Cutting-edge poetry and visuals from both coasts, on the theme of "You, Me, and Everyone In Quarantine." From the depths of their shelter-in-place, these writers will perform their literary hearts out for you! With SevanKele Boult, Wo Chan, Katie Fricas, Irene McCalphin aka Magnoliah Black, and Preeti Vangani. Curated and hosted by Baruch Porras-Hernandez.


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Page turners are usually associated with genre or popular fiction rather than literary fiction. In this discussion, Melanie Abrams, Laura Mazer, and Kate Milliken will talk about what readers, agents, and editors are looking for when it comes to plot. Our guest authors speak about marketability, but also how to write a beautifully crafted narrative while still making readers turn pages. 


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Please join us for this vivid and compelling evening with Alka Joshi, author of The Henna Artist, the May selection for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club. Tune in and learn why Publishers Weekly calls this novel “eloquent and moving,” while Christian Science Monitor highlights its “vibrant characters, evocative imagery, and sumptuous prose.”

A portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist takes readers on a journey through 1950s Indian culture, a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel. Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist—and confidante—to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own. Alka Joshi reads from and discusses her book, with CCA professor and bestselling author Tom Barbash. 


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From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Sierra Leone child-soldier memoir, A LONG WAY GONE, comes this powerful new novel about young people living at the margins of society. LITTLE FAMILY portrays the lives of five youth who have improvised a household in an abandoned airplane, struggling to replace the homes they have lost with the one they have created together. Join us to celebrate release of this remarkable debut work of fiction from Ishmael Beah, whom Vanity Fair has called “arguably the most-read African writer in contemporary literature.”

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Fiction writers Nayomi Munaweera, R.O. Kwon, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, and host Lauren Markham discuss both the challenges and urgency of fiction writing at this moment in time. How do we write during bleak times, and into the bleakness? How does the loss and grief of our current moment impact what we are writing about, how we write, and who we are writing for? What works or writers are we turning to right now, and how are we finding sustenance there? And perhaps most importantly, where might we be finding joy and how are we cultivating it—and what role could this joy play in our writing?

All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org!

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Let's connect our global literary community in a time of closed borders. Hear World Editions authors Adam Dalva, Esther Gerritsen, Adeline Dieudonné, Pierre Jarawan, Sisonke Msimang, and Amin Maalouf read from their works, discuss the current situation in their countries, and talk about what books mean to them during Covid-19.

Adam Dalva’s writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Tin House, and The Guardian. He teaches Creative Writing at Rutgers University and is a book critic for Guernica Magazine. Adam has received fellowships from the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. He is a graduate of NYU’s MFA Program, where he was a Veterans Writing Workshop Fellow. Adam’s bestselling comic book, Olivia Twist, was published by Dark Horse in Fall 2018.

Esther Gerritsen is a Dutch novelist, columnist, and playwright. She made her literary debut in 2000. She is one of the most established, widely read, and highly praised authors in the Netherlands, and makes regular appearances on radio programs and at literary festivals. Esther Gerritsen had the honor of writing the Dutch Book Week gift in 2016, which had a print run of 700,000 copies. In 2014 she was awarded the Frans Kellendonk Prize for her oeuvre. Her book Craving was made into a film in 2018, and film rights have been sold for her novel Roxy, which was just published in English.

Adeline Dieudonné is a Belgian author and lives in Brussels. Real Life, her debut novel, was published in France in Autumn 2018 and has since been awarded most of the major French literary prizes: the prestigious Prix du Roman FNAC, the Prix Rossel, the Prix Renaudot des Lycéens, the Prix Goncourt―Le Choix de la Belgique, the Prix des Étoiles du Parisien, the Prix Première Plume, and the Prix Filigrane, a French prize for a work of high literary quality with wide appeal. Dieudonné also performs as a stand-up comedian.

Pierre Jarawan was born in 1985 to a Lebanese father and a German mother and moved to Germany with his family at the age of three. Inspired by his father’s imaginative bedtime stories, he started writing at the age of thirteen. He has won international prizes as a slam poet, and in 2016 was named Literature Star of the Year by the daily newspaper Abendzeitung. Jarawan received a literary scholarship from the City of Munich (the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis) for The Storyteller, which went on to become a bestseller and booksellers’ favorite in Germany and the Netherlands.

Sisonke Msimang is the author of Always Another Country: A memoir of exile and home. She is a South African writer whose work is focussed on race, gender and democracy. She has written for a range of international publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, Newsweek and Al Jazeera.

