Raggedy Chan at Litquake

I was invited to participate in Litquake’s “Off the Richter Scale” reading at the Koret auditorium in San Francisco’s Main Public Library. This was my first visit to the library. It was incredible -- one of those types of places you could happily lose yourself in for a week. It was so cool to see so many books in one place.

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For those of you who aren't familiar with Litquake, it's a 2-week literary event in San Francisco. There are readings, panels, presentation, and even the famous Lit Crawl.

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“Off the Richter Scale” readings began at 11am and lasted until 5pm. Each hour specialized in a different theme. I participated in the hour entitled “Visualize This: Graphic & Illustrated Works.”

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The Koret Auditorium is a beautiful room. This picture doesn't quite do it justice, but you can see the huge screen hanging over the stage. Each presenter of "Visualize This: Graphic & Illustrated Works" had a slide show to accompany the reading. This was a great way for the audience to become acquainted with the artwork to be found inside the books.

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Also reading during the hour were Ben Fong-Torres, Annice Jacoby, Ivory Madison, and the Stanford Graphic Novel Project.

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This was really an amazing event. It's so neat to see so many people excited about literature and reading.

Litquake is coordinated by a fleet of volunteers.  I have nothing but admiration for the folks who work for months and months to organize this every year. The organizer of the Koret Readings was Jeannine Klein. She had to organize 36 different writers over a 6 hour period. She worked with the Friends of the Library to make sure everyone had a chance to sell their books at the event. Thank you Jeannine, for putting together this wonderful event!