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

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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.