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Saturday, October 8
 

11:30am

OTRS - Jungle of Stone: Discovering the Maya with William Carlsen
Off the Richter Scale Series:

Pulitzer Prize finalist William Carlsen discusses his recent book Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya. With journalist and documentary filmmaker Mary Jo McConahay (Maya Roads). FREE

Bookish says, "Armchair explorers, history buffs, and anyone who loves a good journey: Don’t miss this book." Ideal for fans of Lost City of Z and In the Kingdom of Ice

Complimentary coffee provided by Nomadic Ground 

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Mary Jo McConahay

Mary Jo McConahay

Mary Jo McConahay is the author of the award-winning Maya Roads, One Woman’s Journey among the People of the Rainforest. She is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker whose coverage of war, politics and international justice issues has appeared on PBS and in Time... Read More →

Participants
avatar for William Carlsen

William Carlsen

William Carlsen was a reporter for two decades at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he was a finalist for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. He has also worked for the New York Times and taught journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He and his wife... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

12:45pm

OTRS - Anon Was a Woman: A Celebration of Female Poets
Off the Richter Scale Series:

Five award-winning female poets share from their recent collections: Teow Goh, Emilia Phillips, Margaret Ross, Solmaz Sharif, and Tess Taylor. FREE

“I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”—Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own 

Complimentary coffee provided by Nomadic Ground.

Participants
avatar for Teow Lim Goh

Teow Lim Goh

Teow Lim Goh is the author of Islanders (Conundrum Press, 2016), a volume of poems on the history of the Angel Island Immigration Station. She lives in Denver.
avatar for Margaret Ross

Margaret Ross

Margaret Ross is the author of A Timeshare, selected by Timothy Donnelly for the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Fence, The New Republic and The New Yorker and have been recognized by scholarships and fellowships from the Fulbright Program... Read More →
avatar for Solmaz Sharif

Solmaz Sharif

Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley, where she studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, and New York University. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, jubilat, Gulf Coast, Boston... Read More →
avatar for Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor

TESS TAYLOR’s chapbook, The Misremembered World, was selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America’s inaugural chapbook fellowship. The San Francisco Chronicle called her first book, The Forage House, “stunning” and it was a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

2:00pm

OTRS - Debut Fiction: Daring and Inventive First-Time Novelists
Off the Richter Scale Series:

These first-time novelists have collectively already won an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a PEN Robert W. Bingham Prize: Cassandra Dunn, Antonia Hayes, Midge Raymond, Robert Thomas, Shawn Vestal, and Variny Yim. FREE

Complimentary coffee provided by Nomadic Ground


Participants
avatar for Cassandra Dunn

Cassandra Dunn

Cassandra Dunn is the author of The Art of Adapting (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster). She received her MFA in creative writing from Mills College. She was a semifinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. Her... Read More →
avatar for Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is the author of MY LAST CONTINENT (Scribner, June 2016), a novel about two penguin researchers, set in Antarctica, and what happens when one of their ships strikes ice in the Southern Ocean. Midge is also the author of the award-winning short story collection FORGETTING... Read More →
avatar for Robert Thomas

Robert Thomas

Robert Thomas’s BRIDGE (BOA Editions) received the 2015 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction. Frances Lefkowitz said in the San Francisco Chronicle: “The rushing thoughts, sense impressions, quirky language and crumbling boundaries all work to convey agonizing universal truths... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal’s debut novel, Daredevils, was published in spring 2016 by Penguin Press. Liesl Schillinger called the novel "breathtaking and brash," and wrote: "Vestal sends his characters soaring across the gulf that separates the identity that confines them and the identity they would choose, letting them land roughly b... Read More →
avatar for Variny Yim

Variny Yim

Variny Yim is a first generation, Cambodian-American author who brings over 20 years of experience in the fields of communications, nonprofit management, coalition building, and financial education. Variny began her career as a print and broadcast journalist at USA WEEKEND, USA... Read More →


3:15pm

OTRS - Each Unhappy Family: Helen Klein Ross and Elizabeth Percer
Off the Richter Scale Series:

Helen Klein Ross (What Was Mine) and Elizabeth Percer (All Stories Are Love Stories) discuss their recent novels, and the overlapping themes of love, loss, and resilience. Moderated by Anne Germanacos. FREE

Claire Messud: "Helen Klein Ross takes a shocking premise and uses it to illluminate our human condition." Eden Lepucki describes All Stories as "a love letter to San Francisco and a compassionate and thoughtful look into its characters’ lives and secret hearts."

Complimentary coffee provided by Nomadic Ground

Participants
avatar for Anne Germanacos

Anne Germanacos

Anne Germanacos is the author of the short-story collection In the Time of the Girls (BOA Editions, 2010) and Tribute (Rescue Press, 2014). Together with her husband, Nick Germanacos, she ran the Ithaka Cultural Studies Program on the islands of Kalymnos and Crete. She runs the... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Percer

Elizabeth Percer

Elizabeth Percer is the author of All Stories Are Love Stories (HarperCollins, 2016), a novel that follows three survivors in the aftermath of two devastating earthquakes hitting modern day San Francisco. Named a Best Book of 2016 by Amazon, All Stories Are Love Stories is "a moving... Read More →
avatar for Helen Klein Ross

Helen Klein Ross

Helen Klein Ross is a poet and novelist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Iowa Review where it won The Iowa Review 2014 award in poetry. She is author of What Was Mine (Simon & Schuster/Gallery, 2016) and editor of Traveler's Vade Mecum, an... Read More →


 
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 →


11:00am

Eat, Drink, and Be Literary

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.

SCHEDULE

11:00 am — Doors open

11:30 am–12:15 pm  New Vegetarian: Seeking Satiety in a Meat-Free Universe, moderated by Tara Duggan (San Francisco Chronicle), with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Miyoko Schinner, and Jason Wrobel

12:30 pm–1:00 pm — Welcome Address
, Rich Maggiotto (ChefsFeed)

1:15 pm–2:00 pm — The Truth about Gluten: Redefining Our Daily Loaf
, moderated by Irvin Lin with Sophie Egan, Stanley Ginsberg, and Alanna Taylor-Tobin

2:15 pm–3:00 pm — Culinary Memoirs: Why We Write about Food, moderated by Margo True (Sunset Magazine), with Georgeanne Brennan, Jessica Fechtor, Dayna Macy, and Alex Prud'homme

3:15 pm–3:45 pm — Chef Ryan Scott
, Top Chef alum, whose book, One to Five, and restaurant Finn Town debut in late October, 2016

4:00 pm–4:45 pm — Beyond Sustainability: Connecting with the Food We Eat More Deeply
, moderated by Anne Schukat (The Economist) with Novella Carpenter, Anya Fernald, Sarah Henry, and Michelle McKenzie

Featured author stations throughout the day:

Capra PressDistilled Stories: California Artisans Behind the Spirits
Martin and Rebecca CateSmuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki
Frances DinkelspielTangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California
Heidi GibsonGrilled Cheese Kitchen: Bread + Cheese + Everything in Between
Kirk LombardThe Sea Forager's Guide to the Northern California Coast
Carolyn PhillipsDim 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.


