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Thursday, October 18


Teenquake: Under 21 Open Mic
An open mic for all those under 21 years of age. Readings of poetry, prose, memoir, essays along with performances of dance, music, or whatever! All kinds of art are welcome. All love, no judgment. FREE

Thursday October 18, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
826 Valencia Tenderloin 180 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102


Springfield Confidential: Mike Reiss & The Simpsons
Co-presented by the Contemporary Jewish Museum

A Simpsons writer for 30 years (and still going strong) Mike Reiss has received four Emmys and a Peabody Award for his contributions to America's longest-running sitcom. Come celebrate his memoir Springfield Confidential, a first-hand look at how the show began, with scandals, censors, celebrity guests, and more. It's like a Simpsons episode in book form: smart, fast-paced, and stuffed with hundreds of jokes, some of them funny. Reiss will give a lecture entitled "Simpsons and Other Jewish Families," followed by book sales and signing. Hey, don't have a cow, man, it's only $15 museum members / $20 general public

Authors and Participants
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Mike Reiss

Mike Reiss is a former head writer for The Simpsons, a show for which he has won four Emmy Awards. He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he served as president of the Harvard Lampoon, and currently lives in New York, New York. His books for children include How Murray Saved... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103


The City Is Already Speaking: The Sound of Calle 24
This poetry showcase features a dozen literary voices from the reading and writing series that convene regularly at the Mission District's United Booksellers (Alley Cat Books and Adobe Books). Tonight, the writers read from their collective chapbook at Bird & Beckett, the Glen Park bookstore with a mission to preserve local literary arts, culture, and music. With San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Josiah Luis Alderete, Simon Crafts, Flavia Elisa, Thea Matthews, Linda Noel, Raul Ruiz, Denise Sullivan, Ricardo Tavarez, and special guests. FREE, $5 suggested donation

Authors and Participants
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Josiah Luis Alderete

Josiah Luis Alderete is a full-blooded Pocho indio who refries his beans and poesia in Spanglish. He was one of the founding members of outspoken word troupe The Molotov Mouths, and is also a radio insurgente whose stories have aired on KALW and KPFA. He was deported from La Misión... Read More →
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Simon Crafts

Simon Crafts is a poet and bookseller at Alley Cat Books. He shares a birthday with Walter Benjamin and Roky Erickson.
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Flavia Elisa

Flavia Elisa is an immigrant artivist from Mexico, raised in San Francisco. Her writing focuses on her experience as an immigrant chingonx, spiritual old soul, on her role in intersectional feminism, and the systematic oppression of POC.
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E.K. Keith

E.K. Keith is a Latinx poet who calls San Francisco home and calls Texas regularly to keep in touch with her family. She organizes Poems Under the Dome, the annual open mic celebration of poetry inside San Francisco’s City Hall. Nomadic Press will release her book Ordinary Villains in... Read More →
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Thea Matthews

Born and raised in San Francisco, Thea Matthews is a queer Black and Mexican American awarded poet, spoken-word artist, activist, curator, bruja, revolutionary, collaborator, and researcher. She writes on the complexities of trauma, grief, resiliency, and ultimately, triumph over... Read More →
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Linda Noel

Linda Noel is a Native Californian of the Koyungkowi people from the Northern Sierra. She has been included in many anthologies and is Poet Laureate Emerita of Ukiah, California.
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Raul Ruiz

Raul Ruiz is a poet and current participant in the experimental vocal noise group Foreignfire (www.foreignfire.com).
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Kim Shuck

Kim Shuck embraces the fool and jester qualities of being a modern poet and artist. She is a devotee of San Francisco, whose hills she wanders nearly always on foot. Her maternal grandparents met at the Polish Hall on Shotwell, and she spent many hours with her mother and grandmother... Read More →
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Denise Sullivan

Denise Sullivan is an author, journalist, cultural worker, and literary organizer originally from the Ingleside District who has lived and worked in Atlanta and Los Angeles, the Mission and the Haight. A former member of the Modern Times Bookstore Collective, and co-founder of the... Read More →
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Ricardo Tavarez

