Big-time authors in the spotlight at Litquake 

click to enlarge Ishmael Reed, the Bay Area poet, publisher, novelist, dramatist and iconoclastic trailblazer will receive Litquake’s annual Barbary Coast Award. (Courtesy photo) - ISHMAEL REED, THE BAY AREA POET, PUBLISHER, NOVELIST, DRAMATIST AND ICONOCLASTIC TRAILBLAZER WILL RECEIVE LITQUAKE’S ANNUAL BARBARY COAST AWARD. (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • Ishmael Reed, the Bay Area poet, publisher, novelist, dramatist and iconoclastic trailblazer will receive Litquake’s annual Barbary Coast Award. (Courtesy photo)
  • Ishmael Reed, the Bay Area poet, publisher, novelist, dramatist and iconoclastic trailblazer will receive Litquake’s annual Barbary Coast Award. (Courtesy photo)

Chelsea Handler

The comedian and bestselling author speaks in conversation with Litquake co-founder Jane Ganahl about her career in books and television — and vodka. [8 p.m. Oct. 13. $40-$100. Z Space, 450 Florida St. (800) 838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com]

Karen Russell

The bestselling author of “Swamplandia” and “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” speaks in conversation with San Francisco novelist Carolyn Cooke. [5:30 p.m. Tuesday. $5-$8. Z Space, 450 Florida St. (800) 838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com]

Chuck Klosterman

The bestselling author of “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs” reads and discusses his new book “The Visible Man.” [7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Booksmith, 1644 Haight St. (415) 863-8688, www.booksmith.com]

Jeffrey Eugenides

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Middlesex” reads from his upcoming novel “The Marriage Plot.” [7 p.m. Oct. 14. Free. Books Inc., Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave. (415) 776-1111, www.booksinc.com]

Mary Roach

The pop science author of bestsellers such as “Stiff,” “Spook,” and “Bonk” discusses her latest book, “Packing for Mars,” which is San Francisco Public Library’s current pick for “One City One Book.” [7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Booksmith, 1644 Haight St. (415) 863-8688, www.booksmith.com]

Ishmael Reed


The Bay Area poet, publisher, novelist, dramatist and iconoclastic trailblazer receives Litquake’s annual Barbary Coast Award. [7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $12-$15. Z Space, 450 Florida St. (800) 838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com]

James Ellroy

In a program called “His Dark Places,” the famed noir author discusses background material, Hollywood and his writing style with local author Janis Cooke Newman. [8 p.m. Sunday. $10-$12. Z Space, 450 Florida St. (415) 392-4400, www.cityboxoffice.com]

Nordic Noir

Tom Egeland, Jorn Lier Horst and Liza Marklund appear with local noir expert Eddie Muller in an evening subtitled “A Dark and Stormy Night of Scandinavian Crime Fiction.” [8 p.m. Oct. 14. $10-$12. Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St. (800) 838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com]

Anne Enright

The Booker Prize-winning author of page turner “The Gathering” discusses her latest novel, “The Forgotten Waltz,” a captivating novel of clandestine love. [7 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, www.bookpassage.com]

Thomas McGuane

The novelist, essayist and screenwriter speaks with Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware about writing, the West and the outdoors. [8 p.m. Saturday. $8-$10. Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero. (800) 838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com]

Jane Smiley

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author chats about historical fiction with Karen Joy Fowler, author of “The Jane Austen Book Club.”  [7 p.m. Sunday. Free. Variety Club Preview Room, 582 Market St., first floor]


Adam Mansbach, Lyrics Born

The author of “Go the F--- Sleep” converses with rapper Lyrics Born about tuck-in time with their kids. [7 p.m. Sunday. $10-$25. Jewish Community Center, Kanbar Hall, 3200 California St. (415) 292-1200, www,jccsf.org]

Christopher Moore

In “Whales, Comedy, and the Impressionists: A Collision,” the humor novelist and his old friend, marine life photographer and biologist Flip Nicklin discuss their books, art and whales. [6 p.m. Monday. $10-$12.50. Z Space, 450 Florida St. www.brownpapertickets.com]

New Directions Publishing 75th Anniversary

The pioneering publishing house celebrates its 75th year with City Lights founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti and poet Michael McClure. [7 p.m., Tuesday. Free. City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave. (415) 362-8193, www.citylights.com]

Deepak Chopra, Leonard Mlodinow

“War of the Worldviews” features Chopra, author of “Seven Laws of Spiritual Success,” in a debate about “the future of God” with Mlodinow, a physicist known for “Feynman’s Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life.” [7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $15-$37. First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley (800) 838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com]

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