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Tuesday, July 16 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm
LQ@20–20 Years of San Francisco’s Literary Festival

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Help the Bay Area literary community celebrate two decades (to the day) of the world-famous festival known as Litquake. Founded in a dive bar 20 years ago, Litquake returns to its roots to host this action-packed literary bash. Hear highlights for the upcoming 20th anniversary festival. Mingle with the word nerds. Hear readings and stories from LQ veterans. Slake your thirst on discounted specials from Fort Point Beer. Watch in amazement as five author bands take the stage in a Battle Royale to the death. 

Authors
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Alan Black

Alan Black is the author of Kick the Balls and co-author, with David Henry Sterry, of The Glorious World Cup. Her is the literary manager of San Francisco’s famous bookish venue Edinburgh Castle Pub. His work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon.com, and The... Read More →
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Merle Kessler

Merle Kessler is a writer, humorist, and performer, best known perhaps by his pen name, Ian Shoales. As Ian Shoales he has been churning out cranky yet strangely humorous commentaries since 1979. First heard on NPR's “All Things Considered,” he has been featured on “Morning... Read More →
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Vata & the Vine

Vata & the Vine is a collaboration between poet/musicians Evan Karp and Maw Shein Win. The first poet laureate of El Cerrito (2016-2018), Maw is the author of Invisible Gifts: Poems (Manic D Press, 2018), the chapbook Score and Bone (Nomadic Press), and a second full-length forthcoming... Read More →
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Heather Bourbeau and Raman Osman

Heather Bourbeau and Raman Osman work where music and poetry meet. They were featured at “3+3: A Collaboration Between 3 Poets and 3 Musicians” and “Words and Music,” a benefit for UNICEF Syria. Heather Bourbeau’s fiction and poetry have been published in 100 Word Story... Read More →
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Tongo Eisen-Martin & Steven Gray

Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet. He also plays music. He has a friend, Steven Gray.
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Delco (A Delaware Corporation)

Saddle up to the rhythm of the authentic Delta blues, filtered through the sensibilities of middle-aged white men vaguely connected to journalism: John Caperton (“Subterranean Living”), harmonica; Jack Boulware (Litquake, “Gimme Something Better”), vocals, guitar, bass; Tyler... Read More →
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The Deadliners

Writers who play, players who write. The world’s most literate garage band. A rock ’n’ roll band made of authors, including Zoe FitzGerald Carter (“Imperfect Endings”), rhythm guitar and lead vocal; Gary Kamiya (“Cool Gray City of Love”), lead guitar; Mark Hertsgaard... Read More →
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Tamim Ansary

Tamim Ansary writes books, teaches writing workshops, and speaks on a variety of topics related to history, politics, and culture.  His literary memoir West of Kabul, East of New York was selected by both Waco, Texas and San Francisco, California as a One City One Book pick. Destiny... Read More →
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devorah major

A California born, San Francisco raised, granddaughter of immigrants, documented and undocumented, devorah major served as San Francisco's Third Poet Laureate (2002-2006). She has published two novels, four poetry books and four poetry chapbooks, along with two young adult titles... Read More →
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April Sinclair

April Sinclair is an Oakland-based best-selling author known for her books about young black women coming of age. Her debut novel, Coffee Will Make You Black, was named Book of the Year (Young Adult Fiction) for 1994 by the American Library Association and received the Carl Sandburg... Read More →



Tuesday July 16, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110