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Direct from the Grotto, San Francisco's celebrated workspace community for authors, journalists, screenwriters and other practitioners of the narrative arts. Co-hosts Larry Rosen and Bridget Quinn present interviews, roundtables and other discussions of how to survive and thrive as a 21st century wordsmith.
||CleanEpisode 62: Willy Vlautin on Working-Class Heroes||A Boise hotel suite is the GrottoPod’s roving studio this week as our Storyfort Festival episodes continue. We talk with five-time novelist -- and Richmond Fontaine and The Delines frontman -- Willy Vlautin.||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 61: August McLaughlin on Building a Brand||When one-time model and actress August McLaughlin set out to become a writer, she never imagined she’d become a brand. Inspired after overcoming struggles with body image and an eating disorder, McLaughlin emerged to become an author, podcast host,||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 60: Stewart O’Nan and Jonathan Evison at Storyfort||For the first of four episodes recorded at the Storyfort Festival in Idaho, the GrottoPod breaks format and sits in a Boise nightspot with Stewart O’Nan, whose 16 novels include Snow Angels, West of Sunset, and City of Secrets,||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 59: Natalie Baszile On Catching Oprah’s Eye||Natalie Baszile’s ascent from working in her family’s business to publishing her first novel is the classic story of a 20-year “overnight” success, one that ends with a TV deal and a playdate with Oprah. Join Natalie as she steps into the Grotto||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 58: Green Apple’s Pete Mulvihill On Indie Bookstores||In 1993, Pete Mulvihill chose an uncertain future in San Francisco over graduate school in Oregon, then “stumbled into a temp job” at iconic local bookstore Green Apple Books. Flash-forward a quarter century: Mulvihill is now co-owner of two Green A||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 57: The SF Diaries Team On Telling Great Stories||One of the best places to find compelling stories and characters is public spaces. Like, say, the bus. Launched a decade ago by a San Francisco State class assignment, the Muni Diaries blog quickly grew into a multimedia mini-empire.||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 56: Anna Brones On A Balanced Life||- Anna Brones followed her heart, and it led her around the world -- and into a career writing books about her favorite things: bicycles, food and Swedish culture. Her latest, Live Lagom: Balanced Living the Swedish Way,||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 55: Tamara Barak Aparton On Leaving Journalism||Tamara Barak Aparton got more than than she expected when she left the San Francisco Examiner for a post with San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s office. The former reporter found that, far from being the dry,||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 54: Kimberley Lovato On The Art of Travel Writing||Everybody, it seems, aspires to be a travel writer. This week’s guest, Kimberley Lovato, author of Unique Eats and Eateries of San Francisco and two more books, is already there. Join us as Lovato shows us how the travel-writer sausage is made,||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 53: Julie Lythcott-Haims On Late-Career Blockbuster Success||Many authors come to writing later in life, but few make the kind of splash Julie Lythcott-Haims did. She was a Dean at Stanford (and, before that, an attorney) when she quit to pursue an MFA in her 40s. Flash forward,||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Fantastic resource for writers
Where do you go to hear writers talk about writing? To the GrottoPod, of course. Engaging hosts, lively interviews coming from, I've heard, a state-of-the-art studio.
Funny, poignant, and cool.
Love the inside scoop on the writing life from the famed literary institution. Great job, Grotto!