Best New Reading Series - 2008
The Rebel Reading Series
What's better than sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll? How about readings devoted to those topics? Since its inception in June 2007, the quarterly Rebel Reading Series has attempted to be "a nonserious reading series for serious writers," as co-founder Whitney Phaneuf puts it. For the events, Phaneuf and her pals April Kilcrease and Stephanie Pullen — who met in a Mills College creative nonfiction class — pair highly respected local authors like Beth Lisick and Stephen Elliott with lesser-known but equally talented newbies such as National Novel Writing Month founder Chris Baty. Currently looking for a new Mission home, the series is often outrageous and always fascinating, offering tales of flying cum, acid trips, and driving a bus for the Rolling Stones. This is one rebel with an (awesome) cause.