Litquake’s diverse live programs are created with the aim of inspiring critical engagement with the key issues of the day, bringing people together around the common humanity encapsulated in literature, and perpetuating a sense of literary community, as well as a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing. We believe in literature as a public good, so we work to produce events that are accessible to all.
For the last 21 years Litquake has brought the West Coast’s largest, independent literary festival to San Francisco. We have served close to 220,000 audience members and over 10,000 authors. As a part of a typical festival, we host Kidquake, two days of assemblies and workshops for 800 San Francisco public school children at the SF Public Library. Each student and teacher walks away with at least one free book. Words Around the World, a celebration of works in translation, also occurs on the opening weekend of the festival and features ~20 international authors giving readings and discussions at ~15 events. Additionally, on our closing night, we take over the Mission with the Lit Crawl, the single largest, free literary pop-up event in the world with 100+ free events taking place over 5 hours. The Lit Crawl is an event primarily for and by the Bay Area literary community with events being designed and executed by local authors, writing and performing groups, and magazines selected with an eye towards overlooked voices from underserved communities. For 2020, Litquake has pivoted to a spring/summer virtual series, Litquake on Lockdown, and our virtual festival will run from October 8-24, and feature a virtual Lit Crawl with cities from all over the world.