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Thursday, October 11
 

10:00am

Kidquake: Upper Elementary
For kids in 3rd to 5th grade. Book sales and signing to follow. With Jill Diamond, Alexis E. Fajardo, Mae Respicio, Gwen Minor, Susan Terence, and Mikaela Dunitz. Free for school groups, teachers must enroll in advance at litquake.org/kidquake.

Authors and Participants
avatar for Jill Diamond

Jill Diamond

Jill Diamond’s love of children’s literature began with her school librarian mother and long Maine winters. When she’s not writing, Jill dreams about her next travels, eats ice cream, and wears cowboy boots. Jill lives in San Francisco with her husband, son, and the ghost of... Read More →
avatar for Alexis E. Fajardo

Alexis E. Fajardo

Alexis E. Fajardo is a student of the classics – whether Daffy Duck or Damocles – and has created a unique blend of the two in Kid Beowulf. When he’s not drawing comics, Lex is working for them as Senior Editor at the Charles M. Schulz Studio in Santa Rosa, California.
avatar for Mae Respicio

Mae Respicio

Mae Respicio is author of the middle grade novels THE HOUSE THAT LOU BUILT (out now) and the forthcoming BEACH SEASON (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House Children's Books). Mae is a former recipient of a PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship, a past writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook and Atlantic... Read More →



8:00pm

The Hobnob: Litquake Festival Opening Night
PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT BEGINS AT 8 PM!
(Disregard start time listed in printed program)

What better way to kick off 19 years of Litquake, than to celebrate the West Coast's largest independent literary festival, at the elegant chandeliered University Club, atop Nob Hill overlooking the city and the Bay. Mingle with authors and other members of the lit scene. Take advantage of the hosted wine bar. Savor the tasty catered menu, and pick up your copy of the Festival Guide to plan your Litquake week. Gaze out over the twinkling lights, take another sip of your beverage, and say softly to yourself, "What a city, what a literary scene. Why...why are we so damn lucky?" Music from Joshua Raoul Brody at the grand piano. Dress attire requested. $20 adv / $25 door

Thursday October 11, 2018 8:00pm - 10:30pm
University Club 800 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94108
 
Friday, October 12
 

10:00am

Kidquake: Early Elementary
For kids from kindergarten to 2nd grade. Book sales and signing to follow. With Carmen Bogan, Alexandria Giardino, Tony Piedra, Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Naomi Lau, and Florencia Milito. Free for school groups, teachers must enroll in advance at litquake.org/kidquake.

Authors and Participants
avatar for Carmen Bogan

Carmen Bogan

Carmen Bogan is author of the picture book, Granny, Who is God? and the recipient of the New Voices literary award from Lee and Low Publishers for her middle grade story, Fit Like Frankie. She is the founder of Dream on Publishing, multicultural children’s books, a passionate literacy... Read More →
avatar for Alexandria Giardino

Alexandria Giardino

Alexandria Giardino is a writer and translator. Her work includes a translation of My Life with Pablo Neruda by Matilde Urrutia and essays that have appeared in the Village Voice Literary Supplement, Marie Claire, Discover, American Poetry Review, and on air at KQED. Giardino lives... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Lau

Naomi Lau

Naomi Lau is a book creator, former teacher and business consultant. She creates stories about life’s fruit, integrating diversity and heart values for meaningful learning. She is the Founder and Chief Storyteller at San Francisco-based independent publisher Wildberry Ink (www... Read More →
avatar for Tony Piedra

Tony Piedra

Tony Piedra crafted worlds at Pixar Animation Studios for nine years. Now, he's bringing his skills and experiences from the film industry and putting them to use as an author and illustrator of children’s books. His debut picture book, The Greatest Adventure, arrives Fall 2018... Read More →
avatar for Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Maggie Tokuda-Hall is the author of the 2017 Parent's Choice Gold Medal winning picture book, Also an Octopus, and has more picture books forthcoming from Candlewick Press and Chronicle Books. Her debut young adult novel, The Mermaid, The Witch, and The Sea is slated for release... Read More →



6:30pm

Literary Citizenship: Readings and Discussion with Left Margin LIT
How should our politics intersect with our stories and poems? Left Margin LIT presents a reading and discussion with members of its writing community, who will speak to how the current political climate influences their writing, from first to final draft. Featuring Zoe Fitzgerald Carter, Alan Chazaro, Laleh Khadivi, Hannah Michell, and Lauren Markham. FREE

Authors and Participants
avatar for Zoe Fitzgerald Carter

Zoe Fitzgerald Carter

Zoe FitzGerald Carter is the author of Imperfect Endings, a memoir about her mother’s decision to end her own life after struggling with a long illness. Her current book project, Bloodlines, is about race, family, and unexpected kinship and what it means to be descended from slave-owners... Read More →
avatar for Alan Chazaro

Alan Chazaro

Alan Chazaro is a high school teacher at the Oakland School for the Arts, a Lawrence Ferlinghetti Fellow at the University of San Francisco, and a June Jordan Poetry for the People alum at UC Berkeley. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals including BOAAT... Read More →
avatar for Laleh Khadivi

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 →
avatar for Lauren Markham

Lauren Markham

Lauren Markham is writer and educator based in Berkeley who writes fiction, essays, and literary journalism. Her book, The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, was published by Crown in 2017, and was the winner of the Ridenhour Prize, silver medal... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Michell

Hannah Michell

Hannah Michell was born in Yorkshire in 1983 and grew up in Seoul, South Korea. She studied Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, then received an MA in Creative Writing from City University. She is a lecturer on Korean pop culture at the University of California... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Left Margin Lit 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B Berkeley, CA 94709

7:00pm

In Concept: Jonathon Keats on Art, Books, and the Future
Among Jonathon Keats' projects are the sale of real estate in another space-time dimension, an attempt to genetically engineer God, and the copyrighting of his own brain. He is author of You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future, Forged: Why Fakes are the Great Art of Our Age, and Virtual Words: Language on the Edge of Science and Technology. In conversation with Michael McElligott of The Long Now Foundation, an organization that seeks to slow down our culture's frantic pace by reminding us of our distant past and faraway future. FREE

Authors and Participants
avatar for Jonathon Keats

Jonathon Keats

Jonathon Keats is an author, experimental philosopher and conceptual artist. But according to the New Yorker, that's only the beginning. "In a landscape of conceptual art most often known for pure puzzlement or pallid preaching, Keats is a poet of ideas whose work always rests on... Read More →
avatar for Michael McElligott

Michael McElligott

Michael McElligott (aka Mikl-Em) is an actor, writer, and producer who has been active in San Francisco creative circles as a performer and instigator for 20+ years. Currently he curates and hosts the eclectic Conversations at The Interval lecture series for the Long Now Foundation... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Modernism 724 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94109

7:00pm

Strong Medicine: The Poetry of Addiction
From Horace to Coleridge, Rimbaud to Akbar, the “milk of paradise” led to masterworks, while addiction sinks ambition and destroys lives. In this stellar panel, award-winning poets, including a poet-neuroscientist, explore up front and personal the swerve from inspiration to ruination. They will explore addiction in self, family, lovers, and friends, as well as the seductive intimacy of shared intoxication. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Authors and Participants
avatar for Kim Addonizo

Kim Addonizo

Kim Addonizio has been called “one of our nation’s most provocative and edgy poets.” She is the author of six poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry. She also plays blues harmonica and has two word/music CDs: Swearing, Smoking... Read More →
avatar for Lynn Emanuel

Lynn Emanuel

Lynn Emanuel’s poetry has been described as “virtuoso,” “brimming with unfailing invention.” She is the author of five books of poetry.   The most recent, The Nerve Of It : Poems New and Selected, was awarded the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets... Read More →
avatar for Owen Lewis

Owen Lewis

Owen Lewis is the author of two collections, Marriage Map and Sometimes Full of Daylight. Recent honors include the 2016 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, 2016 Jean Pendrick Chapbook Award (for best man),and finalist for the 2017 Pablo Neruda Award. A professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, he teaches medical humanities... Read More →
avatar for Dawn McGuire

Dawn McGuire

Dawn McGuire is a neurologist-poet and the author of four poetry collections, most recently American Dream with Exit Wound, a 2018 Northern California Book Award finalist. Born in Appalachian Eastern Kentucky, she has received numerous poetry honors, including the 2013 Indie Book... Read More →
avatar for sam sax

sam sax

sam sax is the author of Madness (Penguin, 2017) winner of The National Poetry Series and ‘Bury It’ (Wesleyan University Press, 2018) winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. He’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
San Francisco Center for the Book 375 Rhode Island St., San Francisco, CA 94103

8:00pm

Immigration and Community: Elaine Castillo & Shanthi Sekaran
Co-sponsored by California Institute of Integral Studies

What has America's melting pot turned out to be? Tonight we look away from the news (children in cages, walls and camps), and examine how fiction helps us understand the complexities of immigration and community. Bay Area authors Elaine Castillo (America is Not the Heart) and Shanthi Sekaran (Lucky Boy) discuss and share their work, set variously in the Philippines, Mexico, Berkeley, and Milpitas. Moderated by Angie Chau (Quiet As They Come). $15 adv / $20 door


Moderators
avatar for Angie Chau

Angie Chau

Angie Chau was born in Vietnam. She has also lived in Malaysia, Italy, Spain, Hawaii, and currently resides in California. She earned a BA in Southeast Asian Culture and Political Economy (ISF) from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master's degree in English with a Creative... Read More →

Authors and Participants
avatar for Elaine Castillo

Elaine Castillo

Elaine Castillo was born and raised in the Bay Area. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Comparative Literature. She is a Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation Fellow, and her writing can be found or is forthcoming from Freeman’s, Lit Hub, The... Read More →
avatar for Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran is author of the novels The Prayer Room and Lucky Boy. She teaches creative writing at Mills College, and is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon.com and the LA Review of Books. A California native... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Saturday, October 13
 

12:00pm

Words Around the World: A Sense of Place
Geographic sense of place informs a strong and deeply felt identity, and in the case of fiction, this place is also reflected in character, narrative, atmosphere, voice, and language. Hear novelists Carol Bensimon (We All Loved Cowboys) and Ófeigur Sigurðsson (Öræfi: The Wasteland) discuss their recent works, set respectively within a road trip through Brazil, and the desolate landscape of Iceland. Moderated by author Lucy Jane Bledsoe (Lava Falls). FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Moderators
avatar for Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of six novels, including A Thin Bright Line and The Evolution of Love. Her fiction has won a California Arts Council Fellowship in Literature, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, a Pushcart nomination... Read More →

Authors and Participants
avatar for Carol Bensimon

Carol Bensimon

Carol Bensimon was born in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, in 1982. She is the author of the story collection Pó de parede and two novels, Sinuca embaixo d’água and Todos nós adorávamos caubóis. In 2012 she was selected by Granta as one of the Best Young Brazilian... Read More →
avatar for Ófeigur Sigurðsson

Ófeigur Sigurðsson

Ófeigur Sigurðsson was born in Reykjavík in 1975. He is a graduate of the University of Iceland with a degree in philosophy. He made his poetry debut in 2001 with Skál fyrir skammdeginu (Cheers to the Winter Darkness), and published his first novel, Áferð (Texture), in 2005... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

1:00pm

The Art of the Mystery (Tickets Now Available Only at Door )
Co-presented by MFA Writing at CCA

"If in doubt, have two guys come through the door with guns." —Raymond Chandler

A panel discussion featuring bestselling mystery authors Reece Hirsch, Gigi Pandian, Kaira Rouda, and Lauren Sanders. Moderated by Alex Dolan. Book sales courtesy of Russian Hill Bookstore. $12 adv / $15 door


Moderators
avatar for Alex Dolan

Alex Dolan

Alex Dolan is the author of The Euthanist and The Empress of Tempera. He also hosts the show “Thrill Seekers,” part of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.

