Notable San Francisco: 5/30–6/5

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Wednesday 5/30: Jessica Weisberg discusses her new book Asking for a Friend: Three Centuries of Life, Love, Money, and Other Burning Questions from a Nation Obsessed. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park (SF).

On The Cusp nonfiction reading series presents “A Taxing Season.” Free, 7:30 p.m., The Bindery (SF).

Thursday 5/31: Aunt Lute Books presents a poetry open mic hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck. Free, 6:30 p.m., Alley Cat Books (SF).

Terra Incognita presents “Historical Fictiony.” Free, 7 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon (Oakland).

Friday 6/1: Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss discuss their new book Hey Ladies: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Bindery (SF).

Oakland First Fridays reading. $10 (NOTAFLOF), 7 p.m., Nomadic Press (Oakland).

Launch party for Maji: An Afro Futurist Community Newspaper. Free, 7 p.m., Wolfman Books (Oakland).

Naked Truth storytelling series with featured readers. Adults and high school students only, free with registration, 7 p.m., Mill Valley Public Library.

Book launch for Baret Magarian’s comic novel The Fabrications. Free, 6:30 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon (Oakland).

Saturday 6/2: Babylon Salon summer reading. Free, 6 p.m., The Armory Club (SF).

Elaine Castillo reads from her new novel America Is Not the Heart. Free, 6:30 p.m., Laurel Bookstore (Oakland).

Sunday 6/3: Reading with poets Zubair Ahmed and Jesús Castillo. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Bindery (SF).

Kids’ story time and crafts. Free, 10 a.m., Kaleidoscope Coffee (Point Richmond).

Monday 6/4: City Arts and Lectures presents journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones in conversation with Alexis Madrigal. $29, 7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater (SF).

Pamela Druckerman discusses her new book There Are No Grown-ups. Free, 7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books (Menlo Park).

Theatre Rhinoceros and Cultural Odyssey present a workshop reading of Rhodessa Jones’s work-in-progress Voices from the Edge. Free, 7 p.m., Gateway Theatre (SF).

Tuesday 6/5: Silent Reading Party presented by Lemony Snicket and Radio Silence. Bar proceeds to benefit Visitacion Valley Middle School. All ages, Free, 6 p.m., The Bindery (SF).

September Williams reads from her novel Chasing Mercury as part of Litquake’s Comfort Lit series. Free with registration, 12 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute Library (SF).

Reading with Alexandra Mattraw, Norman Fischer, and Tiff Dressen. Free, 7 p.m., Moe’s Books (Berkeley).

Marin Poetry Center summer traveling show. Free, 7 p.m., Falkirk Cultural Center (San Rafael).

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz, Wonderful Stories. Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books (Solano Avenue, Berkeley).

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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 →