This year, the festival features a mind-boggling 163 events and over 850 authors – 450 of them packed into our closing night glory known as the Lit Crawl. Check out all the events right here!
In addition to a myriad of fiction and nonfiction authors, poets and thinkers, memoirists and linguists, and mystery, romance and speculative fiction writers, Litquake 2012 welcomes many award-winners, from former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, to California Poet Laureates Juan Felipe Herrera and Al Young, San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía, Pushcart Prize winner Lysley Tenorio, Pulitzer winner J.R. Moehringer, Nobel Prize nominee Ngugi Wa Thiong’o (pictured, right), and One City One Book author Rebecca Solnit.
Factor in a line-up of superb Bay Area talents like Dave Eggers, Karen Joy Fowler, Tiffany Baker, Tupelo Hassman, Daniel Clowes, Matthew Zapruder, Jack Foley, Joyce Maynard, D.A. Powell, Michelle Tea, Daniel Handler, Andrew Sean Greer, and Daniel Alarcón, and you can see why we’re so excited about this year’s lineup.
Other noteworthy participants from outside the Bay Area include Amy Sohn, Christopher Coake, Granta editor John Freeman, Susan Straight (pictured, left), Simon Rich, Tupelo Hassman, Pam Houston, Emily Rapp, and comedian/writers Michael Ian Black, Merrill Markoe and Chris Elliott. We also welcome authors from around the world, representing such nations as Kenya, England, Ireland, Iran, Colombia, Philippines, and Mexico.
We’re very excited to announce new expansions for this year. Our new Words and Pictures culture-centric series takes place at museums throughout downtown San Francisco, and Litquake’s Berkeley Ramble takes place in several venues of downtown Berkeley. We also offer special tributes to Lenore Kandel, Woody Guthrie, Juan Rulfo, and Poetry Flash, our 2012 Barbary Coast Award recipient.
From political authors and a collaboration with San Francisco Opera, to live performances of the radio program Philosophy Talk and bilingual podcast Radio Ambulante, from our popular Teenquake and Kidquake events to an expanded series of events on publishing and the craft of writing, including a “Hair of the Dog” writing workshop series in conjunction with the SF Writers’ Grotto on Sunday, Oct. 14, there is literally something for everyone this year.
Ticketing links for all events featuring advance tickets are available online. And for the first time, we’re offering a special 10% discount for Litquake fans who purchase advance tickets to five events during the festival — and 5% discount for those who purchase tickets to three events.
Check back to our main page for updates and late additions, and watch for our printed programs hitting the streets next month!