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2009 Litquake: 7x7's CliffsNotes Guide

The Litquake festival, San Francisco's weeklong salute to all things literary, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, with more readings and events scheduled than ever before. With almost 100 events to choose from over the course of the week, however, Litquake's schedule can feel like a slog through War and Peace. No need to panic, dear readers: 7x7 has you covered. This short list of our top picks should help you storm the festival with all the zest of Michiko Kakutani tearing into a first-time novelist.

To the Glory That Is Litquake!



Entertainment choices were painful last Friday for San Francisco Goths: The Bowie Ball at the Great American Music Hall? Or a Litquake sponsored celebration of Edgar Allan Poe at the Goth Hop?

Not only that, lit lovers were torn, too, as they tarried between the Litquake event at the Verdi Club and the sorta nearby Elbo Room for the latest installment of Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match.

Oh, decisions. Such dark, difficult decisions. Nevermore!

Telling Tales: Narrative Magazine


Timing in life, they say, is everything.

On the same day that the Pew Research Center released its findings from a recent News Interest Index Poll which asked Americans about their newspaper reading habits and product loyalty (and don’t ask, the numbers are dismal), the written word was celebrated in the home of Diane and Charles Frankel.

And, huzzah!

Secrets in San Francisco

Much to the dismay of guests gathered in the gracious home of Cissie Swig, no secrets were actually spilled at a book party Swig hosted to celebrate author Merla Zellerbach.


But there was great fun in speculating who’s who within Merla’s new fictional novel, Secrets in Time: San Francisco (Firefall Editions).

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