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Litquake in San Francisco

The Perfect Event for Anyone Who Loves to Read

Litquake in San Francisco is the longest running literary festival in the city. It started in 1999 as a one-day event called Litstock. The name officially changed in 2002, when it started to expand into a full literary festival.

Today, Litquake offers literary enthusiasts the chance to meet with their community, listen to author readings, and participate in workshops. There are also panel discussions, tours, and group readings.

It's become so popular that it now draws both nationally and internationally recognized authors every year.

This year's event is from October 7 - 15, 2016. Every day you will find a variety of activities. You will find these events all over the city in churches, book stores, and even popular bars. All events seek to engage and excite the audience.

I love to read, so this is one of my favorite festivals every year. I enjoy the panel discussions and events that include readings on local topics. It's the perfect place to find new authors, meet those you already love, and get to know people that also love to read.

2016 Schedule

These are some of the highlights of this year's event. At the bottom of the list, you will find a link to their website with their entire calendar.

Many events are free and open to the public. You will need to buy a ticket to some of the workshops, book signings, and other large events.

Friday, October 7

Friday is the opening night kick off for this event. It celebrates 400 years of Shakespeare. The event is at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center at 401 Van Ness. It lasts from 8pm to 10:30pm.

Tickets are $35 per person.

Saturday, October 8

  • 12:45: Anon Was a Woman: A Celebratin of Female Poets
  • 2pm: Ghosts, Bones, and Dust: Novels of Life and Death
  • 6pm: Writers on the Verge: Litquake's Writing Contest Winners

Sunday, October 9

  • 11am: Eat, Drink, and Be Literary
  • 1pm: LGBTQ Spotlight: Litquake int he Castro
  • 1pm: Bikes to Books: A Two-Wheeled Tour of the City
  • 3:30pm: New Normal - The Politics of Parenting

Monday, October 10

On Monday, the events start in the later afternoon and continue into the evening. Here are a few of the top options.

  • 5pm: Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
  • 7pm: Five Presidents: A Live in the Secret Service
  • 7pm: enderloinism: Tales from the 'Hood

Tuesday, October 11

  • 12pm: Suspense in SF, A Literary Lunch with John Lescroart
  • 3pm: Get Your Book Published, First Time Authors Reveal All
  • 7pm: One City One book, Carey Perloff

Wednesday, October 12

  • 6:30pm: In My Humble Opinion, Peter Orner and Mark Greif
  • 7pm: Straight, No Chaser, Writers at the Bar
  • 8:30pm: Who's Laughing Now? A Night of Funny Females

Thursday, October 13

  • 6:30pm: Literary Science: The Good, the Bad, and the Bestseller
  • 7pm: TV Tales, A Writers' Room Tells All
  • 7pm: Striking Distance, Bruce Lee in the Bay Area

Friday, October 14

  • 6pm: American Lyric, Claudia Rankine in Conversation
  • 7pm: Naked Truth,
  • 8:30pm: Thomas Dolby, The Speed of Sound

Saturday, October 15

  • 10:30am: Litquake in the Bookstore, Lisa Brown
  • 6pm: Lit Crawl San Francisco
  • 9:30pm: Litquake After-Party

Click here for a full list of events by day on the Litquake Website.

Other Fun Events this Month

In addition to Litquake in San Francisco, you will find a number of other fun events this month. Here are just a few of the biggest ones.

Fleet Week: During the first weekend of Litquake in San Francisco, you can also see the Blue Angels perform at Fisherman's Wharf for Fleet Week. This weekend long event not only features the Blue Angels, but also free ship tours, live entertainment along the water, and a full air show. Click here for details.

Halloween: The biggest event this month is Halloween. San Francisco is THE place to be for this year's celebration. You will find everything from 21+ parties to family friendly events. Click here to learn more.

Savings Tip: One of the best ways to save on your visit to San Francisco is to check out the tickets available on Goldstar. They offer tickets to tours, events, and other popular activities at up to 50% off. Click here to check out their current selection.

SF Open Studios: Spend the a few hours, the day, or an entire weekend visiting the place where local artists create their masterpieces. SF Open Studios also offers you the chance to meet these artists and buy their unique pieces. Each weekend showcases studios in a different part of the city. Click here for this year's schedule.

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