Back in the summer, author Melissa Broder dropped into The Bindery to read and discuss her hilarious debut novel, The Pisces, and we were there to capture it. “A modern-day mythology for women on the verge,” according to the New York Times, The Pisces is the absrud and erotic recounting of one woman’s star-crossed relationship with a folkloric beau. Broder is the author of the essay collection So Sad Today and four poetry collections, including Last Sext. She writes the "So Sad Today" column at Vice, the astrology column for Lenny Letter, and the "Beauty and Death" column on Elle.com. In conversation with The Millions editor and The Golden State novelist, Lydia Kiesling. Recorded live at The Bindery.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Melissa_Broder.mp3
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Litquake's "Lit Cast Live" series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Elaine Castillo and her debut novel, "America Is Not The Heart". In illuminating the violent political history of the Philippines in the 1980s and 1990s and the insular immigrant communities that spring up in the suburban United States, Castillo delivers an incisive and powerful story about the promise of the American dream and the unshakable power of the past. This appearance was recorded live at Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco. Sponsored by California College of the Arts.

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Direct download: Lit_Cast_Elaine_Castillo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:24pm PST

Litquake's "Lit Cast Live" series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Sloane Crosley, New York Times–bestselling author of "Look Alive Out There"―a brand-new collection of essays filled with her trademark hilarity, wit, and charm. The characteristic heart and punch-packing observations are back, but with a newfound coat of maturity. A thin coat. More of a blazer, really. In conversation with Daniel Mallory Ortberg. This appearance was recorded live at Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:59pm PST

Litquake's "Lit Cast Live" series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with the charming, witty, and always-incisive Meg Wolitzer and her new novel The Female Persuasion, which chronicles the highs and lows of power, loyalty, hero worship, womanhood and ambition.  At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. This appearance was recorded live at The Bindery in San Francisco. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:12pm PST

Litquake's "Lit Cast Live" series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with the daring and wise, hilarious and tender, Cheston Knapp and his exhilarating collection of seven linked essays, Up Up, Down Down, which tackles the Big Questions through seemingly unlikely avenues. Taken together, the essays in Up Up, Down Down amount to a chronicle of Knapp’s coming-of-age, a young man’s journey into adulthood, late-onset as it might appear. He presents us with formative experiences from his childhood to marriage that echo throughout the collection, and ultimately tilts at what may be the Biggest Q of them all: what are the hazards of becoming who you are?This appearance was recorded live at Green Apple on the Park in San Francisco. Sponsored by California College of the Arts. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

 

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Knapp.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:17pm PST

Litquake's "Lit Cast Live" series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Samantha Irby on tour for her second essay collection, MEATY. After attracting thousands of loyal readers to her notoriously hilarious blog, bitchesgottaeat.com, Samantha Irby first exploded onto the printed page with WE ARE NEVER MEETING IN REAL LIFE, her debut collection of essays about trying to laugh her way through failed relationships, taco feasts, bouts with Crohn's disease, and more. Every essay is crafted with that distinctive voice hailed by Kirkus Reviews as "raunchy, funny, and vivid...strap in and get ready for a roller-coaster ride to remember." This appearance was recorded live at The Booksmith in San Francisco. Sponsored by California College of the Arts. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Irby.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:31pm PST

Litquake's "Lit Cast Live" series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Leslie Jamison, on tour for her new book THE RECOVERING: Intoxication and its Aftermath. Jamison has been compared to such iconic writers as Joan Didion and Susan Sontag. Yet her utterly singular voice also offers something new. With enormous empathy and wisdom, Jamison has given us nothing less than the story of addiction and recovery in America writ large, a definitive and revelatory account that will resonate for years to come. This appearance was recorded live at Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco. Sponsored by California College of the Arts. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Leslie_Jamison.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm PST

Litquake's "Lit Cast Live" series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Morgan Jerkins, on tour for her new book THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America. This highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves Jerkins' incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today. Jenkins is currently a contributing editor at Catapult and a Book of the Month judge. This appearance was recorded live at The Booksmith in San Francisco. Sponsored by California College of the Arts. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

Direct download: Lit_CastJerkins.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:27pm PST

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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Direct download: Lit_Cast_leni_zumas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:44pm PST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 1:46pm PST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 9:49am PST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm PST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 6:14pm PST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:45pm PST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 6:02pm PST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:53pm PST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 1:43pm PST

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

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Bad_Hombres.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10pm PST

Litquake's new "Lit Cast Live" continues with a panel discussion between Alysia Abbott, Clane Hayward and Joshua Safran, moderated by Gabe Meline of KQED Arts. For decades, Northern California has been Ground Zero for countercultural communities, rejecting conventional suburbia in favor of individualism and personal freedom. But what happens to children with this background, growing up amid such unorthodox family dynamics? These three Bay Area authors with recent memoirs meet on the summer solstice to discuss their experiences growing up in the shadow of the Summer of Love. Recorded live at the California Historical Society in San Francisco.

