This event has ended. Visit the official site or create your own event on Sched.

Sign up or log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Tickets: Free [clear filter]
Saturday, October 7

12:30pm PDT

Teenquake: Young Writers Picnic in San Rafael
Co-presented by Friends of the San Rafael Public Library

Young writers from two local academic advancement programs, Next Generation Scholars and the 10,000 Degrees program, present new work at this bring-your-own picnic lunch, under the spreading tree on the library lawn. FREE

Saturday October 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
San Rafael Public Library 1100 E St. at 5th Ave., San Rafael, CA

2:00pm PDT

Discovery and Redemption: Authors Discuss Their Sources

Co-presented by the Women’s National Book Association

Celebrate National Reading Group Month with authors Alice Anderson, Donia Bijan, Sylvia Brownrigg, Martha Conway, and Achy Obejas as they discuss their sources and inspiration with host Anita Amirrezvani. FREE

avatar for Anita Amirrezvani

Anita Amirrezvani

Anita Amirrezvani was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in San Francisco. Her first novel, The Blood of Flowers, has appeared in 31 languages and was long-listed for the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her second novel, Equal of the Sun, was published by Scribner in 2012. Tremors: New... Read More →

avatar for Alice Anderson

Alice Anderson

ALICE ANDERSON’s work has appeared in literary journals including Agni and New Letters and is featured in anthologies such as American Poetry and On The Verge. Her second collection of poetry, The Watermark, contains three Pushcart Prize–nominated poems; her first, Human Nature... Read More →
avatar for Donia Bijan

Donia Bijan

Donia Bijan left her native Iran in 1978 during the Islamic Revolution. She settled in California and graduated from UC Berkley and the Cordon Bleu in Paris. After presiding over many of San Francisco's acclaimed restaurants and earning awards for her French-inspired cuisine, in 1994... Read More →
avatar for Sylvia Brownrigg

Sylvia Brownrigg

Sylvia Brownrigg is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction including Morality Tale, The Delivery Room, winner of the Northern California Book Award, Pages for You, winner of the Lambda Award, and The Metaphysical Touch—and a collection of stories, Ten Women Who Shook the... Read More →
avatar for Martha Conway

Martha Conway

Martha Conway is the author of several novels, including Thieving Forest, which won the North American Book Award in Historical Fiction and an Independent Publishers Book Award. It has been called “extraordinary” by the Akron Beacon Journal and “hypnotic” by Kirkus Reviews... Read More →
avatar for Achy Obejas

Achy Obejas

ACHY OBEJAS is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ruins, Days of Awe, and three other books of fiction. She edited and translated (into English) the anthology Havana Noir, and has since translated Junot Díaz, Rita Indiana, Wendy Guerra, and many others. In 2014, she was... Read More →

Saturday October 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Books Inc., Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94107

3:00pm PDT

Poetry Melange in the Mission

Listen to some of the Bay Area's best and brightest poets (Kazumi Chin, Jack Marshall, Brittany Perham, Shabnam Piryaei, Lisa Rosenburg, José  Vadi, Shawn Wen) read from their latest publications, which tackle subjects from marginalization and mimes to parenthood and physics. Signing to follow. FREE

avatar for Kazumi Chin

Kazumi Chin

Kazumi Chin is the author of Having a Coke With Godzilla. He works to build loving communities with marginalized people, put language to the mechanisms of structures and identities, and create spaces and tools that allow others to do the same. He is interested in scholarship at the... Read More →
avatar for Jack Marshall

Jack Marshall

Jack Marshall was born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents who emigrated from Iraq and Syria and now lives in California. He is the author of the memoir From Baghdad to Brooklyn and several poetry collections that have received the PEN Center USA Literary Award, two Northern California... Read More →
avatar for Brittany Perham

Brittany Perham

Brittany Perham is the author of Double Portrait (W.W. Norton, 2017), which received the Barnard Women Poets Prize; The Curiosities (Free Verse Editions, 2012); and, with Kim Addonizio, the collaborative chapbook The Night Could Go in Either Direction (SHP, 2016). She is a Jones Lecturer... Read More →
avatar for Shabnam Piryaei

Shabnam Piryaei

Described by the San Francisco Book Review as “a force to be reckoned with in literary circles,” Shabnam Piryaei is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. In addition to authoring Nothing is Wasted, Forward and ode to fragile, she has received awards from Poets & Writers, the... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Rosenberg

Lisa Rosenberg

Lisa Rosenberg is the 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of San Mateo County. She holds degrees in Physics and Creative Writing, and received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry from Stanford. She worked for many years in engineering, founded a marketing consulting practice, and was active... Read More →
avatar for José Vadi

José Vadi

José Vadi is a writer based in Oakland, California. The recipient of the San Francisco Foundation's Shenson Performing Arts Award, he has published poems and essays in Prelude Magazine, The Capilano Review, HOLD: a journal, Catapult, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.
avatar for Shawn Wen

Shawn Wen

Shawn Wen is a writer, radio producer, and multimedia artist. Her book A Twenty Minute Silence Followed By Applause is a lyric essay on the mime Marcel Marceau. She is currently a producer at Youth Radio. Her video work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Camden International... Read More →

Saturday October 7, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Alley Cat Books 3036 24th St., San Francisco, CA

3:00pm PDT

Napa Valley Book Fest

Co-presented by Napa Bookmine, St. Clair Brown Winery, Hang Time Press

Come for the books and stay for the wine at this brand-new book series held in late afternoon during the Napa Valley harvest. Hear author Heather Young read and in conversation with Lori Lyn Narlock. Afterward, Angela Pneuman and Malena Watrous discuss their latest works over a glass of wine at the Napa Bookmine bookstore. Book sales, and wine and cheese reception to follow. FREE

3 pm
Wine and Words
Heather Young reads from The Lost Girls and discusses its remote lakeside location, the dark secrets that haunt it and the “lost girls” who populate it. In conversation with Lori Narlock.

4 pm
Old World Whine
Andy Demsky (Unleash Your Inner Tudor by Henry VIII) shares his experience developing a book that grew out of his humorous twitter account for Henry VIII that has reached more than 70,000 followers.

