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San Francisco, California
Litquake is a San Francisco literary festival with heart, guts and a taste for the wilder side of the literary world.

It all started in January 2002, when a group of San Francisco writers and media folks met up and started working on the idea of a festival that would be a literary version of the city's music, film, and cultural festivals. We wanted it to be diverse and inclusive - a mix of readings, panel discussions, themed events, and general literary mayhem - from a wide range of Bay Area authors. And we definitely didn't want it to be boring.

Today, Litquake represents a lively overview of San Francisco's thriving literary scene. Our live events embrace the Bay Area writing community, and give fans the opportunity to hear quality literature straight from the author's mouth. And you never quite know what will happen.

Litquake is produced by the Litquake Literary project, and could not exist without its relationship with sponsors, including fiscal sponsor Youth Speaks and allied literary and community groups.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 7:00 P.M. Litquake 2004 launch party at Cafe du Nord, showcasing music groups led by authors -- Eddy Joe Cotton's Yard Dogs Jug Band, Robert Mailer Anderson's Chicken Truck, Jack Boulware's Rëzzin, and our special mystery guest, a CMA-winning author band; also featuring Bronte Saurus with Kathi Kamen Goldmark, founder of all-star author band The Rock Bottom Remainders. Advance tickets available at Cafe du Nord. Open to the public. (2170 Market Street) Admission: $5-$10 sliding scale.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 4:00 P.M. Writing Women's Lives: readings and a panel on women's literature at Noe Valley Ministry with Ann Packer, Maxine Hong Kingston, ZZ Packer, Liz Maverick, and Julie Orringer. To be moderated by David Kipen, Book Critic for the SF Chronicle. (1021 Sanchez) Admission: $5-$10 sliding scale.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 7:00 P.M. Litquake and Porch Light team up for "Throes of Rejection: Writers Tell All" at the Swedish American Hall. With Tamim Ansary, Jack Boulware, Ianthe Brautigan, Eddy Joe Cotton, Dave Eggers, Josh Kornbluth, Regina Louise, Joyce Maynard, Holly Payne, and Kirk Read. Advance tickets available at Cafe du Nord. (2170 Market Street, above Cafe du Nord) Admission: $12.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 7:30 P.M. From Page to Screen: Barry Gifford discusses the process of transforming his book, Wild at Heart, into a film in conversation with Zoetrope:All-Story Editor-in-Chief Tamara Straus. At the Balboa Theater, in collaboration with Zoetrope: All-Story magazine. (3630 Balboa Street, in the Richmond District) Admission: $10 (includes discussion and film screening). Advance tickets available at Balboa Theater box office, 3630 Balboa Street.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 7:00 P.M. Murder They Wrote: The Art of the Mystery: Bay Area writers of whodunits and thrillers discuss their mysterious work. At the Hotel Rex, with Eddie Muller, Barry Eisler, Jacqueline Winspear, James Dalessandro, and Domenic Stansberry. (562 Sutter Street) Admission: $5-10 sliding scale.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:00 P.M. Loudmouths of Lit: Volume 2 -- A night of vociferous readings/performances at the Mission District's Make-Out Room with Justin Chin, Kim Addonizio, Adam Johnson, Alan Black, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Beth Lisick, and April Sinclair. (3225 22nd Street) Admission: $5-10 sliding scale.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 6:00 - 9:15 P.M. Lit Crawl in the Mission. A three-hour pub crawl style event in the heart of the Mission District. Twenty venues -- from bookstores to cafes to bars -- all featuring readings by a vast array of writers. Crawl co-curators to include The Grotto, 826 Valencia, MacAdam/Cage Publishing, HarperSan Francisco, Avalon Publishing Group, Youth Speaks, and Public House Press, among many others. (On Valencia Street, between 16th and 22nd Streets.) See complete lineup here. Admission: FREE.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Kidquake: a children's event at the SF Main Public Library, featuring readings by children's book authors Jorge Argueta, Anthony Robles, and Belle Yang, plus hands-on activities for kids, including book-making with The San Francisco Center for the Book and a poetry workshop with Youth Speaks. (100 Larkin @ Grove) Admission: FREE.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, NOON - 5:00 P.M. Off the Richter Scale: An afternoon of readings in the Koret Auditorium at the SF Main Public Library. Themed hours to include memoir, poetry, and debut authors, among others. See complete schedule here. (100 Larkin @ Grove) Admission: FREE.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 8:00 P.M. America: What's That? A night of raucous readings at the Edinburgh Castle, San Francisco's renowned literary pub, co-sponsored by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Bay Area writers will peel back the skin, prod the parts, and chew the fat of the American soul. Featuring: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Alejandro Murguia, Michelle Tea, Peter Plate, Anthony Swofford, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Thomas Sanchez, devorah major, and David Henry Sterry. (950 Geary Street) Admission: $5-$10 sliding scale.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. Off the Richter Scale: More readings in the Koret Auditorium at the SF Main Public Library. See complete schedule here. (100 Larkin @ Grove) Admission: FREE.

