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Litquake's Lit Cast

Litquake's Lit Cast

Litquake

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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.

Latest Episodes

A Family Divided: Lit Cast Live Episode 128

Millions of families are separated today, by circumstances of the current pandemic, by draconian immigration policies, and by war. Family separation has long been used as an intentional political tool to pressure, frighten, and terrorize. Through the lens of fiction, we can understand the impact of such wounds, and strengthen our shared belief in family and community connection. Authors Donna Hemans, Aimee Liu, Ellen Meeropol, and Kristen Millares Young discuss their Spring 2020 novels, and explore the paths of families torn apart. F

59 min3 w ago
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A Family Divided: Lit Cast Live Episode 128

Alexandra Petri and Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why: Lit Cast Live Episode 127

“One of the difficulties of being alive today, is that everything is absurd but fewer and fewer things are funny.” In her new essay collection Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why, acclaimed Washington Post satirist Alexandra Petri offers perfectly logical, reassuring reasons for everything that has happened in recent American politics that will in no way unsettle your worldview. Petri reports that the Trump administration is as competent as it is uncorrupted, white supremacy has never been less rampant, and men have been silenced for too long. The “woman card” is a powerful card to play! Q-Anon makes perfect sense! This Panglossian venture into our swampy present offers a virtuosic first draft of history—a parody as surreal and deranged as the Trump administration itself. Petri’s essays have become iconic expressions of rage and anger, read and liked and shared by hundreds of thousands of people. In conversation with Vox political reporter Jane Coaston.

68 minAUG 19
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Alexandra Petri and Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why: Lit Cast Live Episode 127

Afrofuturism — Risen From a Poet’s Sun: Lit Cast Live Episode 126

Afrofuturism: Risen From a Poet’s Sun explores the intersection of technology, science, and the arts, as well as culture, of the African Diaspora. Featuring Bay Area poets James Cagney, Tongo-Eisen Martin, Thea Matthews, and Tureeda Mikell.

81 minAUG 11
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Afrofuturism — Risen From a Poet’s Sun: Lit Cast Live Episode 126

You, Me, and Everyone In Quarantine: Lit Cast Live Episode 125

Cutting-edge poetry and visuals from both coasts, on the theme of "You, Me, and Everyone In Quarantine." From the depths of their shelter-in-place, these writers will perform their literary hearts out for you! With SevanKele Boult, Wo Chan, Katie Fricas, Irene McCalphin aka Magnoliah Black, and Preeti Vangani. Curated and hosted by Baruch Porras-Hernandez. Books are available from your favorite indie bookstores, or order frombookshop.org!

94 minJUL 21
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You, Me, and Everyone In Quarantine: Lit Cast Live Episode 125

Literary Page Turners: Lit Cast Live Episode 124

Page turners are usually associated with genre or popular fiction rather than literary fiction. In this discussion, Melanie Abrams, Laura Mazer, and Kate Milliken will talk about what readers, agents, and editors are looking for when it comes to plot. Our guest authors speak about marketability, but also how to write a beautifully crafted narrative while still making readers turn pages. Books are available from your favorite indie bookstores, or order frombookshop.org!

74 minJUL 14
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Literary Page Turners: Lit Cast Live Episode 124

Alka Joshi and The Henna Artist: Lit Cast Live Episode 123

Please join us for this vivid and compelling evening with Alka Joshi, author ofThe Henna Artist, the May selection for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club. Tune in and learn why Publishers Weeklycalls this novel “eloquent and moving,” whileChristian Science Monitorhighlights its “vibrant characters, evocative imagery, and sumptuous prose.” A portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern,The Henna Artisttakes readers on a journey through 1950s Indian culture, a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel. Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist—and confidante—to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own. Alka Joshi reads from and discusses her book, with CCA professor and bestselling aut...

75 minJUL 14
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Alka Joshi and The Henna Artist: Lit Cast Live Episode 123

Ishmael Beah and Little Family: Lit Cast Live Episode 122

From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Sierra Leone child-soldier memoir,A LONG WAY GONE, comes this powerful new novel about young people living at the margins of society.LITTLE FAMILYportrays the lives of five youth who have improvised a household in an abandoned airplane, struggling to replace the homes they have lost with the one they have created together. Join us to celebrate release of this remarkable debut work of fiction from Ishmael Beah, whomVanity Fair has called “arguably the most-read African writer in contemporary literature.”

