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Saturday, October 8
 

2:00pm

Ghosts, Bones, and Dust: Novels of Life and Death

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



Moderators/Hosts
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Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories. She is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar and an honorary doctorate in theology.

Participants
avatar for Cara Black

Cara Black

Cara Black is the New York Times bestselling author of 16 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received numerous accolades for her novels, including multiple nominations for the prestigious Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Chiarella

Jessica Chiarella

Jessica Chiarella grew up in the Chicago area and has a master’s in writing and publishing from DePaul University. She recently graduated from Riverside’s Creative Writing MFA program at the University of California and currently lives in the Chicago area. AND AGAIN is her... Read More →
avatar for Patricia V. Davis

Patricia V. Davis

Patricia V. Davis is the author of COOKING FOR GHOSTS and SPELLS & OREGANO, Books I and II of a trilogy of magical realism novels set aboard the haunted RMS Queen Mary. Book III in the trilogy, Demons, Well-Seasoned will be released October 31, 2019. www.TheSecretSpice.com
avatar for Mary Mackey

Mary Mackey

Mary Mackey is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels including The Village of Bones, and seven volumes of poetry including Sugar Zone, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Award.
avatar for Mary Volmer

Mary Volmer

Mary Volmer was born in Grass Valley, California, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College and a master’s degree from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She has... Read More →



Saturday October 8, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Books Inc., Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
 
Sunday, October 9
 

12:45pm

OTRS - Making Literature Now: The Art and Business of Contemporary Lit
Off the Richter Scale Series:

How does new writing come to count as “literature" today? Amy Hungerford (Making Literature Now) moderates this discussion on the art and business of contemporary literary publishing both print and online, with writer/editor Eli Horowitz, poets Juliana Spahr and Chiyuma Elliott, and novelist Emily Barton. FREE

Complimentary coffee provided by Nomadic Ground


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Amy Hungerford

Amy Hungerford

Amy Hungerford is Professor of English and Divisional Director of Humanities at Yale. She specializes in 20th- and 21st-century American literature, especially the period since 1945. Her new monograph, Making Literature Now (Stanford, 2016) is about the social networks that support... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Emily Barton

Emily Barton

Writing fiction, writing novels, plot plot plot, alternative structures in fiction, alt-history, steampunk, dieselpunk, feminism, women in lit, Jewish themes in contemporary lit
avatar for Chiyuma Elliott

Chiyuma Elliott

Chiyuma Elliott is Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her scholarly work and teaching focus on poetry and poetics, visual culture, and intellectual history from the 1920s to the present. Before joining the Berkeley faculty, Elliott... Read More →
avatar for Eli Horowitz

Eli Horowitz

Eli Horowitz is the co-creator of The Silent History, a digital novel; The Clock Without a Face, a treasure-hunt mystery; andEverything You Know Is Pong, an illustrated cultural history of table tennis. He was the managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney’s; his design work... Read More →
avatar for Juliana Spahr

Juliana Spahr

Juliana Spahr edits the book series Chain Links with Jena Osman and the collectively funded Subpress with nineteen other people and Commune Editions with Joshua Clover and Jasper Bernes. With David Buuck she wrote Army of Lovers. She has edited with Stephanie Young A Megaphone: Some... Read More →


 
Monday, October 10
 

7:00pm

Game On: Writing the New Narrative
As technology changes, so does the way people experience narrative storytelling. Gaming journalist Douglass Perry talks to game makers and players about the evolution of games into rich narratives. $5-10 sliding scale. 

