Festival Preview -- Springsteen Thursday -- Michelle Richmond -- New Classes -- Lit Cast

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Festival Preview -- Springsteen Thursday -- Michelle Richmond -- New Classes -- Lit Cast







August 18, 2015 | San Francisco's Literary Festival


 

Festival Sneak Peek


Seven weeks from now, the Litquake festival will again light up the Bay Area with over 800 author appearances, but since you're receiving our newsletter, here is another sneak peek of who's to come: bestselling author and screenwriter Dennis Lehane (check out his "Ten Rules for Making it as a Writer"), Believer magazine editor Heidi Julavits (author of The Folded Clock), comedian/author Greg Proops ("The Smartest Man in the World" podcast), and fiction authors Chris Abani and Vu Tran, both featured in last weekend's New York Times Book Review. Stay tuned -- advance tickets go on sale September 1!


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Ben Fong-Torres, Daphne Gottlieb, and More This Thursday


Just two more days before our 40th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's album Born to Run at The Contemporary Jewish Museum this Thursday. Born to Read: Celebrating the Lyrics of Springsteen features acclaimed music journalist and former Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres, award-winning author Daphne Gottlieb, singer/songwriter Tom Heyman, author and actor Beth Lisick, San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia, San Francisco Chronicle music critic Joel Selvin, and bestselling music biographer Sylvie Simmons. Want to sip wine with this star-studded line up? A special VIP ticket includes reserved seating and a pre-show wine and appetizer reception. Snag your regular ticket or VIP ticket before they disappear! Thursday, August 20, 6:30 pm (VIP reception at 5:30), The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., $10-$35.


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Master Class Mixer with Beth Lisick Nearly Sold Out


Curious how to translate your humor into your writing? Trying to get your reader to chuckle instead of cry? You'll find answers to these questions at this Saturday's Finding The Funny: How To Unleash Your Sense of Humor On The Page taught by the New York Times bestselling author, actor, screenwriter, and co-founder of the Porchlight Storytelling Series Beth Lisick. During this three-hour Master Class Mixer on the craft of humor writing, Lisick will assist you in developing your sense of humor as well as translating it into essays, short stories, novels, and screenplays. After the intimate class, enjoy a reception with delectable wine and hors d'oeuvres in Litquake's San Francisco office. Register today -- limited to 15! Saturday, August 22, 1:30 pm, 57 Post St., Suite 604, $100.


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The Boys (and Books) of Summer!


Our Epicenter series continues this month with The Boys (and Books) of Summer on Monday, August 24, as an incredible lineup of readers share their love of America's national pastime. Featured readers include bestselling author and producer Robert Mailer Anderson (Boonville), comedian and cartoonist/illustrator Michael Capozzola, sports columnist and poet Steve Hermanos (Floating Giants! The 2014 Championship Season: Baseball Poems Vol. III), journalist and bestselling author Steve Kettmann (Baseball Maverick: How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets), ESPN the Magazine writer and author Molly Knight (The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers' Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball Powerhouse), sportswriter and co-host of KNBR's "Murph and Mac" Brian Murphy (Championship Blood: The 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants), award-winning journalist Joan Ryan (Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty), and bestselling author and Salon founder David Talbot (Season of the Witch). Beer and peanuts will be served. This event will sell out so register in advance to guarantee your seat. Monday, August 24, 6:30 pm, Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant St. Free with donations gratefully accepted at the door.


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Take a Class with New York Times Bestselling Author Michelle Richmond!


Her writing has been lauded as "riveting" (Booklist), "mesmerizing" (Library Journal), and "skillfully written" (Kirkus Reviews). Don't miss this appearance by Michelle Richmond, New York Times bestselling author of two short story collections and four novels, as she 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


Litquake is excited to offer 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 (Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work!), 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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New Lit Cast with Joshua Mohr


Litquake's newest Lit Cast features Joshua Mohr discussing his newest novel All This Life, which examines the dangerous intersection of reality and the imaginary, where coding and technology seek to highlight and augment our already flawed human connections. In conversation with Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware, and cameo appearance by Mötley Crüe. Recorded live at Litquake's Epicenter in San Francisco on July 14, and co-presented by Green Apple Books. Visit us on iTunes to stream or download to the shiny device of your choice.


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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, Craig Connects, 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: 7x7 magazine, KQED, KALW 91.7, Johnny Funcheap, BARtab. Media Partners: BARtab, Stitcher


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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