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Tara Duggan

Tara Duggan

Tara Duggan is a James Beard award–winning journalist and cookbook author. A staff food writer at The San Francisco Chronicle, Tara has published work in Food & Wine, The New York Times, Sunset, and the Chicago Tribune. Trained as a chef at San Francisco’s California Culinary... Read More →
avatar for Irvin Lin

Irvin Lin

Irvin Lin, the man behind the nationally recognized blog "Eat the Love" is a graphic designer and art director turned IACP award-winning photographer, food writer, recipe developer, baker, public speaker and occasional social media consultant. His work has been featured in Best Food... Read More →
avatar for Anne Schukat

Anne Schukat

Anne Schukat is a journalist and frequent contributor to The Economist's Technology Quarterly, where she writes about clean tech, energy and bioscience—and most recently— food. Her work has also appeared in Fortune, Fodor's Travel Guides, and other publications.
avatar for Margo True

Margo True

Margo True is the food editor at Sunset magazine. Before Sunset, she was executive editor at Saveur magazine, and before that, a senior editor and writer at Gourmet. True was the main editor of The Sunset Cookbook and, along with several Sunset colleagues, the author of The... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Georgeanne Brennan

Georgeanne Brennan

Georgeanne Brennan is an award-winning cookbook author, journalist, and entrepreneur who is nationally recognized for her work. Her expertise ranges from cooking to farming and agriculture to history and food lore. In addition to her numerous books, Brennan’s work has appeared in... Read More →
avatar for Novella Carpenter

Novella Carpenter

Novella Carpenter is the author of two books: Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer, Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad through the Wild; and co-author of The Essential Urban Farmer. She runs GhostTown Farm in Oakland, and teaches urban agriculture at University of San Francisco.
avatar for Martin Cate

Martin Cate

Martin Cate is a rum and exotic cocktail expert and the owner and creator of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco. Smuggler’s Cove features the largest rum selection in the United States and features cocktails from over three centuries of rum history. The Sunday Times of London has named Smuggler’s Cove one of the 50 Greatest Bars on Earth. In a global industry survey... Read More →
avatar for Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel is an award-winning journalist and co-founder of the news site, Berkeleyside. She is the author of two books, the New York Times bestseller Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California, and the San Francisco Chronicle... Read More →
avatar for Sophie Egan

Sophie Egan

Sophie Egan is the director of programs and culinary nutrition for the Strategic Initiatives Group at The Culinary Institute of America. Based in San Francisco, Egan is a contributor to The New York Times' Well blog, and has written about food and health for KQED, Time, The Wall Street... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Fechtor

Jessica Fechtor

Jessica Fechtor is author of Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home, which chronicles her recovery from a ruptured brain aneurysm at 28, and how she reclaimed her life through food and cooking. A New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2015 Living Now Book... Read More →
avatar for Anya Fernald

Anya Fernald

Anya Fernald is a sustainable food expert and CEO and co-founder of Belcampo Inc., a group of agricultural ventures in California and Belize. She was the Executive Director of Slow Food Nation and founded the non-profit Food Craft Institute, which hosts the annual Eat Real Festival... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Gibson

Heidi Gibson

Heidi Gibson, a MIT-trained engineer, opened the first American Grilled Cheese Kitchen with her husband and partner Nate in 2010. As a 7-time champion at the Grilled Cheese Invitational, Heidi is thrilled to share the secrets to grilled cheese perfection in her first cookbook, Grilled... Read More →
avatar for Stanley Ginsberg

Stanley Ginsberg

Stanley Ginsberg, author of the upcoming The Rye Baker (W.W. Norton & Co., Sept. 2015), is owner-proprietor of The New York Bakers (www.nybakers.com), an online purveyor of professional baking ingredients, supplies and equipment to home and hobbyist bakers. His first book, Inside... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Henry

Sarah Henry

Sarah Henry is a freelance writer and author of Farmsteads of the California Coast (Yellow Pear Press, April 2016). Henry’s food stories have appeared in Lucky Peach, Modern Farmer, Civil Eats, Washington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle. Featured in Best Food Writing (Da Capo... Read More →
avatar for Kirk Lombard

Kirk Lombard

Kirk Lombard, the singing fisherman and monkeyface eel champion, founded Sea Forager, the CSF sustainable fish delivery business and sea foraging tour guide business in San Francisco. A Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast is forthcoming from Heyday in 2016.
avatar for Dayna Macy

Dayna Macy

Dayna Macy is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ravenous: A Food Lover's Journey from Obsession to Freedom. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies and in Salon, Self, Yoga Journal, and other publications.  Macy has been the head of publicity for many west coast... Read More →
avatar for Rich Maggiotto

Rich Maggiotto

ChefsFeed
Rich Maggiotto is the CEO of ChefsFeed, and serves as an advisor to numerous of digital media and publishing startups. Previous to leading the first ever chef-powered food media company, Rich co-f​ounded and served as President & CEO of Zinio, whose top-​grossing mobile applications in... Read More →
avatar for Michelle McKenzie

Michelle McKenzie

Michelle McKenzie is the program director at 18 Reasons, a nonprofit community cooking school in San Francisco's Mission District. She has worked at some of the best restaurants in the country, has been featured on the Cooking Channel, and has been a contributor for publications such... Read More →
avatar for Alice Medrich

Alice Medrich

Alice Medrich is the winner of five James Beard Foundation Awards, most recently Best Baking & Dessert Book of the Year for her tenth cookbook, Flavor Flours (Artisan Books, November 2014). She received her formal training at the prestigious École Lenôtre in France and is widely... Read More →
avatar for Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a bestselling author of seven books, including The Joy of Vegan Baking and The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. She is also a podcaster, international speaker, and passionista for compassion. Her mission is to empower people to reflect their deepest values in... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Phillips

