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Thursday, October 10
 

7:00pm

20 in 20 Petaluma: Kristin Hannah with Ellen Sussman
New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah celebrates the paperback release of The Great Alone, a riveting portrayal of homesteading in Alaska in the 1970s. In conversation with novelist Ellen Sussman. FREE

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Ellen Sussman

Ellen Sussman is the author of four national bestselling novels: A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons and On a Night Like This. All four books have been translated into many languages and French Lessons has been optioned by Unique Features to be made into... Read More →

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Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the The Nightingale, a major motion picture directed by Michelle MacLaren, and The Great Alone, set in Alaska. Hannah is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Firefly Lane, Winter Garden, Night Road, Fly Away... Read More →



Thursday October 10, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Copperfield's Books, Petaluma 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma, CA 94952

7:00pm

20 in 20 San Jose: Rita Bullwinkel
Presented by the Center for Literary Arts of San Jose

“In Bullwinkel’s creepy, deadpan debut, bodies become objects, objects become bodies, and bodies and objects fuse and part in fascinating, unsettling ways.”—The New York Times

Rita Bullwinkel celebrates her story collection Belly Up, featuring grotesque and tender stories of ghosts, mediums, a lover obsessed with the sound of harps tuning, and carnivorous churches. In conversation with Steinbeck Fellow Katie M. Flynn. FREE

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Katie Flynn

Katie M. Flynn is a 2018-2019 Steinbeck Fellow. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Joyland Magazine, Juked, Ninth Letter, Witness Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of Colorado Review’s Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction and... Read More →

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Rita Bullwinkel

Rita Bullwinkel is the author of the story collection Belly Up, which won the 2018 Believer Book Award, and is currently being translated into Italian and Greek. Bullwinkel’s writing has been published in Tin House, Conjunctions, BOMB, Vice, NOON, and Guernica. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Brown University, Vanderbilt University, Hawthor... Read More →


 
Friday, October 11
 

12:30pm

20 in 20 Marin City: Your Voice, Your Story
The Butterfly Series' Maria Ramos-Chertok leads an interactive workshop designed to awaken your inner knowing and get your pen flowing. She’ll also discuss the joys of being part of an anthology of stories written by women of color, All The Women in My Family Sing, and read an excerpt. You'll leave with a personal essay or poem. Open to all ages and levels of writing experience. FREE

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Maria Ramos-Chertok

Founder & Facilitator, The Butterfly Series Writing Workshop
Maria Ramos-Chertok is a writer, workshop leader, and coach who facilitates The Butterfly Series, a writing and creative arts workshop for women who want to explore what’s next. Her book, The Butterfly Series: Fifty-two Weeks of Inquiries for Transformation was published in August... Read More →

Friday October 11, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Marin City Library 164 Donahue Street Marin City CA 94965

7:00pm

20 in 20 Point Richmond: Quieting Your Inner Critic
It goes without saying: in order to publish a book it must first be written. But what if your inner critic sits in judgement and stalls your progress? Or forces you into an unending cycle of editing and rewriting? Featuring Charlie Haas, Leta McCollough Seletzky, Louis B. Jones, and moderator Jane Vandenburgh on shutting their inner critics up and getting that book finished. FREE

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Charlie Haas

Charlie Haas is a screenwriter (Gremlins 2) and novelist (The Enthusiast) and author of the historical novel Sunland, long in process.
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Leta McCollough Seletzky

Leta McCollough Seletzky is an essayist (O, The Oprah Magazine, New York Times) and author of The Kneeling Man, a father/daughter memoir whose publication is upcoming.
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Louis B. Jones

Louis B. Jones is a novelist, (Ordinary Money, Particles and Luck, California's Over, Radiance, and Innocence) and co-director of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.


Friday October 11, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Kaleidoscope Coffee 109 Park Pl, Pt. Richmond CA 94801

7:00pm

20 in 20 Santa Rosa: Women Who Go Bump in the Night
What lurks in the periphery (and center) of women’s lives, you ask? What bumps in the night and elicits fear and anger, and even laughs? Join Ursa Born, Bernice Espinoza, Amanda Janik, Kayatta, Peg Alford Pursell, Lorelle Saxena, and host Dani Burlison for a night of storytelling through short fiction, poetry, personal stories and more! FREE

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Dani Burlison

Dani Burlison (host) is the creator and editor of “All of Me: Stories of Love, Anger and the Female Body” (PM Press), “Some Places Worth Leaving: Short Stories” (Tolsun Books) and “Dendrophilia and Other Social Taboos: True Stories,” an essay collection based on herMcSweeney’s... Read More →

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Ursa Born

Ursa Born is writer, mother, and amateur naturalist from the great California North. She writes copy, editorials, and press releases to feed her kids, and sad songs for the ukulele, as well as esoteric fiction and non-fiction, to feed herself. When she is not dying and coming back... Read More →
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Amanda Janik

Amanda Janik has been collecting stories for as long as she has been telling them. Her work has appeared in Silver Birch Press, the Readers Write section of the Sun Magazine, on blogs for Chacos.com and the American Camps Association, and more. An alumna of the Squaw Valley Community... Read More →
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Kayatta

Kayatta is an Oakland Native who grew up on the west end with her mother. As a youth Kayatta began her musical exploration at Hoover Elementary, earning the spot as first trumpet. Needless to say, that was the mustard seed that would fuel her artistic maturation. Her lyrical execution... Read More →
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Peg Alford Pursell

Peg Alford Pursell is the author of A Girl Goes Into the Forest (Dzanc 2019) and Show Her A Flower, a Bird, a Shadow, which was the Foreward Indie’s 2017 Book of the Year for Literary Fiction. Peg lives in Northern California and is the founder and director of WTAW Press and of... Read More →
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Lorelle Saxena

Lorelle Saxena is an acupuncturist and mother. Her writing revolves around the shared human experience and finding the beautiful and extraordinary in everyday life. Her proudest accomplishment is being a nice person most of the time.


Friday October 11, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Brew Coffee and Beer House 555 Healdsburg Ave., Santa Rosa
 
Saturday, October 12
 

12:00pm

Words Around the World: Crime Outside the Mainstream
Sponsored by Center for the Art of Translation and Babro Pro Suecia Foundation

Three diverse voices share their new novels of murder and mayhem. With S.S. Massouf (pulpy Pakistani neo-noir), Anita Felicelli (surreal Tamil-American legal thriller), and Naomi Hirahara (murder mystery on the island of Kaua’i). Moderated by author Margaret Dumas. Coffee provided by Bluestone Lane. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Margaret Dumas

Margaret Dumas writes books about smart, funny women who are searching for adventure, love, and the occasional murderer in the San Francisco Bay area. Her new series, the Movie Palace Mysteries, is set in a classic movie theater that she wishes was real. The first two books in the... Read More →

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Anita Felicelli

Anita Felicelli is author of the novel Chimerica, and the short story collection Love Songs for a Lost Continent, which won the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Her essays, reviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York Times (Modern Love), Slate, Salon, S.F. Chronicle, Los... Read More →
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S.S. Mausoof

S.S. Mausoof has sinned in Karachi, Kansas and California. The Warehouse is his first book in a noir series set in Pakistan. Published by Hachette and HopeRoad, translated into French as Nuit sans lune au Waziristan, it was selected for the Fresh Blood panel at Crimefest and shortlisted for... Read More →
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Naomi Hirahara

Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award-winning author of two mystery series set in Southern California. Her Mas Arai series, which features a Hiroshima survivor and gardener, ended with the publication of Hiroshima Boy in 2018. The books have been translated into Japanese, Korean and... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hotel Emblem 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

12:00pm

Big Lonely Doug: The Story of One of Canada's Last Great Trees
Big Lonely Doug weaves the ecology of old-growth forests, the legend of the West Coast’s big trees, the turbulence of the logging industry, the fight for preservation, the contention surrounding ecotourism, First Nations land and resource rights, and the fraught future of these ancient forests around the story of a logger who saved one of Canada's last great trees. Author Harley Rustad will be in conversation with Jonathan Evans, senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. FREE with ticket to gardens, $5-10 suggested donation

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Harley Rustad

Harley Rustad is an editor at The Walrus magazine. His articles and photography have been published in magazines, newspapers, and online outlets including Outside, the Globe and Mail, Geographical, Reader's Digest, the Guardian, and CNN. He has reported from India, Nepal, Cuba, and... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
San Francisco Botanical Garden 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

1:00pm

Teenquake: Dreams and Memories Bookbinding
Dreams and Memories is a bookbinding workshop where  participants explore their senses to create a book. This unique book will be created using texture, color, personal dreams and memories as a dedication to themselves in celebration of their heritage. FREE

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Ana Gloria Bedolla

Ana Gloria Bedolla is a Latinx, queer book artist offering an introduction to bookbinding using the power of the five senses (vision, hearing, smell, touch, taste) in honor of the knowledge passed down from our ancestors.


Saturday October 12, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
The Mix @ SFPL Main 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA

1:30pm

Words Around the World: Passports to the World
Sponsored by Center for the Art of Translation and Babro Pro Suecia Foundation

Leading Bay Area author-translators shine a light on their practice, passion, and process to bring readers new work in English. With Dick Cluster, Jeffrey Leong, and Katie Silver. Moderated by Olivia E. Sears, founder of Center for the Art of Translation. Coffee provided by Bluestone Lane. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Olivia E. Sears

Olivia E. Sears is the board president and founder of the Center for the Art of Translation. She co-founded the journal Two Lines in 1993 and was its editor for 12 years. Sears has a BA in Humanities from Yale University and a PhD in Italian literature from Stanford University. As... Read More →

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Jeffrey Leong

Jeffrey Thomas Leong is a poet and writer, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, who worked for nearly three decades as a public health administrator and attorney for the City of San Francisco. While earning his MFA in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, he translated anew... Read More →
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Dick Cluster

Dick Cluster is a writer and translator based in Oakland, California. His original work includes three novels and two books of history, most recently The History of Havana (with Rafael Hernández). Other Cuban writers he has translated include Aida Bahr, Pedro de Jesús, and Abel... Read More →
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Katie Silver

Katherine Silver is an acclaimed and award-winning literary translator with more than forty published translations. Her most recent and forthcoming publications include works by María Sonia Cristoff, Daniel Sada, César Aira, Julio Cortázar, Juan Carlos Onetti, and Julio Ramón... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hotel Emblem 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

2:00pm

20 in 20 Los Gatos: Teen Writing Workshop
The Los Gatos Library partners with Litquake to host a writing workshop for tweens and teens. Join poet Jen Sirganian for an afternoon of writing fun. For writers aged 11-16. Registration opens September 23 (in person at the library information desk or by phone at 408-354-6896). FREE

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Jen Siraganian

Jen Siraganian is a Bay Area poet, teacher, and author of the chapbook Fracture. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received scholarships from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and Napa Valley Writers' Conference. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Best... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Los Gatos Library 100 Villa Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030

2:00pm

Forests: The Heart of our Words
Two authors, one of fiction and one of memoir, meet in the Garden of Fragrance of SF's Botanical Gardens to discuss how forests and their mysteries inform their work. Leslie Carol Roberts' eco-memoir, Here is Where I Walk, is inspired by her daily rambles in the woods of the Presidio and places around the world, from  Tasmania to Italy, and contains reflections on being a woman and mother in the world in times of climate change interwoven with field notebooks. In conversation with Peg Alford Pursell, author of A Girl Goes Into the Forest, which explores and illuminates love and loss in 78 hybrid stories and fables, many set in forests both literal and metaphorical. FREE with ticket to gardens, $5-10 suggested donation

