Litquake's Lit Cast

Litquake's Lit Cast

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Litquake is San Francisco’s nine-day literary festival for booklovers, complete with cutting-edge panel discussions, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings. Litquake’s Lit Cast is our selection of live recordings from the “Epicenter”, a monthly series which embraces a theater of ideas between writers and readers. Hosted by Litquake co-founders Jack Boulware and Jane Ganahl. Musical theme by Joshua Raoul Brody.
Melissa Broder: Lit Cast Live Episode 97
Oct 11 • 71 min
Back in the summer, author Melissa Broder dropped into The Bindery to read and discuss her hilarious debut novel, The Pisces, and we were there to capture it. “A modern-day mythology for women on the verge,” according to the New York Times, The…
Elaine Castillo: Lit Cast Live Episode 96
Sep 12 • 45 min
Litquake’s “Lit Cast Live” series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Elaine Castillo and her debut novel, “America Is Not The Heart”. This appearance was recorded live at Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco. Sponsored by California…
Sloane Crosley: Lit Cast Live Episode 95
Aug 1 • 46 min
Litquake’s “Lit Cast Live” series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Sloane Crosley, New York Times–bestselling author of “Look Alive Out There”―a brand-new collection of essays filled with her trademark hilarity, wit, and charm. The…
Meg Wolitzer: Lit Cast Live Episode 94
Jul 11 • 56 min
Litquake’s “Lit Cast Live” series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with the charming, witty, and always-incisive Meg Wolitzer and her new novel The Female Persuasion, which chronicles the highs and lows of power, loyalty, hero worship,…
Cheston Knapp: Lit Cast Live Episode 93
Jun 25 • 68 min
Litquake’s “Lit Cast Live” series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with the daring and wise, hilarious and tender, Cheston Knapp and his exhilarating collection of seven linked essays, Up Up, Down Down, which tackles the Big Questions…
Samantha Irby: Lit Cast Live Episode 92
Jun 13 • 49 min
Litquake’s “Lit Cast Live” series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Samantha Irby on tour for her second essay collection, MEATY. This appearance was recorded live at The Booksmith in San Francisco. Sponsored by California College of the…
Leslie Jamison: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 91
May 21 • 53 min
Litquake’s “Lit Cast Live” series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Leslie Jamison, on tour for her new book THE RECOVERING: Intoxication and its Aftermath. Jamison has been compared to such iconic writers as Joan Didion and Susan…
Morgan Jerkins: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 90
May 7 • 36 min
Litquake’s “Lit Cast Live” series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Morgan Jerkins, on tour for her new book THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America. This…
Leni Zumas: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 89
Mar 20 • 50 min
Litquake’s “Lit Cast Live” series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Leni Zumas, on tour for her novel RED CLOCKS. The New York Times describes Zumas as having “a perfectly tuned ear for the way measures to restrict lives…are couched in the…
Chloe Benjamin: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 88
Feb 27 • 58 min
Litquake’s “Lit Cast Live” series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Chloe Benjamin, on tour for her novel THE IMMORTALISTS, described by The Guardian as “not just a novel about grief; it conjures characters with such dimension that you mourn…
Carl Pope with Mark Hertsgaard: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 87
Jan 9 • 67 min
The science is unequivocal: Earth is getting hotter, endangering human civilization as well as myriad species of plants and animals. But individuals, businesses, cities and states can still take action to ensure a future for our children and…
Loudon Wainwright III with Chuck Prophet: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 86
Dec 12, 2017 • 68 min
With a career spanning more than four decades, Loudon Wainwright III has established himself as one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters. His songs can be laugh-out-loud funny, but they also can cut to the bone. This past October, he…
Black Against Empire and the Black Panther Party: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 85
Nov 28, 2017 • 43 min
In 2017, San Francisco’s 13th Annual One City One Book committee selected “Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party,” a bold, engrossing, and richly detailed examination of the revolutionary Black Panther movement, and…
