Litquake, San Francisco’s wildly fun week-long literary festival, has just announced its October 2007 lineup. It’s the festival’s eighth year, and my third reading in it–I’ll be part of the opening day “Off the Richter Scale” marathon October 6th at the San Francisco Main Public Library. I’m on a slate called “Gritty City,” presumably because my memoir is about my father’s unsolved murder, though it doesn’t take place in any city (rather, in small town Central California), and I wouldn’t characterize the writing as particularly “gritty.” But murder is a gritty topic and so gritty I am. And I can hardly complain, either, because I find myself in amazing company from 2-3 p.m. that Saturday. Also reading that hour are Michelle Richmond and Kim Addonizio, both kick-ass tough-but-tender writers, and Kate Braverman, whose story collection “Squandering the Blue” is one of my all-time favorites (If you’ve never read her story “Tall Tales from the Mekong Delta,” get yourself a copy NOW).

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Litquake comes to a carousing close on October 13th with the rambunctious Lit Crawl–four hours of free readings at more than 30 bars, cafes, and bookstores up and down Valencia Street. I never miss it. For everything you need to know about the festival, click here.

Perhaps I’ll try to settle on something suitably “gritty” to read from my memoir on Oct. 6th, perhaps I’ll try out one of my latest short stories (does marital heartbreak count as “grit”?). In any case, hope to see you at the main library on Oct. 6th.

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