Authors and Participants
avatar for Reece Hirsch

Reece Hirsch

Reece Hirsch is the author of four thrillers that draw upon his background as a privacy attorney.  He has been a finalist for a Thriller Award. His next book, Breaking Things, will be published by Thomas & Mercer next year.
avatar for Gigi Pandian

Gigi Pandian

Gigi Pandian is a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, breast cancer survivor, and accidental almost-vegan. She writes the #ownvoices Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mysteries, Accidental Alchemist mysteries, and locked-room mystery short stories.
avatar for Kaira Rouda

Kaira Rouda

Kaira Rouda is the USA TODAY bestselling author of novels that explore what goes on behind closed doors of seemingly perfect lives. She lives in Southern California with her family and she's at work on her next novel. Visit her at KairaRouda.com.
avatar for Lauren Sanders

Lauren Sanders

Lauren Sanders is the author of Kamikaze Lust, which won a Lambda Literary Award, and With or Without You, a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her most recent novel is The Book of Love and Hate. She lives in Brooklyn.


1:00pm

David Harris: The War Over California's Redwoods
Limited Capacity seats available

This month, Heyday releases a reprint edition of legendary activist and former editor (Rolling Stone and The New York Times Magazine) David Harris' environmental classic, The Last Stand: The War Between Wall Street and Main Street over California's Ancient Redwoods. Last Stand details the financier Charles Hurwitz's takeover of Pacific Lumber Company in remote Northern California, and is as much a story about the struggle for the soul of capitalism as it is about the fight to save the ancient redwoods on the company's lands. In conversation with Kristin Kaye (Tree Dreams). FREE, $5 suggested donation

Co-presented by Craig Newmark Philanthropies

Authors and Participants
avatar for David Harris

David Harris

David Harris has raised two children, has played in a lot of pick up basketball games, belongs to a local peace group, is an original member of the Global Business Network, and is a practising freelance Buddhist.  He has lived in Mill Valley, California, on the edge of the Golden... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Kaye

Kristin Kaye

KRISTIN KAYE is an award-winning author, ghostwriter and teacher whose work sits at the intersection of nature, narrative and spirituality. Her most recent book, Tree Dreams: A Novel, has given gave rise to a global tree tagging campaign that celebrates the myriad ways we are connected... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
San Francisco Botanical Garden 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

1:00pm

Fresh Looks: Oakland's First Lit & Beauty Fair
Co-presented by E.M. Wolfman Books and Small Press Distribution

Bay Area presses, zines, and design freaks join artsy forces with aestheticians to create one-of-a-kind, intertwined experiences of art and literature. Drag makeovers, affirmation exercises, cucumber-infused water, nail art, face paint (courtesy of Most Ancient), small presses such as Press Play, Foglifter, Undertone Collective, Sming Sming, Colpa, Awkward Lady's Club, and much more. Bring a book for the book swap! Music by Lower Grand Radio. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Saturday October 13, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Classic Cars West 411 26th St, Oakland, CA 94612

1:30pm

Words Around the World: Ireland's Stinging Fly Magazine
Co-presented by Irish Arts & Writers Festival

Editor Declan Meade and contributors Wendy Erskine and Jessica Traynor help celebrate 20 years of The Stinging Fly, Ireland's long-running literary magazine and book imprint dedicated to seeking out, publishing, and promoting the very best new Irish and international writing. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Moderators
avatar for Declan Meade

Declan Meade

Declan Meade is the publisher, editor, and co-founder of The Stinging Fly literary magazine, which focuses on showcasing new and emerging Irish and international writers.

Authors and Participants
avatar for Wendy Erskine

Wendy Erskine

Wendy Erskine lives in Belfast. Her debut collection of stories, Sweet Home, is forthcoming from The Stinging Fly Press.
avatar for Jessica Traynor

Jessica Traynor

Jessica Traynor’s debut poetry collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award. In 2016, and was named one of the best poetry debuts of the past five years on Bustle.com. She’s currently under commission by Poetry Ireland, and has also... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

2:30pm

The Art of the Short Story (Tickets Now Available Only at Door)
Co-presented by MFA Writing at CCA

"Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams." —Neil Gaiman

Join four short fiction authors as they talk about their craft. Featuring Michael Andreasen, Rita Bullwinkel, Bradley Jay Owens, and Glori Simmons. Moderated by Aimee Phan. Book sales courtesy of Russian Hill Bookstore. $12 adv / $15 door

Authors and Participants
avatar for Michael Andreasen

Michael Andreasen

Michael Andreasen holds a master's degree in creative writing from the University of California, Irvine.  His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, McSweeney's, Zoetrope: All-Story, Quarterly West, and elsewhere.  His debut collection, The Sea Beast Takes a Lover... Read More →
avatar for Rita Bullwinkel

Rita Bullwinkel

Rita Bullwinkel is the author of the story collection Belly Up, winner of the Believer award. Her writing has been published in Tin House, Conjunctions, BOMB, Vice, NOON, and Guernica.She is an editor at large for McSweeney's.
avatar for Bradley Jay Owens

Bradley Jay Owens

Bradley Jay Owens is a former journalist and Foreign Service officer who served in Washington, D.C. and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He has taught creative writing at Stanford University, S.F. State, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in Pacific Grove, California.
avatar for Aimee Phan

Aimee Phan

 Aimee Phan grew up in Orange County and now teaches at California College of the Arts. A 2010 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, Aimee received her MFA from the University of Iowa. Her first book, We Should Never Meet, was named a Notable Book by the Kiryama... Read More →
avatar for Glori Simmons

Glori Simmons

Glori Simmons is an award-winning writer whose books include Graft: poems (Truman State University Press, 2002), Suffering Fools: stories (Spokane Prize, Willow Springs Books, 2017), and Carry You: stories (Fiction Prize, Autumn House Press, 2018). She lives in Oakland and directs... Read More →


3:00pm

Family Matters: Stories of Love, Courage, and Immigration
Co-presented by Women's National Book Association-SF

Tonight's stellar lineup presents stories of border crossings, love, courage, and the indomitable human spirit. Featuring bestsellers Kristina McMorris, Lauren Markham, Mary Monroe, Brianna Wolfson, and Debbie Clarke Moderow. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation



Moderators
avatar for Mary Volmer

Mary Volmer

Mary Volmer is the author of two novels: Crown of Dust (Soho Press, 2010) and Reliance, Illinois (Soho Press, 2016). Her essays, reviews, and short stories have appeared in various publications, including Mutha Magazine, the Farallon Review, Women’s Basketball Magazine, Fiction... Read More →

Authors and Participants
avatar for Lauren Markham

Lauren Markham

Lauren Markham is writer and educator based in Berkeley who writes fiction, essays, and literary journalism. Her book, The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, was published by Crown in 2017, and was the winner of the Ridenhour Prize, silver medal... Read More →
avatar for Kristina McMorris

Kristina McMorris

Kristina McMorris is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her novels have garnered more than twenty national literary awards, and includeLetters from Home, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, The Pieces We Keep, and The Edge of Lost, in addition to novellas featured in A Winter... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Clarke Moderow

Debbie Clarke Moderow

Debbie Clarke Moderow is the author of Fast Into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail. The memoir recounts her experience running Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and explores her deepening and inextricable bond with her team of Alaskan... Read More →
avatar for Mary Monroe

Mary Monroe

I am the third child of Alabama sharecroppers and the first and only member of my family to finish high school. I never attended college or any writing classes. I taught myself how to write and started writing short stories around age four. I spent the first part of my life in Alabama... Read More →


3:30pm

Marx-athon: 200 Years of Karl Marx
Late capitalism. The rise of the Democrat Socialists of America. The Supreme Court busting up unions. It's 2018, folks, and Marx just turned 200. San Francisco's Goethe-Institut commemorates his impact on Germany and the U.S with a full-day Marx-athon of film screenings, readings, lectures, and robots. Leading scholars, activists, and artists Maddy Clifford, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Alejandro Murguía, Mighty Mike McGee, and Kal Spelletich will share why Marx endures and how his ideas apply to our current cultural and social climate. Advance registration recommended. FREE

3:30pm: Screenings of the films System Error (2018) and News from Ideological Antiquity (2008)

5pm: Event kick-off with birthday cake and robots

6-9pm: Marx-athon programming

Authors and Participants
avatar for Maddy and Alex (FR333)

Maddy and Alex (FR333)

FR333 (pronounced free) is a feminist hip-hop duo comprised of producer Allie “XOA” Howard and rapper Maddy “MADlines” Clifford. Together, FR333 promotes music’s capacity to heal, inspire and bring people together. FR333’s Marx-a-thon performance will use song and sound... Read More →
avatar for Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She is the author of many books, including Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie... Read More →
avatar for Elaine Elinson

Elaine Elinson

Elaine Elinson is coauthor of Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, winner of a Gold Medal in the California Book Awards. She served two decades as the communications director of the American... Read More →
avatar for Mighty Mike Mc Gee

Mighty Mike Mc Gee

Mighty Mike McGee is a poet from San José, California. He is the first and (so far) only person ever to win the Grand Championship at both the National Poetry Slam (2003) and the Individual World Poetry Slam (2006). He has toured at least 3/4 of a million miles throughout the U.S... Read More →
avatar for Alejandro Murguia

Alejandro Murguia

Alejandro Murguía is the author of Southern Front and This War Called Love (both winners of the American Book Award). His non-fiction book The Medicine of Memory highlights the Mission District in the 1970s during the Nicaraguan Solidarity movement. He is a founding member and the... Read More →
avatar for Kal Spelletich

Kal Spelletich

Kal Spelletich builds interactive machines and robots. He scours the city for industrial items whose technology can be reapplied and has collaborated with artists all over the world. Kal’s work involves, bio-morphic sensors, (sometimes uncontrollable) that trigger his robots providing... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 3:30pm - 9:00pm
Goethe-Institut 530 Bush St. #204, San Francisco, CA 94108

4:00pm

The Art of the Novel (Tickets Now Available Only at Door)
Co-presented by MFA Writing at CCA

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." —Jane Austen

Five bestselling authors in conversation about the art of longform fiction. Featuring Kirstin Chen, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Vanessa Hua, Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, and Anne Raeff. Moderated by Tom Barbash. Book sales courtesy of Russian Hill Bookstore. $12 adv / $15 door

Moderators
avatar for Tom Barbash

Tom Barbash

Tom Barbash grew up in New York and is the author of four books as well as numerous reviews, stories essays, and articles for publications including McSweeney’s, Tin House, The Believer, Zyzzyva, and more. His short story collection Stay Up With Me was nominated for the Folio... Read More →

Authors and Participants
avatar for Kirstin Chen

Kirstin Chen

Kirstin Chen's novel, Bury What We Cannot Take, was named a best book of 2018 by Entropy, Popsugar and Book Bub, and a top pick of the season by The Millions, The Rumpus, Harper's Bazaar, and In Style. She is also the author of Soy Sauce for Beginners. She has received awards from... Read More →
avatar for Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras is author of the novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree. She was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Guernica, and Huffington Post, among others. She has received... Read More →
avatar for Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and a debut novel, A River of Stars. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the diaspora. She has received... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is the author of The Map of Salt and Stars (Touchstone/S&S, May 2018). Joukhadar’s work has appeared in Salon, The Paris Review Daily, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net.
avatar for Anne Raeff

Anne Raeff

Anne Raeff's second novel, Winter Kept Us Warm was published in February, 2018. Her short story collection, The Jungle Around Us won the 2015 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. The collection was also a finalist for the California Book Award and was on The San Francisco... Read More →


6:00pm

The Big Disruption: Jessica Powell and her Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story
Limited Capacity seats available

Litquake welcomes Jessica Powell, former Google executive and author of The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story. The first novel released in complete form on Medium.com, The Big Disruption was described by The New York Times as "a zany satire set inside a tech giant that bears more than a passing resemblance to a certain internet search company.” Sexism, cultish behaviors, absurdly grandiose ideas, paranoia -- welcome to the world of high tech, as if written by Evelyn Waugh. Join us for the Bay Area launch of Powell's much-anticipated novel, featuring the author reading from her book, and discussing it with Wired writer/podcaster Lauren Goode. $10 advance or at the door

Moderators
avatar for Lauren Goode

Lauren Goode

Lauren Goode is a Senior Writer at WIRED, covering consumer products and our relationships with technology. She is also a co-host of WIRED's Gadget Lab podcast. She began her career in tech reporting while working as a video producer at The Wall Street Journal, and later worked as... Read More →

Authors and Participants
avatar for Jessica Powell

Jessica Powell

Jessica Powell is  author of The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story, the first-ever book published by Medium, and a non-fiction book, Literary Paris. Until recently, Jessica was Google's Vice President of Communications, serving on the company's management team. She lives in San Francisco and can be found on Twitter @themoko... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Laundry 3359 26th Street, San Francisco

7:00pm

Bodies and What to Do with Them: Virgie Tovar & Daniel Handler
Author and activist Virgie Tovar (You Have the Right to Remain Fat) shares the stage with bosom buddy Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket), author of the recent All the Dirty Parts: A Novel, about a teenage boy and his avid, age-appropriate urges. According to Bitch Magazine, Tovar’s book of essays "will embolden fat people to simply live” and calls for an overhaul of our cultural standards of beauty. Together they discuss body image and sex, and the challenges of writing about them. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Moderators
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Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler is the author of six novels, most recently All the Dirty Parts, and far too many books as Lemony Snicket, most recently The Bad Mood and the Stick. His essay on the Eurythmics album Savage is still considered definitive.

