A monthly series of lively literary conversations. Now at the Hotel Rex, adjacent to the Library Bar!
Join Litquake at our “Epicenter” series, where national and international authors engage in lively literary conversations. The series strives to create a theater of ideas between writers and readers. Admission is a suggested $5-10; cocktails are encouraged.
Epicenters will occur on the final Tuesday evening of each month (unless otherwise noted). Events begin at 7 pm (unless otherwise noted). Each conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A and book sales. Space is limited so sign up in advance for a guaranteed spot.
2013 Epicenter Schedule
- January 3, 7 pm
- Celebrate the launch of Irish crime novelist Stuart Neville‘s latest book, Ratlines. In conversation with the Bay Area’s own acclaimed mystery novelist Cara Black (Murder at the Lanterne Rouge). RSVP here. Read more about the event.
- February 19, 7 pm
- NY Times‘ “Drink” columnist and This American Life contributor Rosie Schaap (Drinking With Men: A Memoir)
- February 26, 7 pm
- Celebrate the launch of Arno Bertina’s first novel in English, Brando, My Solitude. Bertina will be in conversation with his translator, American author Laird Hunt.
- March 12, 7 pm
- New York City-based novelist and Believer Book Award-winner Sam Lipsyte in conversation with San Francisco novelist Joshua Mohr (Damascus)
- April 16, 7 pm
- Celebrating the launch of novelist and Los Angeles Review of Books senior fiction editor Matthew Specktor‘s American Dream Machine. Specktor will be in conversation with novelist Glen David Gold (Carter Beats the Devil, Sunnyside).
- May 21, 7 pm
- NoViolet Bulawayo, author of We Need New Names. Originally from Zimbabwe, NoViolet’s debut novel is one of the most highly anticipated launches of the year. “I knew this writer was going to blow up” – Junot Diaz
- June 25, 7 pm
- Celebrating the launch of Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Litquake is thrilled to present Fowler in conversation with revered author Dorothy Allison.
- July 18, 7 pm
- This Epicenter celebrates the release of Gabriel Roth’s new coming-of-age novel The Unknowns, set in Silicon Valley. A former reporter and editor for the S.F. Bay Guardian, Roth now lives in Brooklyn.
- August 6, 7 pm
- Celebrating the San Francisco launch of Peter Orner’s new fiction collection Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, Litquake is proud to present Orner in conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald from McSweeney’s.
- September 16, 7 pm
- Celebrating the San Francisco launch of Cristina García’s King of Cuba, a new novel from the National Book Award finalist and author of Dreaming in Cuban. In conversation with Oscar Villalon from Zyzzyva.
- November 1, 7 pm
- Litquake proudly hosts the San Francisco launch of Daniel Alarcón’s highly anticipated new novel At Night We Walk in Circles. In conversation with Daniel Gumbiner from McSweeney’s.
- November 15, 6 pm
- Litquake is proud to host the San Francisco launch of the new humor book, The Married Kama Sutra: The World’s Least Erotic Sex Manual. With co-authors Simon Rich and Farley Katz.
Audio of previous Epicenters with Peter Carey, Geoff Dyer, Carolyn Burke, Adam Johnson, and Alice LaPlante, and more, are available through our podcast. Click here for RSS feed, or here on iTunes, and download to the shiny device of your choice!
For more information, please contact Litquake:
Litquake, San Francisco’s annual literary festival, was founded by Bay Area writers in order to put on a week-long literary spectacle for book lovers, complete with cutting-edge panels, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings. Since its founding in 1999, the festival has presented more than 3,650 author appearances for an audience of over 83,500 in its lively and inclusive celebration of San Francisco’s thriving contemporary literary scene. Litquake seeks to foster interest in literature, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing as a complement to the city’s music, film, and cultural festivals.