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Thursday, October 8
 

7:00pm PDT

Sex and Vanity: Kevin Kwan with Amy Tan

Co-presented by 7x7

"The Shakespeare of Status Anxiety... Dishy and delightful, filled with all sorts of bad behavior performed in couture. But as loose and fun and compulsively readable as they are, [Kevin] Kwan’s novels are also very clearly the work of someone who spends much of his social time paying extremely close attention."
The Atlantic

From the mind of Kevin Kwan, international bestselling author of the Crazy Rich Asians series, comes his newest novel Sex and Vanity, a glittering tale of a young woman who finds herself torn between two men: the WASPY fiancé of her family’s dreams, and George Zao, the man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with. Moving between summer playgrounds of privilege, peppered with decadent food and extravagant fashion, Sex and Vanity is a truly modern love story, a daring homage to A Room with a View, and a brilliantly funny comedy of manners set between two cultures. The film adaptation is already in progress. In conversation with Amy Tan, author of several books including The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter's Daughter, and the recent memoir Where the Past Begins.  FREE, $10-15 suggested donation

Registration is required for Zoom access. Spots are limited.
Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy Sex and Vanity here -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9780385546270
Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan is the author of Crazy Rich Asians, the international bestselling novel that has been translated into more than 30 languages.  Its sequel, China Rich Girlfriend, was released in 2015, and Rich People Problems, the final book in the trilogy, followed in 2017.  For several... Read More →
avatar for Amy Tan

Amy Tan

Amy Tan was born on February 19, 1952 in Oakland, California. In 1985, she wrote the story "Rules of the Game," the foundation for her first novel The Joy Luck Club, which explored the relationship between Chinese women and their Chinese-American daughters. It received the Los Angeles... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 7:00pm - 8:15pm PDT
Virtual!
 
Friday, October 9
 

10:00am PDT

Kidquake: Day One
Grades K-2: From 10am-10:20am, author Meera Sriram presents her book A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India, and from 10:20am-10:40am, children participate in a poetry writing demonstration by poet Florencia Milito (CA Poets in the Schools).

Grades 3-5: From 11:30am-11:50am, author Leila Sales presents her book The Campaign, and from 11:50am-12:10am, writer Marya Brennan (NaNoWriMo) will hold a creative writing demo.

All live programming is free and will also be recorded for later free access. Live sign-up is first come first serve—teachers sign up for your students to access from home. Passwords given to teachers to distribute. Each presentation can accommodate up to 900 students and their teachers.

Free for school groups, teachers must enroll in advance at litquake.org/kidquake.
Buy the authors' books at Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake


Speakers
avatar for Meera Sriram

Meera Sriram

Meera Sriram grew up in India and moved to the U.S in 1999. An electrical engineer in the past, she now enjoys writing for children, leading early literacy initiatives, and advocating for diverse bookshelves. Meera is the author of picture books The Yellow Suitcase, A Gift For Amma... Read More →
avatar for Florencia Milito

Florencia Milito

Florencia Milito is a writer and translator whose work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Indiana Review, Catamaran, Quiet Lightning, Latinas: Struggles & Protests in 21st Century USA, and Ninth Letter, among others. Her bilingual book of poetry Ituzaingó: Exiles and Reveries is forthcoming... Read More →
avatar for Leila Sales

Leila Sales

Leila Sales’s latest novel, The Campaign, comes out in September 2020. She is the author of six other novels, including This Song Will Save Your Life and Once Was a Time. Leila has edited many award-winning and bestselling books for kids and teens and founded The Book Engineer... Read More →
avatar for Marya Brennan

Marya Brennan

Marya Brennan loves working as Director of Programs at National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). She taught middle school English for five years, has written several beautiful, messy novels (one of them still in progress), and believes in the transformative power of fiction and c... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2020 10:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Virtual!

7:00pm PDT

Election: Film Screening and Conversation with Author Tom Perrotta

Co-presented by SFFILM and San Francisco Chronicle

“A neatly written, nimble-witted novel...a good-natured, John Irvingesque portrait of the contemporary world...seamless storytelling.”—The Washington Post

From the bestselling author of The Leftovers, Little Children, and Mrs. Fletcher, Tom Perrotta's second novel Election, about a high school election that brings out the worst in everyone, was published in 1998, followed by the beloved 1999 film adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick. The black-humored story of a young girl named Tracy Flick who wants to be President of Winwood High, an election engulfed by sex scandals, smear campaigns, and behind-the-scenes power brokers, captures the texture of high school life in all its humor, sadness, realism, and irreverence. Join author Tom Perrotta as he discusses the origins of the story, and its enduring appeal, with Election film producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa. Viewers are encouraged to watch the film in advance, and come prepared with questions! FREE, $10-15 suggested donation

Watch ELECTION here -- https://www.amazon.com/Election-Matthew-Broderick/dp/B0023CIY0G

Registration is required for Zoom access. Spots are limited.
Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy the book here -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9780425167281
Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

Speakers
avatar for Tom Perrotta

Tom Perrotta

Tom Perrotta is the bestselling author of nine works of fiction, including Election and Little Children, both of which were made into Oscar-nominated films, and The Leftovers, which was adapted into a critically acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning HBO series. His other books inc... Read More →
avatar for Albert Berger

Albert Berger

Albert Berger formed Bona Fide Productions with Ron Yerxa in 1992. Their producing credits include King of the Hill, Election, Cold Mountain, Little Children, and Best Picture Academy Award Nominees Little Miss Sunshine and Nebraska.Their recent films include Juliet, Naked (Rose... Read More →
avatar for Ron Yerxa

Ron Yerxa

Ron Yerxa formed Bona Fide Productions with Albert Berger in 1992 and they still remain producing partners. Their films include KING OF THE HILL, ELECTION, COLD MOUNTAIN, LITTLE CHILDREN, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and NEBRASKA.Yerxa and Berger were the co-executive producers of the recent... Read More →



Friday October 9, 2020 7:00pm - 8:15pm PDT
Virtual!
 
Saturday, October 10
 

12:00pm PDT

Debut Authors: Making a Splash During the Apocalypse

Write! Polish! Publish! Pandemic. How are some of this year's debut authors promoting their work during "these times?" Join Adam Smyer (You Can Keep That to Yourself: A Comprehensive List of What Not to Say to Black People, for Well-Intentioned People of Pallor) in conversation with social justice activist Mia Birdsong, memoirist and essayist Sejah Shah, novelist Carole Stivers, YA novelist Phil Stamper, and agent and middle-grade author Danielle Svetcov. $12

Registration is required for Zoom access. Spots are limited.
Buy the authors' books at Litquake's bookstore here --
https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

Moderators
avatar for Adam Smyer

Adam Smyer

Adam Smyer is an attorney, martial artist, and mediocre bass player. His nonfiction appears in the Johannesburg Review of Books. Adam's debut novel, Knucklehead (Akashic Books), was the sole title shortlisted for the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His second... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Phil Stamper

Phil Stamper

Phil Stamper grew up in a rural village near Dayton, Ohio. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Publishing with Creative Writing. And, unsurprisingly, a lot of student debt. He works for a major book publisher in New York City and lives in Brooklyn with his husband and their dog... Read More →
avatar for Mia Birdsong

Mia Birdsong

Mia Birdsong is a pathfinder, community curator, and storyteller who steadily engages the leadership and wisdom of people experiencing injustice to chart new visions of American life. 
In her book How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community, Mia charts swaths of... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Svetcov

Danielle Svetcov

Danielle Svetcov has been an agent with LGR Literary for 17 years. In February, her first novel, PARKED (set in San Francisco), published with Dial Books for Young Readers. It took her 17 years to finish. She lives and works in the Bay Area.
avatar for Carole Stivers

Carole Stivers

Born in East Cleveland, Ohio, Carole Stivers received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She went on to post-doctoral work at Stanford University before launching a career in medical diagnostics. She now lives in California, where she's combined... Read More →
avatar for Sejal Shah

Sejal Shah

Sejal Shah is the author of the debut essay collection, This Is One Way to Dance (University of Georgia Press, 2020). She has been awarded residencies or fellowships from Blue Mountain Center, the Kenyon Review Writers' Workshop, Kundiman, and the New York Foundation for the Arts... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2020 12:00pm - 1:15pm PDT
Virtual!

