Litquake and The Bindery present Evan James reading from his debut novel, Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe. In a return of a not-so-prodigal son, author Evan James comes to San Francisco on book tour for his comedy of manners debut novel that tells the story of a family summer on Puget Sound. Conjuring a Wes Anderson-meets-John Updike vibe, it tells a tale filled with tennis, a personal assistant in search of romance, a preppy screenwriter with a penchant for pills, a landscape gardener named Marvelous Matthews, and a bewitching self-help author, all attempting to find that elusive something that will, as Marie Kondo says, “spark their joy.” Recorded live at The Bindery. 

Litquake's 20th anniversary festival will take place October 10-19, 2019. For all the latest updates, follow us @litquake on Facebook and Twitter!

Direct download: Litcast_2019_Evan_James.mp3
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Back in March, Mitchell S. Jackson came to San Francisco on tour for his latest book, Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family. With a poet’s gifted ear, a novelist’s sense of narrative, and a journalist’s unsentimental eye, Mitchell S. Jackson candidly explores his tumultuous youth in the other America. Survival Math takes its name from the calculations Mitchell and his family made to keep safe—to stay alive—in their community, a small black neighborhood in Portland, Oregon blighted by drugs, violence, poverty, and governmental neglect.

This event was recorded live at The Bindery on March 12, 2019.

Litquake's 20th anniversary festival will take place October 10-19, 2019. For all the latest updates, follow us @litquake on Facebook and Twitter!

Direct download: Litcast_2019_Mitchell_S_Jackson.mp3
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To celebrate our 100th(!) episode, we've got an extra-special recording from Litquake’s 2018 festival: an evening of freewheeling conversation between two of San Francisco’s most prominent literary legends: Amy Tan and Armistead Maupin. Bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement, Amy Tan’s most recent novel is Where the Past Begins; Armistead Maupin, whose series Tales of the City helped change our cultural conversation about being gay in America, has just released the paperback edition of Logical Family. This event was recorded live at the Swedish American Hall on October 19, 2018.

Litquake's 20th anniversary festival will take place October 10-19, 2019. For all the latest updates, follow us @litquake on Facebook and Twitter!

 

 

Direct download: Litcast_2019_Amy_Tan__Armistead_Maupin.mp3
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Fantasy and science fiction stories have long embraced the darker themes of a dystopian future. Do these narratives speak to our fears of what the future will bring, or do they reflect the current reality in which the authors live and write? Is futuristic fiction pure escapism, or can it alter our destiny? In this episode of Lit Cast Live, Bay Area authors Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky; The City in the Middle of the Night), and Meg Elison (The Book of the Unnamed Midwife) explore these questions and more in a discussion moderated by Nilgun Bayraktar, a writer and professor at California College of the Arts. This Litquake event was recorded live at the San Francisco Public Library during their Night of Ideas on February 2, 2019.

Note - due to technical issues at the time of recording, the audio for some parts of this this episode may appear slightly distorted. Lit Cast greatly appreciates our listeners understanding. 

Direct download: Lit_Cast_2019_Night_of_Ideas.mp3
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