Litquake's "Lit Cast Live" series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Leni Zumas, on tour for her novel RED CLOCKS. The New York Times describes Zumas as having "a perfectly tuned ear for the way measures to restrict lives and enforce social confirmity are couched in the moralizing sentimentalism of children's needs" and her novel "a clear and well-constructed extrapolation of the current debate." RED CLOCKS is Zumas's second novel, following her darkly funny debut THE LISTENERS in 2012. This appearance was recorded live at The Booksmith in San Francisco. 

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Litquake's "Lit Cast Live" series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Chloe Benjamin, on tour for her novel THE IMMORTALISTS, described by The Guardian as "not just a novel about grief; it conjures characters with such dimension that you mourn them too, a magic rare enough to leave one astonished." THE IMMORTALISTS is Benjamin's second novel, following her award-winning debut THE ANATOMY OF DREAMS in 2014. This appearance was recorded live at Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco. 

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The science is unequivocal: Earth is getting hotter, endangering human civilization as well as myriad species of plants and animals. But individuals, businesses, cities and states can still take action to ensure a future for our children and grandchildren. Former Sierra Club president Carl Pope ("Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses and Citizens Can Save the Planet") and award-winning journalist Mark Hertsgaard ("Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth") discuss. Recorded live as part of the Litquake festival, at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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With a career spanning more than four decades, Loudon Wainwright III has established himself as one of America's most enduring singer-songwriters. His songs can be laugh-out-loud funny, but they also can cut to the bone. This past October, he discussed his memoir "Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things," with musician Chuck Prophet. Plus, a few songs! Recorded live as part of the Litquake festival, at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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In 2017, San Francisco's 13th Annual One City One Book committee selected "Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party," a bold, engrossing, and richly detailed examination of the revolutionary Black Panther movement, and its disastrous unraveling. This past October, co-author Waldo E. Martin, Jr. discussed the book and the Party's political dynamics with writer/curator D. Scot Miller. Recorded live as part of the Litquake festival, at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Since 1986, Houghton Mifflin's The Best American Essays has delivered an annual treasure trove of fine writing and thought-provoking essays selected from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. This past October, Litquake assembled a stellar gathering of some of California's leading contemporary essayists, and contributors to the anthology. With readings from Kendra Atleework, Richard M. Lange, Angela Morales, Karen Palmer, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Alia Volz. Recorded live as part of the Litquake festival, at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Never before has our commander-in-chief’s behavior been so puzzling, so laughable, so…troubled? This October the Litquake festival assembled a panel of experts to shed some light on the president's fundamental shortcomings. Senator Barbara Boxer addresses his political naiveté, linguist and NPR contributor Geoffrey Nunberg helps parse his verbal tics, psychiatrist Dr. Dee Mosbacher sheds light on his mental state, and comedian Will Durst talks about finding humor in this unfunny crisis. Moderated by journalist and author David Talbot. Recorded live as part of the Litquake festival, at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Litquake's "Lit Cast Live" series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Eugene Lim, author of the novel Dear Cyborgs. Entwining comic-book villains with cultural critiques, Lim creates a fleet-footed literary exploration of power, friendship, and creativity. Ambitious and knowing, Dear Cyborgs combines detective pulps, subversive philosophy, and Hollywood chase scenes, unfolding like the composites and revelations of a dream. In conversation with author Mauro Javier Cardenas, and recorded live at Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Litquake's "Lit Cast Live" series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Tom Perrotta, on tour for his novel MRS. FLETCHER, described by The New York Times as "the sweetest and most charming novel about pornography addiction and the harrowing issues of sexual consent that you will probably ever read." Best known for his novels turned into film and TV -- ELECTION, LITTLE CHILDREN, and THE LEFTOVERS -- Perrotta feels most comfortable when uncomfortable, and has said, "As writers, we need to go into territory that confuses us, or scares us, or that we're conflicted about." This appearance was recorded live at Book Passage Ferry Building in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Litquake's Shadows & Light series continues with a conversation between Anita Amirrezvani, Laleh Khadivi, and Andrew Lam, moderated by The Bare Life Review editor Nyuol Lueth Tong. In this live event, "Bad Hombres: Immigrant Voices Respond to Trump," panelists discuss the impact of the current regime on immigrant writers' lives and creativity, and explore how immigrant voices can prevail against our nation’s current intellectual recession. Recorded live at the San Francisco Public Library's Koret Auditorium in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:10pm PDT