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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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Sunday, October 9
 

11:30am

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

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

Complimentary coffee provided by Nomadic Ground.
 

Moderators/Hosts
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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 →

Participants
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Bill Bonham

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

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

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


12:45pm

OTRS - Making Literature Now: The Art and Business of Contemporary Lit
Off the Richter Scale Series:

How does new writing come to count as “literature" today? Amy Hungerford (Making Literature Now) moderates this discussion on the art and business of contemporary literary publishing both print and online, with writer/editor Eli Horowitz, poets Juliana Spahr and Chiyuma Elliott, and novelist Emily Barton. FREE

Complimentary coffee provided by Nomadic Ground


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Amy Hungerford

Amy Hungerford

Amy Hungerford is Professor of English and Divisional Director of Humanities at Yale. She specializes in 20th- and 21st-century American literature, especially the period since 1945. Her new monograph, Making Literature Now (Stanford, 2016) is about the social networks that support... Read More →

Participants
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Emily Barton

Writing fiction, writing novels, plot plot plot, alternative structures in fiction, alt-history, steampunk, dieselpunk, feminism, women in lit, Jewish themes in contemporary lit
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Chiyuma Elliott

Chiyuma Elliott is Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her scholarly work and teaching focus on poetry and poetics, visual culture, and intellectual history from the 1920s to the present. Before joining the Berkeley faculty, Elliott... Read More →
avatar for Eli Horowitz

Eli Horowitz

Eli Horowitz is the co-creator of The Silent History, a digital novel; The Clock Without a Face, a treasure-hunt mystery; andEverything You Know Is Pong, an illustrated cultural history of table tennis. He was the managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney’s; his design work... Read More →
avatar for Juliana Spahr

Juliana Spahr

Juliana Spahr edits the book series Chain Links with Jena Osman and the collectively funded Subpress with nineteen other people and Commune Editions with Joshua Clover and Jasper Bernes. With David Buuck she wrote Army of Lovers. She has edited with Stephanie Young A Megaphone: Some... Read More →


2:00pm

OTRS - Equality or Progress: Urban Development in the Bay Area
Off the Richter Scale Series: Co-presented by Oakland Book Festival

Beneath the arguments over Bay Area gentrification and housing shortages, there lies a deeper, even global, conflict. Is it possible for cities to foster wealth and accommodate growth without bulldozing the past and deepening inequality? This panel examines what a city that promotes cosmopolitan interests alongside the rights of all its citizens, rich and poor, might look like. FREE

Complimentary coffee provided by Nomadic Ground.  

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Rebekah Otto

Rebekah Otto

Chair, Literary Council, Oakland Book Festival
Rebekah Otto is the Chair of the Literary Council for the Oakland Book Festival. She lives in Oakland with her family and works in online content.

Participants
avatar for Sarah Burke

Sarah Burke

Managing Editor, East Bay Express
Sarah Burke is an art critic, culture writer, and occasional curator who lives and works in Oakland, California. She is the Managing Editor at the East Bay Express, where she reports on the East Bay’s affordability crisis, shifting demographics and social justice through the lens... Read More →
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Malo Andre Hutson

Chancellors Professor of City and Regional Planning, University of California at Berkeley
Malo André Hutson is an academic scholar and practitioner in the areas of community development and urban sustainability/equity; racial and ethnic inequalities and urban policy (metropolitan fragmentation, segregation and health); built environment and health. He is currently an... Read More →
avatar for Sonja Trauss

Sonja Trauss

founder, YIMBY Party or CaRLA
Sonja Trauss is the founder of the Bay Area Renter's Federation, a pro-housing advocacy organization that recently sued the city of Lafayette after downzoning a planned housing development.


