Loading…
This event has ended. Visit the official site or create your own event on Sched.
Welcome to Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival, now in our 17th year. Festival dates are October 7-15, 2016. Events are all-ages unless noted otherwise. Book sales are offered when and where appropriate. Events without ticket reservations are first-come first served. Click the phone icon to the right below, to download our new mobile app version!

Sign up or log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Type: Reading [clear filter]
Saturday, October 8
 

6:00pm

Writers on the Verge: Litquake's Writing Contest Winners
Join us for readings of poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, and short scenes, from Litquake's second annual writing contest winners for 2016. FREE

POETRY
First: Christine No, “This Is the Way It Has Always Been”
Second: Farnaz Fatemi, “The Woman in the White Chador”
Third: Ingrid Keir, “The Choreography of Nests”

ESSAY
First: Alexis Wright “Which One is the Lifeline?”
Second: Emily Silverman, “Progress - Glitter - Two Deaths”
Third: Jennifer Kaplan, “Medicine”

SHORT FICTION
First: Scott Russell Duncan, “How My Hide Got Color”
Second: Soseh Kevorkian, “Bills”
Third: Tanvi Chawla Buch, “Déjà Vécu”

SHORT SCENE
First: Daniela Province: scene from “London Loves” screenplay 

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Darothy Durkac

Darothy Durkac

Darothy Durkac is a Litquake producer and proud member of Litquake's Executive Committee, now in her seventh year. She is excited to host Litquake's Writing Contest winners at Samovar, during the first phase of Lit Crawl, 5:00-6:00, Saturday, October 14!
avatar for Jamie L. Real

Jamie L. Real

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

Participants
avatar for Scott Russell Duncan

Scott Russell Duncan

Assistant Editor, Somos en escrito
avatar for Farnaz Fatemi

Farnaz Fatemi

Farnaz Fatemi is a writer, editor and teacher whose recent poetry and lyric essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Catamaran Literary Reader, Delaware Poetry Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. She is the Second Place Poetry Winner of the 2016 Litquake Writing Contest, a Pushcart Nominee... Read More →
avatar for Soseh Kevorkian

Soseh Kevorkian

Soseh Kevorkian is currently working on a memoir about growing up in an Oakland girl gang, entitled Bitches Galore. She's been awarded residencies at both Squaw Valley and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation with excerpts from Bitches Galore. She has recently published in Forth Magaz... Read More →
avatar for Christine No

Christine No

Christine No is a Korean American poet, essayist and producer. She is a Sundance Alum, VONA Fellow, two time Pushcart Prize nominee, and Best of the Net Nominee. You can find her work in: The Rumpus, sPARKLE+bLINK, Columbia Journal, Story Online, Apogee, Atlas and Alice, and various... Read More →
avatar for Daniela Province

Daniela Province

Daniela Province is a senior copywriter at Adobe and a freelance writer for the San Francisco Chronicle Style section. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in Journalism and lives in San Francisco with her husband Anthony.
avatar for Emily Silverman

Emily Silverman

Resident physician, UCSF
Emily Silverman is a resident physician in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is interested in harnessing the power of narrative to improve the doctor-patient relationship, improve health outcomes, build community, reduce physician burnout... Read More →
avatar for Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright

English Teacher, The Urban School
Alexis Wright is a high school English teacher and received her MFA from USF. When she’s not teaching students how to think critically and write with intention, she tries (optimistically) to practice what she preaches.


Saturday October 8, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Elbo Room 647 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA

7:30pm

i thought it sucked: One-Star Reviews of Best-Loved Books
All-star Bay Area writers, readers, and performers present dramatic readings of one-star reviews that trash the world’s most treasured literary masterpieces. Thanks to online communities like Amazon and Yelp, not only is everyone a critic, their snarky, ill-founded comments can now live on forever. Tonight we celebrate these critics by showcasing their most timeless reviews in all their spiteful glory. Relish in these misguided and often perplexing takedowns of acclaimed novels and poetry. $5-10 sliding scale

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker is a writer based in Oakland. She is the cohost of GLOW the Distance: a Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling podcast, and a graduate of Hiram College’s Creative Writing program. She has written for the Toast, the Tusk, Ravishly, The Bold Italic, Harlot Magazine, Hoodline... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Kelly Anneken

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 →
avatar for Chris Collision

Chris Collision

Co-Host, I Don't Even Own a Television
Collision is a writer, bike rider, HEAVY TUNES enthusiast, and worker in Oakland, California. He likes his girlfriend Noodles, coffee, beer, bikes, cities, mezcal, loud music, Star Trek, (doing) the Jumble, (using) the text editor VIM, the politics of liberation, hockey, basketball... Read More →
avatar for J. W. Friedman