Ricardo Tavarez’s writing is influenced by culture, labor history and activism. He co-founded Pan Dulce Poets and is part of La Brigada, a collective that organizes the International Flor Y Canto Literary Festival. His writing has appeared in Acentos Review, Cipactli Journal, Occupoetry, and... Read More →


The Monk of Mokha: Dave Eggers & Mokhtar Alkhanshali
Mokhtar Alkhanshali is 24 and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country’s rugged mountains and meet beleaguered but determined farmers. But when war engulfs the country, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people. In The Monk of Mokha, bestselling author Dave Eggers brings this astonishing, courageous tale to life. $10 library members / $15 general public

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Mokhtar Alkhanshali

Mukhtar Alkhanshali grew up between Brooklyn, San Francisco and Yemen, and is an historian, community organizer, and coffee innovator. He comes from an ancient lineage of coffee farmers, that traces back to when the world’s first coffee was cultivated in his home province of Ibb... Read More →
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Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including most recently Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, The Circle, and A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post St., San Francisco CA 94104


Monkee Memoir: Michael Nesmith with Beth Lisick

Co-presented by Amoeba Music

Michael Nesmith’s eclectic, electric life spans his star-making role on The Monkees, his invention of the music video, and his critical contributions to movies, comedy, and the world of virtual reality. His funny and thoughtful memoir Infinite Tuesday takes readers on a pilgrimage in search of a set of principles to live by, from a childhood in Dallas, where his single mother Bette invented Liquid Paper, to the set of The Monkees, the heart of swinging London, and an unexpected oasis of brilliance in the Santa Fe desert, where friendships with Douglas Adams and Los Alamos scientists pointed him toward the power of the infinite. A true American original. In conversation with writer and actor Beth Lisick. Book sales and signing to follow. $20 adv / $25 door 

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Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick is a writer and actor. She is the author of five books and has appeared in films screened at Cannes, Sundance, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Her books include the memoir collection Yokohama Threeway and Other Small Shames, and the New York Times bestselling... Read More →

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Michael Nesmith

Michael Nesmith‘s career in music and television took him from starring in The Monkees to a celebrated run of albums as a solo artist and in the First National Band. He created the TV show Popclips, a forerunner of what would become MTV, and produced the films Repo Man and Tapeheads... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA


Word for Word: Octavio Solis
Co-presented by City Lights Bookstore & Booksellers

In the uniquely framed memoir Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border, award-winning playwright Octavio Solis channels his youth in El Paso, Texas. From the first terrible self-awareness of racism to afternoons playing air trumpet with Herb Alpert, Solis reflects on the trauma and transformation that shaped him into a man. Tonight, San Francisco’s Word for Word Performing Arts Company stages an excerpt from Retablos, directed by Sheila Balter. Author in conversation with Balter and Zyzzyva managing editor Oscar Villalon. Book sales and signing to follow. Please register in advance as seating is limited. FREE, $15 suggested donation

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Oscar Villalon

Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA. His reviews, essays, and interviews have been published in VQR, Zocalo, The Believer, Lit Hub, The Daily Beast, and many other publications. A former board member of the National Book Critics Circle, and past book editor of the San... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Sheila Balter

Sheila Balter has worked at theaters in the Bay Area and beyond, and has been a member of Word for Word Performing Arts Company for over 20 years. She acts with the company and has branched out into directing several of their productions, including work by Tobias Wolff, Sandra Cisneros... Read More →
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Octavio Solis

Author of over 20 plays, Octavio Solis is considered by many to be one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America. With works that both draw on and transcend the Mexican-American experience, he is a writer and director whose style defies formula, examining the darkness, magic... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Elbo Room 647 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110


Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin: Arwen Curry & Michael Chabon (SOLD OUT!)
Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) is best known for her classic Earthsea fantasy series and sci-fi masterworks such as The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed. Beginning in the mid-1960s, she soon became known for her cultural sophistication and artistry. Her work has often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, the natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality, and ethnography. Filmmaker Arwen Curry spent ten years creating the feature documentary The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, which features Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Michael Chabon, and more. Join us for the San Francisco premiere screening of this intimate and multifaceted portrait, followed by discussion with Curry and Michael Chabon. $20 adv / $25 door