Best American Essays: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 84
Nov 15, 2017 • 72 min
Since 1986, Houghton Mifflin’s The Best American Essays has delivered an annual treasure trove of fine writing and thought-provoking essays selected from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. This past October, Litquake assembled a…
Parsing the President: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 83
Nov 1, 2017 • 72 min
Never before has our commander-in-chief’s behavior been so puzzling, so laughable, so…troubled? This October the Litquake festival assembled a panel of experts to shed some light on the president’s fundamental shortcomings. Senator Barbara Boxer…
Eugene Lim with Mauro Javier Cardenas: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 82
Oct 2, 2017 • 65 min
Litquake’s “Lit Cast Live” series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Eugene Lim, author of the novel Dear Cyborgs. Entwining comic-book villains with cultural critiques, Lim creates a fleet-footed literary exploration of power,…
Tom Perrotta: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 81
Sep 19, 2017 • 42 min
Litquake’s “Lit Cast Live” series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Tom Perrotta, on tour for his novel MRS. FLETCHER, described by The New York Times as “the sweetest and most charming novel about pornography addiction and the…
Bad Hombres / Anita Amirrezvani, Laleh Khadivi, Andrew Lam, Nyuol Lueth Tong: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 80
Aug 16, 2017 • 76 min
Litquake’s Shadows & Light series continues with a conversation between Anita Amirrezvani, Laleh Khadivi, and Andrew Lam, moderated by The Bare Life Review editor Nyuol Lueth Tong. In this live event, “Bad Hombres: Immigrant Voices Respond to…
Alysia Abbott, Clane Hayward and Joshua Safran with Gabe Meline: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 79
Jul 6, 2017 • 64 min
Litquake’s new ”Lit Cast Live” continues with a panel discussion between Alysia Abbott, Clane Hayward and Joshua Safran, moderated by Gabe Meline of KQED Arts. For decades, Northern California has been Ground Zero for countercultural communities,…
Jeff VanderMeer with Robin Sloan: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 78
Jun 6, 2017 • 47 min
Litquake’s new ”Lit Cast Live” series of events at Bay Area bookstores continues with Jeff VanderMeer, on tour for his novel BORNE, named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by The New York Times, The Huffington…
Sarah Ladipo Manyika with Daniel Handler: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 77
May 23, 2017 • 58 min
Litquake’s first entry in our “Lit Cast Live” series of events at Bay Area bookstores presents professor/author Sarah Ladipo Manyika, for the launch of her newest novel, LIKE A MULE BRINGING ICE CREAM TO THE SUN. Set in San Francisco,…
The Most Dishonest People on Earth, with Lowell Bergman, Geoffrey Nunberg, Marisa Lagos, Scott Shafer: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 76
Apr 11, 2017 • 60 min
Litquake’s second event in our “Shadow & Light” series presents “The Most Dishonest People on Earth: Journalists Respond to Trump,” another glimpse of sanity in an increasingly insane world. This current political climate demands honest and…
Word /Jazz with Chinaka Hodge, RyanNicole, devorah major, Broun Fellinis: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 75
Mar 7, 2017 • 102 min
In the great tradition of jazz and spoken-word basement readings in North Beach first forged by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Kenneth Rexroth, and Bob Kaufman, hear this contemporary update co-presented by City Lights Books. With poets Chinaka Hodge,…
No Shadow Without Light: Writers Respond to Trump: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 74
Feb 7, 2017 • 57 min
As with the rest of the world, Litquake has been festering over the unexpected election of Donald Trump. Do we publish a manifesto? Or curl up in the fetal position? Yes, times are dark indeed, but it’s incumbent on the creative class to stand…
Kim Addonizio with Jen Siraganian: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 73
Nov 22, 2016 • 69 min
Lit Cast presents this live recording featuring author Kim Addonizio and poet Jen Siraganian at Litquake’s Epicenter series. This onstage conversation discusses Addonizio’s two newest releases, the poetry collection MORTAL…
The Atavist’s Evan Ratliff with Jennifer Kahn: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 72
Sep 27, 2016 • 58 min
