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Saturday, October 8 • 7:30pm - 9:30pm
i thought it sucked: One-Star Reviews of Best-Loved Books

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All-star Bay Area writers, readers, and performers present dramatic readings of one-star reviews that trash the world’s most treasured literary masterpieces. Thanks to online communities like Amazon and Yelp, not only is everyone a critic, their snarky, ill-founded comments can now live on forever. Tonight we celebrate these critics by showcasing their most timeless reviews in all their spiteful glory. Relish in these misguided and often perplexing takedowns of acclaimed novels and poetry. $5-10 sliding scale

Moderators/Hosts
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Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker is a writer based in Oakland. She is the cohost of GLOW the Distance: a Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling podcast, and a graduate of Hiram College’s Creative Writing program. She has written for the Toast, the Tusk, Ravishly, The Bold Italic, Harlot Magazine, Hoodline... Read More →

Participants
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Kelly Anneken

Kelly Anneken is what happens when Kim Kardashian looks like Bette Midler and tweets like Roseanne. This Oakland-based funny person and all-around swell gal performs standup comedy and is a regular at the Punch Line San Francisco, Cobb’s and Rooster T. Feathers. Kelly has appeared... Read More →
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Chris Collision

Co-Host, I Don't Even Own a Television
Collision is a writer, bike rider, HEAVY TUNES enthusiast, and worker in Oakland, California. He likes his girlfriend Noodles, coffee, beer, bikes, cities, mezcal, loud music, Star Trek, (doing) the Jumble, (using) the text editor VIM, the politics of liberation, hockey, basketball... Read More →
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J. W. Friedman

Co-Host / Producer, I Don't Even Own a Television
I'm one of the two hosts of a comedy podcast about bad books called "I Don't Even Own a Television". When I'm not forcing myself to plow through a horrible novel about internet ephemera, I can also be found performing or producing hip-hop music, or having very deep thoughts about... Read More →
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Janine Kovac

co-founder, Moxie Road Productions
Janine Kovac is the author of SPINNING: Choreography for Coming Home, a memoir about the death of a career but the birth of miracle twins and a 2017 semifinalist for Publisher Weekly's BookLife Prize. A former ballet dancer and software engineer, she is a founding member of the... Read More →
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Jamie L. Real

Managing Director, Litquake
Jamie L. Real is a writer, editor, and traveler from the Bay Area. She’s lived in Hungary and Poland as an English teacher and New Zealand as a bookseller and publishing assistant. She was raised on Patsy Cline, home-cooked food, and Stephen King novels. She is currently a freelance... Read More →
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Na'amen Tilahun

Na'amen Gobert Tilahun has spent most of his life shuttling between San Francisco and Los Angeles. He writes many different things that have appeared in/on io9.com, Fantasy Magazine, Queers Dig Time Lords, Stone Telling, Full of Crows, The Big Click, faggot dinosaur, Spelling the... Read More →



Saturday October 8, 2016 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Elbo Room 647 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA

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