4:30 pm
Writing to Work
Angela Pneuman (Lay it on My Heart, Home Remedies) and Malena Watrous (If You Follow Me, Sparked) read from their books and discuss how their daytime jobs teaching writing, running a writers’ conference, reviewing books, and so much more inspires and impacts the stories they tell.

5:30 pm
Reception for readers and writers

avatar for Andy Demsky

Andy Demsky

Andy Demsky grew up in Arkansas and has lived in Napa Valley since 1988. His most recent book Unleash Your Inner Tudor (2017), an "inspiring guide to life" written in the voice of Henry VIII, is an outgrowth of his comedic Twitter account: @knghnryviii. Andy has also written a wide... Read More →
avatar for Lori Lyn Narlock

Lori Lyn Narlock

Lori Lyn Narlock is an author who writes about wine, food, and travel. Lori also works as a public relations manager in the wine industry. She has developed hundreds of recipes for wineries in Napa and Sonoma to pair with wine. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications... Read More →
avatar for Angela Pneuman

Angela Pneuman

Angela Pneuman is the author of a book of short stories, Home Remedies, and a novel, Lay It on My Heart. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Ploughshares, Los Angeles Review, Iowa Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, Glimmertrain, and many... Read More →
avatar for Malena Watrous

Malena Watrous

Malena Watrous grew up in the Sunset district of San Francisco, before her family moved to Eugene, Oregon. Eager to get out of the rain and back to a big city, she attended Barnard College, where she majored in English and spent her free time interning for a food writer. After two... Read More →
avatar for Heather Young

Heather Young

After a decade practicing law and another raising kids, Heather decided to finally write the novel she’d always talked about writing. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop and the Tin House Writers Workshop... Read More →

Saturday October 7, 2017 3:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Napa Bookmine 964 Pearl St., Napa, CA 94559
Sunday, October 8

12:00pm PDT

Barbary Coast Prostitute Walking Tour

Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus, authors of the California Historical Society Book Award-winning Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute, walk and talk you through the vice districts of 20th century San Francisco, just before closure of the infamous Barbary Coast. Enjoy discussions of S.F. history, politics, and geography framed around the story of "Alice Smith," a sex worker whose memoir electrified the city during its serialized publication in 1913. FREE

Tour begins at the historic San Francisco Bulletin office at 814 Mission St. (behind the Westfield Mall), and ends at City Lights Books in North Beach, for a reception with light refreshments. Walk should last two hours total, and includes no significant hills or staircases. Comfortable shoes and layered clothing are highly recommended. Content of the talk may not be appropriate for small children.

avatar for Ivy Anderson

Ivy Anderson

Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus are both artists, writers, and activists based in San Francisco. They are concerned with examining the rich and shifting landscapes of Bay Area history, culture, politics, and ecology. Their first book, Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute, published... Read More →
avatar for Devon Angus

Devon Angus

Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus are both artists, writers, and activists based in San Francisco. They are concerned with examining the rich and shifting landscapes of Bay Area history, culture, politics, and ecology. Their first book, Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute, published... Read More →

Sunday October 8, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Historic Offices of San Francisco Bulletin 814 Mission St., San Francisco, CA

3:00pm PDT

CANCELLED, SORRY! Litquake in the Bookstore: Dilip Kumar
This event has been cancelled, sorry!

Dililp Kumar, Tamilian short story writer and bookseller visiting from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, discusses Tamil-to-English and English-to-Tamil translation with three Bay Area literary translators. FREE

avatar for S. Bharathy

S. Bharathy

S. Bharathy, Lecturer in Tamil, University of California at Berkeley, directed the American Institute of India Studies (AIIS) Tamil program in Madurai and was also the director of AIIS South India. In addition to Tamil she is also proficient in Telugu.
avatar for Jennifer Clare

Jennifer Clare

Jennifer Clare teaches courses on South Asian literature and culture at U.C. Berkeley. She is currently part of a seven-person team translating the 12th-century Tamil Ramayana of Kampan, an epic poem of 12,000 verses including princes, gods, love, war and monkeys.
avatar for Dilip Kumar

Dilip Kumar

Dilip Kumar, whose mother tongue is Gujarathi, is a well-known short story writer and editor in Tamil with several awards to his credit. His stories have been translated into Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, English, French, Czech, and German. He has given talks... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Whittington

Rebecca Whittington

Rebecca Whittington, a Bay Area Tamil scholar at U.C. Berkeley, studies questions arising in the translation of literary works employing vernacular forms of Tamil, Bengali and other South Asian languages.

Sunday October 8, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Bird & Beckett Books and Records 653 Chenery St, San Francisco, CA 94131

4:00pm PDT

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Charles Garfield, Shanti International, and the Enduring Spirit of Volunteerism

Some are born to volunteer, some volunteer to heal their own wounds, and some have volunteering thrust upon them by life circumstances. Dr. Charles Garfield, founder of the internationally-recognized Shanti Project and author of Life’s Last Gift, artfully weaves together impassioned first-person accounts with insightful commentary on the skills to be learned from each volunteer experience. Tonight he discusses his work with monologuist, author, and hospice worker Josh Kornbluth. FREE

avatar for Josh Kornbluth

Josh Kornbluth

Acclaimed comedic autobiographical monologuist Josh Kornbluth has toured internationally, written and starred in several feature films (including Haiku Tunnel), and starred in a television interview show. His stage productions have included "Red Diaper Baby," "Ben Franklin Unplugged... Read More →

avatar for Dr. Charles Garfield

Dr. Charles Garfield

Charles Garfield, PhD, is the author of LIFE'S LAST GIFT: Giving and Receiving Peace When a Loved One is Dying, published by Central Recovery Press Dr. Garfield founded Shanti, an internationally honored volunteer organization dedicated to the care of the dying and those living with... Read More →

Sunday October 8, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Strut 470 Castro St., San Francisco, CA 94114

6:00pm PDT

Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Set the Business Abuzz
Co-presented by Good Vibrations

In the 1970s, a group of pioneering feminist entrepreneurs launched sex-toy stores like Eve’s Garden, Good Vibrations, and Babeland, as both commercial enterprises and hubs for educational and community resources. Vibrator Nation author Lynn Comella tells the fascinating history of how these stores raised sexual consciousness, redefined the adult industry, and changed women's lives. In conversation with Dr. Carol Queen. FREE

avatar for Dr. Carol Queen

Dr. Carol Queen

Dr. Carol Queen is a writer and cultural sexologist, and co-founder of the Center for Sex & Culture. She is a noted essayist whose work has appeared in dozens of anthologies.

avatar for Lynn Comella

Lynn Comella

Lynn Comella is Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and co-editor of New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law.

