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Friday, October 12


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 →
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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
Saturday, October 13


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

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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 →

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 →
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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


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


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


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

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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


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

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 →
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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 →


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

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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.

Authors and Participants
avatar for Virgie Tovar

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


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.

Authors and Participants
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 →
avatar for Julia Dixon Evans

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 →
avatar for Bonnie Monte

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 →
avatar for Kate Jessica Raphael

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


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

Authors and Participants
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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.
avatar for Monica Sok

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


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
avatar for Emer Martin

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 →
avatar for Jaap Robben

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


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

Authors and Participants
avatar for Susan Freinkel

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 →


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 →

Authors and Participants
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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


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

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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 →
avatar for Kim Sagwa

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


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


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


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.

Authors and Participants
avatar for Jennifer Barone

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 →
avatar for Jessica Loos

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


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

Authors and Participants
avatar for Esther Gerritsen

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 →
avatar for Alice Sebold

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
Monday, October 15


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 →

Tuesday, October 16


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


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


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
Wednesday, October 17


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

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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 →

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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
Thursday, October 18


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 →


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.

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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
Friday, October 19


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


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