Sneak Peek -- Pastries and Prose -- Springsteen -- Baseball! -- Laugh w/Lisick -- McCulloch Lit Cast

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July 7, 2015


 

Sneak Peek at the Fall Festival!


With the festival just three months away, we're still busy solidifying an exhilarating lineup. We can't tell you too much, since events are still in motion and shrouded in tantalizing secrecy. But here are a few hints to get your literary brain cells engaged: Hawai'i's poet laureate Kealoha, Huizache founding editor Dagoberto Gilb, and lunch with Paul Theroux. Stay tuned for more!


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Bestselling Novelists Meg Waite Clayton, Ann Packer, and Ellen Sussman!


Enjoy mouth-watering bellinis and scrumptious scones at Peninsula Pastries and Prose, an intimate author tea featuring Meg Waite Clayton (The Race for Paris), Ann Packer (The Children's Crusade), and Ellen Sussman (A Wedding in Provence). Three of our favorite New York Times bestselling novelists will be discussing their latest releases at a sunny Palo Alto home. Book sales and signing to follow. Attendance is VERY limited, so grab your seat today!! Sunday, August 9, 2 pm, Palo Alto (address will be sent to ticket buyers), $50.


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Born to Read: Celebrating the Lyrics of Springsteen


If you grew up on "Thunder Road," you don't want to miss Litquake and The Contemporary Jewish Museum's celebration of Bruce Springsteen's album Born to Run at Born to Read: Celebrating the Lyrics of Springsteen. Featuring music journalist and author Ben Fong-Torres, musician Tom Heyman, author Beth Lisick, San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia, A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff, San Francisco Chronicle pop music critic Joel Selvin, and music biographer and musician Sylvie Simmons, this special event will honor the 40th anniversary of Born to Run, which ranks 18th in a Rolling Stone list of the Greatest 500 Albums of All Time. Want to get a little closer with the Springsteen cadre? Check out our limited VIP tickets, which include reserved seating and a pre-show wine and appetizer reception. Get your regular ticket or VIP ticket today! Thursday, August 20, 6:30 pm (VIP reception at 5:30), The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., $10-$35.


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Incorporating Humor in Your Writing with Beth Lisick


Life can be serious at times, but that doesn't mean that your writing has to be! Sign up for 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 intimate three-hour Master Class Mixer on the craft of humor writing, Lisick will guide you in exploring your sense of humor as well as translating that lighthearted approach into essays, short stories, novels, and screenplays. Afterward, enjoy a reception with delectable wine and hors d'oeuvres in Litquake's San Francisco office. Sign up today -- limited to 15! Saturday, August 22, 57 Post St., Suite 604, $100.


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Enjoy the Three Bs of Summer -- Baseball, Books, and Beer!


Don't miss, next month's Epicenter The Boys (and Books) of Summer, as Litquake presents an incredible group of readers on America's national pastime, baseball! From radio hosts to bestselling authors, this event is not to be skipped. 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), 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 (and hopefully not thrown). Snag a seat today. Monday, August 24, 6:30 pm, Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant St. Free with donations gratefully accepted at the door.


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Lit Cast with Bruce McCulloch


Did you happen to catch comedian, writer, director, and legendary Kid in the Hall Bruce McCulloch as he discussed his newest book, Let's Start a Riot: How A Young Drunk Punk Became A Hollywood Dad, with writer/musician Paul Myers at our May Epicenter in San Francisco? Even if you did, come check out their hilarious Canada-flavored conversation at our latest Lit Cast.


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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. www.litquake.org


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