Release:Litquake Announces 2015 Festival Schedule

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Listening Becomes Eclectic at Litquake 2015

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From left to right: Tracey Stewart, author of Do Unto Animals (Taea Thale); Heklina (Jose Guzman Colon); Chef Thomas McNaughton (Alanna Hale); Pulitzer Winning
Biographer TJ Stiles (Joanne Chan); Chef Dominque Crenn (Stephanie Hua); Ali Liebegott, writer on Transparent

 
Critters, food, drag queens, Pulitzer winners and Billy Shakespeare are among the ingredients in a festival that includes the care, feeding and rights of animals from Tracey Stewart (wife of Jon) and her much anticipated new book Do Unto Animals and a day where all are invited to Eat, Drink and Be Literary with chefs and authors Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn, Thomas McNaughton of Flour + Water, Mission Cheese Co-founder Anthony Myint and Cal Peternell of Chez Panisse to an evening of “twitterature” when some of San Francisco’s most notorious drag queens—including Heklina and D’Arcy Drollinger—will read celebrity tweets; other programming will feature Pulitzer winners talking amongst themselves; the poet laureate of Hawaii, 
Kealoha performing an epic poem; bestselling author Christopher Moore discussing supernatural humor; deeply admired sports writers bellying up to the bar in the Tenderloin; Kidquake; Teenquake; the African-American Shakespeare company performing Romeo & Juliet set in the 1970s with actual teens in the two lead roles; lunch with Paul Theroux; playwright and actor Eric Bogosian, as well international authors in various venues around the City.
 
Litquake 2015 takes the varied fascinations, obsessions and literary lights of the Bay Area and puts them on display for 9 days for all the world to see from October 9-17; www.litquake.org

 
 
 
August 7 2015, San Francisco – Litquake, San Francisco’s Literary Festival returns in 2015 with a slate of literary, word and performance-centric programming that reflects that varied fascinations and obsessions of the Bay Area. Over the course of the 9-day festival, now in its 16th year, attendees will have the opportunity to attend a myriad of events, including an evening with Tracey Stewart, wife of long time Daily Show host Jon Stewart, whose new book Do Unto Animals speaks to her experience as a vet tech and animal lover, and which gently and with humor, encourages us to be better stewards of the world around us.
 
Also on deck:

International authors:

With appearances from:

Litquake 2015 will feature 90 + programs with an additional 80 at the closing Lit Crawl through the Mission, with over 800 authors participating. A list of the day-by-day highlights is below; a complete preview schedule will be available to the press on 8/14/2015  
 
Opening Night - Friday, October 9
 
The Devil’s Acre: Litquake’s Opening Night Celebrates 19th Century San Francisco
Celebrating the infamous and unhinged 1800s San Francisco, this marks both the 150th anniversary of both the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, and the official book launch for Drinking the Devil’s Acre, Duggan McDonnell’s illustrated history of cocktails from the wild and wicked saloons of the Barbary Coast.

Duggan McDonnell is a fifth-generation San Franciscan, writer, cocktail educator and historian, and the owner of Campo de Encanto Pisco. He was named a “Leader of the American Cocktail Revolution” by Food & Wine, and nominated twice as “Best Mixologist of the Year” at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Drinking the Devil’s Acre: A Love Letter from San Francisco and her Cocktails is his first book.
 
Co-presented by the California Historical Society, Chronicle Books and Anchor Brewing Company

The Devil’s Acre: Litquake’s Opening Night Celebrates 19th Century San Francisco
Z Space Theater
450 Florida St.
Time: 7 pm VIP, 8 pm general public

Admission: $20 advance, $25 at the door
 
Saturday, October 10
 
Foolishness, Stupidity and Vice
An evening of satirical writers, artists, and performers with T. Geronimo Johnson, Daniel Handler, illustrators Lisa Brown and Tom Toro, Pulitzer-winning political animator Mark Fiore, and musician/author Frank Portman.

Saturday October 10
Z Space 450 Florida St.
Doors 7pm; show 8 pm
Admission: TBD
 

Sunday, October 11
 
Eat Drink and Be Literary
An entire day of food, wine, beer, and chocolate from the Bay Area’s most innovative producers accompanying appearances by some of the Bay Area’s most lauded chef/authors, including Thomas McNaughton of Flour + Water and Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn.
 
Participants include:

Sponsors include: 7x7, Tablehopper, Lucky Peach and GFF Magazine
 
Eat, Drink, and Be Literary
ZSpace
450 Florida St.
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Admission: All-inclusive $25 in advance, $30 at the door
 
Sunday, October 11
 
East Bay launch for Tangled Vines by Frances Dinkelspiel
Litquake celebrates the East Bay launch of the book Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California which focuses on the underbelly of the wine world, including a 2005 arson fire that destroyed 4.5 million bottles of fine California wine worth more than $250 million.

La Botella Republic
2055D Center St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Time:
7 PM
Admission: FREE

Monday, October 12
 
Kealoha: The Story of Everything
Kealoha, the first Poet Laureate of Hawai'i and honored MIT Nuclear Physics graduate presents the world premiere of his multi-media production titled The Story of Everything– a performance that infuses science, storytelling, poetry, movement, and visual art.

This original creation story in epic poem format explores the question “Where do we come from?”
 

