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Tuesday, July 16
 

7:00pm

LQ@20–20 Years of San Francisco’s Literary Festival
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
avatar for Alan Black

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
 
Thursday, July 18
 

6:00pm

The Godfather: A Benefit for Litquake's 20th Anniversary
Join us in celebrating 50 years of Mario Puzo's seminal novel The Godfather, a benefit for Litquake's 20th anniversary!

With readings and stories from special guests, including Eddie Muller (TCM's "Czar of Noir") and a performance by the acclaimed Word for Word performing arts company. Admission includes three-course dinner with wine, and hosted cocktail hour. Music from Orchestra Nostalgico, a Bay Area ensemble specializing in classic cinema compositions of Nino Rota. Plus, a silent auction for 2 tickets to see renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli give the inaugural performance at Chase Center on December 5.

Community partners include Adastra Wines, Cafe Zoetrope, Caffe Trieste, and City Lights Bookstore.

Reception at 6 PM
Dinner and program at 7 PM
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Soldier - $150 per ticket
  • 3 course Italian dinner with premium wine
  • 2 drink tickets

Capo - $200 per ticket
  • 3 course Italian dinner with premium wine
  • 2 drink tickets
  • Online recognition 
  • Zoetrope gift bag

Consigliere - $1250 per ticket
  • 3 course Italian dinner with premium wine
  • 2 drink tickets
  • Online recognition 
  • Zoetrope gift bag
  • Table for 10
  • 2 drink tickets/person

Boss - $2500 per ticket
  • 3 course Italian dinner with premium wine
  • Online recognition
  • Zoetrope gift bag
  • Table for 10
  • 2 drink tickets/person
  • Print recognition in Litquake's 20th anniversary festival guide

To cover online payment processing fees, an additional 5% has been added to each RSVP level. Litquake greatly appreciates our supporters' understanding.


Honorary Committee
Lisa Brown and Daniel Handler
Jeannette Etheredge
Wendy MacNaughton and Caroline Paul
Armistead Maupin
Nicola Miner and Robert Mailer Anderson
Don "Father Guido Sarducci" Novello
Amy Tan
Vendela Vida and Dave Eggers

Host Committee
Luca Brasi
Constanzia Corleone
Frederico Corleone
Michael Corleone
Santino Corleone
Vito Corleone

Litquake Board of Directors
Natalie Baszile
Jack Boulware
Angie Chau
Frances Dinkelspiel
Jane Ganahl
Jordan Gill
Scott James
Michelle Jeffers
Bora Reed
Julia Flynn Siler
Jody Weiner

Special Thanks
Adastra Wines
Cafe Zoetrope
Caffe Trieste
Chronicle Books
City Lights Booksellers

Authors
avatar for Orchestra Nostalgico

Orchestra Nostalgico

From its birth in San Francisco's swanky Bruno's nightclub, the 9-piece Orchestra Nostalgico has received rave reviews for its blend of faithful and eclectic interpretations lovingly drawn from the Golden Age of film music.The Orchestra was originally commissioned to bring the classic... Read More →
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Word for Word

WORD FOR WORD Performing Arts Company is an ensemble whose mission is to tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction.



Thursday July 18, 2019 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Italian Athletic Club 1630 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133
 
Tuesday, August 13
 

12:30pm

Poetic Tuesday–August
Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation! Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors. Curated by Baruch Porras-Hernandez. FREE!

Authors
avatar for Baruch Porras Hernandez

Baruch Porras Hernandez

Baruch Porras Hernandez is the author of the chapbooks “I Miss You, Delicate” and “Lovers of the Deep Fried Circle” both with Sibling Rivalry Press. He had the honor of touring with the legendary Sister Spit Queer poetry tour with Radar Productions in 2019, is a is a two-time... Read More →
avatar for Raina León

Raina León

Raina León is an Afro-Latina, native Philadelphian, daughter, sister, madrina, comadre, partner, poet, writer and teacher educator. She believes in collective action and community work, the profound power of holding space for the telling of our stories, and the liberatory practice of humanizi... Read More →
avatar for Preeti Vangani

