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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