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Sunday, October 14


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
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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
Tuesday, October 16


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

Authors and Participants
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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 →


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