Married at Fourteen: Litquake

Friday Oct 12 2012   6:00 PM
Verdi Club  2424 Mariposa St., San Francisco, CA  map

Lucille Lang Day, author of Married at Fourteen, will read from and sign copies of her book as part of Litquake’s “Making the Skeleton Dance: Family in All its Forms.”

As George Bernard Shaw aptly suggested, “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” In the female writing universe, family provides a rich vein of material — if not the Mother Lode. For better or for worse, family themes find their way into many books every year. From the traditional soccer-mom variety of family to non-related birthday sisters, orphans seeking new people to love, lesbian couples trying to stay together, and married couples coming apart at the seams. Step inside for some revealing readings by some remarkable authors. Emceed by Litquake co-founder Jane Ganahl and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto’s Elizabeth Bernstein. Readers: Anita AmirrezvaniAdrienne ArieffTiffany BakerLucille Lang Day, Bronwen HruskaMeredith MaranJoyce MaynardDeborah MichelHolly Lynn PayneElizabeth Weil

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Lucille Lang DayLucille Lang Day's memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story (Heyday, 2012) received a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. She has published creative nonfiction in The Hudson Review, the Istanbul Literary Review, Passages North, the River Oak Review, the Willow Review, and many other journals. She is the recipient of the Willow Review Award in Creative Nonfiction and a Notable Essay citation in Best American Essays. She is also the author of a children’s book, Chain Letter, and ten poetry collections and chapbooks, including The Curvature of Blue, Infinities, and The Book of Answers. Her first poetry collection, Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope, received the Joseph Henry Jackson Award. She received an M.A. in English and an M.F.A. in creative writing at San Francisco State University, and also an M.A. in zoology and a Ph.D. in science and mathematics education at the University of California, Berkeley. The founder and director of a small press, Scarlet Tanager Books, she also served for seventeen years as the director of the Hall of Health, an interactive children’s museum in Berkeley.