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The Devil’s Lexicon: Litquake’s Nod to the Dark Side of Literature, 8 pm, Verdi Club.
Off the Richter Scale, noon-4 pm. Variety Preview Room Theatre, 582 Market Street, First Floor, San Francisco. Free
- Writing in California Prisons, noon-1 pm: Kenneth E. Hartman (read by Alia Hartman), Spoon Jackson (on DVD), Jarvis Masters (read by Susan Moon), Boston Woodard (read by Jon Sievert), Judith Tannenbaum (facilitator)
- Rhyming or Not: Bay Area Poetry, 1-2 pm: Rebecca Foust, Keetje Kuipers, Joseph Lease, Brittany Perham, Matthew Siegel, Greg Wrenn
- Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: Science Fiction in a Real World, 2-3 pm: Andrew Dugas, Nick Mamatas, Michael Meloan, Steven Meloan, Scott Sigler
- Indie Publishing: Is Self-Publishing the New Black?, 3-4 pm: Lizann Bassham, Carol Costello, W. Patrick Gallagher, Andrew Haskins, Carol Verburg
Barely Published Authors, 7 pm, Latin America Club: Cynthia Cady, Pia Chatterjee, Sarah Faulkner, Seth Fischer, Doug Henderson, Jen Siraganian, Kenton K. Yee, Salvatore Zoida
Cross-Border Diatribes, 7 pm, Mission Cultural Center: Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Francisco Herrera, Alejandro Murguía. Co-presented by City Lights Booksellers and Publishers
Litquake Presents Thomas McGuane In Conversation With Jack Boulware, 8 pm, Delancey Street Screening Room.
Off the Richter Scale, noon-4 pm. Variety Preview Room Theatre, 582 Market Street, First Floor, San Francisco. Free
- Golden Gate and Beyond, noon-1 pm: Howard Junker, Andrew Lam, Fred Setterberg, James Warner.
- Golden Gate and Beyond: Hour Two, 1-2 pm: Frank Bergon, Barnaby Conrad III, Thaisa Frank, Seth Harwood, Karen Tei Yamashita, Merla Zellerbach.
- Thinking, Believing, Living: The Human as Being, 2-3 pm: Brian Christian, Patricia V. Davis, Allen Klein, Pamela Laird, Lewis Richmond, Marcus Wohlsen
- Writing the Wild, 3-4 pm: Anita Amirrezvani, Natalie Baszile, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Carolyn Cooke, Michael David Lukas, Jason Magabo Perez.
The Word Extended: Voices from UC Berkeley Extension, 2 pm, UC Berkeley Extension Art & Design Center: Daniel Coshnear, Laurie Ann Doyle, Cody Gates.
Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons, 2:30 pm, Contemporary Jewish Museum: Robin Levi, Ayelet Waldman. Co-presented by the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s StoryCorps StoryBooth
“That’s My F*cking Stool!”—Writers at the Bar, 4 pm, Vesuvio: Alan Black, Jack Boulware, Beth Lisick, Joshua Mohr, Missy Roback, David Henry Sterry, Frances Stroh.
“The Great Night” in Buena Vista Park, 4 pm, Buena Vista Park Summit: Chris Adrian, Andrew Sean Greer, Daniel Handler, Booksmith’s Literary Clown Foolery troupe. Co-presented by Booksmith, Buena Vista Neighborhood Association, San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, and San Francisco Parks Alliance
The Secret Life of Metaphor, 4 pm, Z Space: James Geary.
Voices of North Beach: A Literary Tour 4:30 pm, The Beat Museum.
Pitchapalooza, 5 pm, Variety Preview Room: David Henry Sterry, Sam Barry, and Kathi Kamen Goldmark. Co-presented by the California Institute of Integral Studies.
These Mean Streets: Reality and Fiction Collide, 6 pm, Tosca Cafe: Frank Calabrese, Jr., David Corbett, Will Durst, Michelle Gagnon, Barry Gifford, Charlie Haas, Jody Weiner (host), Keith and Kent Zimmerman.
Litquake Presents Jane Smiley In Conversation with Karen Joy Fowler, 7 pm, Variety Preview Room.
Adam Mansbach In Conversation with Lyrics Born, 7 pm, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Kanbar Hall
Being Human: Litquake Presents Brian Christian In Conversation with Thomas Goetz, 7 pm, Delancey Street Screening Room.
His Dark Places: Litquake Presents James Ellroy In Conversation with Janis Cooke Newman, 8 pm, Z Space.
