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There's Still Time to Catch Litquake This Weekend

Graham Hacia | October 17, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

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. In fact, the best event are yet to come. (As in: Come see our Loma Prieta storytelling event tonight.)

Shaken and Stirred: An Evening of True-Life Tales Marking the 25th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake
What: Its been 25 years since the Loma Prieta earthquake, but the shockwaves of that catastrophe can still be felt today. Presented by Litquake and the us, local authors and public figures will be reflecting on where they were, what they were doing and how things changed following that unforgettable tragedy in 1989.
Where: Alfred’s Steakhouse (21+)
When: October 17th, Friday 4:30 PM
Cost: $15
Why: Because the “next big one” isn’t a matter of if, but when. Also: Gary Kamiya will be there.

Beyond The Labyrinth of Solitude: A Tribute to Octavio Paz
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
Cost: FREE
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.

Lit Crawl 2014
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 three phases and begins at Market and Valencia and ends around Mission and 24th St.
When: October 18th, Saturday 6:00-7:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Why: Books, booze, and bites, what more do you need?

Masterclass Mixers
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.
Cost: $100
Why: Cocktails with respected authors divulging the secrets of their craft? Sounds like essential viewing to the aspiring writer.

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