Although Litquake is nearing its inevitable end, there are still tons of poets, novelists, essayists, comic book authors and travel and nonfiction writers to be seen before its Saturday night close.
What: Keepin’ it short and spicy, this large ensemble of veteran female authors are presenting their steamiest pieces of flash fiction. The lineup will include such notable names as the New York Times’ bestselling author Beth Lisick, Litquake co-founder Jane Ganahl, and Anne Buelteman (actress from Les Miserables) reading from the posthumous works of Kathi Kamen Goldmark.
Where: Z Space (21+)
When: October 16th, Thursday at 7 PM
Why: Because it’s steamy, sexy, and super-short.
What: To commemorate the 100th birthday of famed Mexican poet Octavio Paz, Litquake has invited the Paz scholar Rafael Vargas and a slew of special guests to help celebrate the life and work of this iconoclastic Mexican artist.
Where: The Mexican Art Museum
When: October 17th, Friday at 6 PM
Why: Octavio Paz wrote about everything from sexuality, politics, history, and economics. He’s one of Latin America’s most luminary poets and is a must-read for all.
What: Litquake ends with, what may very well be, “The World’s Largest Literary Pub Crawl!” With a 3 ½ hour runtime, 500 performers and 101 events, the Lit Crawl is the apex of Litquake and – truly – cannot be missed.
Where: The crawl is broken up into 3 phases and begins at Market and Valencia and ends around Mission and 24th Street.
When: October 18th, Saturday 6:00-7:00 PM
Why: Books, booze, and bites, what more do you need?
What: Restricted to a 15 student max, these three-hour intensive (cocktail infused) writing seminars occur almost as an afterthought to the literary happenings of Litquake’s nine-days of erudite festivities. Each seminar is led by a different speaker from a different literary field but all are fascinating.
Where: Litquake Offices
When: November 8th - January 31st, a more detailed list can be found at: litquake.org/event-series/master-class-mixers
Why: Cocktails with respected authors divulging the secrets of their craft? Sounds like essential viewing to the aspiring writer.