Carolyn Phillips

Carolyn Phillips is a food writer, scholar, and artist. Her work has appeared in numerous places, including Best Food Writing 2015, Lucky Peach, Gastronomica, BuzzFeed, Alimentum, Huffington Post, ZesterDaily, Food52, and at the 2013 MAD Symposium in Copenhagen, as well as her... Read More →
avatar for Capra Press

Capra Press

Capra Press and the California Artisanal Distillers Guild (http://www.cadistillers.org) have collaborated on a book titled Distilled Stories: California Artisans Behind the Spirits. It’s the backstory of many of the California artisanal craft distillers and how they found their... Read More →
avatar for Alex Prud'homme

Alex Prud'homme

Alex Prud'homme, author of The French Chef in America, is Julia Child's great-nephew and the coauthor of her autobiography My Life in France, which was adapted into the movie Julie & Julia. He is also the author of The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Freshwater in the Twenty-First Century... Read More →
avatar for Miyoko Schinner

Miyoko Schinner

Miyoko Schinner is author of five cookbooks, including The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples, and Artisan Vegan Cheese. A passionate vegan chef and serial entrepreneur, in 2014 she launched an artisan vegan cheese company, Miyoko’s Kitchen, which quickly... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Scott

Ryan Scott

Ryan Scott is a chef, restauranteur, and an Emmy-Award winning food host. He appears regularly on national television, including Today and Rachael Ray, and is host of The Ryan Scott Show, a weekly radio show. Ryan is chef and owner of Finn Town in San Francisco. His new book, One... Read More →
avatar for Alanna Taylor-Tobin

Alanna Taylor-Tobin

Founder, The Bojon Gourmet
Alanna is a food stylist, photographer, and trained pastry chef who has worked in the food industry for over a decade. In 2009, she began the acclaimed recipe blog The Bojon Gourmet (bojon=no job, backwards). Her recipes and food photography have been featured across the web (Food52... Read More →
avatar for Sean Timberlake

Sean Timberlake

Master of Ceremonies Sean Timberlake has written professionally for 20 years. He started his personal blog, Hedonia, in 2006, and launched Punk Domestics, a community for DIY and food preservation enthusiasts, in 2010. His work has appeared in Sunset Magazine, Make:Magazine, Cooking... Read More →
avatar for Jason Wrobel

Jason Wrobel

Jason Wrobel is a graduate of the Living Light Culinary Institute and was host of How to Live to 100, the first vegan primetime cooking series on Cooking Channel. He hosts the popular YouTube channel The J-Wro Show, and is author of the new Hay House cookbook, Eaternity. He... Read More →



Sunday October 9, 2016 11:00am - 5:30pm
The Chapel 777 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

11:30am

OTRS - That Really Happened: Four Memoirists Share Stories
Off the Richter Scale Series:

From prison kitchens to punk bands, from the streets of London to the streets of the Tenderloin, Joshua Mohr moderates discussion with Bill Bonham, Michelle Cruz Gonzales, Tracey Helton Mitchell, and J.M. Tyree. FREE

Complimentary coffee provided by Nomadic Ground.
 

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr

Author
Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir "Sirens" (2017), as well as five novels including "Damascus", which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He’s also written "Fight Song" and "Some Things that Meant the World to Me," one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Bill Bonham

Bill Bonham

Prisoner in the kitchen
Born and raised in Seattle, William Bonham spent the first fifteen years of his working life as a professional cook. One of those years was as a cook, on staff, at Montana State Prison. At the age of thirty-one, while working in a restaurant in San Francisco, he almost literally stumbled... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Cruz Gonzales

Michelle Cruz Gonzales

English Professor, Las Positas College
Michelle Cruz Gonzales is the author of The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band. Gonzales has published in Longreads, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Latino Rebels. She has work in two upcoming anthologies Hexing the Patriarchy (Seal) and All Of Me: Love Anger... Read More →
avatar for Tracey Helton Mitchell

Tracey Helton Mitchell

Tracey Helton Mitchell is a recovering heroin addict. After completing rehab in 1998, she dedicated her life to the care and treatment of heroin users. Tracey entered school through an ex-offender's program where she earned a bachelors of business administration and masters of public... Read More →


3:00pm

Graphically Inclined: Books to Look At
Co-presented by the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Publishers continue to expand the concept of what is possible for the book as a physical object of visual beauty. Daniel Harmon, Alan Kaufman, and Andy Warner present their latest releases. Free with museum admission ($15)

Participants
avatar for Daniel Harmon

Daniel Harmon

Daniel Harmon is a former staff writer for Brokelyn.com, an occasional essayist on the topic of Tommy Wiseau’s film The Room, the author of Super Pop! Pop Culture Top Ten Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild, and Make It Through the Holidays, and the co-author of Plotted: A Literary Atlas. Daniel loves free podcasts... Read More →
avatar for Alan Kaufman

Alan Kaufman

Alan Kaufman is an American novelist, memoirist and poet. He is the author of the memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel, the novel [Matches], and is listed as editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He is also listed as co-editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Literature... Read More →
avatar for Andy Warner

Andy Warner

Cartoonist
Andy Warner's comics have been published by Slate, Fusion, American Public Media, The Nib, Symbolia, Medium, KQED, popsci.com, The Showtime Network's Years of Living Dangerously, IDEO.org, The Center for Constitutional Rights, UNHCR, UNRWA, UNICEF, and Buzzfeed. He is a contributing... Read More →


3:30pm

New Normal: The Politics of Parenting

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


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Jeremy Adam Smith

Jeremy Adam Smith

Jeremy Adam Smith edits Greater Good Magazine and is the author or co-editor of four books, including The Daddy Shift, Rad Dad, and Are We Born Racist? His coverage of racial and economic segregation in San Francisco schools has won numerous honors, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Joshua Gamson

Joshua Gamson

Joshua Gamson is Professor of Sociology at the University of San Francisco and author of a lot of articles (academic and non), and a few books, including The Fabulous Sylvester, and Modern Families: Stories of Extraordinary Journeys to Kinship.
avatar for Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

Developmental and Clinical Psychologist, University of California San Francisco
Dr. Diane Ehrensaft is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco and a developmental and clinical psychologist with a private practice in Oakland, California. Along with her private practice, she is an attending psychologist at the Child and... Read More →
avatar for Erica Reischer

Erica Reischer

Erica Reischer, Ph.D. is a psychologist, author, and parent educator.  She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Psychology / Human Development, and currently has a private practice in Oakland, California.A former consultant with McKinsey & Company, Dr. Reischer sits on... Read More →
avatar for Anne K Ross

Anne K Ross

Anne K. Ross has worked as a Bay Area school psychologist for over 30 years. She is the author of Beyond Rain Man: What One Psychologist Learned Raising a Son on the Autism Spectrum, which is endorsed by Temple Grandin, Tony Attwood, Simon Baron-Cohen and other experts in the field... 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 →



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
 

5:00pm

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
THIS EVENT IS FILLED TO CAPACITY, SORRY!

