Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Yo Bay Area folks!

Small Press Distribution, indie heroes and distributors of Tavern Books titles, is holding their annual fundraiser. Please see below for full details. Supporting SPD is really an act of supporting Tavern Books and the several hundred like-minded indie publishers that SPD serves. Thanks! 

Tickets are now available for the sixth annual BEE-IN, A Spelling Bee to Benefit Small Press Distribution.  Don't miss your chance to attend this exciting event, coming up on May 14th!


THE BEE-IN is an old-fashioned spelling bee but with alcohol, tasty nibbles, and more fun! Thank you to Crown Point Gallery for providing the beautiful setting for this event. Proceeds support the work of SPD, the nation's only remaining non-profit distributor of literary small press books.
Food & Drinks kindly provided by ThirstyBear, Kermit Lynch & St. George Spirits.
6:30: Drinks, Delectables & Auction
7:30: Spelling Bee
Emcee: Sedge Thomson of KALW & West Coast Live
Judge: Geoffrey Nunberg, NPR commentator, professor at UC Berkeley, and board member of the American Heritage Dictionary


Note: all tickets purchased online will be held at will-call at the event.
(Please list all guest names in the "comments" section during order checkout.)  
$75 Ticket
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$30 "Starving Artist" Ticket
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$125 Couples' Ticket (2 Guests on 1 Ticket)
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$250 Patron Ticket (Includes Priorty Seating & Special Acknowledgment)
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SPELLERS (More to come!)
Cy Musiker Dennis Bernstein Cara Black
  Cy Musiker Dennis Bernstein Cara Black

Dennis J. Bernstein has been a longtime front line reporter specializing in Human Rights. His articles have appeared widely including in the Boston Globe, New York Times, The Progressive, and The Nation. Bernstein was chosen by Pulse Media as one of "20 Top Global Media Figures of 2009." His first book of poems, Special Ed, is just out from NYQ Books.

Jack Boulware is a San Francisco Library Laureate, co-founder of Litquake, and the author/co-author of three books, including the Bay Area punk oral history Gimme Something Better. He grew up on a ranch in Montana.

Cara Black, bestselling mystery writer, is the author of the Aimee Leduc mystery series including, most recently, the 12th book in the series, Murder at the Lanterne Rouge (Soho Crime).

Jewell Gomez is a writer and activist and the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories from Firebrand Books. Her adaptation of the book for the stage "Bones & Ash: a Gilda Story," was performed by the Urban Bush Women company in 13 U.S. cities.

Kate Levinson, a psychologist who practices in Oakland, came out with her popular Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money in 2011. She her husband own Point Reyes Books in Pt. Reyes Station, CA.

Joshua Mohr is the author of the Termite Parade, which was an Editors' Choice on The New York Times Best Seller List and an SF Chronicle best-seller. His third novel Damascus came out in 2011 to much acclaim including a starred review from Library Journal suggesting it reads "like a cross between Harry Crews and Armistead Maupin."

Cyrus Musiker is a reporter for KQED. He has been a frequent contributor to NPR's Crossroads, Latin File, Living on Earth, Marketplace, and other shows.  Cy's work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism.
Jacqueline E. Luckett's Finish Party, which she founded along with seven other women writers-of-color, was featured in O Magainze in 2007. Her first novel, Searching for Tina Turner, came out in 2010 from Grand Central Publishing. Her second novel, Passing Love, also from Grand Central, is just out this year.
John Jay Osborn, Jr. grew up in San Francisco, attended local schools, then went to Harvard College and Harvard Law School. A movie and television show were made from his bestselling novel The Paper Chase, which has recently been re-issued as a 40th anniversary edition from SPD publisher Peninsula Road Press.  
D.A. Powell is the author of Chronic (Graywolf Press, 2009); Cocktails (Graywolf Press, 2004); Lunch (Wesleyan University Press, 2000); and Tea (Wesleyan University Press, 1998). He teaches at the University of San Francisco and lives in the Bay Area.