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Virgie Tovar

Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She pens a weekly column called "Take the Cake," and is the founder of Babecamp, a four-week online course designed to help women who are ready to break... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Strut 470 Castro St., San Francisco, CA 94114

7:00pm

Up All Night: The Page-Turner
Small-town mysteries, international thrillers, dystopian fiction, even nonfiction. Any book that tells a gripping yarn skillfully enough to keep a reader up all night qualifies as a page-turner. Tonight's panel discusses the fine art of tale-spinning. Featuring Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Julia Dixon Evans, Bonnie C Monte, and Kate Jessica Raphael. Moderated by Barbara Lane.  FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Barbara Lane

Barbara Lane has produced complex live events, interviewed cultural and political figures on-air and on-stage, managed staff and budget, and strategized marketing campaigns. She is also an experienced print journalist and copy editor.

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Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of six novels, including A Thin Bright Line and The Evolution of Love. Her fiction has won a California Arts Council Fellowship in Literature, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, a Pushcart nomination... Read More →
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Julia Dixon Evans

JULIA DIXON EVANS lives in San Diego. How to Set Yourself on Fire is her first novel. Her fiction has appeared in Monkeybicycle, The Fanzine, Hobart, Paper Darts, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction work has appeared in Like The Wind Magazine and Barrelhouse. She is an editor and program... Read More →
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Bonnie Monte

Bonnie C Monte grew up in Brooklyn before it was the nexus of cool. After graduating from Brooklyn College, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has enjoyed a long editorial career that has included a decade on the staff of a national magazine, editing gardening books... Read More →
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Kate Jessica Raphael

Kate Raphael is a San Francisco Bay Area writer, feminist and queer activist and radio journalist, who makes her living as a law firm word processor. She lived in Palestine for eighteen months as a member of the International Women’s Peace Service, documenting human rights abuses... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
San Francisco Center for the Book 375 Rhode Island St., San Francisco, CA 94103

7:00pm

Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime
Co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora

In 1978, Colorado Springs Police Detective Ron Stallworth answered a classified ad posted by the local Ku Klux Klan faction. Using his real name and some racist epithets to throw the recruiter off the truth, Stallworth received a warm welcome and request for a face-to-face meeting. The KKK had no idea he was black. Tonight we feature Stallworth and his astonishing memoir Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime, in conversation with poet Michael Warr, who also edited Of Poetry & Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin. Preceding the conversation will be a screening of the book's film adaptation BlackKklansman, written and directed by Spike Lee, which recently won the prestigious Grand Prix Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Followed by book sales and signing. $30 



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Michael Warr

Michael Warr is Poetry Editor for Of Poetry & Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin. The Black Caucus of the American Library Association called his most recent collection of poems The Armageddon of Funk, “a soundtrack for Black life.” Other awards include a Gwendolyn Brooks Significant Illinois Poets Award, an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a Creative Work... Read More →

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Ron Stallworth

Ron Stallworth is a 32-year, highly decorated, law enforcement veteran, who worked undercover narcotics, vice, criminal intelligence and organized crime beats in four states. As the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, Ron overcame fierce... Read More →



8:00pm

Grace Notes: Poets at Grace Cathedral
Rhymes to the rafters! Litquake returns to this beautiful French Gothic-style Episcopal church atop Nob Hill for an intimate evening of exalted verse and congregation, as some of the Bay Area's best poets speak their truth in San Francisco's most poetic cathedral. Featuring Charif Shanahan, Shauna Hannibal, Conor O'Callaghan, and Monica Sok. Book sales and signing to follow. FREE, $5 suggested donation
 

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Shauna Hannibal

Shauna Hannibal is the author of Hannibal (Forklift Books, 2017), her debut collection of poetry. Her work has appeared in jubilat, Big Bell, Forklift, Ohio, and other places. She lives in San Francisco.
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Conor O’Callaghan

Born in Newry in 1968 and raised in Dundalk, Conor O’Callaghan is the author of five poetry collections: Live Streaming (2017); The Sun King (2013); Fiction (2005); Seatown (1999); and The History of Rain (1993), which won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award; all published... Read More →
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Charif Shanahan

Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (2017), which won the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, he is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
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Monica Sok

Monica Sok is the author of Year Zero (Poetry Society of America, 2016) and has been awarded with fellowships from Kundiman, NEA, and a "Discovery"/ Boston Review Poetry Prize. She is a 2018-2020 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.


Saturday October 13, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Grace Cathedral 1100 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108
 
Sunday, October 14
 

11:00am

NEW VENUE! Pursuit of Publishing: Getting Past the Gatekeepers
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO TIMKEN LECTURE HALL

Co-presented by MFA Writing at CCA

What makes an agent take a chance on an author? What do they really want to see in a query letter or synopsis? How can you get your foot in the door? Agents and marketing directors Andrea Morrison (Writers House), David Hale Smith (Inkwell Management), Michael Carr (Veritas Literary), and Maya Sisneros (Aunt Lute) dish insider tips with Chelsea Lindman, former literary agent and co-founder of Northern California Writers' Retreat.

Admission includes all Pursuit of Publishing panels. Register in advance to guarantee a seat. A limited number of people will be admitted at the door. Book sales courtesy of Russian Hill Bookstore. $25

Moderators
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Chelsea Lindman

Co-founder, Northern California Writers’ Retreat
Chelsea Lindman is co-founder of Northern California Writers’ Retreat, a retreat specializing in fiction, now in its fourth season. She began her decade-long publishing career in New York as an editor at Europa Editions before switching to the agent side to work with The Nicholas... Read More →

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Michael Carr

Veritas Literary
Michael Carr is a literary agent with a background in editing and writing, working from a home base in San Francisco. He represents writers in a variety of genres, with a special emphasis on historical fiction, mystery and suspense, and science fiction and fantasy. Michael works carefully... Read More →
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Andrea Morrison

Agent, Writers House
Andrea Morrison studied Literature/Writing at UCSD and earned her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. She started at Writers House as an intern in 2009. Since, she’s had the opportunity to work with a variety of bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators. She’s excited about adult fiction that blends gorgeous prose with stories featuring younger protagonists. She’s hungry for YA that that blends cr... Read More →
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Maya Sisneros

Marketing Director, Aunt Lute
Maya Sisneros – Acquisitions Editor and Marketing Director, Aunt Lute Books. Sisneros has worked as the Acquisitions Editor for Aunt Lute Books for the past two years, and became the Marketing Director in 2017. Her mission is to publish women traditionally underrepresented in the... Read More →
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David Hale Smith

Agent, Inkwell Management
David Hale Smith is looking for mind-blowing commercial fiction and compelling nonfiction. Prior to joining InkWell in 2011, he operated his eponymous literary agency in Texas, which he started just a few years after graduating from Kenyon College. His fiction list includes thriller... Read More →


12:00pm

Words Around the World: Family
Family is what we know best, but it’s not always comfortable. This universal theme can also yield stories of horrific crime, institutionalized children, and accidental death. Authors Emer Martin, Kagiso Lesego Molope, and Jaap Robben discuss family dynamics of their recent books set in Ireland, South Africa, and an unnamed island somewhere between Scotland and Norway. Moderated by Litquake's Jack Boulware. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Jack Boulware

Jack Boulware is a San Francisco Library Laureate, journalist, and author of three books. He is co-founder of San Francisco's Litquake literary festival,

Authors and Participants
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Emer Martin

Emer Martin is a Dubliner who has lived in Paris, London, the Middle East, and various parts of the U.S. Her first novel, Breakfast in Babylon, won Book of the Year 1996 at the prestigious Listowel Writers’ Week. More Bread Or I’ll Appear, her second novel, was published internationally... Read More →
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Kagiso Lesego Molope

Kagiso Lesego Molope was born and educated in South Africa. Her first novel, Dancing in the Dust (Mawenzi House) was on the IBBY Honour List for 2006. Her second novel, The Mending Season, was chosen to be on the school curriculum in South Africa. This Book Betrays My Brother was awarded the Percy Fitzpatrick Prize by the English Academy of Southern Africa, where it was first published. She lives in Ottawa... Read More →
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Jaap Robben

Jaap Robben (1984) is a poet, playwright, performer and acclaimed children’s author. You Have Me to Love, his first novel for adults, has received international glowing reviews and is the winner of the 2014 Dutch Booksellers Award, the Dioraphte Prize, and the ANV Award for best... Read More →


Sunday October 14, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

12:30pm

NEW VENUE! Pursuit of Publishing: How to Grow Your Own Fan Club
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO TIMKEN LECTURE HALL

Co-presented by MFA Writing at CCA

Who are your readers and how will you find them? What makes readers buy books? Leave a review? Become a loyal fan? Brad Johnson (East Bay Booksellers), Cynthia Shannon (Chronicle Books) Michelle Jeffers (San Francisco Public Library), and author Nina Schuyler discuss tricks of the trade with moderator Janine Kovac.

