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.

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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.

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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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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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Edan Lepucki is the author of California, which became the #1 bestseller on 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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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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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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