New Writers Toolkit: “First-Time Authors Reveal All” and “Want That Book Published?” 3pm, Foundation Center: Andrea Alban, Michael Alenyikov, Chris Cole, Ransom Stephens, Bill Kendrick, Laura Mazer, Penny Nelson, Ted Weinstein. Two panels co-presented by The Foundation Center.
The Best Novels You Haven’t Read, 6 pm, The Book Club of California: Kent Puckett, Nancy Ruttenburg, Ramón Saldívar, Namwali Serpell. Co-presented by the Stanford Humanities Center and UC Berkeley’s Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities
Christopher Moore in Collision: Whales, Comedy, and The Impressionists, 6 pm, Z Space.
The Intersection of Medicine and Literature, 6:30 pm, Heart Wine Bar: Chris Adrian, Louise Aronson, and David Watts. Co-presented by the University of California, San Francisco Medical Humanities Group.
Litquake in the Bookstore: Micah Ballard and Alli Warren, 7 pm, Bird & Beckett Books and Records.
Teenquake: Not Your Mother’s Book Club, 7 pm, Books Inc. Opera Plaza: Simone Elkeles, Becca Fitzpatrick, Michelle Hodkin, Moira Young.
Original Shorts: Failure to Commit, 7 pm, The Lone Palm: Rob Ehle, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Shann Ray, Shawna Yang Ryan, Charlie Varon, Malena Watrous.
San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers and Quiet Lightning Present: The Greenhouse Effect Summer Reading Series, V.3 , 7 pm, San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers: Robin Bullard, Stellar Cassidy, Sarah Ciston, Amy Cruz, Allison Landa, Mira Martin-Parker. Roger Porter, Guinevere Q, Dean Rader, Claire Rawlins, Alyson Price Sinclair, Ransom Stephens.
Are We Good? An Evening of Stories about Apology, Redemption, and Outright Begging For Forgiveness, 8 pm, Verdi Club: Donnell Alexander, Rob Baedeker, Susan Freinkel, Jillian Lauren, Marc Maron, Vanessa Veselka.
MFA Body Slam! The First-Ever Litquake and San Francisco Bay Area MFA Mixer, 8 pm, Swedish American Hall: California College of the Arts Team (Ryan Funk, Erin Heath, Jordan A. Karnes); Mills College Team (Cheena Marie Lo. Kate Robinson, Jose Vadi); St. Mary’s College of California Team (Mallory Bass, Peter Burghardt, Katrina Greco);San Francisco State University Team (Carolyn Ho, Justin, etc., A. E. Munn); San Jose State University Team (Nicole Hughes, Kevin Manning, Brian Wood); University of San Francisco Team (Jenny M. Chu, Brian Gilton, Marcelino Urioste).
Lit & Lunch, 12 noon, 111 Minna Gallery: Joshua Beckman. Co-presented by The Center for the Art of Translation
Words & Voices at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, 12:30 pm, Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade: Caroline Goodwin, Roxane Beth Johnson, Ada Limón, Randall Mann, Bruce Snider.
Litquake presents Karen Russell in Conversation with Carolyn Cooke, 5 pm, Z Space.
Lit in the Hills: Scaling The East Bay’s Literary Heights, 6 pm, Monaghan’s on the Hill: Sylvia Brownrigg, Carolina De Robertis, Adrienne McDonnell, Peggy Orenstein, April Sinclair.
10 Years Later: A Granta Conversation, 6 pm, The Book Club of California: John Freeman, Adam Johnson, Rebecca Solnit, Oscar Villalon.
Got Soul? Science and the Quest for the Ephemeral, 6 pm, Mechanics’ Institute Library: Flora A. Keshgegian, Michael Krasny, Thomas B. Lewis, Richard A. Muller, Starhawk.
Re Write: An Evening of Prose from Writers in Recovery, 6 pm, Delancey Street Screening Room: Tim Elhajj, Patrick Hughes, Alan Kaufman, Ali Liebegott, Wendy Merrill, Bucky Sinister, Cary Tennis. Co-sponsored by Foundations Recovery Network. Co-presented by Central Recovery Press, Cleis Press, and Conari Press.
New Directions Publishing 75th Anniversary: A Gala Celebration of a Quintessential American Publisher, 7 pm, City Lights: Willis Barnstone, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, Denise Newman, Michael Palmer, Katherine Silver, Declan Spring, Nathaniel Tarn. Co-presented by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.