San Francisco launch of this utterly unique guide which combines compelling descriptive writing with arresting full-color photographs, maps, and charts to share over 600 of the most unusual, fascinating, and mysterious bucket-list destinations across all eight continents. With editor Ella Morton and special guests. FREE

When Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, and Dylan Thuras set out to write Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders, their goal was to create a catalog of all the places, people, and things that inspire our sense of wonder (after all, when you can buy a plane ticket and be in Borneo in less than a day, the world can feel awfully small). 

From the secret apartment Gustave Eiffel built high atop the Eiffel Tower, to the spectacular New Zealand caves lit by glowworms, to the World’s Quietest Room, each entry in the book includes location information, GPS coordinates, and tips on when and how best to get there—and how much to bribe the guard to get you inside. An arresting cabinet of curiosities that inspires wonderlust as much as wanderlust, Atlas Obscura proves that the world is vast and there are marvelous treasures behind every corner—if you just know where to look. 

Participants
avatar for Ella Morton

Ella Morton

Ella Morton is a New Zealand-born, Australian-raised, Brooklyn-based writer, focusing on overlooked aspects of history and culture. After covering consumer technology at CNET she hosted Rocketboom NYC, a web show about New York's quirkier people and places. Her most popular interview... Read More →



6:30pm

Litquake in the Bookstore: Mary Ellen Hannibal
Co-presented by Nature in the City

Award-winning writer Mary Ellen Hannibal (Citizen Scientist) combines original reporting, meticulous research, and memoir, and traces today’s tech-enabled citizen science movement to its roots: the centuries-long tradition of amateur observation by writers and naturalists. FREE

Participants
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Mary Ellen Hannibal

Mary Ellen Hannibal is an emerging voice in environmentalism and a sought-after speaker connecting the scientific community to the concerned public. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, and Elle, among many others. She is an Alicia Patterson... Read More →



Monday October 10, 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Green Arcade 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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.



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
avatar for Clint Hill

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 →



7:00pm

Science Fact: Better than Fiction
Fiction doesn’t have the market cornered on fantastical tales. How about homemade rockets firing into the stratosphere? Robots that may eventually enslave us? Bathrooms that require neither plumbing nor sewage? These authors discuss: Julian Guthrie (How to Make a Spaceship), Jonathon Keats (You Belong to the Universe), and John Markoff (Machines of Loving Grace), and Greg Milner (Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology). $10 advance or $15 at the door

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Susan Freinkel

Susan Freinkel

Susan Freinkel is the author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, which was named a Best Book of 2011 by the Boston Globe, and American Chestnut: The Life, Death and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree, which won a 2008 National Outdoor Book Award. Freinkel is also a science writer whose work has... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Julian Guthrie

Julian Guthrie

Julian Guthrie is a veteran journalist and has won numerous awards, including the Best of the West Award and Society of Professional Journalists’ Public Service Award. She spent 20 years at the San Francisco Chronicle and has also been published by The Wall Street Journal, The... Read More →
avatar for Jonathon Keats

Jonathon Keats

Jonathon Keats is a writer, experimental philosopher, and artist based in San Francisco and Northern Italy. He is the author of six books, including The Book of the Unknown. published by Random House and awarded the American Library Association's Sophie Brody Medal in 2010, and You... Read More →
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John Markoff

Writer, Author, The New York Times
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter John Markoff (2013, for Explanatory Reporting) covers science and technology for The New York Times and has been writing about Silicon Valley since the 1980s. In 1993 wrote one of the first articles on the World Wide Web. He is the co-author of The... Read More →
avatar for Greg Milner

Greg Milner

Greg Milner is the author of Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds, and Perfecting Sound Forever, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His writing has appeared in Wired, New York, Slate, Village Voice, Salon, Spin, and Rolling... Read More →


7:00pm

Tenderloinism: Tales from the 'Hood
Gritty tales from the city's most misunderstood neighborhood, with Alan Black, Paula Hendricks, Gary Kamiya, David Henry Sterry, and Carolyn Terry. FREE


Participants
avatar for Alan Black

Alan Black

made in Glasgow. unmade in California.
avatar for Paula Hendricks

Paula Hendricks

manages an 81 unit apartment building in the TL, writes poetry, and designs books. Author of September in Corrales and The Tire House Book, Paula is interested in the mystery of the everyday... things that are right in front of her eyes, that often go unseen or under-appreciated... Read More →
avatar for Gary Kamiya

Gary Kamiya

Gary Kamiya is author of Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco. He was a co-founder of Salon.com, with David Talbot. He is currently executive editor of San Francisco magazine and writes a weekly history column for the San Francisco Chronicle, “Portals of the Pa... Read More →
avatar for David Henry Sterry

David Henry Sterry

Big Kahuna, Kismet
David Henry Sterry is the best-selling author of 16 books, a performer, muckraker, producer, and activist. His memoir Chicken:Self-Portrait of a Man for Rent, has been translated into a dozen languages. His anthology Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys was featured on the front... Read More →


Monday October 10, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tenderloin Museum 398 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm

Life During Wartime: A Night of Porchlight Storytelling
Litquake’s edition of the Bay Area’s long-running Porchlight series returns to the festival for a special storytelling night of authors and writers. Our theme is ripped from the Talking Heads song “Life During Wartime,” and involves tales of explosive scenarios, epic struggles, and living each day like it could be your last. With Greg Milner, Laurie Notaro, D. Watkins, Jack Boulware, Eric Spitznagel, Bucky SInister, and Pamela Alma Weymouth. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick, with music by Marc Capelle. Doors open at 7 pm. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Marc Capelle

Marc Capelle

Marc Capelle is a composer, arranger, and musician, leads the all-star soul band Marc & the Casuals, and is musical director and pianist for the Porchlight Storytelling series.
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Arline Klatte

I play the bad cop, Porchlight SF Storytelling
Arline Klatte is the co-host of the successful San Francisco-based storytelling show, Porchlight. Leaves you wanting more, right?
avatar for Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick is an actress, comedian, and author of five books: the memoir collection Yokohama Threeway and Other Small Shames, the New York Times bestselling comic memoir Everybody Into the Pool, the gonzo self-help manifesto Helping Me Help Myself, the story collection This... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Jack Boulware

