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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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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 →
avatar for Gary Soto

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
 

7:00pm

Chaos Monkeys of Silicon Valley
Liar's Poker meets The Social Network in this irreverent exposé of life inside the tech bubble, from industry provocateur Antonio García Martínez, a former Twitter advisor, Facebook product manager, and startup founder/CEO. With Peter Hartlaub (San Francisco Chronicle). $15 advance or at the door

In Chaos Monkeys, the author unravels the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketing and reveals how it is invading our lives and shaping our future. Weighing in on everything from startups and credit derivatives to Big Brother and data tracking, social media monetization and digital "privacy," García Martínez shares his scathing observations and outrageous antics, taking us on a humorous, subversive tour of the fascinatingly insular tech industry. 

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Peter Hartlaub

Peter Hartlaub

Press, San Francisco Chronicle
Peter Hartlaub is pop culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. He reviews movies and concerts, writes profiles and works on multimedia projects. He has worked as a courtroom reporter in Los Angeles, a sports writer in Santa Maria and his first Chronicle job was as a paperboy... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Antonio García Martínez

Antonio García Martínez

Antonio García Martínez has been an advisor to Twitter, a product manager for Facebook, the CEO/founder of AdGrok (a venture-backed startup acquired by Twitter), and a strategist for Goldman Sachs. He is still officially on leave from his Berkeley PhD program, and lives on a forty-foot... Read More →



7:30pm

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

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker

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

Participants
avatar for Kelly Anneken

Kelly Anneken

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

Chris Collision

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

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 →
avatar for Gary Kamiya

Gary Kamiya

Gary Kamiya is author of Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco. He was a co-founder of Salon.com, with David Talbot. He is currently executive editor of San Francisco magazine and writes a weekly history column for the San Francisco Chronicle, “Portals of the Pa... Read More →
avatar for 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 →
avatar for Ron Turner

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 →
avatar for Cintra Wilson

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 →
avatar for Irvin Lin

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 →
avatar for Anne Schukat

Anne Schukat

Anne Schukat is a journalist and frequent contributor to The Economist's Technology Quarterly, where she writes about clean tech, energy and bioscience—and most recently— food. Her work has also appeared in Fortune, Fodor's Travel Guides, and other publications.
avatar for Margo True

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 →
avatar for Frances Dinkelspiel

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 →
avatar for Anya Fernald

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 →
avatar for Heidi Gibson

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 →
avatar for Stanley Ginsberg

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 →
avatar for Kirk Lombard

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.
avatar for Dayna Macy

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 →
avatar for Michelle McKenzie

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 →
avatar for Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

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 →
avatar for Alex Prud'homme

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 →
avatar for Miyoko Schinner

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

3:00pm

Graphically Inclined: Books to Look At
Co-presented by the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Publishers continue to expand the concept of what is possible for the book as a physical object of visual beauty. Daniel Harmon, Alan Kaufman, and Andy Warner present their latest releases. Free with museum admission ($15)

Participants
avatar for Daniel Harmon

Daniel Harmon

Daniel Harmon is a former staff writer for Brokelyn.com, an occasional essayist on the topic of Tommy Wiseau’s film The Room, the author of Super Pop! Pop Culture Top Ten Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild, and Make It Through the Holidays, and the co-author of Plotted: A Literary Atlas. Daniel loves free podcasts... Read More →
avatar for Alan Kaufman

Alan Kaufman

Alan Kaufman is an American novelist, memoirist and poet. He is the author of the memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel, the novel [Matches], and is listed as editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He is also listed as co-editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Literature... Read More →
avatar for Andy Warner

Andy Warner

Cartoonist
Andy Warner's comics have been published by Slate, Fusion, American Public Media, The Nib, Symbolia, Medium, KQED, popsci.com, The Showtime Network's Years of Living Dangerously, IDEO.org, The Center for Constitutional Rights, UNHCR, UNRWA, UNICEF, and Buzzfeed. He is a contributing... Read More →


7:00pm

Riding Out Doomsday: Michelle Tea with Daniel Handler
Co-presented by RADAR Productions

Award-winning novelist, memoirist, poet, editor, arts organizer, teacher, performer—what has Michelle Tea NOT accomplished? She may have moved to Los Angeles, but tonight she returns to San Francisco to share stories and discuss her latest book, Black Wave, with the inimitable Daniel Handler. $15 in advance or $20 at the door

“I think people are waking up to the fact that Michelle Tea is a major writer and a titanic figure in the Bay Area lit scene,” says Handler. “It’s one of the few things I’ve been right about in the past 20 years.” —Daniel Handler