5:00pm PDT

Every Day We Get More Illegal: Juan Felipe Herrera with Jericho Brown

Co-presented by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

"From Basho to Mandela, Every Day We Get More Illegal takes us on an international tour for a lesson in the history of resistance...In ways subtle and sometimes proudly loud, this book makes it clear exactly why Juan Felipe Herrera continues to be recognized and sought after for his work."—Jericho Brown

Join Litquake and City Lights in celebrating the publication of Juan Felipe Herrera’s Every Day We Get More Illegal. In this collection of poems, written during and immediately after two years on the road as United States Poet Laureate, Herrera reports back on his travels through contemporary America. Poems written in the heat of witness, and later, in quiet moments of reflection, coalesce into an urgent, trenchant, and yet hope-filled portrait. Every Day We Get More Illegal is a jolt to the conscience—filled with the multiple powers of the many voices and many textures of every day in America. Herrera, the nation’s first Latino Poet Laureate, will share his work, along with Jericho Brown, author of three collected works, of which The Tradition received the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Registration is required for Zoom access. Spots are limited.
Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy books and support the poets:
Juan Felipe Herrera -- http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100162250
Jericho Brown -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781556594861
Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

Speakers
avatar for Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position. From 2012-2014, Herrera served as California State Poet Laureate. Herrera’s many collections of poetry include Every Day We Get More Illegal; Notes on the... Read More →
avatar for Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is author of The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Award. Brown’s first... Read More →



Saturday October 10, 2020 5:00pm - 6:15pm PDT
Virtual!
 
Sunday, October 11
 

12:00pm PDT

Post-Pandemic Publishing: Where Do We Go From Here?

Is there a silver lining for the publishing industry as people read, write, and work from home? Learn how publishing insiders are picking up the pieces and what it means for writers. Hear from editorial director Ibrahim Ahmad (Akashic Books), CEO Dara Beevas (Wise Ink Publishing), book publicist Saraceia J. Fennell (Bronx Book Festival), and agent Danielle Svetcov (LGR Literary). Moderated by Janine Kovac. $12

Registration is required for Zoom access. Spots are limited.
Buy the authors' books at Litquake's bookstore here --
https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

Moderators
avatar for Janine Kovac

Janine Kovac

A member of Litquake’s executive committee since 2011, Janine Kovac produces the evergreen favorite “Pursuit of Publishing” panels. Her memoir SPINNING: Choreography for Coming Home, was a winner of the 2019 National Indie Excellence Awards and a semi-finalist for Publishers... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Svetcov

Danielle Svetcov

Danielle Svetcov has been an agent with LGR Literary for 17 years. In February, her first novel, PARKED (set in San Francisco), published with Dial Books for Young Readers. It took her 17 years to finish. She lives and works in the Bay Area.
avatar for Dara Beevas

Dara Beevas

Dara Beevas is a CEO, entrepreneur, writer, and passionate publisher who speaks about the intersection of storytelling, entrepreneurialism and publishing on purpose. Through her books, articles, and presentations, she explores the importance of #diversereads, the power of storytelling... Read More →
avatar for Ibrahim Ahmad

Ibrahim Ahmad

Ibrahim Ahmad is the editorial director at Akashic Books, where he has worked in various capacities since 2000. He teaches in the Wilkes MFA Creative Writing Program and Literary Publishing MA Program, leads frequent writing workshops, and is the cofounder of Brooklyn Wordsmiths... Read More →
avatar for Saraciea J. Fennell

Saraciea J. Fennell

Saraciea J. Fennell is the founder of The Bronx is Reading—Bronx Book Festival. She is also a book publicist who has worked with many award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors. She is passionate about books and devours anything sci-fi/fantasy-related in books, TV, and... Read More →


Sunday October 11, 2020 12:00pm - 1:15pm PDT
Virtual!

5:00pm PDT

Speaking AxolotI: The San Pancho Edition

Co-presented by Oakland Public Library

Welcome to our very first Litquake Out Loud event, as the East Bay’s long running monthly Chicano/Latinx reading series crosses the bridge to San Francisco for a very special night of Spanglish Poesia, Musica y Performance Art Brujeria. A true Spanglish Flor y Canto Zoom visitation by some of the most chingon Latinx poetas in these DisUnited States.

Desde Fresno:
Anthony Cody;
“Borderland Acrophya”
Desde Chicago;
Jose Olivarez;
"Citizen Illegal”
Desde Puerto Rico;
Raquel Salas Rivera
“Lo Terciario/The Tertiary”, “While they Sleep(under the bed is another country),”Gringo Death Coloring Book”
Y de aqui en San Pancho;
Tatiana Lubovski Acosta
"The Easy Body”

FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Registration is required for Zoom access. Spots are limited.
Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy the authors' books at Litquake's bookstore here --
https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

Speakers
avatar for Josiah Luis Alderete

Josiah Luis Alderete

Josiah Luis Alderete is a full blooded Pocho spanglish speaking poet from La Area Bahia who learned to write poetry in the kitchen of his Mama’s Mexican restaurant. He was a founding member of San Francisco's outspoken word troupe The Molotov Mouths and is also a radio insurgente... Read More →
avatar for Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta

Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta

Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta is a queer Nicaragüense Jewish artist, poet, full spectrum reproductive care worker, and youngest child. Their first book, The Easy Body, was published in 2017 by Timeless, Infinite Light; their work can be found in New Life Magazine, SFMOMA Open Space, the... Read More →
avatar for José Olivarez

José Olivarez

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by The Adroit Journal, NPR, and the New York Public... Read More →
avatar for Raquel Salas Rivera

Raquel Salas Rivera

Raquel Salas Rivera (Mayagüez, 1985) Poeta, traductor y editor. Sus reconocimientos incluyen el nombramiento como Poeta Laureado de la ciudad de Filadelfia y el Premio Nuevas Voces del Festival de la Palabra de Puerto Rico. Cuenta con la publicación de cinco poemarios. Su tercer... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Cody

Anthony Cody

Anthony Cody is the author of Borderland Apocrypha (Omnidawn, April 2020), winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Contest selected by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. He is from Fresno, California with lineage in both the Bracero Program and the Dust Bowl. His poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast... Read More →


Sunday October 11, 2020 5:00pm - 6:15pm PDT
Virtual!

7:00pm PDT

Forests: Obi Kaufmann with Leslie Carol Roberts

Co-presented by San Francisco Botanical Garden

From the author of the bestselling California Field Atlas, comes a major work that not only guides readers through the Golden State’s forested lands, but also presents a profoundly original vision of nature in the 21st century. Obi Kaufmann's newest release The Forests of California (Heyday Books) features his signature watercolor maps and trail paintings, weaving them into an expansive and accessible exploration of the biodiversity that defines California in the global imagination. Kaufmann tells an epic story that spans millions of years, nearly 100 species of trees, and an astonishing richness of ecosystems. If Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees and Richard Powers’s The Overstory opened readers’ eyes to the awesome power of arboreal life, The Forests of California gives readers a unique and unprecedented immersion in that power. Kaufmann shares images and discusses his work with CCA Writing Chair Leslie Carol Roberts, author of Here is Where I Walk. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Registration is required for Zoom access. Spots are limited.
Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy the authors' books:

Obi Kaufmann -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781597144797
Leslie Carol Roberts -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781948908078
Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

Moderators
avatar for Leslie Carol Roberts

Leslie Carol Roberts

Leslie Carol Roberts is the author of Here Is Where I Walk: Episodes from a Life in the Forest (University of Nevada Press, 2019) and The Entire Earth and Sky: Views on Antarctica (Nebraska, 2011.)  She is a founder of the ECOPOESIS Movement and recently kicked off a series of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Obi Kaufmann

Obi Kaufmann

Obi Kaufmann is a Bay Area author, poet, painter, and naturalist. He grew up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, and spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away in the evenings to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks... Read More →



Sunday October 11, 2020 7:00pm - 8:15pm PDT
Virtual!
 
