Barber Shop Reading Series — September 5

In honor of September’s annual Folsom Street Fair, “the granddaddy of all leather festivals,” and something of a High Holiday in San Francisco’s gay community, our theme of the night will be “Chains of Love!”

This month’s Barbershop Quartet:

Girls in TrucksKATIE CROUCH was raised in South Carolina and received her MFA from Columbia University. Her debut novel, GIRLS IN TRUCKS, was published in 2008 and became a New York Times bestseller. “The just-published debut novel about Southern debs gone bad is winsome. Crouch possesses a deft comic voice and a gift for observation,” said The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her next novel, MEN AND DOGS, will be published in 2010.

KEMBLE SCOTT is the author of the bestselling novel SOMA, finalist for the national Lambda Literary Award for debut fiction. He’s the editor of San Francisco’s and THE LIT GUIDE. An alumnus of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, he’s been honored with three Emmy Awards for his work in television news. His new novel, THE SOWER is a twisted, page-turning thriller about a San Francisco bad boy who becomes the sole carrier of a manmade virus that appears to be the cure for all diseases. But the only way to pass the cure to others is through sex. When word gets out, he becomes the world’s most wanted man – the ultimate weapon in the culture wars, pitting him against right wing ideologies, The Roman Catholic Church, and the most famous pop star on the planet.

Our unofficial house musician, WOLF LARSEN, wowed everyone at our opening event this past June with her beautiful voice. Nomadic by nature, the singer-songwriter has currently settled in San Francisco, where she’s quietly gathered a devoted following. You can usually find her at the Hotel Utah Saloon’s open mike shows on Monday nights, where she recently had a solo gig. Rumors of a newly released EP have spread, so bring a few extra bucks and you might get a copy.

JANE JUSKA was born in 1933, reared in small-town Ohio, grew up at the University of Michigan and the University of California. She taught high school English for 33 years, college and prison for 5, then went in search of men to give her aid and comfort. Her ad in the New York Review of Books—“Before I turn 68, I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like”—brought her undreamed of success. She wrote two books about that search: A ROUND-HEELED WOMAN and UNACCOMPANIED WOMEN. Her essays have appeared in Vogue, Self, and in various anthologies. She continues to write daily from a clean well-lighted place in Berkeley.


Joe’s Barbershop
2150 Market St (between Church and Sanchez) Saturday, September 5th, at 8 pm.

We suggest arriving early, especially if you want to kick back in one of the barber chairs.

Our awesome bookselling parter in crime, BOOKS, INC, will be on hand with copies of our featured author’s books. Buy one or three and get them autographed.

SUGGESTED donation: $5 (everyone welcome)

That donation helps to cover our expenses and buys you highly addictive Kettle Salt and Pepper potato chips, baked goods, cold beer, and a Diet Coke or two.

We can always use volunteers to help set up and clean up afterward.
Volunteers pay no cover and earn good karma. If interested, email Michael McAllister at