Sunday October 8, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Center for Sex and Culture 1349 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm PDT

Sand, Surf, and Sartre: Wisdom in the Waves
The wide open skies, the saltwater on your face, the rush of the drop-in, dolphins cavorting next to you… some find in surfing a path to enlightenment, or at the very least a reason to explore the philosophies of living. Journalist Jaimal Yogis (All Our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and the Perfect Ride) and U.C. Irvine philosophy professor Aaron James (Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry Into a Life of Meaning) talk about their perspectives. FREE

avatar for Aaron James

Aaron James

Aaron James is a Harvard educated philosophy professor, and author of the bestselling Assholes: A Theory. In Surfing with Sartre he explores philosophical categories like freedom, being, phenomenology, morality, epistemology, and even the emerging values of what he terms "leisure... Read More →
avatar for Jaimal Yogis

Jaimal Yogis

Jaimal Yogis is a journalist (Washington Post, ESPN Magazine and more) and author of Saltwater Buddha, a coming-of-age memoir about running away to Hawaii at sixteen to surf, nearly becoming a Zen monk, and winding up at Columbia Journalism School. In All Our Waves Are Water, which... Read More →

Sunday October 8, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Mollusk Surf Shop & Gallery 4500 Irving St., San Francisco, CA 94122
Monday, October 9

6:00pm PDT

Changing Our Minds: Psychedelics and the Pursuit of Happiness
In an ongoing quest to alleviate the chemical imbalances that can wreak havoc in our brains and lives, scientists and journalists alike are turning to the drugs our parents warned us about. Don Lattin and Ayelet Waldman, authors who have tried cutting-edge treatments involving psychedelic substances, discuss their respective books on the subject, and what these drugs has done for their lives. Doors open at 5 pm for reception. FREE 

avatar for Don Lattin

Don Lattin

Journalist and author Don Lattin has written about the beneficial uses of psychedelic drugs for 40 years. In his new book, Changing Our Minds: Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy, the former San Francisco Chronicle religion writer shares stories of neuroscientists, volunteer... Read More →
avatar for Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman is the author of A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life; the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Daughter's Keeper; the essay collection Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal... Read More →

Monday October 9, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
Book Club of California 312 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94108

7:00pm PDT

Word for Word: Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Co-presented by Word for Word and San Francisco Arts Commission

On the 50th anniversary of this classic work of New Journalism, Word for Word's Off the Page stages their reading of Joan Didion’s controversial and complex portrait of the Haight-Ashbury, directed by Delia MacDougall. Market Street Kiosk Poster Series artists Deborah Aschheim, Kate Haug, and Sarah Hotchkiss then present their work on the Summer of Love's history and zeitgeist. Discussion with artists and director to follow. FREE with suggested donation

avatar for Deborah Aschheim

Deborah Aschheim

Deborah Aschheim is an American new media artist. She has exhibited her work internationally, in the United States and in Europe. She is best known for her exhibition Involuntary Memories. Her work includes video sculptures and focuses on memory, memory loss, and place. She describes... Read More →

Kate Haug

Kate Haug is a San Francisco-based artist and writer. Her short films have been screened internationally at festivals including MOMA’s New Directors/New Films, the London International Film Festival, and the Sao Paolo International Short Film Festival. Haug holds an MFA from UC... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Hotchkiss

Sarah Hotchkiss

Sarah Hotchkiss is an artist and arts writer. She received her M.F.A. from California College of the Arts in 2011. Her work has been featured in shows in the greater New York and San Francisco areas, including Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, The Popular Workshop and MacArthur B Arthur... Read More →
avatar for Delia MacDougall

Delia MacDougall

Delia MacDougall's theatre credits include The Government Inspector,the world premiere of Philip Kan Gotanda's After the War, A Christmas Carol, and The Learned Ladies (American Conservatory Theater) and Pericles, Man and Superman, King Lear, As You Like It, The Merchant of... Read More →

Monday October 9, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Z Space 450 Florida St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Tuesday, October 10

12:30pm PDT

Poetic Tuesday at Yerba Buena Gardens

Co-presented by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

The final event in our summer series at Yerba Buena! 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. Curated by Brynn Saito, and featuring Lee Herrick, Raina J. León, Sara Mumolo, Derrick Carr, and ContainHer (April Natalie Gee). FREE

avatar for Derrick Carr

Derrick Carr

Derrick Carr has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since he was old enough to read. He graduated from Yale in 2011 with a degree in Black people. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, Adroit, and Oakland Review. He’s co-edited Tandem, an annual anthology... Read More →
avatar for ContainHer (April Natalie Gee)

ContainHer (April Natalie Gee)

ContainHer is a female artist, vocalist and electronic music producer that cannot be contained, weaving transcendental sci-fi dreams into indy electro pop that scintillates with warmth and emotion. She collaborates with many, performs cooly alone, or with a phoenix of a live band... Read More →
avatar for Lee Herrick

Lee Herrick

Lee Herrick is the author of two books, Gardening Secrets of the Dead and This Many Miles from Desire. He recently completed a two-year term as Fresno Poet Laureate and serves on the advisory board of The Adoption Museum Project. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines... Read More →
avatar for Raina J. León

Raina J. León

Raina J. León is Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Acentos Review, and the author of three poetry books: Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, and sombra: (dis)locate, and the chapbook, profeta without refuge. She is a member of the Cave Canem, CantoMundo, Macondo, and Carolina... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Mumolo

Sarah Mumolo

Sara Mumolo is the author of Mortar (Omnidawn, 2013) and the Associate Director for the MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of California. She created and curated the Studio One Reading Series in Oakland from 2007-2012, and Cannibal Books published her chapbook, March... Read More →

