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Saturday, October 8


Litquake San Rafael

San Francisco’s literary legacy has always held a strong North Bay connection, dating back to the Beats, Jack London, and Mark Twain. 

Litquake San Rafael returns to the downtown 4th Street corridor of cafés, restaurants, and shops, featuring Bay Area writers in this day-long series of free readings and open-mic events. FREE

Click here or below, for the complete schedule:

Co-sponsored by the Downtown San Rafael Business Improvement District, Marin Poetry Center, Friends of the San Rafael Library, Jack Hunt Automotive, Bank of Marin, Pint Size Lounge, Book Passage, Falafel Hutm PS Print, and Rebound Bookstore

Saturday October 8, 2016 10:00am - 7:15pm
San Rafael


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

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

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

Complimentary coffee provided by Nomadic Ground 

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Mary Jo McConahay

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

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William Carlsen

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

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


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

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

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

Complimentary coffee provided by Nomadic Ground.

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Teow Lim Goh

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

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

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

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


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

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

Complimentary coffee provided by Nomadic Ground

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Cassandra Dunn

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

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

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

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

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


Ghosts, Bones, and Dust: Novels of Life and Death

Co-presented by the Women’s National Book Association: SF Chapter

Celebrate National Reading Group Month with bestselling authors Cara Black, Jessica Chiarella, Patricia V. Davis, Mary Mackey, and Mary Volmer. Moderated by Laurie R. King. Free book club materials, and refreshments from Max’s Opera Café next door. FREE

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Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories. She is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar and an honorary doctorate in theology.

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Cara Black

Cara Black is the New York Times bestselling author of 16 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received numerous accolades for her novels, including multiple nominations for the prestigious Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington... Read More →
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Jessica Chiarella

Jessica Chiarella grew up in the Chicago area and has a master’s in writing and publishing from DePaul University. She recently graduated from Riverside’s Creative Writing MFA program at the University of California and currently lives in the Chicago area. AND AGAIN is her... Read More →
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Patricia V. Davis

Patricia V. Davis is the author of COOKING FOR GHOSTS and SPELLS & OREGANO, Books I and II of a trilogy of magical realism novels set aboard the haunted RMS Queen Mary. Book III in the trilogy, Demons, Well-Seasoned will be released October 31, 2019. www.TheSecretSpice.com
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Mary Mackey

Mary Mackey is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels including The Village of Bones, and seven volumes of poetry including Sugar Zone, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Award.
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Mary Volmer

Mary Volmer was born in Grass Valley, California, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College and a master’s degree from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She has... Read More →

Saturday October 8, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Books Inc., Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco


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

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

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

Complimentary coffee provided by Nomadic Ground

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Anne Germanacos

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

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

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


Teenquake + SFPL: Lit Swap
We've got free books. You know you want 'em. Here's how to get 'em. Meet us in The Mix where there will be stacks of books up for grabs—some new, some old, some not even published yet. You scan for one you'd like to keep and in exchange write us a review of a book you loved that we'll share with the world. No spoilers allowed! For ages 12-18. FREE


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

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”

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

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

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

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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!
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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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Scott Russell Duncan

Assistant Editor, Somos en escrito
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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.
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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 →
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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
Sunday, October 9


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.

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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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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 →
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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 →


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.

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Joshua Mohr

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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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 →


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

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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 →

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →


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

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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.
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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 →
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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.
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →


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

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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


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.  

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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.

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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 →
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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.


OTRS - Latina Fiction: Politics, Social Justice, and Sexuality
Off the Richter Scale Series:

These Bay Area Latina novelists from Argentina, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Uruguay engage complex political and sexual landscapes across centuries. With Yalitza Ferreras, Aya de Leon, Maria Poblet, and Carolina de Robertis. FREE

Complimentary coffee provided by Nomadic Ground.

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María Poblet

María Poblet (@mariadelpueblo) is Executive Director of Causa Justa :: Just Cause (www.cjjc.org). She is Chicana and Argentine, with extensive Latino community organizing experience. She led the strategic mergers that built Causa Justa, aggregating the power of 3 different neighborhood-based... Read More →

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Yalitza Ferreras

Yalitza Ferreras was recently a Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San Jose State University. Her writing is forthcoming in Best American Short Stories 2016 and appears in Colorado Review, and the anthologies: Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education and Daring to Write... Read More →
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Aya de Leon

Aya de León directs the Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishied her debut feminist heist novel, UPTOWN THIEF, in July 2016, followed by the 2nd book in the series, THE BOSS in June 2017. Her writing and performance work has received acclaim in the Village... Read More →
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Carolina de Robertis

Carolina De Robertis is the internationally bestselling author of the the novels The Gods of Tango, Perla, and The Invisible Mountain. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages. She is the recipient of a Stonewall Book Award, the Italian Rhegium Julii Prize, and... Read More →


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

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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 →

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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.
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →


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. 

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →


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.  

