This year, even more than in the past, we've had events throughout the year. But the big shebang that it's all been building toward is about to start! Opening night is this Friday, October 5th, and the fun/insanity/inspiration/booky goodness runs through Saturday, October 13th when everything culminates in the Lit Crawl. Three and a half hours, 80+ venues, hundreds upon hundreds of authors, in San Francisco's Mission District. It's just stupid awesome.
To get the most out of the festival, I highly recommend studying the schedule (and start now, because GOOD GRIEF, there's way too many great things to go to!). There's a huge diversity of types of events, and a lot of them happen simultaneously across the city (and even some in the East Bay), so you have to plot your festival strategy in advance to ensure you don't miss an author you always wanted to hear, see a panel discussing something relevant to your interests, or, you know (warning: shameless self-promotion in 3-2-1) come to my writing event at Public Bikes.
There are foodie events, poet laureates, events for aspiring writers, noir, comedy, politics, cannabis, and even a tribute to my favorite author of all time, Madeliene L'Engle. And way more. It's pretty remarkable to be in a room/alley/barber shop full of lit-lovers and realize how not alone you are. That there are others out there who get just as excited about this stuff as you do. And to get to do that for an entire week.
Word nerds unite: the fabulous begins on Friday.