Born in Beirut in 1949, Amin Maalouf has lived in France since 1976. After studying sociology and economics, Maalouf joined the Lebanese daily An-Nahar, for which he travelled the world covering numerous events, from the fall of the Ethiopian monarchy to the last battle of Saigon. Forced to emigrate by the war in Lebanon, he settled in Paris, where he resumed journalism, and from where he started to travel again, from Mozambique to Iran and from Argentina to the Balkans. He became editor of the international edition of An-Nahar, then editor-in-chief of the weekly Jeune Afrique, before giving up all his posts to dedicate himself to literature.


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A reading of dozens of tiny stories from micro-fictionistas, including guest readers, plus a discussion of the Art of Flash and prompts—including visual prompts—to write and submit your own, with a selection to be published on the Flash Fiction Collective Facebook page.

Author bios:

Jane Ciabattari, author of the short story collection Stealing the Fire, writes the Between the Lines column for BBC Culture. She is a former president of the National Book Critics Circle and a member of the Writers Grotto. Her reviews, interviews and cultural criticism have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, Paris Review, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe, among other publications.

Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. He has published two books on writing, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo, and Brave the Page, a teen writing guide. He’s also published a collection of 100-word stories, Fissures, and Nothing Short of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story. His stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including Tin House, The Southwest Review, and The Gettysburg Review, and he has been anthologized in collections such as Norton’s New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction and Best Small Fictions. His essays on creativity have been published in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. He serves on the National Writing Project’s Writer’s Council, Lit Camp’s Advisory Council, and Aspen Words’ Creative Council. He’s also the co-host of the podcast Write-minded.

Kirstin Chen‘s second novel, Bury What We Cannot Take (Little A, March 2018), was named a best book of the year by Entropy, Popsugar, and Book Bub, and a top pick of the season by Electric Literature, The Millions, The Rumpus, Harper’s Bazaar, and InStyle. She is also the author of Soy Sauce for Beginners, an Amazon bestseller, an O, The Oprah Magazine “book to pick up now,” and a Glamour book club pick.
She has received awards from the Steinbeck Fellows Program, Sewanee, Hedgebrook, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Toji Cultural Foundation, and the National Arts Council of Singapore. Her writing has appeared in Real Simple, Literary Hub, Writer’s Digest, Manrepeller, Zyzzyva, and the Best New Singaporean Short Stories. She holds an MFA from Emerson College and a BA from Stanford University. Born and raised in Singapore, she lives in San Francisco, where she is working on a novel about the counterfeit handbag trade. She teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco and in Ashland University’s Low-Residency MFA Program.

Meg Pokrass is the U.K. based author of six flash fiction collections, an award-winning collection of prose poetry, and a novella-in-flash from the Rose Metal Press. Her latest is a flash fiction collection called The Dog Seated Next To Me, published in 2019 by Pelekinesis Press. A new novella in flash The Smell Of Good Luck will be published in 2020 by Flash: The International Short Short Story Press. Meg’s work has been recently anthologized in two Norton Anthology Readers: New Micro (W.W. Norton & Co, 2018) and Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015), The Best Small Fictions, 2018 and 2019, Wigleaf Top 50, Nothing Short Of 100, and has appeared in 350 literary magazines both online and in print including Electric Literature, Tin House, McSweeney’s, Five Points, Smokelong Quarterly, Tupelo Review.

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Celebrate ZYZZYVA's 35th anniversary issue with contributors Dave Madden, Lysley Tenorio, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, and Kristen Iskandrian.

Kristen Iskandrian is the author of the novel Motherest (Twelve). Her story “Good With Boys,” which appeared in Issue No. 109, was included in Best American Short Stories 2018. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and is co-owner of Thank You Books, a new independent bookstore.

Lysley Tenorio is the author of the forthcoming novel The Son of Good Fortune (Ecco) and the story collection Monstress (Ecco), named a Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Dave Madden is the author of the story collection If You Need Me I’ll Be Over There (Indian University Press) and The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy (St. Martin’s).

Meg Hurtado Bloom's writing has appeared in Split Lip, Lumen Magazine, and other publications. Her poetry also appeared in ZYZZYVA's Bay Area Issue (No. 117).

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton is the author of two novel, A Kind of Freedom (Counterpoint), which was long-listed for a National Book Award, and The Revisioners (Counterpoint), which won an NAACP Image Award in February.

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Booksmith presents visionary novelist William Gibson reading from the sharply imagined sequel to his New York Times bestselling novel The Peripheral. He is in conversation with Mother Jones editor-in-chief, Clara Jeffery.

