Narrative Night San Francisco 2014

Carol Edgarian, Tom Jenks, and Friends of Narrative

invite you to   

for a truly extraordinary evening of


Great Friends, Amazing Food, and Unforgettable Stories


featuring celebrated authors   

LYNN FREED, ANTHONY MARRA, SUSAN ORLEAN,
CLYDE PHILLIPS, TOBIAS WOLFF

and  

Narrative Prize winner KIRSTIN VALDEZ QUADE

and other special guests


Monday, April 28, 2014
7 p.m.

Celebratory dinner and author toasts
at Traci Des Jardins’s legendary Jardinière

300 Grove Street
San Francisco


Festive Dress   



Hosts: Amy Atkinson, Sylvia Brownrigg, Carol Davis, Traci Des Jardins, Carol Edgarian,
Sunnie Evers, Carol Field, Kelly Halper, Tom Jenks, Rebecca Kaden, Jane Lancellotti,
Sandra Lloyd, Sheila Nahi, Jenny Pearlman, Bridget Quinn, Richard Smith, Jeffry Weisman


This event will sell out, so please PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS today.


Narrative Magazine is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Your donation is tax-deductible, less $100 per ticket. Proceeds from the night will go to Narrative’s programs to encourage reading and writing in schools and across the globe.


Questions? Contact Tiana McKenna.


About Narrative:

Narrative, a 501(c)(3) charity founded in 2003 and based in San Francisco, is dedicated to advancing literary arts in the digital age by supporting the finest writing talent and encouraging readership across generations, in schools, and around the globe. Often referred to as the PBS of literature, Narrative goes where readers are—online, in print, and on mobile devices—offering a free modern library for travelers, students, teachers, and readers of all ages.

In keeping with our mission of offering great literature for free to readers while offering fair pay to authors, each year we publish more than 300 artists—that’s more fiction, poetry, and essays than any other literary magazine. Among those writers are newcomers and winners of the Nobel, Pulitzer, and National Book awards.

Every dollar donated to Narrative supports literacy and our programs to encourage reading and writing in schools and across generations.

Please join us for an unforgettable evening of laughter and great storytelling. Come celebrate and support what is best about stories: how they move and entertain us and remind us of who we are.


Narrative Night Authors:

Carol Edgarian is cofounder and editor of Narrative. Her novels include the New York Times–bestselling Three Stages of Amazement and the international bestseller Rise the Euphrates. Her essays, articles, and interviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, W, NPR, Narrative, and elsewhere. Edgarian is coeditor (with Tom Jenks) of a popular collection drawn from great writers’ diaries, The Writer’s Life: Intimate Thoughts on Work, Love, Inspiration, and Fame.

Lynn Freed is the author of seven novels, including The Mirror and The Servants’ Quarters; a collection of short stories, The Curse of the Appropriate Man; and a book of essays, Reading, Writing & Leaving Home. She is the recipient of the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Narrative has been publishing her remarkable work since 2004, including the essay “When Enough Is Enough: Age and the Creative Impulse” and the short story “Sunshine,” winner of the PEN/O. Henry Prize.

Tom Jenks is cofounder and editor of Narrative. He is a former fiction editor of Esquire, literary editor of Gentlemen’s Quarterly, and senior editor at Scribner, where he edited to great acclaim Hemingway’s posthumously published novel The Garden of Eden. Jenks has edited and published many of today’s leading authors, and with Raymond Carver he edited American Short Story Masterpieces, an anthology widely used in college and university classes for the past thirty years. Jenks’s articles, essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere. He is the author of the novel Our Happiness and is currently at work on A Poetics of Fiction: Six Chapters on the Art of Imaginative Prose.

“Chechnya,” Anthony Marra’s first published story, appeared in Narrative and was awarded First Place in our Spring 2009 Story Contest. Marra’s debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (2013), won the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize and was long-listed for the National Book Award. Winner of the 2011 Narrative Prize, Marra has also been awarded a Pushcart Prize and a Whiting Writers’ Award for emerging authors. His essay “Reading Hrabal” was written for Narrative and appears in our Archive.

Celebrated journalist Susan Orlean is the author of several books, including The Orchid Thief, the basis for the 2002 Spike Jonze film Adaptation. She has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992. Other works include the essay collection The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People, The Skinny: What Every Skinny Woman Knows about Dieting (And Won't Tell You!), and the essay “Life’s Swell,” which became the film Blue Crush. In 2011 Simon & Schuster published her biography of the dog actor Rin Tin Tin.

Clyde Phillips is a prominent writer and producer for television, as well as the author of several mystery novels. His many credits include creating Suddenly Susan for NBC, and Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and Get Real for FOX. He was executive producer of the Showtime drama Dexter from 2005 to 2009, and in 2007 earned the Peabody Award for his work on the series. Dexter was also named one of the Top 101 TV Shows ever written. Phillips is currently the executive producer of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, starring Edie Falco. His four bestselling Detective Candiotti mysteries are Fall from Grace, Blindsided, Sacrifice, and Unthinkable.

Kirstin Valdez Quade’s story “Nemecia” won Narrative’s Spring 2012 Story Contest and the 2013 Narrative Prize, and was included in Best American Short Stories, 2013. She is a graduate of Stanford University, where she later became a Wallace Stegner Fellow. Quade has also received the 2013 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and has been a Jones Lecturer in Fiction at Stanford.


Tobias Wolff is the author of the celebrated memoir This Boy’s Life and several story collections that are considered classics, including Our Story Begins, as well as the recent novel Old School. His novella The Barracks Thief received the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. A great friend to Narrative, Wolff contributed a story to Narrative’s first issue.