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Welcome to Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival, now in our 17th year. Festival dates are October 7-15, 2016. Events are all-ages unless noted otherwise. Book sales are offered when and where appropriate. Events without ticket reservations are first-come first served. Click the phone icon to the right below, to download our new mobile app version!

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Thursday, October 6
 

10:00am

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

Participants
avatar for F. Isabel Campoy

F. Isabel Campoy

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

Katrina Goldsaito

Author, Little, Brown and Company
avatar for Florencia Milito

Florencia Milito

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

Gwen Minor

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

Maggie Tokuda-Hall

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


 
Friday, October 7
 

10:00am

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

Participants
avatar for Alex Gino

Alex Gino

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

Gendell Hing-Hernandez

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

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

Kate Schatz

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

Susan Terence

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

Judd Winick

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


 
Sunday, October 9
 

1:00pm

Bikes to Books: A Two-Wheeled Tour of the City

Join urban mappers and literary enthusiasts Burrito Justice and Nicole Gluckstern for this seven-mile bike tour of city neighborhoods and authors who made San Francisco an international literary hub. Meet at 12:45 pm at Jack London Alley at South Park. Ride ends at 4 pm in North Beach, outside City Lights Books. Bring bikes with gears, snacks, and enthusiasm. Age 16 and older recommended. FREE


Participants
avatar for Nicole Gluckstern

Nicole Gluckstern

The daughter of a bookseller and an editor, Nicole Gluckstern learned to read and write long before she learned to tie her shoes. Actually she still doesn’t know how to tie her shoes. She’s lived, worked, and traveled in over thirty countries on five continents, but has called... Read More →



Sunday October 9, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Jack London Alley Jack London Alley, San Francisco, CA 94107
 
Monday, October 10
 

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.
avatar for Arline Klatte

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 →
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 →
avatar for Pamela Weymouth

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
 
Thursday, October 13
 

7:00pm

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

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

Participants
avatar for David Iserson

David Iserson

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

Gloria Calderón Kellett

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

Lauren Weedman

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



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

7:00pm

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

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

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

Participants
avatar for Charles Russo

Charles Russo

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



 
Friday, October 14
 

7:00pm

Naked Truth: real.stories.live

Mill Valley Library’s true storytelling series returns to Litquake with an amazing lineup sharing tales on the theme “Kismit: true stories of things meant to be.” Ages 14 and up welcome. Wine reception begins at 6:30 pm for registered guests. Register online after September 26. FREE


Participants
avatar for Janis Bell

Janis Bell

Janis Bell is an English professor and writer. Her book Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences was published in 2008 by W.W. Norton.
avatar for Brian Copeland

Brian Copeland

Brian Copeland is an award-winning actor, comedian, author, playwright, television and radio talkshow host based in the San Francisco Bay Area. 
avatar for Gregory Donovan

Gregory Donovan

Gregory Donovan is the author of Torn from the Sun (Red Hen Press, 2015) and Calling His Children Home (U. of Missouri Press). He has also won the Devins Award for Poetry.
avatar for Josh Healey

Josh Healey

Josh Healey, writer, performer, and creative activist, has been featured in The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle, and is a regular on NPR’s Snap Judgment.
avatar for Kari Kiernan

Kari Kiernan

Kari Kiernan is a writer and storyteller whose work has appeared in Skirt! and The Morning News, and onstage at Porchlight, The Vent, and Literary Death Match.
avatar for David Nihill

David Nihill

David Nihill is a bestselling author, Inc. columnist, and the founder of FunnyBizz. His writing has been featured in Fast Company, HuffPost, and Forbes.


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