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Litquake Goes Into That Good Night (of Ideas, That Is)*
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From left: Charlie Jane Anders; Meg Ellison; Nilgun Bayraktar; Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate of the United States
Northern California's longest running literary festival dips a toe into the waters of its 20th year when it presents What If: The Fiction of the Future at The Night of Ideas, the San Francisco edition of La Nuit des Idées, an evening of public conversation and provocative speakers, complete with performances, screenings, readings & music that has been conducted in cities around the world, on February 2; Litquake will  co-present Tracy K. Smith, the Poet Laureate of the United States at the Jewish Community Center on January 30 (*h/t Dylan Thomas)

What If: The Fiction of the Future: produced by Litquake as part of and in conjunction with The Night of Ideas presented by the San Francisco Public Library, SFMOMA and the French Consulate in San Francisco on February 2 at the SF Public Library; Tickets are free by registering here: K. Smith, Poet Laureate of the United States: January 30 at JCCSF; Tickets are $20.00 and may be purchased here:

San Francisco, January 24, 2019– When Litquake presents its annual nationally and internationally known festival in October, it will celebrate 20 years of doing the work and the joy of bringing writers and readers together throughout the bay area. With much more to come on that subject later, the organizers are dipping their toes into 2019 with two events: What If: The Fiction of the Future as part of The Night of Ideas presented by the San Francisco Public Library, SFMOMA, and the French Consulate in San Francisco on February 2, and Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate of the United State on January 30. The Night of Ideas program runs from 7pm until 2am, with Litquake's What If event scheduled for 8pm.
What If: The Fiction of the Future 
Fantasy and science fiction stories have long embraced the darker themes of a dystopian future, and our fascination continues unabated in recent films and TV shows such as Children of MenBlade Runner 2049Black Mirror, and The Handmaid’s Tale. Do these narratives speak to our fears of what the future will bring, or do they reflect the current reality in which the authors live and write? Is futuristic fiction pure escapism, or can it alter our destiny? Discussing these questions and more will be Bay Area authors Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the SkyThe City in the Middle of the Night), and Meg Elison (The Book of the Unnamed Midwife), in conversation with Nilgun Bayraktar, a writer and professor at California College of the Arts.
What: What If: The Fiction of the Future at The Night of Ideas—presented by the San Francisco Public Library, SFMOMA, and the French Consulate in San Francisco
When: February 2, 8pm
Where: SF Public Library, in the Deaf Services Center, first floor
Tickets: Free – more info and register in advance here
Tracy K. Smith – Poet Laureate of The United States
Join Litquake and the JCCSF for a conversation with Tracy K. Smith, the current Poet Laureate of the United States. In that role, she has traveled the country on a quest to bring poetry to people living in rural America. Smith authored the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light and three books of poetry including her most recent, Wade in the Water. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as The New York Times Notable Book. Duende received the 2006 James Laughlin Award and The Body’s Question won the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith has also been a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award and a Whiting Award, and received a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, awarded to one poet annually for distinguished poetic achievement. She is the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.
What: Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate of the United States 
When: January 30 at 7pm
Where: JCCSF, 3200 California Street
Tickets: $20.00 and can be purchased 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 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. 2019 Festival Dates, October 10-19
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, 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, Funcheap, KALW 91.7, 48 Hills, Nob Hill Gazette, KQED, and San Francisco Chronicle 


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