Admission includes all four panels. Register in advance to guarantee a seat. A limited number of people will be admitted at the door. Book sales courtesy of Russian Hill Bookstore. $25

Moderators
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Janine Kovac

co-founder, Moxie Road Productions
Janine Kovac is the author of SPINNING: Choreography for Coming Home, a memoir about the death of a career but the birth of miracle twins and a 2017 semifinalist for Publisher Weekly's BookLife Prize and the 2019 memoir winner of the National Indie Excellence Awards. A former ballet... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Michelle Jeffers

Michelle Jeffers is the chief of Community Programs and Partnerships for the San Francisco Public Library, serving on the Library system’s 9-member Management Team. In this role, she manages a 30-member staff that plans the Library’s wide array of public programming and classes... Read More →
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Brad Johnson

Owner, East Bay Booksellers
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Nina Schuyler

Nina Schuyler’s new book, How to Write Stunning Sentences, is published by Fiction Advocate. Her novel, The Translator, won the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Fiction and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize. Her first novel, The... Read More →
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Cynthia Shannon

Marketing Manager, Chronicle Books
Cynthia Shannon loves to cook, eat, and read, all of which aligns perfectly with her job as Food & Lifestyle Marketing Manager at Chronicle Books. Cynthia’s career in publishing spans over a decade, the last five years of which she spent at Goodreads, where she helped authors and... Read More →


1:00pm

Zombies in Nature: A Conversation with Matt Simon
Zombieism isn’t just the stuff of movies and TV. It’s happening all around us, from wasps and worms to dogs and moose...even humans. In Plight of the Living Dead: What Real-Life Zombies Reveal About Our World—and Ourselves, science journalist Matt Simon infects ants with zombifying fungi, searches for kamikaze crickets in New Mexico, and meets the Israeli wasp that stings cockroaches in the brain before leading them to their doom. In conversation with science journalist Susan Freinkel (Plastic: A Toxic Love Story). FREE, $5 suggested donation

Co-presented by Craig Newmark Philanthropies

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Susan Freinkel

Susan Freinkel is a science writer whose work has appeared in a variety of national publications including: Discover, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian, The New York Times, OnEarth, Health, and Real Simple. In 2005, she was awarded an Alicia Patterson Fellowship, which allowed her to... Read More →
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Matt Simon

Matt Simon is a science writer at Wired magazine, where he specializes in zoology, particularly of the bizarre variety, and the author of The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar. He is one of just a handful of humans to witness the fabled mating ritual of the axolotl salamande... Read More →


1:30pm

Words Around the World: War & Espionage
In the 1930s, Axis governments began scurrying around the globe to spy on each other, seize control of resources, and manipulate the innocent. Bestselling journalist Mary Jo McConahay (The Tango War: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II) discusses her newest release, and its intercontinental stories of pre-war conspiracy, intrigue, and murder. Moderated by crime writer David Corbett. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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David Corbett

David Corbett is the author of six critically acclaimed novels, including The Devil’s Redhead (nominated for both the Anthony and Barry Awards for Best First Novel); Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book); Blood of Paradise (named one of the Top Ten Mysteries and Thrillers... Read More →

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Mary Jo McConahay

Born in Chicago, Mary Jo McConahay is an award-winning reporter who covered the wars in Central America and economics in the Middle East. She has traveled in 70 countries and has been fascinated by the history of World War II since childhood, when she listened to the stories of her... Read More →



Sunday October 14, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

2:00pm

NEW VENUE! Pursuit of Publishing: An Overnight Success Ten Years in the Making
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO TIMKEN LECTURE HALL

Co-presented by MFA Writing at CCA

We've got your debut authors! This year's first-time author panel spans the genres of literature. Novelists Adam Smyer (Knucklehead) and Hilary Zaid (Paper is White), middle-grade author Mae Respicio (The House That Lou Built), and cookbook author Nik Sharma (The Brown Table) share war stories with Ho Lin (China Girl).

Admission includes all four panels. Register in advance to guarantee a seat. A limited number of people will be admitted at the door. Book sales courtesy of Russian Hill Bookstore. $25

Moderators
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Ho Lin

co-editor, Caveat Lector
Ho Lin is the author of "China Girl and Other Stories," a finalist for the 2017 Foreword INDIES Awards. He resides in San Francisco and is co-editor of the literary journal Caveat Lector (www.caveat-lector.org). Kirkus Reviews says of his work, "Lin writes with a natural lyricism... Read More →

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Mae Respicio

Mae Respicio is author of the middle grade novels THE HOUSE THAT LOU BUILT (out now) and the forthcoming BEACH SEASON (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House Children's Books). Mae is a former recipient of a PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship, a past writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook and Atlantic... Read More →
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Nik Sharma

Nik Sharma is the writer, photographer, and recipe developer behind A Brown Table, an award-winning blog that has garnered best-ofs from Saveur, Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, and the International Association of Culinary Professions. His weekly column, A Brown Kitchen, appears in... Read More →
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Adam Smyer

Adam Smyer is an attorney, martial artist, and mediocre bass player. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and cats. Knucklehead (Akashic Books) is his debut novel.
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Hilary Zaid

A 2017 Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Hilary Zaid is also an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Tin House Writers' Workshop. Her short fiction has appeared in print and online venues including Lilith Magazine, The Southwest Review... Read More →


3:00pm

Words Around the World: Belonging
Novelist Kim Sagwa (Mina) and memoirist Sisonke Msimang (Always Another Country) discuss the complexities of young girls on the path to womanhood, from South Korea to South Africa, Canada, and beyond. Moderated by Laura Goode from Center for the Art of Translation. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Moderators
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Laura Goode

Laura Goode is a poet, essayist, novelist, screenwriter, producer, and intersectional feminist. She writes author bios in the third person.Her collection of poems BECOME A NAME was released by Fathom Books in October 2016. "This collection," wrote the poet Harmony Holiday, "possesses... Read More →

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Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang is a South African writer, speaker and political analyst in issues related to race, gender and democracy. With her successful debut Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home, she has established herself as one of the most exciting new contemporary voices in... Read More →
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Kim Sagwa

Kim Sagwa is the author of several novels, story collections, and works of nonfiction, and she has been shortlisted for several major South Korean awards, including the Munji Prize and the Young Writers Award. Kim contributes columns to two major Seoul newspapers, and she co-translated... Read More →



Sunday October 14, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

3:30pm

NEW VENUE! Pursuit of Publishing: It Takes A Village
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO TIMKEN LECTURE HALL

Co-presented by MFA Writing at CCA

What does it take to create and sustain a writing community? CCA's Leslie Roberts discusses strength in numbers with Mary Volmer (Hedgebrook), Scott James (Castro Writers Coop), Casey Bennett (Lit Events for the Lit-Minded), and Becca Gomez Farrell (East Bay Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Meetup).

Admission includes all four panels. Register in advance to guarantee a seat. A limited number of people will be admitted at the door. $25

Moderators
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Leslie Carol Roberts

Professor and Chair, MFA Writing, California College of the Arts
Leslie Carol Roberts is Professor and Chair of MFA Writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is also faculty with the Architectural Ecologies Lab at CCA, where she founded the ECOPOESIS Movement with Adam Marcus and Chris Falliers, which explores embodied messaging... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Casey Bennett

Casey Bennett is a native son of San Francisco, graduating from San Francisco State University with a degree in Creative Writing. Books are his best friend. Seriously. He was bestowed that honor by his highschool English teacher. He hosts and organizes Lit Events for the Lit-Minded... Read More →
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Rebecca Gomez Farrell

Rebecca Gomez Farrell writes all the speculative fiction genres she can conjure up. Her first fantasy novel, Wings Unseen, debuted in August 2017 from Meerkat Press. You can find her shorter works in over twenty publications including Defenestration, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and most... Read More →
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Scott James

Co-founder, Castro Writers' Cooperative
Scott James is the co-founder of the Castro Writers' Cooperative, a co-working space for writers in San Francisco. He's a contributor to The New York Times and has three Emmy Awards for his work in TV news. He's also the author of two bestselling novels, "SoMa" and "The Sower," published... Read More →
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Mary Volmer

Mary Volmer is the author of two novels: Crown of Dust (Soho Press, 2010) and Reliance, Illinois (Soho Press, 2016). Her essays, reviews, and short stories have appeared in various publications, including Mutha Magazine, the Farallon Review, Women’s Basketball Magazine, Fiction... Read More →


4:00pm

FULL! North Beach Beat Walking Tour
"Nobody knows whether we were catalysts or invented something, or just the froth riding on a wave of its own. We were all three, I suppose." —Allen Ginsberg

Learn your Bay Area literary legacy with this guided tour through the historic North Beach neighborhood, and witness firsthand Beat-era landmarks and hear the stories of the poets, writers and musicians who created a new literary style, and paved the path for counterculture movements to follow. Register in advance, there's only room for 50. Lead by Beat Museum founder Jerry Cimino. FREE, $5 suggested donation




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Sunday October 14, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Beat Museum 540 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

6:00pm

Akwaeke Emezi: Selves Are Not Gods or Spirits (TICKETS AVAILABLE AT DOOR)
Limited Capacity seats available

Co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora & Lambda Literary

A rising star in today's Nigerian novel boom, the trans and non-binary Akwaeke Emezi has brought us Freshwater, an autobiographical debut written with stylistic brilliance, exploring the metaphysics of identity and being, plunging the reader into the mysteries of self. Currently long-listed for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize and the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize. In conversation with Whiting Award-winning novelist Esmé Weijun Wang. $10 general / $5 students, seniors, MoAD members. Tickets now only available at door.





Authors and Participants
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Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and artist based in liminal spaces. Born and raised in Nigeria, they received her MPA from New York University and was awarded a 2015 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship. They won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa. Their work... Read More →
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Esmé Weijun Wang

Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of the novel, The Border of Paradise, which was called a Best Book of 2016 by NPR and one of the 25 Best Novels of 2016 by Electric Literature. She received a 2018 Whiting Award, was named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists... Read More →



Sunday October 14, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Museum of the African Diaspora 685 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105

6:00pm

Metaphors in the Mission: Poetry at Alley Cat Books
What better way to savor your Sunday evening in the Mission District than checking out the voices of emerging and established Bay Area poets? Featuring Jason Bayani, MK Chavez, Heather Gibbons, Brian Laidlaw, Susie Meserve, Aaron Shurin, and Kathleen Winter. FREE

Authors and Participants
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Jason Bayani

Jason Bayani is the author of Amulet (Write Bloody Publishing, 2013). He is an MFA graduate from Saint Mary's College, a Kundiman fellow, and works as the Artistic Director for Kearny Street Workshop. Jason performs regularly around the country and recently debuted his solo theater... Read More →
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MK Chavez

MK Chavez is the author of Mothermorphosis, and Dear Animal. She is a recipient of the 2017 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award and Alameda County Arts Leadership Award. Her latest publications can be found in bags of coffee from Nomadic Coffee and online at Academy of American Poets... Read More →
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Heather Gibbons

Heather June Gibbons is the author of the poetry collection Her Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize from the University of Utah Press. She is also the author of two chapbooks, and her poems have appeared widely in literary journals. A graduate of the... Read More →
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Brian Laidlaw

Brian Laidlaw is a poet-songwriter originally from the Bay Area. He has released the poetry collections Amoratorium (Paper Darts Press) and The Stuntman (Milkweed Editions), each of which includes a companion album of original music; another book called The Mirrormaker is forthcoming... Read More →
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Susie Meserve

Susie Meserve is a poet, essayist, blogger, and mother. Her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Elle, Salon.com, and the book anthology Show Me All Your Scars: True Stories of Living with Mental Illness. Her debut poetry collection, Little Prayers, won the 2018... Read More →
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Aaron Shurin

Aaron Shurin is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, most recently Flowers & Sky: Two Talks (Entre Rios Books), The Skin of Meaning: Collected Literary Essays and Talks (University of Michigan Press, 2016) and Citizen, a collection of prose poems (City Lights Books... Read More →
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Kathleen Winter

Kathleen Winter's second book, I will not kick my friends (2018), won the 2017 Elixir Poetry Prize. Her debut collection, Nostalgia for the Criminal Past, won the Texas Institute of Letters first book award. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Agni, New Statesman, New Republic... Read More →


Sunday October 14, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Alley Cat Books 3036 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

Women Poets of North Beach
The venerable and iconic Caffe Trieste plays host to an evening of readings from six female poets who live and work in North Beach. Featuring Jennifer Barone, Kristina Brown, Sharon Doubiago, Agneta Falk-Hirschman, Jessica Loos, and Rosemary Manno. Emceed by poet and translator Judith Ayn Bernhard. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation


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Judith Ayn Bernhard

Judith Ayn Bernhard is a poet, translator and woman about town.