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Direct download: Lit_Cast_Children_of_Love.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27pm PST

Litquake's new "Lit Cast Live" series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Jeff VanderMeer, on tour for his novel BORNE, named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Book Riot, Chicago Reader, The Week, and Publishers Weekly. Author of the bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy, VanderMeer also will soon see a film adaptation of the trilogy's first installment, ANNIHILATION. In conversation with Robin Sloan, author of MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE. 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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:25pm PST

Litquake's first entry in our "Lit Cast Live" series of events at Bay Area bookstores presents professor/author Sarah Ladipo Manyika, for the launch of her newest novel, LIKE A MULE BRINGING ICE CREAM TO THE SUN. Set in San Francisco, this book presents a subtle and mesmerizing meditation on aging, friendship, and loss, and fleshes out a nuanced portrait of the erotic yearnings of an older woman. In conversation with Daniel "Lemony Snicket" Handler. Recorded live at the Booksmith bookstore, in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:27pm PST

Litquake's second event in our "Shadow & Light" series presents "The Most Dishonest People on Earth: Journalists Respond to Trump," another glimpse of sanity in an increasingly insane world. This current political climate demands honest and unvarnished media coverage. But is the American press doing enough to tell the truth behind the lies? Are we in a spiral of spin where truth no longer matters? With Lowell Bergman, Geoffrey Nunberg, Marisa Lagos, and Scott Shafer. Recorded live at the Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:38pm PST

In the great tradition of jazz and spoken-word basement readings in North Beach first forged by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Kenneth Rexroth, and Bob Kaufman, hear this contemporary update co-presented by City Lights Books. With poets Chinaka Hodge, devorah major, and RyanNicole. Music by Afro-futurist jazz trio Broun Fellinis. Recorded live at Doc's Lab, formerly The Purple Onion, in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm PST

As with the rest of the world, Litquake has been festering over the unexpected election of Donald Trump. Do we publish a manifesto? Or curl up in the fetal position? Yes, times are dark indeed, but it’s incumbent on the creative class to stand tall and contribute. And so we present some diverse and electric Bay Area voices who speak to our nation’s fear, anger, and perhaps even optimism. With Elmaz Abinader, Robert Mailer Anderson, devorah major, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and T.J. Stiles. Recorded live at the Koret Auditorium at San Francisco Public Library, main branch. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:08pm PST

Lit Cast presents this live recording featuring author Kim Addonizio and poet Jen Siraganian at Litquake's Epicenter series. This onstage conversation discusses Addonizio's two newest releases, the poetry collection MORTAL TRASH, and the memoir BUKOWSKI IN A SUN DRESS. Learn why the San Francisco Chronicle says "Addonizio tackles tough subjects -- unequipped mothers, the loss of love, mental illness -- with unflinching clarity, lyricism, and humor." Unexpected fun fact for this episode: both Kim and Jen attended the same high school in Maryland. Co-presented by Green Apple Books, and recorded live at Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm PST

Lit Cast presents this live recording featuring Atavist editor Evan Ratliff and journalist Jennifer Kahn at Litquake's Epicenter series. The onstage conversation discusses LOVE AND RUIN, the new collection of nonfiction from The Atavist, a trailblazing leader in longform narrative writing. Tune in and hear why The New York Times describes The Atavist as "remarkable...can't look away pieces of multimedia journalism." Co-presented by Green Apple Books, and recorded live at Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake/  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:06pm PST

Lit Cast presents this live recording featuring novelist Natashia Deón and journalist Kaitlin Solimine at Litquake's Epicenter series. This conversation discusses Natashia's debut release, GRACE, from Counterpoint Press. The New York Times says, "Ms. Deón is not merely another new author to watch. She has delivered something whole, and to be reckoned with, right now." Co-presented by Green Apple Books, and recorded live at Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake/  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:06am PST