Authors and Participants
avatar for Peg Alford Pursell

Peg Alford Pursell

Peg Alford Pursell is the author of A Girl Goes Into the Forest (Dzanc 2019) and Show Her A Flower, a Bird, a Shadow, which was the Foreward Indie’s 2017 Book of the Year for Literary Fiction. Peg lives in Northern California and is the founder and director of WTAW Press and of... Read More →
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Leslie 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 conversations... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
San Francisco Botanical Garden 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

2:00pm

20 in 20 El Cerrito: Poets Laureate at the Library
A poetry reading from six current and former El Cerrito poets laureate. Featuring Rebecca Black, Aileen Casinetto, Dani Gabriel, Ciera-Jevae Gordon, and Lisa Rosenberg. Hosted by Maw Shein Win. FREE

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Rebecca Black

Rebecca Black’s first book, “Cottonlandia,” won a Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press. “Hers is a poetry full of promise and pain, migrating from Otis Redding to nanotechnology,“ writes New Yorkerpoetry editor Kevin Young.  A former Wallace Stegner... Read More →
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Aileen Cassinetto

In October 2018, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors appointed Aileen Cassinetto to the honorary post of Poet Laureate. Aileen is the third (and first Asian American) Poet Laureate of San Mateo County and will serve a two-year term beginning on January 1, 2019. Her role as Poet... Read More →
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Dani Gabriel

Dani Gabriel is a poet and writer whose work explores themes of redemption, resurrection, poverty, mental illness, queerness, justice, child rearing, and joy. She is a long time teacher, fundraiser, and activist.
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Ciera-Jevae Gordon

Ciera-Jevae is a Richmond native, serving as one of the Poets' Laureate of Richmond, California. She is a recently published author of Unto Ivy's rib, a collection of poetry dedicated to her six year old sister exploring Black girlhood & Black womanhood. Her work focuses on the... Read More →
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Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win's chapbook Score and Bone is on Nomadic Press (2016). Her collection Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. Maw is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito (2016 - 2018), and her forthcoming book of poetry will be published by Omnidawn in 2020.
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Lisa Rosenberg

Lisa Rosenberg is the author of A Different Physics, winner of the Red Mountain Poetry Prize. She holds degrees in physics and creative writing, and served as 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she worked... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
El Cerrito Library 6510 Stockton Ave., El Cerrito, 94530

3:00pm

Words Around the World: The Enduring Influence of Persian Poetry
Sponsored by Center for the Art of Translation and Babro Pro Suecia Foundation

Two Iranian-born authors discuss their recent work and how their influences, Sufi poet Attar and trailblazing female poet/film director Forugh Farrokhzad, can appeal to a new generation. With Jasmin Darznik and Sholeh Wolpé. Coffee provided by Bluestone Lane. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Sholeh Wolpé

Sholeh Wolpé was born in Tehran to an Iranian father and a Turkmen mother. She spent most of her teen years in Trinidad and the UK before settling in the United States. Wolpé’s work includes six collections of poetry, four books of translations, several plays, and three anthologies.Wolp... Read More →
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Jasmin Darznik

Jasmin Darznik’s debut novel Song of a Captive Bird was a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice” book, and a Los Angeles Times bestseller. She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. Her books have... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hotel Emblem 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

4:00pm

NaNoWriMo Young Writers Brave the Page
National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) has generated one of the most effective approaches to writing the novel of your dreams. But it's not just for adults. Its Young Writers Program encourages kids in grades K-12 to pick up their pens (or pencils, or keyboards) and tackle this enormous feat head-on. Come celebrate the publication of NaNoWriMo’s teen writing guide, Brave the Page, which introduces young people to NaNoWriMo’s signature "deadline plus goal" approach, and includes pep talks from popular authors, advice on how to commit to your goals, and more! FREE

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Grant Faulkner

Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. He's published two books on writing: Brave the Page and Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo. He's also published Fissures... Read More →
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Rebecca Stern

Rebecca Stern has experienced NaNoWriMo from every angle: she had her students participate in the Young Writers Program when she was a teacher, did a victory dance in the 50K winner’s circle, served on the organization’s Associate Board, and then was Director of Programs. Rebecca... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Bindery 1727 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

4:00pm

20 in 20 Occidental: WordSpace Studios
Set in a redwood grove between Sebastopol and the ocean, this Occidental Litquake debut features writers who sing, musicians who write, poets who recite, and everything in between. FREE

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Nona Caspers

The Fifth Woman (novel), Nona Caspers' fifth book, received the Mary McCarthy Award and was a 2018 LAMBDA Literary Awards finalist, Foreword Indies Book of the Year SILVER medalist, IPPY Awards BRONZE Medalist.  Master's Review said it was one of the "22 books to watch out for this... Read More →
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Amy G. Latham

Amy G. Latham writes short fiction and teaches in the writing program at San Francisco State University. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Camera Obscura, Thumbnail Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, Berkeley Poetry Review and other journals. In 2013, she completed her MFA at SF State... Read More →
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Lonè Mørch

A Danish author, photographer and mentor, Lonè Mørch’s work lives at the intersection of art, body, identity and culture. She's traveled the world and lived in Nepal and USA, where she's been a development associate with CARE Nepal, education manager at the Kaospilot University... Read More →
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Maureen Simons

Maureen Simons (self) published her first book All About Bananas at age six. She wrote notebooks full of (terrible) poetry in high school and even more (overly earnest) fiction in college. During a long detour in high tech, she attended a dozen writing classes at Stanford University... Read More →
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Jessi Phillips

Jessi Phillips grew up on a horse farm in rural Michigan and received her MFA from Western Michigan University, where she was fiction editor of Third Coast. Her fiction and journalism have appeared in Glimmer Train, Mississippi Review, VICE, Pacific Standard, SF Weekly, and other... Read More →
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Eanlai Cronin

Eanlai Cronin is a teacher, memoirist, and certified facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method. She runs writing groups and retreats in San Francisco's East Bay for anyone in recovery from addiction and trauma, and for anyone longing to return to the well of their own... Read More →
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Martha Grover

Martha Grover is an author, poet, and artist living in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of One More for the People (Perfect Day Publishing) and The End of My Career (Perfect Day Publishing). The End of My Career was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards in creative nonfiction in... Read More →
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Matthew Fèlix

Matthew Félix is an author and host of the Matthew Félix On Air video podcast. Matthew’s debut novel A Voice Beyond Reason is the story of a young Spaniard's awakening to his intuition. The 2019 BookLife Prize called A Voice Beyond Reason “(a) highly crafted gem.” Matthew’s... Read More →
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Erin Byrne

Erin Byrne is the author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, editor of Vignettes & Postcards from Paris and Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco, and writer of The Storykeeper film. She is host of the LitWings event series at Book Passage and in Paris which features... Read More →
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Rumi’s Caravan

Rumi’s Caravan was first assembled in Sebastopol, CA in 2000 as a vehicle to convey a love of the oral tradition of poetry. The Caravan is both an event and a performance company. In addition to the annual event in Sonoma County, the Caravan has performed in Oakland, Gualala, Chico... Read More →
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Larry Robinson

Larry Robinson is a retired psychotherapist and former mayor of Sebastopol. He is the founder and producer of Rumi’s Caravan, dedicated to restoring the oral tradition of poetry. His collection Roll Away The Stone is available on Amazon. Larry serves on the board of directors of... Read More →
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Barbara Baer

Barbara L. Baer, Forestville, writes long and short fiction, journalism, essays, travel pieces for many publications. Her most recent novels areThe Ballet Lover and The Last Devadasi (Open Books). Winner national journalism award for reporting on United Farm Worker women. Publisher... Read More →
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Susan Swartz

Susan Swartz is a long-time newspaper journalist and columnist. Her columns, written for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, were distributed nationally by the New York Times News Service.Her first novel, Laughing in the Dark, was published this summer by Open Books. She also wrote two books on women and aging, The Juicy Tomatoes Guide to Ripe Living After 50 and Juicy Tomatoes: Plain Truths, Dumb Lies and Sisterly Advice After 50. She lives in Sebastopol with her writer-husband Bob Klose... Read More →
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Bishop & Fuller

Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller have toured the USA since 1969 as writer/performers, playing over 3,000 performances nationwide. Their 50+ plays—with productions Off-Broadway and by 30+ theatres—and four public radio series have reached myriads. Their books include three novels... Read More →
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Jodi Hottel

Jodi Hottel’s most recent chapbook is Voyeur from WordTech Press in 2017. Heart Mountain, her first chapbook, was winner of the 2012 Blue Light Press Poetry Prize. Jodi’s been published in Nimrod International, Spillway, Ekphrasis, and anthologies from the University of Iowa Press... Read More →
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Maya Khosla

Maya Khosla is the poet laureate of Sonoma County (2018–20). Her new poetry book is All the Fires of Wind and Light (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2019). Her work in the natural world has led her into the wild, to the page, and to the screen. Her other books of poetry are Keel Bone (Bear Star Press) and Heart of the Tearing (Red Dust Press... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
WordSpaceStudios 3950 Joy Road Occidental 95465

4:30pm

Words Around the World: I Am God, A Diary of the Almighty
Sponsored by Center for the Art of Translation and Babro Pro Suecia Foundation
Co-presented by Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco

Italian author Giacomo Sartori discusses his diabolically funny novel I Am God, the Almighty’s diary of the existential crisis that ensues when, inexplicably, he falls in love with a human. In conversation with writer/translator Sara Marinelli. Coffee provided by Bluestone Lane. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation


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Sara Marinelli

Sara Marinelli grew up in Naples, Italy, and lives in San Francisco. Her writing appears in New American Writing, Blue Mesa Review, Sparkle and Blink, and several Italian publications. She teaches Comparative Literature at the University of San Francisco, and hosts an Italian music... Read More →

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Giacomo Sartori

The novelist, poet and dramatist Giacomo Sartori was born in 1958 in Trento in the Alpine northeast of Italy near the Austrian border. An agronomist, he is a soil specialist whose unusual day job (unusual for a writer) has shaped a distinctive concrete and poetic literary style. He... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Hotel Emblem 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

6:00pm

Words Around the World: The Thomas Mann House
Sponsored by Center for the Art of Translation and Babro Pro Suecia Foundation

In 1942, Germany's Nobel Prize-winning author Thomas Mann moved into his new house in Pacific Palisades, California, which quickly became a gathering place for émigrés. Thomas Mann’s grandson Frido Mann remembers his grandfather’s famed residence in his recent book The White House of Exile, which presents a radical case for responsibility and communication in an age of global crisis. Moderated by U.C. Berkeley professor Lilla Balint. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Moderators
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Lilla Balint

Lilla Balint is a literary scholar and cultural critic. She teaches contemporary literature, culture, and intellectual history in the German Department at U.C. Berkeley. Her writings on digital media; memory; and the politics of the novel have been published in various scholarly outlets... Read More →

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Frido Mann

Frido Mann was born in Monterey, California in 1940. He studied music, Catholic theology, and psychology, and subsequently spent many years working as a clinical psychologist in Münster, Leipzig, and Prague. Recent publications include An die Musik: Ein Autobiographischer Essay (Ode... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Goethe-Institut 530 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