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Jennifer Barone

Jennifer Barone is an Italian-American poet and artist. She is author of three books of poetry, most recently Saporoso: Poems of Italian Food & Love (Feather Press). She is known to collaborate with artists and musicians as  founder and co-host of the monthly WordParty Poetry & ... Read More →
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Kristina Brown

Kristina Brown spent most of her childhood in Japan, but has lived most of her life in North Beach. She writes both poetry and prose. Sometimes she writes about what people will, and will not, do for love.
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Sharon Doubiago

Sharon Doubiago is the author of 11 collections of award-winning poetry, including the recent Naked to the Earth. Psyche Drives the Coast won the Oregon Book Award for Poetry. She's a recipient of three Pushcart Prizes, two Oregon Arts Fellowships, and is a National Book Award nominee... Read More →
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Agneta Falk-Hirschman

Agneta Falk (Swedish born) is a poet, painter, editor and translator. She is  author of four collections of poetry, and is represented in anthologies worldwide. Her poetry is translated into many languages and she frequently reads at International Poetry Festivals. Recently she was... Read More →
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Jessica Loos

Jessica Loos is a poet and performer living in North Beach. She is also an event organizer, collage artist, member of The Living Theater, former freelance writer for High Times magazine, and plays tambourine.
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Rosemary Manno

Rosemary Manno has lived in North Beach since 1983. She awaits release of her new and selected poems from Barncott Press in London, entitled Marseille. She lives with artist-musician Roger Strobel and their dog Blanca, and sometimes works at Galileo High School. Also a visual artist... Read More →



Sunday October 14, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Caffe Trieste 601 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133

7:00pm

Craving: Esther Gerritsen & Alice Sebold
Dutch author and screenwriter Esther Gerritsen makes her first appearance at Litquake to discuss the recent novel Craving, a sparse and lucid story of a woman who moves in with her dying mother, a venture that quickly sends both parties spiraling out of control. In conversation with Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones. FREE, $10 suggested donation

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Esther Gerritsen

Esther Gerritsen (1972) is a Dutch novelist, columnist, and scriptwriter. She made her literary debut in 2000. She is one of the most established, widely read, and highly praised authors in the Netherlands. Gerritsen had the honor of writing the Dutch Book Week gift in 2016, which... Read More →
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Alice Sebold

Alice Sebold is author of the #1 bestselling novels The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon, and the memoir Lucky. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended Syracuse University as well as the University of Houston and U.C. Irvine. She has contributed to numerous anthologies... Read More →



Sunday October 14, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
San Francisco Center for the Book 375 Rhode Island St., San Francisco, CA 94103

7:00pm

Of Demons and Dreams: A Night of Memoir
Limited Capacity filling up

Assimilation, racism, escape, family dysfunction: the best memoirs confront both demons and dreams head-on. Tonight's reading touches on topics including losing a family fortune (host Frances Stroh), being seduced by Scientology (Sands Hall), going from broke poet to TV personality (Kari Byron), experiencing blackness in America (Julie Lythcott-Haims), triumphing over abuse and neglect (Regina Louise), and finding one's true home (Natalie Singer). $12 adv / $15 door

Moderators
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Frances Stroh

Frances Stroh is the award-winning author of Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss. She has published in The Common, Literary Hub, and the Detroit Metro Times, among others. Frances is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto and curator of the Stranger Than Fiction reading... Read More →

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Kari Byron

Kari Byron has been the most recognizable, honored, and beloved woman in science-based reality TV for over a decade. She is best known as a host on Discovery Channel's MythBusters but has gone on to host and produce shows spanning several networks: Head Rush; Punkin Chunkin; Large... Read More →
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Sands Hall

Sands Hall is author of the memoir Flunk. Start, the novel Catching Heaven, a Willa Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Fiction, and a Random House Reader’s Circle selection; and a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft. She teaches at the Iowa Summer... Read More →
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Regina Louise

Regina Louise is the author of Somebody’s Someone, which chronicles her journey through foster care. The one-woman stage adaptation of the book debuted at the Sacramento Theatre Company and was nominated for two NAACP Theatre Awards. Now in film production, her story has been featured... Read More →
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Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims is author of the New York Times bestselling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, and the recent memoir Real American, which details her personal battle with the low self-esteem that American racism... Read More →
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Natalie Singer

Natalie Singer is author of the new memoir California Calling: An Interrogation. She has been published in Literary Mama, Washington Post, Seattle Times, ParentMap, Alligator Juniper, and Full Grown People, among other outlets. Her work is included in the anthology Love & Profanity... Read More →


Sunday October 14, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

7:00pm

Bay Area Pun-Off: Litquake Edition
With over 30 sold-out shows since its humble beginnings in an Oakland living room, the Bay Area Pun-Off has grown to become a local comedy staple, welcoming wordplayers from all over the country to rejoice in the irresistible power of the world’s most-loathed form of humor, and to compete for an original, one-of-a-kind trophy! For Litquake, BAPO has put together a one-of-a-kind Pun Off with a literary bent. $12 adv / $15 door

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Carmen Olson

Producer and Co-Emcee Carmen Olson has been with the Bay Area Pun-Off since day one, and has built an army of punsters and dedicated enthusiasts that come back month after month. Whether it’s a large-scale event or an intimate puppet show in a suitcase, if you swirl around theater... Read More →
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Jonah Spear

Founder and Co-Emcee Jonah Spear has appeared on screen in We Are The Hartmans and Across The Universe, on TV in Sex and the City, and under the bigtop in Cirque Du Soleil. He’s a lifelong camp counselor and met Carmen and Hana at Camp Grounded before starting Camp Wonderful, a summer camp for grown ups on the east coast. He’s most grateful to the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championship for inspiration, his parents for never letting a pun slip by without a chuckle, and to the countless amazing punsters that come out to the Bay Area Pun-Off to ply their... Read More →


Sunday October 14, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110
 
Monday, October 15
 

5:30pm

Rags to Riches: The Bonanza King and Nevada’s Comstock Lode
Limited Capacity seats available

Co-presented by Green Apple Books

The rags-to-riches American frontier tale of John W. Mackay, an Irish immigrant who outwits, outworks, and outmaneuvers thousands of rivals to take control of Nevada’s Comstock Lode—the rich body of gold and silver so immensely valuable that it changed the destiny of the United States. Author Gregory Crouch discusses his dazzling historical biography, The Bonanza King, with Green Apple Books' Kevin Hunsanger. FREE

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Kevin Hunsanger

Kevin Hunsanger has been at the helm of San Francisco's venerable Green Apple Books for nearly 30 years. sAs a co-owner and rare book expert, Kevin has seen Green Apple be named Publisher Weekly's Bookstore of the Year in 2014, and had it become a San Francisco Legacy Business in... Read More →

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Gregory Crouch

Gregory Crouch grew up in Goleta, California, and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, with a military history field of study. He completed US Army Airborne and Ranger schools and served as an infantry officer. For five years, he was a senior contributing... Read More →



Monday October 15, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Book Club of California 312 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108

6:00pm

New Native Voices: A Place of Many Nations
"Here is poetry of a new time—an era of witness, of coming into voice, an era of change and of political and cultural resurgence...forceful and subtle, hysterical and lyrical, ironic and earnest, sorrowful and joyful, and presented in ways harder to define, but made of the recent now, the lived realities that poets of Native nations write."—Heid Erdrich, introduction to New Poets of Native Nations

In this discussion of contemporary Native American literature, we dive into the rich diversity of Native writing today, and how writing itself can be a homeland. Featuring Heid E. Erdrich (New Poets of Native Nations), Julian Talamantez Brolaski (Of Mongrelitude), Jennifer Foerster (Bright Raft in the Afterweather), and Greg Sarris (How a Mountain Was Made), Tribal Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. FREE, $10 suggested donation

Co-presented by Graywolf Press, Heyday Books
Sponsored by McEvoy Foundation for the Arts

Authors and Participants
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Julian Talamantez Brolaski

Julian Talamantez Brolaski’s most recent book is Of Mongrelitude (Wave Books, 2017), which was recently shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. It is also the author of Advice for Lovers (City Lights 2012) and Gowanus Atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse... Read More →
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Heid E. Erdrich

Heid E. Erdrich is the author of five collections of poetry, and editor of the new anthology New Poets of Native Nations. Heid’s nonfiction work, Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest, earned a City Pages Best Food Book of 2014 designation... Read More →
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Jennifer Elise Foerster

Jennifer Elise Foerster earned her PhD in English and Literary Arts from the University of Denver and her MFA from the Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship... Read More →
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Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, where he was awarded the Walter Gore Award for excellence in teaching. He has published several books, including Grand Avenue (1994), an award-winning collection of short stories, which he adapted... Read More →


6:00pm

Andy Weir: From Silicon Valley to Mars
Co-presented by Zoetic Press

With two massive bestsellers in The Martian and Artemis, Andy Weir might be the current king of sci-fi. But only recently, Weir was a Silicon Valley programmer shopping a manuscript about an astronaut marooned on Mars. Failing to find a book deal, he published it on his website, crowdsourcing its accuracy with scientists. When readership grew, he released it on Kindle for 99 cents, the lowest price allowed. In three months it sold 35,000 copies, and Random House and Hollywood came calling. Tonight, he shares his thoughts about life and science with Inquiring Minds podcaster Kishore Hari. Book sales and signing to follow. Ticket price includes screening of The Martian. $20 adv / $25 door

6-7 pm book signing in Alamo lobby
7-7:30 pm Q&A
7:30 pm screening of The Martian

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Kishore Hari

Kishore Hari is a science educator who specializes in producing innovative live science events. He is director of the Bay Area Science Festival, which is based out of the University of California, San Francisco. Hari hosts Mother Jones’ weekly science podcast "Inquiring Minds... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Andy Weir

Andy Weir built a career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing fulltime. His second novel Artemis appeared in paperback this year. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects... Read More →



7:00pm

Energy: A Human History with Richard Rhodes
People have lived and died, businesses have prospered and failed, and nations have risen to world power and declined, all over challenges with energy. In Energy: A Human History, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes looks back on five centuries of progress, from such influential figures as Queen Elizabeth I to Henry Ford, and explains how wood gave way to coal, coal made room for oil, and where we turn next. In conversation with Ralph Lewin, executive director of Mechanics' Institute. FREE 

Co-presented by Craig Newmark Philanthropies



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Richard Rhodes

Richard Rhodes is the author of numerous books and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He graduated from Yale University and has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the... Read More →



Monday October 15, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
San Francisco Center for the Book 375 Rhode Island St., San Francisco, CA 94103

7:00pm

Loaded: A History of Guns in America
Lawmakers suggest teachers arm themselves. People can download 3D plans to make their own guns. High school students across the country demand a solution to the crisis. How did we get here? Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz takes us through America's long, tortured relationship with guns in her deeply researched—and deeply disturbing— book Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment. In conversation with San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía. FREE

Co-presented by Craig Newmark Philanthropies

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Alejandro Murguia

Alejandro Murguía is the author of Southern Front and This War Called Love (both winners of the American Book Award). His non-fiction book The Medicine of Memory highlights the Mission District in the 1970s during the Nicaraguan Solidarity movement. He is a founding member and the... Read More →

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She is the author of many books, including Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie... Read More →



Monday October 15, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post St., San Francisco CA 94104

7:00pm

You Steal the Words: A Poetry Game Show
Come hear the words of Maya Angelou, Edgar Allan Poe, and...Suzanne Somers? Back from the dead and free of the Thighmaster ™. In this reading, six intrepid poemslingers will battle with famous poets’ work, read aloud each other’s signature pieces, and even dip into the “Box of Doom”—a torture method where anything goes, including lyrics, manuals, and poems by Jewel. Expect bloodshed in this battle for the coveted Golden Duck and Cover Trophy. Featuring Daphne Gottleib, Mike Taylor, The Poet –i–, Jonathan Brown, and Casey Gardner. FREE

Authors and Participants
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Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown holds a BA in Communication from the College of Charleston, an MA in Writing and Consciousness from New College of California, and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of New Orleans. He’s a prism splitting light in all directions. His new book and vinyl record... Read More →
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Casey Gardner

Casey Gardner is a high school English teacher and former national slam poet. She has also spent time as a creative literacy educator and slam poetry coach. Her poetry currently exists in three self-published chapbooks and Sweet Wolverine: A Collection. Her work is also upcoming in... Read More →
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Daphne Gottleib

Daphne Gottlieb stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter just using her tongue. She is the award-winning author of ten books including Pretty Much Dead, short stories about the people hanging on to the edge of the world in San Francisco. Previous works include Dear Dawn... Read More →
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Yume Kim

