Posts Tagged: litquake

Notable San Francisco: 10/28–11/3

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Monday 10/28: The “On Arts” series, benefiting the 826 Valencia Scholarship Program, presents British author Zadie Smith in conversation with Steve Winn. $27, 7:30pm at Nourse Theater.

Tuesday 10/29: The Moth comes to The Booksmith, featuring an opening story from writer and Moth podcast host Dan Kennedy.

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The Rumpus and A Strange Object Hang Out

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Getting excited for San Francisco’s LitQuake? Well, take a deep breath and calm down.

And then get even more excited because we’re hosting a pre-LitCrawl party with Austin-based indie press—and publisher of recent hot-prof-on-student-word-sex subject Kelly Luce—A Strange Object.

The event is free and open to the public, so if you’re in the Bay Area, come party with us Thursday, October 17, at Amnesia! We’ll have games, a raffle, and drink specials, plus a bunch of supercool readers and writers to hang out with, including Luce.

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Re-Live Litquake’s digi.lit Conference

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If you couldn’t make it to Litquake’s digi.lit conference, never fear—you can listen to Laura Miller’s keynote address here.

Though the conference focused on digital publishing, the Salon writer talks just as much about traditional publishing and how it has given readers what they want in a way digital publishing hasn’t quite figured out yet, despite the exciting new possibilities its technology opens up.

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Introducing Lit Tease, A Preview/Fundraiser for Lit Crawl

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Still hyped up from Beast Crawl and counting down the days until San Francisco’s Lit Crawl in October?

Then you’ll want a ticket to Lit Tease, LitQuake’s preview/fundraiser event for the highlight of their annual festival, happening tonight.

Tickets are $20 apiece (with discounted drinks), which seems well worth the price for a night of comedy, music, readings, LitCrawl’s first-ever book fair, and a live auction with some pretty astonishing Bay-Area-lit-scene prizes.

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A Stellar Episode of a Stellar Lit Podcast

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If you’re on the lookout for great podcasts about writing and writers (who isn’t?), you’ll want to stick Litquake’s LitCast in your earbuds.

Their latest episode features novelist Joshua Mohr and Guggenheim fellow/Believer Book Award winner Sam Lipsyte, live at San Francisco’s Tosca Café (which, just so everyone knows, is actually a bar, not a café, and is thus somewhat unhelpful when you go there for a reading expecting to be able to snack on a croissant while you listen).

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Litquake Interviews Karen Russell

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Litquake talks with Swamplandia author Karen Russell in a final interview before the festival’s kick-off tomorrow! The conversation reveals abhorred writing styles; overused phrases; favorite writers, words and fiction heroes; and more.

“I like assigning The Waves and Geek Love to students, or a book like Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son, because you can practically watch their pupils dilate as they read them—I think there are certain books that are so stylistically innovative or so wholly “other” that they detonate inside readers.

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Litquake A Week Away

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San Francisco’s Litquake 2011 runs Oct. 7-15. The nine-day annual literary festival will feature 850 Authors and 150 Events.

This year’s Litquake will include conversations with Young Ireland; Nordic Noir; Mexican Feminism; Art of Writing panels; Iranian Women; Religious Renegades; Original Shorts; Stories on Stage; MFA Smack Down; Ishmael Reed & Broun Fellinis; Illustrated Books; Pro Wrestlers; Rock Out With Your Book Out; Flight of Poets; LDM; Porchlight; plus Thomas McGuane, James Ellroy, Janis Cooke Newman, Jane Smiley, Karen Joy Fowler, Chelsea Handler, Karen Russell, Carolyn Cooke, Katie Crouch, Julia Glass, Daniel Woodrell, Chuck Klosterman, Brian Christian, Adam Mansbach, Alexander Maksik, Jeffrey Eugenides, and a Sausalito houseboat crawl…all culminating in the annual 75-venue Lit Crawl!

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Litquake Chats Up Jesse Ball

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In anticipation of their annual festival on October 7-15, San Francisco’s Litquake has teamed up with Bomblog for an interview series. This week, fiction writer and poet Jesse Ball—whose new novel, The Curfew, is on shelvesdiscusses favorite writers, words and fiction heroes; desired eras, talents and deaths; greatest achievements, and more.

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 7/19-7/25

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This week: mutant cowboys at the Roxie, The Botany of Desire, a Litquake cocktail party, roller disco, and more film festival goodness!

Monday 7/19: Bounty hunters, vigilante justice, and good old fashioned wild west gun-slinging.  The Dead and the Damned has all that and ravenous mutants, and it’s showing at the Roxie tonight as a part of SF IndieFest’s Another Hole in the Head Film Festival, which features all the underground fantasy, scifi, and horror films you could possibly want.  Tickets $10-11.50, 9pm @ 3117 16th Street.

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