Lit Cast presents this live recording featuring novelist Adam Haslett and book critic Jane Ciabattari at Litquake's Epicenter series. This conversation discusses Haslett's newest release, "Imagine Me Gone." With his striking emotional precision and lively, inventive language, Haslett has given us something rare: a novel with the power to change how we see the most important people in our lives. Co-presented by Green Apple Books, and recorded live at Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake/  https://twitter.com/Litquake
 
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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm PST

Lit Cast presents this live recording featuring journalist/author Dan Lyons and journalist Chris Colin at Litquake's Epicenter series. This conversation discusses Lyons' new memoir, "Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble," the New York Times bestseller about the "troubling but funny" world of America's technology culture from one of the contributors to HBO's "Silicon Valley." Co-presented by Green Apple Books, and recorded live at Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake/  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:40pm PST

Lit Cast presents this live recording which features writer/critic CIntra Wilson and journalist/editor Gary Kamiya at Litquake's Epicenter series. This conversation discusses Wilson's most recent collection, "Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style," a hilarious road trip across the landscape of American fashion. Co-presented by Green Apple Books, and recorded live at Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake/  https://twitter.com/Litquake

 

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Cintra_Wilson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22pm PST

Lit Cast presents this live recording which features novelist Patricia Park and journalist/fiction author Vanessa Hua at Litquake's Epicenter series. This conversation explores Park's recent debut book "Re Jane," a retelling of the Charlotte Brontë classic Jane Eyre, set in the Korean immigrant community of Queens, New York. Co-presented by Green Apple Books, and recorded live at Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake/  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:33pm PST

Lit Cast presents this live recording from Litquake's Epicenter series, featuring Sunil Yapa, author of the debut novel "Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist," in conversation with writer Marie Mutsuki Mockett ("Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye"). Co-presented by Green Apple Books, and recorded live at Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake/ https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:05pm PST

Lit Cast presents this live recording which features California fiction writers Lori Ostlund and Amelia Gray at our Off the Richter Scale series. This conversation, titled “Our Strange Skin,” ranges from readings to discussions about love, cages, and the freakishness of the human body. Recorded live at Z Below during the 2015 Litquake festival in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake/  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:27pm PST

Lit Cast is proud to present this live recording of the recent Litquake event featuring author and screenwriter Dennis Lehane, for the Bay Area launch of his recent novel "The World Gone By." In this episode, Lehane is joined onstage by film noir historian Eddie Muller, in a conversation about his book-to-film career. Recorded live at Jewish Community Center San Francisco during the 2015 Litquake festival in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake/ https://twitter.com/Litquake

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:10pm PST

Lit Cast is proud to present this live recording of the recent Litquake event featuring activist, emcee and front-man Boots Riley, for the Bay Area launch of his new book Tell Homeland Security—We Are The Bomb. In this episode, Boots is joined onstage by comedian W. Kamau Bell and author Adam Mansbach, in a conversation about the intersection of art and politics. Recorded live at Z Space during the 2015 Litquake festival in San Francisco.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm PST

Lit Cast is proud to present this live recording of the recent Litquake event “Horror and Hilarity: A Conversation with Christopher Moore and S.G. Browne.” Both of these authors have mastered the craft of mining humor from the macabre: soul-collecting demons, romance-seeking zombies, undead redhead vampires and more. Moderated by book journalist Zack Ruskin, and recorded live at Z Below during the 2015 Litquake festival in San Francisco.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:32pm PST

Litquake is honored to present this live recording of the recent event "Writing Cultural Identity." Short story writers Chinelo Okparanta and Vu Tran discuss the fiction of cultural identity, migration, and the craft of good writing. Born in Nigeria, Chinelo is author of the collection “Happiness, Like Water” and the novel “Under the Udala Trees.” Born in Vietnam, Vu is author of many published short stories, as well as the novel “Dragonfish.” Moderated by Commonwealth Prize winner Nayomi Munaweera. Recorded live at Z Below during the 2015 Litquake festival in San Francisco.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:23pm PST

Litquake is proud to co-present the monthly Poetic Tuesday series, our summertime collaboration with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, showcasing top Bay Area poets and musicians. This episode was recorded on May 12, and features Tria AndrewsRebecca FoustBill MayerBruce Snider, and musical guest Naima Shalhoub. Recorded live at Jessie Square in downtown San Francisco.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:34am PST

Litquake is proud to host the San Francisco launch of "The Argonauts," the new genre-bending memoir by Maggie Nelson. Writing in the spirit of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Nelson binds her personal experience to a rigorous exploration of what iconic theorists have said about sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and child-rearing. In conversation with fiction writer Lucy Corin. Recorded live at Litquake’s Epicenter in San Francisco, and co-presented by Green Apple Books.