“Books aren’t just commodities; the profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art...We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable. But then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art.” —Ursula K. Le Guin, National Book Awards, 2014

Authors and Participants
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Arwen Curry

Arwen Curry (Project Director) served as Associate Producer and Archivist of the PBS American Masters film EAMES: The Architect and the Painter (2011), and associate-produced both American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco (2013), and the acclaimed HBO film Regarding... Read More →


Rachel Kushner: Voice of Witness
From twice National Book Award–nominated Rachel Kushner comes the New York Times bestselling novel The Mars Room, the story of Romy Hall at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, deep in California’s Central Valley. In conversation with San Francisco Chronicle culture columnist Caille Millner. Complimented by appearances from the Voice of Witness collection Six by Ten: Stories from Solitary editor Mateo Hoke and contributor Mohammed Ali. $5 adv / $10 door

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Caille Millner

Caille Millner is the author of The Golden Road: Notes on my Gentrification (Penguin Press). Her short fiction has appeared in Zyzzyva and Joyland, and Best American Short Stories 2016. Her essays have been in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and listed... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Mohammed "Mike" Ali

Mohammed "Mike" Ali grew up in the Bay Area after his family immigrated to the United States from Fiji. Growing up romanticizing gang life, he escalated through youth detention, jails, and prisons before landing in solitary confinement in a private immigration detention facility in... Read More →
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Mateo Hoke

Mateo Hoke is a writer, oral historian, and mixed-media journalist. His newest book, Six by Ten: Stories from Solitary explores the mental, physical, and spiritual impacts of America’s widespread embrace of solitary confinement. He previously spent four years interviewing and... Read More →
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Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner is the bestselling author of The Flamethrowers, a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Ten Book of 2013. Her first novel, Telex from Cuba, was also a finalist for the National Book Award. Her latest novel is The Mars Room. She lives in Los... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110


Noir! Christopher Moore & Susie Bright

Christopher Moore and Susie Bright are kindred spirits: waggish, provocative, always entertaining. And now, with recent books in common. Moore, whose New York Times bestselling satirical novels include Sacre Bleu, Secondhand Souls, and Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, has just penned his first sendup of noir in a novel entitled, you guessed it, Noir. And Bright, an author, journalist, and nationally-known pundit on feminism and sexuality, has just edited the anthology Santa Cruz Noir. What will be discussed at their first meeting, besides dark crime fiction and its tropes? We can't wait to find out. $20 adv / $25 door

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Susie Bright

Susie Bright is the editor of Santa Cruz Noir, and producer of the Santa Cruz Noir audiobook. Her bestselling short story collections, nonfiction, and film and audio work have made her a touchpoint in contemporary American lit. She is the editor at large for Audible Studios, and... Read More →
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Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore is the author of 16 novels, including the international bestsellers Lamb, A Dirty Job, and You Suck. His newest book, Noir, was published earlier this year. Chris was born in Toledo, and grew up in Mansfield, Ohio. He attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Friday, October 19


Édouard Louis: History of Violence
Limited Capacity seats available

Co-presented by Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S

On Christmas Eve 2012, in Paris, the novelist Édouard Louis was raped and almost murdered by a man he had just met. This act of violence left Louis shattered; its aftermath made him a stranger to himself and sent him back to the past he had sworn to leave behind. A bestseller in France, History of Violence has the exactness of a police report and the searching, unflinching curiosity of memoir at its best. In conversation with San Francisco Chronicle books editor John McMurtrie. $20 adv / $25 door

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Édouard Louis

Édouard Louis is the author of the international bestsellers The End of Eddy and History of Violence, and the editor of a scholarly work on the social scientist Pierre Bourdieu. Compared to Jean Genet by The Paris Review, his work deals with sexuality, class, and violence. Louis... Read More →
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John McMurtrie