An Evening with Melanie Rae Thon: A Litquake South Bay Event, 7 pm, Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Rm. 225. Co-presented by The Center for Literary Arts.
Litquake in the Bookstore: Donia Bijan at Kepler’s, 7 pm, Kepler’s Books
Litquake Presents Julia Glass in Conversation with Katie Crouch, 7:30 pm, Z Space
Litquake in the Bookstore: Chuck Klosterman at The Booksmith, 7:30 pm, The Booksmith
Young Ireland: Emissaries from a New Literary Renaissance, 8 pm, Swedish American Hall: Chris Binchy, Alan Black, John Butler, Lucy Caldwell, Claire Kilroy, Belinda McKeon. Co-presented by Imagine Ireland. Co-sponsored by Magners Cider.
Barbershop Reading: A Little Off the Top and Over the Top, 9 pm, Joe’s Barbershop: Michael Alenyikov, Nick Krieger, Malinda Lo, Michael McAllister, Monica Nolan, Rob Rosen.
Kidquake: K-2, 9:40 am, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library: Rana DiOrio, Tim Myers, Tony Robles, Joan Schoettler, Kathryn Otoshi, Sara Palacios, Tony Robles, Mike Twohy, Kelly Jean Egan, Susan Sibbett, Tim Myers, Dashka Slater.
Litquake in the Bookstore : Daniel Woodrell at Books Inc. in the Marina, 7 pm.
Litquake in the Bookstore: Anne Enright at Book Passage, 7 pm, Corte Madera.
RADAR at the Luggage Store, 7 pm, Luggage Store: Yasmin Golan, Myriam Gurba, Genny Lim, Shannon O’Malley, K.M. Soehnlein, Masha Tupitsyn, Laurie Weeks.
War of the Worldviews: A Debate with Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley. Co-presented by Berkeley Arts & Letters and The Booksmith.
Litquake in the Bookstore: Mary Roach at The Booksmith, 7:30 pm.
The Fighter and The Writer: Litquake presents The Barbary Coast Award to Ishmael Reed, 7:30 pm, Z Space: Wajahat Ali, W. Kamau Bell, Carla Blank, Clark Blaise, Broun Fellinis, Ianthe Brautigan Swensen, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Juan Felipe Herrera, Yuri Kageyama, Alejandro Murguía, Claire Ortalda, Ishmael Reed, Tennessee Reed.
Kidquake: Grades 3-5, 9:40 am, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library: Shirin Yim Bridges, Jason Edwards, Elizabeth Singer Hunt, David Schwartz, Alma Flor Ada, Summer Brenner, Gennifer Choldenko, Gabriel Zubizarreta, Tehmina Khan, Susan Terence, Jason Edwards, David Schwartz.
Religious Renegades, 4 pm, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library: Anna Broadway, Tony DuShane, Julian Guthrie, Don Lattin.
Writing Human Rights: Literature as a Window Into Iran, 5:15 pm, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library: Persis Karim, Nazy Kaviani, Laleh Khadivi, Mahbod Seraji.
Serving It Forth: A Feast of Food Writing, 6 pm, Chronicle Books: Vanessa Barrington, Tom Hudgens, Leslie Jonath, Jeff Potter, Anne Zimmerman
This Just In…Local News Makes Headlines, 6:30 pm, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library: Phil Bronstein, Jeanne Carstensen, Frances Dinkelspiel, Scott James (moderator), Darian Shirazi.
VIP Reception with Chelsea Handler—SOLD OUT!!, 6:30 pm, undisclosed location
Flight of Poets, 7 pm, Hotel Rex: Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Jane Hirshfield, Robert Polito, Rachel Richardson, C. J. Sage, Matthew Zapruder.
Stories on Stage: Family, 7 pm, Delancey Street Screening Room: Jennifer Egan, Ann Packer, Melanie Rae Thon.
Bird & Beckett Books And Records presents David Meltzer, Neeli Cherkovski, Latif Harris, Julie Rogers, Jerry Ferraz and Walker Brents at Kaleidoscope, 7 pm, Kaleidoscope.
Lit Flicks: Screening of Doc, 7:30 pm, Oddball Film+Video: Immy Humes.
Subterranean SF Reading Series: The Litanies of Noir, 8 pm, undisclosed location: Christa Faust, Sara Gran, Donna Lethal, Peter Maravelis
Literary Death Match: Litquake Rumble, 8 pm, Beatbox: Laurie R. King, Jill Soloway, Glynn Washington, John Butler, Myron Michael, Simon Rich, Ethel Rohan.
