Notable San Francisco

Notable San Francisco: 7/26–8/1

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Wednesday 7/26: Samantha Hunt discusses her new story collection, The Dark Dark, with Clary Sankey. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Andrew Sean Greer is launching his new novel, Less. Free, 7:30 p.m., Booksmith.

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Notable San Francisco: 7/19–7/25

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Wednesday 7/19: John Burroughs (aka Jesus Crisis) is a voice to be reckoned with from Cleveland, Ohio, where he founded Crisis Chronicles Press and promotes many poetry events. He is visiting the West Coast for the first time on his 2017 poetry tour.

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Notable San Francisco: 7/12–7/18

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Wednesday 7/12: National Book Award winner Julia Glass (Three Junes) reads from her newest novel, A House Among the Trees. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Thursday 7/13: RADAR Productions collaborates with Nomadic Press to present July’s edition of the Queer Reading Series at the San Francisco Public Library.

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Notable San Francisco: 7/5–7/11

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Wednesday 7/5: It’s summer, the days are long and warm, and it’s a nice time of year to drive a bit further afield for literary adventure. Tonight, you can travel down the Peninsula to the legendary Kepler’s Bookstore in Menlo Park to hear novelist Mackenzi Lee (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue) in conversation with Anna-Marie McLemore.

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Notable San Francisco: 6/21–6/27

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Wednesday 6/21: Cuban writer Achy Obejas (The Tower of the Antilles—our June book club pick!), currently Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College, reads from her forthcoming story collection. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.

Charif Shanahan, Nancy Patrice Davenport, André Le Mont Wilson, Andrew J.

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Notable San Francisco: 6/14–6/20

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Wednesday 6/14: Alex Dimitrov (Together and By Ourselves, Copper Canyon Press) and Randall Mann (Proprietary: Poems, Persea Press). Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Christopher Bernard presents his new book Chien Lunatique, along with poets Keith Ekiss and Clara Hsu.

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Notable San Francisco: 6/7–6/13

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Wednesday 6/7: Jess Arndt reads from her short fiction debut, Large Animals. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Robert Hass, Douglas Manuel, and Charles Hood read from, discuss, and sign their latest works. Free, 7 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore.

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Notable San Francisco: 5/31–6/6

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Take note: The Bay Area Book Festival is this weekend, June 3 and 4, in downtown Berkley. It is an epic event.

Wednesday 5/31: Litquake presents a panel of women authors under the heading “Such a Nasty Woman: Female Authors Respond to Trump.” The discussion will be moderated by journalist Vanessa Hua and includes Christina Garcia, Jewelle Gomez, and Kate Schatz.

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Notable San Francisco: 5/17–5/23

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If you can make only one event this week, don’t miss the Oakland Book Festival on Sunday, 5/21. This all-day festival features more than 100 writers, 50 panels, and lots of tabling and networking. And, The Rumpus will be there!

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Notable San Francisco: 5/10–5/16

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Wednesday 5/10: San Francisco Chronicle lead theatre reviewer Lily Janiak hosts a panel of playwrights published by the local EXIT Press, featuring Allison Page, Aren Haun, Martin Schwartz, Stuart Bousel, and Terry Baum. Highly recommended if you are interested in theatre.

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Notable San Francisco: 5/3–5/9

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Wednesday 5/3: James Nolan (Flight Risk: Memoirs of a New Orleans Bad Boy) reads at City Lights. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Paul Madonna presents his newest work, On to the Next Dream. Free, 7:30 p.m., Booksmith.

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Notable San Francisco: 4/26–5/2

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Wednesday 4/26: Notable Spanish writer Andrés Barba is promoting the publication of Lisa Dillman’s translation of his novel Such Small Hands. This translation is the inaugural publication of Transit Books, a nonprofit publisher of international and American literature based in Oakland.

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Notable San Francisco: 4/19–4/25

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Wednesday 4/19: Lyrics & Dirges presents “Spring in Translation: Poets on Translation,” featuring Norma Cole, Javier O. Huerta, Alex Cigale, Arceli, Terry Taplin. Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books Downtown Berkeley.

Marcy Dermansky discusses her new book, The Red Car, with Daniel Handler.

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Notable San Francisco: 4/12–4/18

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Wednesday 4/12: Douglas Kearney reads for for UC Berkeley’s Holloway Series in Poetry. Free, 6:30 p.m.,  UC Berkeley, Hearst Field Annex.

Joyce Carol Oates presents A Book of American Martyrs at Moe’s in Berkeley. It’s always a treat to encounter this author!

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Notable San Francisco: 4/5–4/11

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Wednesday 4/5: The theme for tonight’s “Inside StoryTime” is “Chagrin.” Featured writers are Ethel Rohan (The Weight of Him), Jon Sindell (Family Happiness), Peg Alford Purcell (Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow), Amy Berkowitz (Tender Points) and Christine No.

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Notable San Francisco: 3/29–4/4

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Wednesday 3/29: Poet Larry Beckett (Beat Poetry) considers the poetry of the San Francisco Renaissance of the 50s as literature. Free, 7 p.m., The Beat Museum.

