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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
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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


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
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Wendy Erskine

Wendy Erskine lives in Belfast. Her debut collection of stories, Sweet Home, is forthcoming from The Stinging Fly Press.
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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


Marx-athon: 200 Years of Karl Marx
Late capitalism. The rise of the Democrat Socialists of America. The Supreme Court busting up unions. It's 2018, folks, and Marx just turned 200. San Francisco's Goethe-Institut commemorates his impact on Germany and the U.S with a full-day Marx-athon of film screenings, readings, lectures, and robots. Leading scholars, activists, and artists Maddy Clifford, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Alejandro Murguía, Mighty Mike McGee, and Kal Spelletich will share why Marx endures and how his ideas apply to our current cultural and social climate. Advance registration recommended. FREE

3:30pm: Screenings of the films System Error (2018) and News from Ideological Antiquity (2008)

5pm: Event kick-off with birthday cake and robots

6-9pm: Marx-athon programming

Authors and Participants
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Maddy and Alex (FR333)

FR333 (pronounced free) is a feminist hip-hop duo comprised of producer Allie “XOA” Howard and rapper Maddy “MADlines” Clifford. Together, FR333 promotes music’s capacity to heal, inspire and bring people together. FR333’s Marx-a-thon performance will use song and sound... Read More →
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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She is the author of many books, including Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie... Read More →
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Elaine Elinson

Elaine Elinson is coauthor of Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, winner of a Gold Medal in the California Book Awards. She served two decades as the communications director of the American... Read More →
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Mighty Mike Mc Gee

Mighty Mike McGee is a poet from San José, California. He is the first and (so far) only person ever to win the Grand Championship at both the National Poetry Slam (2003) and the Individual World Poetry Slam (2006). He has toured at least 3/4 of a million miles throughout the U.S... Read More →
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Alejandro Murguia

Alejandro Murguía is the author of Southern Front and This War Called Love (both winners of the American Book Award). His non-fiction book The Medicine of Memory highlights the Mission District in the 1970s during the Nicaraguan Solidarity movement. He is a founding member and the... Read More →
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Kal Spelletich

Kal Spelletich builds interactive machines and robots. He scours the city for industrial items whose technology can be reapplied and has collaborated with artists all over the world. Kal’s work involves, bio-morphic sensors, (sometimes uncontrollable) that trigger his robots providing... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 3:30pm - 9:00pm
Goethe-Institut 530 Bush St. #204, 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
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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 →
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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


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 →

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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 →
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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


Akwaeke Emezi: Selves Are Not Gods or Spirits (TICKETS AVAILABLE AT DOOR)
Limited Capacity seats available

Co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora & Lambda Literary

A rising star in today's Nigerian novel boom, the trans and non-binary Akwaeke Emezi has brought us Freshwater, an autobiographical debut written with stylistic brilliance, exploring the metaphysics of identity and being, plunging the reader into the mysteries of self. Currently long-listed for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize and the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize. In conversation with Whiting Award-winning novelist Esmé Weijun Wang. $10 general / $5 students, seniors, MoAD members. Tickets now only available at door.

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Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and artist based in liminal spaces. Born and raised in Nigeria, they received her MPA from New York University and was awarded a 2015 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship. They won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa. Their work... Read More →
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Esmé Weijun Wang

Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of the novel, The Border of Paradise, which was called a Best Book of 2016 by NPR and one of the 25 Best Novels of 2016 by Electric Literature. She received a 2018 Whiting Award, was named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists... Read More →

Sunday October 14, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Museum of the African Diaspora 685 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105


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

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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 →
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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
Tuesday, October 16


Here in Berlin: An Excavation with Cristina Garcia
Join us as Cuban American author Cristina García discusses her latest work Here in Berlin, a portrait of a city through snapshots, an excavation of the city's contemporary stories and ghosts, its complex, troubled past still pulsing in the air.  As with her previous books, including Dreaming in Cuban and King of Cuba, Garcia's characters are never more alive, their stories bristling with regret, desire, and longing. Book sales and signing to follow. FREE

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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 →

Tuesday October 16, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Latino Hispanic Community Meeting Room 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Friday, October 19


Édouard Louis: History of Violence
Limited Capacity seats available

Co-presented by Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S

On Christmas Eve 2012, in Paris, the novelist Édouard Louis was raped and almost murdered by a man he had just met. This act of violence left Louis shattered; its aftermath made him a stranger to himself and sent him back to the past he had sworn to leave behind. A bestseller in France, History of Violence has the exactness of a police report and the searching, unflinching curiosity of memoir at its best. In conversation with San Francisco Chronicle books editor John McMurtrie. $20 adv / $25 door
Online Ticket Sales Close at 2 p.m. day of. Tickets after that can be purchased at the door.

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Édouard Louis

Édouard Louis is the author of the international bestsellers The End of Eddy and History of Violence, and the editor of a scholarly work on the social scientist Pierre Bourdieu. Compared to Jean Genet by The Paris Review, his work deals with sexuality, class, and violence. Louis... Read More →
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John McMurtrie

John McMurtrie is the book editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. His writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, Washington Post, Toronto Globe and Mail, and International Herald Tribune, where he got his start in journalism more than a quarter-century ago—not including a stint... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Modernism 724 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Ticket Type Hot Ticket
  • Location Downtown
  • Age Limit All Ages
  • about Édouard Louis is the author of the international bestsellers<em>&nbsp;The End of Eddy</em> and&nbsp;<em>History of Violence</em>, and the editor of a scholarly work on the social scientist Pierre Bourdieu. Compared to Jean Genet by&nbsp;<em>The Paris Review</em>, his work deals with sexuality, class, and violence. Louis was born Eddy Bellegeule in the working-class village of Hallencourt in northern France, and he attended the École Normale Supérieure and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.


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.

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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