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.

Direct download: 15_Litquake_Art_of_the_Novel.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 14_Litquake_Art_of_Short_Fiction.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 13_Litquake_Handler_and_Greer.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 12_Litquake_Original_Shorts.mp3
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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. 

Direct download: 11_Litquake_Chris_Elliott.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 10_Litquake_None_Too_Keene_-_Nancy_Drew_Noir.mp3
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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. 

Direct download: 09_Litquake_Dirty_Side_of_Democracy.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 08.1_Litquake_Irvine_Welsh_Audience_QA.mp3
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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. 

Direct download: 08_Litquake_Irvine_Welsh.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 07_Litquake_Molly_Ringwald.mp3
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