Litquake Starts This Friday -- We Love Our Venues -- Visiting Authors -- New Mixers -- We Need YOU!

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Litquake Starts This Friday -- We Love Our Venues -- Visiting Authors -- New Mixers -- We Need YOU!










October 6, 2015 | San Francisco's Literary Festival


 


Litquake Starts on Friday!


Halloween isn't the only time to dress up. This Friday is The Devil's Acre: Litquake's Opening Night Celebrates 19th Century San Francisco, and costumes are encouraged! If you're wondering what to wear, you have endless options: chimney sweeper, Gold Rush prospector, pirate, cigarette girl, burlesque dancer, silver baron, Wild West prostitute, drunken journalist, beer wagon driver, suspicious politician, stage coach robber, high society matron, Levi's jeans factory worker, Mark Twain frog wrangler, Chinatown shopkeeper, Barbary Coast pickpocket, lovable rogue, feisty cop, mysterious land speculator, grizzled bartender, banjo player, wrestling bear, cable car operator, ragtag street urchin, oyster monger, or an untrustworthy ship captain. Assorted dreamers and schemers of all backgrounds, persuasions, and preferences are welcome! Prizes awarded to the three best costumes. Tickets almost sold out, so snag yours today.


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We Love Our Venues!


We are SO grateful to ALL of our venues hosting events during Litquake 2015, and special thanks go out to the venues hosting multiple readings. Z Space in the Mission District will be home to 32 events such as Eat, Drink, and Be Literary, our October 11 all-day food festival with panels and talks by nationally acclaimed chefs and authors (as well as unlimited tastings of food, wine, beer, and more). On October 14, Z Space will host Go Tell It on the Mountain: Litquake's Barbary Coast Award Tribute to the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley with Amy Tan, Robert Hass, and others; and on October 17, three panels on the craft and process of writing at The Art of Writing. Downstairs, Z Below will be hosting a number of events such as Off the Richter Scale, two free days of readings and discussions on race, poetry, fiction, memoir, and more, Consciousness of the Past: A Night of Historical Fiction, Litquake's annual women's night featuring ten female authors who have published narratives set in the past, or Foolishness, Stupidity, and Vice, a variety show of satirical writers, artists, and performers, including Will Durst and Mark Fiore.
We're also big fans of the Make-Out Room, as it will be home to Barely Published with readings by up-and-coming local authors on October 11, Poetry World Series with Daniel Handler, Jewelle Gomez, and others on October 13, and on October 16, a celebration of bookstores and their contributions to our neighborhoods at Our Bookstores--United--Will Never Be Defeated.
San Francisco Center for the Book is another fabulous home to Litquake with two events: The Bridge Between Fiction and Non: Adam Johnson and T.J. Stiles in Conversation, where two Pulitzer Prize-winning writers discuss their craft, process, and recent releases, and Anti-Memoir, or I'm Telling It MY Way, as authors discuss non-traditional memoirs.


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Writers Flying in for Litquake!


Litquake is thrilled to host authors from around the United States and the world. Be sure to catch some of the following authors who are traveling to the Bay Area for their beloved fans! Don't miss acclaimed author Chris Abani talking about race and humanitarianism, Nicholas Basbanes researching the lives of 19th-century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, actor and author Eric Bogosian revealing the revenge plots after the Armenian Genocide, journalist Wolfgang Büscher sharing his experience of Jerusalem, Heidi Julavits exploring literary friendships, bestselling author Dennis Lehane discussing writing screenplays for Oscar-winning films, Neal Pollack divulging the truth about starting over, Greg Proops making you laugh, and Tracey Stewart (wife of Jon) advocating for animals.


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New Master Class Mixers with Joyce Maynard and Andrew Sean Greer!


If you haven't taken a Master Class Mixer taught by bestselling authors, award-winning poets, and Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, what are you waiting for? Each Mixer includes three hours of instruction with expert writers on the craft of writing, and concludes with an intimate reception with delicious wine and tasty hors d'oeuvres in Litquake's downtown San Francisco office. On November 14 don't miss Joyce Maynard, author of 15 books (including the novel To Die For and the bestselling memoir, At Home in the World), at The Art of Authentic Memoir as she will help writers figure out their stories and how to determine whether or not to tell the truth. On November 15, The Rabbit Hole: Integrating Research Into Fiction will be taught by Andrew Sean Greer, the New York Times bestselling novelist of five works of fiction, including The Confessions of Max Tivoli and The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. Students will explore how to conduct research for short stories, novels, historical fiction, and more. Sign up early, classes are limited to 15 lucky students.


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Wellness Not Intoxication: Reimagining Cannabis and The Cannabis Manifesto


Don't miss Harborside Health Center Presents Wellness Not Intoxication: Reimagining Cannabis at Lit Crawl San Francisco on October 17. In The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness, Steve DeAngelo makes a case for the legalization of marijuana and argues that there's no such thing as recreational cannabis use. A pioneer in the cannabis reform movement, DeAngelo has worked for decades to dispel the myths and stigmas surrounding cannabis, as well as promote its emerging science. His Manifesto explores the history of cannabis as a medicine, the devastating consequences of its prohibition, and its future as a regulated consumer product. Saturday, October 17, 6 pm, Latin American Club, 3286 22nd St., free.


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Kidquake Needs Your Help


Litquake is in desperate need for volunteers for Kidquake on the morning of Thursday, October 8, from 9 am-12 noon. Transform into a kid again by helping children open their eyes to the reading, writing, and illustrating of books. First three individuals to email volunteer@litquake.com will win a stylish black Litquake T-shirt! But don't delay. We must have your names by 9 am, Wednesday, October 7.


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Final Call for Volunteers!


Interested in shepherding artists? Pouring wine? Seeing events for FREE? Become a Litquake volunteer and brighten the lives of children, literary agents, readers, and writers. Whether you can volunteer at the notorious Lit Crawl, or at an event earlier in the festival, we are looking for all-stars to join the ranks of Litquake's Volunteer Army! 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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