The Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) has named author, musician and Rock Bottom Remainders founder Kathi Kamen Goldmark recipient of its 2008 WNBA Award. A reception in her honor was held on Saturday, November 8th at 4:30 PM in San Francisco.
Dedicated to promoting literacy, a love of reading and women’s careers in the world of books, the Women’s National Book Association presents the WNBA Award every other year to honor a living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books and the allied arts and who has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the responsibilities of her profession.
WNBA is honoring Kathi Kamen Goldmark for founding the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock-‘n-roll band of literary superstars that raises money for literacy and writing-related causes. Since its first concert in 1992, the band has brought in more than $1.5M to support numerous writing, literacy and freedom of expression efforts. Stephen King, Dave Barry and Amy Tan are among its members. In 2007, the band formed The Remainders Foundation – a charitable service fund associated with the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
Kathi’s efforts on behalf of literacy also extend to CDs she produces through her company, “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” (www.dqydj.com). For the 1998 release, Stranger than Fiction!, she cajoled 40 writers into singing their favorite songs for a good cause – the PEN Writers Special Fund.
In her professional life, Kathi is a writer and radio show producer. She is author of the novel And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You (2002, Chronicle Books) and co-author of Mid-Life Confidential (1994, Viking) and The Great Rock & Roll Joke Book (1997, St. Martin’s). Kathi has contributed essays to several other books and is proud to have a speaking role as herself in Olivia Goldsmith’s novel The Bestseller. She also co-writes a regular advice column, “The Author Enablers,” for aspiring authors in BookPage, a nationally distributed book review publication. Kathi serves as the author liaison for the San Francisco Library Laureate’s dinner and is also one of the of the organizers of San Jose’s annual Book Group Expo. (author site: www.redroom.com/authors/kathi-kamen-goldmark)
Kathi lives in the Bay area where she performs regularly with her “real” band, Train Wreck, and also produces a weekly radio show called “West Coast Live,” a two-hour show on Saturday mornings broadcast in front of a live audience.
WNBA Award Citation:
For fusing her passion for music and books to benefit readers and writers nationwide.
For energetically championing freedom of expression and encouraging a younger generation of creative artists.
For pushing the bounds of her own creativity on page and on stage.
For inspiring us all with her generosity, verve and joyful presence.