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It’s a Litquake

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:32:00
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Sam Felsing
Litquake opening gala Oct. 7 at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center on Van Ness Avenue celebrates Shakespeare's legacy. Photo via the web.
San Francisco’s contribution to literature is enormous.  Dashiell Hammett authored the “Maltese Falcon” in the city. Allen Ginsberg first performed his masterpiece “Howl” at the Six Gallery on Fillmore Street. Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Dave Eggers continues to publish his and other works at his headquarters of McSweeney’s publishing house on Valencia Street. So the city is the perfect location for the annual Litquake Festival, happening in 2016 from Oct. 6–Oct. 15.
  
The Litquake Festival is a series of literary-themed celebrations that take place in locations throughout San Francisco and the entire Bay Area. The week’s many happenings include a gala dedicated to William’s Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy; an LGBT Spotlight, highlighting authors in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities; and a Silent Reading Party, where participants will bring books to read in absolute silence.  
   
The festival is most known for its LitCrawl, where literature-crazed people will travel to multiple bars, galleries, cafes and bookstores over the course of three hours to hear stories from more than 400 writers.
   
To learn more about Litquake, go to http://www.litquake.org/.
 
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