Big Issues -- Storytelling -- Authors in Conversation -- Laugh at Litquake -- Volunteer!

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Big Issues -- Storytelling -- Authors in Conversation -- Laugh at Litquake -- Volunteer!










September 22, 2015 | San Francisco's Literary Festival


 


Litquake Addresses Big Issues


Litquake loves frivolous fun, but we also care about important issues facing our world today. At this year's festival, we're excited to include a number of events that address subjects such as the Armenian Genocide, animal rights, and gentrification. If you're a history buff, or you just love a good revenge story, snag a seat to The Armenian Problem: Authors Reflect on the Armenian Genocide 100 Years Later with author and Law & Order: Criminal Intent actor Eric Bogosian, author and Narrative cofounder Carol Edgarian, and more...If you start tearing up whenever you hear a heartwarming story about an abused animal, don't miss Do Unto Animals: A Conversation with Tracey Stewart on the Beauty and Wisdom of Critters and How We Can Make Their Lives Better (Starting with Not Eating Them) as Stewart discusses her farm sanctuary with her husband Jon Stewart and their 15 rescued animals...If you're worried about gentrification in the Bay Area and its effect on our bookstores and communities, mark your calendar for Our Bookstores--United--Will Never Be Defeated with San Francisco poet laureate Alejandro Murguia, the owner of Alley Cat and Dog Eared Books Kate Rosenberger, and others.


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Hear Authors Spin Tales


Whether your co-worker is telling you about the crazy antics on the Muni, or you love to read Goodnight Moon to your kids, storytelling is part of our daily fabric. Check out the various events where authors share their tales. Have you ever experienced frustration about being forced to ditch something (or someone) and start anew from the beginning? Snag your tickets to Porchlight Storytelling's Kill Your Darlings: The Unpleasant Act of Starting Over, with Ali Liebegott (writer on the Emmy-winning Transparent show), nudist journalist Mark Haskell Smith, nonagenarian children's author Martha Tolles, Iranian-American novelist Siamak Vossoughi, and more...If you're a seafaring type, walk, run, or swim to Tall Tales: Litquake on the Water, as authors read in the Maritime Museum's Blue Room, featuring a panoramic view of the Bay and historic ships...Craving engaging stories from your favorite radio producers? Check out KALW Presents Off the Air: A Night of Live Radio Storytelling at the Lit Crawl with Snap Judgment producer Ana Adlerstein, 99% Invisible's Avery Trufelman, and others.


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Authors in Conversation


Hearing authors in conversation is a fabulous way to learn about their craft, process, recent books, and more. This year's festival features a number of these events. At A Literary Partnership: Vendela Vida and Heidi Julavits in Conversation, founding editors of The Believer discuss collaborations and nightmare editing experiences, as well as their latest releases...If noir and crime are your cup (or cups) of tea, snag your seats to From Hardback to Hollywood: The Expansive Career of Dennis Lehane, as the bestselling writer discusses his book-to-film career and his recent novel, World Gone By, with film noir expert Eddie Muller...Interested in hearing more about humanitarianism and the role of race and culture? Check out Conjoined Twins and Reflections of Humanity: Chris Abani in Conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika...Learn from two Pulitzer Prize winning authors at The Bridge Between Fiction and Non: Adam Johnson and T.J. Stiles in Conversation...Training for your next Ironman or century ride? Don't miss Bonner Paddock in Conversation with Joan Ryan, as Paddock discusses his recent book, One More Step: My Story of Living with Cerebral Palsy, Climbing Kilimanjaro, and Surviving the Hardest Race on Earth.


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Litquake Loves to Laugh


This year's schedule also brings some of our favorite comedians and satirists together. On October 13, we present The Smart Set: An Evening of Cleverness with comedian Greg Proops, writers Andrew Sean Greer and Michelle Tea, and more...If you're a fan of satire, don't miss present Foolishness, Stupidity, and Vice, a variety show of satirical writers, artists, and performers, such as political comedian Will Durst, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore, Lemony Snicket's Daniel Handler, and more...On October 12, Christopher Moore, the New York Times bestselling author of 14 novels, discusses his 2015 release Secondhand Souls at Horror and Hilarity: A Conversation with Christopher Moore and S.G. Browne...And for some classic San Francisco underground entertainment, check out Celebrity Twitterature where the city's most famous drag queens read the year's most scandalous and ridiculous tweets.


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Last Chance to Sign Up for Lit Craft Workshops!


Are you reading at Litquake 2015? Trying to get your book published? You should definitely consider our upcoming Lit Craft Workshops. On September 26, literary agent Ted Weinstein, who represents New York Times bestselling authors, will teach Book Proposal Bootcamp...If you're nervous about reading at this year's festival, sign up for How NOT to Sound Like a Writer: Coaching and Tips for Reading Aloud on October 3 as audiobook narrator and Broadway actor Anne Buelteman helps writers learn how to present their work to the public from the stage. Register today; each class limited to 15 lucky students. 57 Post St., Suite 604. $75 per workshop.


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Lit Cast with Poetic Tuesday


If you have missed Litquake's monthly Poetic Tuesday series, our summertime collaboration with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, showcasing amazing Bay Area poets and musicians, listen to our latest Lit Cast recorded on May 12. Featuring poets Tria Andrews, Rebecca Foust, Bill Mayer, Bruce Snider, and musical guest Naima Shalhoub. Find it on iTunes or your favorite podcast platform.


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Join the Ranks of Litquake's Volunteer Army


Interested in shepherding artists? Pouring wine? Seeing events for FREE? Do you wish you could give to Litquake, but have more hours than bills? Become a Litquake volunteer and brighten the lives of children, literary agents, bartenders, readers, and writers. Whether you can volunteer for one event or many, we are looking for all-stars to join the ranks of our literary army. But don't wait too long, or you'll miss our notorious volunteer party this weekend! Receive all the details when you sign up here.


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Litquake is made possible in part due to the support of the following sponsors: The Miner Anderson Family Foundation, Margaret & Will R. Hearst III Gift Fund, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, National Endowment for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, craigconnects.org, Fleishhhacker Foundation, Bernard Osher Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, California Institute of Integral Studies, Chronicle Books, HarperOne, Zoetic Press, SF Travel, U.C. Berkeley Extension, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Media Sponsors & Partners: 7x7 magazine, Fora.TV, KQED, KALW 91.7, Johnny Funcheap, BARtab


About Litquake

Litquake, San Francisco's annual literary festival, was founded by Bay Area writers in order to put on a week-long literary spectacle for book lovers, complete with cutting-edge panels, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings. Since its founding in 1999, the festival has presented more than 6,300 author appearances for an audience of over 132,000 in its lively and inclusive celebration of San Francisco's thriving contemporary literary scene. Litquake seeks to foster interest in literature, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing as a complement to the city's music, film, and cultural festivals. 2015 Dates: 10/9-17. www.litquake.org


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