Blake C. Aarens, Good News
Juvenal Acosta, The Tattoo Hunter
Kim Addonizio, What Is This Thing Called Love: Poems
Rabih Alameddine, I, the Divine: A Novel in First Chapters
Charlie Anders, Choir Boy
Robert Mailer Anderson, Boonville
Tamim Ansary, West of Kabul, East of New York
Jorge Argueta, Xochitl & the Flowers
Don Asmussen, San Francisco Chronicle (political cartoonist)

Will Christopher Baer, Hell's Half Acre
Meliza Banales, Say It With Your Whole Mouth
Thomas Barbash, The Last Good Chance
Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn
Joshuah Bearman, The Believer (contributor)
Dodie Bellamy, Pink Steam
Jamie Berger, Watchword (contributor)
Terry Bisson, Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories
Alan Black, We're Going Down the Pub
Cara Black, Murder in the Bastille
m.i. blue, How to Burn Down a Church
Jack Boulware, San Francisco Bizarro
Joshua Braff, The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green
Ianthe Brautigan, You Can't Catch Death: A Daughter's Memoir
Kate Braverman, Lithium for Medea
Po Bronson, What Should I Do With My Life?

Sasha Cagan, Quirkyalone
Patrick Califia, Speaking Sex to Power. Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism
Ana Chavier, Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America
Justin Chin, Burden of Ashes
M. Christian, Dirty Words
Craig Clevenger, The Contortionist's Handbook
Kerry Colburn & Rob Sorensen, So You Want To Be Canadian
Nadine Condon, Hot Hits, Cheap Demos
David Corbett, Done for a Dime
Eddy Joe Cotton, Hobo: A Young Man's Thoughts on Trains and Tramping in America
Peter Coyote, Sleeping Where I Fall: A Chronicle
Ann Cummins, Red Ant House
Camille Cussamano, France, A Love Story: Women Write about the French Experience

James Dalessandro, 1906: A Novel
Diane Di Prima, Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years
Doug Dorst, Alive in Necropolis
Eamon Doyle, The Heuristic Squelch (contributor)
Firoozeh Dumas, Funny in Farsi
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Outlaw Woman

Dave Eggers, You Shall Know Our Velocity
Barry Eisler, Rain Storm
Karen Eng, Secrets and Confidences: The Complicated Truth About Women's Friendships

Tim Farrington, The Monk Downstairs
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Americus: Book I
Amanda Field, ZZYZZVA (Managing Editor)
Mark Fiore, San Jose Mercury News (former political cartoonist)
Rodes Fishburne, The Big Issue
Paul Flores, Along the Border Lies
Ben Fong-Torres, The Rice Room: Growing Up Chinese-American: From Number Two Son to Rock 'N Roll
Laurie Fox, The Lost Girls
Laura Fraser, An Italian Affair
Rachel Fudge, Women Who Eat: A New Generation on the Glory of Food

Jayson Gallaway, The Diary of a Viagra Fiend
Don George, The Kindness of Strangers
Barry Gifford, Do the Blind Dream? New Novellas and Stories
Herb Gold, She Took My Arm As If She Loved Me
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You
Susan Gerhard, Salon (contributor)
Nadia Gordon, Sharpshooter
Daphne Gottlieb, Final Girl
Jeff Greenwald, Scratching the Surface

Larry Habegger, World Travel Watch (syndicated columnist)
Meg Hamill, Watchword (contributor)
Anthony Hamilton, Shattered Lives
Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events
Marisa Handler, Secrets and Confidences: The Complicated Truth About Women's Friendships
Ryan Harty, Bring Me Your Saddest Arizona
Noah Hawley, Other People's Weddings
Jason Headley, Small Town Odds
Mark Hertsgaard, The Eagle's Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World
Thea Hillman, Depending on the Light
Pamela Holm, The Toaster Broke, So We're Getting Married
Tess Uriza Holthe, When the Elephants Dance
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
Joshua Hudson, Public House (contributor)

Amy Itzert, Supermarket

Laurie Jacobson, Hollywood Haunted
Luke James, MudHut Man
Lisa Jervis, Women Who Eat: A New Generation on the Glory of Food
Adam Johnson, Parasites Like Us
Amanda Jones, The Kindness of Strangers (contributor)
Marc Bamuthi Joseph, "word becomes flesh"

