A Literary Festival Explores Every Kind of Writing — and a Bit of Drinking

Litquake 2017 features a reading of Joan Didion's 'Slouching Toward Bethlehem' by the theater troupe Word for Word

Litquake 2017 features a reading of Joan Didion's 'Slouching Toward Bethlehem' by the theater troupe Word for Word (Photo: Courtesy of Litquake)

Litquake, the festival of all things literary, is back in San Francisco, Oakland, Napa, Berkeley, and Marin, with a huge menu of writers for every taste and age group. There are YA panels and poets, erotic tale tellers, a Barbary Coast prostitute walking tour, a panel on how to break into publishing, a literary death match, and a bar crawl to close out the festival. We’re partial to a staging of Joan Didion’s Slouching Toward Bethlehem by the theater troupe Word for Word, readings by local poets Tongo Eisen-Martin and Jose Vadi, a panel on microdosing with Berkeley’s Ayelet Waldman, and spiritual readings in the majestic Grace Cathedral. The festival runs Oct. 5–14; details here.

A Literary Festival Explores Every Kind of Writing — and a Bit of Drinking 4 October,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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