Bay Area Litquake Warning in Full EffectStarting October 11 Through October 20
From left to right: Michael Chabon (Benjamin Tice Smith); Amy Tan (Julian Johnson); Michael Imperioli (David Imperioli); Akwaeke Emezi (Elizabeth Wirija);
Mike Reiss (Simpsonized); cover of Tom of Finland XXL published by Taschen
From a show-runner/writer/producer of The Simpsons (Mike Reiss) and a former Tony Soprano associate (Michael Imperioli) to some old-school Bay Area literary royalty (Armistead Maupin and Amy Tan appearing together), plus a host of other names including Michael Chabon (honoring Ursula K. Le Guin), Rebecca Solnit, former Monkee Michael Nesmith, Andy Weir (The Martian), Ron Stallworth (author of Black Klansman, a soon-to-be-released Spike Lee Joint), Dave Eggers, and Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones)—as well as an evening that threatens to be both raucous and nostalgic at the SF Eagle when the festival pulls out the stops to honor 50 Years of Tom of Finland—Litquake 2018 celebrates a roster of literary zealots, graceful practitioners and others who use the written word to navigate and celebrate this unruly world of ours
Litquake 2018 begins with Kidquake during the day of October 11 with opening night party that evening and continues through Saturday October 20, when it ends with the Lit Crawl through the Mission District; full schedule online September 10 at the newly-redesigned and launched website www.litquake.org
August 2, 2018, San Francisco – Litquake 2018 will begin in San Francisco this October featuring a slew of authors, memoirists, poets, show-runners, actors, filmmakers and musicians from across the spectrum in what is now the Festival’s 19thyear. Full schedule along with ticket access will be announced September 10, but select participants and schedule highlights are listed below.
Select author appearances include:
Michael Chabon– Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay and others will honor Ursula K. Le Guin at Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guinfilm screening with director Arwen Curry at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at New Mission on October 18. 7-10pm.
Amy Tan – The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter’s Daughter and Where The Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir (2017) sits downs to chat with Armistead Maupin, author of the Tales of the City series and Logical Family in a night featuring bona fide San Francisco Literary Royalty in the house at the Swedish American Hall on October 19. 7-8:30pm.
Rebecca Solnit – Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscape for Politics and The Mother of All Questions (2017) joins John Freeman at City Lights Booksellers and Publishers on October 16. 6:30 – 7:30pm.
Michael Nesmith – Musician, former Monkee and author, Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff (2017) will sit down with writer, actress, and host of Porchlight Beth Lisick at Café du Nord on October 18. 7-8:30pm.
Michael Imperioli – The actor (formerly Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos) and author comes to San Francisco on behalf of his novel, The Perfume Burned His Eyes (2018) with Tom Barbash at the Swedish American Hall on October 17. 8-9:30pm.
Ingrid Rojas Contreras – San Franciscan by way of her native Colombia, the author of the much talked about Fruit of the Drunken Tree (2018) returns to Litquake at the Art of the Novel event at CCA on October 13. 4pm.
Mike Reiss – Show-runner, writer and producer of The Simpsons and author of Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons (2018) reveals all at the Contemporary Jewish Museum on October 18. 6:30-8pm. This is a co-presentation with the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Alice Sebold – Author of The Lovely Bones will sit down with Dutch columnist, screenwriter and author Esther Gerritsen at San Francisco Center for the Book on Sunday October 14. 7-8:30pm.
Rebecca Skloot – The author whose book, The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks has become a cultural touchstone will join other Writers At The Bar at Vesuvio Café on October 16. 7:30pm.
Andy Weir – The author of The Martian will appear to talk about his book as well as screen and discuss the film adaptation at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at New Mission on Monday, October 15. Time 6-10pm.
Virgie Tovar – Activist and author of You Have the Right to Remain Fat (2018) comes to Litquake in what promises to be a very illuminating sit down with Daniel Handler at STRUT in the Castro on October 13. 7-9pm.
Rachel Kushner – Author and critic whose books include The Flamethrowers, and now The Mars Room (2018) comes to Litquake for the first time for Prison Night with Rachel Kushner at the Make-Out Room on October 18. Time 7:30-9pm.
Octavio Solis – The Award-winning playwright and director; Lydia, Santos & Santos and Man of the Flesh, RETABLOS: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border (2018) will appear in conversation with Oscar Villalon, managing editor for ZYZZYVA as well as for a Word for Word staging of an except from RETABLOS at the Elbo Room on October 18. 7-9pm. (Co-presented by City Lights Booksellers and Publishers).
Elaine Castillo – America Is Not The Heart (2018) will appear in Literature in Diaspora at Swedish American Hall on October 12; 8-9:45pm
The Residents – Legendary San Francisco art/music collective and anonymous cultural saboteurs, released over 60 albums spanning over four decades come to Litquake on behalf of their new novel The Brickeaters at the Swedish American Hall on October 16 from 8-10:00pm. This is a co-presentation between Litquake and Noise Pop.
Dietmar Dath – Litquake welcomes German journalist and author of The Abolition of Species (2018) as part of Litquake’s Words Around the World international series at Swedish American Hall on October 13. 3pm.
Kim Sagwa – The South Korean author (who has been compared to Jack Kerouac) comes to Litquake on behalf of her novel, Mina (2018) as part of Litquake’s Words Around the World international series at Swedish American Hall on October 13. 3pm.
