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Marc Maron, Natalie Baszile, and a Joan Didion Tribute: Three Can’t-Miss Litquake Picks

From the page to the stage—and the screen, and the mic—this year’s Litquake lineup is an all-discipline tribute to the printed page.


In what they’re describing as an homage to the joy of literature, Litquake’s organizers will present close to 650 authors at this year’s nine-day, 18-year-old festival. But it’s not all about the printed word, as evidenced by some of the buzziest events they’ve got on tap.

F-Bombs Galore: Comic mastermind, podcasting legend, and swear-word guru Marc Maron discusses his new memoir, Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live By from the WTF Podcast, and presumably curses a lot. Oct. 12, Z Space

Oprah-Approved: San Francisco author Natalie Baszile presents the season-two premiere of Queen Sugar. Broadcast on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN, the Ava DuVernay–produced television series is based on Baszile’s 2014 novel of the same name. Oct. 8, Alamo Drafthouse

Slouching Towards 50: In honor of the golden anniversary of Joan Didion’s famed essay, Word for Word stages its own adaptation of the Haight-Ashbury-set “Slouching Towards Bethlehem.” Oct. 9, Z Space

Originally published in the September issue of
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