John McMurtrie is the book editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. His writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, Washington Post, Toronto Globe and Mail, and International Herald Tribune, where he got his start in journalism more than a quarter-century ago—not including a stint... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Modernism 724 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Ticket Type Hot Ticket
  • Location Downtown
  • Age Limit All Ages
  • about Édouard Louis is the author of the international bestsellers<em>&nbsp;The End of Eddy</em> and&nbsp;<em>History of Violence</em>, and the editor of a scholarly work on the social scientist Pierre Bourdieu. Compared to Jean Genet by&nbsp;<em>The Paris Review</em>, his work deals with sexuality, class, and violence. Louis was born Eddy Bellegeule in the working-class village of Hallencourt in northern France, and he attended the École Normale Supérieure and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.


Lit by the Lake at the Library: Making Connections
Celebrate this variety of literary talent in the East Bay in a special after-hours event at Oakland’s Main Library. Enjoy a glass of wine and meet six top local authors as they examine the connections that exist between us—ones we nurture and cultivate, unexpected ones, regretful ones, bonds we try to evade but cannot escape. With Holly Brown, Jasmine Guillory, Laleh Khadivi, Cornelia Nixon, Brontez Purnell, and Dashka Slater. $5.00 Donation

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Holly Brown

HOLLY BROWN is the author of four psychological thrillers from HarperCollins. Her most recent, How Far She's Come, was featured in the New York Times Book Review and received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, which said, “This provocative tale will resonate with many in... Read More →
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Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School. She is a Bay Area native who has towering stacks of books in her living room, a cake recipe for every occasion, and upwards of 50 lipsticks.As well as writing books, Jasmine sometimes writes about books... Read More →
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Laleh Khadivi

Laleh Khadivi was born in Esfahan, Iran. Her debut novel, The Age of Orphans, received the Whiting Award for Fiction, the Barnes and Nobles Discover New Writers Award and an Emory Fiction Fellowship.Her debut documentary film 900 WOMEN aired on A&E and premiered at the Human Rights... Read More →
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Cornelia Nixon

CORNELIA NIXON, author of The Use of Fame, is the author of three other novels, Angels Go Naked, Now You See It, and Jarrettsville, as well as a book of literary criticism. She has won two O. Henry Awards (one of them the First Prize in 1995), two Pushcart Prizes, a Nelson Algren... Read More →
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Brontez Purnell

Brontez Purnell, whose “explorations of blackness, queerness, maleness, and Southernness take sharp, confident turns between raunch and rhapsody,” has been publishing, performing, and curating in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than ten years as founder of cult zine Fag School... Read More →
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Dashka Slater

DASHKA SLATER, author of The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives has written many books, including Baby Shoes, The Sea Serpent and Me, which was a Junior Library Guild Selection, Escargot, and Dangerously Ever After. She is also an award-winning... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Oakland Public Library 125 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612


When Rap Spoke Straight to God
Co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora

When Rap Spoke Straight to God is not sacred or profane, but rather a chorus joined in a single soliloquy, demanding to be heard. There’s Wu-Tang and Mary Magdelene with a foot fetish, Lil’ Kim and a self-loving Lilith. Slurs, catcalls, verses, erasures. Erica Dawson's new book-length poem from Tin House represents both a lament for and a celebration of blackness. Like Wu-Tang says, the marginalized “ain’t nothing to f--- with.” In conversation with D. Scot Miller. $10 general / $5 students, seniors, MoAD members

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D. Scot Miller

D. Scot Miller is an Oakland-based writer, artist and curator. A regular contributor to Gawker Review of Books, Sensitive Skin, City Lights, and Mosaic Magazine, he is the author of The AfroSurreal Manifesto.

