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Tuesday, October 15 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Straight, No Chaser: Writers at the Bar

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Famed bohemian saloon Vesuvio Café once again opens its doors to Litquake for an edgy and hilarious North Beach reading. Featuring Rene Denfeld, Kwei Quartey, Karen Tei Yamashita, Mimi Lok, Tom Lanoye, and Caroline Louise Walker. Hosted by Alia Volz. A rare opportunity to glimpse authors performing new work in their natural habitat. Get here early, it fills up fast. FREE, $5 suggested donation

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Tom Lanoye

Tom Lanoye is an award-winning Belgian novelist, poet, and playwright. Starting out as a poet and critic, he became famous for his prose and drama, as well as his politically and socially engaged columns and his unique cabaret‐style performances. He is the author of more than fifty... Read More →
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Mimi Lok

Mimi Lok is the author of the story collection LAST OF HER NAME (Oct 2019, Kaya Press), which has been called “a mesmerizing debut that affirms all that is great about short fiction” (Dave Eggers), “poignant” (Gish Jen), and “darkly funny” (Rachel Khong). Mimi’s writing... Read More →
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Rene Denfeld

Rene Denfeld is an award-winning author, journalist, and licensed private investigator living in Portland, Oregon. She is the bestselling author of The Child Finder and The Enchanted, which was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel prixe and received... Read More →
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Alia Volz

Alia Volz is the author of HOME BAKED: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in spring 2020. You'll find her work in The Best American Essays 2017, The New York Times, Tin House, and elsewhere. She’s a homegrown San Franciscan... Read More →
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Kwei Quartey

Kwei Quartey is Ghanaian-American physician and author of the Inspector Darko Dawson series and the new Emma Djan, PI, series set in Ghana. He won a National Book Award for his first novel, Wife Of The Gods, which was also a Los Angeles Times Bestseller. Kwei lives in Pasadena, CA... Read More →
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Karen Tei Yamashita

Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of Letters to Memory, Through the Arc of the Rain Forest, Brazil-Maru, Tropic of Orange, Circle K Cycles, I Hotel, and Anime Wong, all from Coffee House Press. I Hotel was a finalist for the National Book Award and awarded the California Book Award... Read More →
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Caroline Louise Walker

Caroline Louise Walker grew up in Rock Island, Illinois. For her fiction and nonfiction, she has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The Kerouac Project, Hambidge, and Jentel Arts. She holds an MA from NYU. Man of the Year is her first novel.


Tuesday October 15, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Vesuvio Cafe 255 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133

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