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14Oct
Of Demons and Dreams: A Night of Memoir @ Swedish American Hall
6:30 PM - 11:59 PM Swedish American Hall
Date: October 14, 2018 to October 14, 2018
Where: Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street, San Francisco, California, United States, 94114
Phone: N/A
Event Type: Arts & Theater
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Show is at 7PMAssimilation, racism, escape, family dysfunction: the best memoirs confront both demons and dreams head-on. Tonight's reading touches on topics including losing a family fortune (host Frances Stroh), finding one's voice in a new country (Reyna Grande), being seduced by Scientology (Sands Hall), going from broke poet to TV personality (Kari Byron), growing up as a mixed-race child in America (Julie Lythcott-Haims), triumphing over abuse and neglect (Regina Louise), and finding one's true home (Natalie Singer). $12 adv / $15 doorKari Byron (pictured) has been the most recognizable, honored, and beloved woman in science-based reality TV for over a decade. She is best known as a host on Discovery Channel's MythBusters but has gone on to host and produce shows spanning several networks: Head Rush; Punkin Chunkin; Large, Dangerous Rocket Ships; Thrill Factor; Strange Trips; America Declassified; White Rabbit Project; and Positive Energy. Her new memoir is Crash Test Girl: An Unlikely Experiment in Using the Scientific Method to Answer Life's Toughest Questions. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Paul and daughter Stella.Reyna Grande is author of the bestselling memoir The Distance Between Us (Atria, 2012), where she writes about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. The much-anticipated sequel A Dream Called Home (Atria) will be released on October 2, 2018. Her other works include the novels Across a Hundred Mountains (Atria, 2006), and Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009), which were published to critical acclaim. The Distance Between Us is also available as a young readers edition from Simon & Schuster's Children's Division-Aladdin. Her books have been adopted as the common read selection by schools, colleges, and cities across the country.Sands Hall is author of the memoir Flunk. Start, the novel Catching Heaven, a Willa Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Fiction, a