Litquake Announces Full Return of In-Person Events for October 2022

Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival, returns this year with two weeks of events across the city.

The festival kicks off with an opening night at The Dairy, a large event space in the Presidio’s Sports Basement Store, on October 6 and concludes on October 22 with the highly anticipated annual Lit Crawl, where authors and fans come together in bars. , bookstores, hair salons and laundromats in the Mission District.

“Litquake audiences can’t wait to get back to live events!” said festival co-founders Jack Boulware and Jane Ganahl. Litquake went completely virtual in 2020 and included partial virtual programming in 2021.

“We are counting on the good weather in October and the continued fight against the pandemic to give them what they want: nearly 100 events in more than two weeks of programming, from genre to poetry to non -fiction and storytelling,” said the co-founders, who established the festival in 1999 to foster a sense of literary community and create a forum for writing in the Bay Area.

Highlights of this year’s festival include “Kidquake” on October 7 with presentations by children’s authors, meetings with writers and workshops for K-5 students and teachers. Over the years, the festival has distributed 12,000 free books to school children in San Francisco and plans to continue the practice this year.

On the same day, Peruvian American author Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, the first openly gay woman to complete the Seven Summits mountaineering challenge, will talk about her new book “In the Shadow of the Mountain” at the Verdi Club in San Francisco. .

The festival will also host “Craft and the Creative Life”, October 8-9, a series of panels, discussions and conversations with advice on how to create your own small press, find a literary community and write a novel with authors Elaine Castillo, Daniel Handler and Andrew Sean Greer.

Other events will take place at venues such as the African Diaspora Museum, Grace Cathedral and the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco and the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley. The launch of San Francisco-based author KM Soehnlein’s new novel, “Army of Lovers,” is taking place at Strut, a Castro District health, wellness and community center operated by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The book is a fictionalized account of Soehnlein’s years as a member of the AIDS activist group ACT UP in New York.

Most events in Litquake are free. Tickets for paid events can be purchased at The full festival schedule will be posted on the festival website on September 6.

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Jennifer C. Burleigh