"Brave and unexpectedly wise...Michelle Tea is a goddess." —San Francisco Examiner
“Raucous…[and] unapologetically raw.” —The New York Times 

Participants
avatar for Daniel Handler

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.
avatar for Michelle Tea

Michelle Tea

Michelle Tea’s memoirs include The Passionate Mistakes, The Chelsea Whistle, Rent Girl, and Valencia, winner of a Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction. Valencia was also made into a feature-length film and toured film festivals globally, and the book was translated... Read More →



 
Monday, October 10
 

7:00pm

The Girls: An Evening with Emma Cline
Co-presented by Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

This stunning first novel by Emma Cline, based in part on the Charles Manson history, paints an indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong. In conversation with Ellen Sussman. $28-48

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence.

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Ellen Sussman

Ellen Sussman

co-founder, co-director, Sonoma County Writers Camp
Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She is the editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave and Dirty Words: A Literary... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Emma Cline

Emma Cline

Emma Cline is from California. Her fiction has appeared in Tin House and The Paris Review, and she was the recipient of the 2014 Paris Review Plimpton Prize. The Girls is her first novel.



7:00pm

Five Presidents: A Life in the Secret Service
A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his 17 years protecting Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era of war, assassination, and scandal. In conversation with co-author Lisa McCubbin. $10 advance or at the door

Participants
avatar for Clint Hill

Clint Hill

Clint Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November. A former Secret Service agent who was in the presidential motorcade during the John F. Kennedy assassination, Hill remained assigned to Mrs. Kennedy until after the 1964 election... Read More →
avatar for Lisa McCubbin

Lisa McCubbin

Lisa McCubbin is an award-winning journalist who has been a television news anchor and reporter, hosted her own radio show, and spent more than five years in the Middle East as a freelance writer. She is the coauthor of Mrs. Kennedy and Me, Five Days in November, and The Kennedy... Read More →



7:00pm

Science Fact: Better than Fiction
Fiction doesn’t have the market cornered on fantastical tales. How about homemade rockets firing into the stratosphere? Robots that may eventually enslave us? Bathrooms that require neither plumbing nor sewage? These authors discuss: Julian Guthrie (How to Make a Spaceship), Jonathon Keats (You Belong to the Universe), and John Markoff (Machines of Loving Grace), and Greg Milner (Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology). $10 advance or $15 at the door

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Susan Freinkel

Susan Freinkel

Susan Freinkel is the author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, which was named a Best Book of 2011 by the Boston Globe, and American Chestnut: The Life, Death and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree, which won a 2008 National Outdoor Book Award. Freinkel is also a science writer whose work has... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Julian Guthrie

Julian Guthrie

Julian Guthrie is a veteran journalist and has won numerous awards, including the Best of the West Award and Society of Professional Journalists’ Public Service Award. She spent 20 years at the San Francisco Chronicle and has also been published by The Wall Street Journal, The... Read More →
avatar for Jonathon Keats

Jonathon Keats

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

John Markoff

Writer, Author, The New York Times
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter John Markoff (2013, for Explanatory Reporting) covers science and technology for The New York Times and has been writing about Silicon Valley since the 1980s. In 1993 wrote one of the first articles on the World Wide Web. He is the co-author of The... Read More →
avatar for Greg Milner

Greg Milner

Greg Milner is the author of Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds, and Perfecting Sound Forever, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His writing has appeared in Wired, New York, Slate, Village Voice, Salon, Spin, and Rolling... Read More →


7:00pm

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


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

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
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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.
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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.
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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 →
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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.
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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

Ghostland: Colin Dickey at Winchester Mystery House
San Jose's legendary Winchester Mystery House hosts this one-of-a-kind book launch of Ghostland, by Colin Dickey. With the author's own fascination piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and "zombie homes," Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. With author Emer Martin. $15

With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living--how do we, the living, deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed, for whatever reason, haunted? Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story, but also to the ways in which changes to those facts are made--and why those changes are made--Dickey paints a version of American history left out of the textbooks, one of things left undone, crimes left unsolved. Spellbinding, scary, and wickedly insightful, Ghostland discovers the past we're most afraid to speak of aloud in the bright light of day is the same past that tends to linger in the ghost stories we whisper in the dark.

Note: This event is held in the Winchester Room. 

