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Thursday, October 13 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Litquake's Barbary Coast Awards

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For the first time, Litquake’s annual Barbary Coast Award is plural. With so many deserving individuals and organizations warranting public acclaim, how could we choose just one? This year’s Literary Legend honorees are Maxine Hong Kingston (Woman Warrior) and San Francisco poet laureate Alejandro Murguia. Other recipients are Thomas Sanchez (California Classics, Rabbit Boss)Jewelle Gomez (Castro Vanguard Award), KQED's Michael Krasny (Kathi Kamen Goldmark Award for community impact), The Threepenny Review (Literary Publication), The Bancroft Library (Literary Institution), Paul Yamazaki (Bookstore Hero), and the late poet Justin Chin (In Memoriam). Hosted by Will Durst, with special guest presenters, and live music from the Patrick Wolff Quartet. $30 general admission, $50 preferred seating

Use ticket link to purchase online, or charge-by-phone at 415-392-4400. Tickets available at City Box Office, 180 Redwood St., San Francisco, CA 94102.

Moderators/Hosts
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Will Durst

Acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in the country, Will Durst has patched together a comedy quilt of a career, weaving together columns, books, radio and television commentaries, acting, voiceovers, and most especially, standup comedy... Read More →

Participants
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Justin Chin

Poet, essayist, and performance artist Justin Chin (1969-2015) was born in Malaysia and educated in Singapore and at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. With humor and raw vulnerability, Chin’s poems interrogate the personal, political, and commercial implications of claiming... Read More →
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Jewelle Gomez

Jewelle Gomez is a writer and activist, and author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories whose 25th anniversary edition was published this year by City Lights Books. Her adaptation of the book for the stage, Bones & Ash: A Gilda Story, was performed by the... Read More →
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Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston, an eminent memoirist and a celebrated Chinese-American autobiographer, is best known for The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (1976) and its companion volume, China Men (1980). The Woman Warrior won the National Book Critics Circle Award... Read More →
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Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, Ph.D., is host of KQED's award-winning Forum, a news and public affairs program that concentrates on the arts, culture, health, business, and technology. Forum is one of KQED's most-popular shows and one of the nation's most-listened-to locally produced public radio... Read More →
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Bancroft Library

The Bancroft Library is the primary special collections library at the University of California, Berkeley. One of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique materials in the United States, Bancroft supports major research and instructional activities... Read More →
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Alejandro Murguía

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

Patrick Wolff is a saxophonist rooted in the bebop tradition, with a long history in the New York City jazz scene. Since moving to San Francisco in 2009, Wolff has appeared regularly with Marcus Shelby, Adam Shulman, and Diana Gameros. He is making his mark as a composer and bandleader... Read More →
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The Threepenny Review

The Threepenny Review is a quarterly literary and arts magazine, founded in 1980 in Berkeley, California by its editor, Wendy Lesser. Threepenny publishes criticism, memoir, fiction and poetry as well as reviews of the performing and visual arts. Recent contributors include Roberto... Read More →
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Thomas Sanchez

Thomas Sanchez is a fifth-generation Californian born days before his father was killed in World War II, and spent his early years at an orphanage and boarding school with native, black, white and Latino Americans. He participated in many iconic 1960s events, from farm workers strikes... Read More →
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Paul Yamazaki

Paul Yamazaki has been a bookseller since 1970, and has been the principle buyer at City Lights Booksellers for over 30 years. He has served on the board of directors of several literary and community arts organizations, including the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP... Read More →


Thursday October 13, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

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