J. W. Friedman

Co-Host / Producer, I Don't Even Own a Television
I'm one of the two hosts of a comedy podcast about bad books called "I Don't Even Own a Television". When I'm not forcing myself to plow through a horrible novel about internet ephemera, I can also be found performing or producing hip-hop music, or having very deep thoughts about... Read More →
avatar for Janine Kovac

Janine Kovac

co-founder, Moxie Road Productions
Janine Kovac is the author of SPINNING: Choreography for Coming Home, a memoir about the death of a career but the birth of miracle twins and a 2017 semifinalist for Publisher Weekly's BookLife Prize and the 2019 memoir winner of the National Indie Excellence Awards. A former ballet... Read More →
avatar for Jamie L. Real

Jamie L. Real

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

Na'amen Tilahun

Na'amen Gobert Tilahun has spent most of his life shuttling between San Francisco and Los Angeles. He writes many different things that have appeared in/on io9.com, Fantasy Magazine, Queers Dig Time Lords, Stone Telling, Full of Crows, The Big Click, faggot dinosaur, Spelling the... Read More →



Saturday October 8, 2016 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Elbo Room 647 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA
 
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 →


1:00pm

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

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

Participants
avatar for Rabih Alameddine

Rabih Alameddine

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

Meliza Bañales

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

Julie Blair

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

Roberto F. Santiago

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

James Siegel

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

Willy Wilkinson

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


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 →


6:00pm

Molotov Editions: The Death of Teddy Ballgame by Robert Mailer Anderson
Molotov Editions Press presents a table reading of scenes from its new release, the play The Death of Teddy Ballgame by Robert Mailer Anderson, bestselling author of the novel Boonville. With jazz improvisation from SFJAZZ Collective, and special guest readers Les Claypool (Primus), Jonathan Moscone, and Domenic Stansberry. Bourbon, wine, and coffee available. FREE

The last patrons of Caffe Dante gather for their morning coffee during what may be the final days of civilization. Apocalyptic events disrupt the routine of their lives and they are forced to take responsibility for a darkly comic reckoning which questions their faith in God, love, culture, family, humanity, and each other. It’s Beckett meets Mamet meets O’Neill over a double jolt of espresso! 

Molotov Editions is a new publishing imprint based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  


Participants
avatar for Robert Mailer Anderson

Robert Mailer Anderson

Robert Mailer Anderson is the author of the best-selling novel "Boonville," which was highly-acclaimed by critics and writers, including Norman Mailer, Carl Hiaasen, Jonathan Lethem, William Gibson, Naomi Wolf, Martin Cruz Smith, and Jonathan Yardley. It was the #1 fiction book in... Read More →



7:00pm

Barely Published Writers
Litquake’s long-running annual series presents readings by up-and-coming local authors, at the Make-Out Room. Hosted by James Warner.  FREE

Participants
avatar for Tomiko Breland

Tomiko Breland

Tomiko Breland is an author, editor, and graphic designer hailing from Monterey. She won the 2014 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest and had her fiction selected for the 2015 Best American Mystery Stories. Tomiko is polishing up her first novel.
avatar for Rajshree Chauhan

Rajshree Chauhan

Editor
I am a San Francisco storyteller and writer of emotive prose, poetry, and fiction who empowers and supports others through collaboration. My work has appeared in Red Wheelbarrow editions, Sparkle & Blink, and Matrices Origins. I'm currently working on my first novel and seeking an... Read More →
avatar for Rosa del Duca

Rosa del Duca

Rosa del Duca is a writer, journalist, teacher and musician. She grew up a tomboy in rural Montana, where she joined the Army National Guard when she was seventeen. During her six-year contract, she became not only a conscientious objector, but a feminist and unlikely rebel. That... Read More →
avatar for Ant Fraser Fujinaga

Ant Fraser Fujinaga

Translator, Accademia Italiana della Cucina
Antonia Fraser Fujinaga, half Scots and half Italian, has no publications other than a dry scholarly tract about post-revolutionary Iranian law. However, she resorted to writing short stories when trapped in an office job without enough drudgery to fill eight hours. She has sung in... Read More →
avatar for R.T. Jamison

R.T. Jamison

R.T. Jamison is a freelance tech writer whose fiction has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and ZYZZYVA, among others. A two-time Pushcart nominee, Jamison is the 2014 recipient of UCLA’s James Kirkwood Literary Prize, a 2015 alumnus of the Squaw Valley Writers... Read More →
avatar for Raul Abraham Ruiz

Raul Abraham Ruiz

Raul Abraham Ruiz is a poet and amateur musician. He has worked with writers at San Quentin State Prison and has served twice as writer-in-residence at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts.
avatar for Pattabi Seshadri

Pattabi Seshadri

The son of a Jewish mother and an Indian immigrant father who grew up in Texas, Pattabi Seshadri explores how poetry might create an alien space where we can all feel included. His work has been published in Beloit Poetry Journal, Pleiades, BlazeVOX, American Letters and Commentary... Read More →
avatar for Teck Sway-Bien

Teck Sway-Bien

I am a writer based in the East Bay. I have been featured on Wattpad.com, the world’s largest writing community, and in 2016 won a Watty, one of its annual prizes. I write fiction and non-fiction, and am currently working on a novel titled Memoirs of a Gaysian.


