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.

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

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.

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

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.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_VanderMeer.mp3
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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.

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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.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Journalists_Respond_to_Trump.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:38pm PDT

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.

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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.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Trump.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:08pm PDT

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.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Addonizio.mp3
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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.

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

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.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_DEON.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06am PDT