She Persisted: Readings by Women Who Refuse to Sit Down @ The American Bookbinders Museum, San Francisco [13 October]

She Persisted: Readings by Women Who Refuse to Sit Down

19:00 - 21:00

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The American Bookbinders Museum
355 Clementina St, San Francisco, California 94103
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An evening of straight-up readings from fabulous women who have no trouble speaking their minds—sometimes at top volume. This rich array of authors will bring the humor, the anger and the pathos to the podium. Fasten your seat belts. Book sales and signings to follow. $10 adv / $15 door


Carina Chocano is an L.A.-based journalist and author of You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, New York, Vogue, Elle, Rolling Stone, and many others. A former staff film and TV critic at the Los Angeles Times, she has also worked as a TV and book critic at Entertainment Weekly and a staff writer at Salon. Raves Jill Soloway, «If information is power, You Play the Girl is a superpower.”

Amy Dresner is a former professional stand-up comic, having appeared at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv. She is also a former addict, turning her 20-year battle with substance abuse into My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean, which Margaret Cho has called „a sickening masterpiece: hilarious and raw.” Dresner has written for the online addiction and recovery magazine, and contributed to and, where she has her own blog, “Coming Clean.”

Born in South Africa, Lynn Freed is the author of ten books: novels, short fiction and nonfiction. She has two new releases: the novel The Last Laugh, and a book of travel essays, The Romance of Elsewhere. Her work has appeared in Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic, among other places. Her honors include the Katherine Anne Porter Award in fiction, two PEN/O. Henry awards, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Anne Lamott calls Freed, “a beautiful writer, dead-on brilliant, rich in humor, possessing a dark and comforting wisdom.“

Jane Ganahl is a journalist, columnist, author, anthology editor, and the co-founder of Litquake. She is working on a children’s book that will highlight her animal rescue work.

Janine Kovac is the author of Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home, a memoir about the death of a career but the birth of miracle twins. A former ballet dancer and software engineer, she is a founding member of the writing group Write on Mamas and a contributing editor of the anthology Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit, and Grit. In 2016 she was awarded the Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship from Hedgebrook. The following year she co-founded Moxie Road Productions, a consulting firm that helps women bring their ideas into the world.

Meredith Maran is author of the memoir The New Old Me: My Late-Life Reinvention, which O Magazine called “a funny, seasoned take on dashed illusions.” The author of a dozen nonfiction books and an acclaimed novel, Meredith is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the MacDowell Fellows West. She writes features, essays, and book reviews for People, Salon, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Review of Books, Real Simple, Mother Jones, and other publications. She lives in L.A.

Elizabeth Podolinsky is the author of the humorous memoir Pretending to Pray In French, about the time she fled to France after a bad breakup, seeking love or at least a good time in the City of Lights. What could go wrong? Podolinsky’s essays on travel, food and health have been published in The Santa Barbara Independent Weekly, and Healing Retreats and Spas Magazine. An economist for the State of California, she has also worked as a wedding DJ, film traffic director, and tax expert for the Minnesota Legislature. She lives in San Francisco.

Carolina De Robertis is a journalist, novelist and activist. She edited the recent anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times. She is the author of The Gods of Tango, as well as two previous novels, Perla, and The Invisible Mountain (chosen as a 2009 Best Book by the San Francisco Chronicle; O, The Oprah Magazine; and Booklist). Her books have been translated into 16 languages. She teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University, and lives in Oakland with her wife and two children.
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