7:00pm

Journalists in Jeopardy: Katherine Ellison and Michael Scott Moore
Sometimes, journalism can be life- and livelihood-threatening, as both of tonight's authors learned the hard way. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Katherine Ellison's new memoir Mothers and Murderers revolves around a critical reporting mistake that got her sued and almost ruined her career. Journalist Michael Scott Moore's story on Somali pirates turned catastrophic when they kidnapped and held him for 32 months in captivity, resulting in the memoir The Desert and the Sea. How do journalists under fire weather the storm, come to terms with their choices, and move on? Moderated by journalist and Berkeleyside co-founder Frances Dinkelspiel. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Frances Dinkelspiel

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

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Michael Scott Moore

Michael Scott Moore is a literary journalist and a novelist, author of a comic novel about L.A., Too Much of Nothing, as well as a travel book about surfing, Sweetness and Blood, which was named a best book of 2010 by The Economist and Popmatters. He was kidnapped in 2012 on a reporting... Read More →
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Katherine Ellison

Katherine Ellison covered the Philippine revolution against the Marcos dictatorship for the San Jose Mercury News in the 1980s, and won a Pulitzer for International Reporting for a series about corruption by the Marcoses. She was bureau chief in Mexico City for the Mercury News and... Read More →


7:00pm

Foglifter Press: A Celebration of Bay Area Queer Literature
Join Foglifter Press for the launch of the eighth issue of their literary journal—a biannual compendium of the most dynamic, urgent queer writing today. Based in San Francisco, Foglifter focuses on publishing queer writers and queer perspectives, intersectional and transgressive writing, both in content and form, from around the world. It's a space where queer writers celebrate, mourn, rage, and embrace. Issues will be for sale at the event! Featuring Amy Gong Liu, Thea Matthews, Jon Jon Moore, Jacques J. Rancourt, Emily Shapiro, and Summer Farah. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Summer Farah

Summer Farah is a poet & Pokemon master of Palestinian heritage. She currently co-writes the biweekly newsletter Letters to Summer with her pal Jillian. Summer's work has been published in Mizna, LitHub, hooligan mag, and others. You can keep up with her on Twitter @summabis or... Read More →
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Amy Gong Liu

Amy Gong Liu is a Bay Area-based educator who writes poetry and prose about the Sino-American diaspora, translation, longing, loss, and more. Her work has been published in The Columbia Review, Rabid Oak, Hobart, Reality Beach, and is forthcoming in others. She thinks too much (or... Read More →
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Thea Matthews

Born and raised in San Francisco, CA, Thea Matthews (she/her) is a published poet, scholar, and activist who writes on the complexities of humanity, grief, and resiliency. Find her at www.theamatthews.com/ IG: theamatthews... Read More →
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Jon Jon Moore

Jon Jon Moore is a Detroit-born writer and scholar currently living in Oakland, CA. His work has appeared in BOAAT, DREGINALD, DRØME, The James Franco Review, Vinyl, and Qui Parleamong others. Jon Jon is Director of the Winter Tangerine Fellowship and a doctoral student in the Department... Read More →
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Jacques J. Rancourt

Jacques J. Rancourt is the author of Brocken Spectre (forthcoming from Alice James Books), Novena (Pleiades Press), and the chapbook, In the Time of PrEP (Beloit Poetry Journal). His poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, New... Read More →
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Emily Shapiro

Emily Shapiro's writing has appeared in Lux, Bard Papers, Antirrhinum, and LensCulture. She's in the midst of starting a queer lending library based out of her studio apartment in Berkeley. More about this can be found at @bilitis_bookshelf on Instagram.


Saturday October 12, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Strut 470 Castro St., San Francisco, CA 94114

7:30pm

20 in 20 Davis: Stories on Stage
Stories on Stage Davis presents two selections from the October 2019 issue of Under the Gum Tree, Sacramento's creative nonfiction magazine. Join us for an evening of great writing, great art, and true stories—told without shame. Doors open at 7 pm. FREE, $5 suggested donation

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Under the Gum Tree

Celebrating its eighth anniversary, Under the Gum Tree publishes "true stories told without shame," and has received numerous mentions in Best American Essays.
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Stories on Stage Davis

Stories on Stage Davis has presented new and emerging authors as well as those nominated for the National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize, and Man Booker Prize.


Saturday October 12, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Pence Gallery 212 D Street, Davis, Ca

8:00pm

Grace Notes: Poetry at Grace Cathedral
Litquake returns to San Francisco’s gothic and gorgeous Grace Cathedral for a special evening of exalted verse, celebrating the sacred and profane, domestic and divine, with poetry in the pews from Alexandra Teague, sam sax, Gillian Conoley, and Matthew Zapruder. Hosted by Robin Ekiss. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Gillian Conoley

Gillian Conoley was awarded the 2017 Shelley Memorial Award for lifetime achievement from the Poetry Society of America. Her new collection, A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New and Selected Poems, will be out with Nightboat in October. She is the author of seven previous books... Read More →
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Alexandra Teague

Alexandra Teague is the author of Or What We’ll Call Desire and co-editor of Bullets into Bells. A former NEA and Stegner fellow and California Book Award winner, she’s published two prior books of poetry and a novel.
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sam sax

sam sax is author of Madness, winner of The National Poetry Series, and Bury It, winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. He’s the two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion, a Ruth Lilly Fellow, and currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford Univer... Read More →
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Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder’s most recent books are Why Poetry (Ecco, 2017) and Father’s Day (Copper Canyon, 2019). He teaches in the MFA at Saint Mary’s College of California, and is editor-at-large of Wave Books.


Saturday October 12, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Grace Cathedral 1100 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108
 
Sunday, October 13
 

12:00pm

Words Around the World: Child Immigrants
Sponsored by Center for the Art of Translation and Babro Pro Suecia Foundation

Authors Katya Cengel and Gabriel Mendez discuss their recent and forthcoming oral histories and nonfiction, about the impact of immigration on children who undertake epic journeys to flee their home countries. Moderated by Voice of Witness editor Steven Mayers. Coffee provided by Bluestone Lane. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Steven Mayers

Steven Mayers is a writer, oral historian, and professor at the City College of San Francisco. He is co-editor of Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America, a collection of oral histories published by Haymarket Books in the spring of 2019 as part of... Read More →

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Katya Cengel

Katya Cengel has written for The New York Times Magazine and Washington Post, among other publications, and teaches journalism at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is the author of From Chernobyl with Love: Reporting from the Ruins of the Soviet Union (Potomac... Read More →
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Gabriel Mendez

Gabriel Mendez is a UC Berkeley student from Honduras and a narrator in the book Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America. He hopes to empower youth who have survived violence and discrimination and tell them that there is space for them in society... Read More →


Sunday October 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hotel Emblem 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

1:00pm

Teenquake: College Essay Workshop with Writopia Labs
Co-presented by Writopia Labs

Twenty students get a chance to work closely with Writopia Labs instructors on their college essays for an afternoon at the Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch of the San Francisco Public Library. Registration is first come, first serve. FREE, registration required


1:30pm

Words Around the World: Lost Children and Absent Fathers
Sponsored by Center for the Art of Translation and Babro Pro Suecia Foundation
Co-presented by DoppelHouse Press, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco 

Two leading international contemporary novelists discuss their young female protagonists’ fantastical search for their fathers. Hagar Peeters (Netherlands) imagines the voice of Malva, an eight-year-old ghost of the daughter of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, and Michelle Steinbeck (Switzerland) follows a young woman named Loribeth on a disturbing quest through nightmares reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch. Moderated by Neruda biographer Mark Eisner. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Mark Eisner

Mark Eisner has spent most of the past two decades working on projects related to Pablo Neruda, culminating in Ecco's 2018 publication of his PEN Finalist Neruda: The Biography of a Poet. Bay Area novelist Cristina García described it as a "definitive" work that "reads like a beautifully... Read More →

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Hagar Peeters

Hagar Peeters, nominee for Dutch Poet Laureate, has won numerous prizes and published several volumes of poetry: Enough Poems Written About Love Today (1999), Suitcases of Sea Air (2003), Runner of Light (2008), and Maturity (2011). Her latest is the novel Malva, the unknown story... Read More →
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Michelle Steinbeck

Michelle Steinbeck is a Swiss author, curator and editor. She writes stories, poetry, plays, columns, and reportages. Her first novel My Father was a Man on Land and a Whale in the Water was nominated for the Swiss and the German Book prize, while a critic on TV stated “if that's... Read More →


Sunday October 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hotel Emblem 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

2:00pm

Susan Straight: In the Country of Women
Co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora

Susan Straight, a self-proclaimed book nerd, and Dwayne Sims, an African American basketball player, started dating in high school. After marriage, at driveway barbecues and fish fries with the large, close-knit Sims family, Straight (and eventually her three daughters) heard the stories of Dwayne’s female ancestors. Some women escaped violence in post-slavery Tennessee, some escaped murder in Jim Crow Mississippi, and some fled abusive men. Her new memoir In the Country of Women is a valuable social history and a personal narrative that reads like a love song to America and indomitable women. In conversation with Julie Lythcott-Haims. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims is author of the New York Times bestselling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, and the recent memoir Real American, which details her personal battle with the low self-esteem that American racism... Read More →

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Susan Straight

Susan Straight has published eight novels, including Highwire Moon, Between Heaven and Here, and A Million Nightingales.  She has been a Finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the National Magazine Award.  She is the recipient of the Kirsch Award... Read More →



3:00pm

Words Around the World: Family Trauma and Literary Catharsis
Sponsored by Center for the Art of Translation and Babro Pro Suecia Foundation
Co-presented by World Editions, Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco, Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco

Three powerhouse contemporary female writers explore the pain of bereavement, the impact of mental illness, and the isolation of immigration, in searing new works which span from Russia and Sweden, to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. With Linda Boström Knausgård, Chia-Chia Lin, and Sophia Shalmiyev. Moderated by San Francisco Chronicle book columnist Barbara Lane. Coffee provided by Bluestone Lane. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Barbara Lane

Barbara Lane began her time as a books columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle in 2019 and she can’t remember a time when she didn’t have her nose in the pages of a book. Books have played a large part in her career in print and broadcast media, as a producer and onstage host... Read More →

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Linda Boström Knausgård

Linda Boström Knausgård is an author and poet, as well as a producer of documentaries for Swedish radio. Her first novel, The Helios Disaster, was awarded the Mare Kandre Prize and shortlisted for the Swedish Radio Novel Award 2014. Welcome to America, her second novel, has been... Read More →
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Chia-Chia Lin

Chia-Chia Lin is a graduate of Harvard College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review and other journals. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Unpassing is her first novel.
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Sophia Shalmiyev

Sophia Shalmiyev emigrated from Leningrad to America in 1990. She is a feminist writer and painter living in Portland with her two children. Mother Winter is her first book.


Sunday October 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hotel Emblem 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

3:00pm

The Wig Diaries
Cancer is a bitch. But cancer patients are bitches and bastards…in a good way. We ain’t no heroes. We complain. A lot. And we don’t need your sympathy. We just need your laughs. So come to our show and laugh with — or at — us. We don’t care. We have cancer. Hell, even heckle us. It only makes us stronger. By the end, you’ll be OUR bitch. With Don Asmussen and Mary Ladd, hosted by Vanessa Hua with Oscar Villalon. 18+, FREE, $5 suggested donation

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Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and a debut novel, A River of Stars. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the diaspora. She has received... Read More →

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Mary Ladd

Mary “Merv” Ladd is the co-author of The Wig Diaries, a disrespectful illustrated cancer book about hair loss, hospitals, bathroom bouts, wig-ness and one huge doctor’s crush. With illustrations from AP illustrator Don Asmussen, the book debuts in October 2019.Mary has written... Read More →
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Don Asmussen

Don Asmussen is the creator of “Bad Reporter,” a twice-weekly political comic strip syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate and originates in the San Francisco Chronicle.


