Name of Founders: Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware
Year Founded: 2002
Overview: Litquake is an annual weeklong festival, held each October in various venues throughout San Francisco. It aims to bring books and the written word to the public in new and exciting ways, and to foster a love of reading and spoken word.
Accomplishments: In 2007, Litquake featured 350 authors of multiple genres and ethnicities in more than fifty venues around San Francisco, and it entertained more than ten thousand attendees. Popular demand drove Litquake to expand even further, adding more national and international authors, youth programs, classroom visits and book giveaways, a spring season of literary events, and special localized editions of the Lit Crawl now held each year in New York City and Austin.
Profile: Now grown to the largest literary festival on the West Coast, Litquake galvanizes the thriving local scene by bringing hundreds of authors together with fans of the written word for readings, performances, cross-media events, and panel discussions. The week's programming is eclectic and emblematic of the Bay Area, whether it's a celebration of the Beat tradition, a serious discussion about science, a roomful of children making their own books, or an explosion of readings all in one night in a pub crawl down the streets of the Mission District. Most events are free.
Litquake is run by volunteers. To become one, make a donation, or become otherwise involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room
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