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It's inspiring to see the curators of longstanding shows still excited about what they're doing--but of course, their excitement is part of what makes their shows longstanding. Every month for over a decade, Charlie Jane Anders has assembled an unpredictable combination of sci-fi, comedy, fantasy, erotica, and other forms of literature into a show unlike any other, Writers With Drinks. -- San Francisco Weekly, March 2014
Part of what the audience has come to hear is Anders herself: Her introductions are the stuff of local lore. As novelist Jonathan Lethem tells me, “Charlie Jane always goes a step further.” — San Francisco Chronicle, 2014
BEST VARIETY HOUR - 2013 -- Our host, the astonishingly vivacious Charlie Jane Anders, writes about science fiction for io9.com. But Charlie doesn't hold with genre limitations. WWD features writers from all walks of life ... although sometimes you have to check their websites to figure them out, because Charlie's brilliant and hilarious introductions are also highly fictionalized. WWD is practically an institution: It's been running since 2001. -- San Francisco Weekly, "Best of San Francisco" Issue
When you move to San Francisco and ask about the literary scene, Writers With Drinks is likely the first thing people tell you about. For one thing, most of us can get behind drinking as a social activity, especially when it's being done by the witty and verbose. But the real reason is host Charlie Jane Anders, who is a pioneer and master of free-form and fictitious biography. -- San Francisco Weekly
Back in 2001, writer Charlie Jane Anders set out to create a new kind of reading that jettisoned the idea of a hushed audience hanging reverentially on each carefully-crafted word, replacing it with a lively cabaret night drawing writers from a smorgasbord of genres--poetry to sci-fi to comedy to kids books. On a recent evening, heavyweight storyteller Tobias Wolff mixed it up with slam poet Taylor Mali, New York Times bestselling novelist Lev Grossman and NPR contributor Andrew Lam. Since San Francisco doesn't slack when it comes to local and national celeb authors, Writers with Drinks often sparkles with names like Lemony Snicket, Armistead Maupin, Andrew Sean Greer, Ayelet Waldman, Vendela Vida and Michelle Tea. So stop in, listen to some fierce words, and chase it with stiff drink. -- JetBlue.com.
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Variety is more than just having sex dressed as Alien Greenspan every once in a while. It's more than occasionally cosplaying as Yeoman Ayn Rand instead of Slave Leeloo. It's also a Literary Imperative! Which is why Writers With Drinks combines erotica with literature, stand-up comedy with science fiction, and poetry with essays. Plus mystery, romance, memoir, rants and "other."
All proceeds benefit local non-profits. Charlie Jane Anders MCs and vamps.

Upcoming events:

Saturday, April 13, 2019:
    Saskia Vogel (Permission)
    Arkady Martine (The Memory of Empire)
    Michelle Cruz Gonzales (The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band)
    Mike Chen (Here and Now and Then)
    Peng Shepherd (The Book of M)
    Susannah Breslin (Forbes Vices)

    Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away
    All proceeds benefit the St. James Infirmary
    At The Make Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco CA, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM.
Saturday, May 11, 2019:
    Mallory O'Meara (The Lady From the Black Lagoon)
    Kate Hope Day (If, Then)
    Joanna Robinson (Vanity Fair)
    Andrea Lawlor (Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl)

    Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away
    All proceeds benefit a local nonprofit, TBA.
    At The Make Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco CA, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM.
Saturday, June 8, 2019:
Special Latin American Night!
    Mauro Javier Cardenas (The Revolutionaries Try Again)
    Rachelle Linda Escamilla (Imaginary Animal)
    Cristina Rivera Garza (The Taiga Syndrome)
    Gabriela Alemán (Poso Wells, Humo)
    Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Fruit of the Drunken Tree)

    Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away
    All proceeds benefit a local nonprofit, TBA.
    At The Make Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco CA, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM.
Saturday, July 13, 2019:
    Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes a Breath, America)
    Sarah Gailey (Magic For Liars)
    Troy Jollimore (Syllabus of Errors: Poems)
    Grace Lavery (Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan)
    Natasha Dennerstein (Anatomize)

    Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away
    All proceeds benefit a local nonprofit, TBA.
    At The Make Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco CA, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM.
Saturday, August 10, 2019:
    Namwali Serpell (The Old Drift)
    Yangsze Choo (The Night Tiger)
    Seth Katz (Psycho-Tropic)
    Lynn Breedlove (45 Thought Crimes)

    Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away
    All proceeds benefit a local nonprofit, TBA.
    At The Make Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco CA, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM.


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