Authors and Participants
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Erica Dawson

Erica Dawson is the author of two collections of poetry: The Small Blades Hurt (Measure Press, 2014), winner of the 2016 Poets’ Prize; and Big-Eyed Afraid (Waywiser Pess, 2007), winner of the 2006 Anthony Hecht Prize. Her work has appeared in three editions of Best American Poetry... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Museum of the African Diaspora 685 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105


Afterwords: Short Books About Great Books
…AFTERWORDS are uncommon books which blend personal essay and literary criticism. In the tradition of Rebecca Mead on Middlemarch, and Geoff Dyer on D.H. Lawrence, each volume features an acclaimed writer interrogating a book they adore, to create a distinctive new work of art. Join us for an invigorating discussion with authors Stephanie Reents (on Blood Meridian), Irena Yamboliev (on Middlesex), Adam Colman (on 10:04), and Alden Jones (on Wild). FREE, $5 suggested donation

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Adam Colman

Adam Colman is the author of New Uses for Failure: Ben Lerner’s 10:04. He has written for The Believer, KCRW's and McSweeney's Organist podcast, The Nervous Breakdown, and more. His book on the origins of the addiction aesthetic is forthcoming from Palgrave... Read More →
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Alden Jones

Alden Jones is the author of The Wanting Was a Wilderness, forthcoming from Fiction Advocate. Her story collection, Unaccompanied Minors, won of the New American Fiction Prize, the Lascaux Book Prize, and an Independent Publishers Book Award in Short Fiction. Her memoir, The Blind... Read More →
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Stephanie Reents

Stephanie Reents is author of The Kissing List, a collection of stories that was an Editors Choice in The New York Times Book Review. Her short fiction has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, Best of the West, and numerous other journals. She teaches in the English Department... Read More →
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Irena Yamboliev

Irena Yamboliev got her PhD in English literature from Stanford, and writes about ornamental style in nineteenth-century novels, the literature of love and generations, and queer ecologies. Her work has appeared or is appearing in Victorian Literature and Culture, The Boston Review... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Classic Cars West 411 26th St, Oakland, CA 94612


SF Legends: Amy Tan & Armistead Maupin

Two Bay Area literary legends (and old friends) share the stage to talk about their recent memoirs, the writing life, and whatever else suits their fancy. Bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement, Amy Tan now brings us Where the Past Begins. And Armistead Maupin, whose series Tales of the City helped change our cultural conversation about being gay in America, has just released the paperback edition of Logical Family. $15 adv / $20 door

Advance tickets can be purchased here until 4 PM the day of the show

Authors and Participants
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Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin is author of the nine-volume Tales of the City series, Maybe the Moon, and The Night Listener. He was the 2012 recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Pioneer Award. He lives in San Francisco with his husband, the photographer Christopher Turner. Follow him... Read More →
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Amy Tan

Amy Tan was born on February 19, 1952 in Oakland, California. In 1985, she wrote the story "Rules of the Game," the foundation for her first novel The Joy Luck Club, which explored the relationship between Chinese women and their Chinese-American daughters. It received the Los Angeles... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114


Global Fiction: The Novel and the World
Authors Judy Juanita (Virgin Soul); Michael David Lukas (The Last Watchman of Old Cairo); Nayomi Munaweera (What Lies Between Us); Ethel Rohan (The Weight of Him); and Sarah Stone (Hungry Ghost Theater) discuss how fiction writers explore political, social, and historical context in ways that feel true to the characters and story, yet also allow for bold, iconoclastic reinventions of the novel. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Judy Juanita

Judy Juanita’s De Facto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland [EquiDistance, 2016] explores key shifts and contradictions in her own artistic development as it explores black and female empowerment. Her semi-autobiographical debut novel, Virgin Soul [Viking, 2013], features a... Read More →
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Michael David Lukas

Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. Translated into more than a dozen languages, his first novel The Oracle of Stamboul was a finalist for the California... Read More →
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Nayomi Munaweera

Nayomi Munaweera's debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors was long-listed for the Man Asia Literary Prize, short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and won the Commonwealth Prize for Asia. Her second critically acclaimed novel, What Lies Between Us won the Sri... Read More →
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Ethel Rohan

Ethel Rohan is an award-winning novelist, essayist, and short story writer. She won the Nautilus Award for her debut novel The Weight of Him and the Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award. She was also shortlisted for the CUIRT, Roberts, and Bristol Short Story Prizes, and longlisted for... Read More →
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Sarah Stone

