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Peter Coyote TONIGHT! -
Travel Writing with Laura Deutsch on Saturday! -
Bruce McCulloch of Kids in the Hall this Sunday! -
Litquake's Writing Contest Closes Next Monday! -
Exploring Your Identity: A Full-Day Workshop -
June's Poetic Tuesday -
June's Epicenter with Award-Winning Poet and Critic Maggie Nelson -
Litquake Needs YOU! -


Peter Coyote TONIGHT!

You don't want to miss Emmy Award winner, San Francisco counterculture activist, and Zen Buddhist Peter Coyote tonight at The Epicenter: Peter Coyote in Conversation with Phil Bronstein. Discussing his new biography, The Rainman's Third Cure: An Irregular Education, which explores seventy years of his rich and colorful life, Coyote will be in conversation with Phil Bronstein, award-winning journalist, editor, and executive chair of the board for the Center for Investigative Reporting. Followed by audience Q&A, book sales, and signing. Grab your seat -- this event will sell out! Tuesday, May 26, 7 pm, Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., $15-25 suggested donation.

Travel Writing with Laura Deutsch on Saturday!

Discover the art of travel writing from veteran teacher Laura Deutsch at Travel Writing 101 this Saturday. Whether you want to craft engaging personal travel narratives or compose destination pieces, this intimate class will include instruction, writing exercises, and discussion. Deutsch, whose writing has appeared in Best Women's Travel Writing, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle, has taught at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State, as well as writing workshops in Tassajara and Tuscany. Sign up today -- limited to 15! Saturday, May 30, 1:00, 57 Post Street, Suite 604, $75.

Bruce McCulloch of Kids in the Hall this Sunday!

Legendary comedian Bruce McCulloch, best known for his work as a member of Kids in the Hall and as a writer for Saturday Night Live, will share his journey from his wild early days to Hollywood dad at The Epicenter: Bruce McCulloch in Conversation with Paul Myers. Don't miss his discussion of his latest release, Let's Start a Riot: How A Young Drunk Punk Became A Hollywood Dad, with Paul Myers, music journalist, singer, and author of A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio. Audience Q&A, book sales, and signings to follow. Grab your seat! Sunday, May 31, 3 pm, Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., $10-20 suggested donation.

Litquake's Writing Contest Closes Next Monday!

Did you miss the submission deadline for the main festival or Lit Crawl San Francisco? You still have six days to submit to Litquake's First-Ever Writing Contest! Categories include Poetry, Essay, and Short, Short Fiction. Win fabulous prizes such as an All-Access pass, chances to read at the festival, Litquake swag, and more! Submit, but don't wait: deadline is June 1!

Exploring Your Identity: A Full-Day Workshop

Whether you're a poet, novelist, or non-fiction writer, enroll in Exploring Your Identity: A Writing Workshop with Anita Amirrezvani and Persis Karim. This longer, full-day workshop will help you delve into questions of identity as a source of inspiration. Author of Equal of the Sun and The Blood of Flowers, Amirrezvani teaches at the California College of the Arts and Sonoma State. Karim teaches at San Jose State, is co-editor of several anthologies, and has published numerous essays about the Iranian diaspora. Register today -- limited to 15! Saturday, June 6, 9:30 am -4 pm, 57 Post Street, Suite 604, $200.

June's Poetic Tuesday

If you missed this month's Poetic Tuesday, a monthly collaboration between Litquake and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, make sure to bag your lunch and bring it to June's Poetic Tuesday. On June 9, check out poets Maya Chinchilla, Vernon Keeve III, Diana Whitney, Greg Wrenn, and musical guest TARIMBA. Tuesday, June 9, 12:30, Jessie Square, free.

June's Epicenter with Award-Winning Poet and Critic Maggie Nelson

Mark Monday, June 15, in your calendar as Litquake hosts the San Francisco launch of Maggie Nelson's newest work, The Argonauts at The Epicenter: Maggie Nelson in Conversation with Lucy Corin. Poet, scholar, critic, and creative 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). Her latest, a genre-bending memoir, explores desire, identity, sexuality, gender, language, and family. In conversation with Lucy Corin (The Entire Predicament, One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses, and Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls). Book sales and signings to follow. Reserve your seat! Monday, June 15, 7 pm, Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., $10-15 suggested donation.

Litquake Needs YOU!

Whether you want to help keep 80% of Litquake's events free to the public, distribute books to 1,500 San Francisco children, or ensure we produce the programming you love, your donation makes a DIFFERENCE! We need your contribution more than ever, so please donate today or renew your membership in our Bestsellers Club! Litquake -- and all who love the written and performed word -- would be so grateful!

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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