This event was recorded January 23, 2020 at Public Works.

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Co-presented by Litquake and MoAD

In honor of the post-mortem publication of Zora Neal-Hurston’s short story anthology Hitting a Straight Lick With a Crooked Stick: Stories From The Harlem Renaissance, we put together a reading at the Museum of African Diaspora here in San Francisco. After reading pieces of their favorite stories from the book, local authors, educators, and activists spoke to a sold out crowd about the legacy of Zora Neale Hurston and how it has influenced contemporary literary culture. With a Q&A to wrap the whole thing up, this night was one for remembrance and celebration. We have it all here for you, on this episode of Lit Cast.


Featuring: UC Berkeley African American studies professor Chiyuma Elliott, poet and CCA professor Tonya M. Foster, and bestselling novelist Margaret Wilkerson Sexton. Moderated by writer and radio journalist Jenee Darden.

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Anna Wiener discusses her new memoir, Uncanny Valley, with author Mike Isaac.  This podcast was recorded at Green Apple Books on January 27, 2020

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Towards the end of 2019, we attended one of the many incredible readings held at Oakland-based Wolfman Books. To celebrate  Trebor Healey’s new collection, Falling, we packed in to Wolfman’s 40th street storefront to hear stories that confronted populism, immigration, and queer identity. Supported by intimate tales from Alvin Orloff’s memoir, Disasterama: Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977-1997, and new work from Oakland-based choreographer and poet Brontez Purnell, the night was filled with touching memories, bold questions, and a lot of laughs.

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Who doesn't love a glimpse behind the facades of troubled Silicon Valley giants? In the tradition of Brad Stone’s Everything Store and John Carreyrou’s Bad Blood, award-winning investigative reporter Mike Isaac’s Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber delivers a gripping account of Uber’s rapid rise, its pitched battles with taxi unions and drivers, the company’s toxic internal culture, and the bare-knuckle tactics it devised to overcome obstacles in its quest for dominance. Roger McNamee's Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe is the story of a noted tech venture capitalist, early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg, and Facebook investor, who woke up to the serious damage Facebook is doing to our society and set out to try to stop it. Moderated by The New Yorker's Anna Wiener. 

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Eureka! We did it! From this year’s 20th Litquake festival, we present some of our favorite Bay Area authors reading from THEIR favorite Californian wordsmiths live at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco. Listen to this festival kick off with a raucous night of readings by Charlie Jane Anders, Natalie Baszile, Elaine Castillo, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Daniel Handler, Adam Johnson, Chang-rae Lee, Beth Lisick, Ishmael Reed, and Tobias Wolff, presenting from the works of writers who inspired them -- from Dashiell Hammett to Daniel Alarcón. Hosted by Isaac Fitzgerald, with live music from the Patrick Wolff Quartet and a special appearance by Karl the Fog. It’s a literary overload you don’t want to skip.

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In this very special episode of Lit Cast, we're proud to feature the only recording Lawrence Ferlinghetti reading his original work "Lit.quake?" - plus a few more - at Litquake 2002.  

 

Litquake's 20th anniversary festival will take place October 10-19, 2019. For all the latest updates, follow us @litquake on Facebook and Twitter!

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From the Litquake archives!

During our 2018 festival, National Book Award–nominated Rachel Kushner joined Litquake for an evening on her New York Times bestselling novel The Mars Room. This novel tells the story of Romy Hall, who’s at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, deep in California’s Central Valley. As James Wood said in The New Yorker, Kushner’s fiction “succeeds because it is so full of vibrantly different stories and histories, all of them particular, all of them brilliantly alive.” This event features Kushner in conversation with San Francisco Chronicle culture columnist Caille Millner, complemented by appearances from the Voice of Witness collection Six by Ten: Stories from Solitary editor Mateo Hoke and contributor Mohammed Ali. Recorded live at the Make Out Room on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

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Litquake’s proud to present a special episode of Lit Cast Live featuring one of our own, Julia Flynn Siler, in conversation on her newest book The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown. In a narrative hailed as “eye-opening” by Kirkus Reviews, Siler tells the story of both the abolitionists who challenged the corrosive anti-Chinese prejudices of the time and the young women who dared to flee their fate. She relates how the women who ran the Cameron House defied contemporary convention by physically rescuing children from the brothels where they worked or by snatching them off ships as they were being smuggled in–and how they helped bring the exploiters to justice. This event was recorded live at the Mechanics’ Institute in San Francisco on Wednesday, July 12. 

