Litquake presents a ’20s-style literary roundup 

James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway and Anais Nin are about to hop into bed together — creatively, that is.

Celebrating “Left Bank Bohemia” and the enchanted 1920s, nine local authors will read the works of some of history’s most fascinating writers — as those writers — when Litquake’s Cabaret Bastille unravels in The City on July 14.

Watch for this to go down as one of Litquake’s more passionate outings. But brace yourself as Ford Maddox Ford (Matt Stewart), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Mac Barnett), James Joyce (Alan Black), Ernest Hemingway (Andrew Dugas), Djuna Barnes (Sarah Fran Wisby), Henry Miller (Joshua Mohr), H.D. (Daphne Gottlieb) and Anais Nin (Alia Volz) all come to life in one extraordinary sitting.

Tara Jepsen, channeling Gertrude Stein, hosts.

“All of the authors involved are making their own selections from the work, which has been really fun to research,” says Alia Volz, who morphs into Anais Nin here. She’s tight-lipped about what she’ll be reading, although she confesses, “It will be juicy.”

Volz is the author of “Sticky Fingers Brownies” and the forthcoming novel “Little Jon.” She also hosts the über-popular Literary Deathmatch in The City.

As for Litquake’s allure — its massive, weeklong October event attracted 14,000 people last year, and smaller outings have really taken off — Volz believes people are suddenly craving real connection.

“You go to a Litquake event and they are intense and exciting, and the audiences are really into it,” she explains. “It’s really part of the literary renaissance that San Francisco has been seeing over the last couple of years, where literary events, all year long, are getting 150 people out at a time to see authors.

“We haven’t seen that in this city, at least, since the Beat Generation,” she says.

Volz believes that modern-day “communications” — Twitter, texting and the like — are off-handedly fueling a new lit resurgence.

“It’s creating a certain hunger for direct contact — and live contact; breathing contact,” she says. “Storytelling will always be one of the most direct ways to establish connections for people between what we experience and what it means — emotionally, psychologically and socially.”

Whatever the case, people are coming out for it.

“It’s the new thing,” she goes on. “Who would have thought, in this age of Twitter, that live storytelling would take off like this?”

Well, Certainly not Nin. But knowing her … do not doubt she’d give birth to one killer 140-character response.



IF YOU GO
Cabaret Bastille

When:
8 p.m. Thursday
Where: CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St., S.F.
Tickets: $13 advance, $15 at the door
Contact: www.brownpapertickets.com


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