NEXT THERE: THERE 20 – Friday, February 16, 2018 – featuring acclaimed Oakland novelist Sylvia Brownrigg, local fiction writer Jenny Fosket, Oakland author Melanie Abrams, guitarist extraordinaire Henry Kaiser and legendary singer (and reptile maven) Owen Maercks!
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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 with Doug Sovern.
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 with Doug Sovern.
THERE 14 was Saturday April 29, 2017, with award-winning short story writer and SF Chronicle columnist Caille Milner, Oakland writer Margaret Lee, Oakland poet Emma Catherine Perry, and the world premiere of the band The Braxton Hicks as our halftime entertainment.
THERE 15 was Friday, May 12, 2017, featuring local author Katie Moulton, East Bay fiction writer Cecile Barlier, and rising star writer Jia Jing Liu.
THERE took a summer break from June-August.
THERE 16 was Friday, September 15, 2017, featuring Berkeley novelist Shanthi Sekaran, local emerging author Eanlai Cronin, Berkeley writer Amy Thigpen and music by Kate Brubeck, Jeff Ward and Doug Sovern.
THERE 17 was a special event, co-presented as part of Litquake, on Friday, October 13, 2017, with Laleh Khadivi, Whiting Award-winning Oakland author of A Good Country and other novels.
THERE 18 was Friday, November 17, 2017, with the Belize Writers Conference’s Joey Garcia, short story star Elizabeth James, essayist Jane Anne Staw, and Professor Shelley Blanton-Stroud, plus an all-star musical celebration of the late Tom Petty.
THERE 19 was Friday, December 15, 2017, and featured award-wnning and bestselling local author Tom Barbash, the very funny Pamela Weymouth, searing memoirist Vanessa Grubbs, and musical guests Kate Brubeck & Geoff van Lienden.
THERE 20 will be Friday, February 16, 2018, and will feature acclaimed Oakland novelist Sylvia Brownrigg, local fiction writer Jenny Fosket, Oakland author Melanie Abrams, guitarist extraordinaire Henry Kaiser and legendary singer (and reptile maven) Owen Maercks!
THERE 21 will be Friday, March 16, 2018, and will feature bestselling Oakland novelist Michael David Lukas, and more writers and musicians TBA.
THERE 22 will be Friday, April 20, 2018, with writers and musicians TBA.