4:30pm

Litquake in the Bookstore: Smooth Toad Literary and Musical Revue
Smooth Toad presents the dusty American folk ragas of surrealist/dada poet G. P. Skratz, romantic fiddler/bard Hal Hughes, and legendary theater artist Bob Ernst. FREE

The trio weaves an authentic collaboration that conjures original hymns wherein Captain Beefheart meets Lord Byron. Their words and tunes explode into a whole new art form--think nightingale on a branch overlooking the RNC. Each has published and performed poems, done theater, and played arcane American music. Together, they've been Smooth Toad for a good stretch.

Skratz taught at Naropa on Allen Ginsburg's invitation. Ernst was a founding member of the Blake Street Hawkeyes, a legendary East Bay theater troupe that included Whoopi Goldberg and John O'Keefe. Hughes has been with Subterranean Shakespeare, North Beach Beckett, and much more. 

Participants
avatar for Bob Ernst

Bob Ernst

He is the founder of the legendary theatrical company, The Blake Street Hawkeyes (out of which emerged George Coates & Whoopi Goldberg, among others).  In 1987, he beat the Guinness World Record for solo theatrical performance in an over 24 hour-long tour-de-force:  the last half-hour... Read More →
avatar for Hal Hughes

Hal Hughes

Hal was a founding member of the Blue Dolphin, a collectively run venue for improvised music in San Francisco, and has worked in music, dance, and theater with Tumbleweed, Overtone Theater, Subterranean Shakespeare, and Nightletter Theater, which produced his play, “The Fisherman's... Read More →
avatar for G. P. Skratz

G. P. Skratz

Skratz is the author of Fun, recent poems (Philos Press, Lacey, WA), the prose-poem collection, The Gates of Disappearance(Konglomerati, Gulfport, FL), & ghost-writer of the 3 Stooges bio, Larry, The Stooge In The Middle (Last Gasp, San Francisco).  He taught poetry at Naropa... Read More →



 
Wednesday, October 12
 

12:00pm

Literary Lunch: Miguel de Cervantes
Co-presented by Stanford Humanities

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, whose Don Quixote is considered the world's first modern novel. Litquake's inaugural brown-bag lunch lecture features Stanford professor Roland Greene, speaking on the Renaissance and baroque worlds of Miguel de Cervantes. FREE

Participants
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Roland Greene

Roland Greene is the author and editor of several books, most recently Five Words: Critical Semantics in the Age of Shakespeare and Cervantes (2013). He teaches at Stanford University, and until January 2016 served as President of the Modern Language Association of America.



Wednesday October 12, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
 
Saturday, October 15
 

10:30am

Litquake in the Bookstore: Lisa Brown
Author and illustrator Lisa Brown reads from her newest children's book The Airport Book. Follow a family and the youngest member's favorite sock monkey through all the inner and outer workings of an airport. For ages 2 to 4. FREE

"Whether kids are readying for their first plane trip, wondering where parents go after they’re dropped off at the terminal, or just looking for some imagined travel, this will set them on the runway."―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred

"This is one of those books you could look at forever and never run out of new things to notice, smile at, and fold into the next reading. Sky-high in concept, execution, and kid appeal; the only airport book you’ll ever need."―Horn Book, starred

"Amusing Easter eggs abound, and Brown’s calm delineation of the mysteries and mundanities of air travel should reassure reluctant travelers. "―Publishers Weekly


Participants
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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown draws things like illustration and comics, writes things like books and book reviews, and teaches things to kids and college students. Her debut picture book, How to Be, was one of the Thirteen Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy. Since then she has published... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Diesel Books 5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

11:30am

Litquake in the Bookstore: Annie Barrows
Author and editor Annie Barrows reads from her Ivy and Bean children's series. For kids in grades 1-5. FREE

“Only a stooge couldn’t love Ivy and Bean.” —Kirkus Reviews

“One of the funniest young chapter book series around.” —The Horn Book
 

Participants
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Annie Barrows

In 1988, Chronicle Books hired Annie as an editorial assistant, from which platform she became successively assistant editor, managing editor, Editor, and Senior Editor. Somewhere in this trajectory, she acquiredGriffin & Sabine, Chronicle’s first New York Times best seller. In... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Diesel Books 5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618