Jack Boulware

Jack Boulware is a San Francisco Library Laureate, journalist, and author of three books, including the Bay Area punk oral history Gimme Something Better. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of San Francisco’s Litquake literary festival.
avatar for Greg Milner

Greg Milner

Greg Milner is the author of Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds, and Perfecting Sound Forever, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His writing has appeared in Wired, New York, Slate, Village Voice, Salon, Spin, and Rolling... Read More →
avatar for Laurie Notaro

Laurie Notaro

Laurie Notaro was a reporter and columnist for The Arizona Republic. She is the New York Times bestselling author of The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club, Autobiography of a Fat Bride, I Love Everybody and Other Atrocious Lies, We Thought You Would Be Prettier, Idiot Girls... Read More →
avatar for Bucky Sinister

Bucky Sinister

Bucky Sinister is the author of Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfists, Freaks, and Weirdos. Black Hole is his most recent book.
avatar for Eric Spitznagel

Eric Spitznagel

Eric Spitznagel is an Executive Writer at Men's Health Magazine, and frequent contributor to mags like Playboy, Esquire, Vanity Fair and the New York Times Magazine, among others. He is author of seven books, including his latest, Old Records Never Die, about his attempts... Read More →
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D. Watkins

D. Watkins is a columnist for Salon; his work has been published in the New York Times, the Guardian, Rolling Stone and other publications, and he is the recipient of numerous awards including a BME fellowship. He is currently a professor of Creative Writing at the University... Read More →
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Pamela Weymouth

Pamela Alma Weymouth writes for Truthdig, Justmeans and the HuffingtonPost. She teaches humor writing in San Francisco and tells stories on any stage that will have her. She lives with 1.5 puppies, a flock of hens and 2 boys, which explains why her columns are not as regular as Jack... Read More →



Monday October 10, 2016 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa St., San Francisco, CA 94110
 
Tuesday, October 11
 

7:00pm

Litquake in the Bookstore: Alexandra Horowitz
Alexandra Horowitz, author of the lively, highly informative New York Times bestselling blockbuster Inside of a Dog, launches her newest, Being a Dog, Following the Dog Into a World of Smell. She explains how dogs perceive the world through their most spectacular organ—the nose—and how we humans can put our under-used sense of smell to work in surprising ways. FREE

Participants
avatar for Alexandra Horowitz

Alexandra Horowitz

Alexandra Horowitz is author of the bestselling Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know, and On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation. Her newest is Being a Dog, Following the Dog Into a World of Smell. She teaches psychology, animal behavior, and canine... Read More →



Tuesday October 11, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Books Inc., Berkeley 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 94704

7:00pm

Size Counts: Writers Talk Short Fiction
Short story writers read from their works, and discuss the challenges and rewards unique to short-form fiction. With Daphne Gottlieb, Kait Heacock, Vanessa Hua, Martin Pousson, Anne Raeff, Sumiko Saulson, and Nick Matamas (moderator). $5-10 sliding scale

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels including The Last Weekend, I Am Providence, and the forthcoming Hexen Sabbath. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, and he is also an award-winning anthologist, most recently with Mixed Up, a hybrid cocktail... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Daphne Gottlieb

Daphne Gottlieb

Daphne Gottlieb is a San Francisco-based performance poet.She is the winner of the Acker Award for Excellence in the Avant-Garde, the Audre Lorde Award for Poetry, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, and a five-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award... Read More →
avatar for Kait Heacock

Kait Heacock

Kait grew up in the same city as her literary idol, Raymond Carver, and hopes this means something. Her debut short story collection, Siblings and Other Disappointments, comes out on October 11th, 2016. Her fiction has appeared in, Esquire, Joyland, KGB Bar Lit Mag, Portland Review... Read More →
avatar for Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and a debut novel, A River of Stars. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the diaspora. She has received... Read More →
avatar for Anne Raeff

Anne Raeff

Anne Raeff’s stories and essays have appeared in New England Review, ZYZZYVA, and Guernica among other places. Her first novel CLARA MONDSCHEIN’S MELANCHOLIA was published in 2002 (MacAdam/Cage). Her short story collection, THE JUNGLE AROUND US won the 2015 Flannery O'Connor... Read More →
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Sumiko Saulson

Sumiko Saulson is a cartoonist, science-fiction, fantasy and horror writer, editor of Black Magic Women, Scry of Lust and 100 Black Women in Horror Fiction, author of Solitude, Warmth, The Moon Cried Blood, Happiness and Other Diseases, Somnalia, Insatiable, Ashes and Coffee, and... Read More →


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
avatar for Colin Dickey

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

One City One Book: Carey Perloff
An evening celebrating San Francisco Public Library's 12th Annual One City One Book selection, the memoir Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater, by A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff. The author discusses her personal and professional journey—her life as a woman in a male-dominated profession, as a wife and mother, a playwright, director, producer, arts advocate, and citizen in a city erupting with enormous change. With author Joshua Mohr. FREE

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr

Author
Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir "Sirens" (2017), as well as five novels including "Damascus", which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He’s also written "Fight Song" and "Some Things that Meant the World to Me," one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Carey Perloff

Carey Perloff

Carey Perloff is a playwright and current artistic director of American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in San Francisco. Perloff writes and lectures regularly about the American theater and about issues in culture and contemporary life that are close to her heart. She and her husband... 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
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 →
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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
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

7:00pm

Mission Bookstores: United We Stand
A words-and-music celebration hosted by the independent bookstore coalition working to preserve and serve the longstanding community and creative interests of the historic Latino Cultural District. Adobe Books, Alley Cat Books, Dog Eared Books, and Modern Times Bookstore Collective join to honor the authors, poets, musicians, and activists who make their culturally diverse spaces hum. Hosted by Denise Sullivan and Kate Rosenberger. Music by Preston Swirnoff and special guest. Scheduled to appear: Ian Brennan, MK Chavez, Freddy Gutierrez, Victor Krummenacher, Alejandro Murguía, Natasha Muse, Po Poets, Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl, David Talbot, and Katie Tomzynski. $5-10 sliding scale

Benefiting Litquake and the United Booksellers, who welcome new member Dog Eared Castro and honor the restructured Modern Times on its 45th anniversary, these bookstores proudly continue to hold space, despite the odds.

