Notable San Francisco: 10/28–11/3


Monday 10/28: The “On Arts” series, benefiting the 826 Valencia Scholarship Program, presents British author Zadie Smith in conversation with Steve Winn. $27, 7:30pm at Nourse Theater.

Tuesday 10/29: The Moth comes to The Booksmith, featuring an opening story from writer and Moth podcast host Dan Kennedy. Moderated by Moth Artistic Director Catherine Burns with conversation and live story coaching from Moth Mainstage directors Sarah Austin Jenness and Maggie Cino. Reserved seating available with purchase of a copy of The Moth, 7:30pm.

Wednesday 10/30: The Center for Literary Arts at San Jose State University welcomes Tom Barbash (recently interviewed by The Rumpus), reading in support of his new short fiction collection, Stay Up With Me. Room 225/229, Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San Jose, 7pm.

Thursday 10/31: Celebrate Halloween with the Hearts Desire reading series, featuring Alana Siegel, Laura Woltag, and David Abel. Free, 8pm, 2141 Broadway in Oakland.

Friday 11/1: Litquake hosts the San Francisco launch of Daniel Alarcón’s highly anticipated new novel, At Night We Walk in Circles. Alarcón will be in conversation with Daniel Gumbiner at Hotel Rex. $5-10 suggested donation, 7pm.

Saturday 11/2: Bay Area Poets Coalition hosts an open poetry reading, approximately 3-5 minutes per reader. 3pm, Strawberry Creek Lodge in Berkeley.

Sunday 11/3: The Portuguese Artists Colony goes to the Make-Out Room. Special guest readers: Camille Dungy, Sylvie Simmons, and Joe Loya. Live writing winner: Christopher Worrall. Musical guest: Three Times Bad. Live writers: Karen Macklin, Sylvie Simmons, Nicole M. Taylor, and more. Free, 5pm.

Kelly McClorey is currently an MFA candidate at San Francisco State University. She was once struck by lightning, but survived. More from this author →