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Friday, October 12


In Concept: Jonathon Keats on Art, Books, and the Future
Among Jonathon Keats' projects are the sale of real estate in another space-time dimension, an attempt to genetically engineer God, and the copyrighting of his own brain. He is author of You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future, Forged: Why Fakes are the Great Art of Our Age, and Virtual Words: Language on the Edge of Science and Technology. In conversation with Michael McElligott of The Long Now Foundation, an organization that seeks to slow down our culture's frantic pace by reminding us of our distant past and faraway future. FREE

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Jonathon Keats

Jonathon Keats is an author, experimental philosopher and conceptual artist. But according to the New Yorker, that's only the beginning. "In a landscape of conceptual art most often known for pure puzzlement or pallid preaching, Keats is a poet of ideas whose work always rests on... Read More →
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Michael McElligott

Michael McElligott (aka Mikl-Em) is an actor, writer, and producer who has been active in San Francisco creative circles as a performer and instigator for 20+ years. Currently he curates and hosts the eclectic Conversations at The Interval lecture series for the Long Now Foundation... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Modernism 724 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Saturday, October 13


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

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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 →

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →


The Big Disruption: Jessica Powell and her Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story
Limited Capacity seats available

Litquake welcomes Jessica Powell, former Google executive and author of The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story. The first novel released in complete form on Medium.com, The Big Disruption was described by The New York Times as "a zany satire set inside a tech giant that bears more than a passing resemblance to a certain internet search company.” Sexism, cultish behaviors, absurdly grandiose ideas, paranoia -- welcome to the world of high tech, as if written by Evelyn Waugh. Join us for the Bay Area launch of Powell's much-anticipated novel, featuring the author reading from her book, and discussing it with Wired writer/podcaster Lauren Goode. $10 advance or at the door

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Lauren Goode

Lauren Goode is a Senior Writer at WIRED, covering consumer products and our relationships with technology. She is also a co-host of WIRED's Gadget Lab podcast. She began her career in tech reporting while working as a video producer at The Wall Street Journal, and later worked as... Read More →

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Jessica Powell

Jessica Powell is  author of The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story, the first-ever book published by Medium, and a non-fiction book, Literary Paris. Until recently, Jessica was Google's Vice President of Communications, serving on the company's management team. She lives in San Francisco and can be found on Twitter @themoko... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Laundry 3359 26th Street, San Francisco


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.

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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
Monday, October 15


Rags to Riches: The Bonanza King and Nevada’s Comstock Lode
Limited Capacity seats available

Co-presented by Green Apple Books

The rags-to-riches American frontier tale of John W. Mackay, an Irish immigrant who outwits, outworks, and outmaneuvers thousands of rivals to take control of Nevada’s Comstock Lode—the rich body of gold and silver so immensely valuable that it changed the destiny of the United States. Author Gregory Crouch discusses his dazzling historical biography, The Bonanza King, with Green Apple Books' Kevin Hunsanger. FREE

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Kevin Hunsanger

Kevin Hunsanger has been at the helm of San Francisco's venerable Green Apple Books for nearly 30 years. sAs a co-owner and rare book expert, Kevin has seen Green Apple be named Publisher Weekly's Bookstore of the Year in 2014, and had it become a San Francisco Legacy Business in... Read More →

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Gregory Crouch

Gregory Crouch grew up in Goleta, California, and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, with a military history field of study. He completed US Army Airborne and Ranger schools and served as an infantry officer. For five years, he was a senior contributing... Read More →

Monday October 15, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Book Club of California 312 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108


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

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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

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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


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

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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 →

Wednesday, October 17


Ben Fountain & Adam Hochschild - Beautiful Country Burn Again / Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays
Twice before in its history, the United States has been faced with a crisis so severe it was forced to reinvent itself in order to survive: first, the struggle over slavery, culminating in the Civil War, and the second, the Great Depression, which led to President Roosevelt’s New Deal and the establishment of America as a social-democratic state. In a sequence of essays that excavate the past while laying bare the political upheaval of 2016, Ben Fountain argues that the United States may be facing a third existential crisis, one that will require a “burning” of the old order as America attempts to remake itself.

Beautiful Country Burn Again narrates a shocking year in American politics, moving from the early days of the Iowa Caucus to the crystalizing moments of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, and culminating in the aftershocks of the weeks following election night. Along the way, Fountain probes deeply into history, illuminating the forces and watershed moments of the past that mirror and precipitated the present, from the hollowed-out notion of the American Dream, to Richard Nixon’s southern strategy, to our weaponized new conception of American exceptionalism, to the cult of celebrity that gave rise to Donald Trump.

In an urgent and deeply incisive voice, Ben Fountain has fused history and the present day to paint a startling portrait of the state of our nation.  Beautiful Country Burn Again is a searing indictment of how we came to this point, and where we may be headed.

In Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays, bestselling author Adam Hochschild has selected and updated over two dozen essays and pieces of reporting from his long career. Threaded through them all is his concern for social justice and the people who have fought for it. The articles here range from a California gun show to a Finnish prison, from a Congolese center for rape victims to the ruins of gulag camps in the Soviet Arctic, from a stroll through construction sites with an ecologically pioneering architect in India to a day on the campaign trail with Nelson Mandela. Hochschild also talks about the writers he loves, from Mark Twain to John McPhee, and explores such far-reaching topics as why so much history is badly written, what bookshelves tell us about their owners, and his front-row seat for the shocking revelation in the 1960s that the CIA had been secretly controlling dozens of supposedly independent organizations.
With the skills of a journalist, the knowledge of a historian, and the heart of an activist, Hochschild shares the stories of people who took a stand against despotism, spoke out against unjust wars and government surveillance, and dared to dream of a better and more just world.

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Ben Fountain

Ben Fountain was born in Chapel Hill and grew up in the tobacco country of eastern North Carolina. A former practicing attorney, he is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and the novel Billy... Read More →
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Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild is a journalist and author who has written on issues of human rights and social justice. His books include the bestselling King Leopold’s Ghost. He has been a finalist twice for the National Book Critics Circle Award and once for the National Book Award. He has been... Read More →

Wednesday October 17, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Book Passage Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA


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 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.

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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


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.

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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 →

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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


Paul Madonna and Glen David Gold Are Drunk: What Better Way to End the Festival?
It's hard to think of two writers whose bodies of work over the last 20 years more reflect the evolution of San Francisco. Gold (Carter Beats the Devil, Sunnyside, I Will Be Complete) has written highly-praised fiction and memoir set against the backdrop of the city from the 1890s onward, and Madonna (All Over Coffee, Close Enough for the Angels) has, in his unique combination of pictures and prose, given us an unparalleled portrait of our weird enclave by the Bay. Normally they chat in a cafe alone together in the Mission or North Beach about art and the artist's life, but tonight they're at The Bindery to consider, over a bottle of wine, the throughline of their careers, from their first, miserable jobs (fast food, probably), to their current, miserable jobs (art) to their futures (fast food, probably).  Come join in. FREE

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Glen David Gold

Glen David Gold is the author of Sunnyside and Carter Beats the Devil, which has been translated into 14 languages. His short stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s, Playboy, and The New York Times Magazine. His new memoir is entitled I Will Be Complete. He lives in Los... Read More →
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Paul Madonna

Paul Madonna is an award-winning artist and writer. He is the creator of three series, All Over Coffee (San Francisco Chronicle 2004-2016), Small Potatoes (Universal Press Syndicate), and Quotable City (Nob Hill Gazette 2018-present), and the author of four books, All Over Coffee... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
The Bindery 1727 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117