Author of The Bitter Taste of Dying to Appear in Berkeley

Jason Smith reads an excerpt from his acclaimed addiction memoir as part of Lip Service West
By: Author Jason Smith
Aug. 19, 2015 - PRLog -- Jason Smith will appear at Pegasus Books in Berkeley this Friday to read an excerpt from his memoir, The Bitter Taste of Dying. The event is part of Lip Service West, a recurring literary series organized by fellow author, Joe Clifford and supported by the San Pablo Arts District Fund.

Each participant will take their turn reading 1,500 words of a true story. Other authors include, Ryan Leone, Patty Reinhart, Mindela Ruby, and Frances Stroh. Lip Service West is about gritty, real, and raw stories, and all of those words have been used to describe Jason Smith’s writing.

Jason Smith’s book, released in July, has quickly made an impression on both the literary and recovery communities. His story is one of darkness, depravity, and utter despair and takes readers through the lowest, most frightening points of his sixteen year battle with a massive prescription drug addiction.

Despite what the young writer has been through, the outcome is positive. He lives to share his experiences in order to enlighten and warn others about what happens when prescription opiates go from being a part of pain management to becoming an addict’s deadly necessity.

The event begins at 7:30 pm on Friday August 21st, 2015 at 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704. Entry is free and refreshments will be served.

Signed copies of The Bitter Taste of Dying will be available on site. The book is also available on Amazon, iBooks, and can be purchased directly from the author's website at


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

Pegasus Books Downtown is a spacious, light store at the corner of Shattuck and Durant in Downtown Berkeley. Their Downtown store offers an ever-changing mix of new and used books, overstock books, art cards and thoughtfully chosen magazines. Find out more at

Joe Clifford is acquisitions editor for Gutter Books, managing editor of The Flash Fiction Offensive, and producer of Lip Service West. He is the author of the books Junkie Love and Lamentation. Joe's writing can be found at

The San Pablo Arts District (SPAD) fund’s mission is to establish an arts district along the San Pablo Avenue corridor in Oakland, CA., an area suffering from the recent economic downturn. Visit to learn more.

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