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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
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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 →
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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


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
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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 →
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 →
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Kate Jessica Raphael

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

Saturday October 13, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
San Francisco Center for the Book 375 Rhode Island St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Sunday, October 14


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
avatar for Julian Talamantez Brolaski

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 →
avatar for Heid E. Erdrich

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 →


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

Co-presented by Craig Newmark Philanthropies

Authors and Participants
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Richard Rhodes

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

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

Authors and Participants
avatar for Sylvia Brownrigg

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 →
avatar for Cristina Garcia

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 →
avatar for Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

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


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

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

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Honey Mahogany

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

Authors and Participants
avatar for Race Bannon

Race Bannon

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

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

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

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DJ Bus Station John

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

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

Wednesday October 17, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm
SF Eagle 398 12th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Friday, October 19


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
avatar for Judy Juanita

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 →
avatar for Nayomi Munaweera

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 →
avatar for Ethel Rohan

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