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Douglass Perry

Douglass Perry

Director of Public Relations, Reverb Communications
I have immersed myself in the business of writing about video games since 1994, starting as the managing editor of Next Generation, EIC of five IGN channels, and later as a freelancer for Kotaku, EGM, VentureBeat, CNN, and more. Favorite all-time games: Limbo, BioShock, 80 Days, Sid... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Roland Li

Roland Li

Author, Good Luck Have Fun: The Rise of eSports
I'm the author of a new book that explores the history and growth of eSports, or competitive video gaming, from bedrooms to arenas. I'm also a reporter at San Francisco Business Times, covering real estate and economic development. I'm an avid fan of DOTA 2, and I also enjoy single-player... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Martinez

Nicole Martinez

Lead Writer, Telltale Games
Nicole Martinez is a writer at Telltale Games. She's currently working on Batman: The Telltale Series and previously wrote for The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead: Michonne. When not working on games Nicole enjoys writing short stories and screenplays.
avatar for Rob Smith

Rob Smith

Consultant, Robroom
Over 20 years of experience in videogame enthusiast press, variously as Editor-in-Chief of PC Gamer, OXM, PTOM, and Machinima. Author of Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts (Chronicle Books), a history of one of the most influential videogame development studios of all time. Currently... Read More →
avatar for Meghan Thornton

Meghan Thornton

Studio Lead Writer, Fogbank Entertainment
Meghan Thornton is a WGA award-nominated writer of video games, poetry, short stories, and novels. She wrote for Telltale Games on Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Batman, and Guardians of the Galaxy. She is currently writing and editing interactive graphic novels for the mobile story... Read More →


Monday October 10, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110

7:00pm

The Girls: An Evening with Emma Cline
Co-presented by Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

This stunning first novel by Emma Cline, based in part on the Charles Manson history, paints an indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong. In conversation with Ellen Sussman. $28-48

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence.

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Ellen Sussman

Ellen Sussman

co-founder, co-director, Sonoma County Writers Camp
Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She is the editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave and Dirty Words: A Literary... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Emma Cline

Emma Cline

Emma Cline is from California. Her fiction has appeared in Tin House and The Paris Review, and she was the recipient of the 2014 Paris Review Plimpton Prize. The Girls is her first novel.



 
Tuesday, October 11
 

7:00pm

Prestigious Prose: Pulitzer Conversations
Co-presented by California Humanities

In honor of the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, Litquake hosts two conversations with four recipients: Jane Smiley (1992, fiction) with Robert Hass (2008, poetry); and Richard Rhodes (1986, nonfiction) with T.J. Stiles (2010, biography; 2016, history). Topics certain to be covered include: what is the intersection between fiction and poetry? How much research is enough, and is there ever too much? And how did winning the highest literary prize in the U.S. change their lives? $10 advance or $15 at the door

Participants
avatar for Robert Hass

Robert Hass

Robert L. Hass is an American poet. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. He won the 2007 National Book Award and shared the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for the collection Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005.In 2014 he was awarded the Wallace Stevens... Read More →
avatar for Richard Rhodes

Richard Rhodes

Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of twenty-five books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award; Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was shortlisted for a... Read More →
avatar for Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, A Thousand Acres, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Horse Heaven. She is the author of thirteen novels for adults, five novels for young adults, and five works of non-fiction, including The Man Who Invented the Computer... Read More →
avatar for T.J. Stiles

T.J. Stiles

T.J. Stiles, called “a superb researcher” by the Washington Post, won the 2010 Pulitzer for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. His new book is Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New... Read More →


7:00pm

Yaa Gyasi at The Octopus
Co-presented by THERE Reading Series and Museum of the African Diaspora

Yaa Gyasi discusses and reads from her new book Homegoing, a story of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana, and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel. FREE

Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.

“Homegoing is an inspiration.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates 


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Aaron Bady

Aaron Bady

Aaron Bady is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas, teaching African literature. He writes the blog zunguzungu.

Participants
avatar for Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi

 Yaa Gyasi is an author whose debut novel, Homegoing,weaves three centuries of slavery and colonialism into the fabric of America. Born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Gyasi holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Worksh... Read More →



Tuesday October 11, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Octopus Literary Salon 2101 Webster St #170, Oakland, CA 94612
 
Wednesday, October 12
 

7:30pm

Saving Twilight: A Tribute to Julio Cortázar
Co-presented by City Lights and Center for the Art of Translation

Argentine novelist, short story writer, and essayist Julio Cortázar (1914-1984) was known as a founder of the Latin American Boom, and influenced an entire generation of Spanish-speaking readers and writers in the Americas and Europe ("The Simón Bolívar of the novel"—Carlos Fuentes). Translator Stephen Kessler and special guests discuss Cortázar's life and read from his work. FREE