Monday, October 12
 

5:00pm PDT

The Rise of Nancy Pelosi: Molly Ball with Scott Shafer

“[An] illuminating new biography of the most powerful woman in American politics.” ―The New York Times Book Review

She’s the iconic leader who puts Donald Trump in his place, the woman with the toughness to take on a lawless president and defend American democracy. Ever since the Democrats took back the House in the 2018 midterm elections, Nancy Pelosi has led the opposition with strategic mastery and inimitable elan. It’s a remarkable comeback for the veteran politician who for years was demonized by the right and taken for granted by many in her own party. Join award-winning political journalist Molly Ball as she discusses her new biography Pelosi, a nuanced, page-turning portrait of the legendary California congresswoman and current Speaker of the House of Representatives. In conversation with Scott Shafer, senior editor for KQED's Politics and Government Desk. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Registration is required for Zoom access. Spots are limited.
Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy Molly Ball's book here -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781250252869
Browse Litquake's bookstore here --
https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

Speakers
avatar for Molly Ball

Molly Ball

Molly Ball is the National Political Correspondent for TIME, covering campaigns, the White House, political personalities and policy debates across America. She is also a political analyst for CNN and frequent television and radio commentator.Prior to joining TIME, she was a staff... Read More →
avatar for Scott Shafer

Scott Shafer

Scott Shafer is the Senior Editor of the California Politics and Government Desk at KQED. He migrated there in 1998 after extended stints in politics and government to host The California  Report.  He co-hosts the weekly show and podcast Political Breakdown. Recently collaborated... Read More →



Monday October 12, 2020 5:00pm - 6:15pm PDT
Virtual!

7:00pm PDT

Foglifter Press: Eyeing the Margins

Co-presented by Dog Eared Castro

Join San Francisco's Foglifter Press as they celebrate their new issue with rapid-fire readings from contributors. Foglifter is a LGBTQ+ journal and press, publishing powerful, intersectional writing that queers our perspectives; writing that explores the sometimes abject, sometimes shameful, but always honest and revelatory experience; writing that calls into question the things we believe to be true, the things we believe to be known, and turns them on their head for—at least—a moment of consideration.

Featuring short readings from:
Ching-In Chen
Piper J. Daniels
Chekwube Danladi
Cyrée Jarelle Johnson
J.S. Kuiken
t. tran le
Wryly T. McCutchen
heidi andrea restrepo rhodes
Zak Salih
Mimi Tempestt

FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Registration is required for Zoom access. Spots are limited.
Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy the authors' books at Litquake's bookstore here --
https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

Speakers
avatar for Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press, 2009) and recombinant (Kelsey Street Press, 2017). Born of Chinese immigrants, they are a Kundiman, Lambda, Callaloo and Watering Hole Fellow and a member of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundations... Read More →
avatar for Piper J. Daniels

Piper J. Daniels

Piper J. Daniels is the award-winning author of Ladies Lazarus (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2018). A Michigan native and queer intersectional feminist, Daniels holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA from University of Washington and serves as a passionate advocate on issues of mental health, sexual assault, and body positivity. Her work... Read More →
avatar for Chekwube Danladi

Chekwube Danladi

Chekwube Danladi is the author of Semiotics, selected by Evie Shockley as the winner of the 2019 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (University of Georgia Press, September 2020). She has received support from Callaloo, Kimbilio, Hedgebrook, Jack Jones Literary Arts, the Lambda Literary Foundation... Read More →
avatar for Cyree Jarelle Johnson

Cyree Jarelle Johnson

Cyree Jarelle Johnson is a writer, poet, and librarian living in New York City. He’s had words in The New York Times, Boston Review, and Vice. Cyree Jarelle has received fellowships and grants from Culture/Strike, Astraea Foundation, Rewire.News/Disabled Writers, and the Davis-Putter... Read More →
avatar for J. S. Kuiken

J. S. Kuiken

J. S. Kuiken earned his MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, and was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow. In 2020, he was a winner of Project Outbreak’s audio play competition. He also teaches fiction at The Cottonwood Center for the Arts. He writes about queer lives... Read More →
avatar for t. tran le

t. tran le

t. tran le is a poet from Texas. Their work has been featured in the Breakwater Review, 8 Poems and Kweli. They run events at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in Manhattan, and live in Brooklyn with their partner and three cats.
avatar for Wryly T. McCutchen

Wryly T. McCutchen

Wryly Tender is a poet and an accidental memoirist. They're a tour de force of awkwardness mixed with all the charm of your very first crush. They hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Prior to their poetry manuscript My Ugly and Other Love Snarls being... Read More →
avatar for heidi andrea restrepo rhodes

heidi andrea restrepo rhodes

heidi andrea restrepo rhodes is a queer, second-generation Colombian immigrant, poet, artist, scholar, and activist. Her creative work has been published, exhibited, and performed in As/Us, Pank, Raspa, Word Riot, Feminist Studies, Huizache, the National Queer Arts Festival, The Sick... Read More →
avatar for Zak Salih

Zak Salih

Zak Salih lives in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in The Chattahoochee Review, The Rumpus, The Millions, Apogee Journal,  Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications. His forthcoming novel is Let's Get Back to the Party.... Read More →
avatar for Mimi Tempestt

Mimi Tempestt

Mimi Tempestt is a California Queen. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she began her quest into music and artistry in the underground Hip-Hop and Queer scene of Downtown LA, beginning in 2013. Since then, she has graced many respected stages, shot visuals overseas, and is featured in... Read More →



Monday October 12, 2020 7:00pm - 8:15pm PDT
Virtual!
 
Tuesday, October 13
 

3:30pm PDT

Into the Streets: Politics, Activism, and Communities

Marke Bieschke's lively Into the Streets: A Young Person's Visual History of Protest in the United States (Lerner) guides young readers through the nation's long tradition of significant protests, sit-ins, and collective acts of resistance, from American Indian resistance to colonists through Black Lives Matter and Women's Marches. Caitlin Donohue's She Represents: 44 Women Who Are Changing Politics…and the World celebrates feminism and female contributions to politics, activism, and communities, profiling 44 women central to political and community leadership and activism, both in the United States and around the world. Join both authors as they share their work and answer questions. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Registration is required for Zoom access. Spots are limited.
Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy Marke Bieschke's book here --
https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781541579040
Buy Caitlin Donohue's book here --
https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781541579019
Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

Speakers
avatar for Marke Bieschke

Marke Bieschke

Marke Bieschke is the publisher and arts editor of 48 Hills and the SF Bay Guardian, and the author most recently of Into the Streets: A Young Person's Visual History of Protest in the United States (Lerner, 2020) and Queer: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens (Zest Books, 2019... Read More →
avatar for Caitlin Donohue

Caitlin Donohue

Caitlin Donohue started her writing career interning for Marke Bieschke at the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and eventually became culture editor of the paper. She has since contributed to such publications as High Times, The Advocate, Rookie, Remezcla, SFMOMA's Open Space, and FACT... Read More →



Tuesday October 13, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Virtual!

5:00pm PDT

You, Me, and Everyone We've Boned

Co-presented by Dog Eared Castro

Our new Litquake Out Loud series presents this very special night of literary performances which explore how sex and love can survive during the time of Corona! Queer and POC writers tell us whether or not one can find love, or make a connection, during a terrifying pandemic. With Jayy Dodd, Maurisa Thompson, Lauren Wheeler, and Brandon Young. Hosted by writer/performer Baruch Porras-Hernandez. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Registration is required for Zoom access. Spots are limited.
Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy the authors' books at Litquake's bookstore here --
https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

Speakers
avatar for Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Baruch Porras-Hernandez is a writer, performer, stand-up comedian, and the author of the chapbooks I Miss You, Delicate and Lovers of the Deep Fried Circle, both with Sibling Rivalry Press. He’s toured with the legendary Sister Spit Queer poetry tour, is a two-time winner of Literary... Read More →
avatar for Maurisa Thompson

Maurisa Thompson

Maurisa Thompson was born and raised in San Francisco, and is a proud alum of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. A poet and educator, she is a graduate of UC Riverside’s MFA program and is currently teaching English at John O’Connell High School in San Francisco. Her poetry... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Wheeler

Lauren Wheeler

Lauren Wheeler writes poetry, fiction, and about the places where the personal, the political, and pop culture intersect. She sometimes contributes to Black Nerd Problems (blacknerdproblems.com). After years in the video game industry, she now works on self-driving cars in San Fr... Read More →
avatar for Jayy Dodd

Jayy Dodd

Jayy Dodd aka [redacted] aka Lady Tournament beamed down in Los Angeles ’92 & is now based in Portland, OR. Her professional literary career includes positions at The Offing, Winter Tangerine & more with features in Poetry Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Willamette Weekly... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Young

Brandon Young

Brandon is a spoken word artist currently residing in Seattle. His work can be full of charm, facts,  deadpan humor and historical events. He has been a featured performer at QACon 2013, APATure 2014, the New Sh!t Show, the Racket and the San Francisco Queer Open Mic. Originally... Read More →


Tuesday October 13, 2020 5:00pm - 6:15pm PDT
Virtual!

