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Monday, April 6
 

7:00pm

Litquake on Lockdown: DIY Flash with the Flash Fiction Collective
A reading of dozens of tiny stories from micro-fictionistas, including guest readers, plus a discussion of the Art of Flash and prompts—including visual prompts—to write and submit your own, with a selection to be published on the Flash Fiction Collective Facebook page.

All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org!

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Speakers
avatar for Jane Ciabattari

Jane Ciabattari

Jane Ciabattari, author of the short story collection Stealing the Fire, writes the Between the Lines column for BBC Culture. She is a former president of the National Book Critics Circle and a member of the Writers Grotto. Her reviews, interviews and cultural criticism have appeared... Read More →
avatar for Grant Faulkner

Grant Faulkner

Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. He has published two books on writing, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo, and Brave the Page, a teen writing guide... Read More →
avatar for Kirstin Chen

Kirstin Chen

Kirstin Chen‘s second novel, Bury What We Cannot Take (Little A, March 2018), was named a best book of the year by Entropy, Popsugar, and Book Bub, and a top pick of the season by Electric Literature, The Millions, The Rumpus, Harper’s Bazaar, and InStyle. She is also the aut... Read More →
avatar for Meg Pokrass

Meg Pokrass

Meg Pokrass is the U.K. based author of six flash fiction collections, an award-winning collection of prose poetry, and a novella-in-flash from the Rose Metal Press. Her latest is a flash fiction collection called The Dog Seated Next To Me, published in 2019 by Pelekinesis Press. A new novella in flash The Smell Of Good Luck will be published in 2020 by Flash: The International Short Short Story Press. Meg’s work has been recently anthologized in two Norton Anthology Readers: New Micro (W.W. Norton & Co, 2018) and Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015), The Best Small Fict... Read More →


Monday April 6, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual! litquake.org
 
Tuesday, April 7
 

7:00pm

Litquake on Lockdown: ZYZZYVA's 35th Anniversary Issue Release
Celebrate ZYZZYVA's 35th anniversary issue, to be released in early April, with contributors from the issue. Featuring Dave Madden, Lysley Tenorio, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Kristen Iskandrian, and more.

All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org!

Livestream link to be posted at 6 PM!
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Speakers
avatar for Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, born and raised in New Orleans, studied creative writing at Dartmouth College and law at UC Berkeley. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was long-listed for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award, won the Crook’s Corner Book Prize... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Iskandrian

Kristen Iskandrian

Kristen Iskandrian is the author of the novel Motherest (Twelve). Her story “Good With Boys,” which appeared in Issue No. 109, was included in Best American Short Stories 2018. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and is co-owner of Thank You Books, a new independent bookstore.
avatar for Lysley Tenorio

Lysley Tenorio

Lysley Tenorio is the author of the forthcoming novel The Son of Good Fortune (Ecco) and the story collection Monstress (Ecco), named a Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle.
avatar for Dave Madden

Dave Madden

Dave Madden is the author of the story collection If You Need Me I’ll Be Over There (Indian University Press) and The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy (St. Martin’s).
avatar for Meg Hurtado Bloom

Meg Hurtado Bloom

Meg Hurtado Bloom's writing has appeared in Split Lip, Lumen Magazine, and other publications. Her poetry also appeared in ZYZZYVA's Bay Area Issue (No. 117).


Tuesday April 7, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual! litquake.org
 
Wednesday, April 8
 

7:00pm

Litquake on Lockdown: We All Want to Change the World
Fiction writers are often told – by teachers, editors, and agents – that politics and literature don’t mix. But in these times of political polarization and dissatisfaction, many writers are reconsidering this conventional wisdom. How can ambitious writers find a space to explore the matters of life and death, wealth and poverty, war and governance, that affect us all? How should art respond to the terrors of modern life? Join five accomplished writers as they share work that has grappled with these questions.

All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org!

Livestream link to be posted at 6 PM!
Limited to 100 attendees
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Speakers
avatar for Kirstin Chen

Kirstin Chen

Kirstin Chen‘s second novel, Bury What We Cannot Take (Little A, March 2018), was named a best book of the year by Entropy, Popsugar, and Book Bub, and a top pick of the season by Electric Literature, The Millions, The Rumpus, Harper’s Bazaar, and InStyle. She is also the aut... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Altschul

Andrew Altschul

Andrew Altschul's third novel, The Gringa, was published in March. In a starred review, Booklist called it “a captivating depiction of passion, disenchantment, and hope gone violently awry.” His previous novels are Deus Ex Machina and Lady Lazarus. His work has appeared in Best... Read More →
avatar for Ramona Ausubel

Ramona Ausubel

Ramona Ausubel is the author of two novels and two story collections. Her most recent book, Awayland, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, a Finalist for the California Book Award, Colorado Book Award and long-listed for the Story Prize. She is the recipient of the PEN/USA... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Evans