"Anyone who doesn't read Cortazar is doomed. Not to read him is a serious invisible disease which in time can have terrible consequences. Something similar to a man who has never tasted peaches. He would quietly become sadder...and, probably, little by little, he would lose his hair." —Pablo Neruda
 

Participants
avatar for Lewis Buzbee

Lewis Buzbee

Lewis Buzbee is author of The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, Blackboard, Steinbeck's Ghost, The Haunting of Charles Dickens, and Bridge of Time.
avatar for Mauro Javier Cardenas

Mauro Javier Cardenas

Mauro Javier Cardenas is author of the novel The Revoutionaries Try Again. He grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and graduated with a degree in economics from Stanford University. His fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, Guernica, ZYZZYVA, Witness, BOMB, and the Antioch Review. His interviews... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Kessler

Stephen Kessler

Stephen Kessler is a poet, prose writer, translator, and editor. His award-winning translations of the Spanish poet Luis Cernuda include Forbidden Pleasures, Desolation of the Chimera, and Written in Water.  He is also editor and principal translator of The Sonnets by Jorge Luis... Read More →
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Silvia Oviedo-López

Silvia Oviedo-López is a Spanish poet and translator based in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in different anthologies and journals on both sides of the Atlantic. She is the founder of Desbandada, a journal of original and translated poetry.
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Katherine Silver

Katherine Silver’s translation of Literature Classes, by Julio Cortázar, will be published by New Directions in 2017. Her most recent translations include works by Martín Adán, Daniel Sada, Horacio Castellanos Moya, César Aira, and Jorge Luis Borges. She is currently translating... Read More →



Wednesday October 12, 2016 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Green Apple Books on the Park 1231 9th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94122
 
Thursday, October 13
 

7:00pm

Litquake in the Bookstore: Ron Hansen

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


Participants
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Ron Hansen

Ron Hansen is the author of ten novels—including Mariette in Ecstasy, Desperadoes, and A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion—and two short story collections, among them She Loves Me Not. His novel The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner... Read More →



7:30pm

Litquake in the Bookstore: Nell Zink
Nell Zink exquisitely captures the clash between Baby-Boomer idealism and Millennial pragmatism, between the have-nots and want-mores, in this riotous yet tender novel that brilliantly encapsulates our time. A story of obsession, idealism, and ownership, centered around a young woman who inherits her bohemian late father's childhood home. FREE

Participants
avatar for Nell Zink

Nell Zink

Nell Zink grew up in rural Virginia. She has worked in a variety of trades, including masonry and technical writing. In the early 1990s, she edited an indie rock fanzine. Her writing has also appeared in n+1. Her debut novel, The Wallcreeper, was published in 2014. She lives near... Read More →



Thursday October 13, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
The Booksmith 1644 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117

8:00pm

Litquake's Barbary Coast Awards
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
avatar for Will Durst

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
avatar for Justin Chin

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 →
avatar for Jewelle Gomez

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 →
avatar for Maxine Hong Kingston

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 →
avatar for Michael Krasny

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 →
avatar for Alejandro Murguía

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 →
avatar for Patrick Wolff Quartet

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 →
avatar for Thomas Sanchez

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 →
avatar for Paul Yamazaki

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
 
Friday, October 14
 

6:30pm

Lit by the Lake
Six East Bay authors read from their newly published books, in this after-hours event at Oakland’s Main Library. Enjoy a glass of wine, make new friends, and hear from Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Ali Eteraz, Yang Huang, Lisa McGuinness, Nayomi Munaweera, and Kate Jessica Raphael. $5.00 Suggested Donation

Participants
avatar for Lucy Bledsoe

Lucy Bledsoe

Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s newest novel, A THIN BRIGHT LINE, is an American love story with Cold War complications, and the New York Times says it "triumphs as an intimate and humane evocation of day-to-day life under inhumane circumstances." She’s won a Yaddo Fellowship, the Saturday... Read More →
avatar for Ali Eteraz