Sunday October 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Cartoon Art Museum

4:00pm

Beat History Walking Tour
"The so-called Beat Generation was a whole bunch of people, of all different nationalities, who came to the conclusion that society sucked."  —John Clellon Holmes

Learn your Bay Area literary legacy with this guided tour through the historic North Beach neighborhood, and witness firsthand Beat-era landmarks and hear the stories of the poets, writers and musicians who created a new literary style, and paved the path for counterculture movements to follow. Led by Beat Museum founder Jerry Cimino. Register in advance, there's only room for 50. FREE, $5 suggested donation

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Jerry Cimino

Jerry Cimino is the founder and curator of the Beat Museum. 


Sunday October 13, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Beat Museum 540 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

5:00pm

Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society
Rising from the ashes of the mysterious and legendary Suicide Club, the Cacophony Society eventually hosted chapters in over a dozen major cities. Its strange and often bizarre style of public creativity influenced and inspired everything from Urban Exploration and Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club to SantaCon, and yes, Burning Man. A new revised edition of Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society (Last Gasp) tells the history and offers a template for pranksters, artists, adventurers and anyone interested in rampant creativity. Author and Cacophony member John Law, interviewed by V. Vale. FREE


5:00pm

20 in 20 Napa: Words & Wine
Since 1981, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference has provided literary fellowship and a craft-focused experience among the foothills and vineyards that make the region famous. In celebration of its literary heritage and viticultural setting, the Conference presents readings by conference alumni, staff, and faculty, accompanied by local vintages. FREE

Authors and Participants
avatar for Gillian Conoley

Gillian Conoley

Gillian Conoley was awarded the 2017 Shelley Memorial Award for lifetime achievement from the Poetry Society of America. Her new collection, A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New and Selected Poems, will be out with Nightboat in October. She is the author of seven previous books... Read More →
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Iris Jamahl Dunkle

Iris Jamahl Dunkle was the 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, CA. Her poetry collections include Interrupted Geographies, Gold Passage, and There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air. Her poem “Listening to the Caryatids on the Palace of Fine Arts” will be featured on 100... Read More →
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Valerie Fioravanti

Valerie Fioravanti is the author of the linked collection of Brooklyn stories Garbage Night at the Opera from BkMk Press, which won the Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in many literary journals, including North American Review, Cimarron... Read More →
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Angela Pneuman

Angela Pneuman is the author of a book of short stories, Home Remedies, and a novel, Lay It on My Heart. Her work has also appeared in Best American Short Stories, Ploughshares, the Los Angeles Review, Iowa Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Glimmertrain, The Believer, and... Read More →


Sunday October 13, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Napa Bookmine 964 Pearl St, Napa, CA 94559

6:00pm

Books to Look At
Join renowned graphic memoirists Brian Fies and Mark Ulriksen, artist Jeremy Fish, and comics historian Jon B. Cooke, as they read from and project their award-winning work on the wall of North Beach's iconic gallery, during an ongoing group exhibition of related fine art. Hosted by Jody Weiner. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Jody Weiner

Jody Weiner wrote the novel Prisoners of Truth (2006). drawing from his experiences defending criminal cases in Chicago. Along with Jane Goodall, Dave Soldier and William Shatner, he co-authored Kinship With Animals (2007), an anthology of true interspecies encounters which included... Read More →

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Jon B. Cooke

Jon B. Cooke is the five-time consecutive winner of the Eisner Award for his magazine Comic Book Artist (for which he also won a coveted Harvey Award), as well as an award-winning documentary film writer and producer (Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist). His most recent... Read More →
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Jeremy Fish

Jeremy Dan Fish was born in Albany, New York in 1974 and relocated to San Francisco in 1994. He received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1997 with an emphasis on painting and printmaking. Fish’s education and work experience has led to a successful career as a fine... Read More →
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Brian Fies

Brian Fies is a writer and cartoonist of award-winning graphic novels, including Mom's Cancer and Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? The day after Brian and his wife Karen lost their home in the Tubbs fire, he bought paper and pens, and began writing and drawing A Fire Story... Read More →
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Mark Ulriksen

Mark Ulriksen is an award-winning San Francisco-based artist and illustrator whose instantly recognizable portraits, whimsical takes on life, and editorial drawings have appeared in many of America’s leading magazines and newspapers. Ulriksen is best known for his work for The New... Read More →


Sunday October 13, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Live Worms Gallery 1345 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

6:00pm

Greetings, from Queer Mountain
Greetings, from Queer Mountain is a multidisciplinary storytelling series created by Micheal Foulk and Ralphie Hardesty, featuring a diverse collection of work from LGBTQ+ performers across the country. GFQM has produced over 125 monthly storytelling shows in Austin, New Orleans, New York, and Oakland, providing a platform for queer performers to share their stories and to provide easily accessible shows to all people. Featuring Meg Elison, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Imani Sims, and Maggie Tokuda-Hall. Hosted by Micheal Foulk. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Micheal Foulk

Micheal Foulk is a non-binary queer comedian, writer, actor, and organizer thriving in Oakland, California. They have produced over 200 live shows featuring Sketch, Storytelling, and Stand Up across the country. Micheal has been featured on SF Sketchfest, Crom Comedy Festival, Moontower... Read More →

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Imani Sims

Imani Sims is an alchemist and author. She believes in the healing power of community ritual and performance art. As Executive Director for RADAR Productions, she continues to elevate the narratives of QTPOC folk all over the nation. Her work illuminates the death and life living... Read More →
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Meg Elison

Meg Elison is a San Francisco Bay Area author. Her debut novel, “The Book of the Unnamed Midwife” won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award and was a Tiptree mention that same year. It was reissued in 2016 and was on the Best of the Year lists from Amazon, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus... Read More →
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Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Baruch Porras-Hernandez is the author of the chapbooks “I Miss You, Delicate” and “Lovers of the Deep Fried Circle” both with Sibling Rivalry Press. He had the honor of touring with the legendary Sister Spit Queer poetry tour in 2019, is a two-time winner of Literary Death... Read More →
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Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Maggie Tokuda-Hall is the author of the 2017 Parent's Choice Gold Medal-winning picture book, Also an Octopus, and has more books forthcoming from Candlewick Press, Harper Collins and Chronicle Books. Her debut young adult novel, The Mermaid, The Witch, and The Sea is slated for release... Read More →



Sunday October 13, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Strut 470 Castro St., San Francisco, CA 94114

6:30pm

20 in 20 Penngrove: Shut Up and Write!™
A two-parter lit event! First, Nicole Zimmerman hosts an hour of Shut Up & Write!™. Instead of thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done! Arrive 15 minutes early to get settled. Afterward, Nicki Orser hosts a night of writers from the North Bay and beyond. FREE

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Nicki Orser

founder, Penngrove Reading Series
Nicki Orser is an MFA candidate at San Francisco State University, a certified Amherst Writers & Artists Facilitator, and founder of the Penngrove Reading Series. She lives in Petaluma with her husband and two children. 
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Nicole R. Zimmerman

NICOLE R. ZIMMERMAN is a recipient of the 2019 Discovered Award for Emerging Literary Artists Grant, made possible, in part, with funds from Creative Sonoma and the National Endowment for the Arts. She holds an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and is an alumna of... Read More →

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Hilary Zaid

A 2017 Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Hilary Zaid is also an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Tin House Writers' Workshop. Her short fiction has appeared in print and online venues including Lilith Magazine, The Southwest Review... Read More →
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M.J. Arcangelini

M.J. (Michael Joseph) Arcangelini was born 1952 in western Pennsylvania, grew up there & inCleveland, Ohio. He’s resided in northern California since 1979 and currently lives in west Sonoma County. He began writing poetry at age 11. His work has been published in little magazines... Read More →
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Stefan Kiesbye

Born on the German coast of the Baltic Sea, Stefan Kiesbye moved to Berlin in the 1980s. He studied drama and worked in radio before starting a degree in American studies, English, and comparative literature at Berlin’s Free University. A scholarship brought him to Buffalo, New... Read More →


Sunday October 13, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Penngrove Market 10070 Main St, Penngrove, CA 94951

7:00pm

Voices of The Adroit Journal: An Evening of Poetry & Poets
The Adroit Journal celebrates nine years and 30 issues with this evening of captivating, diverse poetry and literary merriment. Featuring SF-based poetry contributors Derrick Austin, Safia Elhillo, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Doug Powell, Monica Sok, and Lily Zhou. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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D.A. Powell

D. A. Powell's books include Tea, Lunch, Cocktails, Chronic and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys. A former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University, Powell teaches in the MFA Program at the University of San Francisco. His honors include a National Book Critics Circle... Read More →
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Derrick Austin

Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions). A Cave Canem fellow, his work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Adroit Journal, Best American Poetry, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, New England Review, The Nation, and Tin House. He was a finalist... Read More →
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Hieu Minh Nguyen

Hieu Minh Nguyen is a queer Vietnamese American poet and performer. Recipient of a 2017 NEA fellowship for Poetry, Hieu is a Kundiman fellow, a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine, and an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College. His work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, PBS Newshour... Read More →
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Lily Zhou

Lily Zhou is a sophomore at Stanford University. She is an alumna of the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program, and her work appears in Poetry, Best New Poets 2017, Tin House, Sixth Finch, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and The Adroit Journal. Her debut poetry chapbook Moon... Read More →
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Monica Sok

Monica Sok is a Cambodian American poet and the daughter of former refugees. She is the author of A Nail the Evening Hangs On (forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2020). Her work has been recognized with a "Discovery" Prize from the 92Y. She has received fellowships and residencies... Read More →
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Safia Elhillo

Safia Elhillo is the author of poetry collection The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), which received the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and a 2018 Arab American Book Award, and the novel in verse Nima on the Other Side (forthcoming 2021 from... Read More →


 
Monday, October 14
 

5:30pm

Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad
Limited Capacity seats available

NOTE: THIS EVENT IS FULL TO CAPACITY. VERY LIMITED SEATING MAY BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

Co-presented by Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco

They came by the thousands, escaping war and poverty in southern China to seek their fortunes working to build the Transcontinental Railroad. These migrants spent years dynamiting tunnels through the snow-packed cliffs of the Sierra Nevada and laying tracks across the burning Utah desert, helping fuel the ascent of an interlinked, industrial United States. But survivors were pushed first to the margins of American life, and then to the fringes of public memory. Award-winning scholar Gordon H. Chang discusses his groundbreaking book Ghosts of Gold Mountain. FREE, advance registration suggested 

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Gordon Chang

Gordon H. Chang is the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities and Professor of History at Stanford University, where he also serves as Director of the Center for East Asian Studies and Co-Director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project. The author of Fateful Ties... Read More →



Monday October 14, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Book Club of California 312 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108

6:00pm

20 in 20 Half Moon Bay: Beach Reads
"Beach reads are the cool aunts of the literary world: They drive with the top down and take you to new places."—The New York Times

Authors Meg Donohue, Allie Larkin, Dana Reinhardt, and Lolly Winston delight, provoke, and make you stay up late turning the page. Presented in—where else?—Half Moon Bay. Wine and appetizers will be served. FREE

