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Kaui Hart Hemmings’ highly anticipated new novel The Possibilities was the subject of our May Epicenter. Her first novel, The Descendants, has been published in 20 countries and was made into an Oscar-winning film directed by Alexander Payne and starring George Clooney. Hemmings discusses her writing with Michelle Richmond, bestselling author of Golden State, The Year of Fog, No One You Know, Dream of the Blue Room, and the award-winning The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. Recorded live at Hotel Rex in San Francisco on May 13, 2014.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Kaui_Hemmings_Episode_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:07 PM

Using poetry, prose, and reportage, five Native American voices showcase the diversity of current Indian literature from reservation humor to unforgettable family history. Natalie Diaz, Joy Harjo, Gordon Lee Johnson, Deborah A. Miranda, and Gregg Sarris amuse, delight, and inspire. Followed by a discussion moderated by Heyday Books founder Malcolm Margolin. Co-produced by Heyday Books, this event was part of Litquake 2013. Recorded live at Z Space on October 17.

Direct download: Litquake_Lit_Cast_Native_American_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:08 PM

Did you miss Litquake's April Epicenter? We were thrilled to feature Molly Antopol in conversation with Anthony Marra in celebration of Antopol’s debut story collection, The UnAmericans, published by W.W. Norton. A recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award, Antopol holds an MFA from Columbia University and teaches at Stanford. Anthony Marra is author of the novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, as well as the winner of a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Narrative Prize. Recorded live at The Emerald Tablet in San Francisco on April 1, 2014.

Direct download: Litquake_Lit_Cast_Antopol_mixdown_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26 PM

CIA? Drugs? Mind-control? Don't miss Scott O'Connor and Eddie Muller in conversation at Litquake's March Epicenter. Haunted and inspired by a CIA clandestine operation known as Project MKULTRA in which American citizens were subjected to insidious drug and mind-control experiments, acclaimed novelist O’Connor discusses his latest literary thriller, Half World, with writer, filmmaker, and noir historian, Eddie Muller. Recorded live at Glass Door Gallery in San Francisco on March 11, 2014.

Direct download: Litquake_Lit_Cast_Scott_OConnor_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00 AM

Join Mireille Guiliano, author of the new bestseller, French Women Don't Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style and Attitude, in conversation with Litquake co-founder Jane Ganahl at Litquake's first Epicenter of 2014. Guiliano is The New York Times bestselling author of French Women Don't Get Fat and has been dubbed "the high priestess of French lady wisdom." Her first book was published in 40 countries and sold more than 3 million copies. Recorded live at the Hotel Rex in San Francisco on February 11, 2014.

Direct download: Guiliano_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01 AM

Readings from five writers included in Tremors, the first anthology of fiction by Iranian-Americans. These readings offer a bracing counter-narrative to prevailing political discourse about Iran. Featuring readings by Anita Amirrezvani, Persis Karim, Jasmin Darznik, Shideh Etaat, and Ari Siletz. This reading was part of Off the Richter Scale, two full days of readings and bookish discussions at Litquake 2013. Recorded live at the Hotel Rex. 

Direct download: Litquake_Lit_Cast_Iranian_Voices_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10 PM

Co-hosted by managing editor Zoë Ruiz and Rumpus contributor Ryan Pittington, "For We Have Fallen to Our Knees" was an explosive Rumpus production at the frenetic Lit Crawl 2013. Featuring readings by Lucy Corin, Saeed Jones, Mac McClelland, and Brian McMullen. Comedy by Sean Keane and music by Michael Mullen. This reading was one of 83 readings at the infamous Lit Crawl on the final night of Litquake 2013. Recorded live at The Make-Out Room.

Direct download: Litquake_Lit_Cast_Rumpus_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15 PM

Co-produced by the Humanities at Stanford University

Recent Stanford Stegner fellows, Scott Hutchins and Molly Antopol, discuss the pleasures and pains of writing fiction in a panel moderated by Stanford literary scholar Hilton Obenzinger, creator of the long-running “How I Write” lecture series. This reading was part of Off the Richter Scale, a two-day whirlwind of readings and bookish discussions during the first two days of Litquake 2013.  Recorded live at Hotel Rex on October 12th 2013.

Direct download: Litquake_Lit_Cast_Steg_Fellows_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44 PM

Join the editors and writers of Lapham’s Quarterly as they examine the topic of death. From the undertaker to the underworld, for thousands of years death has been an escape for some, an absurdity for others, and an inevitability for all. In a discussion full of gallows humor, morbid contemplation, fear of departure, and a will to live, the end is only the beginning. With Executive Editor Kira Don, Art Director Timothy Don, Sandra Gilbert, and Jeff Sharlet. Recorded live from Litquake's Off the Richter Scale in 2013, at the Hotel Rex in San Francisco.

Direct download: Litquake_Lit_Cast_Death__Dying_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:16 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.

Direct download: Litquake_Lit_Cast_Template_Arc.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04 PM