Tuesday, October 4, 2011

LitQuake 2011: Mystery & Crime Events

LITQUAKE 2011: San Francisco's Liteary Festival
Here are just a few of the Litquake happenings this year. These are mystery/crime oriented. Be sure and get tickets to at least one of these or the other Litquake events.

These Mean Streets: Reality and Fiction Collide
October 9, 2011, 6:00 PM
Tosca Cafe
242 Columbus Ave.

When distinguished authors whose work has been made into movies get together in North Beach’s iconic saloon—with the son of a former Chicago crime family boss and America’s foremost political satirist—something special is bound to happen that gives new meaning to “it hurts when I laugh.” Hosted by Jody Weiner.

Frank Calabrese, Jr., David Corbett, Will Durst, Michelle Gagnon, Barry Gifford, Charlie Haas, Jody Weiner (host), Keith and Kent Zimmerman

His Dark Places: Litquake Presents James Ellroy In Conversation with Janis Cooke Newman

October 9, 2011, 8:00 PM
Z Space
450 Florida St.
$10 advance; $12 at the door
Brown Paper Tickets

Notorious Los Angeles author James Ellroy, the self-described “demon dog of American crime fiction, the foul owl with the death growl,” returns to Litquake for an exclusive one-on-one conversation with author Janis Cooke Newman. Topics will range from Ellroy’s relentless and densely plotted writing style, to his adventures with women, adventures with Hollywood, and adventures within the recesses of his mind.

Literary Death Match: Litquake Rumble
October 13, 2011, 8:00 PM
314 11th St.
$10 advance, $15 at the door

Four brilliant authors from three continents jump into the ring for this glasses-on, gloves-off literary smackdown. Competing authors read their most electric work, a panel of sagacious celebrity judges calls the shots, and it all climaxes in a mind-bending surprise finale. Join hosts Todd Zuniga and Alia Volz for this hilarious battle of wit, agility, and punctuation, followed by after-party with DJ Toph One!

Judges: Laurie R. King, Jill Soloway, Glynn Washington
Readers: John Butler, Myron Michael, Simon Rich, Ethel Rohan

Murders, Mayhem and Moxie: Litquake’s Women’s Night 2011
October 14, 2011, 5:30 PM
Bubble Lounge Champagne Bar
714 Montgomery St.
Free; $5-$10 suggested donation
21 and over

This year’s Women’s Night is a smorgasbord of mysteries, crime dramas, and even some mayhem-laced comedies. Hosted by Litquake co-founder Jane Ganahl.

Cara Black, Meg Waite Clayton, Jodi Compton, Zoë Ferraris, Heather Haven, Beth McMullen, Brandi Lynn Ryder, Jacqueline Winspear

Nordic Noir: A Dark and Stormy Night of Scandinavian Crime Fiction
October 14, 2011, 8:00 PM
Swedish American Hall
2174 Market Street
$10 advance; $12 at the door
Brown Paper Tickets

If you’re a Nordic Noir fan ready to move beyond Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, don’t miss a special Litquake appearance by authors from the snowy climes of Norway and Sweden.
In conversation with “Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller, crime novelists Tom Egeland, Jørn Lier Horst, and Liza Marklund will chat about the bleak landscape of Scandinavian thrillers and discuss their work in the context of contemporary global crime fiction. Bring your questions.

The Art of the Mystery
October 15, 2011, 1:00 PM
Z Space
450 Florida St.
$5 advance and at the door
Brown Paper Tickets

Litquake launches a new series of panels on the craft of writing, starting with thoughts on writing and suspense from four masters of the mystery. Discussion followed by a lively Q&A session.

Juliet Blackwell, Michelle Gagnon, Seth Harwood, Sophie Littlefield

1 comment:

Ethel Rohan said...

Thanks for the shout out, Janet.