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Meg Donohue

From USA Today bestselling author Meg Donohue comes a spellbinding and suspenseful tale inspired by Wuthering Heights that illuminates the ways in which hope—and even magic—can blossom in the darkest of places. You, Me, and the Sea, Donohue's fifth novel, appears on many Best... Read More →
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Allie Larkin

Allie Larkin is the internationally bestselling author of the novels, Stay, Why Can’t I Be You and her latest release, Swimming for Sunlight. Her short fiction has been published in the Summerset Review and Slice, and nonfiction in the anthologies I’m Not the Biggest Bitch... Read More →
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Dana Reinhardt

Dana Reinhardt is the Bay Area-based author of several middle grade and YA novels, including How to Build a House, Tell Us Something True and We Are the Goldens. Her new novel for adults, Tomorrow There Will be Sun, tells the tale of two families on vacation in Puerto Vallarta... Read More →
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Lolly Winston

New York Times bestselling author Lolly Winston (Good Grief, Happiness Sold Separately) is back with a beguiling story of grief and healing among imperfect people, Me For You. Kirkus called it, “a poignant story about loss, unexpected connections, and the circuitous path toward... Read More →


Monday October 14, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Ink Spell Books 500 Purissima St., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

6:00pm

Let Her Tell It! Black Women Healing Through Writing
People love the sassy, strong Black female character. From Florence on The Jeffersons to Cookie on Empire, she is someone who is entertaining, admired, even feared. Contrary to these images, Black women aren’t made of vibranium. Instead of expecting them to be emotionally invincible, it's time for an honest discussion about the challenges impacting Black women's mental health, such as high rates of domestic violence, stress, racism, sexism, and homophobia. Featuring readings from Kira Lynne Allen, Jeneé Darden, Natalie Devora, Adrienne Danyelle Oliver, and Kelechi Ubozoh. FREE, $5 suggested donation

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Kira Lynne Allen

Kira Lynne Allen is founder, facilitator and author of Write This Second; her poetic memoir meant to sound an alarm that both reveals and disrupts the roots of rape culture. Where she comes from poetry is an urgent, truth-telling, visceral art, filled with cadence and intuition... Read More →
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Jeneé Darden

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, mental health advocate and proud Oakland native. At KALW, she covers East Oakland and hosts the arts segment Sights & Sounds. Jenee blogs at CocoaFly.com. Her book, When a Purple Rose Blooms, is about her experience with mental health... Read More →
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Natalie Devora

Natalie Devora writes about race and identity. She is the author of Black Girl White Skin: A Life In Stories.  She is a 2019 featured author through American Association of University Women, AAUW, Alameda CA. She is an albinism activist, raising awareness through storytelling.
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Dr. Adrienne Danyelle Oliver

Dr. Adrienne Danyelle Oliver, MFA, EdD, is a writer and educator living in Oakland, CA. She is published in Storytelling, Self & Society (Wayne State University Press 2018), is a VONA fellow, and leads a virtual writing and healing circle for Black women.
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Kelechi Ubozoh

Kelechi Ubozoh is a nationally recognized Nigerian-American writer and mental health advocate whose story is featured in The S Word documentary, O Magazine, CBS This Morning with Gayle King, and Good Morning America.  She runs MoonDrop Productions, a quarterly Bay Area reading series... Read More →


Monday October 14, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Oakland Public Library 125 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612

7:00pm

The Room Where It Happens: Creating Inclusive Literary Communities
What does it take to create and sustain a writing community? Why is this particularly important for women and nonbinary POC? Many of us are out there, but how do we find each other, and how do we stay in touch? How do community-specific writing spaces function as tools to bring these communities together? What kind of work can we produce if we imagine our audience to be us? Faith Adiele, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, and Vanessa Hua read from their work and discuss. Moderated by Piyali Bhattacharya. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Moderators
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Piyali Bhattacharya

Piyali Bhattacharya's short stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Literary Hub, The New York Times, National Geographic and elsewhere. She is the editor of the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion (Aunt Lute Books... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and a debut novel, A River of Stars. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the diaspora. She has received... Read More →
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Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras is author of the novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree, a silver medal winner in First Fiction at the California Book Awards and a New York Times editor's choice. She was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the New... Read More →
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Faith Adiele

Faith Adiele’s work includes The Nigerian Nordic Girl’s Guide to Lady Problems; Meeting Faith, a memoir about becoming Thailand’s first Black Buddhist nun; My Journey Home, a PBS documentary about finding family in Nigeria; and Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural... Read More →


 
Tuesday, October 15
 

12:30pm

Poetic Tuesday: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Co-presented by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation! Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area's best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors. Curated and hosted by Baruch Porras-Hernandez. FREE

Authors and Participants
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Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Baruch Porras-Hernandez is the author of the chapbooks “I Miss You, Delicate” and “Lovers of the Deep Fried Circle” both with Sibling Rivalry Press. He had the honor of touring with the legendary Sister Spit Queer poetry tour in 2019, is a two-time winner of Literary Death... Read More →


6:00pm

20 in 20 Fairfax: Pints & Prose
Tuesday Night Writers resurrect “Pints & Prose,” a very special and potentially smutty evening under the redwoods. FREE

Authors and Participants
avatar for Molly Giles

Molly Giles

Molly Giles has published four award-winning collections of stories including All the Wrong Places, Three for the Road, and Creek Walk. Her most recent, Rough Translation won the Flannery O’Connor Prize, the Boston Globe Award, and the Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Award. Molly is... Read More →
avatar for Nina Schuyler

Nina Schuyler

Nina Schuyler is the author of The Translator, which won the Next Generation Indie Award for General Fiction and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Writing Award. Her first novel, The Painting, was nominated for the Northern California Book Award and named a Best... Read More →
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Tom Joyce

Tom Joyce will neither confirm nor deny having any association with persons, living or dead, thathave worked for intelligence gathering agencies, in the United States or abroad, in any capacitywhatsoever. He can, however, confirm that he has spent time in exotic and sometimes dangerouslocations... Read More →
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Cyn Cady

Cyn Cady is a founding member of “The Tuesday Night Writers,” hosts of the popular Pints & Prose reading series in Fairfax. Her writing has appeared in Potpourri, The San Francisco Chronicle, Tiny Lights, Dark Recesses Press, The West Marin Review, New Southerner Magazine, Hobby... Read More →
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Amanda Conran

Amanda Conran is proud to own the kitchen that has hosted all the Tuesday Night Writers meetings since 2006. She works as a children's book specialist and booktalker at Book Passage, Corte Madera, and as a freelance editor both as part of the Paths to Publishing program at Book Passage... Read More →
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Tanya Egan Gibson

Tanya Egan Gibson is a freelance editor and the author of the novel How to Buy a Love of Reading (Dutton), in which a bibliophobic girl’s entire life changes in the weeks leading up to her Sweet 16 because of a book her parents buy her—one she absolutely does not want. Tanya's... Read More →
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Chris Cole

Chris Cole is a published novelist, poet and musician with several patents in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning who also writes under the pseudonym Disembodied Poetics. He has forgotten how to compartmentalize and is currently employing all of those hyphenates and more... Read More →
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Josh Gibson

Josh Gibson is a strategic consultant in San Francisco and both a longtime fan of and sometime writer with the Tuesday Night Writers.
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Holly Lynn Payne

Holly Lynn Payne is the CEO and founder of Booxby Inc. and an internationally published author of four novels, translated into ten languages and 12 countries. In 2008, she founded Skywriter Books, an award-winning small press, publishing consultancy and writing coaching service. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her daughter... Read More →


6:30pm

High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies
America's leading scholar of high strangeness, Erik Davis celebrates release of High Weirdness, a study of the new psychedelic spirituality that arose from the 1970s counterculture writings of Philip K. Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson. These three authors changed the way millions of readers thought, dreamed, and experienced reality. But how did their writings reflect and shape the seismic cultural shifts taking place in America? Davis and R.U. Sirius discuss these vital, iconoclastic thinkers, as well as their own life-changing mystical experiences. FREE, $5 suggested donation

Authors and Participants
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Erik Davis

Erik Davis is an author, podcaster, award-winning journalist, and scholar based in San Francisco. His wide-ranging work focuses on the intersection of alternative religion, media, and the popular imagination. He is the author, most recently, of High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary... Read More →
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R.U. Sirius

R.U. Sirius was editor and co-publisher of the techno-counterculture magazine MONDO 2000 in the 1990s. He has authored or coauthored numerous books including MONDO 2000: A User’s Guide to the New Edge (1993), Counterculture Through The Ages: From Abraham to Acid House (2004) and... Read More →



6:30pm

Tiffany Shlain: 24/6—The Power of Unplugging
In her new book 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week, filmmaker and internet pioneer Tiffany Shlain introduces a strategy for living better: turning off all screens for 24 hours each week. A provocative and entertaining journey through time and technology, and a fascinating, far-reaching examination of the complex world we’ve created. In conversation with Kevin Smokler. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Moderators
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Kevin Smokler

Kevin Smokler (@weegee) is author of most recently, Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to '80s Teen Movies, as well as the essay collection Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven't Touched Since High School. His work has appeared in the LA Times, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Vulture, San... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Tiffany Shlain

Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and founder of The Webby Awards. Tiffany’s films and work have received over eighty awards and distinctions including being selected for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s... Read More →



Tuesday October 15, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post St., San Francisco CA 94104

7:00pm

20 in 20 Santa Cruz: On Keeping it Weird
Co-presented by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz

It’s 2019 and it seems things can't get any stranger. What better time to mine the oddities of life with noted writers Elizabeth McKenzie, Micah Perks, Peggy Townsend, Liza Monroy and Wallace Baine. Moderated by Dan White and Amy Ettinger. FREE

Moderators
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Amy Ettinger

Amy Ettinger is the author of Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America. She hasappeared on All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here & Now, Forum, and TheCalifornia Report. She’s written for the New York Times, McSweeney’s, theWashington Post, The Huffington Post, New York... Read More →
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Dan White

Dan White is the author of Under The Stars, which Wild author Cheryl Strayed called "the definitive book on camping in America." The Cactus Eaters, his bestselling memoir about walking the Pacific Crest Trail, was a Los Angeles Times "Discovery" selection. He has taught writing at... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Elizabeth McKenzie

Elizabeth McKenzie’s novel The Portable Veblen was longlisted for the National Book Award for fiction and received the California Book Award for fiction. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Tin House, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others.    
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Micah Perks

Micah Perks is the author of four books, most recently a book of linked short stories, True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape and the novel What Becomes Us, winner of an Independent Publisher’s Book Award and named one of the Top Ten Books about the Apocalypse by the Guardian... Read More →
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Peggy Townsend

Peggy Townsend is an award-winning newspaper journalist and author of the bestselling 2018 mystery novel, See Her Run and its follow-up, The Thin Edge, both published by Thomas &  Mercer. As a reporter, she has covered serial killers, murder trials and once chased an escaped murderer... Read More →
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Wallace Baine

Wallace Baine is an award-winning journalist and arts writer who regularly contributes to Santa Cruz Good Times, Metro Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Chronicle.  His work has been syndicated in newspapers nationwide and his fiction has appeared in the Catamaran Literary Reader... Read More →
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Liza Monroy

Liza Monroy is the author of three books: the novel Mexican High, the memoir The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took To Keep My Best Friend in America and What It Taught Us About Love, and the essay collection Seeing As Your Shoes Are Soon To Be On Fire. Her writing has appeared in the... Read More →