65 minJUN 24
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Ishmael Beah and Little Family: Lit Cast Live Episode 122

Fiction Writing in a Time of Crisis: Lit Cast Live Episode 121

Fiction writers Nayomi Munaweera, R.O. Kwon, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, and host Lauren Markham discuss both the challenges and urgency of fiction writing at this moment in time. How do we write during bleak times, and into the bleakness? How does the loss and grief of our current moment impact what we are writing about, how we write, and who we are writing for? What works or writers are we turning to right now, and how are we finding sustenance there? And perhaps most importantly, where might we be finding joy and how are we cultivating it—and what role could this joy play in our writing? All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org!

58 minMAY 27
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Fiction Writing in a Time of Crisis: Lit Cast Live Episode 121

Bring the World into Your Home with World Editions: Lit Cast Live Episode 120

Let's connect our global literary community in a time of closed borders. Hear World Editions authors Adam Dalva, Esther Gerritsen, Adeline Dieudonné, Pierre Jarawan, Sisonke Msimang, and Amin Maalouf read from their works, discuss the current situation in their countries, and talk about what books mean to them during Covid-19. Adam Dalva’s writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Tin House, and The Guardian. He teaches Creative Writing at Rutgers University and is a book critic for Guernica Magazine. Adam has received fellowships from the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. He is a graduate of NYU’s MFA Program, where he was a Veterans Writing Workshop Fellow. Adam’s bestselling comic book, Olivia Twist, was published by Dark Horse in Fall 2018. Esther Gerritsen is a Dutch novelist, columnist, and playwright. She made her literary debut in 2000. She is one of the most established, widely read, and highly praised authors in t...

77 minMAY 19
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Bring the World into Your Home with World Editions: Lit Cast Live Episode 120

DIY Flash with the Flash Fiction Collective: Lit Cast Live Episode 119

A reading of dozens of tiny stories from micro-fictionistas, including guest readers, plus a discussion of the Art of Flash and prompts—including visual prompts—to write and submit your own, with a selection to be published on the Flash Fiction Collective Facebook page. Author bios: Jane Ciabattari, author of the short story collection Stealing the Fire, writes the Between the Lines column for BBC Culture. She is a former president of the National Book Critics Circle and a member of the Writers Grotto. Her reviews, interviews and cultural criticism have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, Paris Review, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe, among other publications. Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. He has published two books on writing, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo, and Brave the Page, a teen writing guide. He’s also publ...

66 minMAY 7
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DIY Flash with the Flash Fiction Collective: Lit Cast Live Episode 119

Latest Episodes

A Family Divided: Lit Cast Live Episode 128

Millions of families are separated today, by circumstances of the current pandemic, by draconian immigration policies, and by war. Family separation has long been used as an intentional political tool to pressure, frighten, and terrorize. Through the lens of fiction, we can understand the impact of such wounds, and strengthen our shared belief in family and community connection. Authors Donna Hemans, Aimee Liu, Ellen Meeropol, and Kristen Millares Young discuss their Spring 2020 novels, and explore the paths of families torn apart. F

59 min3 w ago
Comments
A Family Divided: Lit Cast Live Episode 128

Alexandra Petri and Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why: Lit Cast Live Episode 127

“One of the difficulties of being alive today, is that everything is absurd but fewer and fewer things are funny.” In her new essay collection Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why, acclaimed Washington Post satirist Alexandra Petri offers perfectly logical, reassuring reasons for everything that has happened in recent American politics that will in no way unsettle your worldview. Petri reports that the Trump administration is as competent as it is uncorrupted, white supremacy has never been less rampant, and men have been silenced for too long. The “woman card” is a powerful card to play! Q-Anon makes perfect sense! This Panglossian venture into our swampy present offers a virtuosic first draft of history—a parody as surreal and deranged as the Trump administration itself. Petri’s essays have become iconic expressions of rage and anger, read and liked and shared by hundreds of thousands of people. In conversation with Vox political reporter Jane Coaston.

68 minAUG 19
Comments
Alexandra Petri and Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why: Lit Cast Live Episode 127

Afrofuturism — Risen From a Poet’s Sun: Lit Cast Live Episode 126

Afrofuturism: Risen From a Poet’s Sun explores the intersection of technology, science, and the arts, as well as culture, of the African Diaspora. Featuring Bay Area poets James Cagney, Tongo-Eisen Martin, Thea Matthews, and Tureeda Mikell.

81 minAUG 11
Comments
Afrofuturism — Risen From a Poet’s Sun: Lit Cast Live Episode 126

You, Me, and Everyone In Quarantine: Lit Cast Live Episode 125

Cutting-edge poetry and visuals from both coasts, on the theme of "You, Me, and Everyone In Quarantine." From the depths of their shelter-in-place, these writers will perform their literary hearts out for you! With SevanKele Boult, Wo Chan, Katie Fricas, Irene McCalphin aka Magnoliah Black, and Preeti Vangani. Curated and hosted by Baruch Porras-Hernandez. Books are available from your favorite indie bookstores, or order frombookshop.org!