Participants
avatar for Kate (Rosenberger) Akimbo

Kate (Rosenberger) Akimbo

Kate (Rosenberger) Akimbo has been opening and running book shops in San Francisco for the past 30 years:Phoenix Books (Noe Valley 1985-2013), Red Hill/Badger Books, (Bernal Heights 2004-2013), and currently Alley Cat Books and Dog Eared Books in the Mission and Dog Eared Books... Read More →
avatar for Ian Brennan

Ian Brennan

Ian Brennan, a Grammy-winning record producer (Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Bill Frisell), travels the globe in search of music. Since 1993, he has lectured internationally over one hundred times a year regarding violence prevention and is the author of two books on the subject, Anger... Read More →
avatar for MK Chavez

MK Chavez

MK Chavez is the author of Mothermorphosis, and Dear Animal. She is a recipient of the 2017 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award and Alameda County Arts Leadership Award. Her latest publications can be found in bags of coffee from Nomadic Coffee and online at Academy of American Poets... Read More →
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Tiny Gray-Garcia

co-founder, POOR Magazine
Tiny (aka Lisa Gray-Garcia) is a formerly unhoused, incarcerated poverty scholar, revolutionary journalist, lecturer, poet, visionary, teacher and single mama of Tiburcio, daughter of a houseless, disabled mama Dee, and the co–founder of POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE/PoorNewsNetwork... Read More →
avatar for Freddy Gutierrez

Freddy Gutierrez

Freddy Gutierrez, vato de aquellos, MFA, Oakland based Writer, Teaching Artist, and Cultural Worker. Freddy inspires and nurtures writers to move from the page to the stage and the street. Freddy has taught with Youth Speaks, Chapter 510, and the Oakland Public Library. He facilitates... Read More →
avatar for Victor Krummenacher

Victor Krummenacher

Victor Krummenacher is a musician and founding member of the alternative rock band Camper Van Beethoven. He helped form the bands Monks of Doom, Camper Van Chadbourne, McCabe & Mrs. Miller and has pursued a solo career as a singer-songwriter. He also played bass with Cracker for several... 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 Natasha Muse

Natasha Muse

Natasha Muse is like the C3P0 of San Francisco comedy: a bunch of small bears once mistook her for a golden god but in reality she’s a bumbling robot (as well as a mom, a transsexual, and a firm agnostic). The SF Weekly once declared her a “Comedian to Watch” in 2014, and in... 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 Miriam Klein Stahl

Miriam Klein Stahl

Miriam Klein Stahl is an artist, educator, and activist. She is the illustrator of Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide.
avatar for Denise Sullivan

Denise Sullivan

Denise Sullivan writes on music, arts and culture. Author of five published titles including Keep on Pushing, Black Power Music From Blues to Hip Hop, she is editing an anthology of San Francisco stories and writing Compared To What, the authorized biography of a classic jazz-protest... Read More →
avatar for Preston Swirnoff

Preston Swirnoff

California-based musician and composer Preston Swirnoff will play music from his solo project ‘Haunted Sea Songs of Bahia’ - dark, eerie folk ballads about the power of the ocean, disappearing fishermen, and lost love. Features versions of songs from the 1940’s by the legendary... Read More →
avatar for David Talbot

David Talbot

David Talbot is an author, journalist, media entrepreneur, and book publisher. He is founder and former editor-in-chief of Salon.com, and is author of the bestsellers Season of the Witch and Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, and the illustrated pulp history Devil... Read More →
avatar for Katie Tomzynski

Katie Tomzynski

Katie Tomzynski lives and writes in a yellow house in San Francisco. She is the co-founder & editor of Just Chugged Four Beers magazine.


Tuesday October 11, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110
 
Wednesday, October 12
 

12:00pm

Lifelong Learning: A Berkeley Brown Bag Lunch
Co-presented by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U.C. Berkeley

This lunchtime reading in Berkeley's downtown district features faculty and members from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute @Berkeley writing programs. FREE

OLLI @Berkeley offers an ongoing program of six-week courses, weekly lecture series, and special events for the community and provides a creative forum for new ideas and expressions. The OLLI classroom is a place where Berkeley's distinguished faculty and other leading experts share their research and interests. 

Participants
avatar for Anthony Clarvoe

Anthony Clarvoe

Anthony is an award-winning playwright from San Francisco recently returned to the Bay Area. Some of his plays are Pick Up Ax, The Living, Let's Play Two, The Brothers Karamazov, Ambition Facing West, Ctrl+Alt+Delete and The Art Of Sacrifice, published by Broadway Play Publishing... Read More →
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Judith Coburn

Judith Coburn, after decades as a journalist writing for the Village Voice, Mother Jones, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and TomDispatch, among other media outlets, became a private eye 10 years ago, specializing in death penalty cases... Read More →
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Barbara Freeman

Barbara Claire Freeman is a literary critic and professor of literature who has recently turned her full attention to writing poetry. She is the author of The Feminine Sublime: Gender and Excess in Women’s Fiction (University of California Press), among many other works of literary... Read More →
avatar for Dashka Slater

Dashka Slater

I'm a journalist, novelist, essayist, and children's book author.


Wednesday October 12, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94704

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
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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 →



7:00pm

Poetry World Series: Litquake Edition
Seattle’s John Roderick emcees this rowdy, fast-paced reading. Two teams of award-winning poets take turns batting at topics pitched by the audience. Fastballs, curveballs, knuckleballs: these poets won't know what's coming next! Judges D. A. Powell, Beth Nguyen, Katie Peterson score each performance, and the winning team takes the series title. Hilarity­—and top-notch poetry—guaranteed! Book sales/signings to follow. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Don't forget to bring a topic to stump the poets! $5 in advance or $10 at the door

As poet Marianne Moore wrote, “Writing is exciting / and baseball is like writing. / You can never tell with either / how it will go.”

Emcee:
John Roderick 

Judges:
D.A. Powell

Players:
Kim Addonizio
Malachi Black
Douglas Kearney
Raina J. León
Julia Levine
Javier Zamora

Timekeeper:
Roy Mash

Music and sound effects: 
Mixed by Kristen Clark of Mill Valley

Series Organizers:
Rebecca Foust
Melissa Stein 




Moderators/Hosts
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John Roderick

John Roderick is a musician, writer, champion podcaster, and erstwhile political candidate. The songwriter and singer/guitarist of The Long Winters, he helms the podcast "Roderick on the Line." He lives in Seattle.

