Lip Service West Fundraiser Brings Back Bay Area’s Biggest Authors for a Rollicking Night of Literature and Music

On Friday, March 9, 2012, Lip Service West is hosting its biggest event yet, bringing back the hottest names in Bay Area literature.

San Francisco, CA, March 01, 2012 --( Since 2010, Lip Service West has provided Bay Area writers, professional and amateur alike, a forum to share their work, unfiltered, uninterrupted, and unapologetic. The stories are all true and no subject is off limits. Pairing gritty, real, and raw writing with live performance, Lip Service offers audiences the rare glimpse into the personal lives of the artist.

On Friday, March 9, 2012, Lip Service West is hosting its biggest event yet, bringing back the hottest names in Bay Area literature, including David Corbett, Tony DuShane, Pamela Holm, Alan Kaufman, Joe Loya, Wendy Merrill, Eddie Muller, and April Sinclair, as well as LSW favorite, up-and-comer Hin Leung. The event - Lip Service West: Reading. Writing. Rock ’n’ Roll - will provide an intersection of arts, featuring the original music of past LSW readers Kyrsten Bean, Kaitlin McGraw, Tom Pitts, and Jeff Zittrain.

The Wandering Jews and The Hollyhocks will also perform. Members of the Wandering Jews have been a fixture on the San Francisco music scene for close to two decades. The Hollyhocks headline the musical portion of the fundraiser in anticipation of their soon-to-be release debut album on Mystery Lawn Music this spring.

Local author Joe Clifford and Justine Lewis produce the event, which is made possible by the San Pablo Arts District Fund, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the arts and combating urban blight in the Golden Gate District in North Oakland.

Tickets for the fundraiser will be sliding scale, $10 - $20.

David Corbett has four novels under his belt (which frees up room on his bookshelf)—the most recent being 2010’s Do They Know I’m Running? (“a hard-hitting epic,” Publishers Weekly). David routinely gets compared to Graham Greene, Robert Stone, Dashiell Hammett and Telly Savalas. Feel daring? Go to:

Tony DuShane is the author of Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk, and his column Bandwidth runs every Thursday in the San Francisco Chronicle. He hosts the radio show “Drinks with Tony,” teaches at San Francisco Writers College and likes taking long walks in his walk-in closet.

Pamela Holm is the author of the novel The Night Garden, a memoir titled The Toaster Broke, So We’re Getting Married, and the play Lovesick, the Cat Allergy Musical. Pamela is currently working on Broken English, a memoir about living in India. She likes sunshine, motorcycles and loud music.

Alan Kaufman’s books include Jew Boy, Matches, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and The Outlaw Bible of American Literature. His new memoir, Drunken Angel (Cleis Press), chronicles his rise through the literary ranks and his triumph over alcoholism.

Hin Leung is a native of Hong Kong. He fulfilled his childhood fantasy of moving to San Francisco to find himself after graduating from Stanford, where he was nominated twice for the Boothe Prize for Excellence in Writing. He is currently living out more childhood fantasies as a visual arts student at Berkeley Extension.

Joe Loya is an essayist, playwright, monologist, and author of The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell. He is currently writing a book of essays on crime films, from his underworld perspective as an ex-bank robber. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Bay Area.

Wendy Merrill is described by Anne Lamott as “…a wonderful new voice - smart, funny and wildly real.” In Wendy’s embarrassingly honest memoir, Falling into Manholes: The Memoir of a Bad/Good Girl (Putnam 2008), “…Merrill reveals her constant struggles with life, love, and addiction in this absolutely hilarious memoir.” - Library Journal.

Eddie Muller is a contemporary renaissance man. He writes novels, biographies, movie histories, plays, short stories, and films. He also designs books, programs film festivals, curates museums and provides commentary for television, radio, and DVDs. His debut novel, The Distance, earned the Best First Novel Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and he’s a two-time Edgar Award nominee from the Mystery Writers of America.

April Sinclair is the author of three novels, including the best-selling, critically acclaimed, Coffee Will Make You Black. A Chicago native and an East Bay resident, Sinclair received the Carl Sandburg Award in Literature from the Friends of the Chicago Public Library. She has been a fellow at the Mac Dowell, Yaddo, Djerassi and Ragdale artist colonies. Sinclair has a blue-collar job, a beer budget, and a rich imagination.

Friday, March 9, 2012
50 Mason Social House
50 Mason Street, San Francisco
7:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

Media Contacts:
Joe Clifford, Producer, Lip Service West:,

San Pablo Arts District Fund
Idan Levin