On October 11, the Northern California NWU Chapter made its first appearance at San Francisco’s Litquake Festival. We set up our table in the main room, which was nicely situated to observe the main event: “The Bridge Between Fiction and Non: Adam Johnson and T.J. Stiles in Conversation.”
Johnson, author of The Orphan Master’s Son, and Stiles, who wrote The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, are both Pulitzer Prize winners. The two engaged in lively, thought-provoking discussion about their research, writing life, story creation, and more.
The San Francisco Center for the Book provided a wonderful setting for the event. It’s appointed with working printing presses and a pop-up exhibition, Jingles and Giants: Bread and Puppet Books.
Thank you to our newly formed Membership Outreach Committee of the Northern California Chapter for organizing the event. We were able to pass out our new, NWU brochure developed with Pamela K. Johnson (our webmaster), several division heads, and the National Office. Designer Marta Johansen donated her time and expertise to make it look top shelf
At the NWU table, we spoke with Lit Quake attendees and answered lots of questions about our union, with plans to follow-up with potential new members. Our ad is running on Litquake Festival’s website over the next two months. Stop by and check it out: litquake.org/welcome-litquake-2015 .