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Two of Litquake's leading ladies, Ephron (left) and Kerman

For some of us, writers are rock stars. Which makes Litquake the bookish equivalent of Outside Lands...but with smaller crowds and nary a porta-potty in sight.

This year?s schedule is packed with novelists, memoirists and journalists we?re dying to see (and hear) up close. Our picks for the tickets to reserve:

If you like brevity Words on the Waves will be held on the festival?s last night, but we?re mentioning it first because Orange Is the New Black author Piper Kerman is on the bill--and it?s expected to sell out. The event is to take place on a private Sausalito houseboat, where Kerman and others will read and expound on six-word memoirs. October 19 at 1 p.m.; location TBD; $45 in advance

If you love rom-coms Delia Ephron in Conversation with Ellen Sussman is sure to be a spirited discussion, as the Bay Area author interviews the woman behind You?ve Got Mail and Love, Loss and What I Wore (cowritten with sister Nora). A copy of Ephron?s new memoir, Sister, Mother, Husband, Dog, is included in the price of admission. October 15 at 8 p.m.; Z Space, 450 Florida St.; $26 in advance

If you?re looking for a fight Literary Death Match is a can?t-miss competition wherein judges such as Andrew Sean Greer, author of The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, evaluate the work of four writers, including Pulitzer Prize-winning Jane Smiley. October 18 at 7:15 p.m.; Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St.; $12 in advance

Litquake runs from October 11 to 19. Click here for the full program schedule.

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