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Sometimes It's Hard To Be a Writer:Stories of Doubt, Debt and Determination

Porchlight, a Storytelling Series

Monday, October 14, 2013 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)

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Co-presented by the Center for Literary Arts


A very special Litquake edition of the Bay Area’s long-running Porchlight Storytelling series. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick, with music by Marc Capelle.


Verdi Club

2424 Mariposa St.

$20 advance / $25 at the door


Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the Western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Songs of Willow Frost.


Carrie Galbraith is co-author of Tales of the Cacaphony Society. As a Cacophony Society member, she edited the Rough Draft and created several seminal events, including the Atomic Café and the Zone Trip Concept. She has an MFA in Book Arts and has taught in Italy, Romania, and Northern Ireland as a post-graduate Fellow and Fulbright Scholar.


Sandra Tsing Loh is author of the New York Times notable book Mother on Fire, inspired by her hit solo show of the same name. She has been a regular commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition and This American Life and her weekly segment, "The Loh Life," can be heard on KPCC. She is writing a new (humorous!) book on menopause for W.W. Norton.


Jerry Stahl is author of I, Fatty, Bad Sex On Speed, Happy Mutant Baby Pills, and Permanent Midnight, which was adapted into a film starring Ben Stiller. Stahl co-wrote the recent HBO film, Hemingway & Gellhorn (shot entirely in San Francisco), and his blog, OG Dad, appears regularly on The Rumpus


John Vanderslice is a songwriter, producer, studio owner, tireless collector of gear, pursuer of fidelity improvement, and lover of cats. Forced into piano lessons as a kid, he couldn’t be happier about them now. His latest album is Dagger Beach.


Kent and Keith Zimmerman write about everything. Their tome on Earth, Wind & Fire is due from Viking in 2014.

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Verdi Club
2424 Mariposa St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Monday, October 14, 2013 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)

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Porchlight, a Storytelling Series

For the past twelve years, Porchlight has been San Francisco's premier storytelling series. Each month, co-founders Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte invite six people from different backgrounds to tell ten-minute true stories without using notes or memorization. Past storytellers include some of the area's most entertaining school bus drivers, mushroom hunters, politicians, socialites, sex workers, musicians, authors, systems analysts, and social workers.

Join us, either in the audience or on stage, or hone your storytelling skills at Porchlight Open Door, a monthly open mic at the Hemlock Tavern.

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