Danielle Evans

Danielle Evans is the author of the story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, and the forthcoming collection The Office of Historical Corrections. She is the winner of the PEN American Robert W. Bingham Prize and the Hurston-Wright award for fiction, a National Book... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Furst

Joshua Furst

Joshua Furst’s critically acclaimed novel Revolutionaries was published last year.  He’salso the author of The Sabotage Café—named to the 2007 year-end best-of lists of the Chicago Tribune, the Rocky Mountain News and the Philadelphia City Paper, as well as being awarded the... Read More →


Wednesday April 8, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual! litquake.org
 
Thursday, April 9
 

7:00pm

Litquake on Lockdown: Bring the World into Your Home with World Editions
Let's connect our global literary community in a time of closed borders. Hear World Editions authors read from their works, discuss the current situation in their countries, and talk about what books mean to them during Covid-19. With Adeline Dieudonné, Pierre Jarawan, Sisonke Msimang, Amin Maalouf, and others to be announced.

All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org!

Livestream link to be posted at 6 PM!
Limited to 100 attendees
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Speakers
avatar for Amin Maalouf

Amin Maalouf

Born in Beirut in 1949, Amin Maalouf has lived in France since 1976. After studying sociology and economics, Maalouf joined the Lebanese daily An-Nahar, for which he travelled the world covering numerous events, from the fall of the Ethiopian monarchy to the last battle of Saigon... Read More →
avatar for Adeline Dieudonné

Adeline Dieudonné

Adeline Dieudonné is a Belgian author and lives in Brussels. Real Life, her debut novel, was published in France in Autumn 2018 and has since been awarded most of the major French literary prizes: the prestigious Prix du Roman FNAC, the Prix Rossel, the Prix Renaudot des Lycéens... Read More →
avatar for Pierre Jarawan

Pierre Jarawan

Pierre Jarawan was born in 1985 to a Lebanese father and a German mother and moved to Germany with his family at the age of three. Inspired by his father’s imaginative bedtime stories, he started writing at the age of thirteen. He has won international prizes as a slam poet, and... Read More →
avatar for Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang is the author of Always Another Country: A memoir of exile and home. She is a South African writer whose work is focussed on race, gender and democracy. She has written for a range of international publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The... Read More →


Thursday April 9, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual! litquake.org
 
Friday, April 10
 

7:00pm

Litquake on Lockdown: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times
Hear from the writers of Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times
as they read briefly from their contribution and engage in conversation about what's changed, what hasn't, how we weather what we're facing not only politically but also culturally, personally, artistically, and as communities who affirm our connections to each other.

All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org!

Livestream link to be posted at 6 PM!
Limited to 100 attendees
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Speakers
avatar for Aya de Leon

Aya de Leon

Aya de Leon directs the Poetry for the People program, teaching creative writing at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishes her award-winning feminist heist/romance series, Justice Hustlers: UPTOWN THIEF (2016), THE BOSS (2017), THE ACCIDENTAL MISTRESS (2018), and SIDE CHICK NATION... Read More →
avatar for Chip Livingston

Chip Livingston

Chip Livingston is the author of the novel, OWLS DON’T HAVE TO MEAN DEATH; a collection of essays and stories, NAMING CEREMONY; and two poetry collections, CROW-BLUE, CROW-BLACK and MUSEUM OF FALSE STARTS. His writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, New American... Read More →
avatar for Achy Obejas

Achy Obejas

Achy Obejas is the author of The Tower of the Antilles, which was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner award, among other honors. Her novels include Ruins and Days of Awe, which was a Los Angeles Times Best Books of the Year. Her poetry chapbook, This is What Happened in Our Other Life... Read More →
avatar for Carolina De Robertis

Carolina De Robertis

A writer of Uruguayan origins, Carolina De Robertis is the author of the novels Cantoras, winner of a Stonewall Book Award and a Reading Women Award, a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and a Lambda Literary Award, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice; The Gods of Tango, winner of... Read More →


Friday April 10, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual! litquake.org
  • about A writer of Uruguayan origins, Carolina De Robertis is the author of the novels <em>Cantoras,&nbsp;</em>winner of a Stonewall Book Award and a Reading Women Award, a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and a Lambda Literary Award, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice;&nbsp;<em>The Gods of Tango</em>, winner of a Stonewall Book Award;&nbsp;<em>Perla</em>;&nbsp;and the international bestseller&nbsp;<em>The Invisible Mountain</em>, which received Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages and have received numerous other honors, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.&nbsp;She is also an award-winning translator of Latin American and Spanish literature, and editor of the anthology&nbsp;<em>Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times</em>. In 2017, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts named De Robertis on its 100 List of “people, organizations, and movements that are shaping the future of culture.” She teaches at San Francisco State University, and lives in Oakland, California, with her wife and two children.<em><br></em><br>