Festival Announced -- Tickets On Sale! -- Lit Crawl Season -- Writing Classes

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Festival Announced -- Tickets On Sale! -- Lit Crawl Season -- Writing Classes









September 1, 2015 | San Francisco's Literary Festival


Festival Schedule Now Online


We are proud to announce that the 16th annual Litquake festival schedule is now posted in its entirety online here. Events are listed in chronological order, just click each event name to see the details!
Ticketed event highlights include The Devil's Acre on October 9, Litquake's opening night tribute to 19th-century San Francisco, featuring free Anchor Steam and Pisco punch, a special proclamation from Emperor Norton, and the launch of Duggan McDonnell's new Barbary Coast cocktail history Drinking the Devil's Acre. On October 10 we present Foolishness, Stupidity, and Vice, a variety show of satirical writers and artists, with Daniel Handler, Lisa Brown, Will Durst, T. Geronimo Johnson, Mark Fiore, and more! Sunday, October 11 Litquake debuts our new day-long series Eat, Drink, and Be Literary, an entire afternoon of panels, tastings, and presentations celebrating books and food, featuring Dominique Crenn, Thomas McNaughton, Paolo Lucchesi, Anthony Myint, and many more culinary stars and authors.
October 12 we are honored to present bestselling author and screenwriter Dennis Lehane, in conversation with local "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller. Tuesday, October 13 features two amazing events: Tracey (Mrs. Jon) Stewart, author of the new book Do Unto Animals, discussing animal rights with Litquake co-founder Jane Ganahl; and actor/author Eric Bogosian and others presenting new works to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian genocide. Litquake's star-studded Barbary Coast award show on October 14, Go Tell It on the Mountain, honors the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, with special guests Amy Tan, Robert Hass, Matthew Zapruder, and more.
On Thursday, October 15 our annual Flight of Poets show presents a superb pairing of poets and wine flights, featuring among others, Annelyse Gelman, Deborah Landau, and Maisha Z. Johnson. The following night, Friday, October 16, the Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll variety show celebrates San Francisco Public Library's One City One Book recipient David Talbot (Season of the Witch), with honored guests Susie Bright, Gary Kamiya, Barry Melton, Dr. David Smith, and the Ethel Merman Memorial Choir. Saturday, October 17 we offer a special lunch with bestselling author Neil Strauss (The Game, The Truth).
This year's lineup constitutes an amazing, eclectic, only-in-San Francisco program with something for every taste. We offer even more programming for children and teens including a Teenquake edition of Romeo and Juliet; hilarious storytelling from Porchlight; Pulitzer winners in conversation; North Bay daytime events in downtown San Rafael; the Poet Laureate of Hawaii; a humor night featuring comedian/author Greg Proops; a Friday lunch with Paul Theroux; discussions from Chinelo Okparanta, Vu Tran, Nayomi Munaweera, Chris Abani, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Boots Riley, W. Kamau Bell, and Believer editors Vendela Vida and Heidi Julavits, international authors from France, Germany, Denmark and Africa -- even celebrity tweets presented by the city's best drag performers.
Stay tuned for more highlights in the coming newsletters. As always, our goal is to reflect the intelligence, talent, and eclectic tastes of our local writers and booklovers. We hope to see you there!


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Lit Crawl San Francisco


Don't forget, closing night of Litquake is our 11th annual Lit Crawl, the world's largest literary pub crawl, which rolls through the Mission District on Saturday, October 17. A complete schedule will be posted online September 15, with an amazing roster of literary mayhem. Events will feature authors and presenters from, among dozens of others, ZYZZYVA, The Rumpus, Threepenny Review, the Cacophony Society, Hyphen Magazine, 826 Valencia, WritersCorps, the Writers' Grotto, Cave Canem, Narrative Magazine, Cleis Press, Good Vibrations, Rad Dad, Brown People Don't Read?, Kundiman West, Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, Glimmer Train, Harborside Health Center, Bay Area Iranian American Writers, and the San Francisco Public Library Bookmobile!
Our fall season of Lit Crawls kicks off October 16 in London, with a month of Lit Crawls to follow, swarming the neighborhoods of Austin, New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, and our newest Crawl in Portland, as part of the relaunched Wordstock festival. If you happen to be in one of these cities, come down and join the fun!


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Learn from Bestselling Author Michelle Richmond


New York Times bestselling author Michelle Richmond shares her secrets to mastering short fiction at The Condensed World of Flash Fiction on September 12. Richmond will help students compose compelling flash fiction, streamline story elements, skip the backstory, and dive into the heart of the conflict. The intimate Master Class Mixer concludes with a reception with delicious wine and gourmet hors-d'oeuvres in our downtown San Francisco office. Snag your seat -- each class limited to 15! Saturday, September 12, 1:30 pm, 57 Post Street, Suite 604, $100.


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New Lit Craft Workshops


Some tickets are still available for our three new Lit Craft Workshops, three-hour afternoon writing workshops with the best of Bay Area's experienced and talented authors, publishers, agents, and more. Author of the multiple award-winning book, Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes and More, Dianne Jacob presents Many Good Reasons to Write a Cookbook (September 20). Literary agent Ted Weinstein, who represents a wide range of leading nonfiction authors, including New York Times bestsellers Austin Kleon, will instruct Book Proposal Bootcamp (September 26). Audiobook narrator and Broadway actor Anne Buelteman will teach How NOT to Sound Like a Writer: Coaching and Tips for Reading Aloud (October 3). Be sure to register today; each class is limited to 15 lucky students. 57 Post Street, Suite 604. $75 per workshop.


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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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