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San Francisco Gets Lit 

Wednesday, Oct 7 2015
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Much has changed in San Francisco over the last century and a half, but the city's reputation as a literary Shangri-La that launched careers as varied as Jack London, Hunter S. Thompson, and Amy Tan remains intact. In today's world of smartphones and tablets, "the fabulous white city," as Kerouac called it, is still a bookworm's dream. The city boasts some of the country's best independent bookstores, near-nightly readings, a world-class library, and a crop of local writers pushing the boundaries of contemporary literature and how it is consumed.

In honor of San Francisco's storied literary history — and Litquake, happening Oct. 9 through 17 — we put together this paean to the city's wordsmiths.

Joshua Rotter profiles controversial bestselling author (and Litquake attendee) Neil Strauss; Chris Roberts offers a refreshingly candid primer on how to make it as a writer in today's San Francisco; Anisse Gross surveys 10 Bay Area women whose work you should read immediately; and Scott Esposito visits the city's finest bookstores to remind us that print isn't dead — at least, not when it's half off the cover price.

Neil Straus Trades the Game for the Truth

So You Want to be a Writer?

10 Bay Area Women You Should Read Now

Browsing San Francisco's Best Bookstores


About The Author

Jeremy Lybarger


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