 

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm PST

Litquake is proud to host the San Francisco launch of "All Ths Life," the newest novel by Joshua Mohr, which examines the dangerous intersection of reality and the imaginary, where coding and technology seek to highlight and augment our already flawed human connections. In conversation with Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware. Recorded live at Litquake’s Epicenter in San Francisco, and co-presented by Green Apple Books.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:23pm PST

Litquake is honored to host the San Francisco launch of "Valley Fever," the newest novel by Katherine Taylor, set amid the wine country of Fresno, California. In conversation with journalist/author Frances Dinkelspiel. Recorded live at Litquake’s Epicenter in San Francisco, and co-presented by Green Apple Books.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:24pm PST

Litquake is honored to host the comedian, writer, director and legendary Kid in the Hall Bruce McCulloch as he discusses his newest book, "Let's Start a Riot: How A Young Drunk Punk Became A Hollywood Dad," with writer/musician Paul Myers. Recorded live at Litquake’s Epicenter in San Francisco, and co-presented by Green Apple Books.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:43pm PST

Litquake is honored to host the legendary actor/activist/author Peter Coyote as he discusses the release of his new spiritual biography, “The Rainman's Third Cure: An Irregular Education,” with Center for Investigative Reporting board chairman Phil Bronstein. Recorded live at Litquake’s Epicenter in San Francisco, and co-presented by Green Apple Books.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:23pm PST

Litquake is honored to host the acclaimed bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates as she discusses the release of her newest psychological noir thriller “Jack of Spades,” with award-winning novelist Cornelia Nixon. Recorded live at Litquake’s Epicenter in San Francisco, and co-presented by Green Apple Books.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:08am PST

International bestselling author David Vann discusses the hardback release of his newest novel “Aquarium,” with acclaimed writer Tom Barbash (“Stay Up with Me”). Recorded live at Litquake’s Epicenter in San Francisco, in March 2015, and co-presented by Green Apple Books.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:43pm PST

New York Times bestselling author Lisa See discusses the paperback release of her newest novel, “China Dolls,” set in the Asian nightlife of San Francisco’s Chinatown, with acclaimed novelist Lalita Tademy (“Cane River”). Recorded live at Litquake’s Epicenter in San Francisco, in March 2015, and co-presented by the Chinese Historical Society of America.

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Launch event for DRIVEL, Litquake's first book, edited by Julia Scott. Great authors share their earliest, worst writings! Hear excerpts from this hilarious collection read aloud by everyone from Peter Orner to Andrew Sean Greer. Co-presented by the SF Writers' Grotto, and recorded live at Z Space during Litquake 2014. More book details at litquake.org/drivel.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_DRIVEL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:05pm PST

Stephan Eirik Clark discusses his debut novel “Sweetness #9,” with essayist/author Joe Loya.  A former Fulbright Fellow to Ukraine, Clark is also author of the short story collection “Vladimir's Mustache,” and teaches English at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Recorded live at Litquake’s Epicenter in San Francisco, 2014.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm PST

As transnational writers who both emigrated to the United States in their youth, Nigerian author Chinelo Okparanta and Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo interrogate the meaning of home and writing across continents, and redefine diaspora literature for a new generation. Conversation moderated by Sarah Ladipo Manyika, with music provided by Emmanuel Nado of KALW’s AfricaMix. Conversation recorded live at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora during Litquake 2014. 

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For three decades, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for print, stage, radio, online and television. His WTF podcast has become a worldwide phenomenon, regularly hitting #1 on the iTunes charts, and his most recent essay collection is the bestselling "Attempting Normal." In conversation with Litquake executive director Jack Boulware. Recorded live at Z Space during Litquake: San Francisco's Literary Festival on October 12, 2014.

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Emma Donoghue, the author of Room (which sold over two million copies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize, and featured on several best of the year lists), discusses Frog Musicher new murder mystery set in San Francisco. In conversation with playwright and author of seven novels, Jewelle Gomez (The Gilda Stories). Recorded live at Z Space during Litquake: San Francisco's Literary Festival on October 13, 2014.

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Bestselling author Nicholson Baker discusses libraries, lawsuits, life in Maine, and his recent novels The Anthologistand Traveling Sprinkler. Baker is the author of ten novels, including Vox and The Fermata, and five works of nonfiction, including Human Smoke and Double Fold (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award). In conversation with San Francisco writer and critic Steven Winn. Recorded live at Z Space during Litquake: San Francisco’s Literary Festival on October 15, 2014.

