San Francisco’s literary festival features more than 800 authors at 100 locations.
Where: San Francisco and Bay Area
When: Oct. 10-Oct. 18
Tickets: Most events are free
Viva Fifteen: Litquake's 15th birthday is celebrated with a quinceañera and the three mandatory ingredients for any fiesta: cake, tequila and a mariachi band. 7 p.m. Friday, $15. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.
Drivel: Talented writers Sean Greer, Julia Scott, Ellen Sussman and others read their crummiest work at the launch party for “Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors.” 8 p.m. Saturday, $12. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.
Marc Maron: The comedian and host of the “WTF” podcast talks about his best-selling book, “Attempting Normal,” and more. 7 p.m. Sunday, sold out (some tickets may become available). 8 p.m. Saturday, $12. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.
Stories from Home: NoViolet Bulawayo and Chinelo Okparanta in Conversation: Zimbabwean author Bulawayo and Nigerian writer Okparanta – who both emigrated to the U.S. in their youth – speak about the meaning of home and writing across continents. 1 p.m. Sunday, $10. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.
Read Like a Teen: Stop hiding that dog-eared copy of “The Hunger Games”! Writers share why reading young-adult fiction is good for the regular adult's soul. 3:30 p.m. Sunday, free. Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.
The Heyday of Malcolm: A Tribute to Malcolm Margolin: The head of 40-year-old, Bay Area-based Heyday Books and icon of alternative publishing receives well-deserved honors. 6:30 p.m. Monday, free. Book Club of California, 312 Sutter St., S.F.
Craigslist prose: Bay Area writers read accidental masterpieces by Craigslist posters, including classics such as “To the Crackhead Who Stole My Bicycle Wheel” and “Haunted Coffee Grinder for Sale.” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, free (RSVP requested). Hattery, 414 Brannan St., S.F.
Shaken and Stirred: Local writers, comedians and politicians talk about where they were when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit in 1989. 4:30 p.m., Oct. 17, $15. Alfred's Steakhouse, 659 Merchant St., S.F.
Lit Crawl: Grab some stylish yet sensible footwear for an epic crawl up and down Valencia Street, with more than 100 events in one night. Will the next reading be at a bar? A police station? Good Vibrations? 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 18, free. Various venues, S.F.