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Friday, October 7
 

8:00pm

Shakespeare @ 400: Litquake's Opening Night Gala
NOTE: Advance sales have ended, but tickets are still available at the door!

Co-presented by San Francisco Shakespeare Festival


What better way to kick off 17 years of Litquake, than to celebrate 400 years of the world's most influential poet and dramatist, at the elegant chandeliered Green Room overlooking San Francisco City Hall. With hosted bar and catered light bites and dessert, and appearances by poet Gary Soto, Celtic harpist Shelley Phillips, and a special "off-color" performance from members of SF Shakes. Dramatic accessories encouraged!
$30 advance, $35 at the door

Mingle with Litquake authors, friends and supporters, pick up a copy of our Festival Guide, and hear poetry from Gary Soto, author of the new collection You Kiss by th' Book (each poem begins with a line from Shakespeare). Sample craft lagers from Sudwerk Brewery Co., and themed cocktails from Shakespeare Vodka, as you plan your Litquake week. 

Participants
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San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

Founded in 1983, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival brings Shakespeare's greatest works to over 30,000 in the Bay Area each summer with Free Shakespeare in the Park. This series has become as much a part of summer in the Bay Area as a backyard barbecue — bringing professional... Read More →
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Shelley Phillips

Shelley Phillips (folk harp, oboe, cor anglais, and flutes) and her husband Barry (cello) have played with many professional folk musicians in America, Ireland, and the UK. Shelley is director of the Santa Cruz Community Music School, where she runs Celtic music camps for children and teens, maintains a private studio, and presents concerts and workshops with visiting musicians of the highest caliber.She received her master’s in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has studied Irish and Scottish flute styles, shehnai, dizi, and willow flute. She p... Read More →
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Gary Soto

Gary Soto is the author of eleven poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly... Read More →



 
Saturday, October 8
 

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
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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

8:00pm

GONZO: 50 Years of Hunter S. Thompson
Co-presented by The Beat Museum

Marking 50 years since his first book Hell's Angels, Litquake pays tribute to the original Doctor of Gonzo and his contributions to American letters. Special guests: editor Alan Rinzler (Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail), Ron Turner (publisher of the upcoming anthology Who Killed Hunter S. Thompson? by Warren Hinckle), and Juan Thompson (Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson). Includes Bay Area premiere screening of Gonzo @ The Derby, a new ESPN short film by Michael D. Ratner, featuring Ralph Steadman and Sean Penn. With writers Gary Kamiya and Cintra Wilson, and editor/sexpert Susie Bright, sharing her collection of voicemails from Hunter Thompson. Hosted by Jack Boulware. $20 advance, $25 at the door

“We are really just a nation of 220 million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns, and no qualms at all about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.” —Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail

Participants
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Susie Bright

Best-selling author Susie Bright, the country’s preeminent feminist sex writer, is one of the world’s most respected voices on sexual politics, as well as an award-winning author and editor who’s produced and published thousands of the finest writers and journalists working... Read More →
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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 Alan Rinzler

Alan Rinzler

Self-Employed, Alan Rinzler Editorial
Book editor since 1962, working at Simon & Schuster, Bantam, Grove, Press, Macmillan, Holt, Rolling Stone and Straight Arrow Books, editing and publishing Toni Morrison, Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Robbins, Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler, Shirley MacLaine, Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan and ot... Read More →
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Juan F. Thompson

Juan F. Thompson was born in 1964 outside of San Francisco, California, and grew up in Woody Creek, Colorado. He graduated from Tufts University and lives in Denver, Colorado, where he performs computer magic in the healthcare IT industry. He is the author of Stories I Tell Myself... Read More →
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Ron Turner

I am the founder of Last Gasp and I've been an outspoken supporter of artists, writers, and various misfits for over four decades. You may know me as "Baba Ron" in SF, and I've been fortunate enough to be a part of the past 50 years of local underground history including the "Summer... Read More →
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Cintra Wilson

Cintra Wilson is a playwright, novelist, and a past columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, Salon, and The New York Times. She lives in New York City.



Saturday October 8, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Sunday, October 9
 

11:00am

Eat, Drink, and Be Literary

Litquake’s Eat, Drink, and Be Literary celebrates a range of ideas in food and writing. Throughout the day, nationally acclaimed chefs and food writers debate and explore the latest developments in food culture, sustainability, culinary trends, and the fundamental relationship between people and food. Attendees can interact with chefs, food media, culinary organizations, TV hosts, gluten-free experts, sea foragers, artisanal craft distillers, and a 7-time champion at the Grilled Cheese Invitational. 

An exhibition hall features food and beverage tastings from the Bay Area’s most innovative producers, including Save Me San Francisco Wine Company, Broadside Wines, Sudwerk Brewing Co., and much more. Book sales and signings ongoing. $35 advance, or $40 at the door
 
Sponsored in part by:
ChefsFeed, Friends of the San Francisco Library, Guittard Chocolate Company, Hodo Soy, Moleskine, Runa Tea, Save Me San Francisco Wine Co., Semifreddi's, Shakespeare Vodka, Sudwerk Brewing Co.

