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Stop, Drop, and Read: Litquake Returns

The annual literary fest, CliffsNotes style.

D. Watkins.


And ye shall know them by their “Reading Is Sexy” totes: The 17-year-old Litquake festival returns this October, featuring nine days of homages to the written word. Here are a few you’ll want to catch. 

Storytime: D. Watkins, whose drug-trade memoir The Cook Up generated considerable buzz upon its release earlier this year, headlines Porchlight, an unscripted storytelling series held at the Verdi Club. Oct. 10

Pulitzer-palooza!:One stage, four Pulitzer Prize winners: Bay Area poet Robert Haas and A Thousand Acres novelist Jane Smiley, followed by Berkeley historian T.J. Stiles (Custer’s Trials) and The Making of the Atomic Bomb scribe Richard Rhodes. Oct. 11, American Bookbinders Museum

Science camp: Did you know that Thomas Dolby, the man behind “She Blinded Me with Science,” developed the signature Nokia ringtone? Dolby will speak about his memoir, The Speed of Sound, and, we hope, dust off his synthesizer. Oct. 14, Swedish American Hall

Originally published in the September issue of
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