Moderators/Hosts
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Emer Martin

Emer is a Dubliner who has lived in Paris, London, the Middle East, and various places in the U.S. Her first novel Breakfast in Babylon won Book of the Year 1996 in her native Ireland at the prestigious Listowel Writers Week. Houghton Mifflin released Breakfast in Babylon in the U.S... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Colin Dickey

Colin Dickey

Colin Dickey grew up in San Jose, California, a few miles from the Winchester Mystery House, the most haunted house in America. As a writer, speaker, and academic, he has made a career out of collecting unusual objects and hidden histories all over the country. He’s a regular contributor... Read More →



7:00pm

Prestigious Prose: Pulitzer Conversations
Co-presented by California Humanities

In honor of the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, Litquake hosts two conversations with four recipients: Jane Smiley (1992, fiction) with Robert Hass (2008, poetry); and Richard Rhodes (1986, nonfiction) with T.J. Stiles (2010, biography; 2016, history). Topics certain to be covered include: what is the intersection between fiction and poetry? How much research is enough, and is there ever too much? And how did winning the highest literary prize in the U.S. change their lives? $10 advance or $15 at the door

Participants
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Robert Hass

Robert L. Hass is an American poet. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. He won the 2007 National Book Award and shared the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for the collection Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005.In 2014 he was awarded the Wallace Stevens... Read More →
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Richard Rhodes

Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of twenty-five books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award; Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was shortlisted for a... Read More →
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Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, A Thousand Acres, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Horse Heaven. She is the author of thirteen novels for adults, five novels for young adults, and five works of non-fiction, including The Man Who Invented the Computer... Read More →
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T.J. Stiles

T.J. Stiles, called “a superb researcher” by the Washington Post, won the 2010 Pulitzer for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. His new book is Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New... Read More →


 
Wednesday, October 12
 

6:30pm

In My Humble Opinion: Peter Orner and Mark Greif
Provocative conversation with two masters of the essay form: authors Peter Orner (Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live), and n + 1 Magazine founder Mark Greif (Against Everything). Moderated by San Francisco Chronicle books editor John McMurtrie. Doors open at 6 pm. $15 advance or at the door; $10 for Mechanics' members

Participants
avatar for Mark Greif

Mark Greif

As the New York Times wrote of his new book, Against Everything, "[Mark Greif] embodies a return to the pleasures of critical discourse at its most cerebral and personable… writing about the culture with a reverence for language and a passion for what has come before." Greif received... Read More →
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Peter Orner

Peter Orner is the author of two collections of stories, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge and Esther Stories, and two novels, Love and Shame and Love and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo. His stories have appeared in many periodicals, including the Atlantic Monthly, The New York... Read More →



Wednesday October 12, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

7:00pm

America the Ingenious: Kevin Baker in Conversation
Author Kevin Baker (America the Ingenious) explores 76 of the most intriguing, important, and ingenious inventions realized in America, from the Panama Canal, the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater to the oil rig, the electric sewing machine, and the telephone. In conversation with author and Arc Programs CEO David Ewing Duncan.
$10 in advance or $15 at the door 

Moderators/Hosts
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David Ewing Duncan

David Ewing Duncan is Co-Founder and CEO of Arc Programs. He is an award-winning best-selling author of eight books published in 19 languages; he is a journalist and a television, radio and film producer and correspondent. His most recent book is When I’m 164: The new science... Read More →

Participants
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Kevin Baker

Kevin Baker is a novelist, historian, and journalist whose books include Dreamland and the New York Timesbestseller Paradise Alley. He authored America: The Story of Us, the companion volume to the groundbreaking A&E television show of the same name, and was the chief historical... Read More →



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.
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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.
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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

7:00pm

Writing Indigenous Experiences
Indigenous, First Nations, Native Americans, or American Indian—whichever words you use, a new wave of literature is bringing their issues to the forefront. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Dina Gilio-Whitaker, Alison Owings, Kim Shuck, Lindsie Bear, and Greg Sarris discuss the unique challenges faced by writers who communicate indigenous realities for a wider audience. $10 

Moderators/Hosts
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Lindsie Bear

Director of Nature and Environmental Publishing, Heyday

Participants
avatar for Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Professor, California State University
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a writer, historian, and socialist activist. The stories of her grandfather inspired her to lifelong social justice activism. Her account of life up to leaving Oklahoma is recorded in Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie. Doctorate in History from University of California... Read More →
avatar for Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Dina Gilio-Whitaker

I am a Native American studies scholar and writer who lives in a Southern California beach town and surfs. You can talk to me about anything relating to indigenous cultures/politics and surfing. I co-authored a book titled "'All the Real Indians Died Off' and 20 Other Myths about... Read More →
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Alison Owings