SCHEDULE

11:00 am — Doors open

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

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

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

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

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

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

Featured author stations throughout the day:

Capra PressDistilled Stories: California Artisans Behind the Spirits
Martin and Rebecca CateSmuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki
Frances DinkelspielTangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California
Heidi GibsonGrilled Cheese Kitchen: Bread + Cheese + Everything in Between
Kirk LombardThe Sea Forager's Guide to the Northern California Coast
Carolyn PhillipsDim Sum Field Guide and All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China

Vendors and Exhibitors:

Alter Eco, Broadside Wine, CocoTutti Chocolates, Edible Excursions, Good Eggs, KeVita kombucha, Miyoko's Kitchen, NOSH, Peter's Kettle Corn, Runa Tea, Shades of Sugar Bakeshop, Sudwerk Brewing Company, Shakespeare Vodka, and more.


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Tara Duggan

Tara Duggan

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

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

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

Participants
avatar for Georgeanne Brennan

Georgeanne Brennan

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

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

Martin Cate

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

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

Sophie Egan

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

Jessica Fechtor

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

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

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

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

Sarah Henry

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

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

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

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

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

Alice Medrich

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

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

Carolyn Phillips

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

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

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

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

Ryan Scott

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

Alanna Taylor-Tobin

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

Sean Timberlake

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

Jason Wrobel

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



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

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 →
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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.
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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
 
Monday, October 10
 

7:00pm

Game On: Writing the New Narrative
As technology changes, so does the way people experience narrative storytelling. Gaming journalist Douglass Perry talks to game makers and players about the evolution of games into rich narratives. $5-10 sliding scale. 

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Douglass Perry

Douglass Perry

Director of Public Relations, Reverb Communications
I have immersed myself in the business of writing about video games since 1994, starting as the managing editor of Next Generation, EIC of five IGN channels, and later as a freelancer for Kotaku, EGM, VentureBeat, CNN, and more. Favorite all-time games: Limbo, BioShock, 80 Days, Sid... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Roland Li

Roland Li

Author, Good Luck Have Fun: The Rise of eSports
I'm the author of a new book that explores the history and growth of eSports, or competitive video gaming, from bedrooms to arenas. I'm also a reporter at San Francisco Business Times, covering real estate and economic development. I'm an avid fan of DOTA 2, and I also enjoy single-player... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Martinez

Nicole Martinez

Lead Writer, Telltale Games
Nicole Martinez is a writer at Telltale Games. She's currently working on Batman: The Telltale Series and previously wrote for The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead: Michonne. When not working on games Nicole enjoys writing short stories and screenplays.
avatar for Rob Smith

Rob Smith

Consultant, Robroom
Over 20 years of experience in videogame enthusiast press, variously as Editor-in-Chief of PC Gamer, OXM, PTOM, and Machinima. Author of Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts (Chronicle Books), a history of one of the most influential videogame development studios of all time. Currently... Read More →
avatar for Meghan Thornton

Meghan Thornton

Studio Lead Writer, Fogbank Entertainment
Meghan Thornton is a WGA award-nominated writer of video games, poetry, short stories, and novels. She wrote for Telltale Games on Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Batman, and Guardians of the Galaxy. She is currently writing and editing interactive graphic novels for the mobile story... Read More →


Monday October 10, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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 →
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Bucky Sinister

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

Eric Spitznagel

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

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

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



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

7:00pm

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 →
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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 →
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MK Chavez

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

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

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

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
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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
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John Roderick

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

Participants
avatar for Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio

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

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

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

Douglas Kearney

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

Julia Levine

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

Raina J. León

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

8:00pm

An Evening with John Doe
Co-presented by Noise Pop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moderators/Hosts
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Peter Maravelis

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

Participants
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John Doe

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



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

8:30pm

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

Co-presented by SF Sketchfest


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

Moderators/Hosts
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Kelly Anneken

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

Participants
avatar for Jade Chang

Jade Chang

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

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

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

Beth Lisick

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


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

7:00pm

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

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

Participants
avatar for David Iserson

David Iserson

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

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

Lauren Weedman

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



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

7:00pm

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
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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 →
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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.
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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 →
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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.
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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

8:00pm

Goodreads LitQuiz
Co-presented by Goodreads

How big of a bookworm are you? Goodreads LitQuiz returns to Litquake to test your bookish knowledge with a free literary pub quiz to end all pub quizzes, hosted by Jade Chang. Field a team, or join one when you arrive. Drink tickets and seating are first-come, first-served. Doors open at 7 pm. FREE

Moderators/Hosts
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 →

Thursday October 13, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Elbo Room 647 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA
 
Friday, October 14
 

8:00pm

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

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



Participants
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Broun Fellinis

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

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

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

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


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

8:00pm

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
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Wonder Dave

Komedio Comedy
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 →
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Jonathon Keats

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

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

Participants
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Thomas Dolby

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



Friday October 14, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Saturday, October 15
 

9:30pm

Litquake After-Party

Join San Francisco’s biggest literary party of the year, immediately following the Lit Crawl! Sip on specialty cocktails, mingle with fellow book nerds, enter a raffle from the Moleskine pop-up shop, peruse our Litquake swag table, and watch authors dance to tunes by DJ Matt Haze! FREE


Moderators/Hosts
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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 →

Saturday October 15, 2016 9:30pm - Sunday October 16, 2016 1:00am
The Chapel 777 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110