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Litquake is proud to host the launch of Geoff Dyer’s new nonfiction book, Another Great Day at Sea, at our Epicenter. This event also marks the U.S. release of his first two novels, The Colour of Memory and The Search. In conversation with journalist Chris Colin. Recorded live at the Hotel Rex in San Francisco.

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Edan Lepucki is the author of California, which became the #1 bestseller on Powells.com after being praised by Stephen Colbert. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a staff writer for The Millions, she has had short fiction published in McSweeney’s and Narrative magazine, and she is the founder and director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles. In conversation with John McMurtrie, book editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, whose writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, Washington Post, Toronto Globe and Mail, and the International Herald Tribune. Recorded live to a sold-out audience in San Francisco on August 5, 2014.

 

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Brad Stone is the author of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, winner of the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, and chosen as a Best Book of 2013 by The Washington Post, Forbes, The New Republic, and Gizmodo, and as one of the Top 10 Investigative Journalism Books of 2013 by Nieman Reports. Bridget Kinsella has covered book publishing for over 20 years as a Publishers Weekly editor and a contributor to Shelf Awareness. She is the author of the nonfiction book Visiting Life: Women Doing Time on the Outside. Recorded live in San Francisco on June 18, 2014.

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Colson Whitehead and T. Geronimo Johnson at the Epicenter

When Grantland magazine sent Colson Whitehead to cover the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, the award-winning novelist realized it was the assignment of a lifetime, and he satirizes his experience in the latest release The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death. Whitehead is the author of the novels The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and Sag Harbor and a collection of essays The Colossus of New York. In conversation with T. Geronimo Johnson, author of the novel Hold It ‘Til It Hurts. Recorded live at Litquake’s Epicenter at Hotel Rex in San Francisco on May 15, 2014.

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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.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 41 - Using Words as Arrows: Contemporary Native American Writers

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.

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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.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 38 – Scott O'Connor and Eddie Muller at the Epicenter

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.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 37 – Mireille Guiliano at the Epicenter

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.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 37 – Iranian Voices at Off the Richter Scale

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. 

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 36 – The Rumpus at the Lit Crawl

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.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 35 – Stegner Fellows on Writing

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.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 34 – Death & Dying

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.

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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.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 32- ZZ Packer & Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Acclaimed author ZZ Packer (Drinking Coffee Elsewhere) has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, a Whiting Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is currently at work on a novel, Thousands, about the Buffalo Soldiers, which was excerpted in The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 Fiction Issue. In conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and recorded live during Litquake 2013, at Museum of the African Diaspora. 

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 31 – Cristina Garcia in conversation with Oscar Villalon

Cristina García is author of many books, including the novels Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, and her newest, King of Cuba (“An ingeniously plotted, boisterous, and brilliantly castigating tale”—Booklist.) In conversation with Oscar Villalon from ZYZZYVA. Recorded live at Litquake’s Epicenter at Hotel Rex, and co-presented by Green Apple Books.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 30 - J. D. McClatchy in conversation with David Wiegand

Litquake is thrilled to partner with San Francisco Opera in presenting heralded librettist and author J. D. McClatchy, in conversation with The Chronicle’s arts editor David Wiegand. They discuss McClatchy’s long and decorated career, as well as the challenge of adapting Stephen King’s intensely powerful novel, Dolores Claiborne, for the opera stage.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 29 - Gabriel Roth

Gabriel Roth is author of the acclaimed new coming-of-age novel The Unknowns, and was formerly a reporter and editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He now works as a writer and software developer in Brooklyn, NY. In conversation with National Novel Writing Month’s founder Chris Baty. Recorded live at Litquake’s Epicenter at Hotel Rex, and co-presented by Books, Inc. Click litquake.org/litcast, visit iTunes, or find us on Stitcher, and download to the shiny device of your choice.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 28 - Peter Orner in conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald

Peter Orner is the author of Esther Stories, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, Love and Shame and Love, and his newest collection, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, which was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “storytelling mastery.” In conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald from McSweeney’s, and with music by Paul Griffiths. Recorded live at Litquake’s Epicenter at Hotel Rex, and co-presented by Books, Inc.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 27 - Laura Miller

