, , ,

LitCamp Presents: Unreliable Narrator

Fifteen writers read no-more-than-3-minute pieces written especially for the festival on our theme...Unreliable Narrator: Stories about con artists, liars, and people we just don't trust. Hosted by LitCamp founder Janis Cooke Newman and storyteller…
, ,

Fiction: Encounters with Myths and Spirits

At times in these accomplished writers' fiction, the boundaries between the spirit world and the "real world" grow porous or indiscernible, in ways that expand realities and excite readers' imaginations. In her latest collection, The Gods of…
, ,

Fiction: Mothers & Daughters

Relationships between mothers and daughters can be fraught or fruitful—especially for fiction writers. In Margaret Wilkerson Sexton's gloriously evocative On the Rooftop, set in 1953 amid the jazz and R&B clubs in San Francisco's Fillmore…
, ,

Craft Chats: Writing Literary Humor

They say it's easier to make people cry than to make them laugh—in this session, we'll put that theory to the test with three authors who effectively deploy humor in their recent and forthcoming novels. In this craft-focused session led by…
, , ,

At Play on the Page

Mark Ciabattari's most recent collection recounting the absurdist adventures of an everyman is entitled When the Mask Slips. The mask, in this case, is reality—and all the creators in this session depict a world that is just slightly off-kilter.…
, , , ,

Parable of the Sower Turns 30

2023 marks the thirtieth anniversary of Octavia Butler's novel Parable of the Sower, which has only grown more relevant over the past three decades. For NPR, Ramtin Arablouei writes that Butler's work "invites us to let go of the conventions…
, , ,

Poetry and Fiction: The Artist’s Influence

The first time most American readers heard Selby Schwartz's name was when her debut novel After Sappho was nominated for the 2022 Booker Prize. How lucky are we to have her living right here in California? Schwartz's paean to early twentieth-century…
, , ,

Even If Everything Ends: A Searing, Beautiful Novel on Life, Loss, and Today’s Climate Moment

Be one of the first readers in the U.S. to meet the author of a novel that’s sweeping the globe: Jens Liljestrand with his debut Even If Everything Ends, one the fiercest and most profoundly human of the climate novels we’ve ever read. Its…
, ,

We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies: In Exile from Tibet

Very few novels by Tibetans have been translated into English and published in the United States. We're fortunate that award-winning Tibetan-Canadian writer Tsering Yangzom Lama is joining us to discuss her gorgeous, fascinating debut novel,…
, , ,

Claiming Space for the Self: Limitation and Liberation

What does it mean to unapologetically take up space when your body is different from everyone else's? Born with the rare congenital condition sacral agenesis, Chloé Cooper Jones (Easy Beauty) learned to cope with her physical pain—and the…