January 5, 2009
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

It will be a scintillating start for the New Year at the first Left Coast Writers Literary Salon of 2009: Camille Cusumano, author of Tango, an Argentine Love Story, will light up the evening with a talk about her love of literature and her passion for tango. Camille has even promised a short tango demonstration.

“Camille Cusumano shares tales of literary adventure and an eventful year and a half in Buenos Aires practicing tango and Zen. Camille packed her bags, slit skirts, and tango shoes and moved to Argentina. The result is a smoothly written memoir that is romantic, redemptive and as captivating as the dance it celebrates.

January 23, 2009
8:00 pm

iWend kicks off 2009 with a “Traveling By Alternative Transportation” Essay Contest:

“Had to do some bike repair while sightseeing in Vietnam? Spent a few wicked hours exploring the jungle atop an elephant? We want to hear your best stories on traveling by alternative transportation. Cycles, rickshaws, camels, canoes; anything that doesn’t require fossil fuels to run, we want you to write about it!

“The author of the best story is going to get to build their own Timbuk2 bag – meaning you get to choose the colors and fabrics! – and we’re also throwing in some cool stuff from Planet Bike.

January 19, 2009
7:00 pm

From our friends at Litquake:
Litquake is pleased as punch to team up this year with SKETCHFEST, the nationally-prominent comedy festival that takes place each January at venues around The City! We will be co-presenting Celebrity Autobiography, the smash hit lit-meets-comedy event from New York City being performed here for the first time, in which an all-star cast reads hilarious celebrity memoirs live.

The cast includes “Saturday Night Live’s” Jason Sudeikis, as well as Michael McKean (“This is Spinal Tap”), Annette O’Toole (“Smallville”), Rachel Dratch (“SNL”), Scott Thompson (“Kids in the Hall”), Laraine Newman (“SNL”) and Celebrity Autobiography co-creators Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel.

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