Yume Kim is an alumni of San Francisco State University, with an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. She is also a Kundiman fellow and has previously attended the Kundiman Asian-American Poetry Retreat during the summer of 2012 at Fordham University. Some of her works can... Read More →
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Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor has been performing spoken word for 13 years. The only thing he enjoys more than writing poems is eating fish tacos. In 2011 Mike founded SPARC Poetry, a nonprofit that teaches writing, performance, and activism to middle-school kids. Their poems are much cooler than his... Read More →
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The Poet –i–

A lyrical powerhouse, "-i-" has the ability to transform any room into a sanctuary. Voted Sacramento, California's Best Female Spoken Word  artist and often called "The Storyteller," this award-winning poet can take you on an emotional journey and back again in minutes. Though an... Read More →


8:00pm

Advice: A Night of Stories with Porchlight
We could all stand to hear some wisdom and guidance right about now. The Bay Area’s long-running Porchlight storytelling series returns with "advice"-themed tales from Steve Almond, Dickson Lam, Sands Hall, Sisonke Msimang, Maggie Rowe, and Betty Charbonnet Reid Soskin, the nation's oldest park ranger. Co-hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick. Music by Marc Capelle. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. $20 adv / $25 door

Authors and Participants
avatar for Steve Almond

Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His short stories have been anthologized widely, in the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Erotica, and Best American... Read More →
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Sands Hall

Sands Hall is author of the memoir Flunk. Start, the novel Catching Heaven, a Willa Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Fiction, and a Random House Reader’s Circle selection; and a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft. She teaches at the Iowa Summer... Read More →
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Dickson Lam

Dickson Lam is author of the memoir Paper Sons, winner of the 2017 Autumn House Press Nonfiction Prize. His work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, The Kenyon Review Online, Hyphen Magazine, The Normal School, PANK, The Good Men Project, The Rumpus, and Kartika Review. He is a VONA... Read More →
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Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang is a South African writer, speaker and political analyst in issues related to race, gender and democracy. With her successful debut Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home, she has established herself as one of the most exciting new contemporary voices in... Read More →
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Maggie Rowe

For the last 15 years, Maggie Rowe has performed in and produced the Comedy Central stage show sitnspin, Los Angeles’ longest-running spoken word, having taken over the reigns from creator Jill Soloway in 2002. She has written for Arrested Development and Flaked for Netflix. She... Read More →
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Betty Charbonnet Reid Soskin

Betty Charbonnet Reid Soskin is the oldest park ranger with National Park Service, and author of the recently published Sign My Name to Freedom: A Memoir of a Pioneering Life. Her remarkable life spans nearly ten decades and has included being an author, composer and singer, social... Read More →


Monday October 15, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Tuesday, October 16
 

12:30pm

Poetic Tuesday: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Co-presented by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors. Curated by Jason Bayani. Featuring Tamer S. Mostafa, Denise Jolly, Julayne Lee, Brennan DeFrisco, and musical guest Chhoti Maa. FREE

Authors and Participants
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Jason Bayani

Jason Bayani is the author of Amulet (Write Bloody Publishing, 2013). He is an MFA graduate from Saint Mary's College, a Kundiman fellow, and works as the Artistic Director for Kearny Street Workshop. Jason performs regularly around the country and recently debuted his solo theater... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade 750 Howard St San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Here in Berlin: An Excavation with Cristina Garcia
Join us as Cuban American author Cristina García discusses her latest work Here in Berlin, a portrait of a city through snapshots, an excavation of the city's contemporary stories and ghosts, its complex, troubled past still pulsing in the air.  As with her previous books, including Dreaming in Cuban and King of Cuba, Garcia's characters are never more alive, their stories bristling with regret, desire, and longing. Book sales and signing to follow. FREE


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Cristina Garcia

Cristina García is the author of seven novels, including Dreaming in Cuban, a finalist for the National Book Award that just celebrated its 25th anniversary; The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, and King of Cuba. Her work has been translated... Read More →



Tuesday October 16, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Latino Hispanic Community Meeting Room 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm

Future Presence: Decoding Virtual Reality
Wired editor and virtual reality expert Peter Rubin presents his new book Future Presence, a captivating, candid glimpse into the future realities of emerging VR technology: how we will use it to form previously impossible relationships, explore new frontiers of intimacy, and how it will forever change human connection. In conversation with New York Times journalist Scott James. FREE

Co-presented by Craig Newmark Philanthropies

Moderators
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Scott James

Co-founder, Castro Writers' Cooperative
Scott James is the co-founder of the Castro Writers' Cooperative, a co-working space for writers in San Francisco. He's a contributor to The New York Times and has three Emmy Awards for his work in TV news. He's also the author of two bestselling novels, "SoMa" and "The Sower," published... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Peter Rubin

Peter Rubin oversees WIRED's culture coverage in the magazine and online. In 2014, his cover story on Oculus introduced readers to the rebirth of virtual reality, and Rubin has since written frequently about the evolution of VR and its many applications. Prior to arriving at WIRED... Read More →



Tuesday October 16, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post St., San Francisco CA 94104

7:00pm

Valley of Genius: The Secret History of Silicon Valley
Limited Capacity seats available

Rarely has one economy asserted itself as swiftly—and as aggressively—as the entity we now know as Silicon Valley. Built with a seemingly permanent culture of reinvention, Silicon Valley does not fight change; it embraces it. So how did this omnipotent and ever-morphing place come to be? Adam Fisher celebrates release of his new oral history Valley of Genius, and discusses the lesser-known secrets of technology's invention and betrayal. With Wired founder Jane Metcalfe, virtual reality pioneer David Levitt, Atari Research director Kristina Woolsey, and GUI theorist Brenda Laurel. Doors open at 6 pm for pre-show reception. $10, limited free seating for Society members

Co-presented by Craig Newmark Philanthropies

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Adam Fisher

Adam Fisher grew up in Silicon Valley playing Atari, programming computers, and reading science fiction. He now lives on an island in the San Francisco Bay and writes overlooking the water for Wired, MIT Technology Review, and The New York Times Magazine. This is his first book.

Authors and Participants
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Brenda Laurel

Brenda Laurel, Ph.D., works as an independent scholar and consultant. She is an advocate for diversity and inclusiveness in video games, a pioneer in developing virtual reality, a public speaker and an academic. She has worked for Atari, co-founded the game development firm Purple... Read More →
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David Levitt

Dr. David Levitt is the co-founder and CEO of Pantomime Corporation, creator of the Pantomime™ Platform for interactive virtual reality using any mobile or consumer device -- headset optional.Pantomime Corporation, founded in April 2014, quickly won the Launch Silicon Valley Tech... Read More →
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Jane Metcalfe

Jane Metcalfe is an entrepreneur, board member, advisor, executive and investor in industries including media, tech, food, health, education, arts and real estate. She was cofounder and former president of Wired magazine. She graduated with honors from the University of Colorado... Read More →
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Kristina Woolsey

Kristina Woolsey is known as the “mother of multimedia” for her work as director of Atari’s research lab and co-founder of Apple’s multimedia lab. She was named a Distinguished Scientist by Apple Computer in acknowledgment of her pioneering work in multimedia in education... Read More →



7:00pm

Doubling Down: A Conversation on Writing, Publishing, and Art
Author/art historian Bridget Quinn (Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order)) and writer/artist Bridget Watson Payne (How Art Can Make You Happy and This is Happening: Life Through the Lens of Instagram) discuss the intersection of art, history, literature and publishing—all from a woman's POV. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Authors and Participants
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Bridget Quinn

Bridget Quinn is a writer, art history scholar, and educator, and author of Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order), named a “Top 10 in Memoirs and Biographies” by Publishers Weekly, and an Amazon pick for Best Art & Photography Books. She’s worked... Read More →
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Bridget Watson-Payne

Bridget Watson Payne is a writer, artist, and art book editor. She is author of the books How Art Can Make You Happy, The Secret Art of Being a Grown-Up, This is Happening: Life Through the Lens of Instagram, and New York Jackie: Pictures from Her Life in the City, all from Chronicle... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
San Francisco Center for the Book 375 Rhode Island St., San Francisco, CA 94103

7:00pm

Bad Poetry & Bad Stories: A Celebration of the Awful in All of Us
Lurking in journals and hard drives of every great writer is the mountain of bad work they never showed the world. But our worst, most embarrassing stuff is usually our most intimate, revealing, and funny. Join writers Matthew Zapruder and Steve Almond for a frank and wide-ranging evening of literary failure, as they discuss their most recent books, how bad stories have degraded our democracy, and the need to confront our delusions rather than hiding from them. Highlight of the evening: a Bad Poetry Contest/Reading, with the worst poems awarded free books and other prizes! (To submit a bad poem, just email Steve: stevealmondjoy@gmail.com.)  Doors open 6 pm. $5 adv / $10 door

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Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His short stories have been anthologized widely, in the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Erotica, and Best American... Read More →
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Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Sun Bear, as well as Why Poetry, a book of prose, from Ecco Press/Harper Collins. An Associate Professor in the MFA at Saint Mary’s... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110

7:00pm

Unlikeable Female
In response to gendered readings of forceful, opinionated, emotional female characters as unlikeable, the Bay's shiniest, brightest young lady writing talents bring their wonderfully flawed characters to life at this disagreeable reading you would never ever want to be friends with. Featuring Lydia Kiesling, Margaret Ross, C Pam Zhang, Jenny Xie, and Kate Folk. FREE, $5 suggested donation


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Kate Folk

Kate Folk is a writer whose fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Prairie Schooner, One Story, Granta, and many other publications. She has completed a story collection, Doe Eyes, and is currently at work on a novel about artificially intelligent limbs... Read More →
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Lydia Kiesling

Lydia Kiesling is the editor of The Millions, where she has been writing reviews, essays, and the semi-regular Modern Library Revue since 2009. Her writing has appeared at a variety of outlets including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Guardian, and Slate, and... Read More →
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Margaret Ross

Margaret Ross is the author of A Timeshare (Omnidawn, 2015). She lives in Berkeley and teaches at Stanford where she is a Jones Lecturer in Poetry.
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Jenny Xie

Jenny Xie is a writer and design journalist based in Oakland, California. Her work has appeared in journals like Ninth Letter Online, PANK Online, Necessary Fiction, Adroit Journal, Phoebe, Hyphen Magazine, Gulf Coast Online, and The Offing, among others. She won the 2014 Driftless... Read More →
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C Pam Zhang

C Pam Zhang’s debut novel HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD is forthcoming from Riverhead Books in the US, as well as several international publishers. Her short fiction appears in places like McSweeney’s Quarterly, Kenyon Review, and The Fairy Tale Review. She’s received scholarships... Read More →


Tuesday October 16, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Luckyduck Bicycle Cafe 302 12th Street, Oakland, California 94607

7:30pm

Power: John Freeman with Rebecca Solnit
Co-presented by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

From the voices of protestors to the encroachment of a new fascism, everywhere we look, power is revealed. The new POWER issue from acclaimed literary journal Freeman's explores who gets to say what matters in a time of social upheaval, and features work from brand-new writers Nicole Im, Jaime Cortez, and Nimmi Gowrinathan, as well as U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, Franco-Moroccan writer Leïla Slimani, and Turkish novelist Elif Shafak. Editor John Freeman and author Rebecca Solnit discuss. FREE

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John Freeman

John Freeman was the editor of Granta until 2013. His books include How to Read a Novelist, Tales of Two Cities, Tales of Two Americas, and Maps, his debut collection of poems. He is executive editor at the Literary Hub and teaches at the New School and New York University. His work... Read More →
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Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit is a prolific writer, and author of many books including Hope in the Dark, Men Explain Things To Me, Savage Dreams, Storming the Gates of Paradise, and the best-selling atlases Infinite City and Unfathomable City. Her writing has appeared in Harper's, Guardian, and... Read More →