Participants
avatar for Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio's books include My Black Angel: Blues Poems and Portraits. Her newest releases are the poetry collection, Mortal Trash, and the memoir Bukowski in a Sundress.
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Malachi Black

Malachi Black is the author of Storm Toward Morning (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. He teaches at the University of San Diego.
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Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust’s books include Paradise Drive and All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song. She is the recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place, MacDowell, and Sewanee.
avatar for Douglas Kearney

Douglas Kearney

Douglas Kearney is a poet, performer, librettist, and educator. His sixth book, Buck Studies (Fence Books), will be available this fall. He teaches at CalArts and lives in Saugus, CA, with his family.
avatar for Julia Levine

Julia Levine

Julia B. Levine has won numerous awards for her work, including the 2015 Northern California Book Award in Poetry for her latest collection, Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight (LSU press 2014). She works and lives in Davis, CA.
avatar for Raina J. León

Raina J. León

Raina J. León is a Cave Canem graduate fellow, CantoMundo fellow, and member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective. Her collections of poetry include Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, and sombra: (dis)locate (February 2016). She teaches at Saint Mary's College... Read More →
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Roy Mash

Roy Mash is the author of Buyer’s Remorse (Cherry Grove, 2014) and recipient of the Atlanta Review International Publication Award. His poems appear widely in journals including AGNI, Barrow Street, Nimrod, Poetry East, and River Styx.
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Beth Minh Nguyen

Bich Minh Nguyen, who also goes by Beth, is the author of three books: the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, which received the PEN/Jerard Award, the novel Short Girls, which received an American Book Award, and most recently the novel Pioneer Girl. She teaches in and directs... Read More →
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Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson is the author of three collections of poetry, The Accounts (2013), Permission (2013), and This One Tree (2006). She teaches at the University of California at Davis.
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D. A. Powell

D. A. Powell's books include Repast (Graywolf, 2012) and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf, 2014), recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He teaches at University of San Francisco.
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Melissa Stein

Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize; her second book, Terrible Blooms, will be published by Copper Canyon Press in spring 2018 . She's a freelance editor in San Francisco.
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Javier Zamora

Born in El Salvador, Javier Zamora is a 2016-18 Wallace Stegner Fellow and Ruth Lilly Award recipient with fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, MacDowell, NEA, and Yaddo. His first book is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press.



Wednesday October 12, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110

7:00pm

Writing Indigenous Experiences
Indigenous, First Nations, Native Americans, or American Indian—whichever words you use, a new wave of literature is bringing their issues to the forefront. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Dina Gilio-Whitaker, Alison Owings, Kim Shuck, Lindsie Bear, and Greg Sarris discuss the unique challenges faced by writers who communicate indigenous realities for a wider audience. $10 

Moderators/Hosts
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Lindsie Bear

Director of Nature and Environmental Publishing, Heyday

Participants
avatar for Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Professor, California State University
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a writer, historian, and socialist activist. The stories of her grandfather inspired her to lifelong social justice activism. Her account of life up to leaving Oklahoma is recorded in Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie. Doctorate in History from University of California... Read More →
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Dina Gilio-Whitaker

I am a Native American studies scholar and writer who lives in a Southern California beach town and surfs. You can talk to me about anything relating to indigenous cultures/politics and surfing. I co-authored a book titled "'All the Real Indians Died Off' and 20 Other Myths about... Read More →
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Alison Owings

The title of Alison Owings's latest book, Indian Voices/Listening to Native Americans, reflects her inclination to conduct lengthy interviews with people who are marginalized, stereotyped, or disregarded. The voices in Indian Voices include Passamaquoddy, Lumbee, Hopi, Yupik, and... Read More →
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Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, where he was awarded the Walter Gore Award for excellence in teaching. He has published several books, including Grand Avenue (1994), an award-winning collection of short stories, which he adapted... Read More →
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Kim Shuck

Urban Native identities, definitions of culture, poetry, indiginerds.


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.
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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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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

8:30pm

Who's Laughing Now? A Night of Funny Females
NOTE: Due to unforseen circumstances, Phoebe Robinson will not be able to appear at this show. Additional tickets are now available. Thank you!

Co-presented by SF Sketchfest


Women humorists invade the former Purple Onion comedy club (Maya Angelou, Phyllis Diller, Richard Pryor) and rock the rafters. Featuring novelist Jade Chang (The Wangs vs. the World), comedians Karinda Dobbins and Caitlin Gill, and writer/performer Beth Lisick. Hosted by Audible's Kelly Anneken. $20 advance or at the door

Moderators/Hosts
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Kelly Anneken

Kelly Anneken is what happens when Kim Kardashian looks like Bette Midler and tweets like Roseanne. This Oakland-based funny person and all-around swell gal performs standup comedy and is a regular at the Punch Line San Francisco, Cobb’s and Rooster T. Feathers. Kelly has appeared... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Jade Chang

Jade Chang

Jade Chang has covered arts and culture as a journalist and editor. She is the recipient of a Sundance Fellowship for Arts Journalism, the AIGA/Winterhouse Award for Design Criticism, and the James D. Houston Memorial scholarship from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. The Wangs... Read More →
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Karinda Dobbins

Karinda Dobbins has performed on NickMom Night Out and opened for Greg Proops and W. Kamau Bell. Bitch Magazine said she is one of "Six Hilarious Female Comedians You Don't Know Yet—But Should." A Motor City native, Karinda is a well-known standup at clubs and theaters in the San... Read More →
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Caitlin Gill

ME ABOUT ME IN THE THIRD PERSON: People are talking about Caitlin Gill.  Most of what they’re saying has to do with how funny she is. Caitlin has performed for Flophouse on Viceland, at the Oddball Comedy Tour, the Outside Lands Festival, SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival... Read More →
avatar for Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick is an actress, comedian, and author of five books: the memoir collection Yokohama Threeway and Other Small Shames, the New York Times bestselling comic memoir Everybody Into the Pool, the gonzo self-help manifesto Helping Me Help Myself, the story collection This... Read More →


Wednesday October 12, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Doc's Lab 124 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111
 
Thursday, October 13
 

6:30pm

Literary Science: The Good, the Bad, and the Bestseller
Why do you like some books, but not others? Can critics predict your taste? And why do millions of people sometimes love books that you hate? Isn’t art subjective? We'll ask these questions and yours to a literary critic, a veteran publisher, a bookseller-turned literary agent, and a UC Berkeley Neuroanthropologist—moderated by a scientist and novelist. Doors open at 6 pm. FREE

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Ransom Stephens

Ransom Stephens

Ransom Stephens’ novels mix science and religion, environmentalism and technology, oligarchy and anarchy, and his latest, Too Rich to Die, is set at the intersection of love and money. www.ransomstephens.com

Participants
avatar for Leilani Clark

Leilani Clark

Leilani Clark writes about books for KQED Arts. Her journalism and essays have been published at Mother Jones, The Guardian, Civil Eats, The Rumpus, and other places. She is also the editor of Made Local Magazine, a print publication all about the Sonoma County food system.
avatar for Terrence Deacon