94 minJUL 21
Comments
You, Me, and Everyone In Quarantine: Lit Cast Live Episode 125

Literary Page Turners: Lit Cast Live Episode 124

Page turners are usually associated with genre or popular fiction rather than literary fiction. In this discussion, Melanie Abrams, Laura Mazer, and Kate Milliken will talk about what readers, agents, and editors are looking for when it comes to plot. Our guest authors speak about marketability, but also how to write a beautifully crafted narrative while still making readers turn pages. Books are available from your favorite indie bookstores, or order frombookshop.org!

74 minJUL 14
Comments
Literary Page Turners: Lit Cast Live Episode 124

Alka Joshi and The Henna Artist: Lit Cast Live Episode 123

Please join us for this vivid and compelling evening with Alka Joshi, author ofThe Henna Artist, the May selection for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club. Tune in and learn why Publishers Weeklycalls this novel “eloquent and moving,” whileChristian Science Monitorhighlights its “vibrant characters, evocative imagery, and sumptuous prose.” A portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern,The Henna Artisttakes readers on a journey through 1950s Indian culture, a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel. Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist—and confidante—to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own. Alka Joshi reads from and discusses her book, with CCA professor and bestselling aut...

75 minJUL 14
Comments
Alka Joshi and The Henna Artist: Lit Cast Live Episode 123

Ishmael Beah and Little Family: Lit Cast Live Episode 122

From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Sierra Leone child-soldier memoir,A LONG WAY GONE, comes this powerful new novel about young people living at the margins of society.LITTLE FAMILYportrays the lives of five youth who have improvised a household in an abandoned airplane, struggling to replace the homes they have lost with the one they have created together. Join us to celebrate release of this remarkable debut work of fiction from Ishmael Beah, whomVanity Fair has called “arguably the most-read African writer in contemporary literature.”

65 minJUN 24
Comments
Ishmael Beah and Little Family: Lit Cast Live Episode 122

Fiction Writing in a Time of Crisis: Lit Cast Live Episode 121

Fiction writers Nayomi Munaweera, R.O. Kwon, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, and host Lauren Markham discuss both the challenges and urgency of fiction writing at this moment in time. How do we write during bleak times, and into the bleakness? How does the loss and grief of our current moment impact what we are writing about, how we write, and who we are writing for? What works or writers are we turning to right now, and how are we finding sustenance there? And perhaps most importantly, where might we be finding joy and how are we cultivating it—and what role could this joy play in our writing? All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org!

58 minMAY 27
Comments
Fiction Writing in a Time of Crisis: Lit Cast Live Episode 121

Bring the World into Your Home with World Editions: Lit Cast Live Episode 120

Let's connect our global literary community in a time of closed borders. Hear World Editions authors Adam Dalva, Esther Gerritsen, Adeline Dieudonné, Pierre Jarawan, Sisonke Msimang, and Amin Maalouf read from their works, discuss the current situation in their countries, and talk about what books mean to them during Covid-19. Adam Dalva’s writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Tin House, and The Guardian. He teaches Creative Writing at Rutgers University and is a book critic for Guernica Magazine. Adam has received fellowships from the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. He is a graduate of NYU’s MFA Program, where he was a Veterans Writing Workshop Fellow. Adam’s bestselling comic book, Olivia Twist, was published by Dark Horse in Fall 2018. Esther Gerritsen is a Dutch novelist, columnist, and playwright. She made her literary debut in 2000. She is one of the most established, widely read, and highly praised authors in t...

77 minMAY 19
Comments
Bring the World into Your Home with World Editions: Lit Cast Live Episode 120

DIY Flash with the Flash Fiction Collective: Lit Cast Live Episode 119

A reading of dozens of tiny stories from micro-fictionistas, including guest readers, plus a discussion of the Art of Flash and prompts—including visual prompts—to write and submit your own, with a selection to be published on the Flash Fiction Collective Facebook page. Author bios: Jane Ciabattari, author of the short story collection Stealing the Fire, writes the Between the Lines column for BBC Culture. She is a former president of the National Book Critics Circle and a member of the Writers Grotto. Her reviews, interviews and cultural criticism have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, Paris Review, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe, among other publications. Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. He has published two books on writing, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo, and Brave the Page, a teen writing guide. He’s also publ...

66 minMAY 7
Comments
DIY Flash with the Flash Fiction Collective: Lit Cast Live Episode 119
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