Lit Cast presents this live recording featuring Atavist editor Evan Ratliff and journalist Jennifer Kahn at Litquake’s Epicenter series. The onstage conversation discusses LOVE AND RUIN, the new collection of nonfiction from The…
Natashia Deón and Kaitlin Solimine: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 71
Jul 19, 2016 • 63 min
Lit Cast presents this live recording featuring novelist Natashia Deón and journalist Kaitlin Solimine at Litquake’s Epicenter series. This conversation discusses Natashia’s debut release, GRACE, from…
Adam Haslett and Jane Ciabattari: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 70
Jun 27, 2016 • 51 min
Lit Cast presents this live recording featuring novelist Adam Haslett and book critic Jane Ciabattari at Litquake’s Epicenter series. This conversation discusses Haslett’s newest release, “Imagine Me Gone.” With his striking emotional…
Dan Lyons and Chris Colin: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 69
May 10, 2016 • 60 min
Lit Cast presents this live recording featuring journalist/author Dan Lyons and journalist Chris Colin at Litquake’s Epicenter series. This conversation discusses Lyons’ new memoir, “Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble,” the…
Cintra Wilson and Gary Kamiya: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 68
Apr 19, 2016 • 61 min
Lit Cast presents this live recording which features writer/critic CIntra Wilson and journalist/editor Gary Kamiya at Litquake’s Epicenter series. This conversation discusses Wilson’s most recent collection, “Fear and…
Patricia Park and Vanessa Hua: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 67
Mar 22, 2016 • 53 min
Lit Cast presents this live recording which features novelist Patricia Park and journalist/fiction author Vanessa Hua at Litquake’s Epicenter series. This conversation explores Park’s recent debut book “Re Jane,” a…
Sunil Yapa and Marie Mockett: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 66
Mar 8, 2016 • 60 min
Lit Cast presents this live recording from Litquake’s Epicenter series, featuring Sunil Yapa, author of the debut novel “Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist,” in conversation with writer Marie Mutsuki Mockett (“Where the Dead Pause, and the…
Lori Ostlund and Amelia Gray: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 65
Feb 23, 2016 • 70 min
Lit Cast presents this live recording which features California fiction writers Lori Ostlund and Amelia Gray at our Off the Richter Scale series. This conversation, titled “Our Strange Skin,” ranges from readings to discussions about…
Dennis Lehane, with Eddie Muller: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 64
Jan 26, 2016 • 82 min
Lit Cast is proud to present this live recording of the recent Litquake event featuring author and screenwriter Dennis Lehane, for the Bay Area launch of his recent novel “The World Gone By.” In this episode, Lehane is joined onstage by film noir…
Boots Riley, with W. Kamau Bell & Adam Mansbach: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 63
Jan 5, 2016 • 75 min
Lit Cast is proud to present this live recording of the recent Litquake event featuring activist, emcee and front-man Boots Riley, for the Bay Area launch of his new book Tell Homeland Security—We Are The Bomb. In this…
Christopher Moore and S.G. Browne: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 62
Dec 9, 2015 • 72 min
Lit Cast is proud to present this live recording of the recent Litquake event “Horror and Hilarity: A Conversation with Christopher Moore and S.G. Browne.” Both of these authors have mastered the craft of mining humor from the macabre:…
Chinelo Okparanta and Vu Tran: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 62
Nov 18, 2015 • 65 min
Litquake is honored to present this live recording of the recent event “Writing Cultural Identity.” Short story writers Chinelo Okparanta and Vu Tran discuss the fiction of cultural identity, migration, and the craft of good writing. Born in Nigeria,…
Poetic Tuesday at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 61
Sep 17, 2015 • 63 min
Litquake is proud to co-present the monthly Poetic Tuesday series, our summertime collaboration with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, showcasing top Bay Area poets and musicians. This episode was recorded on May 12, and features Tria…
Maggie Nelson in Conversation with Lucy Corin: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 60
Sep 2, 2015 • 73 min
Litquake is proud to host the San Francisco launch of “The Argonauts,” the new genre-bending memoir by Maggie Nelson. Writing in the spirit of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Nelson binds her personal experience…
Joshua Mohr in Conversation with Jack Boulware: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 59