Ali Eteraz

Ali Eteraz is based at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. He is the author of the memoir Children of Dust, the short story collection Falsipedies & Fibsiennes, and the novel Native Believer. Eteraz’s work has appeared the Chicago Quarterly Review, storySouth, Crossborder, NPR... Read More →
avatar for Yang Huang

Yang Huang

Yang Huang grew up in mainland China. Her debut novel Living Treasures won the Nautilus Book Awards silver medal, Next Generation Indie Book Awards gold medal, and Living Now Book Awards bronze medal. She lives in the East Bay and works for UC Berkeley.
avatar for Lisa McGuinness

Lisa McGuinness

Author and editor, Lisa McGuinness has written several books including the novel Catarina's Ring, Caffeinated Ideas Journal, and Meaningful Bouquets, as well a gaggle of children's books including the Dictionary of Extraordinary Ordinary Animals and New York Times bestseller, Bee... Read More →
avatar for Nayomi Munaweera

Nayomi Munaweera

Nayomi Munaweera's debut novel, "Island of a Thousand Mirrors," won the Commonwealth Regional Prize for Asia and was a Target Book Club selection. Munaweera's second novel, "What Lies Between Us," won the Godage Prize for Best English Novel.
avatar for Kate Jessica Raphael

Kate Jessica Raphael

Kate Raphael is a San Francisco Bay Area writer, activist, journalist, and clerical worker. Her debut novel, Murder Under the Bridge: a Palestine mystery, came out in November 2016. She spent eighteen months as a peace worker in Palestine and spent six weeks in Israeli immigration... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Oakland Public Library 125 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

6:30pm

Global Fiction: Litquake's International Night
Co-presented by Transit Books, Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France, San Francisco, and Mechanics' Institute Library

Amidst an increased climate for international fiction, whether translated or originally in English, Litquake convenes this stellar selection of authors from Australia, Ecuador, France, and Romania, to discuss and read from their latest works. Moderated by Transit Books publisher Adam Z. Levy. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6 pm for pre-show reception. FREE

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Adam Z. Levy

Adam Z. Levy

Publisher, Transit Books
Adam Z. Levy is publisher of Transit Books, a nonprofit publishing house based in Oakland, California. His translation from the Hungarian of Gábor Schein's The Book of Mordechai is forthcoming from Seagull Books.

Participants
avatar for Carmen-Francesca Banciu

Carmen-Francesca Banciu

Carmen-Francesca Banciu was born in Lipova, Romania and studied religious painting and foreign trade in Bucharest. As a result of being awarded the International Short Story Award of the City of Arnsberg for the story "Das strahlende Ghetto" (“The Radiant Ghetto,” 1985), she... Read More →
avatar for Mauro Javier Cardenas

Mauro Javier Cardenas

Mauro Javier Cardenas is author of the novel The Revoutionaries Try Again. He grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and graduated with a degree in economics from Stanford University. His fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, Guernica, ZYZZYVA, Witness, BOMB, and the Antioch Review. His interviews... Read More →
avatar for David Francis

David Francis

David Francis, based in Los Angeles where he works for the Norton Rose law firm, spends part of each year back on his family’s farm in Australia. He is author of The Great Inland Sea, published to acclaim in seven countries, and Stray Dog Winter, Book of the Year in The Advocate, winner... Read More →
avatar for Antoine Volodine

Antoine Volodine

Antoine Volodine is the principal pseudonym of a French novelist, who has published 20 books under this name, several of which are available in English translation. After studying literature, Volodine taught Russian for 15 years, and has devoted himself to writing and translating... Read More →


 
Saturday, October 15
 

11:30am

Art of the YA Novel
Litquake's Teenquake producer Summer Dawn Laurie moderates this stellar panel of YA authors (Michael Grant, Stacey Lee, Nina LaCour, Jandy Nelson, and Malena Watrous) as they discuss their craft, process, tips, and tricks. Audience Q&A to follow. $10

