Family fun at Litquake literary festival

Litquake event information:

When: Friday, October

Where: Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, San Francisco

Time: 8pm

Tickets: $25.00 - Advance tickets now available online from City Box Office. $100 VIP Pass includes post-show reception with open bar and a chance to share your stories with the storytellers.

About Litquake 2008
Litquake presents 9 days of readings, literature-oriented dance, theater and other cross-genre literary happenings. This includes over 450 writers, actors, raconteurs, choreographers and dancers-including Dave Eggers, Tom Perrotta (author of books-to-films Election and Little Children), Tobias Wolff, Amber Tamblyn, Cameron Tuttle and Lolly Winston-who will have audiences sitting in rapt silence as well shouting in loud appreciation. This attentive mix of silence and noisy reaction-music to the ears of any writer-can only mean two things: Litquake is underway and the City is listening.

With 84 different presentations (including Stuffed and Starved author Raj Patel at the new Academy of Sciences) in venues ranging from library auditoriums, museums, and theaters, to bars, galleries, bookstores, retail spaces, and more bars, there is something for everyone. For more information visit

About Amber Tamblyn:
Amber Tamblyn is a critically acclaimed author of the poetry collection Free Stallion, co-founder of The Best Contemporary American Poets Series: The Drums Inside Our Chest, and host of the writer's forum, home to more than 200,000 teens and young adults. She is also an actress with many screen credits including the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, the starring role in Joan of Arcadia, as well as stint on General Hospital. Upcoming plans include the remake of Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, co-starring Michael Douglas. This is her first appearance at either Litquake or Porchlight. Her father is Russ Tamblyn, perhaps best known for his role as Rif, the leader of the Jets in the film version of West Side Story.

SFGate: Tamblyn, the poet, stars in Litquake opener

About Beth Lisick:
Beth Lisick has published poems, essays, a short fiction collection, and also wrote a weekly nightlife column for SF Gate for eight years. Her stage and screen collaborations with writer/performer Tara Jepsen have yielded some uncomfortable moments, the most recent being a short film called Diving for Pearls which played the international film festival circuit. She also co-organizes the Porchlight Storytelling Series, a monthly show for amateur storytellers in San Francisco. Her book Everybody Into the Pool, was a New York Times bestseller and made Entertainment Weekly's list of Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2005. Her latest book about her adventures in the self-help biz is called Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, 10 Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone.

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