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Tonight at Litquake: Wednesday, October 14

Tonight centers around one special author: Amy Tan will be receiving Litquake's Barbary Coast Award for her contribution to the Bay Area literary community. You may know Tan as the author of Asian-American identity stories like The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife, but there are a few things you might not know about her: she's written an opera libretto (for the adaptation of The Bonesetter's Daughter, performed in SF last year), once had a PBS children's series (based on her Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat), and has a master's in linguistics (from San Jose State).

Tonight at Litquake: Tuesday, October 13

It was a dark and stormy day in San Francisco, and weather that is, undeniably, frightful might keep even the most dedicated Litquake fans from their appointed rounds. If you can round up a pair of rain boots and a sturdy umbrella, though, tonight is full of great events that will keep your brain buzzing and your toes toasty.

Look of the Week: Litquake Geek Chic

With Litquake kicking off its 10th anniversary celebration this Friday, the bookworm in all of us here at the 7x7 office is beginning to show. But with boyfriend blazers, collared shirts and oxfords showing up everywhere from the NY runway to the suburban streets, there's no better time to let your inner geek shine through. So, ladies and gents, it's time to grab your thick-framed glasses and head to your closest bookstore or bar, Litquake is here to stay...for a week anyway:

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!

Bodies in the Library: Who Done It at Litquake?

Litquake, San Francisco's literary festival, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year (October 9-17). To help honor a decade of Litquake with the best festival ever, Litquake will host its first ever mystery fundraiser tonight from 6-8p at the Mechanics’ Institute Library and Chess Room ($12). "Bodies in the Library: Who Done It at Litquake?" plans panels and conversations with Bay Area mystery writers including Rhys Bown (Molly Murphy series) and Seth Harwood (Jack Wakes Up). Litquake will also raffle off great prizes, from tickets to Litquake events to the chance to be a character in a mystery novel.

Lewis Black Goes Uncensored at the Herbst for Litquake

In the ramp up to Litquake (SF's literary festival, perhaps best known for it's rowdy pub crawl) 10th Anniversary this October comes a gaggle of fundraisers this summer. First up: Lewis Black, the curmudgeon’s curmudgeon. Black, who does the semi-irregular “Back in Black” segment on the Daily Show, has made a name for himself by mixing one part political insight with two parts yelling.  This Sunday, he'll be at the Herbst Theater uncensored (meaning, no Comedy Central execs to bleep out his swear words). Along with comedian/radio host Marc Maron, Black will rail against the machine and rip the American mind-set a new one.

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