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Summer Dawn Laurie

Summer Dawn Laurie

Children's/Teen Specialist, Books Inc
kids and teen events

Participants
avatar for Michael Grant

Michael Grant

Michael Grant is the author or co-author with his wife, Katherine Applegate, of more than 150 books, some of which he still remembers.  Works include the Animorphs, Gone, BZRK and Front Lines series.  
avatar for Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour is the author of three critically acclaimed young adult novels published by Dutton Books: Hold Still, The Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You. You Know Me Well, a novel written in collaboration with David Levithan, is forthcoming from St. Martin's Griffin... Read More →
avatar for Stacey Lee

Stacey Lee

Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King... Read More →
avatar for Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson's New York Times bestselling novel, I'll Give You the Sun, received many awards including the 2015 Printz Award. Both Sun and her debut, The Sky Is Everywhere, were on multiple best of the year lists including the NY Times, Time, and NPR. The novels are collectively published... Read More →
avatar for Malena Watrous

Malena Watrous

Malena Watrous is a novelist, book critic, and instructor at Stanford. Her first novel, If You Follow Me, was published by Harper Perennial. She is the co-author, with Helena Echlin, of Sparked, a supernatural thriller for teens. A native of San Francisco, she lives in the Mission... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:45pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

1:00pm

Art of the Thriller
What makes a good thriller? Learn how to create suspense, raise the stakes, and keep the reader guessing. Authors Deborah Coonts, Paula Treick DeBoard, Alex Dolan, Reese Hirsch, and Domenic Stansberry discuss and take questions. $10

Participants
avatar for Deborah Coonts

Deborah Coonts

I write fiction: light mystery, romantic suspense, thrillers and contemporary fiction. All my life I've struggled with a serious case of career ADD--I've been a business owner, an accountant, a lawyer, a pilot, a mom, and inveterate traveler...and always a storyteller. I've lived... Read More →
avatar for Paula Treick DeBoard

Paula Treick DeBoard

Paula Treick DeBoard’s novels include the psychological thriller The Drowning Girls (2016) and the novels The Fragile World (2014) and The Mourning Hours (2013). A graduate of the MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, Paula lectures in creative writing at the University... Read More →
avatar for Alex Dolan

Alex Dolan

Alex Dolan is the author of The Euthanist and The Empress of Tempera, and the host of the "Thrill Seekers" show on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.
avatar for Reece Hirsch

Reece Hirsch

Reece Hirsch is the author of four thrillers that draw upon his background as a privacy attorney. His first book, The Insider, was a finalist for the 2011 International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. His next three books, The Adversary, Intrusion and Surveillance... Read More →
avatar for Domenic Stansberry

Domenic Stansberry

Domenic Stansberry is an award-winning novelist known for his dark, innovative crime novels.  His  North Beach Mystery Series has won praise in The New York Times and other publications for its rich portrayal of the ethnic and political subcultures of San Francisco.  An earlier... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

3:00pm

Art of the Novel
"Never open a book with weather" —Elmore Leonard. Good quote, but you'll learn more from this panel of authors, who break down the craft and process of writing a novel. With Ramona Asubel, Jan Ellison, Grant Faulkner, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and Ellen Sussman. $10

Participants
avatar for Ramona Ausubel

Ramona Ausubel

Ramona Ausubel is the author of Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty (June, 2016) as well as No One is Here Except All of Us, winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction and A Guide to Being Born, a New York Times Notable Book. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker... Read More →
avatar for Jan Ellison

Jan Ellison

Jan Ellison is the USA Today bestselling author of the debut novel, A Small Indiscretion, which was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. Jan won an O. Henry Prize for her first short story, and her essays about writing and parenting have appeared in The New York... Read More →
avatar for Grant Faulkner

Grant Faulkner

Executive Director, National Novel Writing Month
Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month, the co-founder of 100 Word Story, and a co-founder of the Flash Fiction Collective. His stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, and dozens of others. His collection... Read More →
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Sarah Manyika

Sarah Manyika is a writer, academic and overall lover of stories. She was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, Zimbabwe and England. Her best-selling debut novel, In Dependence (with sales of 3 million and a brand new edition coming out in the US and UK later this year... Read More →
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Ellen Sussman

co-founder, co-director, Sonoma County Writers Camp
Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She is the editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave and Dirty Words: A Literary... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104