Festival Highlights -- Free Events! -- Maggie Nelson -- Writing Classes

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September 8, 2015 | San Francisco's Literary Festival


 


Poetic Tuesday Today!


Spice up your lunch break today with some of the Bay Area's best poets and musicians sharing their work in the great outdoors. Our Poetic Tuesday lunchtime series, presented with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, continues today with an amazing lineup of poets, including Alex Green, Clive Matson, Deema K. Shehabi, Arisa White, and musical guest La Peche providing a furiously fun blend of Balkan-inspired melodies. Jesse Square at Yerba Buena Gardens, 12 noon, more details here.


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Festival Tickets on Sale


Litquake's 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. For ticketed events, just look for the top right column, and click the button "Snag Seats."


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Event Series Highlights


Some of our most unique and innovative programming takes place within our festival event series. On October 10 and 11, our long-running Off the Richter Scale runs for both weekend afternoons, and features themed discussions with everyone from Chinelo Okparanta and Vu Tran, to Amelia Gray, Paulette Boudreax, Judy Juanita, Zack Rogow, Jan Ellison, Vendela Vida and Heidi Julavits, Mary Anna King, and a special tribute to California's first Poet Laureate, Ina Coolbrith.
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. Ticket price includes all events, as well as food and drink samples, with book sales and signings throughout the day. Snag the Early Bird tickets before they run out. Don't miss the star-studded panel discussions like The Growth and Evolution of the Bay Area Artisanal Food Movement, Cookbook Collaborations, and What is Genius Loci?
Also on October 11, Litquake San Rafael returns to the downtown 4th Street corridor of cafés, restaurants, and shops. This day-long series of free readings and open-mic events offers 20 separate programs, featuring everything from the four Poets Laureate of Marin County, to a showcase from Sixteen Rivers Press, and an hour of comics and illustrated works.
And in the East Bay on October 11, we present Braving the Elements at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, an entire afternoon of author panels on truth, beauty, and books about the environment, featuring Novella Carpenter, Malcolm Margolin, Josie Iselin, Tom Killion, and many more.
Our Teenquake series features two separate programs this year. On October 15, a special edition of the monthly literary salon Not Your Mother's Book Club™ takes place at Sports Basement, featuring Ellen Hopkins, Kristin Clark, and Craig Lew. The following night, October 16, we partner with Buriel Clay Theater at the African-American Art & Culture Complex for a special '70s-themed teen edition of the classic Romeo and Juliet.
On Saturday, October 17, our popular Art of Writing panels bring bestselling authors together at Z Space to discuss the craft and process of writing. This year's series features everyone from Brynn Saito and Dean Rader, to Jodi Angel, Tom Barbash, Tiffany Baker, and Cristina Garcia.


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Events for Free!


If you're on a budget this October, but still would like to get your lit on, keep in mind that nearly 60 events throughout the week are 100% free to the public. And next week, we will announce the schedule for the October 17 closing night Lit Crawl, with over 80 more free events. That's more than 140 literary events throughout the Bay Area -- you can't afford not to attend!


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Thank You, Bay Area


A special thanks to all of our sponsors, members, volunteers, literary partners, and venues for helping us put together this year's schedule! It's truly a group effort to produce the city's longest running literary festival, and it would never have grown and sustained for 16 years without the collaboration of so many. This festival is not only for you, it's created by you. And we appreciate all of your contributions. 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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New Lit Cast with Maggie Nelson


Our newest Lit Cast episode is now available online for free, featuring the San Francisco launch of The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson. This thoughtful, unabashed, genre-bending memoir has received rave reviews since its release, and it's a pleasure to hear Maggie discuss her process with fiction writer Lucy Corin. This event was recorded live at the Epicenter, and is available for free at iTunes or your favorite podcast grabber.


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Learn at Lit Craft Workshops


Alas, our September 12 Master Class Mixer with New York Times bestselling author Michelle Richmond is completely sold out. But some tickets are still available for our three upcoming Lit Craft Workshops. These three-hour afternoon writing sessions get you in front of the Bay Area's most experienced and talented authors, publishers, agents, and more. Author of 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 leading nonfiction authors including New York Times bestseller 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). Register today; each class is limited to 15 lucky students. 57 Post St., 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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