Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival (Oct. 1 to Oct. 9), allows you to see and hear some of the best authors and attend some great parties. Here are some highlights:
Litquake Opening Night Cocktail Party (Oct.1). This is where Litquake participants, sponsors, organizers and authors can get together and mingle. The party is at 111 Minna from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free, but it’s a 21 and over event.
Off the Richter Scale, Day One (Oct. 2) and Two (Oct. 3). Both take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Variety Preview Room Theatre at 582 Market St. Day One highlights poetry, illustrated works, mystery writers and Dad Lit.
Day Two looks at women authoring change, alternative publishing, local historians and translated literature.
New Writers Night (Oct. 4) showcases a panel of first-time writers, giving them an opportunity to discuss how they got published. It takes place at Foundation Center in the World Affairs Council Auditorium at 312 Sutter St. Online reservations are required. The first panel is from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the second from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
LDM100: The 100th Literary Death Match (Oct. 6). Starting at 7 p.m. at the Elbo Room (647 Valencia St.), watch as four readers battle it out, judged by W. Kamau Bell, Mark Fiore and Jane Smiley. Who will win this historic event? Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door.
Lit Crawl (Oct. 9). Litquake wraps up with a three-phase Lit Crawl. From 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., authors and participants will travel the streets of San Francisco. Locations are scattered around the city, starting at Clarion Alley between 17th and 18th Street. Admission is free.