Although Litquake, the Bay Area’s annual writing and reading festival, has events year-round, it peaks with a week of readings, parties and performances between October 11 and 20. Navigating the hundreds of fest events coming to San Francisco this fall can be daunting, so it's best to plan ahead. And don’t forget about Litquake’s most famous invention, the Lit Crawl—a single-night, 80-venue event that draws nearly 10,000 book lovers—happening this year on October 20.
Save the dates:
Michael Chabon– The Wonder Boys and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay author will honor Ursula K. Le Guin at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on October 18.
Amy Tan – The Joy Luck Club author sits downs to chat with Armistead Maupin, author of the Tales of the City series, at the Swedish American Hall on October 19.
Michael Imperioli – Christopher Moltisanti from The Sopranos comes to San Francisco on behalf of his novel, The Perfume Burned His Eyes at the Swedish American Hall on October 17.
Mike Reiss – Show-runner, writer and producer of The Simpsons and author of Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons reveals all at the Contemporary Jewish Museum on October 18.
Alice Sebold – Author of The Lovely Bones will sit down with Dutch columnist, screenwriter and author Esther Gerritsen at San Francisco Center for the Book on October 14.
Rebecca Skloot – The author whose book, The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks has become a cultural touchstone will join other writers at The Bar at Vesuvio Café on October 16.
Andy Weir – The author of The Martian will talk about his book and discuss the film adaptation at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at New Mission on October 15.
Virgie Tovar – Activist and author of You Have the Right to Remain Fat (2018) comes to Litquake in what promises to be a very illuminating sit down with Daniel Handler at STRUT on October 13.
Kim Sagwa – The South Korean author (who has been compared to Jack Kerouac) comes to Litquake on behalf of her novel, Mina, as part of Litquake’s Words Around the World international series at Swedish American Hall on October 13.
Ron Stallworth – Writer of the memoir Black Klansman which has just been adapted into a Spike Lee film will be in conversation with Michael Warr, in addition to a screening of the film at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on October 13.
Dave Eggers – The redoubtable author sits down with Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the subject of his well-received book, The Monk of Mokha at the Mechanics’ Institute Library on October 18.