Terrence Deacon

Terrence Deacon is a professor of biological anthropology at UC Berkeley. His research combines human evolutionary biology and neuroscience with the aim of investigating the evolution of human cognition: Brain development and evolution, origins of language, bio-cultural evolution... Read More →
avatar for Andy Ross

Andy Ross

Andy Ross is a bookseller turned literary agent in Oakland. For 30 years Andy owned the legendary Cody's Books in Berkeley. He's now a literary agent who represents books in a  wide range of non-fiction genres: narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, popular culture... Read More →
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Jacob Weisman

Publisher, Tachyon Publications
Jacob Weisman is the editor and publisher at Tachyon Publications, which he founded in 1995. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award three times for his work at Tachyon and is the series editor of Tachyon’s Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Shirley Jackson Award-winning novella... Read More →


Thursday October 13, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

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 →



7:00pm

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 →
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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
avatar for Charles Russo

Charles Russo

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



7:00pm

Flight of Poets

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


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Hollie Hardy

Hollie Hardy

Hollie Hardy is the author of How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems, winner of the 2016 annual Poetry Center Book Award. She teaches writing classes at the SF Creative Writing Institute and Berkeley City College, hosts Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic and produces... Read More →
avatar for Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor

TESS TAYLOR’s chapbook, The Misremembered World, was selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America’s inaugural chapbook fellowship. The San Francisco Chronicle called her first book, The Forage House, “stunning” and it was a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Tony Barnstone

Tony Barnstone

Tony Barnstone is Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College and author of 16 books, including Beast in the Apartment, Tongue of War, and From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki.
avatar for Cassandra Dallett

Cassandra Dallett

Cassandra Dallett lives in Oakland, CA. She is a Pushcart nominee and has published online and in many print magazines. Dallett has authored eight books of poetry and reads often around the Bay Area.
avatar for Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz was grown on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation along the banks of the Colorado River. She has a velvety jumpshot and smooth finish.  Her first book is When My Brother Was an Aztec.  
avatar for Adam Fitzgerald

Adam Fitzgerald

Adam Fitzgerald is the author of The Late Parade and George Washington, both published by W. W. Norton's historic Liveright imprint. He teaches at Rutgers, NYU and Yale and organizes The Home School. He lives in New York City.
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 Chris Sawyer

Chris Sawyer

Christopher Sawyer is an internationally renowned sommelier, wine consultant, critic, public speaker, and elite wine competition judge, and has been personal sommelier for an array of luminaries, from the Getty family to the Gorbachevs.
avatar for Robin Beth Schaer

Robin Beth Schaer

Robin Beth Schaer is the author of the poetry collection Shipbreaking. She teaches writing in New York City and worked as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty, a 180-foot ship lost in Hurricane Sandy.



Thursday October 13, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Hotel Rex 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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
 

6:00pm

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

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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

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

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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 →
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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 →
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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.
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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 →
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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.
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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
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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.

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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 →
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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 →


8:00pm

Word/Jazz
Co-presented by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

In the great tradition of jazz and spoken-word basement readings in North Beach first forged by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Kenneth Rexroth, and Bob Kaufman, witness this contemporary update at Doc's Lab, formerly The Purple Onion. With poets Chinaka Hodge, devorah major, and RyanNicole. Music by Afro-futurist jazz trio Broun Fellinis. $20



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Broun Fellinis

The most important thing about music is the way it makes you feel. Musicians are lucky enough to live a life of pure feeling if they can play their personal visionary music with as much integrity and energy as the spirit grants them. For the last 25 years, Broun Fellinis -- percussionist... Read More →
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Chinaka Hodge

Chinaka Hodge is a poet, playwright, screenwriter and founding member of The Getback. Originally from Oakland, California, Chinaka graduated from NYU in 2006, and completed her M.F.A. in Writing for Film and TV at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in May 2012. Her work has been featured... Read More →
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devorah major

devorah major, San Francisco’s third former Poet Laureate, is an award-winning poet and fiction writer, an creative nonfiction writer, performer, editor, and part-time senior adjunct professor at California College of the Arts. She is also poet-in-residence of the Fine Arts Museums... Read More →
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RyanNicole

RyanNicole is a "4A" quadruple threat: artist, actress, athlete, and activist. As an MC and poet, she has appeared across the globe, including a performance for President Barack Obama. She has led several theater productions in the Bay Area, including those with SF Playhouse, African... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Doc's Lab 124 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111

8:30pm

Thomas Dolby: The Speed of Sound
Celebrating the launch of his new memoir, Thomas Dolby ("She Blinded Me with Science") presents an evening of stories and music, recounting his remarkable career of ups and downs, glamour and corruption, music and tech, and the eventual melding of them all into perfect harmony. In conversation with Kari Byron from "Mythbusters." $15 includes $5 towards book purchase

Walking home after being fired from his job at a grocery store, 17-year-old Thomas Dolby stumbled upon the circuit board from an abandoned musical synthesizer, a Transcendent 2000, lying in a dumpster.  Few would have realized that this small discovery would lead to a career performing alongside David Bowie, pitching song lyrics to Michael Jackson, or helping create the iconic Nokia cellphone ringtone. Dolby lived amongst legends and eventually became one himself, breaking down walls in the music world with hits like “She Blinded Me with Science,” and then doing the same during the technology revolution in Silicon Valley, as his Beatnik company's technology was eventually licensed and embedded into over two billion wireless devices.

Moderators/Hosts
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Kari Byron

Kari Byron is best known as a host on Discovery Channel's flagship show, "Mythbusters" and the host of Science Channel's "Head Rush." For almost a decade she has been a strong presence in the world of reality-based science television.Fostering her curious nature, she spent a lifetime... Read More →

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Thomas Dolby

Perhaps best known for blinding us with science, Thomas Dolby has always blurred the lines between composition and invention. As a London teenager, Tom Robertson was fascinated with the convergence of music and technology. His experiments with an assortment of keyboards, synthesizers... Read More →



Friday October 14, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
 
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


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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
 

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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

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
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Summer Dawn Laurie

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

Participants
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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.  
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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
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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 →
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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 →
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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.
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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 →
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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

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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 →
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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 →
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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

4:00pm

Litquake in the Bookstore: Larry Brilliant

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



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Larry Brilliant

After sitting at the feet of Martin Luther King at the University of Michigan in 1963, Larry Brilliant was swept up into the civil rights movement, marching and protesting across America and Europe. As a radical young doctor he followed the hippie trail from London over the Khyber... Read More →