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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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Thursday, October 6
 

10:00am

Kidquake: Early Elementary School Program
Join acclaimed children’s book authors, illustrators, poets, and workshop leaders for a morning of readings, discussion, and special workshops designed to help fuel the imagination of kids from kindergarten to 2nd grade. Book sales and signing to follow. Free for school groups, teachers must enroll in advance at litquake.org/kidquake. FREE

Participants
avatar for F. Isabel Campoy

F. Isabel Campoy

Transformative Education Institute
F. ISABEL CAMPOY is the author of numerous children’s books in the areas of poetry, theatre, stories, biographies, and art. As a researcher she has published extensively bringing to the curriculum an awareness of the richness of the Hispanic culture. She is an educator specialized... Read More →
avatar for Katrina Goldsaito

Katrina Goldsaito

Author, Little, Brown and Company
avatar for Florencia Milito

Florencia Milito

Born in Argentina, Florencia Milito spent her early childhood in Venezuela and has lived in the U.S. since she was nine. She is a bilingual poet, essayist, and translator whose work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in ZYZZYVA; Indiana Review; Catamaran; Entremares; Digging through... Read More →
avatar for Gwen Minor

Gwen Minor

Gwen Minor (Read Aloud Plays: The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid, Scholastic), has been profiled on NPR and her podcasts have a world-wide following. A teacher and writer specializing in Shakespeare and ancient epic, she's also been a literary events coordinator, a freelance columnist... Read More →
avatar for Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Maggie Tokuda-Hall has an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco and a tendency to spill things. As a longtime children's bookseller she has read her fair share of stories, and she is always hungry for more. Her favorite animal is an octopus, or else an elephant.


 
Friday, October 7
 

10:00am

Kidquake: Upper Elementary Program
Join acclaimed children’s book authors, illustrators, poets and workshop leaders for a morning of readings, discussion, and special workshops designed to help fuel the imagination of kids in 3rd through 5th grade. Book sales and signing to follow. Free for school groups, teachers must enroll in advance at litquake.org/kidquake. FREE

Participants
avatar for Alex Gino

Alex Gino

Alex Gino is an American children's book writer. Gino's debut book, George, was the winner of the 2016 Stonewall Book Award as well as the 2016 Lambda Literary Award in the category of LGBT Children's/Young Adult... Read More →
avatar for Gendell Hing-Hernandez

Gendell Hing-Hernandez

Gendell Hing-Hernandez has worked as an actor for Berkeley Rep, Word for Word, TheatreWorks, Camposanto, San Jose Rep, Center Rep, New Pickle Circus, and many others. Productions include Around The World In 80 Days, The Cook, Blood Wedding, Oil!, Food Stories, House on Mango Street... Read More →
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Naomi Kinsman

Author, Executive Director, Society of Young Inklings
Naomi Kinsman is the award-winning author of Spilled Ink, A Writer’s Notebook, and the From Sadie’s Sketchbook series. She is the founder and Executive Director of Society of Young Inklings, an organization that empowers young writers. Over the past twenty years, Naomi has developed... Read More →
avatar for Kate Schatz

Kate Schatz

Kate Schatz is a feminist writer, educator, editor + activist. She's the author of the the NYT-bestseller Rad American Women A-Z, its sequel Rad Women Worldwide, and the 33 1/3 book Rid of Me: A Story. 
avatar for Susan Terence

Susan Terence

Susan Terence, San Francisco Area Coordinator and poet teacher for Calif. Poets in the Schools, is a writer and performer who has been published in: SF Bay Guardian, SF Chronicle, S. Poetry Review, Nebraska Rev., Americas Rev., St. Petersburg Rev., District 11, and has been a winner... Read More →
avatar for Judd Winick

Judd Winick

Cartoonist. Pinko. Reality TV has-been. *cough* bestselling author.


 
Saturday, October 8
 

3:30pm

Teenquake + SFPL: Lit Swap
We've got free books. You know you want 'em. Here's how to get 'em. Meet us in The Mix where there will be stacks of books up for grabs—some new, some old, some not even published yet. You scan for one you'd like to keep and in exchange write us a review of a book you loved that we'll share with the world. No spoilers allowed! For ages 12-18. FREE

 
Sunday, October 9
 

11:00am

Poetry in Parks: An All-Day Celebration on Mt. Tamalpais

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.


Participants
avatar for Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tongo Eisen-Martin

Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker and educator. He has taught in detention centers from New York's Rikers Island to California county jails. He designed curricula for oppressed people’s education projects from San Francisco to South Africa... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Getter

Charlie Getter

Charlie Getter rides his bicycle around San Francisco with a bag of tools with which he fixes cars. His oft delayed book, How to Arrange Physics and Geography to your Advantage was released in late September by Seventh Tangent Press. A frequent contributor to Quiet Lightning, you... Read More →
avatar for Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia is Poet Laureate of California. An internationally recognized poet and critic, he is the author of five collections of poetry, including Interrogations at Noon (2001), which won the American Book Award, and 99 Poems: New & Selected (2016). His critical collections include... Read More →
avatar for Anna Halprin

