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Welcome to Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival, now in our 17th year. Festival dates are October 7-15, 2016. Events are all-ages unless noted otherwise. Book sales are offered when and where appropriate. Events without ticket reservations are first-come first served. Click the phone icon to the right below, to download our new mobile app version!

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Friday, October 7 • 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Shakespeare @ 400: Litquake's Opening Night Gala

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NOTE: Advance sales have ended, but tickets are still available at the door!

Co-presented by San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

What better way to kick off 17 years of Litquake, than to celebrate 400 years of the world's most influential poet and dramatist, at the elegant chandeliered Green Room overlooking San Francisco City Hall. With hosted bar and catered light bites and dessert, and appearances by poet Gary Soto, Celtic harpist Shelley Phillips, and a special "off-color" performance from members of SF Shakes. Dramatic accessories encouraged!
$30 advance, $35 at the door

Mingle with Litquake authors, friends and supporters, pick up a copy of our Festival Guide, and hear poetry from Gary Soto, author of the new collection You Kiss by th' Book (each poem begins with a line from Shakespeare). Sample craft lagers from Sudwerk Brewery Co., and themed cocktails from Shakespeare Vodka, as you plan your Litquake week. 

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San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

Founded in 1983, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival brings Shakespeare's greatest works to over 30,000 in the Bay Area each summer with Free Shakespeare in the Park. This series has become as much a part of summer in the Bay Area as a backyard barbecue — bringing professional... Read More →
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Shelley Phillips

Shelley Phillips (folk harp, oboe, cor anglais, and flutes) and her husband Barry (cello) have played with many professional folk musicians in America, Ireland, and the UK. Shelley is director of the Santa Cruz Community Music School, where she runs Celtic music camps for children and teens, maintains a private studio, and presents concerts and workshops with visiting musicians of the highest caliber.She received her master’s in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has studied Irish and Scottish flute styles, shehnai, dizi, and willow flute. She p... Read More →
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Gary Soto

Gary Soto is the author of eleven poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly... Read More →

Friday October 7, 2016 8:00pm - 10:30pm PDT
Green Room