Aug 18, 2015 • 61 min
Litquake is proud to host the San Francisco launch of “All Ths Life,” the newest novel by Joshua Mohr, which examines the dangerous intersection of reality and the imaginary, where coding and technology seek to highlight and augment our already flawed…
Katherine Taylor in Conversation with Frances Dinkelspiel: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 58
Aug 5, 2015 • 55 min
Litquake is honored to host the San Francisco launch of “Valley Fever,” the newest novel by Katherine Taylor, set amid the wine country of Fresno, California. In conversation with journalist/author Frances Dinkelspiel. Recorded live at…
Bruce McCullough in Conversation with Paul Myers: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 57
Jul 21, 2015 • 51 min
Litquake is honored to host the comedian, writer, director and legendary Kid in the Hall Bruce McCulloch as he discusses his newest book, “Let’s Start a Riot: How A Young Drunk Punk Became A Hollywood Dad,” with writer/musician Paul Myers. Recorded…
Peter Coyote in Conversation with Phil Bronstein: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 56
Jun 30, 2015 • 68 min
Litquake is honored to host the legendary actor/activist/author Peter Coyote as he discusses the release of his new spiritual biography, “The Rainman’s Third Cure: An Irregular Education,” with Center for Investigative Reporting board…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 55- Joyce Carol Oates in Conversation with Cornelia Nixon
Jun 16, 2015 • 70 min
Litquake is honored to host the acclaimed bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates as she discusses the release of her newest psychological noir thriller “Jack of Spades,” with award-winning novelist Cornelia Nixon. Recorded live at…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 54 - David Vann in Conversation with Tom Barbash
Apr 21, 2015 • 60 min
International bestselling author David Vann discusses the hardback release of his newest novel “Aquarium,” with acclaimed writer Tom Barbash (“Stay Up with Me”). Recorded live at Litquake’s Epicenter in San…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 53 - Lisa See in Conversation with Lalita Tademy
Apr 6, 2015 • 53 min
New York Times bestselling author Lisa See discusses the paperback release of her newest novel, “China Dolls,” set in the Asian nightlife of San Francisco’s Chinatown, with acclaimed novelist Lalita Tademy (“Cane…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 52 - Drivel
Feb 24, 2015 • 46 min
Launch event for DRIVEL, Litquake’s first book, edited by Julia Scott. Great authors share their earliest, worst writings! Hear excerpts from this hilarious collection read aloud by everyone from Peter Orner to Andrew Sean Greer. Co-presented by…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 51 – Stephan Eirik Clark and Joe Loya
Jan 21, 2015 • 54 min
Stephan Eirik Clark discusses his debut novel “Sweetness #9,” with essayist/author Joe Loya. A former Fulbright Fellow to Ukraine, Clark is also author of the short story collection “Vladimir’s Mustache,” and teaches…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 50 Chinelo Okparanta and NoViolet Bulawayo at Litquake 2014
Jan 6, 2015 • 62 min
As transnational writers who both emigrated to the United States in their youth, Nigerian author Chinelo Okparanta and Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo interrogate the meaning of home and writing across continents, and redefine diaspora literature…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 49 Marc Maron and Jack Boulware at Litquake 2014
Dec 22, 2014 • 108 min
For three decades, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for print, stage, radio, online and television. His WTF podcast has become a worldwide phenomenon, regularly hitting #1 on the iTunes charts, and…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 48 – Emma Donoghue and Jewelle Gomez at Litquake 2014
Nov 25, 2014 • 68 min
Emma Donoghue, the author of Room (which sold over two million copies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize, and featured on several best of the year lists), discusses Frog Music, her new murder mystery set…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 47 – Nicholson Baker and Steven Winn at Litquake 2014
Nov 10, 2014 • 94 min
Bestselling author Nicholson Baker discusses libraries, lawsuits, life in Maine, and his recent novels The Anthologistand Traveling Sprinkler. Baker is the author of ten novels, including Vox and The Fermata, and five works of…
Lit Cast Episode 46 - Geoff Dyer & Chris Colin in Conversation
Sep 22, 2014 • 68 min
