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Dana in Wonderland!

What: Memoir Pool at Lit Crawl

When: Saturday, October 15th, 8:30-9:30PM

Where: Wonderland SF, 1266 Valencia Street, SF, CA

Why: It’s my birthday! (And some really amazing writers will be there preaching their word, too)


I’m taking a little break from storytelling this week in the name of shameless self-promotion. I’ve hit a literary milestone and I ain’t too proud to shout about it. After more than fifteen years of celebrating my birthday by stumbling buzzed through San Francisco’s Mission District in search of literary enlightenment, I have at long last been invited to take part in Lit Crawl…as an author!

For those of you not-in-the-know, Lit Crawl is a literary pub crawl, the culmination of Litquake, a week long Bay Area festival of words that has been bringing writers, readers and drinkers together every October since its inception in 1999. Throughout the Mission (and parts beyond) authors gather at various venues–bars, restaurants,storefronts, banks, galleries, laundromats–to read, discuss, and wax poetic about all things literature. The scope is broad. Three years ago I went from listening to fiction over gin martinis at Dalva, to the memoir of “Hot and Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls Speak Out” at The Beauty Bar, to a barbershop quartet singing the poems/songs of Leonard Cohen IN a barbershop, entirely on foot (hiccup!), all in the course of about two hours.

This year I will be reading as part of Memoir Pool, my dear friend and mentor Tamim Ansary’s group of writers. I have been workshopping with Tamim since my early days in San Francisco (1996! Twenty years! Oy!) and it was in his Sunday memoir class two years ago that my book came into being. Now, for another shameless plug, if you’re even thinking about writing memoir, start Here.

Now then, where was I? Oh yes. Come help me ring in my 42nd year with a cocktail, a smile, a chapter from my book, and some of the finest memoir you’ll see this side of the Mississippi. We’re not reading until Phase 3, so come early and wander the Mission and experience all that Lit Crawl has to offer.