Win an All-Access Pass -- Zapruder -- Peter Coyote -- Travel Writing -- Kids in the Hall's McCulloch

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Litquake First-Ever Writing Contest Closes on June 1! -
Write a Poem with Matthew Zapruder this Saturday -
Emmy Winner, Counterculture Activist, Zen Buddhist Peter Coyote -
Travel Writing 101 with Laura Deutsch -
Bruce McCulloch of Kids in the Hall! -
ZYZZYVA 30th Anniversary Celebration -
Oakland Book Festival -
Donate to Litquake! -


Litquake First-Ever Writing Contest Closes on June 1!

Main festival submissions and Lit Crawl San Francisco submissions are now closed, but you still have time to submit to Litquake's First-Ever Writing Contest. Nine winners will score awesome prizes such as All-Access passes to the festival, chances to read at the festival, Litquake swag, and more! Submit, but don't wait: deadline is June 1!

Write a Poem with Matthew Zapruder this Saturday

National Poetry Month is over, but there's still time to connect with your muse! Four spots remain for Making Lightning Strike: Don't Wait for the Muse with Matthew Zapruder. This Master Class Mixer taught by Zapruder, the award-winning poet, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and author of four books including Come On All You Ghosts (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), will explore how students can be proactive in their creative work instead of waiting for inspiration to arrive. Best of all, you'll leave with your own poem! Followed by an intimate reception with delicious wine and tasty hors-d'oeuvres. Register now! Saturday, May 16, 1:30, 57 Post Street, Suite 604, $100.

Emmy Award Winner, Counterculture Activist, and Zen Buddhist Peter Coyote

Whether you loved him in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, followed his involvement in the San Francisco counterculture movement, or admired his spiritual path into Zen Buddhism, Peter Coyote is an original. On May 26, don't miss The Epicenter: Peter Coyote in Conversation with Phil Bronstein, in which the Emmy Award-winning actor will discuss his new biography, The Rainman's Third Cure: An Irregular Education, with Phil Bronstein, award-winning journalist, editor, and executive chair of the board for the Center for Investigative Reporting. Followed by audience Q&A, book sales, and signing. Snag your seat -- this event will sell out! Tuesday, May 26, 7 pm, Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., $15-25 suggested donation.

Travel Writing 101 with Laura Deutsch

If you love to write and explore the world, enroll in Travel Writing 101 with Laura Deutsch. Learn how to craft engaging travel stories such as personal travel narratives as well as destination pieces from veteran travel writer Laura Deutsch, whose writing has appeared in Best Women's Travel Writing, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. This intimate class includes instruction, writing exercises, and discussion. Sign up today -- limited to 15! Saturday, May 30, 1:00, 57 Post Street, Suite 604, $75.

Bruce McCulloch of Kids in the Hall!

If you're a fan of Kids in the Hall, don't miss Bruce McCulloch at The Epicenter: Bruce McCulloch in Conversation with Paul Myers. McCulloch, legendary comedian, Kids member, and writer for Saturday Night Live, will discuss his latest release, Let's Start a Riot: How A Young Drunk Punk Became A Hollywood Dad, with Paul Myers, music journalist, singer, and author of A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio. Audience Q&A, book sales, and signings to follow. Reserve your ticket! Sunday, May 31, 3 pm, Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., $10-20 suggested donation.

ZYZZYVA 30th Anniversary Celebration

Join our friends at ZYZZYVA as they celebrate their 30th Anniversary on May 29! This special evening, emceed by Michael Krasny, includes acclaimed authors Héctor Tobar, Molly Giles, and Dean Rader, as well as live music, gourmet bites, drinks, and a silent auction with items from Lagunitas Brewery, City Lights, Green Apple Books, and more. Purchase tickets here.

Oakland Book Festival

Litquake is proud to partner with the first-ever Oakland Book Festival on Sunday, May 31, heled inside the city's historic City Hall building. Free and open to the public, this celebration of Oakland's literary scene will feature 90 novelists, poets, historians, philosophers, journalists, and activists, as well as an outdoor children's area. Look for Litquake's panel on Bay Area literary history, featuring author Kim Bancroft, The Beat Museum's Jerry Cimino, Benjamin Griffin from the Mark Twain Project, and Steve Lavoie from the Oakland Public Library, among many other distinct and unique events. View the schedule here.

Donate to Litquake!

Literary lovers like YOU have helped Litquake become the largest literary festival on the West Coast, but we need your help more than ever. Your donation keeps 80% of our events free to the public, distributes free books to 1,500 San Francisco children, and continues to bring the programming you love. Please donate today or renew your membership in our Bestsellers Club!

Litquake is made possible in part due to the support of the following sponsors: The Miner Anderson Family Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Craig Connects, Bernard Osher Foundation, Black Balloon Publishing, California Institute of Integral Studies, Chronicle Books, HarperOne, The Rex Foundation, City National Bank, Fleishhacker Foundation, Stanford Continuing Studies, The UC Berkeley Extension Writing Program, SF Travel, The Book Club of California, The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, The Museum of African Diaspora, News from Native California, and Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Media Sponsors: 7x7 magazine, KQED, KALW 91.7, The Bold Italic and Johnny Funcheap. Media Partners: BARtab, Stitcher

About Litquake

Litquake, San Francisco's annual literary festival, was founded by Bay Area writers in order to put on a week-long literary spectacle for book lovers, complete with cutting-edge panels, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings. Since its founding in 1999, the festival has presented more than 6,300 author appearances for an audience of over 132,000 in its lively and inclusive celebration of San Francisco's thriving contemporary literary scene. Litquake seeks to foster interest in literature, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing as a complement to the city's music, film, and cultural festivals. 2015 Dates: 10/9-17.


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