7:00pm PDT

Missionaries: Military Fiction with Phil Klay and Brian Van Reet

“Something new for the canon of war stories...a true twenty-first century document: respectful of its antecedents but blazing its own path; a big, straight-faced, but subtly accommodating book that makes room for the absurd and the humane, for a sense of purpose and a sense of futility in equal measure.” —Sewanee Review

Iraq War veteran Phil Klay follows up his National Book Award-winning story collection Deployment with Missionaries, a novel of extraordinary suspense infused with geopolitical sophistication and storytelling instincts that are second to none. Drawing on six years of research in America and Colombia into the effects of the modern way of war on regular people, Klay's novel is a window not only into modern war, but into the individual lives that go on long after the drones have left the skies. In conversation with U.S. Army veteran Brian Van Reet, bestselling author of Spoils. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy Phil Klay's book here --
https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781984880659
Browse Litquake's bookstore here --
https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

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Brian Van Reet

Brian Van Reet is the author of Spoils, named one of the best books of 2017 by The Guardian, Military Times, Wall Street Journal, and others. A graduate of the Michener Center for Writers, he has twice won the Texas Institute of Letters short story award. He lives in Austin with his... Read More →

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Phil Klay

Phil Klay is a veteran of the U,S, Marine Corps. His short story collection Redeployment won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction and the National Book Critics' Circle John Leonard Prize for best debut work in any genre, and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by... Read More →



Tuesday October 13, 2020 7:00pm - 8:15pm PDT
Virtual!
 
Wednesday, October 14
 

5:00pm PDT

When the Light of the World Was Subdued: The Legacy of Native American Poetry

Join Litquake as we celebrate launch of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through, the first historically comprehensive Native poetry anthology, co-edited by current U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Gathering the work of more than 160 poets, this landmark collection celebrates the indigenous peoples of North America, the first poets of this country, whose literary traditions stretch back centuries. Opening with a blessing from Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday, the book contains powerful introductions from contributing editors who represent the five geographically organized sections, and offers the extraordinary sweep of Native literature, without which no study of American poetry is complete. Joy Harjo reads from and discusses, with When the Light contributing editor and poet Jennifer Foerster. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy the book here --
https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9780393356809
Browse Litquake's bookstore here --
https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

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Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019.The author of nine books of poetry, several plays and children's books, and a memoir, Crazy Brave, her many honors include... Read More →
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Jennifer Foerster

Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of two books of poetry, Leaving Tulsa (2013) and Bright Raft in the Afterweather (2018), and is contributing editor, along with Joy Harjo, for the new Native Nations poetry anthology When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through... Read More →



Wednesday October 14, 2020 5:00pm - 6:15pm PDT
Virtual!

7:00pm PDT

Good Things in Small Packages: Writing Short Stories

Co-presented by The Ruby and Left Margin Lit

The best short stories evoke a whole world in a small space. But how do they get written? Join Litquake Out Loud as we hear five writers (and readers) of short stories discuss their different approaches to writing the form. They'll discuss their own methods, philosophies, and techniques behind telling stories with economy and heart. A supplementary "syllabus" of participant stories, and their favorite stories, will be included. With Yalitza Ferreras, Rachel Khong, Mimi Lok, Shruti Swamy, and C Pam Zhang. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Buy the authors' books at Litquake's bookstore here --
https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

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Yalitza Ferreras

Yalitza Ferreras is a recent Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San Jose State University and winner of the 2020 Bellevue Literary Review Fiction Prize. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Short Stories, Kenyon Review, Aster(ix), The Southern Review... Read More →
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Rachel Khong

Rachel Khong is a writer living in San Francisco. Her first novel, Goodbye, Vitamin, won the 2017 California Book Award for First Fiction, and was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist for First Fiction. From 2011 to 2016, she was the managing editor then executive editor of Lucky... Read More →
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Mimi Lok

Mimi Lok is the author of the story collection Last Of Her Name, published October 2019 by Kaya Press. She is the winner of the 2020 PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize for debut short story collection, a Smithsonian Ingenuity Award, and an Ylvisaker Award for Fiction, and a 2020 finalist... Read More →
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Shruti Swamy

Shruti Swamy is the author of A House Is a Body. The winner of two O. Henry Awards, her work has appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman fiction fellow, a 2017 – 2018 Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University, and a recipient... Read More →
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C Pam Zhang

C Pam Zhang is the author of the novel HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD, a national bestseller that is being translated into eight languages. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Cut, McSweeney's Quarterly, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and elsewhere. She was born in Beijing... Read More →


Wednesday October 14, 2020 7:00pm - 8:15pm PDT
Virtual!
 
Thursday, October 15
 

4:00pm PDT

She Votes: How U.S. Women Won Suffrage

“...She Votes not only tells the story of suffrage, but captures the many battles since for women’s full rights. As the suffragists had hoped and as She Votes chronicles, the power of women’s votes is setting the course on the nation’s long struggle for full equality and justice for all.” —Katherine Spillar, executive director of the Feminist Majority Foundation and executive editor of Ms. Magazine

From the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation to the first woman to wear pants on the Senate floor, author Bridget Quinn spins a lively and colorful intersectional story of the women who won suffrage, and those who have continued to raise their voices for equality ever since. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, the book also features illustrations by 100 women artists. Bridget Quinn discusses with artist, author and historian Nell Irvin Painter, who contributed the book's forward. Moderated by author and photographer Tabitha Soren. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Buy Bridget Quinn's book here --
https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781452173160
Browse Litquake's bookstore here --
https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

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Tabitha Soren

Tabitha Soren is an artist and Peabody Award-winning journalist, best known for covering the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections for MTV and NBC News. Her reporting for the Choose or Lose campaign helped MTV register over 100,000 young people to vote. More recently, as an artist... Read More →

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Bridget Quinn

Bridget Quinn is author of the new book She Votes: How U.S. Women Won Suffrage, and What Happened Next, and the award-winning Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order), an Amazon pick for Best Art & Photography Books 2017 and a 2018 Amelia Bloomer List... Read More →
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Nell Irvin Painter

Nell Irvin Painter is a leading historian of the United States. She is currently the Edwards Professor of American History at Princeton University. She was Director of Princeton's Program in African-American Studies from 1997 to 2000. In addition to her doctorate in history from Harvard... Read More →



Thursday October 15, 2020 4:00pm - 5:15pm PDT
Virtual!
 
Friday, October 16
 

10:00am PDT

Kidquake: Day Two
Grades K-2: From 10am-10:20am, author/editor Keila V. Dawson presents her book, No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History, and then from 10:20am-10:40am, students work with illustrator Isabella Kung, on a how-to iIllustration demo.

Grades 3-5: From 11:30am-11:50am author Mike Jung presents his book, The Boys in the Back Row, and from 11:50-12:10pm bookmaker Chad Johnson (Center for the Book) will present a how-to demo on making your own book.

All live programming is free and will also be recorded for later free access. Live sign-up is first come first serve—teachers sign up for your students to access from home. Passwords given to teachers to distribute. We can accommodate live up to 900 students and their teachers per presentation.

Free for school groups, teachers must enroll in advance at litquake.org/kidquake.
Buy the authors' books at Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

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Isabella Kung

Isabella Kung is the author/illustrator of NO FUZZBALL! (Scholastic, 2020), about a fuzzy feline Queen who rules the house with an iron paw. She has illustrated for Candlewick Press, Committee for Children, P&H Publishing, 826 Valencia, and Ladybug Magazine. Her illustrations have... Read More →
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Mike Jung

Mike Jung’s middle grade novel, The Boys in the Back Row, comes out in October 2020. He is also the author of Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities and Unidentified Suburban Object. Mike is a library professional by day, a writer (and ukulele player) by night and was a founding member... Read More →
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Chad Johnson

Chad Johnson is an artist, printer, bookbinder, and teacher who has been living in the Bay Area for the past two decades. After earning an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, he has worked in conservation labs, letterpress shops, and libraries... Read More →
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Keila V. Dawson

Before becoming a children’s book author, Keila V. Dawson was a community organizer, special education teacher, school administrator, educational consultant and advocate. She has lived and worked in the U.S., the Philippines, Japan, and Egypt. She is a author/co-editor of No Voice... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2020 10:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Virtual!

