Litquake Adds Dennis Lehane, Neil Strauss, Boots Riley, W. Kamau Bell, Will Durst and Chinelo Okparanata to 2015 Festival MEDIA ALERT
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Litquake Adds Dennis Lehane, Neil Strauss, Boots Riley, 
W. Kamau Bell,Will Durst and Chinelo Okparanta 
to 2015 Festival

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From left to right: Dennis Lehane (Gaby Gerster); Neil Strauss; Boots Riley; Chinelo Okparanta 

Award-winning author of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone and other novels will be in conversation with Eddie Muller at the JCCSF; journalist and New York Times bestselling author Neil Strauss will be the guest of honor at an intimate luncheon at Delancey Street Restaurant; musician, poet and activist Boots Riley will be joined by comedian and television host W. Kamau Bell and Adam Mansbach at Z Space; Will Durst joins a lineup that includes Daniel Handler for an evening of satire, also at Z Space; Chinelo Okparanta will be at Z Below as part of the opening weekend's Off The Richter Scale readings
Litquake runs October 9-17 throughout the City; press preview of full schedule now available at
San Francisco CA, August 18, 2015 – Litquake has put the final touches on its 2015 schedule with the addition of some marquee names from the worlds of literature, rap & poetry, as well as comedy. They join such names as Tracey Stewart (wife of Daily Show host, Jon Stewart) and her new book Do Unto Animals, Pulitzer winners TJ Stiles and Adam Johnson, authors Christopher Moore, Paul Theroux, Daniel Handler, Lisa Brown and Amy Tan, as well as Chefs Thomas McNaughton and Dominque Crenn, and Transparent writer Ali Liebegott along with many others.

Now in its 16th year, Litquake will present over 800 authors in venues all around the City, as well as the east, north and south bays.
Foolishness, Stupidity and Vice
Noted playwright and Algonquin Round Table member George S. Kaufman once said, “Satire is what closes on Saturday night.” Come see Litquake prove him wrong when Will Durst joins a star-studded lineup of satirical writers, artists, and performers including Lisa Brown, Mark Fiore, Daniel Handler, T. Geronimo Johnson, Frank Portman, Tom Toro, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Saturday, October 10
Z Space, 450 Florida Street, SF 
Admission: $5-10 sliding scale 

Writing Cultural Identity: Chinelo Okparanta and Vu Tran in conversation
Two short story writers turned novelists discuss the fiction of cultural identity, migration, and the craft of good writing. The discussion is moderated by Commonwealth Prize winner Nayomi Munaweera.

Saturday, October 10
Z Below, 470 Florida Street, SF
Admission: FREE

From Hardback to Hollywood: The Expansive Career of Dennis Lehane
Bestselling novelist and screenwriter Dennis Lehane discusses his book-to-film career, as well as his most recent novel, World Gone By, with film noir expert Eddie Muller.

Monday, October 12
JCCSF, 3200 California Street, SF
Admission: $20 advance / $25 at the door
Boots Riley: Tell Homeland Security—We Are The Bomb
Oakland musician, activist, educator, and emcee Boots Riley (The Coup) launches his new book Tell Homeland Security—We Are The Bomb in conversation with W. Kamau Bell and Adam Mansbach about the intersection of art and politics.

Thursday, October 15
Z Space, 450 Florida Street, SF
Admission: $5-10 sliding scale 

Neil Strauss
An intimate luncheon with Neil Strauss, author of The Game, and his newest, The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

Neil is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Game, Rules of the Game, Emergency, and Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead. He is also the coauthor of four previous bestsellers: How to Make Love Like a Porn Star (with Jenna Jameson), The Dirt (with Mötley Crüe), Don’t Try This at Home (with Dave Navarro), and The Long Hard Road Out of Hell (with Marilyn Manson). A former music critic at The New York Times and a longtime writer for Rolling Stone, Strauss lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Saturday, October 17
Delancey Street Restaurant, 600 Embarcadero Street, SF 
Admission: $75

In addition, the lineup to the Eric Bogosian event has been solidified:

The Armenian Genocide, 100 Years Later: A Literary Perspective
Commemorates the centennial anniversary of the forced deportations and massacres of 1.5 million Armenians living in the declining Ottoman Empire, Armenian-Americans authors present their latest works exploring the Genocide and the lingering emotions felt by all Armenians to this day.

Featuring: Sona Avakian, Serge Bakalian, Eric Bogosian, Carol Edgarian, David Hovan, Aline Ohanesian, and Katherine Taylor
The Armenian Genocide, 100 Years Later: A Literary Perspective
Z Space, 450 Florida Street, SF
Admission: $12 advance / $15 door

Original press release for Litquake 2015 can be seen HERE
A special press preview of the entire Litquake schedule can be seen HERE
High Res Photos can be seen HERE

About Litquake
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 more than 6,300 author appearances for an audience of over 132,000 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.  2015 Dates: 10/9-17.

Litquake is made possible in part due to the support of the following sponsors: The Miner Anderson Family Foundation, Margaret & Will R. Hearst III Gift Fund, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, National Endowment for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Craig Connects, Fleishhhacker Foundation, Bernard Osher Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, California Institute of Integral Studies, Chronicle Books, HarperOne, Zoetic Press, SF Travel, U.C. Berkeley Extension, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Media Sponsors & Partners: 7x7 magazine, KQED, KALW 91.7, Johnny Funcheap, BARtab


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