Tuesday October 10, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade Mission St. between Third and Fourth Streets

6:00pm PDT

Fifty Years of One Hundred Years of Solitude
Help us mark the anniversary of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece, first published in Buenos Aires in 1967. One Hundred Years of Solitude has been translated into 37 languages and is oft-considered, after Cervantes’ Don Quixote, the most important work in the history of Spanish literature. Featuring authors Achy Obejas and Scott Esposito, translator Stephen Kessler, and Stanford professor Ramón Saldívar. FREE

avatar for Scott Esposito

Scott Esposito

Scott Esposito is the author of four books, most recently The Doubles from Civil Coping Mechanisms. He is a frequent contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has appeared in BOMB magazine, Tin House, The White Review, The Lifted Brow... Read More →
avatar for Steven Kessler

Steven Kessler

Stephen Kessler is the author of ten books of original poetry, 16 books of literary translation, three collections of essays, and a novel, The Mental Traveler. He was the editor of The Redwood Coast Review, four-time winner of the California Library Association’s PR Excellence... Read More →
avatar for Achy Obejas

Achy Obejas

ACHY OBEJAS is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ruins, Days of Awe, and three other books of fiction. She edited and translated (into English) the anthology Havana Noir, and has since translated Junot Díaz, Rita Indiana, Wendy Guerra, and many others. In 2014, she was... Read More →
avatar for Ramón Saldívar

Ramón Saldívar

Ramón Saldívar, professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Hoagland Family Professor of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama in 2012. He is Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Studies... Read More →

Tuesday October 10, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
Latino/Hispanic Room A, San Francisco Public Library 100 Larkin St., San Francisco CA

6:00pm PDT

Barely Published: Teen Edition
Co-presented by NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program

Litquake’s long-running annual series presents readings by the best up-and-coming youth writing in the Bay Area. Brief open mic for writers 13-18 will close the program. FREE

Tuesday October 10, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
Mix Teen Center, SFPL Main 100 Larkin Street San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm PDT

SOLD OUT! -- Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party
NOTE: This event is now filled to capacity. A limited number of seats may be available at the door -- thank you!

Co-presented by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library 

In celebration of San Francisco's 13th Annual One City One Book selection, we present an evening with Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party, and its co-author, Waldo E. Martin, Jr. Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, this book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of the revolutionary Black Panther Party, and its disastrous unraveling. Black against Empire is the winner of the American Book Award, and is currently banned by the CA Department of Corrections. In conversation with writer/curator D. Scot Miller. FREE 

avatar for D. Scot Miller

D. Scot Miller

D. Scot Miller is a columnist for SFMOMA's  Open Space. A contributor to Ishmael Reed's Konch Magazine, Mosaic Magazine, and KQED, he is also author of The AfroSurreal Manifesto, and sits on the Board of Advisors to giovanni singleton’s Nocturnes Literary (Re)view.

avatar for Waldo E. Martin

Waldo E. Martin

Waldo E. Martin, Jr., is Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of History and Citizenship at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of No Coward Soldiers: Black Cultural Politics in Postwar America, Brown v. Board of Education: A Brief History with Documents... Read More →

Tuesday October 10, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
American Bookbinders Museum 355 Clementina St, San Francisco, CA 94107

7:00pm PDT

Straight No Chaser: Writers at the Bar

In what has become a Litquake tradition, hallowed North Beach watering hole Vesuvio Café opens its doors for an edgy and entertaining evening reading. This year, we feature contributors to Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California (Outpost19). Don't miss this rare opportunity to see authors from throughout the state perform new work in their natural habitat. Special guest Charlie Jane Anders. Emceed by Alia Volz. FREE

avatar for Alia Volz

Alia Volz

Alia Volz is a native daughter of San Francisco. Her writing is found in The Best American Essays 2017, Tin House, The New York Times, Threepenny Review, Nowhere Magazine, Utne Reader, New England Review and the recent anthologies Dig If You Will The Picture: Writers Remember Prince... Read More →

avatar for Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of All the Birds in the Sky, which was one of Time Magazine's 10 best novels of 2016 and recently won a Nebula Award, along with a Locus Award and the William L. Crawford Award. She organizes the Writers With Drinks reading series in San... Read More →
avatar for Seth Fischer

Seth Fischer

Seth Fischer’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica, Joyland, Gargoyle, Golden State, Best Sex Writing, and other journals and anthologies. His nonfiction was also selected as notable in The Best American Essays, and he has attended residencies at Ucross, Lambda Literary... Read More →
avatar for Ron Gutierrez

Ron Gutierrez

Ron Gutierrez co-curates TERTULIA, a quarterly literary salon held in private homes and now in its sixth year. He has done readings up and down the California coast and is stoked to be back in San Francisco. His fiction has appeared in Golden State, Connotation Press, The Rattling... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth Hall is the author of the book I Have Devoted My Life to the Clitoris (Tarpaulin Sky Press) and the chapbook Two Essays (eohippus labs). She lives in Los Angeles, where she plays bass with the band Pine Family.
avatar for Olga Zilberbourg

Olga Zilberbourg

Olga Zilberbourg is a bilingual author; born in St. Petersburg, Russia, she calls San Francisco her home. Her English-language fiction has appeared in World Literature Today, Epiphany, Narrative Magazine, Santa Monica Review, Golden State 2017, and Tin House online. Olga serves as... Read More →

Tuesday October 10, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Vesuvio Cafe 255 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133
Wednesday, October 11

12:30pm PDT

Literary Lunch: The World of Elena Ferrante

The wildly popular yet pseudonymous Italian author known as Elena Ferrante is best known for her four-volume Neapolitan Novels series, which follows two girls from Naples who attempt to create lives for themselves within a violent and stultifying culture. Named one of Time magazine's most influential people of 2016, Ferrante now sees her books increasingly adapted for film and television. Writer and Professor of Comparative Literature Sara Marinelli speaks on Ferrante’s narrative world and cultural relevance. Bring your own lunch. FREE

avatar for Sara Marinelli

Sara Marinelli

Born and raised in Naples, Italy, Sara Marinelli is a writer, translator, and educator based in San Francisco. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Rome and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Her writing appears in Blue Mesa Review, New... Read More →