Sarah Stone's new novel Hungry Ghost Theater will be published in October by WTAW Press. Her previous novel, The True Sources of the Nile was a BookSense 76 selection, has been translated into German and Dutch, and was included in Geoff Wisner’s A Basket of Leaves: 99 Books That... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
San Francisco Center for the Book 375 Rhode Island St., San Francisco, CA 94103


Botnik Live! A Reckless Night of Literary Experiments
The brainchild of Clickhole, The Onion, and Pixar veterans, Botnik Live! is a collaborative performance and writing group that uses AI technology to create readings, sketches, songs, and reckless experiments. For Litquake 2018, Botnik Live! has gone literary with dystopian young adult sci-fi, pulp erotica dating profiles, Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books, a whole heck of a lot of bookish games, and more. $12 adv / $15 door

Friday October 19, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110


Teenquake & NYMBC Present Tahereh Mafi & Ransom Riggs
Teenquake and Not Your Mother's Book Club™ are embarrassingly proud to present an evening with Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs. Tahereh, bestselling author of the Shatter Me series, celebrates the publication of her newest novel, A Very Large Expanse of Sea. Ransom, in his only Bay Area appearance, unveils the next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children in the fourth novel, A Map of Days. $20 for one book / $38 for both books

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Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the SHATTER ME series. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband, fellow author Ransom Riggs. She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book... Read More →
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Ransom Riggs

Ransom Riggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children novels. Riggs was born on a farm in Maryland and grew up in southern Florida. He studied literature at Kenyon College and film at the University of Southern California. He lives in... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Books Inc., Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102


One Dumb Guy: Kids in the Hall with Paul Myers
"Individually, we're all smart guys, but collectively we're really just one dumb guy."

Canada's most subversively hilarious sketch comedy troupe finally gets its own authorized biography, Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy, which spans the entirety of the Kids' storied career, from their early club shows in Toronto to their recent live reunion tours across North AmericaDon't miss tonight's world premiere book launch, as author Paul Myers discusses the group's uniquely weird history with KITH member Dave Foley, followed by a special screening of their 1996 feature film Brain Candy. Stick around for book sales and signings! $20 adv / $25 door

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Paul Myers

Paul Myers is a Canadian writer and musician living in Berkeley, California. His previous books include the critically acclaimed A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren in the Studio; It Ain’t Easy: Long John Baldry and the Birth of the British Blues; and Barenaked Ladies: Public Stunts... Read More →


Paul Madonna and Glen David Gold Are Drunk: What Better Way to End the Festival?
It's hard to think of two writers whose bodies of work over the last 20 years more reflect the evolution of San Francisco. Gold (Carter Beats the Devil, Sunnyside, I Will Be Complete) has written highly-praised fiction and memoir set against the backdrop of the city from the 1890s onward, and Madonna (All Over Coffee, Close Enough for the Angels) has, in his unique combination of pictures and prose, given us an unparalleled portrait of our weird enclave by the Bay. Normally they chat in a cafe alone together in the Mission or North Beach about art and the artist's life, but tonight they're at The Bindery to consider, over a bottle of wine, the throughline of their careers, from their first, miserable jobs (fast food, probably), to their current, miserable jobs (art) to their futures (fast food, probably).  Come join in. FREE

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Glen David Gold

Glen David Gold is the author of Sunnyside and Carter Beats the Devil, which has been translated into 14 languages. His short stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s, Playboy, and The New York Times Magazine. His new memoir is entitled I Will Be Complete. He lives in Los... Read More →
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Paul Madonna

Paul Madonna is an award-winning artist and writer. He is the creator of three series, All Over Coffee (San Francisco Chronicle 2004-2016), Small Potatoes (Universal Press Syndicate), and Quotable City (Nob Hill Gazette 2018-present), and the author of four books, All Over Coffee... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
The Bindery 1727 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117