Tuesday October 15, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

7:00pm

The Invention of Yesterday: 50,000 Years of Human Culture, Conflict, and Connection
Fifty thousand years ago, the human species existed as thousands of small, virtually autonomous bands, roaming a world almost entirely untouched by humans. Tamim Ansary's new book The Invention of Yesterday describes this history and illuminates the many essential human qualities that it preserves—our various gods and laws, our rulers and bankers, our philosophers and outcasts, all survivors in the human drama. In conversation with Laura Maguire. FREE, $5 suggested donation

Moderators
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Laura Maguire

Laura originally hails from Ireland, but has called San Francisco home for many years. After graduating with distinction in Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, she moved to the Bay Area to pursue her doctoral studies at Stanford University and received her PhD in 2005. She has... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Tamim Ansary

Tamim Ansary is the author of Destiny Disrupted and Games without Rules, among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for Encarta.com, and has published essays and commentary in the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Alternet, TomPaine.com, Edutopia, Parade, Los... Read More →



7:00pm

20 in 20 Campbell: South Bay Voices
Hear new and upcoming works from poets and writers in the South Bay. Featuring Sally Ashton, Rachelle Escamilla, Keenan Norris, Jennifer Massoni Pardini, Erin Redfern, Alan Soldofsky, and Jan Steckel. FREE


Moderators
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Jen Siraganian

Jen Siraganian is a Bay Area poet, teacher, and author of the chapbook Fracture. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received scholarships from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and Napa Valley Writers' Conference. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Best... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Jan Steckel

Jan Steckel was a Harvard- and Yale-trained pediatrician who took care of Spanish-speaking children until chronic pain persuaded her to change professions to writer, poet and medical editor. She is an activist for bisexual and disability rights who lives in Oakland, California.Her... Read More →
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Jenn Pardini

Jennifer Massoni Pardini has contributed to magazines since 1999. Currently, she is Senior Editor and Marketing Specialist for the GENTRY family of magazines, a division of Golden State that includes Gentry, now in its 26th year, as well as Gentry Home, Gentry Destinations, and Gentry... Read More →
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Alan Soldofsky

Alan Soldofsky is the author of In the Buddha Factory (Truman State University Press, 2013). He teaches at San Jose State University where he directs the MFA program in Creative Writing. He lives in San Jose.
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Sally Ashton

Sally Ashton is Editor-in-Chief of DMQ Review, an online journal featuring poetry and art. Writing across genres, in collaboration with artists, and specializing in short prose forms, Ashton is the author of four collections. She has taught at San José State University, UC Santa... Read More →


7:00pm

We've Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health
We’ve Been Too Patient is more than a book: it is a movement, a reclamation of power. Overmedication, police brutality, electroconvulsive therapy, involuntary hospitalization, traumas that lead to intense altered states and suicidal thoughts: these are the struggles of those labeled "mentally ill." We’ve Been Too Patient gives voice to those with personal experience of psychiatric miscare, and foregrounds those often excluded from the discussion, like people of color and LGBTQ+ communities. With contributors LD Green, Kelechi Ubozoh, Jeneé Darden, Ramon(a) Rio, Sascha Altman DuBrul, and Anita Roman. Moderated by Casey Gardner. FREE, $5 suggested donation

Authors and Participants
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LD Green

LD Green is a genderqueer writer, performer, educator, and mental health advocate. With Kelechi Ubozoh they co-edited and contributed to We've Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health and have published and performed in many other venues, including Salon, Raw Story, Truth-Out... Read More →
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Kelechi Ubozoh

Kelechi Ubozoh is a nationally recognized Nigerian-American writer and mental health advocate whose story is featured in The S Word documentary, O Magazine, CBS This Morning with Gayle King, and Good Morning America.  She runs MoonDrop Productions, a quarterly Bay Area reading series... Read More →
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Jeneé Darden

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, mental health advocate and proud Oakland native. At KALW, she covers East Oakland and hosts the arts segment Sights & Sounds. Jenee blogs at CocoaFly.com. Her book, When a Purple Rose Blooms, is about her experience with mental health... Read More →
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Ramon(a) Rio

Ramon(a) Rio is a Xicanx non-binary queer trans-femme radical Licensed Clinical Social Worker and community organizer.  Ramon(a) was a former writer for The Body is Not an Apology.  Ramon(a) is also a trainer with Bloom, a Transgender Healing Collective, and is a leader with the... Read More →
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Sascha Altman DuBrul

Sascha Altman DuBrul is cofounder of The Icarus Project, a network of peer based mental health support groups and media project.  He has a Masters from Silberman School of Social Work, worked as a Recovery Specialist/Trainer at Columbia's Center for Practice Innovations and is currently... Read More →
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Anita Roman

Anita Roman was born in communist Romania and raised in capitalist New York City.  By day she is a Family Nurse Practitioner in a busy community clinic serving a diverse immigrant community.  By night she is a trapeze-flying writer of stories.
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Casey Gardner

Casey Gardner is a queer poet and educator who writes both to heal and critique the intersections between identity and culture.  She teaches both SPARC Poetry and Digital Storytellers and has been on three national poetry slam teams.  She has a Master's in English education from... Read More →


7:30pm

Straight, No Chaser: Writers at the Bar
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

Authors and Participants
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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
 
Wednesday, October 16
 

2:00pm

Teenquake: Open Writer's Club
Teen writers: come to the San Francisco Public Library, join other young writers to work on character and plot development, do some free writing, and share your work with the group if you desire. Or just write or journal quietly! Snacks provided and all genres and teens 13-18 welcome. No writing experience necessary! FREE

Wednesday October 16, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Mix @ SFPL Main 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA

2:00pm

Listen To Your Elders
With support from the California Arts Council

Join us for a reading by participants from Litquake's Elder Writing Workshops. Seniors participate in 12-week sessions to explore writing letters, poetry, and prose through prompts and discussions on topics like gaining through loss and writing to remember while utilizing sound patterns, repetition, and strategies of emphasis. They also learn how reading their work aloud is unlike writing or reading alone. Each session culminates in an anthology and public reading. Join us for the release of our fall anthology! FREE

“I saw people tell their stories who wanted to but may not have imagined they could. Across the board, the participants reached into themselves and were able to write and were uplifted by it. Each discovered their abilities anew, how readily memory comes when prompted and encouraged, and they encountered themselves with creativity and obvious satisfaction. It was wonderful to witness and be part of.” — Elder Project teacher & poet Julie Rogers


6:00pm

Tommy Orange: One City One Book
A special evening with Tommy Orange, author There There, San Francisco Public Library’s 15th Annual One City One Book selection. There There tells the story of Native Americans living in Oakland, depicting a beautiful, heartbreaking, and urgently real landscape of the Native experience in the Bay Area past and present. Other One City One Book events and programs include book talks, themed exhibits, and a city-wide celebration of First Person heritage and the 50th anniversary of the Alcatraz Uprising. In conversation with SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck. FREE

Authors and Participants
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Kim Shuck

Kim Shuck is a poet, visual artist and community activist. Born in San Francisco, Shuck is both a Cherokee citizen and a citizen of the United States. Kim has been teaching art techniques since third grade when she ran a lunchtime textile workshop. Her obsession with fiber and words... Read More →
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Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, he was born and raised in Oakland, California.



6:30pm

Alan Kaufman: The Berlin Woman
What happens when a Zionist falls in love with an anti-Zionist, and both are Jewish and one of them is married? Alan Kaufman’s explosive political romance The Berlin Woman is set against the terrifying backdrop of a world hurtling towards anti-Semitism and totalitarianism, as two renegade bohemian writers, both children of Holocaust survivors, grapple with illicit love against the growing shadows of a tragic past and a threatening future. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Authors and Participants
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Alan Kaufman

Poet, editor, writer, and painter Alan Kaufman was born and raised in the Bronx, earning a BA at City College of New York. In 1977 he moved to Israel, where he served in the Israel Defense Forces. After studying fiction in the MFA program at Columbia University, he relocated to San... Read More →


Wednesday October 16, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post St., San Francisco CA 94104

6:30pm

Tope Folarin: A Particular Kind of Black Man
Co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora

Caine Prize recipient Tope Folarin reads from and discusses his debut novel, A Particular Kind of Black Man, which follows Tunde Akinola, a child of Nigerian immigrants for whom small-town Utah has never felt like home. His ever-optimistic father clings to his American dream, while Tunde’s mother, lonely in Utah without family and friends, sinks deeper into schizophrenia, and after a harrowing episode that lands them in a homeless shelter, she flees to Nigeria. A beautiful and poignant exploration of the meaning of memory, manhood, home, and identity, as seen through the eyes of a first-generation Nigerian-American. In conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Moderators
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Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Sarah is a writer, academic and overall lover of stories. She was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, Zimbabwe and England. Her bestselling debut novel, In Dependence, was required reading in a number of high schools and universities around the world. Her second novel... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Tope Folarin

Tope Folarin is a Nigerian-American writer based in Washington, DC. He won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013, and was shortlisted once again in 2016. He was also recently named to the Africa39 list of the most promising African writers under 39. He was educated at Morehouse... Read More →


6:30pm

No Human Is Illegal: On the Front Lines of the Immigration War
When Trump first announced his "Muslim Ban" in January 2017, J.J. Mulligan Sepúlveda was one of the lawyers who protested. His new book No Human Is Illegal: An Attorney on the Front Lines of the Immigration War pulls back the curtain on the ingrained inhumanity found in the immigration reform currently coming to fruition in the United States. Readers are taken into the often-times merciless courts of New York City and San Francisco, the frightening detention centers on the U.S./Mexico border, and the overburdened offices of legal defense organizations. In conversation with Steven Mayers. FREE, $5 suggested donation

Authors and Participants
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J.J. Mulligan Sepúlveda

J. J. MULLIGAN SEPÚLVEDA is an immigration lawyer working at the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of California Davis School of Law. He is a former Immigrant Justice Corps fellow and Fulbright Scholar. This is his first book.


7:00pm

Name a Bram Stoker Book Besides Dracula: Lit Quiz Night with CCA
Please join the MFA Program from California College of the Arts—celebrating 20 years of making the world safe for poets and prose writers—for a night of literary trivia competition! Get a team together and come on down to the Make-Out Room. Prizes include signed books and a one-on-one reading/critique of a winner's work by a CCA MFA faculty member! FREE, $5 suggested donation

Wednesday October 16, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110

7:00pm

Print/Ops: A Technology Roundtable with LOGIC Magazine
When developing software systems, engineers typically seek to reduce toil by automating those tasks which are manual, repetitive, tactical, and devoid of enduring value. So how does this idea apply to small print-specific magazines and publishers, which produce and distribute physical objects? LOGIC Magazine hosts this evening of small publishers to discuss the nitty-gritty details of hacks, kludges, and workarounds from the Brave New World of print. With Jim Fingal and friends. FREE


7:00pm

Between Heaven and Hell: A Very San Francisco Conversation with David Talbot
Salon magazine founder David Talbot is not only a bestselling author of books like Season of the Witch and The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America’s Secret Government; he’s also a great defender of San Francisco in all its glories and disappointments. Talbot offers his takes on The City’s literary and political scenes, as well as his son Joe’s acclaimed debut film, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and a sneak preview of his forthcoming memoir, Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke. In conversation with Denise Sullivan. FREE

Moderators
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Denise Sullivan

Denise Sullivan is an author, journalist, cultural worker, literary organizer, and longtime guest curator for Litquake. A former member of the Modern Times Bookstore Collective, and co-founder of the United Booksellers, she is the SF Lives columnist at the San Francisco Examiner and... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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David Talbot

David Talbot is an author, journalist, media entrepreneur, and book publisher. He is founder and former editor-in-chief of Salon.com, and is author of the bestsellers Season of the Witch and Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years,  The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles... Read More →


7:00pm

Mason Funk: The Book of Pride
Celebrate 50 years since Stonewall, with an evening of conversation and stories from leaders, acvitists, and ordinary people who witnessed the gay rights movement and made it happen. The Book of Pride honors this important chapter in American history, and empowers young people today (both LGBTQ and straight) to discover their own courage in order to create positive change. Author Mason Funk, founder of OUTWORDS, discusses with New York Times journalist Scott James, and special guests Terry Baum, Donna Sachet, and Kitty Tsui. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Moderators
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Scott James

Scott James is the co-founder of the Castro Writers' Cooperative, a co-working space for writers in San Francisco. He's a contributor to The New York Times and has three Emmy Awards for his work in TV news. He's also the author of two bestselling novels, SoMa and The Sower, published... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Mason Funk

MASON FUNK is the Founder and Executive Director of OUTWORDS, an award-winning nonprofit that documents the history of LGBTQ people all over the United States.



