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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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 →
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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.
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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.
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Aimee Phan

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

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

Authors and Participants
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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 →
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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 →
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Vanessa Hua

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

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

Authors and Participants
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Michael Carr

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

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

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

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


12:30pm

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

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO TIMKEN LECTURE HALL

Co-presented by MFA Writing at CCA

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

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

Moderators
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Janine Kovac

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

Authors and Participants
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Michelle Jeffers

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

Owner, East Bay Booksellers
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Nina Schuyler

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

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


2:00pm

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

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO TIMKEN LECTURE HALL

Co-presented by MFA Writing at CCA

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

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

Moderators
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Ho Lin

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

Authors and Participants
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Mae Respicio

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

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

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

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


3:30pm

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

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO TIMKEN LECTURE HALL

Co-presented by MFA Writing at CCA

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

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

Moderators
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Leslie Carol Roberts

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

Authors and Participants
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Casey Bennett

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

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

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

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


 
Saturday, October 20
 

12:30pm

Lit Crawl Book Fair
Co-presented by Small Press Distribution

Join local presses, businesses, and literary magazines for the first-ever Lit Crawl Book Fair, in the heart of the Mission District just preceding the world-famous Lit Crawl! Featured exhibitors include McSweeney's, Stanford Press, Write On Mamas, ZYZZYVA, Santa Monica Review, Cinco Puntos Press, and many more. Browse the tables, bid on raffle prizes, grab food and drink from the Chapel's newly reopened Curio Restaurant, and brace yourself for the evening Lit Crawl madness! FREE

Saturday October 20, 2018 12:30pm - 4:00pm
The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110