Today starts the 15th annual Litquake, San Francisco's Literary Festival
, and to celebrate the organizers are throwing a party with no readings. Over the next eight days, there will be 800+ authors reading and performing and singing and crying their language out (and sometimes others' languages).
There's simply not enough time to adequately prepare yourself for the days that follow, and opening night gives you a chance to flip through the festival guide and see what's happening, what people are planning to go to… you face your conflicts, make your resolutions, you have more complimentary tequila, forget you made your resolutions and make them again, you dance, flirt, you think hm
many times and perhaps hell yes
more than a few.
Here's Acapulco Mariachi Trio playing La Bomba in a board room:
And here's DJ Alarm:
That's a good Litquake 1-2 for you (I recommend playing them simultaneously). So you don't have to flip through the festival guide
wide-eyed when you could be checking people out, we've put together a guide for each day, with video links and other potentially useful information, which we'll publish here early every morning.
With an average of about 12 events per day, there's something for everyone. After all, this is more like walking up to a buffet of desserts than it is choosing a wedding ring. But here's two or three highlights for each day; they were all tough to do, and we'll discuss our picks (and other events) each morning.
Saturday, October 11
: San Rafael's All-Day Downtown Festival of Books and Authors
, and particularly Words en Plein Aire: Writers with an Edge
(Various locations, San Rafael City Plaza, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., and particularly 4:30 p.m.), and Drivel: Litquake's Book Launch
(Z Space, 450 Florida St., 8 p.m. $12.)
Sunday, October 12
: 3 p.m. The Best American Nonrequired Reading Book Launch
(Z Space, 450 Florida St., 3 p.m. Free.), and Barely Published Authors
(Z Space, 450 Florida St., 7 p.m. $5.)
Monday, October 13
: Tribute to Richard Brautigan
(UC Berkeley, Morrison Library, Free.), and Porchlight Storytelling: Brushes with Fame
(Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., $20-25.)
Tuesday, October 14
: Does Literature Make You an Empath?
(Mechanics Institute Library, 57 Post St., 6:30 p.m., $15), and Straight, No Chaser: Writers at the Bar
(Vesuvio, 255 Columbus Ave., 7 p.m., Free), but also definitely Identity Theft: James Luna and Guillermo Gomez-Pena
(Z Space, 450 Florida St., 7 p.m., $20)
Wednesday, October 15
: Poetry World Series
(The Make-Out Room, 3223 22nd St., 7 p.m., $5-7), and Macondo in San Francisco: A Tribute to Colombian Novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927–2014)
(SFPL, Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., 7 p.m., Free)
Thursday, October 16
: Flight of Poets: Readings and Wine Pairings
(Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., 7 p.m., $20), Maggie Nelson at Center for Literary Arts
(Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Rm. 225, San Jose, 7 p.m., Free), and Smart Smut: Baghdad By the Bay Doing the Nasty
(The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., 8 p.m., $7)
Friday, October 17
: Shaken and Stirred: Marking the Loma Prieta
(Alfred's Steakhouse, 659 Merchant St., 5:04 p.m., $15), A McSweeney’s Variety Show: Litquake’s Barbary Coast Award
(Z Space, 450 Florida St., 8 p.m., $15)
Saturday, October 18
: Lit Crawl San Francisco
. With 101 events in three phases over 3.5 hours, here are two picks for each phase (all free):
- Phase 1, 6 p.m.: Eleven Eleven in the Voyager Shop (365 Valencia St.), and Apogee Press Reads (Density, 593 Valencia St.)
- Phase 2, 7:15 p.m.: Only freaky black art—Afro-Surreal art—can save us! (Aldea Home, 890 Valencia St.), and Threepenny Review: strong voices (Betabrand, 780 Valencia St.)
- Phase 3, 8:30 p.m.: KQED and Baruch Porras-Hernandez present ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? (Where are my people?) (Laszlo Bar, 2526 Mission St.), and Seas and Islands: Five First-Book Authors from SPD (Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.)
If you attend a show and would like to write about it for possible inclusion here or in one of Litseen's wrap-ups, feel free to send your thoughts, photos, video links, overhead stories/quotables, etc. to evan AT litseen DOT com. You can also download the Litseen App
and write reviews and/or upload those things directly, set your own calendar, see what other people are saying/going to, and more.
There's a lot going on this week that's not Litquake-related. Pen & Ink
tonight, and Writers With Drinks
tomorrow, will be especially good places to be. Take advantage; this is a stellar chance to experience any number of things you've never seen/done/heard before. Use the larger guide
as a quick and dirty directory of who and what is local; of course it's incomplete, but it's also overflowing.
Litquake’s 15th Anniversary Quinceañera Opening Party begins at Z Space, 450 Florida St., 8 p.m. $15-20.
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