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Saturday, October 8
 

7:00pm

Chaos Monkeys of Silicon Valley
Liar's Poker meets The Social Network in this irreverent exposé of life inside the tech bubble, from industry provocateur Antonio García Martínez, a former Twitter advisor, Facebook product manager, and startup founder/CEO. With Peter Hartlaub (San Francisco Chronicle). $15 advance or at the door

In Chaos Monkeys, the author unravels the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketing and reveals how it is invading our lives and shaping our future. Weighing in on everything from startups and credit derivatives to Big Brother and data tracking, social media monetization and digital "privacy," García Martínez shares his scathing observations and outrageous antics, taking us on a humorous, subversive tour of the fascinatingly insular tech industry. 

Moderators/Hosts
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Peter Hartlaub

Press, San Francisco Chronicle
Peter Hartlaub is pop culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. He reviews movies and concerts, writes profiles and works on multimedia projects. He has worked as a courtroom reporter in Los Angeles, a sports writer in Santa Maria and his first Chronicle job was as a paperboy... Read More →

Participants
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Antonio García Martínez

Antonio García Martínez has been an advisor to Twitter, a product manager for Facebook, the CEO/founder of AdGrok (a venture-backed startup acquired by Twitter), and a strategist for Goldman Sachs. He is still officially on leave from his Berkeley PhD program, and lives on a forty-foot... Read More →



 
Sunday, October 9
 

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
avatar for Daniel Handler

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 →



7:00pm

Arisa White and Robin Coste Lewis in Conversation
Award-winning poet and teacher Arisa White, author of the new collection You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, discusses poetry, race, and the body politic with National Book Award recipient Robin Coste Lewis (Voyage of the Sable Venus). FREE 

“In verse that is exhilarating and unexpected, Arisa White writes of race, of women loving women, of these all too human bodies we wear, of cities, of landscape” —cultural critic Roxane Gay

"Altogether new, open, experimental and ground-breaking, Robin Coste Lewis privileges real life in all its complications, surprises and triumphs over the frames that have locked down the scale of black womanhood.” —Claudia Rankine

Participants
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Robin Coste Lewis

Univesity of Southern California
Robin Coste Lewis is a Provost’s Fellow in English and Visual Studies at USC. A Cave Canem Fellow, she received her MFA from New York University’s Creative Writing Program where she was a Goldwater Fellow in poetry. She also holds a Master's of Theological Studies degree in Sanskrit... Read More →
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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 →



 
Monday, October 10
 

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
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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.



7:00pm

Five Presidents: A Life in the Secret Service
A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his 17 years protecting Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era of war, assassination, and scandal. In conversation with co-author Lisa McCubbin. $10 advance or at the door

Participants
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Clint Hill

Clint Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November. A former Secret Service agent who was in the presidential motorcade during the John F. Kennedy assassination, Hill remained assigned to Mrs. Kennedy until after the 1964 election... Read More →
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Lisa McCubbin

Lisa McCubbin is an award-winning journalist who has been a television news anchor and reporter, hosted her own radio show, and spent more than five years in the Middle East as a freelance writer. She is the coauthor of Mrs. Kennedy and Me, Five Days in November, and The Kennedy... Read More →



 
Tuesday, October 11
 

7:00pm

Ghostland: Colin Dickey at Winchester Mystery House
San Jose's legendary Winchester Mystery House hosts this one-of-a-kind book launch of Ghostland, by Colin Dickey. With the author's own fascination piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and "zombie homes," Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. With author Emer Martin. $15

With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living--how do we, the living, deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed, for whatever reason, haunted? Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story, but also to the ways in which changes to those facts are made--and why those changes are made--Dickey paints a version of American history left out of the textbooks, one of things left undone, crimes left unsolved. Spellbinding, scary, and wickedly insightful, Ghostland discovers the past we're most afraid to speak of aloud in the bright light of day is the same past that tends to linger in the ghost stories we whisper in the dark.

Note: This event is held in the Winchester Room. 

