Litquake & Oakland Public Library present LIT BY THE LAKE AT THE LIBRARY: MAKING CONNECTIONS


Celebrate a variety of literary talent in the East Bay in a special after-hours event at Oakland’s Main Library. Enjoy a glass of wine and meet six of our top local authors as we examine the connections that exist between us—ones we nurture and cultivate, unexpected ones, regretful ones, bonds we try to evade but cannot escape.

Admission $5.00 suggested donation benefiting Litquake and the Friends of the Oakland Public Library

Admission includes complimentary wine for attendees over the age of 21.

Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of The Octopus Literary Salon


Our 2018 panel features authors Holly Brown, Jasmine Guillory, Laleh Khadivi, Cornelia Nixon, Brontez Purnell and Dashka Slater.

HOLLY BROWN is the author of four psychological thrillers from HarperCollins. Her most recent, How Far She's Come, was featured in the New York Times Book Review and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which said, “This provocative tale will resonate with many in the era of the #MeToo movement.” She’s also a marriage and family therapist practicing in the Bay Area.

JASMINE GUILLORY is the author of The Wedding Date and The Proposal. She is a writer and a lawyer, and lives in Oakland, California. You can find her online at @thebestjasmine on Twitter, or at Photo credit: Andrea Scher

LALEH KHADIVI, author of A Good Country, also wrote The Age of Orphans, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers pick, and The Walking. She has received a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a NEA Literature Fellowship. She has also worked as a director, producer, and cinematographer of documentary films. Her debut film, 900 Women, aired on A&E and premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Khadivi teaches in the University of San Francisco M.F.A. program. Photo credit: Ed Ntiri

CORNELIA NIXON, author of The Use of Fame, is the author of three other novels, Angels Go Naked, Now You See It, and Jarrettsville, as well as a book of literary criticism. She has won two O. Henry Awards (one of them the First Prize in 1995), two Pushcart Prizes, a Nelson Algren Prize, and the Carl Sandburg Award for Fiction. She lives half the year in Berkeley, California, and half on an island in Puget Sound, Washington.
Photo credit: Marion Ettlinger

BRONTEZ PURNELL, whose “explorations of blackness, queerness, maleness, and Southernness take sharp, confident turns between raunch and rhapsody,” has been publishing, performing, and curating in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than ten years as founder of cult zine Fag School, frontman for the band the Younger Lovers, and the founder and choreographer of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company. He has performed at venues such as New York Live Arts Festival, YBCA, SFMoMA and Counterpulse. His most recent book, Since I Laid My Burden Down, won a 2018 Whiting Award for fiction.

DASHKA SLATER, author of The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives has written many books, including Baby Shoes, The Sea Serpent and Me, which was a Junior Library Guild Selection, Escargot, and Dangerously Ever After. She is also an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in Newsweek, Salon, The New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones. She lives in California.





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Main Library

1st Floor Reading Area
125 14th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 238-3134