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Litquake Palo Alto 2016

A Free Festival of Books, Ideas & Community

Event date: 3/13/2016 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM Export event

Location: Campus-wide, multiple locations

San Francisco’s legendary literary festival is returning to the Oshman Family JCC on Sunday, March 13. Expect all the rollicking literary fun of great authors, ideas and conversation. We’ll have activities for kids and teens, too!

Keynote Speaker Just Announced:
Joyce Carol Oates

National Book Award Winning Novelist, Poet, Playwright and Essayist

More About our Headline Event

This year, we’ll have a variety of salons on intriguing topics like Cross-Cultural Literature, Women in Politics, Historical Fiction, Men-moirs: Personal Tales by Guys, Cookbook Authors and Jewbus/Bujews (Jewish Buddhism).

We’re continually adding to our list of confirmed authors, but as of now we are excited to announce that our guests include:

  • Yangsze Choo – The Ghost Bride
  • Nancy L. Cohen – Breakthrough: The Making of America's First Female President
  • Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket)
  • J. Kenji López-Alt – The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science
  • Joyce Maynard – Under the Influence
  • Bich Minh Nguyen – Pioneer Girl: A Novel
  • Kevin Sessums – I Left It on the Mountain: A Memoir

 And many more!

Kids ages 8+ can participate in their own literary workshops led by Bookopolis and other special guests, including illustrator Lisa Brown.

Teens will have their own space with a salon of young adult authors as well as one with self-published writers.

After the literary salons, guests are invited to our “Blues, Booze & Schmooze,” a no-host social where participants and authors can continue to mix and mingle before heading in to see Joyce Carol Oates.

Salon Topics & Authors Author Bios Litquake for Kids Litquake for Teens        Event Schedule   


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