Are You There, Litquake? It’s Me, Chelsea!—SOLD OUT!!, 8 pm, Z Space: Chelsea Handler in conversation with Jane Ganahl.
When Pictures Speak Louder Than Words, 1 pm, Z Space: Sean Chiki, Scott Hewicker (moderator), Jory John, Dorian Katz, MariNaomi, Jon Macy, Roman Muradov, Leland Myrick, Thien Pham, Christine Shields, Dan V, Gene Luen Yang.
Murders, Mayhem and Moxie: Litquake’s Women’s Night 2011, 5:30 pm, Bubble Lounge Champagne Bar: Cara Black, Meg Waite Clayton, Jodi Compton, Zoë Ferraris, Heather Haven, Beth McMullen, Brandi Lynn Ryder, Jacqueline Winspear.
Tonga at Tosca: The Launch of Tonga Books, 5:30 pm, Tosca Cafe: Alexander Maksik, Alice Sebold , Joe Fassler, and Michael Reynolds.
Numina Femenina: The Voice of the Feminine in Mexican Literature, 6 pm, Tres: Carmen Boullosa, Pura López Colomé, Olivia E. Sears.
Teenquake: Word for Word “Off the Page” Staged Reading of Selections from The Sky Is Everywhere, 6:30 pm, Z Space: Jandy Nelson, Word for Word Performing Arts Company.
Jeffrey Eugenides at Books Inc., 7 pm, Books Inc. Opera Plaza.
Kafkaesque: SF in SF, 7 pm, Variety Preview Room: Terry Bisson, Rudy Rucker, Carter Scholz.
Rock Out with Your Book Out: Music Writers and Musicians Who Write, 7 pm, Make-Out Room: Luke James, Paul Myers, Frank Portman, Chuck Prophet, Joel Selvin, Denise Sullivan, Richie Unterberger.
Figure Four Caps Lock: Pro Wrestling Memoirs from Classy Freddie Blassie to The Fabulous Moolah, 7:30 pm, Hemlock Tavern: Alan Black, Allan Bolte, Bob Calhoun, Shane Dynasty, Greg Franklin, Matt Holdaway, Suzanne Kleid, Michael Lucas, Rik Luxury, Lady Monster, Alia Volz, Norman Zelaya.
Teenquake and Figment.com present Teen Writing Awards, 8 pm, Z Space: Malinda Lo; Poetry: Jandy Nelson; Mystery: Charlie Price; Fiction: Dana Reinhardt.
Nordic Noir: A Dark and Stormy Night of Scandinavian Crime Fiction, 8 pm, Swedish American Hall: Tom Egeland, Jørn Lier Horst, Liza Marklund, Eddie Muller.
Kidquake at USF: Monsters in the Bookshelf, 10 am, Thacher Gallery at University of San Francisco, Gleeson Library | Geschke Center: Kim Dwinell, J.H. Everett, JR Johnson, Katie McDee, Andrew Mitchell, Alice Provensen*, Marilyn Scott-Waters, Bob Singer.
Invisible City Audio Tours: Everywhere Man, 10 am, Cable Car Turnaround: Jim Nelson.
The Art of the Mystery, 1 pm, Z Space: Juliet Blackwell, Michelle Gagnon, Seth Harwood, Sophie Littlefield.
Words on the Waves, 1 pm, Private Houseboat Pier: Roger Housden, Holly Lynn Payne, Adam Fisher, Susan Frank, Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, Cyra McFadden, Barbara D. Hubbard, Kirk Lombard, Richard Merz, Jim Benning, Peter Delevett, Daniel Duane, Maria Finn, Tess Uriza Holthe, Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, Kristen Tracy, Jon Wells, Frances Lefkowitz, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Peg Alford Pursell, Marianne Rogoff, Larry Smith, Vanda Marlow, Cyra McFadden, Stewart Brand, Joe Tate, Maria Finn.
The Art of Short Fiction, 2:30 pm, Z Space: Clark Blaise, Laura Cogan, Ann Packer, Eric Puchner.
The Art of the Novel, 4 pm, Z Space: Andrew Altschul, Elizabeth Bernstein, Vikram Chandra, Bharati Mukherjee, Peter Orner.
Lit Crawl San Francisco, 6 pm, Various locations.