Presented by Litquake

Hearing Room 3: 11am—12pm

The Bay Area's rich literary history is punctuated by iconic movements, world-renowned authors, and world-class lovers of books. Come hear about some of these highlights—from Bancroft Library's Gold Rush beginnings, to the landscape-changing Beat movement, to Mark Twain's literary legacy—from the mouths of experts on these moments in time.

KIM BANCROFT is an author (Literary Industries: Chasing a Vanishing West), academic, and descendent of Hubert Bancroft, a Gold Rush-era bookseller and writer who amassed a monumental collection of books, maps, and documents which now occupy the Bancroft Library.

JERRY CIMINO is the founder and director of the Beat Museum in North Beach, and an expert on all things related to Kerouac, Bukowski, and all the Beats. He founded in 1995, the Beat Museum in Monterey in 2003, and The Beat Museum on Wheels in 2004.

BENJAMIN GRIFFIN is the Editor of the Mark Twain Project at UC Berkeley, coeditor of the second volume of the Autobiography of Mark Twain, and editor of the forthcoming book Mark Twain's Family Sketch and Other Private Writings.

STEVE LAVOIE is a poet (listed in the 2005 International Who's Who in Poetry), the cofounder of the Black Bart Poetry Society, librarian for the Oakland History Room, and host of author events as librarian in charge of the Temescal Branch Library.

JANE GANAHL (moderator) is the author of Naked on the Page: the Misadventures of My Unmarried Midlife. She is the cofounder and artistic director of Litquake and founded the Last Supper Salon in San Francisco.