2013 Festival Schedule

Litquake 2013 will present more than 800 authors and journalists in more than 160 events over 9 days. Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black + TC Boyle, Mary Gaitskill, Delia Ephron, ZZ Packer, Lewis Lapham, Adam Mansbach and Isabelle Allende are just the tip of the Litberg.  Schedule by day—including the return of the Literary Death Match and Porchlight– is below. We hope to see you more than once!

Click any event on the daily schedule below to see more details—or click here to buy tickets—or click here to download a PDF of the print program.

Looking for more? The schedule for our infamous, glorious closing night Lit Crawl (October 19) is online now at litcrawl.org.

Special Discount Package

Most events are still free, but if you do want to attend some of the paid events….

For lovers of the written (and spoken) word, we are offering discounts if you purchase advance tickets for multiple Litquake events (your choice of events, not including those with ticketing managed by Litquake partners). If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

Litquake 2013 Festival Schedule

Friday, October 11

7:00 PM: The Future that Never Was Gala Opening Night Tribute to Jules Verne, with Special Guest Jean Christophe-Valtat & Music from the Mark Growden Trio
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Saturday, October 12

12:30 PM: Off the Richter Scale: Poetic License   with poets Jacques J. Rancourt, Kimberly Grey, Atsuro Riley & more

2:00 PM: Pets Aloud   Pet-Friendly Lit in Mill Valley

2:30 PM: In Our Nature   Writing in and on the Natural World

4:00 PM: Litquake in the Bookstore: Peninsula Authors Aloud   with Michelle Richmond, Harriet Scott Chessman, Keith Raffel & more

4:00 PM: Teenquake Author Salon   Mingle with Two Dozen YA Authors & Hit Some Teen Lit Trivia

5:00 PM: Off the Richter Scale: Graphic Content   with artist/authors Scot Sothern and Paul Kwiatkowski

6:00 PM: Creative Writing and Medicine   - The Power of the Written Word on the Human Body

6:00 PM: SFMX via NYC: Distant Neighbors or Close Conjurators?   Mexican authors presented by the Consulate General of Mexico

8:00 PM: San Francisco Noir Unscripted   SF Noir Unscripted featuring Impro Theater, Oct. 12
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Sunday, October 13

1:00 PM: Litquake in the Castro   with Kevin Sessums, Nick Krieger, Greta Christina & more!

2:00 PM: Writing Salon Write-A-Thon!    

3:00 PM: Tennessee Williams UnScripted   Tennessee Williams UnScripted by Impro Theatre: Oct. 13
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3:00 PM: The Jewish Deli and Other Noshes   at the Contemporary Jewish Miuseum

6:00 PM: Lit on the Lake: A Plunge Into the East Bay’s Literary Depths   with Stacy Carlson, Renee Swindle, Amy Franklin-Willis & more!

7:00 PM: Lit from Within: Buddhist Writers on Drafting Dharma   with Scoop Nisker, Sylvia Boorstein, Mark Coleman & more!
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Monday, October 14

6:00 PM: So, You Think You Know Mark Twain?   Trivia with UC Press

6:30 PM: Doctors and Patients / Medicine and Literature   UCSF Medical Humanities with Chris Adrian, Louise Aronson & More!

7:00 PM: Batter Up! Readings About the Great American Pastime   from Robert Mailer Anderson, Christopher Moore, Debi Durst & more!

Tuesday, October 15

10:00 AM: Kidquake: Middle School, Grades 3-5  
Teachers must sign their classes up in advance online or by email.

12:30 PM: Broad Daylight: Female Poets Read At Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Broad Daylight: Female Poets At YBGF: Oct. 15

6:00 PM: 2013 Poetry World Series: Litquake Edition with Matthew Zapruder, Dean Rader, Cristina Garcia, Susan Orlean & more!
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6:00 PM: Straight, No Chaser: Writers At The Bar Hosted by Alia Volz

6:30 PM: Get Real: Perception and the Nature of Reality  
Info and reservations: (415) 393-0100; [email protected]

7:00 PM: Original Shorts: Sitting in the Catbird Seat with Peter Orner, Tom Barbash, Carolyn Cooke & More!
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7:00 PM: Postmodern American Poetry Celebrating Norton's 2nd Edition of Postmodern American Poetry, at Sonoma State

7:30 PM: Litquake in the Bookstore: Lodro Rinzler Reading from Walk Like a Buddha

8:00 PM: Write On! Writers Whose Work You Should Know

Wednesday, October 16

10:00 AM: Kidquake: Elementary School, Primary Grades K-2  
Teachers must sign their classes up in advance online or by email.

5:30 PM: Poetry & Science: A Shared Exploration   Curated by Jane Hirshfield

6:30 PM: Alan Weisman at the San Francisco Main Library   - The World Without Us

7:00 PM: Goodreads LitQuiz    

8:00 PM: Mind Candy for the Masses: Litquake's 2013 Barbary Coast Award to Ron Turner and Last Gasp   Barbary Coast Award to Ron Turner, Last Gasp Comics: Oct. 16
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Thursday, October 17

6:30 PM: In Conversation: ZZ Packer and Sarah Ladipo Manyika   ZZ Packer and Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Oct. 17
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6:30 PM: Inside the California Food Revolution   Chef and Author Joyce Goldstein in Conversation with Carolyn Jung

6:30 PM: Writing Between Worlds   Andrew Sean Greer and Helene Wecker at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

7:00 PM: Flight of Poets   A Delicious Pairing of Poetry & Wines

7:00 PM: Native Wordsmiths: Two Poets and a Folksinger   at Bird & Beckett

7:00 PM: Viola Di Grado   Viola Di Grado at Italian Cultural institute, Oct. 17

7:00 PM: Why There Are Words   - Sausalito's Best Reading Series

7:30 PM: Using Words as Arrows: Contemporary Native American Writers   with Joy Harjo, Greg Sarris, Deborah Miranda & more!
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Friday, October 18

6:00 PM: Mothers: The Good, the Bad, and the Untidy   Litquake's Annual Women's Night
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7:00 PM: Comics on Comix   - Stand-up Comics Riff on Their Favorite Comic Books

7:00 PM: Mary Gaitskill at CCA    

7:00 PM: Naked Truth: Real Stories, Live.   in Mill Valley
Online registration recommended at millvalleylibrary.org

7:00 PM: Poetry Woman / Mujer-Poema   at the Mission Cultural Center

7:15 PM: Literary Death Match    

8:00 PM: Gum-Chewing Angel: An Evening With T.C. Boyle   An Evening With T.C. Boyle, Show and VIP Reception, Oct. 18
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Saturday, October 19

1:00 PM: Joie de Livre: Celebrating the Joy of Shared Reading   with the Women's National Book Association

1:00 PM: Words on the Waves   - A One-of-a-Kind Literary Experience atop the Houseboats of Sausalito

4:00 PM: The Art of the Novel   With Carol Edgarian, Karen Joy Fowler, Gail Tsukiyama, Susan Straight, and Chris Baty
Co-sponsored by Booktrack
Buy tickets to The Art of the Novel
Buy tickets to 2 session for $9
Buy tickets to 3 sessions for $12

6:00 PM: LIT CRAWL!!!!   The ever-fabulous closing night of Litquake. Schedule details online here!

7:15 PM: Hendrick’s Gin Comes to Lit Crawl SF!   Hendrick’s Gin Comes to Lit Crawl — Please Register in Advance!