NEXT THERE: THERE 14 – Saturday, April 29 , 2017 – short story writer and SF Chronicle columnist Caille Milner, Oakland author Margaret Lee, one more writer TBA, and for halftime entertainment, the world premiere debut of the new East Bay band The Braxton Hicks.

THERE (THe Eastbay Reading Extravaganza) is a reading series showcasing emerging and established writers from Oakland and Berkeley, with the occasional San Franciscan. Doug hosts it on the third Friday of each month at Octopus Literary Salon in Uptown Oakland. It also features a live original musical performance by a local musical artist at “halftime” of each month’s reading, and Doug’s famous original LitQuiz literary trivia contest. It’s from 7:00-9:00pm. THERE has been putting the there back in Oakland since 2015!

Maxine Hong Kingston & Earll Kingston reading at THERE 5, 3/18/16

Maxine Hong Kingston & Earll Kingston reading at THERE 5, 3/18/16

Claire Perry reads at the launch of THERE, 10/16/15

Claire Perry reads at the launch of THERE, 10/16/15

We’ve featured such celebrated authors as Maxine Hong Kingston, Yiyun Li, Yaa Gyasi, Carolina DeRobertis, Grant Faulkner, Frances Dinkelspiel, Janis Cooke Newman, Zac Unger and many more, THERE emphasizes fiction but also includes non-fiction, memoir and poetry.

THERE debuted October 16, 2015 with guest authors Claire Perry, Cynthia Salaysay and Rosa del Duca, live music by Rosa del Duca and Doug Sovern, and special guest Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf helps kick off THERE, 10/16/15

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf helps kick off THERE, 10/16/15

Celebrated Oakland author Yiyun Li reads at THERE 4

Celebrated Oakland author Yiyun Li reads at THERE 4, 2/19/16

 

THERE 2 was Friday, November 20, 2015, with guest authors Claire Green, Sunisa Nardone Manning and Timur Karaca, and live music by George Reynolds.

THERE 3 was Friday, December 18, 2015, with poet Gail Ford, novelist Kymberly Bartlo and actor/raconteur Earll Kingston.

THERE 4 was Friday, February 19, 2016 . We welcomed special guests Yiyun Li, Grant Faulkner, Amy Marcott and Irma Herrera.

Grant Faulkner and Earll Kingston, THERE readers

Grant Faulkner and Earll Kingston, THERE readers

THERE 5 was  Friday, March 18, 2016, with our special guests Maxine Hong Kingston and Earll Kingston, Kathie Jacobson  and Maureen Simons.

THERE 6 was Friday, May 20, 2016, featuring best-selling Oakland novelist Carolina DeRobertis, memoirist Emily Newmann and poet Lucille Lang Day.

THERE took the summer of 2016 off, then returned for THERE 7 on Friday, September 16, 2016, with Berkeley novelist and poet Richard Levine, Alameda Poet Laureate Julia Park Tracey, and Oakland author Chris Drangle.

THERE 8 was a special event on October 11, 2016, in conjunction with LitQuake ’16, featuring acclaimed Oakland novelist Yaa Gyasi, author of the New York Times bestseller “Homegoing.”

Yaa Gyasi & Aaron Bady at THERE 8, October 2016

Yaa Gyasi & Aaron Bady at THERE 8, October 2016

THERE 9 was Friday November 18, 2016, featuring Oakland author Na’amen Gobert Tilahun, writer Stefanie Hoffman and East Bay writer Krista Varela.

THERE 10 was Friday, December 16, 2016, featuring Berkeley author Frances Dinkelspiel, Kim Freeman and Bob Haus, and live music by The Octothree (Doug, George Reynolds and Mike Linn).

THERE 11 was Friday, January 20, 2016, Inauguration Day. The lineup was all women (excluding your humble master of ceremonies), even though it turned out the president sworn in that day was most definitely not one. Author Janis Cooke Newman headlined the bill, along with Oakland author Elizabeth Gonzalez James, plus music from The Fallopian Dudes.

THERE 12 was Friday, February 17, 2017, with Oakland firefighter and acclaimed non-fiction author Zac Unger, local fiction author Scott Hoshida, fiction writer Stace Budzko, and live music by The Beat Seekers.

Bestselling Oakland author Frances Dinkelspiel at THERE 10, December 2016

Bestselling Oakland author Frances Dinkelspiel at THERE 10, December 2016

THERE 13 was Friday March 17, 2017 with novelist and musician David Rosenheim, prize-winning Oakland author Chris Drangle, Oakland writer Lily Chien-Davis, and halftime music by Dirty Cello.

THERE 14 will be Saturday, April 29, 2017, with award-winning short story writer and SF Chronicle columnist Caille Milner, Oakland writer Margaret Lee, another writer and the world premiere of the band The Braxton Hicks as our halftime entertainment.

THERE 15 will be Friday, May 12, 2017, featuring Berkeley author Ayelet Waldman and more TBA.

THERE 16 will be Friday, June 16, 2017, with writers and music TBA.

We will take a summer break for July and August.

THERE 17 will be Friday, September 15, 2017, featuring Berkeley novelist Shanthi Sekaran, more writers and music TBA.

Oakland firefighter and author Zac Unger thrills the crowd at THERE

Oakland firefighter and author Zac Unger thrills the crowd at THERE

Linda Hamilton leads members of the Beatseekers in the halftime performance at THERE 12

Linda Hamilton leads members of the Beatseekers in the halftime performance at THERE 12