 
Thursday, October 17
 

12:30pm

LQ at the Bookstore: Ann Patchett
"A thoughtful, compassionate exploration of obsession and forgiveness, what people acquire, keep, lose or give away, and what they leave behind.”—Publishers Weekly

New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett returns to San Francisco with The Dutch House, a powerful and richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. FREE

Authors and Participants
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Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels and three works of nonfiction. She is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, England's Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year, and was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Her work has been translated... Read More →



12:30pm

Water in Words and Art with Obi Kaufmann
Bestselling author of California Field Atlas, Obi Kaufmann turns his artful attention to the Golden State’s single most complex and controversial resource: water. In this new book, full-color maps unravel the braided knot of California’s water infrastructure and ecosystems, exposing a history of unlimited growth in spite of finite natural resources—a history that has led to its current precarious circumstances. Offering nine perspectives to illustrate the most pressing challenges facing California’s water infrastructure, Kaufmann reveals inspiring solutions to how water in the West can continue to support agriculture, municipalities, and the environment. FREE



Authors and Participants
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Obi Kaufmann

Growing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly... Read More →



Thursday October 17, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post St., San Francisco CA 94104

5:30pm

LQ at the Bookstore: Christian Robinson
Co-presented by Books Inc. Laurel Village

Join Newberry and Caldecott Honor award-winner Christian Robinson in celebrating his inspirational new picture book, Just in Case You Want to Fly (Ages 3+). This tender, contemplative picture book is about growing up. It's about parents giving their children the gifts, no matter how quiet or small, to succeed and to navigate the world on their own. And it's about the connection that binds a parent and child...because no matter how far they fly or who they become, they will always have home. FREE





Authors and Participants
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Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson is a 2016 Caldecott Honoree and also received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña (Putnam, 2015); de la Peña himself took home the 2016 Newbery Medal, awarded by the Association for Library Service... Read More →



6:00pm

On Forgetting: Scientists, Writers, and Memory
Co-hosted by the UCSF Memory and Aging Center

Memory sits at the core of both literature and lives. Yet forgetting is also a part of our brains' daily working, bringing its own human truths and a necessary path for moving forward. Lewis Hyde's new A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past, provides inspiration for a deep-dive discussion of memory's other side, with this august panel of writers and neuroscientists. Featuring poets Jane Hirshfield and Margaret Gibson, author Lewis Hyde, and UCSF neuroscientists Aimee Kao, Joel Kramer, Bruce Miller, and Virginia Sturm. FREE, advance registration suggested

Authors and Participants
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Margaret Gibson

Margaret Gibson, current Connecticut Poet Laureate, is the author of 12 books of poetry, including Not Hearing the Wood Thrush (2018) and Broken Cup (2014), centered on memory loss from Alzheimer's and the gifts of sustaining presence through lament, acceptance, and love. She is... Read More →
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Lewis Hyde

Lewis Hyde’s recent book, A Primer for Forgetting (FSG, 2019), explores the many situations in which forgetfulness is more useful than memory—in myth, personal psychology, politics, art & spiritual life. A MacArthur Fellow, Hyde taught for many years at Kenyon College.
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Aimee Kao

Aimee Kao, MD, PhD, is a UCSF Associate Professor of Neurology. She has received the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Distinguished Investigator Award in Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Glenn Award for Research in the Biological Mechanisms of Aging.
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Joel Kramer

Joel Kramer, PsyD, is a UCSF Professor of Neuropsychology and Director of the Memory and Aging Center Neuropsychology program. Dr. Kramer's research uses neuroimaging, neuropsychology, neuroimmunology, and genetics to study the underlying biological mechanisms of cognitive aging... Read More →
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Bruce L. Miller

Bruce L. Miller, MD, holds the Clausen Distinguished Professorship in Neurology at UCSF. Dr. Miller also co-directs the Global Brain Health Institute, working to reduce the social and personal impact of dementia around the world by training a new generation of leaders to translate... Read More →
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Virginia Sturm

Virginia Sturm, PhD, is an Associate Professor at UCSF in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry. Her research focuses on identifying the neural systems that support emotion and social behavior in neurodegenerative disease and neurodevelopmental disorders.
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Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield's ninth poetry collection, Ledger (Knopf), appears in 2020. Chancellor emerita of the Academy of American Poets and recently elected into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, she works frequently at the intersection of poetry and science. Her work appears in... Read More →



Thursday October 17, 2019 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Genentech Hall UCSF Mission Bay Campus, 600 16th St.

6:30pm

Carolina De Robertis: Cantoras
From the highly acclaimed, award-winning author of The Gods of Tango comes a revolutionary genre-defining novel, Cantoras, about five wildly different women who, in the midst of the Uruguayan dictatorship, find each other as lovers, friends, and ultimately, family. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Authors and Participants
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Carolina De Robertis

A writer and translator of Uruguayan origins, Carolina De Robertis is author of the novels The Gods of Tango, Perla,The Invisible Mountain, and her newest, Contoras. She is also editor of the anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times.Her books have been... Read More →



Thursday October 17, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post St., San Francisco CA 94104

7:00pm

Niloufar Talebi: Self-Portrait in Bloom
Award-winning translator Niloufar Talebi discusses her new hybrid memoir Self-Portrait in Bloom, which delves deep into Iranian literary history, personal biography, and portrait of poet Ahmad Shamlou. Told in fragments of prose, poetry, and photographs, this lyrical exploration pays homage to Tehran, the city of Talebi's childhood, and was released this year in the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution. In conversation with author/historian Tamim Ansary. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Moderators
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Tamim Ansary

Tamim Ansary is the author of Destiny Disrupted and Games without Rules, among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for Encarta.com, and has published essays and commentary in the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Alternet, TomPaine.com, Edutopia, Parade, Los... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Niloufar Talebi

Author, award-winning translator, multidisciplinary artist, and producer, Niloufar Talebi is the editor and translator of Belonging: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World (North Atlantic Books, 2008) and creator of its theatrical performance, ICARUS/RISE. Other projects include... Read More →


7:00pm

The Velvet Underground Experience
Co-presented by Hat & Beard Press, San Francisco Rock & Roll Book Club

“I don't really listen to Lou Reed’s records, but I never miss an interview with him.” —Elvis Costello

Los Angeles-based indie publisher Hat & Beard Press celebrates two new releases from the classic NYC avant-garde: The Velvet Underground Experience, and My Week Beats Your Year: Encounters with Lou Reed. Includes rare screenings of Velvet Underground footage. With Hat & Beard publisher JC Gabel, ML Heath, and music historian Richie Unterberger. FREE


7:00pm

Literary Citizenship and the East Bay
Should creative writing—our stories, memoirs, and poems—intersect with political ideology? If so, then when and how? Left Margin LIT presents an evening with members of its writing community. Melanie Abrams, Sunisa Manning, Keenan Norris, Jacques Rancourt, and Mark Shapiro read and discuss how the current political climate influences their writing, from first to final draft. FREE

Authors and Participants
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Melanie Abrams

Melanie Abrams is the author of the novel Playing, which was published by Grove Atlantic and acquired in Italy, France, Germany, India, and Israel. Meadowlark, forthcoming from Little A in 2020, is her second novel. Melanie teaches writing classes at Left Margin LIT and in UC Berkeley’s... Read More →
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Sunisa Manning

Sunisa Manning is a Thai and American writer whose work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Mekong Review, and other places. She’s been honored with residencies at Hedgebrook and Hambidge, and been awarded fellowships at San Jose State and the SF Writer’s Grotto. She’s... Read More →
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Keenan Norris

Keenan Norris’s first novel, Brother and the Dancer, was published by Heyday Books and won the 2012 James D. Houston Award. by the lemon tree, his short story collection, was published in September by Nomadic Press, and his next book, Luster (Goliad Press 2019), will be published... Read More →
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Jacques Rancourt

Poet Jacques Rancourt is the author of Brocken Spectre (forthcoming from Alice James Books in 2021), Novena (winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd prize, Pleiades Press, 2017), and a chapbook, In the Time of PrEP (Beloit Poetry Journal, 2018). His poems have appeared in the Georgia... Read More →
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Mark Schapiro

Mark Schapiro is an award-winning investigative journalist specializing in the environment. His most recent book, Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply, chronicles the search for seeds to respond to climate disruptions, and investigates the battle to control them... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Left Margin LIT 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B Berkeley, CA 94709

7:00pm

20 in 20 Orinda: Diablo Writers' Workshop
Eight local writers step up to share debut stories developed with the Diablo Writer’s Workshop, an East Bay home for writers to discover their voices. FREE

Moderators
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Janine deBoisblanc

co-founder, Diablo Writers' Workshop
Janine deBoisblanc is a co-founder of Diablo Writers' Workshop with Andrea Firth, where she teaches Writing From Life Experience classes for adults of all ages and backgrounds. Students work in creative nonfiction, fiction, as well as poetry. Janine is currently working on a memo... Read More →
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Andrea Firth

co-founder, Diablo Writers' Workshop
Andrea Firth partnered with her graduate school friend Janine deBoisblanc to create Diablo Writers’ Workshop, a home for writers in the East Bay. Andrea is a journalist and specializes in healthcare reporting. She is working on a collection of essays which combines her love of... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Monica Brar

Monica Brar is a mother, a wife, and a physician who has called Alamo home for 20 years. Through the serendipity of finding the Diablo Writers class at Orinda Books, she has also found her voice in creative nonfiction. Her superpower is making exact change at the grocery store.
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Joanne Durkee

Joanne Durkee is a retired education administrator and an education/social justice advocate who has discovered a new passion for writing about authentic human struggles and victories. She lives in Pleasant Hill with her husband and also enjoys time with her two adult children and... Read More →
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Tim Eliason

Tim Eliason grew up in a small farm town in Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa, where he spent no time in the famed Writer’s Workshop but much time in bars. He’s built a career in print management, and enjoys family, travel, golf and literary fiction. He lives in... Read More →
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Sharon Iversen

Sharon Iversen was a nurse and an attorney in her working life. She lives in Orinda, now writing about those lives and a secret one as well.
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Sonali Jolly-Wadhwa

Sonali Jolly-Wadhwa is a writer and poet. She writes in English, Hindi and Punjabi and has published poetry collections in all three languages. A wife, and mother living in Walnut Creek, she grew up in India and moved to San Francisco 23 years ago and often writes about the intersection... Read More →
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Lauren Matthews