7:30pm

Straight, No Chaser: Writers at the Bar
Famed bohemian saloon Vesuvio Café once again opens its doors to Litquake for an edgy and hilarious North Beach reading. Featuring T.J. English, Danny Gardner, Lisa Locascio, Misha Rai, and Rebecca Skloot, and hosted by Alia Volz. A rare opportunity to glimpse authors performing new work in their natural habitat. Get here early, it fills up fast. FREE, $5 suggested donation

Authors and Participants
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T.J. English

T.J. English is the author of eight nonfiction crime books, including Havana Nocturne, The Corporation, The Savage City, and The Westies. Four of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, and four have been nominated for an Edgar Award. His books are known for the thoroughness... Read More →
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Danny Gardner

Danny Gardner is  author of the Indie and Shamus Award-nominated debut novel A Negro and an Ofay. His short story "Brother's Keeper" appears in the award-winning anthology The Obama Inheritance. Other works of crime fiction appear in the Anthony Award-nominated anthologies Killing... Read More →
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Lisa Locascio

Lisa Locascio's work has appeared in The Believer, Tin House, n+1, Bookforum, and many other magazines. She is the editor of the anthology Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California, co-publisher of Joyland and editor of its West section, as well as of the ekphrastic co... Read More →
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Misha Rai

Misha Rai is the 2018-2020 Kenyon Review Fellow in Prose. Her novel-in-progress, Blood We Did Not Spill, has been awarded a 2018 MacDowell Colony Fellowship, The Dana Award in the novel category, and the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies. She has also been... Read More →
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Rebecca Skloot

Rebecca Skloot is author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which was made into an Emmy-nominated HBO film. Lacks took more than a decade to research and write, and instantly hit the New York Times bestseller list, where it has remained for... Read More →
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Alia Volz

Alia Volz is a homegrown San Franciscan. You'll find her work in The Best American Essays 2017, Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California, The New York Times, Tin House, Threepenny Review, River Teeth and the anthology Dig If You Will The Picture: Writers Reflect on Prince... Read More →



Tuesday October 16, 2018 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Vesuvio Cafe 255 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133

8:00pm

The Residents Present The Brickeaters (A Novel)
Co-presented by Noise Pop

Legendary San Francisco art-music pranksters The Residents celebrate the release of their debut novel The Brickeaters with this special full-length music show, incorporating live readings from the book. What is The Brickeaters? Briefly, an absurdist buddy story which teams together a very tall and young internet content screener with an aging career criminal, who work to prevent a middle-aged lottery winner from polluting the Los Angeles water supply with massive amounts of fluoride. Also, the narrator is an unreliable alcoholic! This show will definitely sell out. $25 advance, $30 at the door

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The Residents

Alternately seen as a rock band, an arts collective, and a spirit, The Residents are regarded as iconic in the world of experimental music. In addition to their groundbreaking work in the areas of trance, world fusion, electronica, punk, industrial and lounge music, the group has... Read More →



Tuesday October 16, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Wednesday, October 17
 

11:00am

Elder Project All-Stars
With support from the California Arts Council

Join Litquake's Elder Project for a morning of readings from the past year's students. Now on its tenth class since inception, Elder Project seniors participate in an expression workshop focused on common strategies to write and present poetry and prose. Students explore sound patterns, repetition, music, strategies of emphasis, and how reading their work aloud is unlike writing or reading alone. Featuring: John Edmiston, Grace D'Anca, Dolores Fierro, Benita McCown-Harper, Karen Pudoff, M.G. Thomas, Roger Underhill, and J.C. Walker. FREE

Moderators
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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 →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bethel Lutheran Church 2525 Alemany Blvd; San Francisco, California 94112

12:00pm

Wesley Yang: The Souls of Yellow Folk
Wesley Yang’s The Souls of Yellow Folk marks a fresh contribution to the conversation about race in America today. An eclectic mix of reporting, sociology, and personal history, Yellow Folk collects 13 of the National Magazine Award-winning writer's best essays, including the New York cover story “Paper Tigers,” on Asian values and the American Dream; a New York Times Magazine portrait of chef and author Eddie Huang; his n+1 dispatch “The Face of Seung-Hui Cho,” about the largest mass murderer in U.S. history; and provocative essays on white supremacy. In conversation with Tom Pyun. FREE

Co-presented by Craig Newmark Philanthropies

Authors and Participants
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Tom Pyun

Tom Pyun is a writer based in Los Angeles. He was a fellow with Tin House, Vermont Studio Center, Gemini Ink, and VONA/Voices. His work has appeared in The Rumpus, Eleven Eleven, Blue Mesa Review, and Reed magazine, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net... Read More →
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Wesley Yang

Wesley Yang has published criticism, essays, and nonfiction features in The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, the New York Times Book Review, New York Magazine, Esquire, Tablet, and n+1. His work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Magazine Writing, Best Creative... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post St., San Francisco CA 94104

12:30pm

Lifelong Learning: A Berkeley Brown Bag Lunch
Co-presented by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U.C. Berkeley

This lunchtime reading in Berkeley's downtown district features faculty and members from the Osher Lifelong Learning writing programs. With Anita Amirrezvani, Tamim Ansary, Louise Nayer, Aimee Phan, and Jake Warner. $10 at the door




 

Authors and Participants
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Anita Amirrezvani

Anita Amirrezvani was born in Tehran and raised in San Francisco. Her first novel, The Blood of Flowers, has appeared in 31 languages and was long-listed for the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her second novel, Equal of the Sun, was published in 2012. Anita co-edited the anthology... Read More →
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Tamim Ansary

Afghan-American author Tamim Ansary wrote West of Kabul, East of New York, San Francisco’s “One City One Book” selection for 2008. His bestselling Destiny Disrupted, A History of the World Through Islamic Eyeshas been translated into 10 languages. His memoir, Road Trips, Becoming... Read More →
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Louise Nayer

Louise Nayer’s most recent book is Poised for Retirement: Moving from Anxiety to Zen. Burned: A Memoir (2010 and republished 2016) was an Oprah Great Read and won the Wisconsin Library Association Award. She has also written two books of poetry, one with funding from the NEA and... Read More →
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Aimee Phan

 Aimee Phan grew up in Orange County and now teaches at California College of the Arts. A 2010 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, Aimee received her MFA from the University of Iowa. Her first book, We Should Never Meet, was named a Notable Book by the Kiryama... Read More →
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Jake Warner

Jake Warner is author of the new novel Coming of Age in Berkeley, much of which is set on the Cal Berkeley campus. He is also author of the popular mystery thriller Murder on the Air (with Ihara). In addition, Warner is the co-founder, and longtime publisher (now retired) of Nolo... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94704

7:00pm

Ben Fountain & Adam Hochschild - Beautiful Country Burn Again / Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays
Twice before in its history, the United States has been faced with a crisis so severe it was forced to reinvent itself in order to survive: first, the struggle over slavery, culminating in the Civil War, and the second, the Great Depression, which led to President Roosevelt’s New Deal and the establishment of America as a social-democratic state. In a sequence of essays that excavate the past while laying bare the political upheaval of 2016, Ben Fountain argues that the United States may be facing a third existential crisis, one that will require a “burning” of the old order as America attempts to remake itself.

Beautiful Country Burn Again narrates a shocking year in American politics, moving from the early days of the Iowa Caucus to the crystalizing moments of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, and culminating in the aftershocks of the weeks following election night. Along the way, Fountain probes deeply into history, illuminating the forces and watershed moments of the past that mirror and precipitated the present, from the hollowed-out notion of the American Dream, to Richard Nixon’s southern strategy, to our weaponized new conception of American exceptionalism, to the cult of celebrity that gave rise to Donald Trump.

In an urgent and deeply incisive voice, Ben Fountain has fused history and the present day to paint a startling portrait of the state of our nation.  Beautiful Country Burn Again is a searing indictment of how we came to this point, and where we may be headed.

In Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays, bestselling author Adam Hochschild has selected and updated over two dozen essays and pieces of reporting from his long career. Threaded through them all is his concern for social justice and the people who have fought for it. The articles here range from a California gun show to a Finnish prison, from a Congolese center for rape victims to the ruins of gulag camps in the Soviet Arctic, from a stroll through construction sites with an ecologically pioneering architect in India to a day on the campaign trail with Nelson Mandela. Hochschild also talks about the writers he loves, from Mark Twain to John McPhee, and explores such far-reaching topics as why so much history is badly written, what bookshelves tell us about their owners, and his front-row seat for the shocking revelation in the 1960s that the CIA had been secretly controlling dozens of supposedly independent organizations.
 
With the skills of a journalist, the knowledge of a historian, and the heart of an activist, Hochschild shares the stories of people who took a stand against despotism, spoke out against unjust wars and government surveillance, and dared to dream of a better and more just world.

Authors and Participants
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Ben Fountain

Ben Fountain was born in Chapel Hill and grew up in the tobacco country of eastern North Carolina. A former practicing attorney, he is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and the novel Billy... Read More →
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Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild is a journalist and author who has written on issues of human rights and social justice. His books include the bestselling King Leopold’s Ghost. He has been a finalist twice for the National Book Critics Circle Award and once for the National Book Award. He has been... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Book Passage Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA

7:00pm

977 Days in Captivity: Michael Scott Moore's The Desert and the Sea
In January 2012, journalist Michael Scott Moore traveled to the Horn of Africa to write about piracy. But in a terrible twist of fate, he was kidnapped by Somali pirates, and subjected to conditions that break even the strongest spirits: physical abuse, starvation, isolation, and terror. After 977 days he was freed, and this year published his remarkable memoir The Desert and the Sea, a riveting, thoughtful, and emotionally resonant exploration of foreign policy, religious extremism, and the costs of survival. In conversation with foreign correspondent Jeanne Carstensen. FREE

Co-presented by Craig Newmark Philanthropies

Authors and Participants
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Jeanne Carstensen

Jeanne Carstensen covered the Syrian refugee crisis in Greece, Turkey, and Europe for Public Radio International’s The World, The Nation, Foreign Policy, The Intercept, The Global Post’s Long Reads on Conflict, and other outlets, with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis... Read More →
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Michael Scott Moore

Michael Scott Moore is a literary journalist and a novelist, author of a comic novel about L.A., Too Much of Nothing, as well as a travel book about surfing, Sweetness and Blood, which was named a best book of 2010 by The Economist and Popmatters. He was kidnapped in 2012 on a reporting... Read More →



Wednesday October 17, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post St., San Francisco CA 94104

7:00pm

An Evening with Counterpoint Press
A panel of celebrated authors from East Bay publisher Counterpoint Press discusses perspectives both personal and narrative. Sylvia Brownrigg is the author of many works of fiction including Pages for Her, named one of 2017’s best books by the San Francisco Chronicle and Kirkus. Cristina Garcia is the author of seven novels, including Dreaming in Cuban, a finalist for the National Book Award. And Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s debut novel A Kind of Freedom was long-listed for the National Book Award. Moderated by Counterpoint editor Jack Shoemaker. FREE, $10 suggested donation

Moderators
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Jack Shoemaker

Jack Shoemaker was born in California in 1946, and came of age working as a bookseller at a time of political and literary revolution on the West Coast. He has been co-founder, editor, and publisher of three major independent imprints, North Point Press, Counterpoint, and his current... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Sylvia Brownrigg

Sylvia Brownrigg is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction: five novels—Pages for Her, sequel to the 2001 Lambda Award winning Pages for You, The Delivery Room, winner of the Northern California Book Award, and The Metaphysical Touch—as well as a collection of stories... Read More →
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Cristina Garcia

Cristina García is the author of seven novels, including Dreaming in Cuban, a finalist for the National Book Award that just celebrated its 25th anniversary; The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, and King of Cuba. Her work has been translated... Read More →
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Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Born and raised in New Orleans, MARGARET WILKERSON SEXTON studied creative writing at Dartmouth College and law at UC Berkeley. She was a recipient of the Lombard Fellowship and spent a year in the Dominican Republic working for a civil rights organization and writing. Her debut novel... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
San Francisco Center for the Book 375 Rhode Island St., San Francisco, CA 94103

7:00pm

Poetry World Series
Daniel Handler emcees this rowdy, fast-paced reading in which two teams of award-winning poets take turns batting at topics pitched by the audience. Fastballs, curveballs, knuckleballs: these poets won't know what's coming next! Eminently qualified judges score each performance, and the winning team takes the series title. Hilarity—and top-notch poetry—guaranteed! As poet Marianne Moore wrote, “Writing is exciting / and baseball is like writing. / You can never tell with either / how it will go.” Don't forget to bring a topic to stump the poets! Book sales and signing to follow. Doors open at 6:30. $5 adv / $10 door

Emcee: Daniel Handler
Judges: Vanessa Hua and Dan Bellm
Players: Tongo Eisen-Martin, Lee Herrick, Brittany Perham, Brynn Saito, Melissa Stein, and David Tomas Martinez

Timekeeper: 
Roy Mash is the author of Buyer’s Remorse (Cherry Grove, 2014) his poems are in journals including AGNI, Barrow Street, Nimrod, Poetry East, and River Styx.