Litquake is proud to host the launch of Geoff Dyer’s new nonfiction book, Another Great Day at Sea, at our Epicenter. This event also marks the U.S. release of his first two novels, The Colour of Memory and The Search. In…
Lit Cast Episode 45 - Edan Lepucki and John McMurtrie in Conversation
Aug 26, 2014 • 55 min
Edan Lepucki is the author of California, which became the #1 bestseller on Powells.com after being praised by Stephen Colbert. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a staff writer for The Millions, she has had short fiction…
Lit Cast Episode 44 - Brad Stone & Bridget Kinsella at digi.lit Sneak Preview
Aug 12, 2014 • 59 min
Brad Stone is the author of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, winner of the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, and chosen as a Best Book of 2013 by The Washington Post, Forbes, The…
Colson Whitehead and T. Geronimo Johnson at the Epicenter
Jul 28, 2014 • 51 min
When Grantland magazine sent Colson Whitehead to cover the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, the award-winning novelist realized it was the assignment of a lifetime, and he satirizes his experience in the latest release The Noble Hustle: Poker,…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 42 - Kaui Hart Hemmings & Michelle Richmond at the Epicenter
Jul 7, 2014 • 56 min
Kaui Hart Hemmings’ highly anticipated new novel The Possibilities was the subject of our May Epicenter. Her first novel, The Descendants, has been published in 20 countries and was made into an Oscar-winning film directed by Alexander…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 41 - Using Words as Arrows: Contemporary Native American Writers
May 19, 2014 • 102 min
Using poetry, prose, and reportage, five Native American voices showcase the diversity of current Indian literature from reservation humor to unforgettable family history. Natalie Diaz, Joy Harjo, Gordon Lee Johnson, Deborah A. Miranda, and Gregg…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 39 - Molly Antopol in conversation with Anthony Marra at the Epicenter
Apr 18, 2014 • 65 min
Did you miss Litquake’s April Epicenter? We were thrilled to feature Molly Antopol in conversation with Anthony Marra in celebration of Antopol’s debut story collection, The UnAmericans, published by W.W. Norton. A recipient of the…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 38 – Scott O’Connor and Eddie Muller at the Epicenter
Mar 14, 2014 • 53 min
CIA? Drugs? Mind-control? Don’t miss Scott O’Connor and Eddie Muller in conversation at Litquake’s March Epicenter. Haunted and inspired by a CIA clandestine operation known as Project MKULTRA in which American citizens were subjected to insidious…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 37 – Mireille Guiliano at the Epicenter
Feb 21, 2014 • 50 min
Join Mireille Guiliano, author of the new bestseller, French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style and Attitude, in conversation with Litquake co-founder Jane Ganahl at Litquake’s first Epicenter of 2014. Guiliano is The New York…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 37 – Iranian Voices at Off the Richter Scale
Feb 13, 2014 • 71 min
Readings from five writers included in Tremors, the first anthology of fiction by Iranian-Americans. These readings offer a bracing counter-narrative to prevailing political discourse about Iran. Featuring readings by Anita Amirrezvani,…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 36 – The Rumpus at the Lit Crawl
Jan 17, 2014 • 64 min
Co-hosted by managing editor Zoë Ruiz and Rumpus contributor Ryan Pittington, “For We Have Fallen to Our Knees” was an explosive Rumpus production at the frenetic Lit Crawl 2013. Featuring readings by Lucy Corin, Saeed Jones,…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 35 – Stegner Fellows on Writing
Jan 10, 2014 • 65 min
Co-produced by the Humanities at Stanford University Recent Stanford Stegner fellows, Scott Hutchins and Molly Antopol, discuss the pleasures and pains of writing fiction in a panel moderated by Stanford literary scholar Hilton Obenzinger, creator of…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 34 – Death & Dying
Dec 9, 2013 • 60 min
Join the editors and writers of Lapham’s Quarterly as they examine the topic of death. From the undertaker to the underworld, for thousands of years death has been an escape for some, an absurdity for others, and an inevitability…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 33- Daniel Alarcón
Nov 15, 2013 • 81 min
Litquake proudly hosts the San Francisco launch of Daniel Alarcón’s highly anticipated new novel At Night We Walk in Circles. In conversation with Daniel Gumbiner from McSweeney’s.
