About the readers/performers:
Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of the novel The Border of Paradise. She received a 2018 Whiting Award, was named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists” in 2017, and is the recipient of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize for her forthcoming essay collection, The Collected Schizophrenias. Born in the Midwest to Taiwanese parents, Esmé lives in San Francisco.
Rebecca Watson is the founder of the Skepchick Network, a collection of sites focused on science and critical thinking. She has written for outlets such as Slate, Popular Science, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. She is the creator and host of Quiz-o-Tron, a rowdy, live quiz show that pits scientists against comedians, which can also be found as a podcast. Asteroid 153289 Rebeccawatson is named after her (her real name being 153289).
Tina LeCount Myers is the author of The Song of All. Born in Mexico to expat-bohemian parents, she grew up on Southern California tennis courts with a prophecy hanging over her head; her parents hoped she’d one day be an author. Tina has an MA in History from UC Santa Cruz. She currently lives in San Francisco with her adventurer husband and demanding Siamese cat. When not at her desk at The Castro Writers’ Cooperative, you can find her catching waves, practicing her backhand, and imaging the extraordinary stories behind everyday events.
SPECIAL GUEST HOST Carol Queen, PhD, cofounded the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco with her partner, Robert Morgan Lawrence. Queen is also staff sexologist at Good Vibrations, and author of Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture.
July's Writers With Drinks features TWO groundbreaking literary novels set during the 20th century, plus hilariously mindful skepticism, Scandinavian-influenced fantasy, immigrant memoir, heavy metal in Africa, and more!
When: Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open 6:30 PM
Who: Esmé Weijun Wang, Adam Smyer, Rebecca Watson, Dickson Lam, Tina LeCount Myers and Beth Winegarner! Plus special guest host Carol Queen!
How much: $5 to $20, all proceeds benefit the Center for Sex & Culture
Adam Smyer's debut novel is Knucklehead. He's an attorney, martial artist, and mediocre bass player who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two cats.
Dickson Lam is the author of Paper Sons: A Memoir, and his work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, The Kenyon Review Online, Hyphen Magazine, The Normal School, PANK, The Good Men Project, The Rumpus, and Kartika Review. He is a VONA alum and has been a resident fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. He holds MFA degrees in creative writing from the University of Houston and Rutgers-Newark. Lam is an Assistant Professor of English at Contra Costa College.
Beth Winegarner is a Bay Area-based journalist and author. Her new book, Tenacity: Heavy Metal in the Middle East and Africa, is a collection of articles and essays on metalheads in the region written between 2011 and 2018. She is a frequent contributor to the SF Weekly, and her byline has appeared in the New Yorker, The Guardian, Mother Jones, Wired, San Francisco Magazine, the Chronicle, and USA Today. Her last book, "The Columbine Effect," explored how Slayer, Satanism and Grand Theft Auto can be a healthy part of growing up. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto and an avid heavy metal fan.
About Writers With Drinks:
Writers With Drinks has won numerous "Best ofs" from local newspapers, and has been mentioned in 7x7, Spin Magazine and one of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City novels. The spoken word "variety show" mixes genres to raise money for local causes. The award-winning show includes poetry, stand-up comedy, science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, literary fiction, erotica, memoir, zines and blogs in a freewheeling format. Hosted by Author Charlie Jane Anders.