The title of Alison Owings's latest book, Indian Voices/Listening to Native Americans, reflects her inclination to conduct lengthy interviews with people who are marginalized, stereotyped, or disregarded. The voices in Indian Voices include Passamaquoddy, Lumbee, Hopi, Yupik, and... Read More →
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Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, where he was awarded the Walter Gore Award for excellence in teaching. He has published several books, including Grand Avenue (1994), an award-winning collection of short stories, which he adapted... Read More →
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Kim Shuck

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


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
avatar for Peter Maravelis

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
avatar for John Doe

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 →
avatar for Karinda Dobbins

Karinda Dobbins

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

Caitlin Gill

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

Beth Lisick

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


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

7:00pm

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

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

Participants
avatar for David Iserson

David Iserson

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

Gloria Calderón Kellett

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

Lauren Weedman

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



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

7:00pm

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

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

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

Participants
avatar for Charles Russo

Charles Russo

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



7:00pm

Flight of Poets

Wine and poetry have always made a delicious duet. At this reading, curated by Hollie Hardy and Tess Taylor, internationally renowned sommelier Christopher Sawyer pairs six talented poets with six exquisite wines carefully selected to illuminate their work. Admission includes wine flight of six tastes. $25


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Hollie Hardy

Hollie Hardy

Hollie Hardy is the author of How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems, winner of the 2016 annual Poetry Center Book Award. She teaches writing classes at the SF Creative Writing Institute and Berkeley City College, hosts Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic and produces... Read More →
avatar for Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor

TESS TAYLOR’s chapbook, The Misremembered World, was selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America’s inaugural chapbook fellowship. The San Francisco Chronicle called her first book, The Forage House, “stunning” and it was a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Tony Barnstone

Tony Barnstone

Tony Barnstone is Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College and author of 16 books, including Beast in the Apartment, Tongue of War, and From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki.
avatar for Cassandra Dallett

Cassandra Dallett

Cassandra Dallett lives in Oakland, CA. She is a Pushcart nominee and has published online and in many print magazines. Dallett has authored eight books of poetry and reads often around the Bay Area.
avatar for Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz was grown on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation along the banks of the Colorado River. She has a velvety jumpshot and smooth finish.  Her first book is When My Brother Was an Aztec.  
avatar for Adam Fitzgerald

Adam Fitzgerald

Adam Fitzgerald is the author of The Late Parade and George Washington, both published by W. W. Norton's historic Liveright imprint. He teaches at Rutgers, NYU and Yale and organizes The Home School. He lives in New York City.
avatar for Brynn Saito

Brynn Saito

Brynn Saito is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), which won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci... Read More →
avatar for Chris Sawyer

Chris Sawyer

Christopher Sawyer is an internationally renowned sommelier, wine consultant, critic, public speaker, and elite wine competition judge, and has been personal sommelier for an array of luminaries, from the Getty family to the Gorbachevs.
avatar for Robin Beth Schaer

Robin Beth Schaer

Robin Beth Schaer is the author of the poetry collection Shipbreaking. She teaches writing in New York City and worked as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty, a 180-foot ship lost in Hurricane Sandy.



Thursday October 13, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Hotel Rex 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm

Litquake's Barbary Coast Awards
For the first time, Litquake’s annual Barbary Coast Award is plural. With so many deserving individuals and organizations warranting public acclaim, how could we choose just one? This year’s Literary Legend honorees are Maxine Hong Kingston (Woman Warrior) and San Francisco poet laureate Alejandro Murguia. Other recipients are Thomas Sanchez (California Classics, Rabbit Boss)Jewelle Gomez (Castro Vanguard Award), KQED's Michael Krasny (Kathi Kamen Goldmark Award for community impact), The Threepenny Review (Literary Publication), The Bancroft Library (Literary Institution), Paul Yamazaki (Bookstore Hero), and the late poet Justin Chin (In Memoriam). Hosted by Will Durst, with special guest presenters, and live music from the Patrick Wolff Quartet. $30 general admission, $50 preferred seating

Use ticket link to purchase online, or charge-by-phone at 415-392-4400. Tickets available at City Box Office, 180 Redwood St., San Francisco, CA 94102.

Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Will Durst

Will Durst

Acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in the country, Will Durst has patched together a comedy quilt of a career, weaving together columns, books, radio and television commentaries, acting, voiceovers, and most especially, standup comedy... Read More →

Participants
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Justin Chin

Poet, essayist, and performance artist Justin Chin (1969-2015) was born in Malaysia and educated in Singapore and at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. With humor and raw vulnerability, Chin’s poems interrogate the personal, political, and commercial implications of claiming... Read More →
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Jewelle Gomez

Jewelle Gomez is a writer and activist, and author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories whose 25th anniversary edition was published this year by City Lights Books. Her adaptation of the book for the stage, Bones & Ash: A Gilda Story, was performed by the... Read More →
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Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston, an eminent memoirist and a celebrated Chinese-American autobiographer, is best known for The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (1976) and its companion volume, China Men (1980). The Woman Warrior won the National Book Critics Circle Award... Read More →
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Michael Krasny

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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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

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 →

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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 →

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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
 

11:30am

Art of the YA Novel
Litquake's Teenquake producer Summer Dawn Laurie moderates this stellar panel of YA authors (Michael Grant, Stacey Lee, Nina LaCour, Jandy Nelson, and Malena Watrous) as they discuss their craft, process, tips, and tricks. Audience Q&A to follow. $10

Moderators/Hosts
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Summer Dawn Laurie

Children's/Teen Specialist, Books Inc
kids and teen events

Participants
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Michael Grant

Michael Grant is the author or co-author with his wife, Katherine Applegate, of more than 150 books, some of which he still remembers.  Works include the Animorphs, Gone, BZRK and Front Lines series.  
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Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour is the author of three critically acclaimed young adult novels published by Dutton Books: Hold Still, The Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You. You Know Me Well, a novel written in collaboration with David Levithan, is forthcoming from St. Martin's Griffin... Read More →
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Stacey Lee

Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King... Read More →
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Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson's New York Times bestselling novel, I'll Give You the Sun, received many awards including the 2015 Printz Award. Both Sun and her debut, The Sky Is Everywhere, were on multiple best of the year lists including the NY Times, Time, and NPR. The novels are collectively published... Read More →
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Malena Watrous

Malena Watrous is a novelist, book critic, and instructor at Stanford. Her first novel, If You Follow Me, was published by Harper Perennial. She is the co-author, with Helena Echlin, of Sparked, a supernatural thriller for teens. A native of San Francisco, she lives in the Mission... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:45pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

1:00pm

Art of the Thriller
What makes a good thriller? Learn how to create suspense, raise the stakes, and keep the reader guessing. Authors Deborah Coonts, Paula Treick DeBoard, Alex Dolan, Reese Hirsch, and Domenic Stansberry discuss and take questions. $10

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Deborah Coonts

I write fiction: light mystery, romantic suspense, thrillers and contemporary fiction. All my life I've struggled with a serious case of career ADD--I've been a business owner, an accountant, a lawyer, a pilot, a mom, and inveterate traveler...and always a storyteller. I've lived... Read More →
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Paula Treick DeBoard

Paula Treick DeBoard’s novels include the psychological thriller The Drowning Girls (2016) and the novels The Fragile World (2014) and The Mourning Hours (2013). A graduate of the MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, Paula lectures in creative writing at the University... Read More →
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Alex Dolan

Alex Dolan is the author of The Euthanist and The Empress of Tempera, and the host of the "Thrill Seekers" show on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.
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Reece Hirsch

Reece Hirsch is the author of four thrillers that draw upon his background as a privacy attorney. His first book, The Insider, was a finalist for the 2011 International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. His next three books, The Adversary, Intrusion and Surveillance... Read More →
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Domenic Stansberry

Domenic Stansberry is an award-winning novelist known for his dark, innovative crime novels.  His  North Beach Mystery Series has won praise in The New York Times and other publications for its rich portrayal of the ethnic and political subcultures of San Francisco.  An earlier... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

3:00pm

Art of the Novel
"Never open a book with weather" —Elmore Leonard. Good quote, but you'll learn more from this panel of authors, who break down the craft and process of writing a novel. With Ramona Asubel, Jan Ellison, Grant Faulkner, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and Ellen Sussman. $10

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Ramona Ausubel

Ramona Ausubel is the author of Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty (June, 2016) as well as No One is Here Except All of Us, winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction and A Guide to Being Born, a New York Times Notable Book. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker... Read More →
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Jan Ellison

Jan Ellison is the USA Today bestselling author of the debut novel, A Small Indiscretion, which was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. Jan won an O. Henry Prize for her first short story, and her essays about writing and parenting have appeared in The New York... Read More →
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Grant Faulkner

Executive Director, National Novel Writing Month
Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month, the co-founder of 100 Word Story, and a co-founder of the Flash Fiction Collective. His stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, and dozens of others. His collection... Read More →
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Sarah Manyika

Sarah Manyika is a writer, academic and overall lover of stories. She was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, Zimbabwe and England. Her best-selling debut novel, In Dependence (with sales of 3 million and a brand new edition coming out in the US and UK later this year... Read More →
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Ellen Sussman

co-founder, co-director, Sonoma County Writers Camp
Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She is the editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave and Dirty Words: A Literary... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104