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 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.

Direct download: Lit_Quake_Laura_Miller.mp3
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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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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 25 - Karen Joy Fowler & Gail Tsukiyama

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections, including Sarah Canary and The Jane Austen Book Club. Her newest novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, wins rave reviews, with The New York Times calling it “deliciously jaunty in tone and disturbing in material.” In conversation with bestselling novelist Gail Tsukiyama. 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 24 - Dog and Pony Show

Litquake and Porchlight team up to bring you six stories from six different storytellers about putting the best spin on an impossible situation. Laugh with us as we listen to stories from comedians Michael Ian Black and Tom Rhodes, rapper Lyrics Born, authors Caitlyn Myer and Tamar Adler, and publicist (and occasional ghostwriter for Boo, the world’s cutest dog) April Whitney. Hosted by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte. Recorded at the Verdi Club. 

Direct download: Litquake_Episode_24_-_MP3.mp3
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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 23 - NoViolet Bulawayo

Litquake is thrilled to introduce Zimbabwean debut novelist, NoViolet Bulawayo, at May’s Epicenter. Bulawayo’s novel, We Need New Names is one of the most highly anticipated launches of the year. She’ll be in conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika, who is the author of In Dependence and teaches literature at San Francisco State University.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 22 - Regreturature 2013 Part Two

Litquake and the Writers’ Grotto present the return of REGRETURATURE: An evening of readings that probably shouldn’t see the light of day.

Everybody has to start somewhere, and here’s what happens when good writers start bad. On April 25th, members of the acclaimed San Francisco Writers Grotto and special guests sheepishly read works they may now regret, from fiction to nonfiction, blogs, journalism, opinion pieces, even diary entries.

The second part of this epic two-part episode features Chris Colin, Marie C. Baca, Ethel Rohan, and Simon Rich.

Emceed by Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware, and with the pianistic stylings of Joshua Raoul Brody.


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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 21 - Regreturature 2013 Part One

Litquake and the Writers’ Grotto present the return of REGRETURATURE: An evening of readings that probably shouldn’t see the light of day.

Everybody has to start somewhere, and here’s what happens when good writers start bad. On April 25th, members of the acclaimed San Francisco Writers Grotto and special guests sheepishly read works they may now regret, from fiction to nonfiction, blogs, journalism, opinion pieces, even diary entries.

The first part of this epic two-part episode features humor writer Kim Wong Keltner, New York Times bestseller Ellen Sussman, Isaac Fitzgerald, and Todd Oppenheimer.

Emceed by Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware, and with the pianistic stylings of Joshua Raoul Brody.

Direct download: 21_Litquake_Regreturature_Part_One.mp3
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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 20 - Matthew Specktor

Matthew Specktor is Senior Fiction Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the author of three books, the most recent of which, American Dream Machine, is published by Tin House Books. In conversation with Glen David Gold, author of two novels, Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside, as well as essays, memoirs and short fiction in McSweeney’s, The New York Times Magazine, and London's Independent. Recorded live at Litquake's Epicenter at Lone Palm. Co-presented by Green Apple Books.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 19 - Eric Ames on Werner Herzog

Author Eric Ames makes his only Bay Area appearance for his book Ferocious Reality: Documentary According to Werner Herzog. In close, contextualized analysis of more than 25 films spanning Herzog’s career, Ames makes a case for exploring documentary films in terms of performance and explains what it means to do so. Ames is co-editor of Germany’s Colonial Pasts and author ofCarl Hagenbeck’s Empire of Entertainments. In conversation with Jonathan Marlow, cinematographer, composer and curator, and co-founder of Fandor. Recorded live at Litquake’s Epicenter at Tosca Café. Co-presented by Green Apple Books. 

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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.

Direct download: 16_Litquake_Rosie_Schaap.mp3
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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.

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.

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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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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 6 - Joshua Cohen

Joshua Cohen is author of five fiction works, and his essays have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, Bookforum, Tablet Magazine, London Review of Books, and elsewhere. His books include A Heaven of Others, the 800-page epic Witz, and his newest, Four New Messages, a quartet of “urgent and visionary dispatches that seek to save art, sex, and even alienation from corporatism and technology run rampant.” Cohen lives in New York City, and is in conversation here with McSweeney‘s editorial director Ethan Nosowsky at Litquake’s Epicenter. This event was recorded live at Tosca Cafe in San Francisco. Co-presented by City Lights Books.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 5 - Alice LaPlante

Alice LaPLante’s novel Turn of Mind is already one of the most talked about books of 2012. This year’s winner of the California Book Award for first fiction, the book tells the story of a surgeon in the throes of Alzheimer’s who may or may not be responsible for her best friend’s death. It’s been called “remarkably poignant,” “pitch-perfect,” and “technically daring.” Recorded live at Tosca Cafe, in conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika. Co-presented by Green Apple Books.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 4 - Adam Johnson

The New York Times called Adam Johnson's latest novel, The Orphan Master’s Son, “a daring and remarkable novel, a novel that not only opens a frightening window on the mysterious kingdom of North Korea, but one that also excavates the very meaning of love and sacrifice.” Johnson is also author of Emporium, a short-story collection, and the novel Parasites Like Us, and teaches at Stanford University. He is recorded live at Tosca Café, in conversation with Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware. Co-presented by Green Apple Books.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 3 - Carolyn Burke

Carolyn Burke celebrates release of her recent book No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf, which captures the iconic French singer’s immense charisma along with the time and place that gave rise to her international career. Burke is also author of two other critically acclaimed biographies, Lee Miller: A Life, and Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy. Accompanied by live music from Betty Roi, an authentic Parisian chanteuse whose training has taken her from Spain to Israel, Paris to San Francisco. Recorded live at Tosca Café. Co-presented by City Lights Books.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 2 - Geoff Dyer


Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels and six other nonfiction books, including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. The winner of a Lannan Literary Award, the International Centre of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award, Dyer is a regular contributor to many publications in the US and UK, and his latest book is Zona. He lives in London. Dyer is in conversation here with David Thomson, a film critic and historian based in the United States and the author of more than 20 books, including The New Biographical Dictionary of Film. Recorded live at San Francisco's Tosca Café. Co-presented by Green Apple Books and The Believer.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 1 - Peter Carey

Peter Carey is a literary chameleon, whose nine works of long-form fiction have spanned the stylistic gamut from speculative to historical to epistolary. He's written the fictionalized story of his native Australia's most famous antihero (Ned Kelly) and turned the British classic Great Expectations on its head. In addition, he's written short stories, nonfiction, and work for film, having adapted his novel, Bliss, for that medium and writing a screenplay for the German director and playwright Win Wenders, Until the End of the World. He is one of only two authors to have won the Man Booker Prize twice (J. M. Coetzee is the other), in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda and in 2001 for True History of the Kelly Gang. Carey's new novel, The Chemistry of Tears, focuses on a clockwork automaton and its particular fascination for a grieving woman. In conversation with Litquake's Elise Proulx. Recorded live at San Francisco's Tosca Café. Co-presented by City Lights Books.

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