Wednesday October 11, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post St., San Francisco CA 94104

12:30pm PDT

Lifelong Learning at Freight & Salvage
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. With Tamim Ansary, Jannie M. Dresser, Elizabeth Fishel, Philippa Kelly, Louise Nayer, and Darren C. Zook. FREE

avatar for Tamim Ansary

Tamim Ansary

Tamim Ansary directed the San Francisco Writers’ Workshop for 22 years, has worked with memoirists for 15 years, and now runs an intensive six-week writing workshop for selected participants. His memoir West of Kabul, East of New York was San Francisco’s One City One Book pick... Read More →
avatar for Jannie M. Dresser

Jannie M. Dresser

Jannie M. Dresser is a poet, editor, and teacher. Her book, Workers' Compensation: Poems of Labor & the Working Life, reflects her San Joaquin Valley roots and Bay Area gig-life. She holds a master’s from Mills College and teaches at OLLI-Concord and OLLI-Berkeley as well as in... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Fishel

Elizabeth Fishel

Elizabeth Fishel is the author or co-author of five nonfiction books, including Sisters, Reunion, and Getting to 30. She has also written for magazines including Oprah’s O, Vogue, Good Housekeeping, The Writer, and Huffington Post, among many others. She has taught writing workshops... Read More →
avatar for Philippa Kelly

Philippa Kelly

Philippa Kelly has worked as resident dramaturg for the California Shakespeare Theater and the Napa Shakespeare Festival. She has received awards from the Fulbright, Rockefeller, and Walter and Eliza Hall Foundations, and the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America. She has published... Read More →
avatar for Louise Nayer

Louise Nayer

Louise Nayer is the author of five books, most recently Poised for Retirement: Moving from Anxiety to Zen a memoir/self-help hybrid about emotional planning for retirement. Her previous book, Burned: A Memoir was an Oprah Great Read and won the Wisconsin Library Association Award... Read More →
avatar for Darren C. Zook

Darren C. Zook

Darren C. Zook has taught for 15 years at U.C. Berkeley, and has been recognized numerous times for his contributions to education on campus. He teaches courses on comparative politics, security studies, human rights, and conflict resolution, and has extensive field experience in... Read More →

Wednesday October 11, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94704

7:00pm PDT

The Revolution Starts At Home: Social Activism for the Next Generation

If the revolution starts at home, it starts with storytelling. In this challenging political climate, how do writers, editors and illustrators strive to create narratives of inclusion, activism and community? This panel discussion for grownups integrates raising children and building community with art and children’s literature. Kids are welcome! Hosted by Made-in-Oakland’s Chapter 510 & Dept. of Make Believe. FREE

avatar for Tomas Moniz

Tomas Moniz

TOMAS MONIZ is the founder, editor, and writer for the award winning Rad Dad which produced two literary anthologies: Rad Dad and Rad Families: A Celebration. His novella Bellies and Buffalos is a tender, chaotic road trip about friendship, family and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. He’s... Read More →

avatar for Thi Bui

Thi Bui

Thi Bui is a writer, artist, and former public school teacher. She came to the U.S. as a refugee in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, and continues to advocate for refugees and immigrants today. Her debut graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do (Abrams ComicArts, 2017) started as... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Cruz Gonzales

Michelle Cruz Gonzales

Michelle Cruz Gonzales, a Xicana writer,  writes memoir and fiction. Born in East LA in 1969, MCG grew up in Tuolumne, a tiny California Gold Rush town. She played drums and wrote lyrics for three bands during the 1980s and 1990s, Bitch Fight, Spitboy, and Instant Girl. Spitboy... Read More →
avatar for Robert Liu-Trujillo

Robert Liu-Trujillo

My name is Robert Liu-Trujillo. I am the author and illustrator of “Furqan’s First Flat Top”. I was born in Oakland, California and raised all across the Bay Area. I’m a visual artist, father, and a husband who employs the use of illustration, public art, and storytelling... Read More →
avatar for Innosanto Nagara

Innosanto Nagara

Innosanto Nagara is a writer and illustrator of books for families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that those who care about social justice believe in and fight for... Read More →
avatar for Miriam Klein Stahl

Miriam Klein Stahl

Miriam Klein Stahl is a Bay Area artist, educator and activist and the New York Times-bestselling illustrator of Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide. In addition to her work in printmaking, drawing, sculpture, paper-cut and public art, she is also the co-founder of the... Read More →

Wednesday October 11, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
Dept. of Make Believe and Chapter 510 2301 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA 94612

7:00pm PDT

Graphically Inclined: Books to Look At

Each year, publishers are increasingly committed to releasing visual books. Art gets to the essence of the subject in a different way than words, and visual works can often be just as rewarding, and stimulating. Authors Marissa Moss, Bridget Quinn, and Renate Stendhal discuss (and project) their newest releases. FREE

avatar for Marissa Moss

Marissa Moss

Marissa Moss has been telling stories and drawing pictures to go with them for as long as she can remember. She sent her first book to publishers when she was nine, but it wasn't very good and it never got published. She didn't try again until she was a grown-up, but since then she... Read More →
avatar for Bridget Quinn

Bridget Quinn

Bridget Quinn is the author of Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order), which NPR’s Susan Stamberg calls “a terrific essay collection” with “spunky attitudinal, SMART writing,” marking the second time “attitudinal” has been used about her... Read More →
avatar for Renate Stendhal

Renate Stendhal

Renate Stendhal is the award-winning author of the photo biography Gertrude Stein: In Words and Pictures. After growing up in Berlin and Hamburg, she lived in Paris for almost two decades, pursuing ballet and underground theater, translating American women authors and writing cultural... Read More →

Wednesday October 11, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
California Institute of Integral Studies Main Lobby, 1453 Mission St., San Francisco, CA

7:00pm PDT

Litquake in the Bookstore: Maggie Stiefvater
Not Your Mother's Book Club™ is elated to present #1 New York Times bestselling author and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year winner Maggie Stiefvater in celebration of her gripping new fantasy, All the Crooked Saints, the extraordinary story of an extraordinary family, and a masterful tale of love, fear, darkness, and redemption. FREE

avatar for Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers... Read More →

Wednesday October 11, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Books Inc., Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94107
Thursday, October 12

12:30pm PDT

Literary Lunch: Jane Eyre Turns 170
This brown bag lunch features Mallory Ortberg (The Toast, Texts From Jane Eyre), speaking on the continued popularity and relevance of Charlotte Brontë’s classic Gothic-Victorian novel. First published in 1847 under the byline “Currer Bell,” Jane Eyre revolutionized the art of fiction, and although criticized as anti-Christian, was eventually praised for its fearless exploration of the themes of classism, sexuality, religion, and feminism. FREE

avatar for Mallory Ortberg

Mallory Ortberg

Mallory Ortberg is co-founder of The Toast, and author of Texts From Jane Eyre and the upcoming short story collection The Merry Spinster.