Preeti Vangani

Preeti Vangani is a poet & essayist. Her work has been published in BOAT, Buzzfeed, Gulf Coast, Threepenny Review among other journals. She is the winner of the RL Poetry Award 2017 and her debut book of poems titled Mother Tongue Apologize was published by RLFPA Editions in February 2019. She hol... Read More →
avatar for Tanea Lunsford Lynx

Tanea Lunsford Lynx

Tanea Lunsford Lynx is a fourth generation Black San Franciscan on both sides. Tanea is a proud alum of Voices of Our Nation (VONA) and the Lambda Literary Retreat. In 2018 she co-curated ‘Still Here VI: Existence as Resistance’, a performance featuring queer Black San Franciscans... Read More →
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Lauren Wheeler

Lauren Wheeler writes poetry, fiction, and about the places where the personal, the political, and pop culture intersect. She sometimes contributes to Black Nerd Problems. After years in the game industry, she now makes robots in San Francisco and lives in Oakland with a a four-year-old and two... Read More →
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Jade Way

Jade Way is a singer/songwriter and musician from Michigan. Raised by musician parents, from an early age, Jade had many teachers of classical, jazz, pop and RnB influence. Jade is the front-person of her band, Jade VELVET, where she cultivates the sounds of being lost and found in the Bay... Read More →



Tuesday August 13, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade Mission St. between 3rd and 4th Streets, San Francisco, CA 94103
 
Saturday, August 17
 

1:00pm

Writing Nonfiction Like a Novel with T.J. Stiles **SOLD OUT**
This class is currently sold out. We've added another session on Sept. 7!

Researching that sprawling nonfiction book project, but finding yourself bogged down in the narrative? Every great nonfiction book, from biography to academic tome travelogue to memoir, needs the same arc, the same tension found in great fiction. But how to unearth the throughlines of your work? Two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient T.J. Stiles will share his secrets on making facts come alive, and the place for literary writing in nonfiction. To quote the master: "I try to work in the space where scholarly and literary virtues overlap, where new knowledge and art (or, at least, the enjoyable narrative) enhance each other.”

Authors
avatar for T.J. Stiles

T.J. Stiles

Two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient T.J. Stiles won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History for Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, and the 2010 Pulitzer for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius... Read More →



Saturday August 17, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Mechanics' Institute Board Room 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104
 
Saturday, August 24
 

1:00pm

Finding the Funny in Facts with Mary Roach
Writing nonfiction need not be a drudgery; pretty much every factual topic contains elements that can be mined for humor, no matter how mundane. Mary Roach, called “America’s funniest science writer” by the Washington Post, has proven this repeatedly in her New York Times best-selling science-based tomes. From her most recent book, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, for example, we learn that zippers can be a problem for snipers, and that there is such a thing as caffeinated meat. In this seminar, Roach will talk about humor based on fact. Is anything off-limits? What are the tricks to finding the funny? Can an un-funny person still elicit grins from readers?

Authors
avatar for Mary Roach

Mary Roach

Mary Roach is the author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has... Read More →



Saturday August 24, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Mechanics' Institute Board Room 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104
 
Saturday, September 7
 

1:00pm

Writing Nonfiction Like a Novel with T.J. Stiles
First class was sold out...so we brought you another session!

Researching that sprawling nonfiction book project, but finding yourself bogged down in the narrative? Every great nonfiction book, from biography to academic tome travelogue to memoir, needs the same arc, the same tension found in great fiction. But how to unearth the throughlines of your work? Two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient T.J. Stiles will share his secrets on making facts come alive, and the place for literary writing in nonfiction. To quote the master: "I try to work in the space where scholarly and literary virtues overlap, where new knowledge and art (or, at least, the enjoyable narrative) enhance each other.”

Authors
avatar for T.J. Stiles

T.J. Stiles

Two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient T.J. Stiles won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History for Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, and the 2010 Pulitzer for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius... Read More →



Saturday September 7, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Mechanics' Institute Board Room 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104