Litquake, San Francisco’s mammoth 9-day literary festival, kicked off Friday night, continued with readings all weekend long, and kept rolling last night with a special Litquake edition of the Porchlight storytelling series in which Kathi Kamen Goldmark told of playing author escort to Hunter S. Thompson–think copious amounts of bourbon, a cranial injury while swimming with seals, and a bizarre book inscription thanking her for “fat boys.”

I’m reading this Friday on the “Crime and Consequences” slate, and I hope you’ll come out:

“Friday, October 13, 6:30 p.m.
Crime and Consequences is an evening of writers reading from various perspectives on crime. Told from the point of view of an ex?police chief, ex?bank robber, crime victim?s child, criminal?s child, and an historic reformed crook recounting his glory days, this event will be an intelligent look at malfeasance and its results. The Hemlock Tavern (1131 Polk Street). FREE.

Lineup includes: Robert Mailer Anderson, Bennett Cohen, Rachel Howard, Joe Loya, Margo Perin, and SFPD Chief Prentice Earl Sanders (Ret.).”

In the meantime, there’s a “Politics of Food” panel tonight, a Word for Word theater production of a short story by Andrew Sean Greer, Kidquake with children’s authors on Wednesday, and a lot more. Check out the whole schedule at

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