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Emer Martin

Emer Martin

Emer is a Dubliner who has lived in Paris, London, the Middle East, and various places in the U.S. Her first novel Breakfast in Babylon won Book of the Year 1996 in her native Ireland at the prestigious Listowel Writers Week. Houghton Mifflin released Breakfast in Babylon in the U.S... Read More →

Participants
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Colin Dickey

Colin Dickey grew up in San Jose, California, a few miles from the Winchester Mystery House, the most haunted house in America. As a writer, speaker, and academic, he has made a career out of collecting unusual objects and hidden histories all over the country. He’s a regular contributor... Read More →



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
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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
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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
 

6:30pm

In My Humble Opinion: Peter Orner and Mark Greif
Provocative conversation with two masters of the essay form: authors Peter Orner (Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live), and n + 1 Magazine founder Mark Greif (Against Everything). Moderated by San Francisco Chronicle books editor John McMurtrie. Doors open at 6 pm. $15 advance or at the door; $10 for Mechanics' members

Participants
avatar for Mark Greif

Mark Greif

As the New York Times wrote of his new book, Against Everything, "[Mark Greif] embodies a return to the pleasures of critical discourse at its most cerebral and personable… writing about the culture with a reverence for language and a passion for what has come before." Greif received... Read More →
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Peter Orner

Peter Orner is the author of two collections of stories, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge and Esther Stories, and two novels, Love and Shame and Love and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo. His stories have appeared in many periodicals, including the Atlantic Monthly, The New York... Read More →



Wednesday October 12, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

7:00pm

America the Ingenious: Kevin Baker in Conversation
Author Kevin Baker (America the Ingenious) explores 76 of the most intriguing, important, and ingenious inventions realized in America, from the Panama Canal, the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater to the oil rig, the electric sewing machine, and the telephone. In conversation with author and Arc Programs CEO David Ewing Duncan.
$10 in advance or $15 at the door 

Moderators/Hosts
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David Ewing Duncan

David Ewing Duncan is Co-Founder and CEO of Arc Programs. He is an award-winning best-selling author of eight books published in 19 languages; he is a journalist and a television, radio and film producer and correspondent. His most recent book is When I’m 164: The new science... Read More →

Participants
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Kevin Baker

Kevin Baker is a novelist, historian, and journalist whose books include Dreamland and the New York Timesbestseller Paradise Alley. He authored America: The Story of Us, the companion volume to the groundbreaking A&E television show of the same name, and was the chief historical... Read More →



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

8:00pm

An Evening with John Doe
Co-presented by Noise Pop

Musician, writer, actor, and frontman of the L.A. punk band X, John Doe celebrates release of his book Under the Big Black Sun, which explores the nascent Los Angeles punk rock movement from 1977-1982. In conversation with Peter Maravelis (City Lights), with book sales and signing to follow. $15 advance or at the door 

Compiled with Tom DeSavia, Under the Big Black Sun shares chapter-length tales from the authors along with personal essays from famous (and infamous) players in the scene, from Exene Cervenka (X), to Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Mike Watt (The Minutemen), Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey (Go-Go's), Dave Alvin (The Blasters), Chris D. (The Flesh Eaters), Robert Lopez (The Zeros, El Vez), Jack Grisham (T.S.O.L.), Teresa Covarrubias (The Brat), and many more.

Through interstitial commentary, John Doe "narrates" this journey through the land of film noir sunshine, Hollywood back alleys, and suburban sprawl, the place where he met his artistic counterparts Exene, DJ Bonebrake, and Billy Zoom and formed X, the band that became synonymous with, and in many ways defined, L.A. punk.

Focusing on punk's evolutionary years, Under the Big Black Sun shares stories of friendship and love, ambition and feuds, grandiose dreams and cultural rage, all combined with the tattered, glossy sheen of pop culture weirdness that epitomized the operations of Hollywood's underbelly. Readers will travel to the clubs that defined the scene, as well as to the street corners, empty lots, apartment complexes, and squats that served as de facto salons for the musicians, artists, and fringe players that hashed out what would become punk rock in Los Angeles.

“The true story of the Los Angeles punk scene…A set of vivid personal essays…The most artist-centered look yet at a scene that helped define the future of a music whose rallying cry was ‘no future.'" —Rolling Stone

“Written with immediacy and brio, the book is suffused with the heady feeling of finding your tribe.” —San Francisco Chronicle

"A collection of essays by a fraternity of key members of L.A.'s early punk scene between 1977 and 1982, before any of them experienced major-label interest and mainstream success…Stories of hardscrabble living, house parties and shambolic shows…Includes loads of photos and vintage gig fliers.” —LA Weekly

“The scene was very, very diverse. It accepted women, it accepted gays, it accepted straights, you had a lot of phony anarchists and communists, you even had one or two Republicans. Every race, every gender, every political persuasion, every everything was united by the music and that was a great thing.” —Dave Alvin

Moderators/Hosts
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Peter Maravelis

Peter Maravelis is a native San Franciscan with a life-long involvement in the art and literary scenes. He programs the events calendar at City Lights Bookstore and is editor of both San Francisco Noir and San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics. He is executive producer of the Dada... Read More →

