At this year’s Litquake Festival, a series of literary events in the Bay Area through October 13 (most of them free), you won’t be able to throw a stone without hitting a UC Press author. Below is a full schedule of events featuring our authors (names in bold). You can find out more at the links below and at litquake.org. UC Press is proud to join other Bay Area organizations in sponsoring this year’s festival.
October 11, 2012 – 6:00 p.m.
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library
One City One Book 2012 author Rebecca Solnit discusses her book, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster, with Joanne Hayes-White, Fire Chief of San Francisco. Solnit’s work explores our need for community and common purpose, which she argues are fundamental to democratic forms of social and political life. This year, as part of the 8th annual One City One Book, SFPL is participating in California Reads, a statewide reading and discussion program created by Cal Humanities in partnership with the California Center for the Book, and supported by the California State Library.
October 11, 2012 – 6:00 p.m.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Artist/author/geographer Trevor Paglen presents a multimedia performance/lecture that attempts to explain to an audience — in the distant future, long after the traces of human civilization have disappeared — what happened to the people who built a ring of communications satellites around Earth. Presented in conjunction with the release of Paglen’s book from UC Press, The Last Pictures.
6 p.m.: Book Signing in the Atrium
7 p.m.: Artist Talk in thge Phyllis Attis Theater
October 12, 2012 – 6:00 p.m.
The Bold Italic, 32 Page St.
Litquake’s first-ever Pairing Profiles event will combine dessert tastings and after-dinner drinks, at the lovely literature-themed designer offices of The Bold Italic. This delectable events features presentations from ice cream impresarios Jake Godby and Sean Vahey, author Lara Starr, First Lady of Chocolate Alice Medrich, and Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein. Mingle with other dessert and wine lovers as you debate the merits of pairing ice cream with Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port, Rosenblum Cellars late harvest Viognier, St. George Spirits’ Breaking & Entering bourbon, and other luscious libations (included in price).
October 13, 2012 – 2:00 p.m.
David Brower Center, Goldman Theater
Co-presented by UC Press
Join Litquake as we celebrate the launch of the upcoming book Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party, the Party’s first comprehensive overview and analysis today. The authors analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the Party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the Party at its peak of influence. With co-author Waldo E. Martin, Jr., and featuring rare images and archival footage from Mike Gray’s classic 1971 documentary film The Murder of Fred Hampton. Book sales and signing to follow.
October 13, 2012 – 3:00 p.m.
The Marsh Arts Center
In the 1980s, the decade that invented the word “foodie,” eating became a serious cultural pursuit. But the past decade saw food transition from an absorbing pastime to become the central act that defines who we are. How did food morph into politics? Join us for a fresh conversation with leaders in the food trenches who get to the heart of the national food debate, demystify the science of taste, and explain how to truly make a difference through your food choices. Moderator John Birdsall. UC Press author: Julie Guthman