Lip Service West: Everyone Has a Story

LSW is back at Pegasus for August!

Pegasus Books
2349 Shattuck Avenue
7:30 p.m.

As always the wine and HOT DOGS are FREE!


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Ryan Leone is the author of the darkly satirical novel, Wasting Talent, which he wrote while incarcerated in federal prison on drug-related charges. Rehabilitated and reformed, he lives in Los Angeles with his fiancé.

Patty Reinhart is a local Bay Area actress, playwright, and is currently working on her memoir, Days of Our Patty, a soon-to-be New York Times bestseller and pick for Oprah’s Book Club. (She’s put out that intention into the universe and has it on her vision board. It’s gotta happen!)  She is also a rock star wife and mom of the two guys who provide her with her most entertaining writing material.

Mindela Ruby’s recent novel Mosh It Up, about a punk rock sex addict, was called “a literary marvel” by National Book Award winner Tim O’Brien. Mindela completed a PhD at UC Berkeley. She teaches English in a stomping ground known as The Iron Triangle and hires out as a consultant to 17-year olds vying to ace their college application essays. Her writing can be found in FRiGG, Literary Mama, Arcadia, and other journals.

Jason Smith is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, whose work has been published extensively in both online and print media. His acclaimed memoir, The Bitter Taste of Dying, was released in July 2105. Jason Smith is also the Creative Director of, an online community that allows addicts and their loved ones publish their stories of addiction and recovery. Jason currently lives in northern California with his wife Megan and two children, Jaden and Isabella.

Frances Stroh was born in Detroit and raised in a beer-making family. She practiced as an installation artist, exhibiting in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London before segueing into writing narrative. Frances’ work across all media explores issues of identity, point of view, and the mythologies that define us. Frances’s memoir, Beer Money: An American Story of Privilege and Loss, will be published by HarperCollins in 2016.