Thursday October 12, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post St., San Francisco CA 94104

7:00pm PDT

Litquake in the Bookstore: Brit Bennett

Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel The Mothers is an emotionally perceptive story about love, ambition, a big secret—and the things that ultimately haunt us most. Hear Bennett read from and discuss this extraordinary debut, named Best Book of 2016 by Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, and NPR. FREE

avatar for Brit Bennett

Brit Bennett

Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. Her work... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
Book Passage, Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925

7:00pm PDT

Goodreads LitQuiz
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! Field a team, or join one when you arrive. Drink tickets and seating are first-come, first served. Hosted by Goodreads managing editor Danny Feekes. Doors open at 6 pm. FREE

avatar for Danny Feekes

Danny Feekes

Danny Feekes is the managing editor at Goodreads. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism before working as a corporate merchandiser at Banana Republic and as the first editorial director overseeing the fashion sites at POPSUGAR. Danny is a passionate... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Elbo Room 647 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 9411

7:00pm PDT

Tech in the Age of Trump

Logic is a new magazine devoted to technology and society. Tonight, its editors and contributors host a panel on Silicon Valley's political aspirations in the age of Trump. Since the election, the tech industry has been flexing its political muscle. How is it adapting to the new landscape? How is it interacting with the new Administration—and how is the new Administration using tech's tools to pursue its agenda? We'll discuss topics ranging from Zuckerberg's semi-presidential tour to the role of data analysis in "vetting" and deportations to social media, hate speech, and fake news. Hosted by Logic founding editor Ben Tarnoff. FREE 

avatar for Ben Tarnoff

Ben Tarnoff

Ben Tarnoff writes about technology and politics for The Guardian and Jacobin. His most recent book is The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature.

Thursday October 12, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133
Friday, October 13

12:30pm PDT

Bad Rabbi: Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press

Co-presented by The Contemporary Jewish Museum and KlezCalifornia

Eddy Portnoy discusses his just-released book Bad Rabbi: And Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press. This irreverent, unvarnished, and frequently hilarious compendium chronicles a seamy underbelly of pre-WWII drunks, thieves, murderers, wrestlers, poets, and beauty queens whose misadventures were immortalized in print. Book sales and signing to follow. In conjunction with The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s exhibition The 613 by Archie Rand. FREE with Museum admission

avatar for Edward Portnoy

Edward Portnoy

Edward Portnoy received his PhD from the Jewish Theological Seminary. His dissertation was on cartoons of the Yiddish press. He also holds an MA in Yiddish Studies from Columbia, having written on artists/writers Zuni Maud and Yosl Cutler. His articles on Jewish popular culture phenomena... Read More →

Friday October 13, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103

6:30pm PDT

Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking

A cinephile’s dream: the chance to follow legendary director Woody Allen throughout the creation of a film–from inception to premiere–and to enjoy his reflections on some of the finest artists in the history of cinema. 

Eric Lax has been with Woody Allen almost every step of the way. He chronicled Allen’s transformation from stand-up comedian to filmmaker in On Being Funny (1975). His international best seller, Woody Allen: A Biography (1991), was a portrait of a director hitting his stride. Conversations with Woody Allen comprised interviews that illustrated Allen’s evolution from 1971 to 2008. Now, Lax invites us onto the set–and even further behind the scenes–of Allen’s Irrational Man, which was released in 2015, and starred Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone.  $10 general public / FREE for Library members

More info: events@milibrary.org 

avatar for David Thomson

David Thomson

David Thomson has written about film for The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Times, The New Republic, Salon, Movieline, Film Comment, and Sight & Sound. He is the author of more than 30 books on film, including The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, Rosebud: The Story... Read More →

avatar for Eric Lax

Eric Lax

Eric Lax’s books include Woody Allen: A Biography, an international bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Bogart (with A. M. Sperber), and Conversations with Woody Allen, which comprises 40 years of interviews with Allen. Lax has written for The Atlantic, Esquire... Read More →

Friday October 13, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post St., San Francisco CA 94104

6:30pm PDT

Lit by the Lake

Five East Bay authors read from their newly published books in this after-hours event at Oakland’s Main Library. Enjoy a glass of wine, make new friends, and hear from Aya de Leon, Meredith Jaeger, Elizabeth Rosner, Shanthi Sekaran, and Arisa White. FREE

avatar for Meredith Jaeger

Meredith Jaeger

Meredith Jaeger was born and raised in Berkeley, the daughter of a Swiss father and an American mother. While working for a San Francisco startup, she completed The Dressmaker's Dowry, her debut novel. She lives in Alameda with her husband, baby daughter and bulldog.
avatar for Aya de Leon

Aya de Leon

Aya de Leon is an acclaimed writer of prose and poetry. In July 2016, Kensington Books published her debut novel UPTOWN THIEF, a Latina Robin Hood heist story on New York’s Lower East Side. On May 30, 2017, Kensington will publish the follow-up novel The Boss, and have contracted... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Rosner

Elizabeth Rosner

ELIZABETH ROSNER is the author of three novels and a poetry collection. The Speed of Light was translated into nine languages and won several awards in the US and in Europe, including being shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Femina. Blue Nude was named among the best books of 2006... Read More →
avatar for Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran teaches creative writing at California College of the Arts, and is a member of the Portuguese Artists Colony and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Her work has appeared in Best New American Voices and Canteen, and online at Zyzzyva and Mutha Magazine. She is the... Read More →
avatar for Arisa White

