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Saturday, October 8 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm
GONZO: 50 Years of Hunter S. Thompson

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Co-presented by The Beat Museum

Marking 50 years since his first book Hell's Angels, Litquake pays tribute to the original Doctor of Gonzo and his contributions to American letters. Special guests: editor Alan Rinzler (Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail), Ron Turner (publisher of the upcoming anthology Who Killed Hunter S. Thompson? by Warren Hinckle), and Juan Thompson (Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson). Includes Bay Area premiere screening of Gonzo @ The Derby, a new ESPN short film by Michael D. Ratner, featuring Ralph Steadman and Sean Penn. With writers Gary Kamiya and Cintra Wilson, and editor/sexpert Susie Bright, sharing her collection of voicemails from Hunter Thompson. Hosted by Jack Boulware. $20 advance, $25 at the door

“We are really just a nation of 220 million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns, and no qualms at all about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.” —Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail

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Susie Bright

Best-selling author Susie Bright, the country’s preeminent feminist sex writer, is one of the world’s most respected voices on sexual politics, as well as an award-winning author and editor who’s produced and published thousands of the finest writers and journalists working... Read More →
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Gary Kamiya

Gary Kamiya is author of Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco. He was a co-founder of Salon.com, with David Talbot. He is currently executive editor of San Francisco magazine and writes a weekly history column for the San Francisco Chronicle, “Portals of the Pa... Read More →
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Alan Rinzler

Self-Employed, Alan Rinzler Editorial
Book editor since 1962, working at Simon & Schuster, Bantam, Grove, Press, Macmillan, Holt, Rolling Stone and Straight Arrow Books, editing and publishing Toni Morrison, Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Robbins, Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler, Shirley MacLaine, Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan and ot... Read More →
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Juan F. Thompson

Juan F. Thompson was born in 1964 outside of San Francisco, California, and grew up in Woody Creek, Colorado. He graduated from Tufts University and lives in Denver, Colorado, where he performs computer magic in the healthcare IT industry. He is the author of Stories I Tell Myself... Read More →
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Ron Turner

I am the founder of Last Gasp and I've been an outspoken supporter of artists, writers, and various misfits for over four decades. You may know me as "Baba Ron" in SF, and I've been fortunate enough to be a part of the past 50 years of local underground history including the "Summer... Read More →
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Cintra Wilson

Cintra Wilson is a playwright, novelist, and a past columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, Salon, and The New York Times. She lives in New York City.

Saturday October 8, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT
Swedish American Hall