Sunday October 9, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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
avatar for Robin Coste Lewis

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 →
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 →



 
Monday, October 10
 

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 →
avatar for John Markoff

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

Woman Warrior: Word for Word Does Maxine Hong Kingston
San Francisco’s legendary Word for Word Performing Arts Company ("the best friend a short story ever had" —Chad Jones, San Francisco Examiner) stages excerpts from Litquake Barbary Coast Award honoree Maxine Hong Kingston's books The Woman Warrior and China Men. Directed by Eugenie Chan, with audience conversation to follow. Please reserve in advance as seating is limited. $15 suggested donation.
 


Monday October 10, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Z Space 450 Florida Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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
 
Tuesday, October 11
 

6:00pm

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

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Juliana Delgado Lopera

Juliana Delgado Lopera

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

Participants
avatar for Shideh Etaat

Shideh Etaat

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

S. Kay

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



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 →
avatar for Sumiko Saulson

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

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 →
avatar for Tiny  Gray-Garcia

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 →
JC

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 →
avatar for Barbara Freeman

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

7:00pm

Straight, No Chaser: Writers at the Bar
Hallowed North Beach watering hole Vesuvio Café once again opens its doors to Litquake for an edgy and hilarious evening reading. A rare opportunity to glimpse authors performing new work in their natural habitat. Get here early, it fills up fast. FREE

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Alia Volz

Alia Volz

Alia Volz is a daughter of this town. Her fiction and essays appear in Tin House, Threepenny Review, New York Times, Utne Reader, New England Review, Huizache, The Rumpus, Narratively, ZYZZYVA, and the 2016 anthology Dig if You Will The Picture: Remembering Prince published... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders’ latest novel is The City in the Middle of the Night. She’s also the author of All the Birds in the Sky, which won the Nebula, Crawford and Locus awards, and Choir Boy, which won a Lambda Literary Award. Plus a novella called Rock Manning Goes For Broke and... Read More →
avatar for Christian Kiefer

Christian Kiefer

Christian Kiefer’s first novel, The Infinite Tides (Bloomsbury), appeared on best of the year lists from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist. His second novel, The Animals (Liveright / W.W. Norton), was a best book of the year from Amazon.com and was praised by Richard Ford... Read More →
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 →
avatar for Zahra Noorbahksh

Zahra Noorbahksh

#GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast
Zahra Noorbakhsh is a Feminist Muslim, Iranian-American comedian and cohost of the award winning podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. The podcast was recently invited to record at the White House and featured in Oprah Magazine. Her one woman show, "All Atheists are Muslim: a romantic comedy... Read More →
avatar for D. Watkins

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 →



Wednesday October 12, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Vesuvio Café 255 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133

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
avatar for John Roderick

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.
avatar for Malachi Black

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.
avatar for Rebecca Foust

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 →
avatar for Roy Mash

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.
BM

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 →
avatar for Katie Peterson

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.
avatar for D. A. Powell

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.
avatar for Melissa Stein

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.
avatar for Javier Zamora

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
avatar for Lindsie Bear

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 →
avatar for Dina Gilio-Whitaker

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 →
avatar for Alison Owings

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 →
avatar for Greg Sarris

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 →
avatar for Kim Shuck

Kim Shuck

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


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
avatar for Kelly Anneken

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 →
avatar for Karinda Dobbins

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 →
avatar for Caitlin Gill

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
 

7:00pm

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

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

Participants
avatar for David Iserson

David Iserson

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

Gloria Calderón Kellett

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

Lauren Weedman

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



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

7:00pm

Teenquake & NYMBC present: Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy

Co-presented by Not Your Mother's Book Club™

What's the real difference between sci-fi and fantasy, and which fans are more awesome? Two sci-fi authors and two fantasy authors battle it out for the win. Come for a reading, stay for a conversation about craft and book signing. With Traci Chee, Tricia Stirling, Parker Peevyhouse, and Tim Floreen. FREE

Not Your Mother’s Book Club™ is a monthly literary salon for teenagers in the Bay Area, which offers online author interviews, online contests, and in-school author events. Follow them on Twitter @NYMBC. 