Heid E. Erdrich – Author and poet: Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media (2018) and the upcoming New Poets of Native Nations (July 2018) at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts with Greg Sarris on October 15.6-8pm.
Steve Almond – Podcaster and author of Candyfreak, Against Football and Bad Stories (What The Hell Just Happened to Our Country?) appears with Matthew Zapruder at the Make-Out Room on October 16. 7-9pm. Almond will also appear at Porchlight Storytelling on October 15 at Swedish American Hall, 8-9:30pm.
Sisonke Msimang – South African columnist, contributing editor and author of Always Another Country: a memoir of exile and home (2017) will join Litquake’s Words Around the World international series at Swedish American Hall on October 13. 3pm. Mismang will also appear at Porchlight Storytelling on October 15 at Swedish American Hall, 8-9:30pm.
Esther Gerritsen – Dutch columnist, screenwriter and author of Craving (US Edition 2018) will sit down with Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones at San Francisco Center for the Book on Sunday October 14. Time: 7-8:30pm.
Ron Stallworth –Writer of the memoir Black Klansman which has just been adapted into a Spike Lee film, (August 2018) will be in conversation with Michael Warr in addition to a screening of the film at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at New Mission on October 13. 7-10pm.
Paul Myers – Musician and author, Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy (2018), along with screening of KITH film Brain Candy at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at New Mission on October 19. 7-9:30pm. (Evening will also feature featuring two members of KITH cast TBA).
Dave Eggers – The redoubtable author sits down with Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the subject of his well-received book, The Monk of Mokha at the Mechanics’ Institute Library on October 18. 7-8:30pm
Akwaeke Emezi – The much talked-about Nigerian author of Selves Are Not Gods or Spirits at MoAD, Sunday, October 14, 6-7:30pm. This is a co-present with the Museum of the African Diaspora and Lambda Literary
Édouard Louis – the French author who has drawn comparisons to Jean Genet brings his controversial History of Violence to Modernism Gallery, Friday, October 19, 6-7:30pm. This is a co-present with the Consulate General of France.
Glen David Gold – celebrated author of Sunnyside and Carter Beats the Devil comes to the Bindery for an evening with SF Artist and author Paul Madonna at The Bindery, Friday, October 19, 7:30 - 8:30pm.
An eclectic mix of other programming nuggets:
Opening Night party high atop swank and stylish Nob Hill at the University Club!
The much heralded and talked about Nigerian trans author Akwaeke Emezi comes to Litquake at MoAD.
Michael Scott Moore - journalist and the author of The Desert and the Sea, a profound and revelatory memoir that incorporates personal narrative and rigorous investigative journalism as it tells of Moore's three-year captivity by Somali pirates—a riveting, thoughtful, and emotionally resonant exploration of foreign policy, religious extremism, and the costs of survival. Mechanic’s Institute Library.
October 17 Fifty Years of Tom of Finland (exact title TBD)
Join San Francisco's Litquake literary festival for its most insane night of the week, celebrating 50 years of Tom of Finland, at the legendary SF Eagle leather bar! Music, tributes, books, prizes, and a bawdy lookalike contest emceed by Honey Mahagony!
Co-presented by San Francisco Public Library Hormel Center, Dog Eared Books Castro, GLBT Historical Society, 48 Hills, Bay Area Reporter's BARtab
With Special Guest Dian Hanson, writer, publisher, and editor of Taschen Books' luscious Tom of Finland collections ("the most cerebral pornographer in America"), Bay Area Reporter columnist Race Bannon and music from Jon Ginoli (Pansy Division) and DJ Bus Station John
Lookalike contest open to all genders + small dogs! (With prizes courtesy of Mr. S Leather, Taschen Books, Shakespeare Vodka and more)
Botnik with members of The Onion and Clickhole ... a night of Artificial Intelligence comedy at the Make-Out Room.
The always jam-packed closing night Lit Crawl through the Mission!
What: Litquake, San Francisco’s Literary Festival When: October 11-20 Where: Various venues in San Francisco and the East Bay Tickets: Many events are free, but for those that are not (including opening night) tickets will be available on 9/10 when the full schedule is announced.
High-Res photos with captions and credits can be found HERE
Litquake, San Francisco's annual literary festival, was founded by Bay Area writers in order to put on a week-long literary spectacle for book lovers, complete with cutting-edge panels, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings. Since its founding in 1999, the festival has presented close to 8650 author appearances for an audience of over 183,000 in its lively and inclusive celebration of San Francisco's thriving contemporary literary scene. Litquake seeks to foster interest in literature, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing as a complement to the city's music, film, and cultural festivals. 2018 Dates: 10/11-20. www.litquake.org
Litquake is grateful for the support of the following funders who help make our programming possible:
Institutional Giving: California Arts Council, California College of the Arts, California Institute of Integral Studies, Chronicle Books, Grants for the Arts, Margaret and William R. Hearst III Foundation, Miner Anderson Family Foundation, Mystery Writers of America, Northern California Chapter, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Stanford Continuing Studies, Thistlewood Foundation, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Zellerbach Foundation; Individual Giving: Frances Dinkelspiel and Gary Wayne, Scott James and Gerald Cain, Nion McEvoy, Craig Newmark, Camilla Smith, and Ellen Ullman
Media Sponsors: 7 X 7, Bay Area Reporter/BARtab, Johnny Funcheap, KALW 91.7, 48 HIlls, Nob Hill Gazette, KQED, and the San Francisco Chronicle