Critic Laura Miller's keynote speech "Printed Vs. the Digital Word," from Litquake's digi.lit digital literary conference. Miller is a co-founder and staff writer of Salon.com, and wrote “The Last Word” column for The New York Times Book Review for two years. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New Yorker, Harper’s, Guardian and other publications, and she is the author of The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia. Recorded live as part of Litquake's digi.lit at SPUR Urban Center in San Francisco.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 26 - Neal Pollack

Author Neal Pollack's keynote speech "Reinventing The Literary Career For The Digital Age," from Litquake's digi.lit digital literary conference. Pollack is the author of seven books, including the bestselling memoirs Alternadad and Stretch, the mystery novels Jewball and Downward-Facing Death, and the cult classic The Neal Pollack Anthology Of American Literature. Recorded live as part of Litquake's digi.lit at SPUR Urban Center in San Francisco.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 25 - Karen Joy Fowler & Gail Tsukiyama

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections, including Sarah Canary and The Jane Austen Book Club. Her newest novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, wins rave reviews, with The New York Times calling it “deliciously jaunty in tone and disturbing in material.” In conversation with bestselling novelist Gail Tsukiyama. Recorded live at Litquake’s Epicenter at Hotel Rex, and co-presented by Green Apple Books.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 24 - Dog and Pony Show

Litquake and Porchlight team up to bring you six stories from six different storytellers about putting the best spin on an impossible situation. Laugh with us as we listen to stories from comedians Michael Ian Black and Tom Rhodes, rapper Lyrics Born, authors Caitlyn Myer and Tamar Adler, and publicist (and occasional ghostwriter for Boo, the world’s cutest dog) April Whitney. Hosted by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte. Recorded at the Verdi Club. 

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 23 - NoViolet Bulawayo

Litquake is thrilled to introduce Zimbabwean debut novelist, NoViolet Bulawayo, at May’s Epicenter. Bulawayo’s novel, We Need New Names is one of the most highly anticipated launches of the year. She’ll be in conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika, who is the author of In Dependence and teaches literature at San Francisco State University.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 22 - Regreturature 2013 Part Two

Litquake and the Writers’ Grotto present the return of REGRETURATURE: An evening of readings that probably shouldn’t see the light of day.

Everybody has to start somewhere, and here’s what happens when good writers start bad. On April 25th, members of the acclaimed San Francisco Writers Grotto and special guests sheepishly read works they may now regret, from fiction to nonfiction, blogs, journalism, opinion pieces, even diary entries.

The second part of this epic two-part episode features Chris Colin, Marie C. Baca, Ethel Rohan, and Simon Rich.

Emceed by Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware, and with the pianistic stylings of Joshua Raoul Brody.


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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 21 - Regreturature 2013 Part One

Litquake and the Writers’ Grotto present the return of REGRETURATURE: An evening of readings that probably shouldn’t see the light of day.

Everybody has to start somewhere, and here’s what happens when good writers start bad. On April 25th, members of the acclaimed San Francisco Writers Grotto and special guests sheepishly read works they may now regret, from fiction to nonfiction, blogs, journalism, opinion pieces, even diary entries.

The first part of this epic two-part episode features humor writer Kim Wong Keltner, New York Times bestseller Ellen Sussman, Isaac Fitzgerald, and Todd Oppenheimer.

Emceed by Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware, and with the pianistic stylings of Joshua Raoul Brody.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 20 - Matthew Specktor

Matthew Specktor is Senior Fiction Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the author of three books, the most recent of which, American Dream Machine, is published by Tin House Books. In conversation with Glen David Gold, author of two novels, Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside, as well as essays, memoirs and short fiction in McSweeney’s, The New York Times Magazine, and London's Independent. Recorded live at Litquake's Epicenter at Lone Palm. Co-presented by Green Apple Books.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 19 - Eric Ames on Werner Herzog

Author Eric Ames makes his only Bay Area appearance for his book Ferocious Reality: Documentary According to Werner Herzog. In close, contextualized analysis of more than 25 films spanning Herzog’s career, Ames makes a case for exploring documentary films in terms of performance and explains what it means to do so. Ames is co-editor of Germany’s Colonial Pasts and author ofCarl Hagenbeck’s Empire of Entertainments. In conversation with Jonathan Marlow, cinematographer, composer and curator, and co-founder of Fandor. Recorded live at Litquake’s Epicenter at Tosca Café. Co-presented by Green Apple Books. 

