Litquake Mystery Events

Litquake, a major San Francisco literary festival, is coming up next month and they have some events covering mystery-related topics and featuring several of our members. For a complete schedule and ticketing, you can visit their website at


His Dark Places: Litquake Presents James Ellroy In Conversation with Janis Cooke Newman

Sunday, October 9, 2011, 8:00 PM

Z Space

450 Florida St.

$10 advance; $12 at the door

Notorious Los Angeles author James Ellroy, the self-described “demon dog of American crime fiction, the foul owl with the death growl,” returns to Litquake for an exclusive one-on-one conversation with author Janis Cooke Newman. Topics will range from Ellroy’s relentless and densely plotted writing style, to his adventures with women, adventures with Hollywood, and adventures within the recesses of his mind.


Murders, Mayhem and Moxie: Litquake’s Women’s Night 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011, 5:30 PM

Bubble Lounge Champagne Bar

714 Montgomery St.

Free; $5-$10 suggested donation

This year’s Women’s Night is a smorgasbord of mysteries, crime dramas, and even some mayhem-laced comedies. Hosted by Litquake co-founder Jane Ganahl.

With Cara Black, Meg Waite Clayton, Jodi Compton, Zoë Ferraris, Heather Haven, Beth McMullen, Brandi Lynn Ryder, Jacqueline Winspear.

21 and over


Nordic Noir: A Dark and Stormy Night of Scandinavian Crime Fiction

Friday, October 14, 2011, 8:00 PM

Swedish American Hall

2174 Market Street

$10 advance; $12 at the door

Co-presented by NORLA (Norwegian Fiction and Non-Fiction Literature Abroad) and the Consulate General of Sweden

A special Litquake appearance by authors from the snowy climes of Norway and Sweden. In conversation with “Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller, crime novelists Tom Egeland, Jørn Lier Horst, and Liza Marklund will chat about the bleak landscape of Scandinavian thrillers and discuss their work in the context of contemporary global crime fiction. Bring your questions.

Tom Egeland, Jørn Lier Horst, Liza Marklund, Eddie Muller

21 and over


The Art of the Mystery

Saturday, October 15, 2011, 1:00 PM

Z Space

450 Florida St.

$5 advance and at the door

Litquake launches a new series of panels on the craft of writing, starting with thoughts on writing and suspense from four masters of the mystery. Discussion followed by a lively Q&A session.

Juliet Blackwell, Michelle Gagnon, Seth Harwood, Sophie Littlefield