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 32- ZZ Packer & Sarah Ladipo Manyika
Nov 1, 2013 • 72 min
Acclaimed author ZZ Packer (Drinking Coffee Elsewhere) has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, a Whiting Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is currently at work on a novel, Thousands, about the Buffalo Soldiers,…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 31 – Cristina Garcia in conversation with Oscar Villalon
Sep 27, 2013 • 53 min
Cristina García is author of many books, including the novels Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, and her newest, King of Cuba (“An…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 30 - J. D. McClatchy in conversation with David Wiegand
Sep 13, 2013 • 52 min
Litquake is thrilled to partner with San Francisco Opera in presenting heralded librettist and author J. D. McClatchy, in conversation with The Chronicle’s arts editor David Wiegand. They discuss McClatchy’s long and decorated career,…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 29 - Gabriel Roth
Sep 3, 2013 • 57 min
Gabriel Roth is author of the acclaimed new coming-of-age novel The Unknowns, and was formerly a reporter and editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He now works as a writer and software developer in Brooklyn, NY. In conversation with…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 28 - Peter Orner in conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald
Aug 20, 2013 • 50 min
Peter Orner is the author of Esther Stories, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, Love and Shame and Love, and his newest collection, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, which was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 27 - Laura Miller
Aug 5, 2013 • 48 min
Critic Laura Miller’s keynote speech “Printed Vs. the Digital Word,” from Litquake’s digi.lit digital literary conference. Miller is a co-founder and staff writer of Salon.com, and wrote “The Last Word” column for The New York Times…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 26 - Neal Pollack
Jul 22, 2013 • 31 min
Author Neal Pollack’s keynote speech “Reinventing The Literary Career For The Digital Age,” from Litquake’s digi.lit digital literary conference. Pollack is the author of seven books, including the bestselling…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 25 - Karen Joy Fowler & Gail Tsukiyama
Jul 8, 2013 • 60 min
Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections, including Sarah Canary and The Jane Austen Book Club. Her newest novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, wins rave reviews, with The…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 24 - Dog and Pony Show
Jun 24, 2013 • 87 min
Litquake and Porchlight team up to bring you six stories from six different storytellers about putting the best spin on an impossible situation. Laugh with us as we listen to stories from comedians Michael Ian Black and Tom Rhodes, rapper Lyrics Born,…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 23 - NoViolet Bulawayo
Jun 10, 2013 • 54 min
Litquake is thrilled to introduce Zimbabwean debut novelist, NoViolet Bulawayo, at May’s Epicenter. Bulawayo’s novel, We Need New Names is one of the most highly anticipated launches of the year. She’ll be in conversation…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 22 - Regreturature 2013 Part Two
May 27, 2013 • 42 min
Litquake and the Writers’ Grotto present the return of REGRETURATURE: An evening of readings that probably shouldn’t see the light of day. Everybody has to start somewhere, and here’s what happens when good writers start bad. On…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 21 - Regreturature 2013 Part One
May 14, 2013 • 57 min
Litquake and the Writers’ Grotto present the return of REGRETURATURE: An evening of readings that probably shouldn’t see the light of day. Everybody has to start somewhere, and here’s what happens when good writers start bad. On…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 20 - Matthew Specktor
Apr 29, 2013 • 57 min
Matthew Specktor is Senior Fiction Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the author of three books, the most recent of which, American Dream Machine, is published by Tin House Books. In conversation with Glen…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 19 - Eric Ames on Werner Herzog
Apr 15, 2013 • 44 min
Author Eric Ames makes his only Bay Area appearance for his book Ferocious Reality: Documentary According to Werner Herzog. In close, contextualized analysis of more than 25 films spanning Herzog’s career, Ames makes a case for exploring…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 18 - Gilles Verlant
Apr 4, 2013 • 54 min
Author Gilles Verlant, in his only San Francisco appearance for his new biography of iconic French singer and man-about-town Serge Gainsbourg – Gainsbourg: The Biography. With Tam Tam Books publisher Tosh Berman, and hosted…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 17 - Sam Lipsyte
Mar 18, 2013 • 46 min
Sam Lipsyte is the author of two story collections, The Fun Parts and Venus Drive, and three novels: The Ask, The Subject Steve and Home Land, which was a New York Times Notable Book and received the…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 16 - Rosie Schaap
Mar 4, 2013 • 51 min
New York Times Magazine “Drink” columnist Rosie Schaap has been a bartender, a fortune teller, a librarian at a paranormal society, an English teacher, an editor, a preacher, a community organizer, and a manager of homeless shelters….
