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, 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, 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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