June's Writers With Drinks includes one of the year's hottest literary SF debuts, plus a choose-your-own-erotic-adventure novel! Also, astrophysics, comedy and tech journalism!
When: Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open 6:30 PM
Who: Chandler Klang Smith, Joanna Angel, Adam Becker, Molly Sanchez, Vernon Keeve III and Nitasha Tiku
How much: $5 to $20, NOTAFLOF, all proceeds benefit the Center for Sex & Culture
Chandler Klang Smith’s new novel The Sky Is Yours (Hogarth/Crown, 2018) was listed by Entertainment Weekly as a "Best New Book." Tor.com and Lit Hub compared it favorably with Infinite Jest, The Wall Street Journal called it "mesmeric... a great and disturbing debut," and NPR described it as "a wickedly satirical synthesis that underlines just how fractured our own realities can be during periods of fear, unrest, inequality and instability." Chandler has an MFA from Columbia University, and has served twice as a juror for the Shirley Jackson Awards. She lives and teaches in New York City.
Adam Becker is an author and astrophysicist. His book, What is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics (Basic Books, 2018) is a "thorough, illuminating exploration of the most consequential controversy raging in modern science," according to The New York Times. The Washington Post called the book "splendid." The New York Review of Books described it as "pioneering and important," and Science said Adam is "a riveting storyteller." In addition to his book, Adam has written for the BBC, NPR, Scientific American, New Scientist, and numerous other publications. He has also recorded several podcasts with the Story Collider about his science misadventures, like the time he faced down a horde of feral geocentrists. Adam is currently a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Office for History of Science and Technology. He lives in Oakland.
Vernon Keeve III is a Virginia born writer that California molded into an educator. He lives and teaches in Oakland. His purpose is to teach the next generation the importance of relaying their personal narratives, sharing their experiences, and taking control of their destinies. He holds a MFA from California College of the Arts, and a Masters in Teaching Literature from Bard College. His book of poetry, Southern Migrant Mixtape, was release in January by Nomadic Press.
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 and is hosted by author Charlie Jane Anders.
Joanna Angel is an adult film star, director, producer, author, and owner of the BurningAngel Empire. In 2016 Angel was the host of the Adult Video News (AVN) Awards show, and was also inducted into AVN and the American X-Rated Critics Organization’s (XRCO) hall of fame. Angel has appeared in every major adult magazine (Adult Video News, Club, Hustler, Picture Magazine, and Penthouse to name a few), and was the first tattooed centerfold in Hustler. She has stormed mainstream TV and radio outlets, been featured on CNBC, Vice TV, G4TV, KROQ Radio, SIRIUS Radio, TLC’s LA Ink, and had a speaking role on Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital. Angel has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, The Village Voice, Forbes Magazine, New York Press, Esquire UK, Details, and is a regular columnist for AskMen.com. Heeb Magazine featured Joanna as their cover girl, naming her one of the “Top 100 Up-and-Coming Jews.” The New York Post featured her as one of the “Top 25 Sexiest New Yorkers,” and she has made CNBC’s yearly “dirty dozen” (a list of the twelve biggest adult film stars) several times.
Nitasha Tiku is a senior technology writer at Wired. She has also written for Buzzfeed, Inc., the Verge, the Observer, and Valleywag.
Molly Sanchez is a writer, comedienne, and lover of burritos everywhere. She writes with Killing My Lobster and has performed improv and standup at SF Sketchfest, Los Angeles Comedy Store, The Del Close Marathon, and various hives of scum and villainy. She also cohosts the podcasts, Failure to Launch and Red All Over: A Handmaid's Tale Recap