014 (OneWorld Publications). She lives in Simi Valley, CA, with her husband and daughter, and is always on the lookout for the perfect gluten-free cupcake.
Edan Lepucki is the author of the novella If You’re Not Yet Like Me and the novel California, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Reads pick for fall 2014 (Little, Brown, July 2014), which Stephen Colbert is promoting in his Stephen vs. Amazon segment. Her short fiction has been published in McSweeney’s and Narrative magazine. She is a staff writer for The Millions and the founder and director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles.
Kathryn Ma is the author of the novel The Year She Left Us (HarperCollins, May 2014). Her story collection, All That Work and Still No Boys, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award (Univ. of Iowa Press), and was named an SF Chronicle “Notable” Book and an LA Times “Discoveries” Book. She received the Meyerson Prize for Fiction and has published her short fiction widely.
Kate Milliken‘s debut story collection, If I’d Known You Were Coming, won the John Simmons Award for Short Fiction, judged by Julie Orringer, and was published by the University of Iowa Press last October. The recipient of fellowships to Yaddo, VSC, and the Tin House Workshop, she has also written for television and commercial advertising.
Why There Are Words takes place every second Thursday of the month, when people come from San Francisco, the North Bay, the East Bay–everywhere–to crowd the house. The brainchild of Peg Alford Pursell, this literary goodness has been going strong into its fifth year.