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Why There Are Words Presents a Special Celebration: WTAW 9th Anniversary!

January 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0


Join Why There Are Words on January 10, 2019, at Studio 333 in Sausalito for a special celebration: Our 9th anniversary! A spectacular line up of authors will help us ring in the new year and kick off another year of Why There Are Words: Nisha Batsha, Jack Boulware, Lydia Kiesling, Dickson Lam, Huda Al-Marashi, Caille Millner Nayomi Munaweera, and Jeremy Vasquez.


Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15. $10 entry fee at the door. Cash bar. For more details, including the authors’ full bios, see the website, www.whytherearewords.com. For more details about WTAW Press, of which the reading series is a program, visit www.wtawpress.org.


Nishant Batsha‘s fiction and essays have been published in TriQuarterly, The Offing, and The Caribbean Review of Books, among others. He is currently revising his novel trilogy. www.nishantbatsha.com


Jack Boulware is a San Francisco Library Laureate, journalist, and author of three books, including the Bay Area punk oral history Gimme Something Better (Penguin Books, 2009). He is a co-founder and Executive Director of San Francisco’s Litquake literary festival. www.jackboulware.com


Lydia Kiesling is the author of The Golden State (MCD, September 2018), which was longlisted for the Center For Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and a 2018 National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree. She is the editor of The Millions and her writing has appeared at outlets including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Guardian, and Slate. www.lydiakiesling.com


Dickson Lam is the author of Paper Sons: A Memoir (Autumn House Press, March 2018)His work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, The Kenyon Review OnlineThe Rumpus, and others. He is an assistant professor of English at Contra Costa College. dicksonlam.net


Huda Al-Marashi is the Iraqi-American author of First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story (Prometheus Books, November 2018). Other writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the LA Times, al Jazeera, and elsewhere. www.hudaalmarashi.com.


Caille Millner is the author of a memoir, The Golden Road: Notes on my Gentrification (Penguin Press, 2008). Her fiction has been published in Zyzzyva, Joyland, and Best American Short Stories. Her essays have been well published and listed in Best American Essays. She is a cultural columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle. www.caillemillner.com


Nayomi Munaweera’s debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors (St. Martin’s Press, 2014), won multiple awards and was the Target Book Club selection for January 2016. Munaweera’s award-winning second novel, What Lies Between Us, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2016. She has work forthcoming in the Anthology, What I Don’t Talk About With My Mother, (Simon and Schuster, 2019).

Jeremy Michael Vasquez is an artist, author, activist and educator in San Francisco. As a spoken word and musical artist he has performed at many community events and correctional facilities. With his latest published book, Unshackled, he has been called to free people through story-telling and vulnerability. www.jeremymichaelvasquez.com


Why There Are Words (WTAW) is an award-winning national reading series founded in Sausalito in 2010 by Peg Alford Pursell, now expanded to seven additional major cities in the U.S..The series draws a full house of Bay Area residents every second Thursday to Studio 333, located at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, CA 94965. The series is part of the 501(c)3 non-profit WTAW Press, www.wtawpress.org. For more information visit www.whytherearewords.com or email whytherearewords@gmail.com. Phone: Studio 333 at (415) 331-8272.


Studio 333
333 Caledonia Street
Sausalito , CA 94965 United States
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