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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.

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.
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San Francisco, CA

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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.

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@litquake

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English


Episodes

Loudon Wainwright III with Chuck Prophet: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 86

12/12/2017
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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 discussed his memoir "Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things," with singer/songwriter Chuck Prophet. Plus, a few songs! Recorded live as part of the Litquake festival, at the Swedish...

Duration: 01:08:50


Black Against Empire and the Black Panther Party: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 85

11/28/2017
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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 its disastrous unraveling. This past October, co-author Waldo E. Martin, Jr. discussed the book and the Party's political dynamics with writer/curator D. Scot Miller. Recorded live as part of the Litquake festival, at the American Bookbinders...

Duration: 00:43:25


Best American Essays: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 84

11/15/2017
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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 stellar gathering of some of California's leading contemporary essayists, and contributors to the anthology. With readings from Kendra Atleework, Richard M. Lange, Angela Morales, Karen Palmer, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Alia Volz. Recorded live as part...

Duration: 01:12:22


Parsing the President: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 83

11/1/2017
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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 addresses his political naiveté, linguist and NPR contributor Geoffrey Nunberg helps parse his verbal tics, psychiatrist Dr. Dee Mosbacher sheds light on his mental state, and comedian Will Durst talks about finding humor in this unfunny crisis....

Duration: 01:12:14


Eugene Lim with Mauro Javier Cardenas: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 82

10/2/2017
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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, friendship, and creativity. Ambitious and knowing, Dear Cyborgs combines detective pulps, subversive philosophy, and Hollywood chase scenes, unfolding like the composites and revelations of a dream. In conversation with author Mauro Javier Cardenas, and...

Duration: 01:05:15


Tom Perrotta: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 81

9/19/2017
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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 harrowing issues of sexual consent that you will probably ever read." Best known for his novels turned into film and TV -- ELECTION, LITTLE CHILDREN, and THE LEFTOVERS -- Perrotta feels most comfortable when uncomfortable, and has said, "As writers, we...

Duration: 00:42:37


Bad Hombres / Anita Amirrezvani, Laleh Khadivi, Andrew Lam, Nyuol Lueth Tong: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 80

8/16/2017
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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 Trump," panelists discuss the impact of the current regime on immigrant writers' lives and creativity, and explore how immigrant voices can prevail against our nation’s current intellectual recession. Recorded live at the San Francisco Public...

Duration: 01:16:40


Alysia Abbott, Clane Hayward and Joshua Safran with Gabe Meline: Litquake’s Lit Cast Episode 79

7/6/2017
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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, rejecting conventional suburbia in favor of individualism and personal freedom. But what happens to children with this background, growing up amid such unorthodox family dynamics? These three Bay Area authors with recent memoirs meet on the summer...

Duration: 01:04:53


Jeff VanderMeer with Robin Sloan: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 78

6/6/2017
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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 Post, Book Riot, Chicago Reader, The Week, and Publishers Weekly. Author of the bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy, VanderMeer also will soon see a film adaptation of the trilogy's first installment, ANNIHILATION. In conversation with Robin Sloan, author of MR. PENUMBRA'S...

Duration: 00:47:15


Sarah Ladipo Manyika with Daniel Handler: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 77

5/23/2017
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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, this book presents a subtle and mesmerizing meditation on aging, friendship, and loss, and fleshes out a nuanced portrait of the erotic yearnings of an older woman. In conversation with Daniel "Lemony Snicket" Handler. Recorded live at the Booksmith...

Duration: 00:58:35


The Most Dishonest People on Earth, with Lowell Bergman, Geoffrey Nunberg, Marisa Lagos, Scott Shafer: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 76

4/11/2017
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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 unvarnished media coverage. But is the American press doing enough to tell the truth behind the lies? Are we in a spiral of spin where truth no longer matters? With Lowell Bergman, Geoffrey Nunberg, Marisa Lagos, and Scott Shafer. Recorded live at the...

Duration: 01:00:15


Word /Jazz with Chinaka Hodge, RyanNicole, devorah major, Broun Fellinis: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 75

3/7/2017
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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, devorah major, and RyanNicole. Music by Afro-futurist jazz trio Broun Fellinis. Recorded live at Doc's Lab, formerly The Purple Onion, in San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/litquake https://twitter.com/Litquake

Duration: 01:42:41


No Shadow Without Light: Writers Respond to Trump: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 74

2/7/2017
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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 tall and contribute. And so we present some diverse and electric Bay Area voices who speak to our nation’s fear, anger, and perhaps even optimism. With Elmaz Abinader, Robert Mailer Anderson, devorah major, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and T.J. Stiles....

Duration: 00:57:53


Kim Addonizio with Jen Siraganian: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 73

11/22/2016
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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 TRASH, and the memoir BUKOWSKI IN A SUN DRESS. Learn why the San Francisco Chronicle says "Addonizio tackles tough subjects -- unequipped mothers, the loss of love, mental illness -- with unflinching clarity, lyricism, and humor." Unexpected fun fact for this episode:...

Duration: 01:09:25


The Atavist's Evan Ratliff with Jennifer Kahn: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 72

9/27/2016
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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 Atavist, a trailblazing leader in longform narrative writing. Tune in and hear why The New York Times describes The Atavist as "remarkable...can't look away pieces of multimedia journalism." Co-presented by Green Apple Books, and recorded live at Alamo Drafthouse...

Duration: 00:58:50


Natashia Deón and Kaitlin Solimine: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 71

7/19/2016
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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 Counterpoint Press. The New York Times says, "Ms. Deón is not merely another new author to watch. She has delivered something whole, and to be reckoned with, right now." Co-presented by Green Apple Books, and recorded live at Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco....

Duration: 01:03:46


Adam Haslett and Jane Ciabattari: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 70

6/27/2016
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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 precision and lively, inventive language, Haslett has given us something rare: a novel with the power to change how we see the most important people in our lives. Co-presented by Green Apple Books, and recorded live at Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco....

Duration: 00:51:25


Dan Lyons and Chris Colin: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 69

5/10/2016
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Lit Cast presents this live recording featuring journalist/author Dan Lyons and journalist Chris Colin atLitquake's Epicenter series. This conversation discussesLyons' new memoir, "Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble," the New York Times bestseller about the "troubling but funny" world ofAmerica's technology culture from one of the contributors toHBO's "Silicon Valley." Co-presented by Green Apple Books, and recorded live atAlamo Drafthousein San...

Duration: 01:00:29


Cintra Wilson and Gary Kamiya: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 68

4/19/2016
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Lit Cast presents this live recording whichfeatures writer/critic CIntra Wilsonandjournalist/editor Gary KamiyaatLitquake's Epicenter series. This conversation discusses Wilson's most recent collection, "Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style," a hilariousroad trip across the landscape of American fashion. Co-presented by Green Apple Books, and recorded live atAlamo Drafthousein San Francisco.https://www.facebook.com/litquake/https://twitter.com/Litquake

Duration: 01:01:15


Patricia Park and Vanessa Hua: Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 66

3/22/2016
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Lit Cast presents this live recording whichfeatures novelist Patricia Parkandjournalist/fiction author Vanessa HuaatLitquake's Epicenter series. This conversation explores Park's recent debutbook "Re Jane," a retelling of the Charlotte Brontë classic Jane Eyre, set in the Korean immigrant community of Queens, New York. Co-presented by Green Apple Books, and recorded live atAlamo Drafthousein San Francisco.https://www.facebook.com/litquake/https://twitter.com/Litquake

Duration: 00:53:50

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