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.

Litquake San Francisco

This year's event is from October 10 - 19, 2019. 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.

2018 Schedule (2019 Schedule TBD)

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.

Thursday, October 11

Thursday is the opening night kick off for this event. It celebrates this year's 19th Anniversary. The event is at the University Club in Nob Hill at 800 Powell Street. It lasts from 8pm to 10:30pm.

Tickets are $25 at the door.

Friday, October 12

  • 7pm: Strong Medicine, The Poetry of Addiction
  • 8pm: Immigration and Community

Saturday, October 13

  • 12pm: Words Around the World, A Sense of Place
  • 1pm: The Art of Mystery
  • 3:30pm: Marx-athon, 200 Years of Karl Marx
  • 7pm: Black Klansman, Race, Hate & the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime

Sunday, October 14

  • 12:30pm: Pursuit of Publishing, How to Grow Your Own Fan Club
  • 2pm: Pursuit of Publishing, An Overnight Success Ten Years in the Making
  • 4pm: North Beach Beat Walking Tours

Monday, October 15

  • 6pm: New Native Voices, a Place of Many Nations
  • 7pm: Energy, A Human History with Richard Rhodes

Tuesday, October 16

  • 7pm: Doubling Down, A Conversation on Writing, Publishing, and Art
  • 7:30pm: No Chaser, Writers at the Bar

Wednesday, October 17

  • 7pm: 977 Days in Captivity, Michael Scott Moore's The Desert and the Sea
  • 8pm: Lou Reed and Me, Michael Imperioli with Tom Barbash

Thursday, October 18

  • 6:30pm: Springfield Confidential, Mike Reiss & The Simpsons
  • 7:30pm: Rachel Kushner, Voice of Witness

Friday, October 19

  • 7pm: SF Legends, Amy Tan & Armistead Maupin
  • 7pm: Global Fiction, The Novel and the World
  • 7:30pm: Paul Madonna and Glen David Gold Are Drunk, What Better Way to End the Festival?

Saturday, October 20

  • 12:30pm to 4pm: Lit Crawl Book Fair at the Chapel, 777 Valencia
  • 5pm to 9pm: Litcrawl SF in the Mission

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

Disclaimer: I receive a small commission from some of the links on this page.

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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