It’s unjust to pit Joyce Maynard and Chelsea Handler’s editor against Piper Kerman to see who can come up with the cleverest six-word memoir. In 2010, Kerman only needed five words to make the best-seller lists with “Orange Is the New Black.” Alas, the game will go on aboard a private houseboat in Sausalito on Saturday.
That’s right, bibliophiles, Litquake is back in town. The literary festival has kicked off another week of readings, book events and debauchery.
Even though Sunday brought about the festival’s LGBT showcase, Litquake in the Castro, there are still plenty of offerings for fans of fearless queer writers.
“Like the fabric of San Francisco itself, LGBT writers play prominent roles in every aspect of Litquake,” said Liam Passmore, spokesman for Litquake, which gave its first lifetime achievement award to Armistead Maupin in 2007.
Tonight at the Main Library, Michelle Tea will host (and give out cookies at) the Litquake edition of the Radar Reading Series, part of her nonprofit working to put a microphone up to queer, indie or otherwise marginalized voices.
On Thursday, catch Andrew Sean Greer’s reading at the Contemporary Jewish Museum before meeting up for David Henry Sterry’s “Sex Worker Literati” at the Make-Out Room.
Greer will also be a judge of “literary merit” at the lively return of Literary Death Match for its 300th show at the Elbo Room on Friday night. But don’t worry if you can’t get into this rambunctiously popular event. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Literary Death Match is on its way to our TV screens in 2014.
For those of you who prefer a dose of literature with a round of double martinis — Truman Capote style — LitCrawl on Saturday will be sure to please. The crowded conclusion to the weeklong fest takes over the Mission with sprightly events in bars, barbershops and bookstores on Valencia Street.
For LitCrawl, the night owls at the Bay Area Reporter’s glossy nightlife guide have put together a reading at Martuni’s with James J. Siegel of GuyWriters. At Good Vibrations, brainy porn star Conner Habib will prove his pen is mightier than the sword while discussing “Smart Smart Sex.” Tea’s Radar nonprofit has teamed up with Sister Spit Books for a fierce reading atop a pool table at the infamous lesbian chic shack The Lexington. Prize-winning poet and BuzzFeed gif-architect Saeed Jones will have audiences “on our knees” for “The Rumpus” event at the Make-Out Room.
Last but not least, The City’s most wicked drag queens come together for an interactive performance of celebri-trashy Twitter rants and meltdowns delivered 140 characters at a time. The San Francisco Bay Guardian presents LitCrawl’s third annual “Celebrity Twitterature” at the Lone Palm. D’Arcy Drollenger, creator of the drag spoofs “The Bynes Monologues” and “Project: Lohan,” will preside over the festivities as drag heavyweights Heklina, Glamamore, Lady Bear, Martha T. Lipton and Ben McCoy retweet out of control.
Oscar Raymundo is the head of marketing at a leading LGBT media company. Email him at email@example.com.