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One of Esquire, The Rumpus, The Millions, Literary Hub and Electric Literature's Most Anticipated Books of 2019, Chia-Chia Lin’s debut novel The Unpassing explores community, identity, and the myth of the American dream through a Taiwanese immigrant family of six struggling to make ends meet on the outskirts of Anchorage, Alaska. Lit Cast is proud to feature Chia-Chia as she reads an excerpt from her novel and goes deep into her writing process, influences, and more with her former Iowa MFA classmate Jamel Brinkley. This episode was recorded live at Green Apple Books on the Park on May 30, 2019.

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Following the success of his T.S. Elliot-prizewinning poetry collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds, Ocean Vuong’s debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous was heralded as one of the most hotly anticipated books of 2019 by Publishers Weekly, the LA Times, The Guardian, and many more. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, written as a letter from a son to his mother, is both a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity and a testament to the power of agency over one’s own story. This episode of Lit Cast features Vuong in conversation with San Francisco literary legend Rebecca Solnit, recorded live at Green Apple Books on the Park on June 18, 2019. 

Litquake's 20th anniversary festival will take place October 10-19, 2019. For all the latest updates, follow us @litquake on Facebook and Twitter!

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From the Litquake archive!

In this recording from our 2018 festival, the Bay Area’s long-running Porchlight storytelling series returns with "advice"-themed tales from Steve Almond, Dickson Lam, Sands Hall, Sisonke Msimang, Maggie Rowe, and Betty Charbonnet Reid Soskin, the nation's oldest park ranger. This event was co-hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick, and recorded live at the Swedish American Hall on October 15, 2018.

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MacArthur and Guggenheim fellow Karen Russell’s new short story collection, Orange World, was declared “hilarious, exquisite, first-rate” by The New York Times Book Review and “one of the most innovative, inspired short-story collections of the past decade” by NPR. Lit Cast Live proudly features Russell in conversation with Zoetrope editor Michael Ray at Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco on May 21, 2019.

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Back in April, Litquake celebrated National Poetry Month by hosting a group of esteemed poets at one of San Francisco’s famous landmarks. This event was hosted by D.A. Powell, whose honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and featured incredible poets like Robert Hass, former Poet Laureate of the United States and winner of a Pulitzer prize; Brenda Hillman, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets; Henri Cole, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; Barbara Jane Reyes; Paola Capo-Garcia; and Marcello Hernandez Castillo. Our newest Lit Cast Episode features readings from these fantastic poets on a very special occasion that brought the power of poetry into the historic walls of Grace Cathedral.

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This event was recorded live at Grace Cathedral on April 13th, 2019.

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Award-winning poet Franny Choi recently passed through San Francisco on tour for her second collection, Soft Science, which uses the myth of the cyborg to explore queer, Asian American femininity through a series of Turing test-inspired poems. Our newest Lit Cast episode features Choi joining local poet (and frequent Litquake collaborator!) sam sax for an electrifying evening of readings from Soft Science and sax’s recent collection Bury It - plus a few brand-new, heretofore unpublished gems.

 

This episode was recorded live at The Bindery on April 25, 2019.

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Litquake and The Bindery present Evan James reading from his debut novel, Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe. In a return of a not-so-prodigal son, author Evan James comes to San Francisco on book tour for his comedy of manners debut novel that tells the story of a family summer on Puget Sound. Conjuring a Wes Anderson-meets-John Updike vibe, it tells a tale filled with tennis, a personal assistant in search of romance, a preppy screenwriter with a penchant for pills, a landscape gardener named Marvelous Matthews, and a bewitching self-help author, all attempting to find that elusive something that will, as Marie Kondo says, “spark their joy.” Recorded live at The Bindery. 

Litquake's 20th anniversary festival will take place October 10-19, 2019. For all the latest updates, follow us @litquake on Facebook and Twitter!

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Back in March, Mitchell S. Jackson came to San Francisco on tour for his latest book, Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family. With a poet’s gifted ear, a novelist’s sense of narrative, and a journalist’s unsentimental eye, Mitchell S. Jackson candidly explores his tumultuous youth in the other America. Survival Math takes its name from the calculations Mitchell and his family made to keep safe—to stay alive—in their community, a small black neighborhood in Portland, Oregon blighted by drugs, violence, poverty, and governmental neglect.

This event was recorded live at The Bindery on March 12, 2019.