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 15 - The Art of the Novel
Feb 18, 2013 • 56 min
Four authors discuss the art of long-form fiction. Moderated by Shanthi Sekaran, author of The Prayer Room and adjunct professor of writing for the MFA program at California College of the Arts. Authors include Gina Frangello, Joshua Mohr, Hector…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 14 - The Art of Short Fiction
Feb 2, 2013 • 71 min
Four authors, Catherine Brady, Thaisa Frank, Kathryn Ma, and Lysley Tenorio discuss the craft of the story with moderator Laura Cogan, editor of ZYZZYVA, one of the West Coast’s premier literary journals.
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 13 - Daniel Handler and Andrew Sean Greer
Jan 21, 2013 • 67 min
The vaudeville act of Daniel Handler and Andrew Sean Greer returned to the stage – actually for the first time together at Litquake – and we were blessed to receive their collective presence. Yes, they have written bestselling books (The…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 12 - Original Shorts
Dec 17, 2012 • 51 min
Each year, Litquake asks a select group of authors to write new stories on a specific theme. Join this year’s esteemed scribblers as they reveal their original takes on the theme “Suspicious Circumstances.” Featuring Christopher…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 11 - An Evening with Chris Elliott
Dec 10, 2012 • 56 min
Litquake proudly welcomes actor-comedian-author Chris Elliott in an exclusive Bay Area appearance to celebrate his newest book The Guy Under the Sheets: The Unauthorized Autobiography. Best known for his hilarious appearances…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 10 - None Too Keene: Nancy Drew Noir
Nov 26, 2012 • 55 min
The shocking original manuscript for The Secret of the Old Clock is brought to light in a program mixing literary exposé, dramatization, and commentary by “The Czar of Noir,” Eddie Muller. Think you know Nancy? You…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 9 - The Dirty Side of Democracy
Nov 6, 2012 • 69 min
Held as part of October’s Litquake festival, this show features readings that illuminate the funny, profane, and heartbreaking elements of political discourse in the U.S. With humor columnist Beth Spotswood, TV reporter and author Belva Davis,…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 8.1 - Irvine Welsh Audience Q&A
Sep 24, 2012 • 20 min
If you loved the Irvine Welsh episode and need some more Litquake for your ears, here’s the full audience Q&A from Z Space on September 17th.
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 8 - Irvine Welsh
Sep 24, 2012 • 39 min
Irvine Welsh is the author of Filth (being made into a movie starring James McAvoy), Acid House, Glue, Porno, and Crime, writes screenplays, and produces movies. His new novel Skagboys is an exhilarating and moving…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 7 - Molly Ringwald
Sep 10, 2012 • 53 min
Molly Ringwald is an actress and author of When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Parade, Esquire, and the Hartford Courant. She began her film career at age 13 with a…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 6 - Joshua Cohen
Aug 27, 2012 • 45 min
Joshua Cohen is author of five fiction works, and his essays have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, Bookforum, Tablet Magazine, London Review of Books, and elsewhere. His books include A Heaven of Others, the 800-page…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 5 - Alice LaPlante
Aug 13, 2012 • 38 min
Alice LaPLante’s novel Turn of Mind is already one of the most talked about books of 2012. This year’s winner of the California Book Award for first fiction, the book tells the story of a surgeon in the throes of…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 4 - Adam Johnson
Jul 30, 2012 • 50 min
The New York Times called Adam Johnson’s latest novel, The Orphan Master’s Son, “a daring and remarkable novel, a novel that not only opens a frightening window on the mysterious kingdom of North Korea, but one that also…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 3 - Carolyn Burke
Jul 30, 2012 • 51 min
Carolyn Burke celebrates release of her recent book No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf, which captures the iconic French singer’s immense charisma along with the time and place that gave rise to her international career. Burke is also…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 2 - Geoff Dyer
Jul 16, 2012 • 38 min
Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels and six other nonfiction books, including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. The winner of a Lannan…
Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 1 - Peter Carey
Jul 16, 2012 • 51 min
Peter Carey is a literary chameleon, whose nine works of long-form fiction have spanned the stylistic gamut from speculative to historical to epistolary. He’s written the fictionalized story of his native Australia’s most famous antihero (Ned Kelly)…