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Saturday, October 13
 

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.


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 →


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 →


 
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
avatar for Chelsea Lindman

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 →

Authors and Participants
avatar for Michael Carr

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 →
avatar for Andrea Morrison

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 →
avatar for Maya Sisneros

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 →
avatar for David Hale Smith

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 →


12:30pm

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
avatar for Michelle Jeffers

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 →
avatar for Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson

Owner, East Bay Booksellers
avatar for Nina Schuyler

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 →
avatar for Cynthia Shannon

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 →


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
avatar for Ho Lin

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 →

Authors and Participants
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 →
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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.
avatar for Hilary Zaid

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 →


3:30pm

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
avatar for Leslie Carol Roberts

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
avatar for Casey Bennett

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 →
avatar for Rebecca Gomez Farrell

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 →
avatar for Scott James

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 →
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 →


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
avatar for Akwaeke Emezi

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

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 →

Authors and Participants
avatar for Kari Byron

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 →
avatar for Sands Hall

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 →
avatar for Regina Louise

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 →
avatar for Julie Lythcott-Haims

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 →
avatar for Natalie Singer

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

Authors and Participants
avatar for Carmen Olson

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 →
avatar for Jonah Spear

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
 
Tuesday, October 16
 

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

Moderators
avatar for Adam Fisher

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
avatar for Brenda Laurel

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 →
avatar for David Levitt

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 →
avatar for Jane Metcalfe

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 →
avatar for Kristina Woolsey

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

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

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 →
avatar for Matthew Zapruder

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
 
Wednesday, October 17
 

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
avatar for Dan Bellm

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.
avatar for Tongo Eisen-Martin

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.
avatar for Daniel Handler

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.
avatar for Lee Herrick

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.
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 David Tomas Martinez

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.
avatar for Brittany Perham

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.
avatar for Brynn Saito

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 →
avatar for Melissa Stein

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

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
avatar for Robert Edward Earl Hickling

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 →
avatar for Jodie Marissa Kleeman

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
 

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
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Mokhtar Alkhanshali

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

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


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

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
 
Friday, October 19
 

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

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

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

Authors and Participants
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Broun Fellinis

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

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

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

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

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



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