Anna Halprin

Over her long career Anna has created more than 150 dance theater works and written three books.Since the late 1930s Anna Halprin has been creating revolutionary directions for dance, inspiring artists in all fields. Richard Schechner, editor of TDR: The Drama Review, calls her “one... Read More →
avatar for Jane Hirschfield

Jane Hirschfield

Jane Hirshfield’s newest books are The Beauty (poems) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World. Her many honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, NEA, and the Academy of American Poets. A current chancellor of The Academy of American... 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 Barbara Jane Reyes

Barbara Jane Reyes

Barbara Jane Reyes was born in Manila and raised in the Bay Area. She is the author of To Love as Aswang, Diwata, Poeta en San Francisco, and Gravities of Center. She teaches at University of San Francisco and San Francisco State University, and lives with her husband Oscar Bermeo... Read More →
avatar for Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer who lives with his wife and family in Davis, California. He is the author of Three Californias, the Mars trilogy, Galileo’s Dream, 2312, Shaman, Aurora, and other books. He was sent by the National Science Foundation to... Read More →
avatar for Kay Ryan

Kay Ryan

Kay Ryan, United States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, was born in California in 1945 and grew up in the small towns of the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. She has lived in Marin County in Northern California since 1971. Ryan’s collections of poetry include most... Read More →
avatar for Brynn Saito

Brynn Saito

Brynn Saito is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), which won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci... Read More →
avatar for Arisa White

Arisa White

Cave Canem fellow Arisa White received her MFA from UMass, Amherst, and is the author of Black Pearl, Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Saved. She teaches at Goddard College in Vermont. You’re the Most Beautiful Thing that Happened is her newest collection from Augury B... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon 2010), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Sun Bear (Copper Canyon, 2014), as well as a book of prose, Why Poetry (Ecco Press, 2015). He is also co-translator... Read More →


 
Tuesday, October 11
 

6:00pm

Teenquake: Haiku-a-thon at Moleskine
Write inspired haikus and compete for prizes, enter a raffle to win the "Moleskine Ultimate Writer Set", nibble on food and refreshments, and hang out with fellow writers and literary lovers in the beautiful downtown Moleskine store. All teens welcome. Free

Moderators/Hosts
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Sarisha Kurup

Litquake Intern, Litquake
avatar for Jamie L. Real

Jamie L. Real

Managing Director, Litquake
Jamie L. Real is a writer, editor, and traveler from the Bay Area. She’s lived in Hungary and Poland as an English teacher and New Zealand as a bookseller and publishing assistant. She was raised on Patsy Cline, home-cooked food, and Stephen King novels. She is currently a freelance... Read More →


Tuesday October 11, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Moleskine 653 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
 
Thursday, October 13
 

7:00pm

Teenquake & NYMBC present: Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy

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. 

 



Participants
avatar for Traci Chee

Traci Chee

Traci Chee is an author of speculative fiction for teens. An all-around word geek, she loves book arts and art books, poetry and paper crafts, though she also dabbles at piano playing, egg painting, and hosting potluck game nights for family and friends. She studied literature and... Read More →
avatar for Tim Floreen

Tim Floreen

Author of YA Fiction
Tim Floreen writes young adult fiction. The New York Public Library named his first novel, Willful Machines, one of the best teen books of 2015, and in a starred review, Kirkus called it "gothic, gadgety, and gay," which is an accurate assessment. Booklist called his second novel... Read More →
avatar for Parker Peevyhouse

Parker Peevyhouse

Parker Peevyhouse teaches part-time at a tutoring center and a K 8 school. She loves puzzles, games, and riddles of all kinds and can't pass up a chance to take in California's amazing scenery. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. "Where Futures End" is her debut... Read More →
avatar for Tricia Stirling

Tricia Stirling

Tricia Stirling earned her M.A. in creative writing and has been published in Literary Mama, The Angler, and Syntax. She lives in Sacramento, California, with her family. WHEN MY HEART WAS WICKED is Tricia's first novel.


Thursday October 13, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sports Basement 1590 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
 
Saturday, October 15
 

10:30am

Litquake in the Bookstore: Lisa Brown
Author and illustrator Lisa Brown reads from her newest children's book The Airport Book. Follow a family and the youngest member's favorite sock monkey through all the inner and outer workings of an airport. For ages 2 to 4. FREE

"Whether kids are readying for their first plane trip, wondering where parents go after they’re dropped off at the terminal, or just looking for some imagined travel, this will set them on the runway."―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred

"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


Participants
avatar for Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown draws things like illustration and comics, writes things like books and book reviews, and teaches things to kids and college students. Her debut picture book, How to Be, was one of the Thirteen Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy. Since then she has published... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Diesel Books 5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

11:30am

Litquake in the Bookstore: Annie Barrows
Author and editor Annie Barrows reads from her Ivy and Bean children's series. For kids in grades 1-5. FREE

“Only a stooge couldn’t love Ivy and Bean.” —Kirkus Reviews

“One of the funniest young chapter book series around.” —The Horn Book
 

Participants
avatar for Annie Barrows

Annie Barrows

In 1988, Chronicle Books hired Annie as an editorial assistant, from which platform she became successively assistant editor, managing editor, Editor, and Senior Editor. Somewhere in this trajectory, she acquiredGriffin & Sabine, Chronicle’s first New York Times best seller. In... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Diesel Books 5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618