Out-of-the-ordinary spring literary events
City Arts and Lectures, 826 Valencia, Book Passage. Not to brag, but the literary scene here is kind of a big deal. We scoped out some upcoming, under-the-radar bookish happenings we thought you might want to, er, read about:
Litquake?s Regreturature Allen Ginsberg once said, ?First draft, best draft,? but some authors beg to disagree. At the third annual Regreturature event on April 25, authors such as former SNL writer Simon Rich and memoirist Kim Wong Keltner exorcise the demons of their early published work by reading it aloud. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door; Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St.
Feast of Words At this monthly gathering hosted by SOMArts, readings and a potluck dinner are inspired by a current exhibit. The theme for the April 16 feast revolves around connecting offline--author Raquel Gutiérrez will lead a writing exercise, while self-taught baker Jenn Hartman anchors the evening?s menu. Purchase tickets online ($10 in advance, $5 with a potluck dish) or at the door ($12). SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St.
The Moth StorySlam The storytelling juggernaut that is The Moth recently debuted its popular open-mike competition in SF, where aspiring fablers can drop their name into a hat for a chance to tell an off-the-cuff story from their own life. Envy is the topic on tap for May 13--dare to share, or sit back and watch the show. Tickets for the May StorySlam will go on sale at 3 p.m. on May 1. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St.