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 18 - Gilles Verlant

Author Gilles Verlant, in his only San Francisco appearance for his new biography of iconic French singer and man-about-town Serge Gainsbourg – Gainsbourg: The Biography. With Tam Tam Books publisher Tosh Berman, and hosted by Peter Maravelis. Recorded live at Litquake's Epicenter at Tosca Café. Co-presented by City Lights Books.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 17 - Sam Lipsyte

Sam Lipsyte is the author of two story collections, The Fun Parts and Venus Drive, and three novels: The Ask, The Subject Steve and Home Land, which was a New York Times Notable Book and received the first annual Believer Book Award. He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University. Sam is in conversation here with Joshua Mohr, author of four novels: Termite Parade, Some Things that Meant the World to Me, Damascus, and his newest, Fight Song. Recorded live at Litquake's Epicenter at Tosca Café. Co-presented by City Lights Books. 

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 16 - Rosie Schaap

New York Times Magazine “Drink” columnist Rosie Schaap has been a bartender, a fortune teller, a librarian at a paranormal society, an English teacher, an editor, a preacher, a community organizer, and a manager of homeless shelters. In her new memoir Drinking with Men, she shares her unending quest for the perfect local haunt, with often hilarious results. She lives in New York City, and is in conversation here with poet Robin Ekiss. This event was recorded live for Litquake’s Epicenter at Tosca Cafe in San Francisco. Co-presented by Green Apple Books.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 15 - The Art of the Novel

Four authors discuss the art of long-form fiction. Moderated by Shanthi Sekaran, author of The Prayer Room and adjunct professor of writing for the MFA program at California College of the Arts.

Authors include Gina Frangello, Joshua Mohr, Hector Tobar, and Ellen Ullman.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 14 - The Art of Short Fiction

Four authors, Catherine Brady, Thaisa Frank, Kathryn Ma, and Lysley Tenorio discuss the craft of the story with moderator Laura Cogan, editor of ZYZZYVA, one of the West Coast's premier literary journals.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 13 - Daniel Handler and Andrew Sean Greer

The vaudeville act of Daniel Handler and Andrew Sean Greer returned to the stage – actually for the first time together at Litquake – and we were blessed to receive their collective presence. Yes, they have written bestselling books (The Confessions of Max Tivoli, A Series of Unfortunate Events), and both are recipients of many awards and adulation. But at the heart of this hilarious program, they instead drew questions from a fishbowl, played a bit of music, and discussed each other's work with a minimum of personal attack. Recorded at Z Space during Litquake 2012.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 12 - Original Shorts

Each year, Litquake asks a select group of authors to write new stories on a specific theme. Join this year’s esteemed scribblers as they reveal their original takes on the theme “Suspicious Circumstances.” Featuring Christopher Coake, David Corbett, Valerie Fioravanti, Tupelo Hassman (pictured), and Matt Stewart. Recorded at The Make-Out Room during Litquake 2012.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 11 - An Evening with Chris Elliott

Litquake proudly welcomes actor-comedian-author Chris Elliott in an exclusive Bay Area appearance to celebrate his newest book The Guy Under the Sheets: The Unauthorized Autobiography. Best known for his hilarious appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, he has appeared in countless TV shows and films, including Saturday Night Live, Get a Life, Cabin Boy, Groundhog Day, and There’s Something About Mary. In conversation with Litquake’s Jack Boulware. Recorded live at Z Space during Litquake 2012. 

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 10 - None Too Keene: Nancy Drew Noir

The shocking original manuscript for The Secret of the Old Clock is brought to light in a program mixing literary exposé, dramatization, and commentary by “The Czar of Noir,” Eddie Muller. Think you know Nancy? You haven’t got a clue. Performed by First Person Singular’s Joe Christiano, Eddie Muller, and Lydia Odette Warren (as Nancy). Recorded live at Lost Weekend Video, at Litquake’s Lit Crawl 2012.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 9 - The Dirty Side of Democracy

Held as part of October's Litquake festival, this show features readings that illuminate the funny, profane, and heartbreaking elements of political discourse in the U.S. With humor columnist Beth Spotswood, TV reporter and author Belva Davis, linguistics professor and NPR regular Geoffrey Nunberg, and political satirist/author Will Durst. Hosted by Jody Weiner. This event was recorded live at Tosca Café in San Francisco. 

