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Litquake 2010

500+ authors take over San Francisco for this annual week-long literary festival
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Litquake, San Francisco’s annual (mostly free) literature festival, runs October 1-9, 2010 with over 500 authors participating in events focused in San Francisco and all over the Bay Area.

The festival is made up of over 100 events of readings, storytelling, performances, panels, and workshops in venues all through the city and featuring every conceivable genre: original short stories surf lit, memoir, science fiction, literary fiction, poetry, children’s books, nonfiction, travel, mystery and much more.

Most of the events are free and open to the public. Here’s our funcheap highlights!

Litquake 2010 Schedule
The Free, The Cheap and the Worth The Splurge

Friday, October 1

Saturday, October 2

  • Off The Richter Scale Day 1 – featuring Dad Lit, Mystery and Poetry at the Variety Preview Room Theater – FREE

Sunday, October 3

  • Off The Richter Scale Day 2 – featuring Alt Pub, Literature in Translation at Variety Preview Room Theater – FREE
  • Barely Published Authors at The Make-Out Room – FREE
  • Literary North Beach Walking Tour: 5:30p – FREE
  • The Literary Tour Stops Here at Focus Gallery 7pm – FREE
  • Enviro-Lit Panel at Park Chalet 6:30p – FREE

Monday, October 4

  • Words and Waves an Evening of Surf Lit at the Park Chalet – $5
  • New Writers Workshops at World Affairs Council – FREE, but RSVP required
  • Original Shorts: Heart Wine Bar SF – FREE
  • Litquake in the Book Store with Tao Lin- The Booksmith – 7:30p – FREE

Tuesday, October 5

Wednesday, October 6

  • The Art of Narrative Nonfiction – 6pm at SFPL – FREE
  • Kidquake at SFPL – FREE but RSVP required
  • Civilization on Six Legs: The Complex Societies of Ants and Honeybees at Cal Academy of Sciences – $15
  • Bawdy Storytelling at The Blue Macaw – 8pm – $10
  • Radar Reading Series – 6pm at SFPL – FREE
  • Flight of Poets with wine tasting at Hotel Rex $15
  • SF in SF The Maltese Omelette: A Radio Play at 582 Market St. FREE
  • James Howard Kunslter at Books Inc. Berkeley – 7pm FREE
  • Lorin Stein at City Lights -7pm FREE
  • Stina Katchadourian at Keplers in Menlo Park – 7pm FREE
  • Comedy Night with Kristen Schaal – Cobb’s Comedy Club 8pm – FREE

Thursday, October 7

  • Litquake Bites: a foodie event at The Ferry Building with Steve Sando of Rancho Gordo among others – Noon – FREE
  • Poets 11 Showcase at Readers Cafe Fort Mason – 7pm FREE
  • Thaddeus Russel at City Lights 7pm – FREE
  • Feminine Wiles Noe Valley Rec Center 7pm – FREE

Friday, October 8

  • TeenCrawl in Civic Center 1pm to 7pm – FREE
  • Life, Death, Love, Lies… and Cupcakes: 6:30p – $5
  • David V. Herlihy at Public Bikes 7pm FREE
  • Steve Roby at Book Passage corte Madera 7pm FREE

Saturday, October 9

Lit Crawl
Mission District, San Francisco
– Phase 1: 6-7p
– Phase II: 7:15p-8:15p
– Phase III: 8:30p-9:30p

Closing night Litcrawl through the Mission will feature over 60 venues alone! Crawl highlights includes:

  • Rebecca Solnit reading from the much-anticipated Infinite City, along with poet Aaron Shurin and others at Mission Cultural Center
  • Poetry at the Laundromat: Airing Our Dirty Laundry: Five poets put the starch in your delicates when they hang their latest verse out to dry
  • Michelle Tea and Jewelle Gomez perform a literary event atop a pool table in San Francisco’s most beloved queer bar, The Lexington Club
  • Tobias Wolff reading for Threepenny Review at Bruno’s
  • Carol Queen’s Erotica Reading: Risqué Fantasies and True Confessions at The Woman’s Building
  • Zombies and Zeppelins at Borderland Books.
  • Liberties: Litquake Goes International: Four Writers from Ireland at Liberties Restaurant and Bar
  • The Rumpus: readings by Bucky Sinister and Lorelei Lee among others at Latin American Club
  • Emperor Norton Lives: Bay Area Iconoclasts featuring Chicken John and Susie Bright at The Blue Macaw
  • Emptiness in Full Bloom: Buddhist writers at the San Francisco Buddhist Center
  • Punk Night at Amnesia.
  • Bar Pick Up Stories at Martunis
  • San Quentin, You’ve Been Living Hell to Me: . At Ritual Coffee Roasters

Complete Litquake 2010 Schedule