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Litquake Rolls Out Spring Series of Events
New lunchtime “Comfort Lit” series will feature author appearances on behalf of books that focus on subjects ranging from love, spirituality and how to make taking a year off to travel the world a reality, to animals, food and the pleasures of idleness! Also on deck, 4 master class mixers (with cocktails) + monthly presentations of poetry at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Comfort Lit kicks off Tuesday April 17 at The Mechanics' Institute and is FREE; Master Class Mixers are scheduled for April 7, April 14, May 12 and June 2 with each 3-hour class limited to only 15 students; cost: $105.00; Yerba Buena Gardens Festival’s Poetic Tuesdays begin May 8 at the Esplanade at Yerba Buena Gardens and are FREE
April 5, 2018, San Francisco— Litquake announces a new, free lunchtime series at the Mechanics’ Institute Library on select Tuesdays throughout the spring and summer that will feature author appearances on behalf of books that focus on subjects ranging from love, spirituality and how to make taking a year off to travel the world a reality, to animals, food and the pleasures of idleness!  
“Comfort Lit,” says Litquake co-founder Jane Ganahl “is built around the idea of books that make you feel better and that will provide a much-needed break from the ongoing fighting the powers that be in order to … recharge.”
Comfort Lit kicks off Tuesday April 17 with designer, author and illustrator Jez Burrows and his new book, Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings; the series will also include the San Francisco Chronicle’s Jonathan Kauffman expounding on Hippie Food, a love story/espionage thriller from September Williams entitled Chasing Mercury, Roman Muradov’s paean to idleness, On Doing Nothing, Rachel Levin’s Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds and Alexandra and David Brown, authors of A Year Off: A Story About Traveling the World—and How to Make It Happen for You.  More information on Comfort Lit can be found HERE
Master Class Mixers: 3-hour intensive writing seminars with cocktails! More information and descriptions on Master Class Mixers can be found HERE; note, all mixers are limited to only 15 students and are $105.00.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Kicks Off Poetic Tuesdays, produced and presented by Litquake. 
Bring some lunch, sit back and feast on some words on Tuesday May 8, from 12:30pm to 1:30pm at the Esplanade in Yerba Buena Gardens. Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Streets.
This year sees a new host and curator, Jason Bayani, artistic director for Kearny Street Workshop (the oldest multi-disciplinary Asian Pacific American multi-disciplinary arts organization in the country) as well as an author, Kundiman fellow and a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene.
The season’s debut on Tuesday May 8 features Barbara Jane Reyes, Kay Nillson, Shawn William, and musical guest Ruby Mountain.
For more information about who will be appearing each month go to
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. 2018 Dates: 10/11-20.
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, HarperOne, 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, KQED, San Francisco Chronicle.

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