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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Regreturature: Hear Authors Read What They Should've Destroyed

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Some of us, in the heat of a break-up in our 20s, may have deleted the electronic folder that held all of our writing during a hysterical, bleary-eyed dive into self-destructive behavior. We thus crafted much bigger regrets than a fleeting screamfest of a "relationship" -- one that resulted in the accidental destruction of more than one VCR. (It can really throw a gal off-balance to walk around wearing a dildo.) Yet the disappearance of all that writing also provides, frankly, a relief, and permits a mercifully less-specific (and undocumentable) remorse about being so honest at that tender young age. Tonight at Litquake's Regreturature, several excellent authors who kept that writing share their most raw and earnest early works in the form of fiction, nonfiction, journalism, and diary entries (!!!) they now deeply regret.

Meghan Ward: What's she hiding?
  • Meghan Ward: What's she hiding?
Meghan Ward is among them. She's working on a memoir called Paris On Less Than $10,000 a Day. But what was she working on way back when that she doesn't want us to know? Also reading are several members of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, including Bad Girl series author Cameron Tuttle and Adderall Diaries scribe Stephen Elliott (who reads in the above clip from a session of Quiet Lightning). They boldly hold forth with thoughts they really, really meant at one point.

Proceeds benefit Litquake 2011. Supertalented groove turkey Marc Capelle provides live music, and always-hilarious Jack Boulware hosts.

Regreturature starts tonight at 8 p.m. at the Swedish American Hall. Admission is $12-$15.

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