Notable San Francisco: 4/25–5/1

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Wednesday 4/25:  Perfectly Queer East Bay celebrates National Poetry Month. Free, 7 p.m., Laurel Bookstore (Oakland).

Poets Dana Levin and Dean Rader read their work. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park (SF).

A dramatic reading of Matthew Rohrer’s novel in verse The Others. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Bindery (SF).

Thursday 4/26: Poet Kai Carlson-Wee presents his collection Rail. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Bindery (SF).

(Robert Louis) Stevenson Poetry Night with featured readers and an open mic. Free, 6:30 p.m., St. Helena Public Library.

E.M. Wolfman Books presents The Black Aesthetic at San Francisco State University Poetry Center. Free, 7 p.m., SFSU.

Talk Story Oakland presents an evening of open mic storytelling. Free, 6:30 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon (Oakland). 

Friday 4/27: Reading with Emily Liebowitz, David Lau, and Amanda Nadelberg. Free, 7 p.m., Moe’s Books (Berkeley).

Café Society’s 4th Friday: Reading, Storytelling, and Art features Richmond’s three new poet laureates. Free, 7:30 p.m., Kaleidoscope Coffee (Point Richmond).

Saturday 4/28: Bay Area Book Festival. April 28 and 29 in Downtown Berkeley.

Sarah C. Jiménez reads from her new YA novel Almost Butterflies. Free, Galeria de la Raza (SF).

Book release party for Mark Jackson’s Playing Hamlet Roulette: Failure, Expectation, Possibility & Democracy!. Free, 2:30 p.m., EXIT Theatre (SF).

National Parks ranger and historian Betty Reid Soskin discusses her book Sign My Name to Freedom. Free, 5:30 p.m., Pegasus Books (Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley).

Spring Fling hosted by Baruch Porras-Hernandez featuring queer mad libs and featured readings. Free, 6:30 p.m., Dog Eared Books (Castro Street, SF).

Tuesday 5/1: Rodrigo Fresán discusses his new novel Bottom of the Sky. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park (SF).

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Chuy Haugen Mendeola is a half-rural freelance writer based in Berkeley, California who spends as much time sitting on the bumper of their pickup as they do in the library. More from this author →