5:00pm PDT

Hurricane Season: Fernanda Melchor with Yuri Herrera

“Melchor’s English-language debut is a furious vortex of voices that swirl around a murder in a provincial Mexican town. Forceful, frenzied, violent, and uncompromising, Melchor’s depiction of a town ogling its own destruction is a powder keg that ignites on the first page and sustains its intense, explosive heat until its final sentence.” —Publishers Weekly

One of Mexico’s most promising and prominent writers, Fernanda Melchor has created, in her debut novel Hurricane Season, a Gulf Coast noir drawing comparisons to everyone from Faulkner to Bolaño and Marlon James. NPR has called Hurricane Season "a mix of drugs, sex, mythology, small-town desperation, poverty, and superstition." The Los Angeles Review of Books describes  it as "a novel that sinks like lead to the bottom of the soul and remains there, its images full of color, its characters alive and raging against their fate.” Beginning with the discovery of a corpse, by a group of children playing near the irrigation canals, a Mexican village is propelled into an investigation of how and why the murder occurred. Join Fernanda Melchor as she reads from and discusses her work, with novelist and professor Yuri Herrera, author of several works including the recent nonfiction book A Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine Fire. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy Fernanda Melchor's book here --
https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9780811230735
Buy Yuri Herrera's book here -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781911508786
Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

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Yuri Herrera

Born in Actopan, Mexico, Yuri Herrera is a political scientist, editor, and award-winning author of several books in both Spanish and English, including Kingdom Cons, Signs Preceding the End of the World, The Transmigration of Bodies, and this year, A Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine... Read More →

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Fernanda Melchor

Born in Veracruz, Mexico, in 1982, Fernanda Melchor is widely recognized as one of the most exciting new voices of Mexican literature. Her novel Hurricane Season and collection This Is Not Miami are both published this year from New Directions.



Friday October 16, 2020 5:00pm - 6:15pm PDT
Virtual!

7:00pm PDT

The Son of Good Fortune: Lysley Tenorio with Daniel Handler

Co-presented by Philippine American Writers and Artists and KALW 91.7FM

"Filled with the kind of absurdities that accompany the most difficult truths, Lysley Tenorio's brilliant, witty novel about the love of a mother and son, the immigrant experience in America, and the surreality of our current reality, is bold, ambitious, and unforgettable." —Refinery 29

From award-winning author Lysley Tenorio, comes a big-hearted debut novel following an undocumented Filipino son as he navigates his relationship with his mother, an uncertain future, and the place he calls home. Excel spends his days trying to seem like an unremarkable American teenager. When he’s not working at The Pie Who Loved Me (a spy-themed pizza shop) or passing the time with his girlfriend Sab (occasionally in one of their town’s 17 cemeteries), he carefully avoids the spotlight. But Excel knows that his family is far from normal. His mother, Maxima, was once a Filipina B-movie action star who now makes her living scamming men online. The old man they live with is not his grandfather, but Maxima’s lifelong martial arts trainer. And years ago, on Excel’s tenth birthday, Maxima revealed a secret that he must keep forever. “We are ‘TNT’—tago ng tago,” she told him, “hiding and hiding.” Excel is undocumented—and one accidental slip could uproot his entire life.

Thrumming with energy and at once critical and hopeful, The Son of Good Fortune is a luminous story of a mother and son testing the strength of their bond to their country—and to each other. In conversation with Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, whose most recent book is the novel Bottle Grove. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy Lysley Tenorio's book here -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9780062059574
Buy Daniel Handler's book here -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781632864277
Browse Litquake's bookstore here --
https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

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Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler is the author of seven novels, including Bottle Grove, which was published by Bloomsbury in August 2019. As Lemony Snicket, he is responsible for numerous books for children, including Swarm of Bees, illustrated by Rilla Alexander. His books have sold more than 70 million... Read More →

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Friday October 16, 2020 7:00pm - 8:15pm PDT
Virtual!
 
Saturday, October 17
 

5:00pm PDT

FREEMAN'S: Best New Writings on Love

Co-presented by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

In a time of contentiousness and flagrant abuse, it often feels as if our world is run on hate. Invective. Cruelty and sadism. But is it possible the greatest and most powerful force is love? In the newest issue of this acclaimed series, FREEMAN'S Love (Grove Press) asks this question, bringing together literary heavyweights like Tommy Orange, Anne Carson, Louise Erdrich, and Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk, alongside emerging writers such as Gunnhild Øyehaug and Semezdin Mehmedinović. Richard Russo’s charming and painful “Good People” introduces us to two sets of married professors who have been together for decades, and for whom love still exists, but between the wrong pair. Haruki Murakami tells the tale of a one-night stand that feels like a dying sun. And Mehmedinović contributes a breathtaking book-length essay on the aftermath of his wife’s stroke, describing how the two reassembled their lives outside their home country of Bosnia. In a time when we need it the most, this issue promises what only love can bring: a solace of complexity and warmth. Join us to launch the newest edition of FREEMAN'S, with editor John Freeman, Robin Coste Lewis, Tommy Orange, and Matt Summell. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Buy this issue of Freeman's here --
https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9780802157836
Browse the Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

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John Freeman

John Freeman was the editor of Granta until 2013. His books include How to Read a Novelist, Tales of Two Cities, and Tales of Two Americas. Maps, his debut collection of poems, is out from Copper Canyon in fall 2017. He is the executive editor at Literary Hub and teaches at the New... Read More →
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Robin Coste Lewis

Robin Coste Lewis is the poet laureate of Los Angeles. In 2015, her debut poetry collection, Voyage of the Sable Venus (Knopf) won the National Book Award in poetry––the first time a poetry debut by an African-American had ever won the prize in the National Book Foundation’s... Read More →
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Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange’s There There is an exceptional debut novel that grapples with the history of a nation while showcasing a side of America few of us have ever seen. After noticing a lack of stories about urban Native Americans, Orange created a remarkable work that explores those who... Read More →
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Matt Sumell

Matt Sumell is a graduate of UC Irvine's MFA Program in Writing. His short fiction has since appeared in the Paris Review, Esquire, Electric Literature, One Story, Noon, Freeman’s, and elsewhere. His first collection, MAKING NICE, is available in stores now.



Saturday October 17, 2020 5:00pm - 6:15pm PDT
Virtual!

7:00pm PDT

The Cockettes: Acid Drag, Sexual Anarchy, and San Francisco Craziness

Co-presented by Dog Eared Castro and Bay Area Reporter

“They were like hippie acid freak drag queens, which is always a good thing!!” — John Waters

Birthed in an LSD bathed commune in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district in the summer of 1969, The Cockettes were a fever dream of sexual freedom and expression. They granted themselves names and identities that reflected their inner wild selves, then put it all on the stage with elaborate costumes in anarchic musical productions. Gay, straight, bisexual, pansexual—The Cockettes were a vital art collective and essential to the history of high drag. To chronicle and catalog this history, Cockette member Fayette Hauser has authored this flamboyantly illustrated coffee-table book, The Cockettes: Acid Drag & Sexual Anarchy, collecting stories and rare photos from museums, magazines, and private collections. The influence of the Cockettes on American underground culture is present in every glittery sequin and candy-colored coiffure gracing our daily lives. Hauser discusses her book and shares memories, photos, and music with fellow Cockettes members Scrumbly Koldewyn and Pam Tent, author of the memoir Midnight at the Palace: My Life As a Fabulous Cockette. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy a signed copy of Fayette Hauser's book here --
https://thecockettes.net/store/
Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

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Fayette Hauser

The beauty and bounty of drag, performance art, rock ’n’ roll and hallucinogenic heaven collided every time Fayette Hauser got dressed. As one of the treasured few biological females in the celebrated Cockettes, Hauser stepped out, showed off, got wild, and lived in Technicolor... Read More →
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Scrumbly Koldewyn

Richard “Scrumbly” Koldewyn is a musician, composer, conductor and performer, and was one of the founders of the beloved San Francisco drag group, the Cockettes. Long a mainstay of Bay Area showbiz, Koldewyn’s post-Cockettes career has included myriad appearances with his... Read More →
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Pam Tent

Sweet Pam, aka Pam Tent, was a core member of the Cockettes throughout their heyday. After the group dispersed, she continued to perform with Pristine Condition, and Paula Pucker and the Pioneers, and later joined John Waters’ stars Divine and Mink Stole onstage for continuing shows... Read More →



Saturday October 17, 2020 7:00pm - 8:15pm PDT
Virtual!
 
