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Author Interview: Laura Fraser

This is my 200th post! To celebrate I have an interview with New York Times bestselling author Laura Fraser. Enjoy!

Laura Fraser is a San Francisco-based journalist whose latest book, All Over the Map, is just out in paperback. The book is a travel memoir, and a sequel to her 2001 New York Times bestseller, […]

Best Social Media Books for Authors

A few years ago, I read Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” and the paragraph that stuck with me more than any other was a story about a woman who interviewed Kiyosaki (in Singapore, I think) for a news article. After the interview, she mentioned that she had written a novel, that she’d gotten good […]

Author Interview: Nathan Bransford Part II

As you know if you read/watched Part I of our interview, author Nathan Bransford came to the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto for lunch last week, and I videotaped our interview. This half is really more of a conversation between Nathan and some of the writers at the Grotto, including Po Bronson, Constance Hale, and Caroline […]

Author Interview: Nathan Bransford Part I

I had the pleasure of meeting Nathan Bransford in person last week and interviewing him on video when he came to lunch at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, where I write. Here is the first part of the interview with the (edited) transcription below, so you can follow along to see who is asking the […]

Author Interview: Nina LaCour

Today we have an interview with Nina LaCour, author of the YA novel Hold Still, which is a fantastic book (I read it last week).

Writerland: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

NL: I’ve always been in love with stories—listening to people tell them, reading them, writing them. My […]

Writing, Publishing, Social Media News

Just a few updates for my peeps here in the Bay Area, in case you’re not following me on Twitter or Facebook. (What? You’re not? Get on over there and follow/like me. You won’t regret it!)

1. I’ll be telling a story at the Porchlight storytelling series this Monday at 8 p.m. at the Verdi […]

RIP Victor Martinez

We’re sad here at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto to announce the death of poet and novelist Victor Martinez. His bio on the Harper Collins website reads: Victor Martinez was born and raised in Fresno, California, the fourth in a family of twelve children. He attended California State University at Fresno and Stanford University, and […]

Litquake + The Writers’ Grotto

I hope those of you who are Bay Area Writers are attending readings at Litquake, San Francisco’s Literary Festival, this week. If you haven’t yet, there’s still time! The festival ends Saturday, culminating in the super-awesome Lit Crawl during which nearly 400 writers will read their work in 60 different venues throughout the Mission District […]

Katie Crouch Reads at the Grotto Open House

This week and next I’ll be posting a series of videos from the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto Open House, which took place Thursday, September 16. Oscar Villalon, former book review editor for the San Francisco Chronicle and former publisher at McSweeney’s (the inside joke in the video will now make sense) emceed the event. The […]

San Francisco Writers’ Grotto Open House

If you’re a Bay Area writer, be sure to stop by our open house this Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. The Writers’ Grotto is opening its doors after hours for food, wine, mingling, and a showing of who’s here and what we’re up to. Drop by to hear Grottoites read from their recent books, […]