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To celebrate our 100th(!) episode, we've got an extra-special recording from Litquake’s 2018 festival: an evening of freewheeling conversation between San Francisco literary legends Amy Tan and Armistead Maupin. Bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement, Amy Tan’s most recent novel is Where the Past Begins; Armistead Maupin, whose series Tales of the City helped change our cultural conversation about being gay in America, has just released the paperback edition of Logical Family. This event was recorded live at the Swedish American Hall on October 19, 2018.

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Fantasy and science fiction stories have long embraced the darker themes of a dystopian future. Do these narratives speak to our fears of what the future will bring, or do they reflect the current reality in which the authors live and write? Is futuristic fiction pure escapism, or can it alter our destiny? In this episode of Lit Cast Live, Bay Area authors Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky; The City in the Middle of the Night), and Meg Elison (The Book of the Unnamed Midwife) explore these questions and more in a discussion moderated by Nilgun Bayraktar, a writer and professor at California College of the Arts. This Litquake event was recorded live at the San Francisco Public Library during their Night of Ideas on February 2, 2019.

Note - due to technical issues at the time of recording, the audio for some parts of this this episode may appear slightly distorted. Lit Cast greatly appreciates our listeners understanding. 

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A rising star in today’s Nigerian novel boom, the trans and non-binary Akwaeke Emezi has brought us Freshwater, an autobiographical debut written with stylistic brilliance, exploring the metaphysics of identity and being, plunging the reader into the mysteries of self. Emezi was named one of the National Book Foundation's '5 under 35' for 2018 and Freshwater was long-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. In convo with Whiting Award-winning novelist Esmé Weijun Wang. Recorded live at the Museum of African Diaspora during Litquake Festival 2018. Sponsored by California College of the Arts.

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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.

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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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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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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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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

 

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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

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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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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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Direct download: Lit_Cast_chloe_b.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:46pm PDT

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

Direct download: Lit_Cast_pope.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49am PDT

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

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Loudon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm PDT

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

Direct download: Lit_Cast_black_panthers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:14pm PDT

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

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Best_American_Essays.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:45pm PDT

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

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Parisng_President.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:02pm PDT

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

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Eugene_Lim.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:53pm PDT

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

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Perotta.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:43pm PDT

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 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.

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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. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

Direct download: Lit_Cast_VanderMeer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25pm PDT

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

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Sarah_Ladipo_Daniel_Handler.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:27pm PDT

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

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. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

Direct download: Lit_Word_Jazz.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm PDT

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

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. https://www.facebook.com/litquake  https://twitter.com/Litquake

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Addonizio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm PDT

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

Direct download: Lit_Cast_love_and_ruin.mp3
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. https://www.facebook.com/litquake/  https://twitter.com/Litquake

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

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
 
Direct download: Lit_Cast_HASLETT.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm PDT

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

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Dan_Lyons.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:40pm PDT

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 PDT

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

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Patricia_Park.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:33pm PDT

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

Direct download: Lit_Cast_SUNIL_YAPA.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:05pm PDT

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

Direct download: Lit_Cast_LORI_OSTLUND_AMELIA_GRAY.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:27pm PDT

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

Direct download: Lit_Cast_DENNIS_LEHANE_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:10pm PDT

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.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_boots_full.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm PDT

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.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_CMoore.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:32pm PDT

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.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Cultural_Identity.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:23pm PDT

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 Andrews, Rebecca Foust, Bill Mayer, Bruce Snider, and musical guest Naima Shalhoub. Recorded live at Jessie Square in downtown San Francisco.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_poetic_tues.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:34am PDT

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.

 

 

 

Direct download: Lit_Cast_maggie_nelson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm PDT

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.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_joshua_mohr_full_ep.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23pm PDT

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.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_katherine_taylor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24pm PDT

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.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_MCCULLOCH.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:43pm PDT

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 PDT

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.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_JOYCE_CAROL_OATES.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08am PDT

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.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_David_Vann.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:43pm PDT

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.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_LISA_SEE.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:26pm PDT

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 PDT

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.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_STEPHAN_EIRIK_CLARK.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm PDT

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. 

Direct download: Lit_Cast_OKPARANTA.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:31pm PDT

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.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Maron.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08pm PDT

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.

Direct download: Lit_Cast_Emma_Donahue_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:46pm PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 8:03pm PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 8:46pm PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:19pm PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:19pm PDT

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.

Direct download: Litquake_Lit_Cast_Death__Dying_mixdown.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Lit_Quake_McClatchy.mp3
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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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