Sunday, October 18
 

2:00pm PDT

Windows on the World: A Personal Tragedy of 9/11

An undocumented immigrant father has been bussing tables at the famous Windows on the World restaurant, atop the World Trade Center's North Tower, to support his family in Mexico. But after the 9/11 attacks level both towers, his family hears no word for weeks. Refusing to give up hope, they send young Fernando on a quixotic mission across the border to find his father and bring him home. Along the way, Fernando experiences a warm embrace from fellow immigrants, and a cold shoulder from The City That Never Sleeps. Based on the screenplay of the award-winning 2019 film, the new illustrated graphic novel Windows on the World chronicles a son's search for his father, with empathy and nuance, and reflects on how the pains of our recent past have shaped the character of America. Screenwriter and author Robert Mailer Anderson discusses the project, including the process of adaptation from screen to graphic novel. Live music by Jay Walsh from The Douglas Fir, and readings from actress Jacqueline Obradors. Watch the film beforehand, and tune in with your questions! FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Watch the film at AmazonGoogle Play, or YouTube
Buy Windows on the World here --
https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781683963226
Browse Litquake's bookstore here --
https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

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Robert Mailer Anderson

Robert Mailer Anderson is a 9th generation Californio and native San Franciscan, as well as a writer, producer, and activist. He has written a novel, Boonville, and a play entitled The Death of Teddy Ballgame. He cowrote and co-produced the films Pig Hunt and Windows on the World... Read More →
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Jay Walsh

Jay Walsh writes, sings, and plays guitars and piano for The Douglas Fir. Based in San Francisco and Boston, The Fir have a flair for the cinematic. The band’s moody-pop songs have garnered praise in Magnet Magazine, Village Voice, The Boston Globe, The Big Takeover, and the band... Read More →
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Jacqueline Obradors

California native Jacqueline Obradors was born to Argentinean parents, and spent her early acting career playing various Latina background characters. Starting in 1993, she made numerous appearances in film and television, including the romantic adventure Six Days, Seven Nights and Tortilla... Read More →



Sunday October 18, 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Virtual!

5:00pm PDT

Shakespeare and Lovecraft: Christopher Moore and Matt Ruff

With support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies

New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore celebrates the release of his newest novel, Shakespeare for Squirrels, a wildly entertaining murder mystery riffing on Dashiell Hammett and the Bard’s most performed play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At the same time, Matt Ruff (author of Lovecraft Country) releases his latest novel 88 Names, a technothriller which begins as a whirlwind online adventure, and soon spills over into the real world with characters like North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, whose interest in VR gaming has more to do with power than entertainment. Don't miss this witty and geek-friendly evening as both authors read from and discuss their work. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy the authors' books:

Christopher Moore -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9780062434029
Matt Ruff -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9780062854674
Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

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Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore is the author of the novels Secondhand Souls, Sacré Bleu, A Dirty Job, and Lamb. He lives in San Francisco, California.
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Matt Ruff

Matt Ruff was born in New York City in 1965. He is the author of seven novels, including Fool on the Hill, Bad Monkeys, Set This House in Order, The Mirage, and Sewer, Gas & Electric. His 2016 novel Lovecraft Country has been adapted as an HBO series by Jordan Peele, Misha Green... Read More →



Sunday October 18, 2020 5:00pm - 6:15pm PDT
Virtual!

7:00pm PDT

Super 8: An Illustrated History

Co-presented by SF IndieFest

Super 8 burst onto the film scene in 1965, embraced first by suburban dads, then co-opted by the art world, found a home in the punk rock universe, and ultimately seeped into popular culture. Filmmakers who got their start using the Super 8 format include Robert Zemeckis, Jim Jarmusch, Todd Haynes, Sam Raimi, Wes Anderson, and Alex Gibney. The new coffee-table art book Super 8: An Illustrated History explores the format's history, including the research and development required to create a brand-new genre of storytelling, and features stunning photography, vintage advertisements, and fresh interviews throughout. San Francisco author Danny Plotnick discusses his debut book with art-film legend Beth B and music video director Dave Markey. Moderated by Jesse Hawthorne Ficks. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy Danny Plotnick's book here --
https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781644280324
Browse Litquake's bookstore here --
https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

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Jesse Hawthorne Ficks

Jesse Hawthorne Ficks is the Film History Coordinator at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and curates/hosts "MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS," a film series celebrating underrated and overlooked cinema in a neo-sincere manner. He is part of the SF Film Critics Circle and writes... Read More →

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Dave Markey

David Markey has sustained a truly independent career in the shadow of Hollywood and against the backdrop of corporate America just shy of four decades. As a filmmaker, photographer and musician, Markey brings together underground music, experimental cinema and contemporary culture... Read More →
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Danny Plotnick

Danny Plotnick roared into the underground film world in the 1980s. Fueled by his love of punk and alternative culture and infected with DIY spirit, he started making films that captured a similarly snarly attitude. His films were pegged as bawdy, bad-mouthed and beautiful, straddling... Read More →
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Beth B

Beth B exploded onto the New York underground scene in the late ‘70s, after receiving her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1977, creating installation art works and directing Super-8 films. Controversial and political in approach and content, these breakthrough films, such... Read More →



Sunday October 18, 2020 7:00pm - 8:15pm PDT
Virtual!
 
Monday, October 19
 

5:00pm PDT

The Root Slam: Working People's Section

Co-presented by Oakland Public Library

"The Working People’s Section” is a tradition amongst poetry venues where the event organizers get to share their work. There are only three rules to The Root Slam's Working People’s Section: 1) all the organizers share, 2) it has to be new, and 3) it better shake the room. Join the organizers of The Root Slam for a special Litquake Out Loud edition of The Working People’s Section, where your favorite local writers / farmers / dancers / healers / educators / activists / festival planners / and twerk influencers bring you that world premiere, that new and necessary work. Featuring Isabella Borgeson, Tianna Bratcher, Gabriel Cortez, Ciera-Jevae Gordon, Natasha Huey, Will Smith, and Sandy Vazquez. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Buy the authors' books at Litquake's bookstore here --
https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

The Root Slam is an award-winning Oakland poetry venue. Our mission is to create an inclusive, socially just space to promote the artistic growth of the Bay Area poetry community. We are guided by values centering the voices of Black, indigenous, and people of color artists; queer, trans, gender non-conforming, and women poets; working class/low-income, disabled, im/migrant and undocumented folks. For more on The Root Slam, visit www.RootSlam.org, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @TheRootslam.

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Isabella Borgeson

Isabella Borgeson is a queer, multiracial Filipina American writer and educator from Oakland, California. She has received fellowships from Voices of Our Nation Art Foundation, Air Serenbe, and the Poetry Incubator through Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary. In 2015, Isa performed... Read More →
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Tianna Bratcher

Tianna Bratcher is a Queer, Black, woman, sister, and auntie originally from Anchorage, Alaska now residing in Oakland, California. The 2016 winner of Best Love poem at Collegiate Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), placed 5th at the National Poetry Slam 2017 & and placed 7th... Read More →
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Gabriel Cortez

Gabriel Cortez is a Black biracial poet, educator, and arts organizer of Panamanian descent. His work has appeared in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, The Rumpus, and The Breakbeat Poets Anthology Volume 4. He is a VONA fellow, #BARS workshop alum, NALAC... Read More →
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Ciera-Jevae Gordon

Ciera-Jevae Gordon is a Richmond Native serving her community as a teaching artist, a healer, a past Poet Laureate, writer, activist, and scholar. She reps her ancestors, & shines light on the lived experiences of the divinity in Black women & girls through poetry and performance... Read More →
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Natasha Huey

Natasha Huey is a poet, teaching artist, and project manager. Natasha has performed on stages across the nation and beyond including the Oracle Arena in Oakland, the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles, and Atlantis, the Palm in Dubai. Natasha has been... Read More →
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Will Smith

Will Smith is a Black, Korean, queer farmer and poet. They reside in the Bay Area and work within communities to distribute food, knowledge, and love. Her favorite things to write about are their ancestors’ garden and how we can all heal through (re)claiming our relationship with... Read More →
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Sandy Vazquez

Sandy Vazquez is an interdisciplinary teaching artist, educator, and performer born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. In 2016, she graduated from UCLA with a dual degree in Dance and Chicanx Studies. Through her performance work, she has featured on stages such as The John Anson Ford... Read More →


Monday October 19, 2020 5:00pm - 6:15pm PDT
Virtual!

