Fact: Everything that famous writers create is spellbinding literature.
Fact: Famous writers would rather die than expose their not-so-award-winning moments.
Socrates would point out that both assertions cannot be true. So a writer must be blamed for Socrates’s death.
Enter the fabulous writers from The Writers’ Grotto in San Francisco, a collective of professional writers (some well known, all of them working professionals), and their idea for a fundraiser for Litquake, San Francisco’s infamous literary festival that hosts hundreds of readings during one week each fall.
From the description of how “Regreturature” came to be:
“We continued wracking our brains. It couldn’t just be another reading or panel discussion. It needed some real zest. And then it suddenly hit me – what if we had these respected, professional writers instead read from the worst thing they’d ever written? The most shameful, embarrassing, precocious, clunky, sappy, immature, cloyingly earnest prose that somehow may have been stashed in a long-forgotten box.” Jack Boulware (co-founder, Litquake)
Four years of sold out readings later, some of the best of the worst from Regreturature has been collected in “Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors.”
“Gillian Flynn, Mary Roach, Dave Eggers, Rick Moody, Chuck Palahniuk, the list goes on: they all sucked once and they all have the guts to share some of their crappiest early work in this uplifting bit of voyeurism.”
The book will release in September 2014. You can pre-order a copy now at Drivel.