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Local Author Elizabeth Weil Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Her New Book

Local Author Elizabeth Weil Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Her New Book

No Cheating, No Dying, the hotly anticipated memoir from Bernal Heights author Elizabeth Weil, finally hits shelves this month after her New York Times Magazine article “Married (Happily) with Issues” struck a universal chord back in 2009—the story got nearly 4 million page views online. In the book, Weil and her husband embark on a series of relationship-improvement projects on their already solid marriage. Her acute insights into their partnership will no doubt trigger thought and examination of your own. Here, Weil answers a few of our burning questions.

Required Reading: Rodes Fishburne

After reporting on the publishing experiments turning up around San Francisco, we asked the city’s writers what they’re reading these days, and they were happy to share. Look for Required Reading every week. 

While living in a remote tent camp in Alaska, Rodes Fishburne was left stranded for 21 days after a severe storm. During that time, the San Francisco author of Going to See the Elephant read War and Peace cover to covertwice. These days, Fishburne tastes are entirely modern and tend toward much shorter reads, some just 140 characters long.

Required Reading: Douglas McGray

After reporting on the publishing experiments turning up around San Francisco, we asked the city’s writers what they’re reading these days, and they were happy to share. Look for Required Reading every week. 

Douglas McGray has a voracious appetite for all things media--and the unexpected. McGray brings stories to life (on stage) as editor in chief of Pop-Up Magazine. The New America Foundation fellow also contributes to The New Yorker, This American Life, and, of course, the Twitterverse

Required Reading: Mary Roach

After reporting on the publishing experiments popping up around San Francisco, we asked the city’s writers what they’re reading these days, and they were happy to share. Look for Required Reading every Tuesday.

Required Reading: Chris Colin

We ask the city’s writers what they’re reading these days and they answer. Look for Required Reading every Tuesday.

Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life

Raymond Carver, frequently compard to Chekov, was one of America's greatest short story authors. His stories center on dysfunctional relationships and broken spirits, which are exposed yet dignified by Carver's sparse elegance. Bay Area writer Carol Sklenicka, author of a new Carver biography, Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life, will speak at the Mechanic's Institute Library tonight at 6pm ($12) about her work and about Carver's life, from his working-class origins to his battles with substance abuse and, in the end, cancer. The SF Chronicle writes, "Raymond Carver's life, as related in the exhaustive and definitive new biography by Carol Sklenicka, reads like a Raymond Carver story."

To the Glory That Is Litquake!

 

 

Entertainment choices were painful last Friday for San Francisco Goths: The Bowie Ball at the Great American Music Hall? Or a Litquake sponsored celebration of Edgar Allan Poe at the Goth Hop?

Not only that, lit lovers were torn, too, as they tarried between the Litquake event at the Verdi Club and the sorta nearby Elbo Room for the latest installment of Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match.

Oh, decisions. Such dark, difficult decisions. Nevermore!

Bodies in the Library: Who Done It at Litquake?

Litquake, San Francisco's literary festival, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year (October 9-17). To help honor a decade of Litquake with the best festival ever, Litquake will host its first ever mystery fundraiser tonight from 6-8p at the Mechanics’ Institute Library and Chess Room ($12). "Bodies in the Library: Who Done It at Litquake?" plans panels and conversations with Bay Area mystery writers including Rhys Bown (Molly Murphy series) and Seth Harwood (Jack Wakes Up). Litquake will also raffle off great prizes, from tickets to Litquake events to the chance to be a character in a mystery novel.

Telling Tales: Narrative Magazine

 

Timing in life, they say, is everything.

On the same day that the Pew Research Center released its findings from a recent News Interest Index Poll which asked Americans about their newspaper reading habits and product loyalty (and don’t ask, the numbers are dismal), the written word was celebrated in the home of Diane and Charles Frankel.

And, huzzah!

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