7:00pm PDT

Noir at the (Virtual) Bar: Mystery Writers of America

Co-sponsored by Mystery Writers of America NorCal Chapter

Murder. Crime. Detectives. Clues. Suspects. Resolution—or not. In this era of COVID-19 and hellishly bad news around the planet, sometimes a great mystery is exactly what one needs to escape the insanity of everyday life. Fortunately, our good friends at Mystery Writers of America NorCal Chapter have gathered together a rogue's gallery of excellent bestselling authors for Litquake, to help us all sink into a good suspenseful story. Presenting their work will be Cara Black, Robin Burcell, Rae James, S.A. Lelchuk, Camille Minichino, Jason Ridler, Faye Snowdon, and Jacqueline Winspear. Moderated by Laurie R. King. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy the authors' books here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

Moderators
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Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories (from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, named one of the 20th century’s best crime novels by the IMBA, to 2018’s Island of the Mad). She has won... Read More →

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Camille Minichino

Camille Minichino received her Ph.D. in physics from Fordham University, New York City. She is currently on the faculty of Golden Gate University, San Francisco and teaches writing throughout the Bay Area. Camille is Past President and a member of NorCal Mystery Writers of America... Read More →
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Cara Black

Cara Black is the author of 19 books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She lives... Read More →
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Robin Burcell

Robin Burcell has worked as a cop, hostage negotiator, and as an FBI-trained forensic artist. She is the award-winning author of the Kate Gillespie police procedural series, the Sydney Fitzpatrick thriller series, a Streets of San Francisco novel, and is now writing thrillers with... Read More →
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Rae James

Rae James, writing as R. Franklin James, followed a career of political and legislative advocacy with writing mysteries. In 2013 her debut novel and first book in the Hollis Morgan Mystery series, The Fallen Angels Book Club, was published by Camel Press. The final book in the six-book... Read More →
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S. A. Lelchuk

Saul A. Lelchuk is the author of Save Me From Dangerous Men, the start of a series featuring bookseller and private investigator Nikki Griffin. It was named a USA Today Best Book of 2019, a Booklist Top 10 Crime Debut of 2019, a Kirkus Best Mystery/Thriller of 2019, a Hudson Booksellers... Read More →
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Jason Ridler

Jason S. Ridler is a writer, left-wing military historian, and improv actor. He is the author of Hex-Rated, the first installment of The Brimstone Files series for Night Shade Press, and Fxxk Writing: A Guide For Frustrated Artists, based on his popular writing column of the same... Read More →
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Faye Snowden

Faye Snowden is the author of three published mysteries with Kensington, Spiral of Guilt (1999), The Savior (2003, 2004) and Fatal Justice (2005, 2006). She has published short stories and poems in various literary journals and small presses including The African American Review... Read More →
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Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear is the creator of the New York Times bestselling series featuring psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs. Her standalone novel set in WWI, The Care and Management of Lies, was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in 2015. In 2019 The American Agent... Read More →



Monday October 19, 2020 7:00pm - 8:15pm PDT
Virtual!
 
Tuesday, October 20
 

5:00pm PDT

The Other America: Finding Common Ground

“This is an unflinching book that illustrates the central, confounding American paradox—in a country that purports to root for the underdog, too often we exalt the rich and we punish the poor. With thorough reporting and extraordinary compassion, Kristof and WuDunn tell the stories of those who fall behind in the world’s wealthiest country, and find not an efficient first-world safety net created by their government, but a patchwork of community initiatives, perpetually underfunded and run by tired saints. And yet amid all the tragedy and neglect, Kristof and WuDunn conjure a picture of how it could all get better, how it could all work. That’s the miracle of Tightrope, and why this is such an indispensable book.” —Dave Eggers

The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of the acclaimed, best-selling Half the Sky, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn, now issue a plea—deeply personal and told through the lives of real Americans—to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure. Their latest bestseller, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, draws us deep into an “other America,” from the lives of some of the children with whom Kristof grew up, in rural Oregon, to similar stories of needless working-class tragedy from the Dakotas, Oklahoma, New York, and Virginia. But amid the deaths from drugs, alcohol, suicide, or reckless accidents, there are stories about resurgence, among them: Annette Dove, who has devoted her life to helping the teenagers of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and Daniel McDowell, of Baltimore, whose tale of opioid addiction and recovery suggests that there are viable ways to solve our nation’s drug epidemic. With their superb, nuanced reportage, Kristof and WuDunn have given us a book that is both riveting and impossible to ignore. The authors discuss their work and share stories with Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of the recent New York Times bestseller Strangers in Their Own Land. FREE, $10-15 suggested donation

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Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy the authors' books:

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9780525655084
Arlie Russell Hochschild -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781620973493
Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake


Moderators
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Arlie Russell Hochschild

Arlie Russell Hochschild is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. She is the author of nine books, including The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, The Outsourced Self, and Strangers in Their Own Land (The New Press). Three of her books have been... Read More →

Speakers
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Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

Nicholas D. Kristof has coauthored several books with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, including A Path Appears and Half the Sky. Together they were awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for their coverage of China. They also received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement... Read More →



Tuesday October 20, 2020 5:00pm - 6:15pm PDT
Virtual!

7:00pm PDT

The Daily Dose: Feminist Writers Respond to the Climate Emergency

Co-presented by San Francisco Botanical Garden

The climate emergency can no longer be ignored. And woven into the solutions to the climate crisis is the need to acknowledge and address long-standing issues of justice. The Green New Deal represents the opportunity for the United States to build an intersectional movement for us to literally save the world through addressing environmental, economic, social, and racial justice. In March 2020, three Bay Area women writers started the blog The Daily Dose with a simple mission: to spread the message of the Green New Deal, help other activists stay encouraged in the face of unrelenting challenge, take concrete action, and stay grounded. This group of feminist writers, majority women of color, a mix of sexual orientation and gender identities, uses all the means at its disposal—essays, poetry, fiction, interviews, traditional journalism, images, videos, and more—to support and spread the vision of a freer, greener, more just future for us all. Join Daily Dose founders for Litquake Out Loud, as they discuss this writing-as-climate-activism project. With Aya de León, Vijaya Nagarajan, Mary DeMocker, Elizabeth Stark, and Susan DeFreitas. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy the authors' books at Litquake's bookstore here --
https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

Speakers
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Aya de León

Aya de León directs the Poetry for the People program in the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley, teaching poetry and commissioning writers to address the climate emergency. Kensington Books publishes her award-winning feminist heist series, which includes SIDE CHICK... Read More →
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Vijaya Nagarajan

Vijaya Nagarajan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theology/Religious Studies and in the Program of Environmental Studies at the University of San Francisco. Her book, Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Ecology in India— An Exploration of the Kolam (Oxford... Read More →
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Elizabeth Stark

Elizabeth Stark, a novelist (Shy Girl: FSG, Seal Press, finalist for the Ferro-Grumely and Lambda Literary Awards) and award-winning filmmaker (most recently, producer of Lost in the Middle: Best Feature, Broad Humor 2019, a Festival Favorite, Cinema Diverse), co-hosts the podca... Read More →
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Susan DeFreitas

A first-generation American of Caribbean descent, Susan DeFreitas is the author of the novel Hot Season, which won a Gold IPPY Award, and the editor of Dispatches from Anarres, an anthology of short fiction in tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin (forthcoming 2021). Her fiction, nonfiction... Read More →


Tuesday October 20, 2020 7:00pm - 8:15pm PDT
Virtual!
 