Lauren Matthews grew up in Orinda and graduated from Barnard College. She writes about women, desire, and their intersection with society.
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Maria Rowland

Maria Rowland lives in Orinda and writes both fiction and nonfiction. Even though she has lived in California for most of her adult life, she has deep Southern roots which anchor much of her storytelling and inspires her cooking too.
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Joan Smith

Joan Smith has lived in Lamorinda since 1969. Born and raised under the blue skies of the Sunflower State, she uses Kansas history and family experiences in her stories reflecting country and small town life from the end of the Civil War to the present. Joan also writes stories in... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Orinda Books 276 Village Square, Orinda, CA 94563

7:30pm

20 in 20 Stanford: Down on the Farm
Co-presented by Stanford Continuing Studies

Five extraordinary writers currently teaching at Stanford take the stage to read from their latest: Samina Ali (Madras on Rainy Days), Tom Kealey (Thieves I’ve Known), Charif Shanahan (Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing), Austin Smith (Flyover Country), and Lynn Stegner (For All the Obvious Reasons). FREE

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Moderators
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Sara Houghteling

Sara Houghteling is the author of Pictures at an Exhibition, a New York Times Editors’ Choice Book, and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. A recipient of an NEA grant, the Narrative Prize, a Steinbeck Fellowship, and a Fulbright, her work has also appeared in The New... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Lynn Stegner

Lynn Stegner’s books include the collection For All the Obvious Reasons; novels Undertow, and Fata Morgana, both nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; Because a Fire Was in My Head, a Faulkner Award for Best Novel and a New York Times Editors’ Choice; and... Read More →
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Tom Kealey

Tom Kealey is the author of Thieves I’ve Known, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award and named as a Best Book by NPR. He is also the author of the Creative Writing Handbook, and his stories have been published in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly... Read More →
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Charif Shanahan

Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Thom Gunn Award. Former Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America, he has received awards and fellowships from the NEA, the Academy of... Read More →
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Austin Smith

Austin Smith is the author of two poetry collections, Almanac and Flyover Country, both published through the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford, and has received an NEA grant for his prose. When he isn't teaching fiction... Read More →
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Samina Ali

Samina Ali is an award-winning author, curator, teacher, and popular speaker. Her debut novel, Madras on Rainy Days, was the winner of France’s prestigious Prix Premier Roman Etranger Award and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and named a Top Debut of the Year by Poets & Writers... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Stanford University Bldg. 320 (Geology Corner), Rm. 105

7:30pm

You're Going to Die presents: Our Living, Breathing Words
Hellbent on bringing diverse communities creatively into a conversation about death and dying, You're Going to Die's event series is a communal offering for us to source our losses & mortality to deepen & inspire life. For Litquake, YG2D have curated an evening of words from those with life-altering or life-threatening illness, with live musical offerings woven throughout. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation 

 
Friday, October 18
 

4:30pm

Teenquake: Open Mic at The Mix
Bring music or poetry to perform or improvise on the spot. Instruments are provided, but please bring your own if you can. All teens ages 13-18 welcome. No experience required! FREE

Friday October 18, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
The Mix @ SFPL Main 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA

6:00pm

20 in 20 Novato: Words Off Paper
The Words Off Paper genre-agnostic readers' series celebrates storytelling in all its forms for a special Litquake edition, Varied Voices: Poetry, Stories, and Song. Featuring Julie Nicholson, Molly Giles, Kirsten Casey, Peg Alford Pursell, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, and Rachel Barton. Come early, enjoy a glass of wine and a nibble. FREE

Authors and Participants
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Julie Nicholson

Julie Nicholson is a solo performance artist, poet, and clown who has performed in San Francisco at The Marsh Theater and Studio Shotwell.  Her poetry has been published in Birdland Journal and in Civil Liberties United, Diverse Voices From the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Molly Giles

Molly Giles has published four award-winning collections of stories including All the Wrong Places, Three for the Road, and Creek Walk. Her most recent, Rough Translation won the Flannery O’Connor Prize, the Boston Globe Award, and the Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Award. Molly is... Read More →
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Kirsten Casey

Kirsten Casey is a resident of Nevada City, California. She has served as a CaliforniaPoet in the Schools instructor and teaches creative writing to kids ages 8–16. She iscurrently coordinator of Dream A Difference, an international non-profit poetryexchange between American schools... Read More →
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Peg Alford Pursell

Peg Alford Pursell is the author of A Girl Goes Into the Forest (Dzanc 2019) and Show Her A Flower, a Bird, a Shadow, which was the Foreward Indie’s 2017 Book of the Year for Literary Fiction. Peg lives in Northern California and is the founder and director of WTAW Press and of... Read More →
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Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

Words Off Paper
Betsy Graziani Fasbinder is the author of the award-winning novel Fire & Water, the memoir Filling Her Shoes, which was honored with a Gold IPPY Award, and support for writers titled From Page to Stage: Inspiration, Tools, and Public Speaking Tips for Writers, which was honored with... Read More →
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Rachel Barton

Rachel Barton is a high school student in the San Francisco’s East Bay.  With a voice and a talent that contradict her years, Rachel delivers haunting melodies, rich arrangements, and lyrics that speak to the heart. She sings, plays guitar, ukulele, and piano, writing and recording... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Copperfield's Books, Novato 999 Grant Ave, Novato, CA 94945, USA

6:30pm

Lit by the Lake: A Literary Mélange
Hear six top local authors read from their latest work, and enjoy a glass of wine (Ashes & Diamonds Winery) and treats from Semifreddis. Featuring Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Alison Hart, Vanessa Hua, S.A. Lelchuk, Jenny Odell, and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton. FREE, $5-10 donation

Authors and Participants
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Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and a debut novel, A River of Stars. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the diaspora. She has received... Read More →
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Jenny Odell

Jenny Odell, author of How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy is an artist and writer based in Oakland, California. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Sierra Magazine, and McSweeney’s, and her art has been exhibited internationally. Odell teaches digital... Read More →
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Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s most recent novel, The Evolution of Love, takes place in the East Bay and was a finalist for both the Ferro-Grumley Award and the Lambda Literary Award. Her new collection, Lava Falls, stories at the intersection of family and survival, won the Devil’s Kitchen... Read More →
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Alison Hart

Alison Hart’s debut novel Mostly White was praised by the National Book Award-winning author Isabel Allende as "So compelling it gave me goosebumps…” Alison identifies as a mixed-race African American, Passamaquoddy Native American, Irish, Scottish and English woman of color... Read More →
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S.A. Lelchuk

S.A. Lelchuk holds a B.A. in English from Amherst College and a master's degree from Dartmouth College. He divides his time between Berkeley, California and Hanover, New Hampshire. His latest crime thriller, Save Me from Dangerous Men, is the start of a series featuring bookseller... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Oakland Public Library 125 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612

7:00pm

Disasterama! with Alvin Orloff
As a shy kid from the suburbs of San Francisco, Alvin Orloff stumbled into the wild, eclectic crowd of Crazy Club Kids, Punk Rock Nutters, Fashion Victims, Disco Dollies, and Dizzy Twinks of post-Stonewall queer culture, only to watch so many succumb to the wrath of AIDS. Orloff presents his new memoir Disasterama! Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977–1997, a deliriously true tale of people who loved life, loved fun, and who made up the insane jigsaw of the community. In conversation with Alia Volz, and featuring the Disasterama! Dancers. FREE, $5 suggested donation

Authors and Participants
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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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Alvin Orloff

Alvin Orloff began writing in 1977 as a teenager, penning lyrics for early San Francisco punk band The Blowdryers. He spent the 1980s working as a telemarketer and exotic dancer while concurrently attending U.C. Berkeley and performing with The Popstitutes, a somewhat absurd performance... Read More →



Friday October 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Dog Eared Castro 489 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

7:00pm

Teenquake: Nina Varela—The Crier's War
YA @ Books Inc and Teenquake proudly present debut author Nina Varela in celebration of her much-buzzed LGBTQ+ epic fantasy, The Crier’s War. Joining Nina in conversation will be Tara Sim, author of Firestarter, the final installment in her stunning Timekeeper trilogy. FREE


Friday October 18, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Books Inc., Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:00pm

Drawing on Queerness
Queer comics provide a unique window into the uncensored hopes, fears, and fantasies of LGBTQ people. They analyze their own communities, and their relationship with the broader society, in smart, funny, and profound ways. Justin Hall (No Straight Lines, Hard to Swallow) hosts this gathering of some of the Bay Area's best LGBTQ cartoonists. Join Maia Kobabe (Gender Queer), Ajuan Mance (1001 Black Men, Gender Studies), Joey Alison Sayers (Just So You Know, Alley Oop), and Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, This One Summer) for an evening of comics stories of every stripe from courageous memoir and awkward adolescent romance to dark existential humor and gay werewolves. FREE

Authors and Participants
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Justin Hall

Justin Hall is the creator of the comics series Hard to Swallow (with Dave Davenport), True Travel Tales, and Glamazonia, with his work also appearing in the Houghton Miflin Best American Comics, Best Erotic Comics, and the San Francisco Weekly.  Hallis the editor of No Straight... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
CCA Graduate Writing Studio 195 De Haro Street, San Francisco, CA

7:00pm

Blackfishing the IUD
Co-presented by San Francisco State Poetry Center

Celebrate the launch of Wolfman Books' newest release, Blackfishing the IUD, a daring and demanding memoir about reproductive health and gendered illness. The copper IUD still sickens many women, and we must listen to women’s testimony to begin to resolve it. Featuring author Caren Beilin and Amy Berkowitz. In conjunction with the Blackfishing the IUD podcast. FREE, $5 suggested donation

Authors and Participants
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Caren Beilin

Caren Beilin is the author of the autofiction, SPAIN (Rescue Press, 2018), the novel, The University of Pennsylvania (Noemi Press, 2014) and a collection of short fictions, Americans, Guests, or Us (New Michigan Press, 2012). Her work appears in Fence, The Offing, and Territory... Read More →
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Amy Berkowitz

Amy Berkowitz is the author of Tender Points (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015). Their other writing has appeared in publications including Bitch, McSweeney’s, and Wolfman New Life Quarterly. They are the host of the Amy's Kitchen Organics reading series, the coordinator of the... Read More →


 
Saturday, October 19
 

2:00pm

Lit Crawl Book Fair
Co-presented by Small Press Distribution

Join local presses, businesses, and literary magazines for the first-ever Lit Crawl Book Fair, in the heart of the Mission District just preceding the world-famous Lit Crawl! Featured exhibitors include Voice of Witness, Stanford Press, PM Press, Nomadic PressLast Gasp Publishing, Heyday Books, and many more. Browse the tables, grab a drink from Gray Area's bar, and brace yourself for the evening Lit Crawl madness! FREE

Saturday October 19, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Gray Area / Grand Theater 2665 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

5:00pm

Lit Crawl San Francisco
Click HERE for the full Lit Crawl SF schedule!

One of the most anticipated literary nights of the year, San Francisco's Lit Crawl is a massive, one-night literary pub crawl throughout the city’s Mission District. Lit Crawl SF brings together 500+ authors and close to 10,000 fans for the world’s largest free pop-up literary event. Started in 2004, Lit Crawl cultivates a unique, resonant brand: smart and silly, worldly and wacky events presented in venues usual (bars, cafes, galleries, and bookstores) and unusual (police stations, tattoo parlors, barbershops, and laundromats). Free after-party at The Chapel, with music from DJ Bus Station John!

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 9:00pm