Queer As Us: A Night with Lambda Literary
Co-presented by Lambda Literary

Queer San Francisco. Queer Literature. Join Litquake and Lambda Literary in nurturing and advocating for LGBTQ writers, elevating the impact of their words to create community, preserve legacies, and affirm the value of their stories and lives. Featuring two of San Francisco's homegrown Lambda Literary Award winners: Nebula-nominated novelist Annalee Newitz, and Radar Production's Juliana Delgado Lopera. Moderated by Lisa Galloway from Foglifter Press. FREE

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Lisa Galloway

Lisa Galloway is a queer San Francisco-based poet with an MFA from Pacific University. A 2014 Lambda Literary Fellow, she’s the author of the chapbook Liminal: A Life of Cleavage published by Lost Horse Press. She directs and teaches poetry for Litquake’s Elder Writing Project... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Juliana Delgado Lopera

Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer, historian based in San Francisco. The recipient of the 2014 Jackson Literary award, and a finalist of the Clark- Gross Novel award, she’s the author of ¡Cuéntamelo! an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories... Read More →
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Annalee Newitz

Newitz's first novel, Autonomous, came out from Tor in September 2017. It won the Lambda Literary Award, and was nominated for a Nebula and a Locus Award. She's also the author of Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (Doubleday and Anchor), which... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Strut 470 Castro St., San Francisco, CA 94114



Co-presented by Amoeba Music and KCSM Jazz 91

In the great tradition of San Francisco jazz and spoken-word basement readings first forged by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Kenneth Rexroth, and Bob Kaufman, witness this contemporary blowout. Litquake's Word/Jazz features world-class poets accompanied by improvised music created on the spot. With Paul S. Flores, Valerie Ibarra, outgoing SFJAZZ Poet Laureate Genny Lim, and Rico Pabón. Music by Afro-futurist jazz trio Broun Fellinis. $15 adv / $20 door

Authors and Participants
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Broun Fellinis

The most important thing about music is the way it makes you feel. Musicians are lucky enough to live a life of pure feeling if they can play their personal visionary music with as much integrity and energy as the spirit grants them. For the last 27 years, the trio called BROUN FELLINIS... Read More →
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Paul S. Flores

Paul S. Flores is a poet and playwright from San Francisco. A multi-award winning writer, a Doris Duke Artist, and 2018 Headlands Center Artist in Residence, Paul’s plays have been presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Los Angeles Theater Center, New Jersey Performing Arts... Read More →
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Valerie Ibarra

Valerie Anne Francesca Ibarra is a poet, radio producer & host, festival emcee, teacher, world traveler, and fifth-generation San Franciscan with roots in the Sunset, the Mission and North Beach. She spreads the word and the love Fridays at MutinyRadio.fm in the Mission District with... Read More →
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Genny Lim

Former SFJAZZ Poet Laureate Genny Lim has collaborated with such great jazz legends as Max Roach, Herbie Lewis, Eddie Marshall, and Fred Ho, and local musicians John Santos and Jon Jang. She has been featured at jazz festivals throughout the country and has toured World Poetry Festivals... Read More →
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Rico Pabón

The Puerto Rican bilingual musician known as Rico Pabón found his voice as an emcee at age 15 and has since released six full-length albums and appeared on numerous compilations and collaborations. Pabón's songs have been placed in nighttime television dramas October Road and CSI... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
Saturday, October 20


Lit Crawl Book Fair
Co-presented by Small Press Distribution

Join local presses, businesses, and literary magazines for the first-ever Lit Crawl Book Fair, in the heart of the Mission District just preceding the world-famous Lit Crawl! Featured exhibitors include McSweeney's, Stanford Press, Write On Mamas, ZYZZYVA, Santa Monica Review, Cinco Puntos Press, and many more. Browse the tables, bid on raffle prizes, grab food and drink from the Chapel's newly reopened Curio Restaurant, and brace yourself for the evening Lit Crawl madness! FREE

Saturday October 20, 2018 12:30pm - 4:00pm
The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110


Lit Crawl San Francisco
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Lit Crawl San Francisco, one of the most anticipated literary nights of the year, attracts close to 10,000 people. 

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 9:00pm
The Mission