Narrative Night San Francisco 2015
Pictures from the Party
“STORIES ARE AS NECESSARY TO US AS BREAD.” So said our late friend Robert Stone, and we heartily agree. At Narrative Night 2015, a packed house of friends broke bread and shared stories in celebration of a dozen years of publishing Narrative.
The magazine’s cofounders Carol Edgarian and Tom Jenks started the night with a toast to great friends and great literature. 2014 Narrative Prize winner Austin Smith read from his novel-in-progress and reflected on the vital role of mentors in a young writer’s career. Sherman Alexie, the first Narrative Storyteller Award honoree, told an uproarious shaggy-dog tale, full of late-night taxi mishaps and unlikely poignant moments that drove home the importance of artful narrative. He closed the night with a passionate case for supporting Narrative’s effort to pay writers fairly—especially as such support is increasingly rare. And the quick-draw celebrated cartoonist Liza Donnelly captured the entire party in sketches on her iPad, which she shared live on Narrative’s Twitter. Topped with a transcendent meal provided by Traci Des Jardins and her staff at Jardinière, it couldn’t have been a finer night to laugh and toast the power of stories.