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 8.1 - Irvine Welsh Audience Q&A

If you loved the Irvine Welsh episode and need some more Litquake for your ears, here's the full audience Q&A from Z Space on September 17th.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 8 - Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh is the author of Filth (being made into a movie starring James McAvoy), Acid House, Glue, Porno, and Crime, writes screenplays, and produces movies. His new novel Skagboys is an exhilarating and moving prequel to the bestselling phenomenon Trainspotting. He is originally from Scotland, and now lives in Chicago, Miami, and London. He is in conversation here with soccer columnist Alan Black, also from Scotland, who produced the U.S. premiere of the stage version of Trainspotting. This event was recorded live at Z Space in San Francisco. 

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 7 - Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald is an actress and author of When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Parade, Esquire, and the Hartford Courant. She began her film career at age 13 with a Golden Globe-nominated performance in The Tempest, and her extensive film credits include The Pick-Up Artist, Fresh Horses, Betsy’s Wedding, Billy Bob Thornton’s short film Some People Call It a Sling Blade, and the now iconic coming-of-age movies Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, and The Breakfast Club. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, and is in conversation here with Litquake co-founder Jane Ganahl. This event was recorded live at Verdi Club in San Francisco. Co-presented by Green Apple Books.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 6 - Joshua Cohen

Joshua Cohen is author of five fiction works, and his essays have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, Bookforum, Tablet Magazine, London Review of Books, and elsewhere. His books include A Heaven of Others, the 800-page epic Witz, and his newest, Four New Messages, a quartet of “urgent and visionary dispatches that seek to save art, sex, and even alienation from corporatism and technology run rampant.” Cohen lives in New York City, and is in conversation here with McSweeney‘s editorial director Ethan Nosowsky at Litquake’s Epicenter. This event was recorded live at Tosca Cafe in San Francisco. Co-presented by City Lights Books.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 5 - Alice LaPlante

Alice LaPLante’s novel Turn of Mind is already one of the most talked about books of 2012. This year’s winner of the California Book Award for first fiction, the book tells the story of a surgeon in the throes of Alzheimer’s who may or may not be responsible for her best friend’s death. It’s been called “remarkably poignant,” “pitch-perfect,” and “technically daring.” Recorded live at Tosca Cafe, in conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika. Co-presented by Green Apple Books.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 4 - Adam Johnson

The New York Times called Adam Johnson's latest novel, The Orphan Master’s Son, “a daring and remarkable novel, a novel that not only opens a frightening window on the mysterious kingdom of North Korea, but one that also excavates the very meaning of love and sacrifice.” Johnson is also author of Emporium, a short-story collection, and the novel Parasites Like Us, and teaches at Stanford University. He is recorded live at Tosca Café, in conversation with Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware. Co-presented by Green Apple Books.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 3 - Carolyn Burke

Carolyn Burke celebrates release of her recent book No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf, which captures the iconic French singer’s immense charisma along with the time and place that gave rise to her international career. Burke is also author of two other critically acclaimed biographies, Lee Miller: A Life, and Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy. Accompanied by live music from Betty Roi, an authentic Parisian chanteuse whose training has taken her from Spain to Israel, Paris to San Francisco. Recorded live at Tosca Café. Co-presented by City Lights Books.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 2 - Geoff Dyer


Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels and six other nonfiction books, including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. The winner of a Lannan Literary Award, the International Centre of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award, Dyer is a regular contributor to many publications in the US and UK, and his latest book is Zona. He lives in London. Dyer is in conversation here with David Thomson, a film critic and historian based in the United States and the author of more than 20 books, including The New Biographical Dictionary of Film. Recorded live at San Francisco's Tosca Café. Co-presented by Green Apple Books and The Believer.

Direct download: 02_Litcast_Geoff_Dyer.mp3
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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 1 - Peter Carey

Peter Carey is a literary chameleon, whose nine works of long-form fiction have spanned the stylistic gamut from speculative to historical to epistolary. He's written the fictionalized story of his native Australia's most famous antihero (Ned Kelly) and turned the British classic Great Expectations on its head. In addition, he's written short stories, nonfiction, and work for film, having adapted his novel, Bliss, for that medium and writing a screenplay for the German director and playwright Win Wenders, Until the End of the World. He is one of only two authors to have won the Man Booker Prize twice (J. M. Coetzee is the other), in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda and in 2001 for True History of the Kelly Gang. Carey's new novel, The Chemistry of Tears, focuses on a clockwork automaton and its particular fascination for a grieving woman. In conversation with Litquake's Elise Proulx. Recorded live at San Francisco's Tosca Café. Co-presented by City Lights Books.

Direct download: 01_Litcast_Peter_Carey.mp3
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