Produced with support from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

Z Space
450 Florida St.
Wheelchair accessible, all ages

Time: 7pm
Admission: $20/$15 Students


Kill Your Darlings: The Unpleasant Art of Starting Over
Litquake’s edition of the Bay Area’s long-running Porchlight series (15 years!) returns to the festival for a special storytelling night of authors and writers, telling tales on the theme of “Kill Your Darlings.”

Verdi Club
2424 Mariposa St.

Time: Doors at 7, show at 8

Admission: $20 advance, $25 at the door
 
Tuesday, October 13
 
Tracey Stewart and Do Unto Animals
Veterinary technician, wife of Daily Show host Jon Stewart and mother of two Tracey Stewart believes that the more we understand animals the better equipped we are to help them. Her first book, Do Unto Animals is a heartfelt and richly illustrated guide to how we can improve animals’ quality of life at home, in the backyard, and on the farm.
 
Throughout the book, Stewart mixes straightforward facts about domesticated and wild animals’ behavior with practical advice, hands-on projects, and personal—often humorous—stories of her own family’s experience.
 
Z Below
470 Florida St.
Time: 7pm

Admission: $15
 
Lit by the Lake in the Library
A celebration of the variety of literary talent that sees authors with deep roots in the East Bay coming together to read from their newly published books, some of which are set in Oakland.

Main Library 1st floor study area, 125 14th Street
Four blocks from Lake Merritt BART or six blocks from 12th Street Oakland City Center BART
Benefiting Litquake and the Friends of the Oakland Public Library
Wine will be available for purchase
Time: 6:30-8PM

Admission: $5.00 suggested donation
 
Celebrity Twitterature
Graduating to the main festival after two years at Lit Crawl San Francisco is a new, full-fledged nightclub version of the outrageous, wildly popular phenomenon known as #celebritytwitterature! The city's most notorious drag queens dramatically and hilariously present the year's most scandalous celebrity trials, triumphs, tribulations, foibles, falls, and fancies, as seen on Twitter. This multimedia evening of interpretative social media reenactments will be fully interactive, with retweets streaming in real-time on the big screen. Featuring D'Arcy Drollinger, Heklina, Martha T. Lipton, Ben McCoy, and you!
 
Celebrity Twitterature
Oasis
298 11th St.
Tuesday, October 13

7-9 pm
Admission: TBD

Wednesday, October 14
 
Sports Night!
America’s obsession with sports continues unabated. This is an evening of award-winning sports writers—including Glenn Stout, Justine Gubar and Gary Singh—bellying up to the bar to discuss the why’s and what's of this, as well as read form their new books. Emcee: Anthony Bedard.

Hemlock Tavern
1131 Polk St.
7-9 pm

Admission: TBD

Thursday, October 15
 

Flight of Poets
Wine and poetry make a delicious due at this reading curated by Hollie Hardy and Tess Taylor. Internationally renowned sommelier Christopher Sawyer pairs six talented poets with six exquisite wines carefully selected to illuminate their work.  

Flight of Poets at Hotel Rex
Hotel Rex
562 Sutter St
21 and over
7PM (Doors Open at 6:30)

Admission: $20 (includes wine flight of six tastes)
 
Jewish Noir at The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Writers R.S. Brenner, M. Dante, and Stephen Jay Schwartz read from a new anthology on Jewish Noir, followed by a discussion on crime and Jewish fiction.
 
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
Time: 6:30 PM

Admission: Free with Museum admission ($5 after 5pm)
 
Friday, October 16

One City One Book with David Talbot
David Talbot, founder of Salon and author of Season of the Witch, this year's One City One Book selection. The Cockettes will perform! Talbot's latest book is The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government.

One City One Book with David Talbot
Z Space, 450 Florida St

Time: 8pm, doors at 7pm

Admission: TBD
 
Bonner Paddock, author of One More Step My Story of Living with Cerebral Palsy, Climbing Kilimanjaro, and Surviving the Hardest Race on Earth in conversation with Joan Ryan

Romeo and Juliet from the African-American Shakespeare Company 
The African-American Shakespeare Company takes William Shakespeare’s iconic story of love, passion and innocence and sets it in the 1970s with an era-appropriate soundtrack of funk and jive-talkin’ supplying the rhythm. Directed by the AASC’s Executive Director Sherri Young and Artistic Director L. Peter Callender, this production casts two teenagers in the role of the doomed star-crossed young lovers.
 
Buriel Clay Theater
762 Fulton Street
Time: TBD

Admission: $10
 
Saturday, October 17
 

The Closing Night Lit Crawl
The one, the only Lit Crawl winds its way through the Mission District of San Francisco. Taking place in 80 venues over the course of 3.5 hours, the Lit Crawl continues to define literary mayhem at its very finest. #literarymayhem

Lit Crawl
80+ Venues on and around Valencia Street in the Mission

Time: 6:00 – 9:30pm 
Admission: FREE


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. www.litquake.org
 
Litquake is made possible in part due to the support of the following sponsors: The Miner Anderson Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Craig Connects, Bernard Osher Foundation, California Institute of Integral Studies, Chronicle Books, HarperOne, Stanford Continuing Studies and SF Travel. Media Sponsors: 7x7, KQED, KALW 91.7, FORA T.V, and Johnny Funcheap. Media Partners: BARtab 

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