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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.

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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.

    Raceless: Georgina Lawton in conversation with Jess Cole: Lit Cast Live Episode 137

    Raceless: Georgina Lawton in conversation with Jess Cole: Lit Cast Live Episode 137

    Co-presented with MOAD. From The Guardian’s Georgina Lawton, a moving examination of how racial identity is constructed—through the author’s own journey grappling with secrets and stereotypes, having been raised by white parents with no explanation as to why she looked black.

    Raised in sleepy English suburbia, Georgina Lawton was no stranger to homogeneity. Her parents were white; her friends were white; there was no reason for her to think she was any different. But over time her brown skin and dark, kinky hair frequently made her a target of prejudice. In Georgina’s insistently color-blind household, with no acknowledgement of her difference or access to black culture, she lacked the coordinates to make sense of who she was.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Funeral Diva: Pamela Sneed with Tommy Pico: Lit Cast Live Episode 136

    Funeral Diva: Pamela Sneed with Tommy Pico: Lit Cast Live Episode 136

    This event is now available to watch on our YouTube page, along with the rest of our 2020 festival programming.

    Co-presented by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

    “This notable achievement...is a harrowing account of how Sneed transforms violence and pain into an artist's life." —Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen: A Lyric

    In this collection of personal essays and poetry, acclaimed Brooklyn-based poet/performer Pamela Sneed details her coming of age in New York City during the late 1980s. Funeral Diva (City Lights) captures the impact of AIDS on Black Queer life, and highlights the enduring bonds between the living, the dying, and the dead. Sneed's poems not only converse with lovers past and present, but also with her literary forebears—like James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde—whose aesthetic and thematic investments she renews for a contemporary American landscape. Offering critical focus on matters from police brutality to LGBTQ+ rights, Funeral Diva confronts today's most pressing issues with acerbic wit and audacity. The collection closes with Sneed's reflections on the two pandemics of her time, AIDS and COVID-19, and the disproportionate impact of each on African American communities. Sneed discusses and reads from her work, alongside poet and Literary Hub editor Tommy Pico. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation


    Buy the authors' books:
    Pamela Sneed -- http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100510140&fa=description
    Tommy Pico -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781947793576
    Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Good Things in Small Packages: Lit Cast Live Episode 135

    Good Things in Small Packages: Lit Cast Live Episode 135

    Co-presented by The Ruby and Left Margin Lit

    The best short stories evoke a whole world in a small space. But how do they get written? Join Litquake as we hear five writers (and readers) of short stories discuss their different approaches to writing the form. They'll discuss their own methods, philosophies, and techniques behind telling stories with economy and heart. With Yalitza Ferreras, Rachel Khong, Mimi Lok, Shruti Swamy, and C Pam Zhang. Remember to subscribe to Lit Cast to be notified the minute we release our episodes -- and subscribe to our Youtube channel to watch all of our archived readings and discussions from our 2020 Litquake festival.
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    Buy the authors' books at Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Hurricane Season: Fernanda Melchor with Yuri Herrera: Lit Cast Live Episode 134

    Hurricane Season: Fernanda Melchor with Yuri Herrera: Lit Cast Live Episode 134

    This event is now available to watch on our YouTube page, along with the rest of our 2020 festival programming.

    “Melchor’s English-language debut is a furious vortex of voices that swirl around a murder in a provincial Mexican town. Forceful, frenzied, violent, and uncompromising, Melchor’s depiction of a town ogling its own destruction is a powder keg that ignites on the first page and sustains its intense, explosive heat until its final sentence.” —Publishers Weekly

    One of Mexico’s most promising and prominent writers, Fernanda Melchor has created, in her debut novel Hurricane Season, a Gulf Coast noir drawing comparisons to everyone from Faulkner to Bolaño and Marlon James. NPR has called Hurricane Season "a mix of drugs, sex, mythology, small-town desperation, poverty, and superstition." The Los Angeles Review of Books describes  it as "a novel that sinks like lead to the bottom of the soul and remains there, its images full of color, its characters alive and raging against their fate.” Beginning with the discovery of a corpse, by a group of children playing near the irrigation canals, a Mexican village is propelled into an investigation of how and why the murder occurred. Join Fernanda Melchor as she reads from and discusses her work, with novelist and professor Yuri Herrera, author of several works including the recent nonfiction book A Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine Fire. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Foglifter Journal Volume 5 Issue 2 Launch: Lit Cast Live Episode 133

    Foglifter Journal Volume 5 Issue 2 Launch: Lit Cast Live Episode 133

    As part of Litquake Festival 2020 we will be launching our latest issue with readings from: Ching-In Chen
    Piper J. Daniels
    Chekwube Danladi
    Cyrée Jarelle Johnson
    J.S. Kuiken
    t. tran le
    Wryly T. McCutchen
    heidi andrea restrepo rhodes
    Zak Salih
    Mimi Tempestt Join Foglifter is as we celebrate powerful, intersectional writing that queers our perspectives; writing that explores the sometimes abject, sometimes shameful, but always honest and revelatory experience; writing that calls into question the things we believe to be true, the things we believe to be known, and turns them on their head for—at least—a moment of consideration.

    • 58 min
    Every Day We Get More Illegal: Juan Felipe Herrera with Jericho Brown: Lit Cast Live Episode 132

    Every Day We Get More Illegal: Juan Felipe Herrera with Jericho Brown: Lit Cast Live Episode 132

    This event is now available to watch on our YouTube page, alongside the rest of our 2020 festival programming.

    Co-presented by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

    "From Basho to Mandela, Every Day We Get More Illegal takes us on an international tour for a lesson in the history of resistance...In ways subtle and sometimes proudly loud, this book makes it clear exactly why Juan Felipe Herrera continues to be recognized and sought after for his work."—Jericho Brown

    Join Litquake and City Lights in celebrating the publication of Juan Felipe Herrera’s Every Day We Get More Illegal. In this collection of poems, written during and immediately after two years on the road as United States Poet Laureate, Herrera reports back on his travels through contemporary America. Poems written in the heat of witness, and later, in quiet moments of reflection, coalesce into an urgent, trenchant, and yet hope-filled portrait. Every Day We Get More Illegal is a jolt to the conscience—filled with the multiple powers of the many voices and many textures of every day in America. Herrera, the nation’s first Latino Poet Laureate, will share his work, along with Jericho Brown, author of three collected works, of which The Tradition received the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation


    Buy books and support the poets:
    Juan Felipe Herrera -- http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100162250
    Jericho Brown -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781556594861
    Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

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Great Interviews with Writers

These are great interviews with a variety of writers in an intimate setting. Audience interaction is a plus!

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Worthwhile

I really enjoy listening to these. Sometimes the quality of the recording isn't great, but I still can't turn it off. Thanks.

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Treasure

So glad to discover these rich conversations with authors on podcast. Thank you, Litquake (and your donors), for sharing.

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