Arisa White

ARISA WHITE is a Cave Canem fellow, Sarah Lawrence College alumna, an MFA graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of the poetry chapbooks Disposition for Shininess, Post Pardon, and Black Pearl. Published by Virtual Artists Collective, her debut full-length... Read More →

Friday October 13, 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm PDT
Oakland Public Library 125 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612

7:00pm PDT

Litquake goes THERE with Laleh Khadivi
Litquake and THERE, Oakland’s popular monthly reading series, team up to present a special evening with celebrated Kurdish author Laleh Khadivi. An East Bay resident who fled with her family after the Iranian revolution, Khadivi will read from her latest novel, A Good Country, and discuss her writing, the immigrant experience, and her career as a documentary filmmaker. In conversation with THERE host and KCBS Radio political reporter (and fiction author) Doug Sovern. FREE

avatar for Doug Sovern

Doug Sovern

Doug Sovern wrote the first-of-its-kind Twitter novel “TweetHeart” in 2011. Since then, his short stories have appeared in Narrative, Sand Hill Review, The Madison Review, and over a dozen other magazines, and have been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes and Best of the West... Read More →

avatar for Laleh Khadivi

Laleh Khadivi

Laleh Khadivi was born in Esfahan, Iran. Her debut novel, The Age of Orphans, received the Whiting Award for Fiction, the Barnes and Nobles Discover New Writers Award and an Emory Fiction Fellowship. Her debut documentary film 900 WOMEN aired on A&E and premiered at the Human Rights... Read More →

Friday October 13, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
Octopus Literary Salon 2101 Webster St. #170, Oakland, CA 94612

7:30pm PDT

Foglifter: San Francisco's Queer Literary Journal

“Queer is a word that suggests there's an alternative, ideal or normal behavior in the world. But the truth is we're all queer in some fashion, whether it’s our outward or our inner lives, humans are all unique and therefore variant from some suggested mean.” —D.A. Powell

In November 2016, Poets & Writers named Foglifter as “One Of Nine Journals You Need To Read.” Born out of the need for a San Francisco Queer journal that emphasizes transgressive, intersectional, marginal, and cross-genre writing, Foglifter boasts an editorial staff composed primarily of Lambda Literary Fellows and S.F. State Creative Writing graduates. Tonight, hear readings from hosts and Foglifter contributors Randall Mann and Baruch Porras-Hernandez, and more authors from the newest issue. FREE

avatar for Marina Claveria

Marina Claveria

Marina is an educator, barista, and sometimes birth-worker living in Oakland. The limits of memory and the struggle to differentiate between lineage and an origin myth inform her writing. Currently she's workings on a series of collected interviews dealing with the transmutability... Read More →
avatar for Aja Couchois Duncan

Aja Couchois Duncan

Aja Couchois Duncan is a Bay Area educator, writer and coach of Ojibwe, French and Scottish descent. Her writinghas been anthologized in Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House Press,) Bay Poetics (Faux Press)and Love Shook My Heart 2 (Alyson Press). Her debut collection... Read More →
avatar for MJ Jones

MJ Jones

Michal MJ Jones is an unapologetically Black, queer, genderqueer writer and activist out of Oakland, CA. They have been featured in online magazines such as Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous, and The Body Is Not An Apology magazines. Michal's work is a deep blend of raw vulnerability... Read More →
avatar for Laura Jones

Laura Jones

Laura Jones earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Northwestern University, where she also won the 2015 AWP Journals Prize. She currently teaches at Central State University, and her work has been featured in The Gay and Lesbian Review, Creative Nonfiction, Litro (UK), About Place... Read More →
avatar for Randall Mann

Randall Mann

Randall Mann is the author of four collections of poetry, including Proprietary, recently published by Persea Books. New work appears in the San Francisco Chronicle, Poem-A-Day, Literary Hub, and The Rumpus. He lives in San Francisco.
avatar for Jane McDermott

Jane McDermott

Oakland, California resident Jane McDermott is the 2014 Michael Rubin book award winner for her collection of microfiction Look Busy: One hundred 100-word stories by and for the easily distracted  published by 14 Hills in November 2014. Her fiction can be found in the journals/sites... Read More →
avatar for Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Baruch Porras-Hernandez is a Pushcart Prize nominated writer, performer and standup comedian, named one of the 13 Top Bay Area Writers to Watch in 2016 by 7×7 Magazine in San Francisco. You can find his writing published online, in journals, and several anthologies, he was named... Read More →
avatar for Jasper Sanchez

Jasper Sanchez

Jasper Sanchez is a queer transmasculine author, artist, and erstwhile academic. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Plenitude, The Colored Lens, and the Bold Strokes anthology OMG Queer. He’s passionate about stories, the worlds they build, and their potential to... Read More →
avatar for Gray Tolhurst

Gray Tolhurst

Gray Tolhurst is a poet and musician currently based in San Francisco. He holds a MFA from San Francisco State University where he was the poetry editor for Fourteen Hills. He is also a musician and releases albums under his own name in addition to playing in a variety of local bands... Read More →

Friday October 13, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm PDT
Strut 470 Castro St., San Francisco, CA 94114

7:30pm PDT

Litquake in the Bookstore: Raj Patel

Nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives: these are the seven things that have made our world and will shape its future. In making these things cheap, modern commerce has transformed, governed, and devastated Earth. In A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore present a new approach to analyzing today’s planetary emergencies. Bringing the latest ecological research together with histories of colonialism, indigenous struggles, slave revolts, and other rebellions and uprisings, Patel and Moore demonstrate that throughout history, crises have always prompted fresh strategies to make the world cheap and safe for capitalism. At a time of crisis in all seven cheap things, innovative and systemic thinking is urgently required. This book proposes a radical new way of understanding—and reclaiming—the planet in the turbulent twenty-first century.  FREE

If you cannot attend the event, but would like to reserve a signed copy of A History of the World in Seven Cheap Thingsorder the book with this link and fill out the special requests field. RSVP is appreciated, but not required. 

avatar for Raj Patel

Raj Patel

Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, activist and academic. He is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin and a Senior Research Associate at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University. He writes regularly for... Read More →