 



Participants
avatar for Traci Chee

Traci Chee

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

Tim Floreen

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

Parker Peevyhouse

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

Tricia Stirling

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


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

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 →
avatar for Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, Ph.D., is host of KQED's award-winning Forum, a news and public affairs program that concentrates on the arts, culture, health, business, and technology. Forum is one of KQED's most-popular shows and one of the nation's most-listened-to locally produced public radio... Read More →
avatar for Bancroft Library

Bancroft Library

The Bancroft Library is the primary special collections library at the University of California, Berkeley. One of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique materials in the United States, Bancroft supports major research and instructional activities... Read More →
avatar for Alejandro Murguía

Alejandro Murguía

Alejandro Murguía is the author of Southern Front and This War Called Love (both winners of the American Book Award). His nonfiction book The Medicine of Memory highlights the Mission District in the 1970s during the Nicaraguan Solidarity movement. He is a founding member and... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Wolff Quartet

Patrick Wolff Quartet

Patrick Wolff is a saxophonist rooted in the bebop tradition, with a long history in the New York City jazz scene. Since moving to San Francisco in 2009, Wolff has appeared regularly with Marcus Shelby, Adam Shulman, and Diana Gameros. He is making his mark as a composer and bandleader... Read More →
avatar for The Threepenny Review

The Threepenny Review

The Threepenny Review is a quarterly literary and arts magazine, founded in 1980 in Berkeley, California by its editor, Wendy Lesser. Threepenny publishes criticism, memoir, fiction and poetry as well as reviews of the performing and visual arts. Recent contributors include Roberto... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Sanchez

Thomas Sanchez

Thomas Sanchez is a fifth-generation Californian born days before his father was killed in World War II, and spent his early years at an orphanage and boarding school with native, black, white and Latino Americans. He participated in many iconic 1960s events, from farm workers strikes... Read More →
avatar for Paul Yamazaki

Paul Yamazaki

Paul Yamazaki has been a bookseller since 1970, and has been the principle buyer at City Lights Booksellers for over 30 years. He has served on the board of directors of several literary and community arts organizations, including the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP... Read More →


Thursday October 13, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Friday, October 14
 

6:00pm

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

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

Participants
avatar for Tom Barbash

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 →
avatar for Stephen Elliott

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

Participants
avatar for Lucy Bledsoe

Lucy Bledsoe

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

Ali Eteraz

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

Yang Huang

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

Lisa McGuinness

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

Nayomi Munaweera

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

Kate Jessica Raphael

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


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

6:30pm

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

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

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Adam Z. Levy

Adam Z. Levy

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

Participants
avatar for Carmen-Francesca Banciu

Carmen-Francesca Banciu

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

Mauro Javier Cardenas

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

David Francis

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

Antoine Volodine

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


8:00pm

Reading Roulette: Literary Karaoke with a Twist
Test your literary and comedic mettle in this game of literary chance. Participants will read randomly selected passages—in equally random voices (think Hamlet as Sonny and Cher or 50 Shades of Grey as Donald Trump)—and then hear from an American Idol-style panel of judges. Whether you stay in the audience (coward!), join the fun, or sign up a friend, you’re in for a night of hilarity and humiliation. $5-10 sliding scale

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Wonder Dave

Wonder Dave

Wonder Dave is a comedian and writer from Minneapolis, MN, now living in Northern California. He has toured the country performing at colleges, cabarets, sci-fi and comic conventions, burlesque shows, strip clubs and bowling alleys. He has been featured on the Risk Podcast and is... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Devi K

Devi K

Devi K just wrapped up as Director of Community Engagement at the National Queer Arts Festival and is the Artistic and Executive Director of Peacock Rebellion, a crew of queer and trans people of color who make art for social justice Devi is a storyteller, an art career coach, and... 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 →
avatar for Lise Quintana

Lise Quintana

Publisher, Zoetic Press
I run Zoetic Press, which publishes NonBinary Review. We love our authors, and are really open to new writers.


Friday October 14, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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
avatar for Kari Byron

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 →

Participants
avatar for Thomas Dolby

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
 

6:00pm

Lit Crawl San Francisco
San Francisco's world-famous Lit Crawl attracts close to 10,000 people, and features over 400 authors in just three hours. Lit Crawl brings literature to the streets, featuring smart and silly, worldly and wacky events in venues usual (bars, cafes, galleries, and bookstores) and unusual (police stations, tattoo parlors, barbershops, and erotica boutiques). What started as an experiment in San Francisco in 2004, has since become one of the most anticipated literary nights of the year—in 13 cities worldwide! FREE

See the entire schedule here
https://litcrawlsanfrancisco2016.sched.org

Don't forget to download our new mobile app version!

 



Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Multiple Venues