Reading Material

San Francisco is a literary paradise, rife with landmarks like the North Beach-meets-Chinatown bookstore City Lights. Bibliophiles particularly rejoice during Litquake (October 6-14). Now in its 18th year, the festival features nearly 650 authors, kicking off with a party at Café du Nord. Over nine days, expansive programming appeals to a wide swath of scribes, from youth to poets in venues like San Francisco Center for the Book and the American Bookbinders Museum. Aspiring writers might, for example, want to sit in on “Art of the Short Story” or “Art of the YA Novel” while devotees of Elena Ferrante attend a lunch exploring the enigmatic author’s rich narrative world and Joan Didion fans take in a staged reading of Slouching Towards Bethlehem, presented by Word for Word. Enlightenment also comes in the form of discussions such as “Parsing the President: Experts Discuss the Behavior of Donald J. Trump,” “Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking,” and “Coding, Crunching, Changing the World: Silicon Valley’s Early Years.”

post-2-1 The San Francisco Center for the Book, Courtesy of Litquake Facebook page

Featured Photo: The American Bookbinders Museum, Courtesy of Litquake Facebook page