Friday October 13, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm PDT
The Bindery 1727 Haight St., San Francisco, CA

7:30pm PDT

New Narrative Poets: A Communal Presence
Co-presented by Communal Presence: New Narrative Writing Today

Emerging in the late 1970s of San Francisco, New Narrative originated at the crossroads of an aesthetically and politically radical poetry scene and the new publics fostered by various social movements of the era, most notably Gay Liberation. The Communal Presence conference (continuing through October 15) provides an opportunity to reflect on the history of New Narrative, and to consider its legacy for the future. With readings by Mike Amnasan, Dodie Bellamy, Bruce Boone, Robert Glück, Kevin Kiillian, and Camille Roy. FREE

avatar for Mike Amnasan

Mike Amnasan

Mike Amnasan is the author of the semi-autobiographical fiction, I Can't Distinguish Opposites, Liar, and Beyond the Safety of Dreams, and the play, Reverie. He stopped writing fiction to get a PhD in philosophy, an experience which taught him to appreciate literary fiction more... Read More →
avatar for Dodie Bellamy

Dodie Bellamy

Dodie Bellamy writes genre-bending works that focus on sexuality, politics, and narrative experimentation, challenging the distinctions between fiction, essay, and poetry. Her most recent collection is When the Sick Rule the World, from Semiotext(e). Other books include The TV... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Boone

Bruce Boone

Bruce Boone is the author of Karate Flower (1973), My Walk With Bob (1979 & reissued in 2006), Century of Clouds (1980 & reissued in 2009), and with Robert Glück, La Fontaine (1981), The Truth About Ted (1984), and a variety of essays in small press journals. In addition, Boone has... Read More →
avatar for Robert Glück

Robert Glück

Robert Glück is the author of eleven books, including two novels, Margery Kempe and Jack the Modernist, a collection of stories, Denny Smith, prose poems with Kathleen Fraser, In Commemoration of the Visit, and, most recently, Communal Nude: Collected Essays. His work is included... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Killian

Kevin Killian

Kevin Killian, one of the original “New Narrative” writers, has written three novels, a book of memoirs, four books of stories, and four books of poetry. He has become well known for his biographical and editorial work on the American poet Jack Spicer (1925-1965) and is now... Read More →
avatar for Camille Roy

Camille Roy

Camille Roy’s most recent book is Sherwood Forest (Futurepoem, 2011). Earlier books include Cheap Speech, a play (Leroy, 2002), Craquer, a fictional autobiography (Second Story Books, 2002), and Swarm (Black Star Series, 1998), as well as The Rosy Medallions (Kelsey St. Press, 1995... Read More →

Friday October 13, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm PDT
Omni Oakland Commons 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA

7:30pm PDT

Exalted Verse: Poets at Grace Cathedral
Litquake returns at last to this beautiful French Gothic-style Episcopal church atop Nob Hill, for a special evening of exalted verse from a sterling lineup of poets. With readings from Jason Bayani, William Brewer, Victor Hernández Cruz, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Grace Cathedral Artist in Resident Sarah Kay, San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, and Jen Siraganian. FREE

avatar for Jason Bayani

Jason Bayani

Jason Bayani is the author of Amulet from Write Bloody Publishing. He's an MFA graduate from Saint Mary's College, a Kundiman fellow, and works as the Artistic Director for Kearny Street Workshop. Jason performs regularly around the country and recently debuted his solo show, "Locus... Read More →
avatar for William Brewer

William Brewer

William Brewer is the author of I Know Your Kind (Milkweed Editions, September 2017), winner of the National Poetry Series, and Oxyana, selected for the Poetry Society of America's 30 and Under Chapbook Fellowship. His poetry has appeared in Boston Review, The Iowa Review, Kenyon... Read More →
avatar for Victor Hernández Cruz

Victor Hernández Cruz

Victor Hernández Cruz is the author of several collection of poetry including most recently, Beneath the Spanish and The Mountain in the Sea. Featured in Bill Moyers' The Language of Life series, Cruz's collection Maraca was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall and Griffin Poetry Prizes... Read More →
avatar for Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tongo Eisen-Martin was born in San Francisco, California, and received an MA from Columbia University. He is the author of someone’s dead already (Bootstrap Press, 2015), which was nominated for a California Book Award. Also a human rights activist and educator, he has taught... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay is a New Yorker. a poetry writer and reader. a spoken word poetry teacher. the founder and co-director of Project VOICE. a witty banter enthusiast. a postcard lover. a documentary filmmaker. a foodie. a playwright. a singer. a songwriter. a photographer. a best-selling author... Read More →
avatar for Kim Shuck

Kim Shuck

Kim Shuck is a poet, weaver, educator, doer of piles of laundry, planter of seeds, traveler and child wrangler. Born in San Francisco in 1966, Ms. Shuck attended San Francisco State University where she received both a Bachelor's (in art) and a Master's in Fine Arts (in textiles... Read More →
avatar for Jen Siraganian

Jen Siraganian

Jen Siraganian is a Bay Area poet and author of the chapbook Fracture. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received scholarships from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Best New... Read More →

Friday October 13, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm PDT
Grace Cathedral 1100 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Saturday, October 14

3:00pm PDT

Kidquake: Gene Luen Yang—Reading Without Walls

You may know Gene Yang for his award-winning graphic novels, but in January 2016, the Library of Congress, Children’s Book Council, and Every Child A Reader appointed Gene the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Today, he invites you to take the Reading Without Walls Challenge! Inspired by his official platform, the challenge encourages every kid—every reader, really—to explore the world through books of diverse voices, genres, and formats. Book sales and signing to follow. FREE


avatar for Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He has written and drawn many graphic novels, including American Born Chinese, which was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. His graphic novel set Boxers... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
American Bookbinders Museum 355 Clementina St, San Francisco, CA 94107

5:00pm PDT

Lit Crawl San Francisco
Click here for the full Lit Crawl SF schedule!

Lit Crawl San Francisco, one of the most anticipated literary nights of the year, attracts close to 10,000 people. 

Saturday October 14, 2017 5:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
The Mission

Twitter Feed