Participants
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John Doe

John Doe has worked as a roofer, an aluminum siding mechanic, a manager of poetry readings, a musician, and an actor. He met Exene Cervenka at the Venice poetry workshop in 1976 and started working with Billy Zoom around the same time. When DJ Bonebrake joined X in mid-1977, the lineup... Read More →



Wednesday October 12, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Thursday, October 13
 

7:00pm

TV Tales: Stories from the Writers' Room
Co-presented by Writing Pad

We are living in what has been dubbed the third Golden Age of Television. In this one-hour session, writers and actors perform and share stories from the front lines of this scintillating netherworld, giving attendees a window into the inner workings of one of the most competitive, complex and collaborative literary art forms. Join actress/memoirist Lauren Weedman (HBO’s Looking, Hung), TV writer/YA author David Iserson (Mr. Robot, Mad Men, New Girl), and showrunner/playwright Gloria Calderon Kellett (One Day At A Time, How I Met Your Mother) as they offer a rare view into the chaotic and fast-paced world behind TV’s most memorable dramas and comedies. $10 Let us know if you can come at https://www.facebook.com/events/555918134592351

Participants
avatar for David Iserson

David Iserson

David Iserson began his television writing career on “Saturday Night Live.” Since then, he has zig-zagged between comedies and dramas, serving as supervising producer for USA’s Mr. Robot (WGA award winner), supervising producer for Epix’s “Graves”, co-producer for AMC’s... Read More →
avatar for Gloria Calderón Kellett

Gloria Calderón Kellett

Gloria Calderón Kellett is the Executive Producer and Co-showrunner of "One Day At A Time" scheduled to premiere on Netflix on January 6, 2017. She has written and produced on such shows as CW's "iZombie", ABC's “Mixology”, Lifetime's "Devious Maids", CBS's "Rules of Engagement... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Weedman

Lauren Weedman

Lauren Weedman is an award-winning comedic actress, playwright and author. She has written and performed 9 solo plays. (“Homecoming”, “Amsterdam”, “If Ornaments Had Lips”, “Huu”, “Rash”, “Wreckage”, “Bust”, “No You. . .Shutup”, “What Went Wrong... Read More →



Thursday October 13, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110

7:00pm

Striking Distance: Bruce Lee in the Bay Area
Even today, the legend of San Francisco-born Bruce Lee still resonates around the world, his image as popular as Bob Marley or Che Guevara. Journalist Charles Russo speaks and shows rare photos from Striking Distance, which chronicles a widely unknown history of Bruce Lee and the Bay Area's pioneering 1960s martial arts scene. $10

In the spring of 1959, 18-year-old Bruce Lee returned to San Francisco, the city of his birth, and quickly inserted himself into the West Coast’s fledgling martial arts culture. Even though Asian fighting styles were widely unknown to mainstream America, Bruce encountered a robust fight culture in a Bay Area that was populated with talented and trailblazing practitioners such as Lau Bun, Chinatown’s aging kung fu patriarch; Wally Jay, the innovative Hawaiian jujitsu master; and James Lee, the no-nonsense Oakland street fighter. Regarded by some as a brash loudmouth and by others as a dynamic visionary, Bruce spent his first few years back in America advocating a more modern approach to the martial arts and showing little regard for the damaged egos left in his wake. 

In the Chinese calendar, 1964 was the Year of the Green Dragon. It would be a challenging and eventful year for Bruce. He would broadcast his dissenting view before the first great international martial arts gathering and then defend it by facing down Chinatown’s young ace kung fu practitioner in a legendary behind-closed-doors high noon–style showdown. 

Participants
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Charles Russo

Charles Russo is an award-winning journalist who lives in San Francisco. 



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
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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
 
Friday, October 14
 

6:00pm

After Adderall, with Stephen Elliott and Tom Barbash
Co-presented by California College of the Arts

A special screening of Stephen Elliott's newest film, After Adderall, a movie about what it's like when James Franco makes a movie about you. Featured in the film are writers Nick Flynn, Susan Orlean, and Jerry Stahl, among others. Screening followed by conversation with Stephen Elliott, hosted by author/CCA faculty member Tom Barbash. FREE

Participants
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Tom Barbash

Tom Barbash is author of the recent story collection Stay Up With Me, as well as the award-winning novel The Last Good Chance and the nonfiction book On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11; A Story of Loss and Renewal, which was a New York Times be... Read More →
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Stephen Elliott

Stephen Elliott is the founding editor of the popular online literary magazine The Rumpus. He has directed two movies. The first, About Cherry was released by IFC in 2012. In 2013 he directed an adaptation of his novel Happy Baby. His newest movie, After Adderall, premiers in... Read More →



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
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →