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Award-Winning Poet Maggie Nelson on Monday! -
Life in the Vineyard with Katherine Taylor! -
Upcoming Lit Craft Workshops -
Master Class Mixer with Michelle Richmond -
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Award-Winning Poet Maggie Nelson on Monday!

Tickets are selling quickly for the San Francisco launch of Maggie Nelson's newest work, The Argonauts at The Epicenter: Maggie Nelson in Conversation with Lucy Corin on June 15! An award-winning poet, scholarly critic, and nonfiction writer, Nelson is the author of The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (a New York Times Notable Book), Bluets, and Jane: A Murder (finalist for the PEN/ Martha Albrand Award). The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir that dives into sexuality, gender, family, and erotic desire. Nelson will be in conversation with Lucy Corin (One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses). Book sales and signings to follow. Grab your ticket! Monday, June 15, 7 pm, Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., $10-15 suggested donation.

Life in the Vineyard with Katherine Taylor!

On June 22 we present, The Epicenter: Katherine Taylor in Conversation with Frances Dinkelspiel. Author of The Rules for Saying Goodbye, Katherine Taylor will discuss her newest novel, Valley Fever. Lauded as a "lush novel of inheritance, family, and betrayal" (Kirkus), Valley Fever is a smart, raw, and emotionally resonant novel set in the vineyards of Central Valley. Taylor's stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Elle, Town & Country, and more. She will be in conversation with Frances Dinkelspiel (Berkeleyside editor and author of the upcoming Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California). Book sales and signing to follow. Snag a seat! Monday, June 22, 7 pm, Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., $10-15 suggested donation.

Upcoming Lit Craft Workshops

Check out Litquake's new series of classes Lit Craft Workshops designed for aspiring writers who want to learn various aspects of the writing craft. These Saturday afternoon workshops are intimate and personal, and limited to 15 lucky students.
A Writer's Life with Ellen Sussman
If you are trying to shape your life as a writer, then sign up for A Writer's Life with Ellen Sussman on June 20. Ellen Sussman, The New York Times bestselling author of four novels including A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, and French Lessons will teach you how to carve out time and space for your writing, as well as concrete steps such as the unit system, writing meditations, separating research and editing from the first draft process, and the business of writing. Reserve your spot today. Saturday, June 20, 57 Post Street, Suite 604, $75.
Craft a Romance with Jennifer Ryan
If you want to learn how to craft a romance novel and succeed in a lucrative market, sign up for The Craft of Romance: Creating a Winning Storyline in a Modern Romance Novel with Jennifer Ryan on June 27. Author of The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Montana Men series, Jennifer Ryan is a master of the genre who writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances. She will teach you how to craft a romance novel storyline that will engage and capture your readers. Sign up now. Saturday, June 27, 1 pm, 57 Post Street, Suite 604, $75.

Master Class Mixer with Michelle Richmond

On June 28, Litquake presents a new class in our Master Class Mixer series, The Condensed World of Flash Fiction with Michelle Richmond. Michelle Richmond, editor of the anthology Flash in the Attic: 33 Very Short Stories and New York Times bestselling author of two short story collections and four novels, will reveal the secrets to creating compelling flash fiction as she shows you how to streamline your story elements, skip the backstory, and dive into the heart of the conflict. Best of all, the intimate class concludes with a reception with delicious wine and tasty hors- d'oeuvres in our downtown San Francisco office. Limited to 15 students. Snag your spot! Saturday, June 28, 1:30 pm, 57 Post Street, Suite 604, $100.

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Litquake is made possible in part due to the support of the following sponsors: The Miner Anderson Family Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Craig Connects, Bernard Osher Foundation, Black Balloon Publishing, California Institute of Integral Studies, Chronicle Books, HarperOne, The Rex Foundation, City National Bank, Fleishhacker Foundation, Stanford Continuing Studies, The UC Berkeley Extension Writing Program, SF Travel, The Book Club of California, The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, The Museum of African Diaspora, News from Native California, and Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Media Sponsors: 7x7 magazine, KQED, KALW 91.7, The Bold Italic and Johnny Funcheap. 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.

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