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Sunday, October 9
 

1:00pm

LGBTQ Spotlight: Litquake in the Castro
Co-presented by Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District

Outstanding writers from the LGBTQ community present their work outdoors in the heart of the world’s gay mecca: Rabih Alameddine, Meliza Bañales, Julie Blair, Roberto F. Santiago, James Siegel, and Willy Wilkinson. Wine reception and book sales follows at Dog Eared Books, 489 Castro St. FREE

Participants
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Rabih Alameddine

Rabih Alameddine is the author of the novels Koolaids, and I, the Divine, The Hakawati, An Unnecessary Woman, the story collection, The Perv, and most recently, The Angel of History. He divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut.
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Meliza Bañales

Meliza Bañales aka Missy Fuego is the author of three books and was a 2016 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best LGBT Debut Fiction for her novel Life Is Wonderful, People Are Terrific. She was a fixture in the spoken-word, slam, and Queer artist communities of the San Francisco... Read More →
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Julie Blair

Julie Blair is a Lambda, Goldie, and Rainbow award winning author of lesbian romances. A lover of wine, coffee, and gardening, she lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her partner and their dogs.
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Roberto F. Santiago

Roberto F. Santiago received his MFA from Rutgers University, and BA from Sarah Lawrence College. He is a 2016 Community of Writers Fellow, 2015 Sarah Lawrence Fellow, 2014 Lambda Literary Fellow, the recipient of the Alfred C. Carey Poetry Prize, and his debut book of poetry was... Read More →
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James Siegel

James J. Siegel is the author of the poetry collection "How Ghosts Travel" from Spuyten Duyvil Press, which was a finalist for the Ohioana Library Book Award. He hosts and curates the monthly Literary Speakeasy show at Martuni's, always held on the last Thursday of every month, which... Read More →
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Willy Wilkinson

Writer and Public Health Consultant, LGBTQ ACCESS
Willy Wilkinson, MPH is an award-winning writer, public health consultant, cultural competency trainer, public speaker, and spoken word performer. He is the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning book Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency, which... Read More →


7:00pm

Riding Out Doomsday: Michelle Tea with Daniel Handler
Co-presented by RADAR Productions

Award-winning novelist, memoirist, poet, editor, arts organizer, teacher, performer—what has Michelle Tea NOT accomplished? She may have moved to Los Angeles, but tonight she returns to San Francisco to share stories and discuss her latest book, Black Wave, with the inimitable Daniel Handler. $15 in advance or $20 at the door

“I think people are waking up to the fact that Michelle Tea is a major writer and a titanic figure in the Bay Area lit scene,” says Handler. “It’s one of the few things I’ve been right about in the past 20 years.” —Daniel Handler

"Brave and unexpectedly wise...Michelle Tea is a goddess." —San Francisco Examiner
“Raucous…[and] unapologetically raw.” —The New York Times 

Participants
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Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler is an American writer and journalist. He is best known for his work under the pen name Lemony Snicket, having published children's series A Series of Unfortunate Events and All the Wrong Questions under this pseudonym.
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Michelle Tea

Michelle Tea’s memoirs include The Passionate Mistakes, The Chelsea Whistle, Rent Girl, and Valencia, winner of a Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction. Valencia was also made into a feature-length film and toured film festivals globally, and the book was translated... Read More →



 
Tuesday, October 11
 

6:00pm

RADAR Queer Reading Series at the Library
RADAR Productions gives voice to innovative queer and outsider writers and artists whose work authentically reflects the LGBTQA community’s diverse experiences. This Litquake edition spotlights four incredible artists, hosted by RADAR artistic director Juliana Delgado Lopera, and followed by audience discussion and cookies. FREE

Moderators/Hosts
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Juliana Delgado Lopera

Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer, historian based in San Francisco. The recipient of the 2014 Jackson Literary award, and a finalist of the Clark- Gross Novel award, she’s the author of ¡Cuéntamelo! an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories... Read More →

Participants
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Shideh Etaat

I see stories everywhere I go. I have written for both print and on-line publications specializing in personal essays, interviews, and arts&culture, and have published my poetry and fiction in various spaces. Words have the power to change lives and as a credentialed educator, teaching... Read More →
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S. Kay

S. Kay zaps tweet-sized tales in series that combined tell larger narratives. She is the author of RELIANT (tNY.Press. 2015), JOY (Maudlin House, 2016), and LOST IN THE LAND OF BEARS (Reality Hands, 2016). She's a queer Canadian married to a San Franciscan. Follow her on Twitter at... Read More →