When: Oct. 10-18 2014
It’s the fifteenth birthday of Litquake, San Francisco’s annual literary festival. For those who haven’t been, it’s similar to Noise Pop, except the musicians are replaced with authors and guitars with books. (Another example is the East Bay’s fabulous Beast Crawl, which happened in July.) Otherwise, the setup is largely the same: a variety of literary events held in cozy venues throughout the city over three days. This year, Litquake continues to present a broad spectrum of talent, featuring leading local thinkers such as Rebecca Solnit and nationally acclaimed talents such as comedian Marc Maron. Other readings will pay tribute to seminal Latin-American authors Gabriel García Márquez and Octavio Paz. McSweeneys is also getting a tribute, at which The Coup’s Boots Riley will do the first reading of his screenplay Sorry to Bother You, which will be published in McSweeney’s Issue 48 in November. The hard-hitting performance art and activist duo James Luna and Guillermo Gomez-Peña will be bursting into Z Space with a powerful two-part piece titled Identity Theft. Luna will perform “Native Stories: For Fun, Profit & Guilt,” followed by a spoken word monologue by Gomez-Peña. Visit Litquake.org for times, locations, and prices.