Wednesday, October 21
 

5:00pm PDT

Memorial Drive: Natasha Trethewey with Tonya M. Foster

Co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora. This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers.

“Haunting, powerful, and painfully stunning...Trethewey writes the unimaginable truth with a clear-eyed courage that proves, once again, that she’s one of the nation’s best writers.” —Ada Limón, author of Bright Dead Things and NBCC award-winner The Carrying

At age 19, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became.
The new memoir Memorial Drive, by the Pulitzer Prize–winning U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, moves through her mother’s history in the deeply segregated South and through her own girlhood as a “child of miscegenation” in Mississippi, plumbing her sense of dislocation and displacement in the lead-up to the harrowing crime that took place on Memorial Drive in Atlanta in 1985. An instant New York Times bestseller, Memorial Drive is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence, but also a piercing glimpse at the enduring ripple effects of white racism and domestic abuse. In conversation with poet and professor Tonya M. Foster. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy the authors' books here --
https://store.moadsf.org
Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

Speakers
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Natasha Trethewey

Pulitzer Prize-winner Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). In his citation, Librarian of Congress James Billington wrote, “Her poems dig beneath the surface of history—personal or communal, from childhood or from a century... Read More →
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Tonya M. Foster

Poet, essayist, and educator Tonya M. Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court, and the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os; the chapbook A History of the Bitch (forthcoming, Sputnik and Fizzle, 2020); and co-editor of Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual... Read More →



Wednesday October 21, 2020 5:00pm - 6:15pm PDT
Virtual!

7:00pm PDT

Telling True Stories: Trials by Fire

As California seeks to recover from yet another horrific summer of fires, Litquake offers two compelling nonfiction accounts on the subject, from Bay Area authors. Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy, by Guardian journalists Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano, details the disaster which occurred on November 8, 2018, when the Paradise, California community of 27,000 people was swallowed by the ferocious Camp Fire, razing virtually every home and killing at least 85 people. The catastrophe seared the American imagination, and landed in history as the state’s most destructive fire.

On Thursday, February 20, 2003, a pyrotechnics display during a concert by the heavy metal band Great White ignited flammable acoustic foam of Rhode Island’s Station nightclub. The entire building quickly went up in flames, killing 100 and injuring another 230. New York Times journalist Scott James’ upcoming account, Trial by Fire: A Devastating Tragedy, 100 Lives Lost, and a 15-Year Search for Truth, investigates the fire’s origin, interviews the key figures, and explores the local authorities’ rush to judgment about what really happened.

Join Gee, Anguiano, and James as they discuss their books with moderator Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside co-founder, and author of Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Registration is required for Zoom access. Spots are limited.
Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy the authors' books:

Alastair Gee & Dani Anguiano -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781324005148
Scott James -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781250131263
Frances Dinkelspiel -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781250113894
Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake


Moderators
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Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel is an award-winning journalist and co-founder of the new site Berkeleyside. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Daily Beast, People magazine and elsewhere. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant... Read More →

Speakers
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Dani Anguiano

Dani Anguiano writes for the Guardian and was a reporter for the Chico Enterprise-Record. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
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Alastair Gee

Alastair Gee is an award-winning editor and reporter at the Guardian who has also written for The New Yorker online, the New York Times, and the Economist. Gee lives in New York City.
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Scott James

Scott James is the bestselling author of the novels The Sower and Soma, finalist for the national Lambda Literary Award for debut fiction, under the pen name Kemble Scott. With his weekly eponymous San Francisco column for The New York Times, James found stories that drew coverage... Read More →



Wednesday October 21, 2020 7:00pm - 8:15pm PDT
Virtual!
 
Friday, October 23
 

5:00pm PDT

Funeral Diva: Pamela Sneed with Tommy Pico

Co-presented by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

This notable achievement...is a harrowing account of how Sneed transforms violence and pain into an artist's life." —Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen: A Lyric

In this collection of personal essays and poetry, acclaimed Brooklyn-based poet/performer Pamela Sneed details her coming of age in New York City during the late 1980s. Funeral Diva (City Lights) captures the impact of AIDS on Black Queer life, and highlights the enduring bonds between the living, the dying, and the dead. Sneed's poems not only converse with lovers past and present, but also with her literary forebears—like James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde—whose aesthetic and thematic investments she renews for a contemporary American landscape. Offering critical focus on matters from police brutality to LGBTQ+ rights, Funeral Diva confronts today's most pressing issues with acerbic wit and audacity. The collection closes with Sneed's reflections on the two pandemics of her time, AIDS and COVID-19, and the disproportionate impact of each on African American communities. Sneed discusses and reads from her work, alongside poet and Literary Hub editor Tommy Pico. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy the authors' books:

Pamela Sneed -- http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100510140&fa=description
Tommy Pico -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781947793576
Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

Speakers
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Pamela Sneed

Poet, professor, and performer, Pamela Sneed is the author of Sweet Dreams, Kong, and Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than Slavery. She was a Visiting Critic at Yale, a Visiting Professor at Columbia University's School of the Arts, and is online faculty at Chicago's School... Read More →
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Tommy Pico

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is a poet, podcaster, and tv writer. He is author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk, Feed, and myriad keen tweets including “sittin on the cock of the gay.” Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now splits his time... Read More →



Friday October 23, 2020 5:00pm - 6:15pm PDT
Virtual!

7:00pm PDT

Fantasy and Dystopia: Cory Doctorow with Richard Kadrey

With support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies

"In Doctorow’s chilling world, technological marvels turn on their users on a dime: the indispensable cellphone annihilates privacy, the self-driving car goes berserk and kills, and the internet is the world’s most powerful surveillance tool." —Publishers Weekly

Join us for New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow and his latest dystopian cyberthriller, Attack Surface, in which high stakes and real-world paranoia keep the pages turning. In her day job as a counterterrorism wizard for an transnational cybersecurity firm, Masha Maximow made the hacks that allowed repressive regimes to spy on dissidents, and manipulate their every move. The perks were fantastic, and the pay was obscene. But Masha sometimes used her mad skills to help those same troublemakers evade detection, if their cause was just. It was a dangerous game and a hell of a rush. But seriously self-destructive. And unsustainable. Cory Doctorow reads from and discusses Attack Surface with San Francisco novelist Richard Kadrey, acclaimed author of the Sandman Slim series. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Registration is required for Zoom access. Spots are limited.
Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy the authors' books:

Cory Doctorow -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781250757531
Richard Kadrey -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9780062672575
Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake


Moderators
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Richard Kadrey

Richard Kadrey is the New York Times-bestselling author of 15 novels, including the Sandman Slim supernatural noir series. Sandman Slim was included in Amazon’s “100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime.” Chad Stahelski of John Wick fame is directing the book... Read More →

Speakers
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Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Locus, and many other publications. His award-winning novel Little Brother was a New York Times bestseller, as is its sequel, Homeland. His novella collection Radicalized was a CBC Best Fiction of 2019 selection. Born and raised... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2020 7:00pm - 8:15pm PDT
Virtual!
 
Saturday, October 24
 

10:30am PDT

Lit Crawl Global
In 2020, many of the Lit Crawls in our worldwide network were cancelled due to Covid-19, so we decided to gather everyone for one big virtual literary hoedown. On October 24th from 10:30am-3pm we're honored to present live events from the global literati in Kells (Ireland), Cheltenham (England), Angers (France), Wellington (New Zealand), Boston, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Broadcast from Manny's, in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District!

Click here for full Lit Crawl schedule.


Saturday October 24, 2020 10:30am - 3:30pm PDT
Virtual!

4:30pm PDT

Lit Crawl San Francisco
In 2020, Lit Crawl goes virtual! Crazy problems call for crazy solutions. To fight the good fight against social entropy and all the darkness 2020 has wrought, Lit Crawl San Francisco will broadcast two simultaneous channels of Bay Area literary magic on October 24th. Join some of the brightest stars in the Bay's literary community as they recreate our annual festival's blow-out finale on Zoom and Facebook Live. This 12-hour live broadcast comes direct from Manny's, in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District!

Tune into Lit Crawl Global beforehand from 10:30am-3pm for a taste of the literary scene from Lit Crawl cities all around the world.

Click here for full Lit Crawl schedule.


Saturday October 24, 2020 4:30pm - 10:30pm PDT
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