Oh, writers. Oh readers, journalists, poets and book nerds--your festival is here.
The 13th annual Litquake, the city's largest literary festival featuring 163 events and more than 850 authors, is in town all week long. And most of the events are free.
Come check out live readings, parties, workshops, discussions and even opportunities to get your work published.
And while no reasonable slideshow could possibly encompass all of the amazing Litquake events this week (more than 50 events are included in the one-night Lit Crawl alone), here are a few of our favorites:
Litquake in the Castro
Provocative readings set outdoors at the epicenter of the LGBT world. In partnership with the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District. <a href="http://litquake.org/calendar-of-events/litquake-in-the-castro">October 6</a>.
“Do You Come Here Often?” — Writers at the Bar
Books and booze at Vesuvio - need we say more? <a href="http://litquake.org/calendar-of-events/doyou-come-here-often-writers-at-the-bar">October 7</a>.
Got a book idea? Bring it to Pitchapalooza. Twenty writers randomly selected from the audience will get one minute to pitch their book idea to publishing veterans Arielle Eckstut, David Henry Sterry and Sam Barry. The winner receives an introduction to an appropriate agent or publisher. (The first Pitchapalooza winner got a book deal from Soft Skull Press. The book, now in its fifth printing, has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, and on CNN.) <a href="http://litquake.org/calendar-of-events/pitchapalooza-2012">October 7</a>.
Sex on the Beach: Bawdy Storytelling at the Park Chalet
San Francisco's own <a href="http://bawdystorytelling.com/">Bawdy Storytelling</a> will serve up its sauciest tales at Park Chalet on <a href="http://litquake.org/calendar-of-events/sex-on-the-beach-bawdy-storytelling-at-the-park-chalet">October 11</a>.
Kidquake: Elementary School Program
Children’s book authors, illustrators, poets and workshop leaders host a morning of readings, discussion, and special workshops just for kids. <a href="http://litquake.org/calendar-of-events/kidquake-elementary">October 9</a>.
Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution
Doug Fine, author of the new book Too High to Fail, brings us along on a wild literary and visual ride as he humorously documents the journey of a single cannabis flower (named “Lucille”) from farm to patient in Mendocino County, California. Along the way, he dodges helicopters and faulty GPS devices and comes away with a message: the Drug Peace era will (or at least should) soon be upon us. <a href="http://litquake.org/calendar-of-events/too-high-to-fail-cannabis-and-the-new-green-economic-revolution">October 12</a>.
The closing grand finales, Lit Crawl bar-bookstore-music venue-beekeeping supply store (not kidding) crawl through the Mission featuring hundreds of authors, food and drink, scavenger hunts and more, all celebrating the written word. <a href="http://litcrawl.org/sf/">October 13</a>.