A few highlights from Litquake 2014 

click to enlarge Lit Crawl packed in patrons at the Beauty Bar in 2007. - COURTESY  PHOTO
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  • Lit Crawl packed in patrons at the Beauty Bar in 2007.
LITQUAKE 2014

San Francisco’s literary festival features more than 800 authors at 100 locations.

Where: San Francisco and Bay Area

When: Oct. 10-Oct. 18

Tickets: Most events are free

Contact: www.litquake.org

Select events

Viva Fifteen: Litquake's 15th birthday is celebrated with a quinceañera and the three mandatory ingredients for any fiesta: cake, tequila and a mariachi band. 7 p.m. Friday, $15. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.

Drivel: Talented writers Sean Greer, Julia Scott, Ellen Sussman and others read their crummiest work at the launch party for “Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors.” 8 p.m. Saturday, $12. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.

Marc Maron: The comedian and host of the "WTF" podcast talks about his best-selling book, "Attempting Normal," and more. 7 p.m. Sunday, sold out (some tickets may become available). 8 p.m. Saturday, $12. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.

Stories from Home: NoViolet Bulawayo and Chinelo Okparanta in Conversation: Zimbabwean author Bulawayo and Nigerian writer Okparanta – who both emigrated to the U.S. in their youth – speak about the meaning of home and writing across continents. 1 p.m. Sunday, $10. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.

Read Like a Teen: Stop hiding that dog-eared copy of "The Hunger Games"! Writers share why reading young-adult fiction is good for the regular adult's soul. 3:30 p.m. Sunday, free. Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.

The Heyday of Malcolm: A Tribute to Malcolm Margolin: The head of 40-year-old, Bay Area-based Heyday Books and icon of alternative publishing receives well-deserved honors. 6:30 p.m. Monday, free. Book Club of California, 312 Sutter St., S.F.

Craigslist prose: Bay Area writers read accidental masterpieces by Craigslist posters, including classics such as “To the Crackhead Who Stole My Bicycle Wheel” and “Haunted Coffee Grinder for Sale." 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, free (RSVP requested). Hattery, 414 Brannan St., S.F.

Shaken and Stirred: Local writers, comedians and politicians talk about where they were when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit in 1989. 4:30 p.m., Oct. 17, $15. Alfred's Steakhouse, 659 Merchant St., S.F.

Lit Crawl: Grab some stylish yet sensible footwear for an epic crawl up and down Valencia Street, with more than 100 events in one night. Will the next reading be at a bar? A police station? Good Vibrations? 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 18, free. Various venues, S.F.

About The Author

Giselle Velazquez

Bio:
Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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