Authors and Participants
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Dan Bellm

Dan Bellm has published four books, most recently Deep Well; Practice won the CA Book Award and was named a top ten poetry book of 2008 by VQR. Awards include fellowships from  Yaddo, Dorset Colony House, CA Arts Council, and NEA.
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Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tongo Eisen-Martin is the author of Someone's Dead Already and Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights Pocket Poets Series), which won the 2018 California Book Award.
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Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler is the author of six novels, most recently All the Dirty Parts, and far too many books as Lemony Snicket, most recently The Bad Mood and the Stick. His essay on the Eurythmics album Savage is still considered definitive.
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Lee Herrick

Lee Herrick's books are This Many Miles from Desire, Gardening Secrets of the Dead, and Scar and Flower, forthcoming. He teaches at Fresno City College and Sierra Nevada College.
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Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and a debut novel, A River of Stars. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the diaspora. She has received... Read More →
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David Tomas Martinez

David Tomas Martinez is author of the poetry collections Hustle (2014) and Post-Traumatic Hood Disorder (2018). A CantoMundo Fellow, he has served as an editor for Gulf Coast.
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Brittany Perham

Brittany Perham is the author of Double Portrait, which won the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and The Curiosities. She teaches at Stanford University.
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Brynn Saito

Brynn Saito, MA, MFA, is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press and a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci... Read More →
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Melissa Stein

Melissa Stein is author of the poetry collections Terrible Blooms (Copper Canyon Press) and Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. She is a freelance editor in San Francisco.


Wednesday October 17, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110

7:00pm

Beefcake: 50 Years of Tom of Finland
Co-presented by San Francisco Public Library’s James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, Dog Eared Books Castro, GLBT Historical Society, 48 Hills, Bay Area Reporter, Lambda Literary

Our most outrageous night of the week celebrates 50 years of the revolutionary Tom of Finland illustrations, at the notorious SF Eagle leather bar. With special guest Dian Hanson, writer, publisher, and editor of Taschen Books' luscious Tom of Finland collections ("the most cerebral pornographer in America"), GLBT Historical Society Executive Director Terry Beswick, music from Jon Ginoli (Pansy Division) and DJ Bus Station John, cocktails from Blue Angel Vodka, and a Tom of Finland lookalike contest open to all genders and small dogs. Emceed by drag legend Honey Mahogany, and featuring Race Bannon! Prizes courtesy of Mr. S Leather, Taschen Books, Fitness SF, and more! $20 adv / $25 door

Moderators
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Honey Mahogany

Honey Mahogany rose to international fame as the first (and as of yet only) San Francisco drag queen to appear on the reality TV series RuPaul's Drag Race, but more recently, Honey Mahogany has honed in on making a difference in her hometown. Honey is a founding member of the Stud... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Race Bannon

Race Bannon has been an organizer, writer, educator, speaker and activist in the LGBT, leather/kink, polyamory and HIV/STI prevention realms since 1973. He is the author of Learning the Ropes: A Basic Guide to Safe and Fun Lovemaking; founded Daedalus Publishing Company, the first... Read More →
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Terry Beswick

Terry Beswick is Executive Director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. He also has worked as a journalist and as an AIDS activist with nonprofit and governmental organizations, including Project Inform, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the White House Office of... Read More →
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Dian Hanson

Labeled the most cerebral pornographer in America, Dian Hanson reigns as the Queen of Sex. Hanson began her publishing career as a pornographic magazine editor, historian, and writer by helping to found the 1970s hardcore journal Puritan. She went on to work for men’s magazines... Read More →

Artists
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DJ Bus Station John

DJ Bus Station John's passion for "lost" 70s/80s bathhouse-era dance music rules the floor at his Thursday night institution "The Tubesteak Connection," San Francisco's longest continuously-running GLBTQIAXYZ dance party, now in its 15th year at Aunt Charlie's. BSJ also spins classic... Read More →
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Jon Ginoli

Jon Ginoli is the singer, guitarist, and founder of the legendary gay rock band Pansy Division. Beginning in San Francisco in the early '90s, Pansy Division’s in-your-face queer punk blew closet doors wide open, and their tours opening for Green Day brought their ideas to a wider... Read More →



Wednesday October 17, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm
SF Eagle 398 12th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

7:15pm

Literary Death Match
Literary Death Match returns to Litquake (and Elbo Room) to celebrate the release of LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga's debut novel, Collision Theory. Judges: poet Vernon Keeve III, comedian Karinda Dobbins, and children's book author Mac Barnett. Readers: Meg Elison, K.M. Soehnlein, Maisha Z. Johnson, Chris Colin. Special guest: Cleve Jones. Hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga. Produced by Matthew DeCoster. Doors open at 6:30 pm. $15 adv / $20 door

Authors and Participants
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Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is a New York Times-bestselling author of stories for children. His books have sold more than one million copies in the United States and have been translated into more than 30 languages. His picture books include two Caldecott-Honor-winning collaborations with Jon Klassen... Read More →
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Chris Colin

Chris Colin is the author most recently of What to Talk About, and This Is Camino, which was nominated for a James Beard award. He's written about gay bus trips through the south, Obama’s Irish roots, endangered noodles, refugee theater, George Bush’s pool boy, solitary confinement... Read More →
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Karinda Dobbins

Karinda Dobbins is a stand-up comedian. She’s appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival; featured at Bay Area comedy clubs the Punch Line and Cobb’s; opened for Hari Kondabolu, Trevor Noah, and toured with W. Kamau Bell. Karinda made her primetime national television debut on... Read More →
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Meg Elison

Meg Elison is a science fiction author and feminist essayist. Her debut novel, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, won the 2014 Philip K. Dick award. Her second novel was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick, and both were longlisted for the James A. Tiptree award. She has been published... Read More →
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Vernon Keeve III

Vernon Keeve III is a Virginia-born writer whom California molded into an educator. He lives and teaches in Oakland. His purpose is to teach the next generation the importance of relaying their personal narratives, sharing their experiences, and taking control of their destinies... Read More →
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Maisha Z. Johnson

Maisha Z. Johnson is an award-winning writer and digital content strategist who writes and works where the arts meet social change. As a queer Black survivor of Trinidadian descent, she dedicates her work to amplifying marginalized voices with healing, humor, and radical truth-telling... Read More →
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Cleve Jones

Cleve Jones’ career as an activist began in San Francisco in 1970s where he befriended pioneer gay rights leader Harvey Milk. After Milk's death, Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and conceived the idea of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which memorializes over 85,000... Read More →
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K.M. Soehnlein

K.M. Soehnlein is recipient of the Lambda Literary Award (novel); the Henfield Prize (short fiction); and the SFFILM/Rainin Filmmaking Grant (screenwriting). Author of the novels The World of Normal Boys (2000), You Can Say You Knew Me When (2005), and Robin and Ruby (2010). Published... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 7:15pm - 9:00pm
Elbo Room 647 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:00pm

Lou Reed and Me: Michael Imperioli with Tom Barbash
Limited Capacity seats available

Co-presented by MFA Writing at California College of the Arts

In 1976, Matthew is a sixteen-year-old living in Jackson Heights, Queens. After he loses his two most important male role models, his father and grandfather, his mother uproots Matthew and herself to a posh Manhattan apartment. Matthew soon befriends musician Lou Reed, who lives with his transgender girlfriend Rachel in the same building. The drug-addled, artistic shaman soon becomes an unorthodox father figure to Matthew, who finds himself head over heels for the mysterious Veronica. Tonight, actor and writer Michael Imperioli presents his debut coming-of-age novel The Perfume Burned His Eyes, based on his real-life friendship with Lou Reed. In conversation with author Tom Barbash. $20 adv / $25 door

Authors and Participants
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Tom Barbash

Tom Barbash grew up in New York and is the author of four books as well as numerous reviews, stories essays, and articles for publications including McSweeney’s, Tin House, The Believer, Zyzzyva, and more. His short story collection Stay Up With Me was nominated for the Folio... Read More →
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Michael Imperioli

Michael Imperioli is best known for his starring role as Christopher Moltisanti in the acclaimed TV series The Sopranos, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Emmy Award. He also wrote five episodes of the show and was co-screenwriter of the film Summer of Sam, directed by Spike... Read More →



Wednesday October 17, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

8:00pm

Poetry Nap: An Immersive Storytelling Experience
One part guided daydream, one part radio play, all parts clever whimsy. Join Lady and Lord Dosis, time voyagers of the dream world, as they guide you through the fantastical, poetical cosmos. Slip off your shoes, lie down, and float away to poetry and music of the masters woven into enchanting and witty tales. Enter the luxurious, the sublime, and subliminal for the world premiere of Poetry Nap's Voices of the Earth. Though we provide some cush, for the fullest plush, bring your own quilts, pillows, PJs, and pals. $16 with discount code LITQUAKE


Authors and Participants
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Robert Edward Earl Hickling

Robert Edward Earl Hickling first channeled Lord Dosis in September of 2017 and is the co-director and co-producer of Poetry Nap. Since the turn of the century, he has coached, directed, and performed in improvisational theater-based work beginning with BATS Improv and Leela. Explore... Read More →
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Jodie Marissa Kleeman

Jodie Marissa Kleeman channels Lady Dosis, and is the co-director and co-producer of Poetry Nap. She has been participating in performance art since she was 8. She doesn’t have lists of theater groups or schools to give her credit; she is a self-taught, self-identified hilarious... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Rudrumandir 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94710
 
Thursday, October 18
 

6:00pm

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

6:30pm

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

6:30pm

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 →



7:00pm

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

Online Sales End at 3 p.m. After that tickets only available at the door.



Authors and Participants
avatar for Mokhtar Alkhanshali

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

7:00pm

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 

Moderators
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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

7:00pm

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

Online registration ends at 3 p.m.

Moderators
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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

7:00pm

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

Moderators
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 →



7:30pm

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

Online Sales End at 3 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.



Moderators
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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

8:00pm

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
 

6:00pm

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
Online Ticket Sales Close at 2 p.m. day of. Tickets after that can be purchased at the 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.

6:30pm

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

6:30pm

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

Online ticket sales end at 2 p.m. After that tickets available for purchase at the door.




Moderators
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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

7:00pm

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


Authors and Participants
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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.
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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

7:00pm

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

7:00pm

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

Online ticket reservations closes at 3 p.m. day of event.

Authors and Participants
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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

7:00pm

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
Online Ticket Sales close 3 p.m. Day of event. Tickets will be available at the door.

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

7:00pm

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

Authors and Participants
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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

7:00pm

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 →



7:30pm

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

Authors and Participants
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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

8:00pm

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


Moderators
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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

8:00pm

Word/Jazz
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

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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
 

12:30pm

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

5:00pm

Lit Crawl San Francisco
Click here for the full Lit Crawl SF schedule!

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