USF’s Emerging Writers Festival features Vanessa Hua, Sam Sax, and Mike Salise.

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Notable San Francisco: 3/22–3/28

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Wednesday 3/22: Kick off spring 2017 with an unusually large array of choices for a Wednesday night:

Graham Foust is featured at the Holloway Reading Series at the University of California, Berkeley. Free, 6:30 p.m., Hearst Field Annex, Room D37, UCB.

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Notable San Francisco: 3/15–3/21

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Wednesday 3/15: Paul LaFarge (The Night Ocean) is interviewed by Daniel Handler. Fans of H. P. Lovecraft will be intrigued. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park .

Joan Frank (All the News I Need, winner of the Juniper Prize for Fiction) is interviewed by Peg Alford Purcell.

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Notable San Francisco: 3/8–3/14

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Wednesday 3/8: The Museum of the African Diaspora, as part of their current exhibition Where Is Here (curated by Jacquelyn Francis and Kathy Zarur), celebrate International Women’s Day with a discussion featuring mixed media and installation artist Asya Abdrahman and writers Faith Adiele and Tonya M.

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Notable San Francisco: 3/1–3/7

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Wednesday 3/1: Journalist L.A. Kauffman, (The Nation, Mother Jones, The Baffler, etc.) reads from Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.

Poet Kendra Tanacea launches her debut collection, A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees, from Lost Horse Press.

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Notable San Francisco: 2/22–2/28

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Wednesday 2/22: John Darnielle (Wolf in White Van) reads from his new novel, Universal Harvester. Free, 7:30 p.m., Booksmith.

Roof Books presents David Buuck (Co-Founder and Editor of Tripwire), Jean Day (The Triumph of Life), and Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution Laura Moriarty (Who That Divines).

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Notable San Francisco: 2/15–2/21

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Wednesday 2/15: Simone White (House Envy of All the World) reads for the Holloway Series at UC Berkeley. Free, 6:30 p.m., UC Berkeley Hearst Annex.

Min Jin Lee (Pachinko) reads her novel about generations of a Korean family.

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Notable San Francisco: 2/8–2/14

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Wednesday 2/8: Poet Brandon Brown reads. Free, 7:30 p.m., Moe’s Books.

Thursday 2/9: Adam Hochschild, National Book Award Finalist. Free, 5 p.m., Morrison Libray at UC Berkeley.

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Notable San Francisco: 2/1–2/7

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Wednesday 2/1: Former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and sculptor Murray Dewart (co-authors of Poems About Scultpure). Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books.

Otessa Moshfegh reads from her first collection Homesick for Another World. Free, 7:30–9 p.m., The Booksmith.

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Notable San Francisco: 1/25–1/31

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Wednesday 1/25: Perfectly Queer presents Funny Bits: Humorous Stories from East Bay Queer Writers featuring Ajuan Mance, Willy Wilkinson, and Anna Pulley. Free, 7 p.m., The Octopus Literary Salon.

John Else (True South: Henry Hampton and “Eyes on the Prize,” the Landmark Television Series That Reframed the Civil Rights Movement) in conversation with Spencer Nakasako and Orlando Bagwell.

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Notable San Francisco: 1/18–1/24

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Wednesday 1/18: Litquake and the San Francisco Public Library present “No Shadow Without Light: Writers Respond to Trump” with readings by Elmaz Abinader, Faith Adiele, Robert Mailer Anderson, Devorah Major, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Alejandro Murguia, Ishmael Reed, Tennessee Reed, and T.

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Notable San Francisco: 1/11–1/17

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Wednesday 1/11: Passages on the Lake (hosted by Paul Corman-Roberts) presents Daphne Gottlieb, Sonya Renee Taylor, Tracey Knapp, Derrick Carr, and Haldane King. Free, 7 p.m., The Terrace Room.

Shanthi Sekaran (The Prayer Room) reads from her new novel, Lucky Boy.

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Notable San Francisco: 1/4–1/10

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Friday 1/6: Jon Sindell launches his new book of stories, Family Happiness. Participants in this event include Kyrsten Bean, Michael Crabtree, Steven Kacsmar, Lynn Mundell, and Sandra Wassilie. Free, 7 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon.

Saturday 1/7: Aggregate Space Gallery and Featherboard Reading Series will celebrate five years of literature and art with a Small Press Book Fair featuring Bootstrap Press, Nomadic Press, Featherboard Writing Series, SpeCt!

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Notable San Francisco: 12/28–1/3

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Wednesday 12/28: Back in the day, when Isaac Fitzgerald used to host the monthly Rumpus variety show at The Make-Out Room, comedian Nato Green was a frequent and popular guest. Tonight, he’ll be headlining at The Punch Line. That’s a good bet for a good time.

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Notable San Francisco: 12/21–12/27

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It is year’s end and a time for holidays.

Some folks will leave town, some will stay home and drink egg nog while others abstain, some will exchange gifts, some will get happy, some will get depressed. But few will schedule or attend literary events in the SF Bay Area, and we have little to list until after 12/25 has passed, and then, but one event.

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