UC Press authors participate in this month’s Litquake Festival

Once again, UC Press is a proud sponsor of Litquake, the literary festival that runs October 9-17 in venues throughout San Francisco, Marin, and the East Bay. The event calendar offers an impressive bounty, including notable events featuring UC Press authors, detailed below. For event logistics, and the full calendar, check out the Litquake website. Some events are free and some are ticketed.

Hope to see you!


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Mark Twain Project editor Ben Griffin (Autobiography of Mark Twain) joins a cast of writers and performers to discuss “Foolishness, Stupidity, and Vice,” October 10, 8pm.

Event Description: Noted playwright and Algonquin Round Table member George S. Kaufman is said to have once uttered, “Satire is what closes on Saturday night.” Come see us prove him wrong, on our opening night Saturday, with this star-studded lineup of satirical writers, artists, and performers. Doors open at 7 pm, and in the words of Mark Twain, “the trouble begins at 8.”



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On October 11, join us for a day-long celebration of food and literature, “Eat, Drink, and Be Literary,” which will be held at Z-Space (450 Florida Avenue), San Francisco. Dan Warrick, of our second edition of The Way to Make Wine, will be set up in the entrance, pouring his own wine and signing books.

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Also appearing at this event: On October 11, noon, Inside the California Food Revolution author Joyce Goldstein is part of a panel discussion on “The Growth and Evolution of the Bay Area Artisanal Food Movement.” This will be followed by a book signing at 12:45pm.

Event Description: Join six leaders in the Bay Area culinary world—a master chef, cheese maker, chocolatier, charcutier, bread baker, and food purveyor—to explore the origins and evolution of the artisanal food movement. Followed by audience Q&A.


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Authors Judith Lowry (Gardening with a Wild Heart) and Jonah Raskin (Field Days: A Year of Farming, Eating, and Drinking Wine in California) join other gardeners and gatherers, October 11, 4pm, for “What is Genius Loci?”

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Event Description: And how does it affect foragers, gatherers, and gleaners? Six savvy, sexy veterans of field, forest, and sea come together for a delicious conversation about feral foods in the era of crazy weather, rainless days and nights, and the unimpeded civilized craving for wild nettles, mushrooms, sea weeds, and much more. Followed by audience Q&A.


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In the East Bay, at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Tom Turner, of our new David Brower book, joins others for “Wilderness Where You Find It,” October 11, 1pm.

Event Description: Wilderness is personal, political, historic, and threatened. This panel of original thinkers discusses what we talk about when we talk about wilderness, and how they connect with the wild in original and accessible ways.


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And on October 16, 7pm, Jason De León, author of Land of Open Graves, gathers with other writers and performers for “Our Bookstores – United – Will Never Be Defeated,” at the Make-Out Room.

Event Description: San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía calls the 24th Street Corridor/Calle 24 “Bookstore Row,” where the coalition of stores—Adobe Books, Alley Cat Books, and Modern Times Bookstore Collective—all deliver unique attributes to a neighborhood already rich in history and culture. Yet given the changes in the Mission and citywide, independent booksellers, authors, and artists remain besieged by displacement. Tonight we celebrate what bookstores bring to our neighborhoods. Hosted by Alejandro Murguía, with Denise Sullivan and Kate Rosenberger. Music by Cambiowashere, Penelope Houston, Christine Shields, and Bob Forrest. Proceeds to benefit United Booksellers and Litquake.