This weekend, the Bay Area’s poets and novelists will emerge from their resident nooks and cafes once again for the sixteenth annual Litquake, San Francisco’s extended lit crawl. This year, the multi-venue festival will take place from October 9–17, and will include events not only in San Francisco, but in the South, North, and East Bay as well. The program will showcase eight hundred authors from all over the world — with a Bay Area focus. That includes the Bay Area launch of the new book by provocative Oakland activist and emcee Boots Riley, Tell Homeland Security — We Are The Bomb,
a collection of his lyrics, commentary, and backstories. On October 15, at Z Space in San Francisco (450 Florida St.), Riley will be joined by comedian W. Kamau Bell and writer Adam Mansbach in conversation about the intersection of art and politics. This year will also include the premier of a multidisciplinary performance by Hawaii’s Poet Laureate Kealoha; a full day of chef-related literary events; and a night of drag queens reading celebrity Tweets. Among the East Bay’s offerings is “Thrillers at the Octopus” on October 14, in which three Bay Area thriller authors will discuss their new releases at Octopus Literary Salon (2102 Webster St., Oakland), 6 p.m.