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Litquake scores big names for 10th anniversary

September 11, 2009 |  1:27 pm


Litquake, San Francisco's independent book festival, will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year with appearances by James Ellroy, Sarah Vowell and Amy Tan, who will accept the festival's Barbary Coast Award. Rather than concentrating its events in one location over a weekend, like many book festivals do, Litquake runs from Friday, Oct. 9 to Saturday, Oct. 17, and will take place at multiple venues across the Bay Area.

The festival's events also range farther than your average book fair. In addition to a number of scheduled  readings, there's a walking tour of literary North Beach, a panel of sexperts and another of playwrights, and the Bay Area premiere of the documentary film "One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur." 

While there are plenty of events, there are not so many as to be overwhelming. Just don't expect to try to catch both Vowell and Ellroy -- they're up against each other on the night of the 15th.

The festival kicks off with its annual Book Ball -- tickets are an affordable $19.99 this year -- with masquerade-style "mysterious" attire requested. They note that "party masks of famous authors will be available at the door -- or be who you want to be and concoct one of your own!"

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Image: Litquake