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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 →


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

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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.
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Rajshree Chauhan

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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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


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

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Robin Coste Lewis

Univesity of Southern California
Robin Coste Lewis is a Provost’s Fellow in English and Visual Studies at USC. A Cave Canem Fellow, she received her MFA from New York University’s Creative Writing Program where she was a Goldwater Fellow in poetry. She also holds a Master's of Theological Studies degree in Sanskrit... Read More →
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Arisa White

Cave Canem fellow Arisa White received her MFA from UMass, Amherst, and is the author of Black Pearl, Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Saved. She teaches at Goddard College in Vermont. You’re the Most Beautiful Thing that Happened is her newest collection from Augury B... Read More →

Monday, October 10


Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

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

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

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

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Ella Morton

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


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

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

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Mary Ellen Hannibal

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

Monday October 10, 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Green Arcade 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Tuesday, October 11


Poetic Tuesday
Co-presented by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area's best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors. FREE

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J. Scott Brownlee

J. Scott Brownlee is the author of REQUIEM FOR USED IGNITION CAP, which won the 2015 Orison Poetry Prize and 2016 Bob Bush Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters, as well as three prize-winning chapbooks: HIGHWAY OR BELIEF, ASCENSION, and ON THE OCCASION... Read More →
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Jennifer S. Cheng

Jennifer S. Cheng’s work includes poetry, lyric essay, and image-text forms. She is the author of MOON: LETTERS, MAPS, POEMS (2018), selected by Bhanu Kapil for the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award; HOUSE A (2016), selected by Claudia Rankine for the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize; and INVOCATION... Read More →
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Martin Rock

Martin Rock is the author of Residuum (2015 Editor’s Choice Award, Cleveland State University Poetry Center) and two chapbooks: Dear Mark (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2013) and Fish, You Bird (Pilot, 2010, co-written with Phillip D. Ischy). With Kevin Prufer and Martha Collins, he co-edited... Read More →

Tuesday October 11, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Jessie Square 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Get Your Book Published: First-Time Authors Reveal All

There are so many ways to be published these days. These debut authors share their journeys. One took a hobby and turned it into a book deal with a major publisher, another won a contest that led to a breakthrough, and others have inspiring tales of perseverance. Get the inside scoop and learn which will be the best path for you. FREE

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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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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 →
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Carmen Lau

Carmen Lau is the author of The Girl Wakes (Alternating Current, 2016). Her stories have appeared in Wigleaf, Fairy Tale Review, The Collagist, Catapult and other journals. Carmen graduated from UC Davis with an MA in Creative Writing in 2009 and has resided around the world since... 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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Anna Pulley

Press, AfterEllen
Author of The Lesbian Sex Haiku Book (with Cats!). Talk to me about lesbians, sex, haikus, or cats. Or even books. WHY NOT.


Silent Reading Party: Litquake Edition
Co-presented by Lemony Snicket and Radio Silence

Bring a book to read in absolute silence. Cocktails and food will be available. Proceeds from drink sales will benefit an under-resourced San Francisco Public School Library. Sign up to receive emails about upcoming Silent Reading Parties: http://eepurl.com/bZXqKb FREE

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Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler is an American writer and journalist. He is best known for his work under the pen name Lemony Snicket, having published children's series A Series of Unfortunate Events and All the Wrong Questions under this pseudonym.

Tuesday October 11, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Hotel Rex 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102


Teenquake: Haiku-a-thon at Moleskine
Write inspired haikus and compete for prizes, enter a raffle to win the "Moleskine Ultimate Writer Set", nibble on food and refreshments, and hang out with fellow writers and literary lovers in the beautiful downtown Moleskine store. All teens welcome. Free


Sarisha Kurup

Litquake Intern, Litquake
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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 →

Tuesday October 11, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Moleskine 653 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105


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

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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 →

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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 →
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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 →


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

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Alexandra Horowitz

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

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


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

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Joshua Mohr

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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Carey Perloff

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

Wednesday, October 12


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. 

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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 →

Judith Coburn

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

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


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

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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


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

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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 →

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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

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 →
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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 →

Wednesday October 12, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Vesuvio Café 255 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133
Thursday, October 13


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

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Ransom Stephens

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

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Leilani Clark

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

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

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

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

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


Litquake in the Bookstore: Ron Hansen

Ron Hansen, award-winning author of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, launches his newest novel, The Kid, about an iconic American criminal of the old West. Billy the Kid's spree of crimes and murders has been immortalized in dime westerns, novels, and movies. But the whole story of his short, epically violent life has never been told as it has been here. FREE

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Ron Hansen

Ron Hansen is the author of ten novels—including Mariette in Ecstasy, Desperadoes, and A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion—and two short story collections, among them She Loves Me Not. His novel The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner... Read More →


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. 


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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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


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

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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


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

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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


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

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

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Tom Barbash

Tom Barbash is author of the recent story collection Stay Up With Me, as well as the award-winning novel The Last Good Chance and the nonfiction book On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11; A Story of Loss and Renewal, which was a New York Times be... Read More →
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Stephen Elliott

Stephen Elliott is the founding editor of the popular online literary magazine The Rumpus. He has directed two movies. The first, About Cherry was released by IFC in 2012. In 2013 he directed an adaptation of his novel Happy Baby. His newest movie, After Adderall, premiers in... Read More →


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

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Adam Z. Levy

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

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Carmen-Francesca Banciu

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

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

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

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


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

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Janis Bell

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

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

Saturday, October 15


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

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

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

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

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Lisa Brown

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

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


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

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

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

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Annie Barrows

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

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


Litquake in the Bookstore: Larry Brilliant

Activist, teacher, entrepreneur, and spiritual leader, Larry Brilliant’s life journey has led him on a purposeful path across continents and countercultural movements, marching arm-in-arm with the men and women who defined a generation. His entertaining and inspiring new memoir, Sometimes Brilliant, illuminates some of the most revolutionary events of a generation, many of the legendary people who defined it, and a towering figure at the center of it. FREE

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Larry Brilliant

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


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

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


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

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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