San Francisco’s literary legacy has always held a strong North Bay connection, dating back to the Beats, Jack London, and Mark Twain.
Litquake San Rafael returns to the downtown 4th Street corridor of cafés, restaurants, and shops, featuring Bay Area writers in this day-long series of free readings and open-mic events. FREE
Co-sponsored by the Downtown San Rafael Business Improvement District, Marin Poetry Center, Friends of the San Rafael Library, Jack Hunt Automotive, Bank of Marin, Pint Size Lounge, Book Passage, Falafel Hutm PS Print, and Rebound Bookstore
Co-presented by the Women’s National Book Association: SF Chapter
Celebrate National Reading Group Month with bestselling authors Cara Black, Jessica Chiarella, Patricia V. Davis, Mary Mackey, and Mary Volmer. Moderated by Laurie R. King. Free book club materials, and refreshments from Max’s Opera Café next door. FREE
Co-presented by Quiet Lightning, California State Parks, and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
This all-day installation of Poetry in Parks takes place in the historic Cushing Memorial-Mountain Theater in Mt. Tamalpais State Park, celebrating Quiet Lightning's 100th show, the centennial of the National Parks, and the connection between the wilderness experience and the inspiration parks provide to everyone. FREE
Featured readers include Dana Gioia, Kay Ryan, Jane Hirshfield, Alejandro Murguía, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Matthew Zapruder, with Barbara Jane Reyes, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Brynn Saito, Arisa White, Charlie Getter, and Andrew Paul Nelson. Also includes a submission-based literary mixtape, youth poetry readings curated by Marin County Poet Laureate Prartho Sereno, and performances by San Francisco’s Classical Revolution and postmodern dance pioneer Anna Halprin. With children's activities, local food and beverage booths. For full lineup, free shuttle service, directions, and more info: quietlightning.org/tam.
Litquake’s Eat, Drink, and Be Literary celebrates a range of ideas in food and writing. Throughout the day, nationally acclaimed chefs and food writers debate and explore the latest developments in food culture, sustainability, culinary trends, and the fundamental relationship between people and food. Attendees can interact with chefs, food media, culinary organizations, TV hosts, gluten-free experts, sea foragers, artisanal craft distillers, and a 7-time champion at the Grilled Cheese Invitational.
An exhibition hall features food and beverage tastings from the Bay Area’s most innovative producers, including Save Me San Francisco Wine Company, Broadside Wines, Sudwerk Brewing Co., and much more. Book sales and signings ongoing. $35 advance, or $40 at the door
Sponsored in part by:
ChefsFeed, Friends of the San Francisco Library, Guittard Chocolate Company, Hodo Soy, Moleskine, Runa Tea, Save Me San Francisco Wine Co., Semifreddi's, Shakespeare Vodka, Sudwerk Brewing Co.
Capra Press, Distilled Stories: California Artisans Behind the Spirits
Martin and Rebecca Cate, Smuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki
Frances Dinkelspiel, Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California
Heidi Gibson, Grilled Cheese Kitchen: Bread + Cheese + Everything in Between
Kirk Lombard, The Sea Forager's Guide to the Northern California Coast
Carolyn Phillips, Dim Sum Field Guide and All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China
Vendors and Exhibitors:
Alter Eco, Broadside Wine, CocoTutti Chocolates, Edible Excursions, Good Eggs, KeVita kombucha, Miyoko's Kitchen, NOSH, Peter's Kettle Corn, Runa Tea, Shades of Sugar Bakeshop, Sudwerk Brewing Company, Shakespeare Vodka, and more.
Join urban mappers and literary enthusiasts Burrito Justice and Nicole Gluckstern for this seven-mile bike tour of city neighborhoods and authors who made San Francisco an international literary hub. Meet at 12:45 pm at Jack London Alley at South Park. Ride ends at 4 pm in North Beach, outside City Lights Books. Bring bikes with gears, snacks, and enthusiasm. Age 16 and older recommended. FREE
Co-presented by Write on Mamas
In the 21st century "new normal," today’s families are blended, adoptive, and multi-cultural, and include children with a variety of special talents and needs. Can we make America great again by raising our kids to be compassionate and independent? Five experts weigh in. FREE
There are so many ways to be published these days. These debut authors share their journeys. One took a hobby and turned it into a book deal with a major publisher, another won a contest that led to a breakthrough, and others have inspiring tales of perseverance. Get the inside scoop and learn which will be the best path for you. FREE
Working on a book? Have dreams of becoming a published author? This panel of book publishing professionals discuss the latest ways to get your work out into the world to connect with readers, from do-it-yourself to top publishing houses. Bring questions. FREE
Ron Hansen, award-winning author of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, launches his newest novel, The Kid, about an iconic American criminal of the old West. Billy the Kid's spree of crimes and murders has been immortalized in dime westerns, novels, and movies. But the whole story of his short, epically violent life has never been told as it has been here. FREE
Co-presented by Not Your Mother's Book Club™
What's the real difference between sci-fi and fantasy, and which fans are more awesome? Two sci-fi authors and two fantasy authors battle it out for the win. Come for a reading, stay for a conversation about craft and book signing. With Traci Chee, Tricia Stirling, Parker Peevyhouse, and Tim Floreen. FREE
Not Your Mother’s Book Club™ is a monthly literary salon for teenagers in the Bay Area, which offers online author interviews, online contests, and in-school author events. Follow them on Twitter @NYMBC.
Wine and poetry have always made a delicious duet. At this reading, curated by Hollie Hardy and Tess Taylor, internationally renowned sommelier Christopher Sawyer pairs six talented poets with six exquisite wines carefully selected to illuminate their work. Admission includes wine flight of six tastes. $25
Mill Valley Library’s true storytelling series returns to Litquake with an amazing lineup sharing tales on the theme “Kismit: true stories of things meant to be.” Ages 14 and up welcome. Wine reception begins at 6:30 pm for registered guests. Register online after September 26. FREE
"This is one of those books you could look at forever and never run out of new things to notice, smile at, and fold into the next reading. Sky-high in concept, execution, and kid appeal; the only airport book you’ll ever need."―Horn Book, starred
"Amusing Easter eggs abound, and Brown’s calm delineation of the mysteries and mundanities of air travel should reassure reluctant travelers. "―Publishers Weekly
Activist, teacher, entrepreneur, and spiritual leader, Larry Brilliant’s life journey has led him on a purposeful path across continents and countercultural movements, marching arm-in-arm with the men and women who defined a generation. His entertaining and inspiring new memoir, Sometimes Brilliant, illuminates some of the most revolutionary events of a generation, many of the legendary people who defined it, and a towering figure at the center of it. FREE
Join San Francisco’s biggest literary party of the year, immediately following the Lit Crawl! Sip on specialty cocktails, mingle with fellow book nerds, enter a raffle from the Moleskine pop-up shop, peruse our Litquake swag table, and watch authors dance to tunes by DJ Matt Haze! FREE