Merle Kessler (aka Ian Shoales), Broke
Laurie McAndish King, Hot Flashes
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Fifth Book of Peace
Keith Knight, Red, White, Black, and Blue: A Th(Ink) Anthology
Josh Kornbluth, Love and Taxes

Adair Lara, Hold Me Close, Let Me Go
Dene Larson, 2gether 4ever
Don Lattin, Following Our Bliss
Victor LaValle, The Ecstatic
Carol Leigh, The Unrepentant Whore: The Collected Work of Scarlot Harlot
Jennifer L. Leo, Sand in My Bra
JT Leroy, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Beth Lisick, This Too Can Be Yours
Constance Loizos, National Geographic (contributor)
Jon Longhi, Wake Up and Smell the Beer
Regina Louise, Somebody's Someone: A Memoir
Joe Loya, The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber

devorah major, Brown Glass Windows:A Novel
Ben Manilla, Elwood's Blues: Interviews with the Blues Legends and Stars
Regina Marler, Bloomsbury Pie: The Making of the Bloomsbury Boom
Eric B. Martin, Winners
Liz Maverick, The Shadow Runners
Joyce Maynard, The Usual Rules
Michael McClure, Plum Stones: Cartoons of No Heaven
Whitman McGowan, Public House (contributor)
Katherine McWilliams, Babel
Eddie Muller, Shadow Boxer
Alejandro Murguia, This War Called Love
Pat Murphy, There and Back Again

Don Novello, From Bush to Bush: The Lazlo Toth Letters

Alvin Orloff, Gutter Boys
Julie Orringer, How to Breathe Underwater

Ann Packer, The Dive From Clausen's Pier
ZZ Packer, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
Holly Payne, The Virgin's Knot
Ian Philips, See Dick Deconstruct
Peter Plate, Fogtown (Yankee Girl)
Mark Pritchard, How I Adore You

Carol Queen, The Leather Daddy

Kirk Read, How I Learned to Snap
Evan Rehill, Watchword (contributor)
Michelle Richmond, Dream of the Blue Room
Mary Roach, Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers
Trina Robbins, Tender Murderers
Jason Roberts, The Gentleman In The Distance
Anthony Robles, Lakas and the Manilatown Fish
Kay Ryan, Say Uncle: Poems

Thomas Sanchez, King Bongo
Marcus Sanders, Dante's Inferno
Dylan Schaffer, Misdemeanor Man
Nina Schuyler, The Painting
Michael Shapiro, A Sense of Place
Simon Sheppard, In Deep: Erotic Stories
John Shirley, Crawlers
April Sinclair, Coffee Will Make You Black
Bucky Sinister, Whiskey and Robots
R.U. Sirius (aka Ken Goffman), Counterculture Through the Ages - From Abraham to Acid House
Kevin Smokler, Generation Text
Eric Spitznagel, The Believer (contributor)
Domenic Stansberry, Chasing the Dragon
Starhawk, The Earth Path
David Henry Sterry, Chicken, Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent
Tamara Straus, Zoetrope: All-Story (Editor in Chief)
Ellen Sussman, On a Night Like This
Anthony Swofford, Jarhead

Amy Tan, The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings
Joël B. Tan, Type O Negative
Terry Tarnoff, The Bone Man of Benares : A Lunatic Trip Through Love and the World
Michelle Tea, Rent Girl
Pam Tent, Midnight at the Palace: My Life as a Fabulous Cockette
Juliette Torrez, Madness and Retribution: Poems
Jennifer Traig, Devil in the Details
Cameron Tuttle, The Bad Girl's Guide to Getting Personal

Zac Unger, Working Fire
Richie Unterberger, Eight Miles High: Folk-Rock's Flight from Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock

Bob Vickery, Skin Deep
Vendela Vida, And Now You Can Go
Sage Vivant, Five Minute Erotica

Ethan Watters, Urban Tribes: A Generation Redefines Friendship, Family and Commitment
Alex Wellen, Barman: Ping-Pong, Pathos, and Passing Bar
Jacqueline Winspear, Birds of a Feather
Tobias Wolff, Old School: A Novel
Simon Wood, Accidents Waiting to Happen



Marilyn Yalom, Birth of the Chess Queen: A History
Belle Yang, Hannah Is My Name
Dean Young, Elegy on Toy Piano
Chun Yu, Little Green

Andi Zeisler, Secrets and Confidences: The Complicated Truth About Women's Friendships
Keith and Kent Zimmerman, Sing My Way Home: Voices of the New American Roots Rock
Judy Zimola, Whose Panties Are These

Added by minjungkim on September 29, 2004

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