Notable San Francisco: 7/30–8/5

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Wednesday 7/30: Will Chancellor reads from his debut novel A Brave Man Seven Storeys, which Molly Antopol has called “a globetrotting, witty, powerful and wildly ambitious novel that is at once a psychological journey and a terrific page-turner”. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith.

Literary Death Match returns to the Bay Area for its first-ever Oakland show, with readings by Tim Toaster Henderson, Mac Barnett, Nancy Davis Kho, and Jaz Sufi. $8-12, 7:15 p.m., Shadow Ultra Lounge.

Part of the 13th annual Outsound New Music Summit, PoetryFreqs is a chance to see the legendary ruth weiss perform a set of poetry, followed by a set by Doug Lynner (aka synthesizerman), and the debut of a 40-min work created by Pitta of the Mind (poet Maw Shein Win and electronic composer Amanda Chaudhayr) specifically for this event. $15, 7:30 p.m., Community Music Center.

Thursday 7/31: – Matthew Zapruder (Sun Bear) and Dean Young (Bender: New and Selected Poems) will both read from their new Copper Canyon collections. Free, 7:30 p.m., Mrs. Dalloway’s.

Friday 8/1: Sam Barry, Amy Tan, and Susanne Peri read from and discuss the posthumous Her Wild Oats, a novel by the late great Kathi Kamen Goldmark. Free, 7 p.m., Book Passage Corte Madera.

Saturday 8/2: Come eat barbecue, buy your favorite poet a drink, and celebrate a new book of poetry out on Punk Hostage Press: How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems by Hollie Hardy. These poems are funny, sad, and strange, moving from the quotidian to the profound and back again. With music by Wreck This Place. Free, 6 p.m., San Francisco Motorcycle Club. – Jeff Von Ward

The Greatest Monkey Show on Earth! Two Nights only of Circus Performer Ross Travis’s incredible piece, which combines bouffon, clown, and spectacular feats of acrobatics to explore the themes of captivity versus freedom. Free, 8 p.m. (8/2 and 8/3), Circus Center.  – Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Participants in the one and only San Francisco Writers Workshop will read to benefit Alley Cat Books, who graciously host the workshop readings every Tuesday evening: Judy Viertal, Elise Hunter, Kurt Wallace Martin, Karl Schoenberger, Andrew Rosenblum, and Asa Murphy. Free, 3 p.m., Alley Cat Books.

Featherboard Writing Series features readings by writer-in-residence Cheena Marie Lo, David Brazil, and Lara Durback. Free, 6 p.m., Aggregate Space.

Red Light Lit explores Synchronicity with a lineup that includes Brontez Purnell, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, and Veronica Christina. $5, 7 p.m., Elbo Room.

Sunday 8/3: Rumpus contributor A.K. Summers celebrates the publication of the graphic memoir Pregnant Butch with a reading and presentation, followed by snacks and a Q&A. Free, 7 p.m., Tr!ckster.

For show #10, Give Me Fiction tackles the theme “Sports,” with Red Scott, Joe Tobin, Emily Epstein White, Casey Childers, Yume Kim, and Carey Callahan. $10, 8 p.m., Cynic Cave.

Poetry Flash presents readings by Julie B. Levine (Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight) and Alison Luterman (Desire Zoo). Free, 3 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore.

Monday 8/4: The POETS! series, which happens twice a month, features Mark Kocinos, followed by an open mic. Free, 7 p.m., Bird & Beckett.

Tuesday 8/5The 25th Annual National Poetry Slam kicks off five days in downtown Oakland, with opening ceremonies on the steps of City Hall followed by events leading up to the first two preliminary rounds. The festival continues through Saturday evening with events from 10am-1pm every day, including the Erotica Slam, The Button Poetry Showcase, NPS + Quiet Lightning, Head to Head haiku battles and more! $90 for festival pass (includes finals), 12 p.m., various locations. – Wonder Dave

Litquake hosts a conversation between Edan Lepucki and the SF Chronicle‘s John McMurtrie as part of its series The Epicenter. $5-15, 7 p.m., Hotel Rex.

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Videos from some of last week’s notables: Under the Influence (Patrick James Dunagan, Turner Capehart Canty, Candy Shue, Zack Haber, Bill Hughes).

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This week’s featured local author is July Westhale (click to read an interview):


Evan Karp is the founder and executive director of Quiet Lightning and the founding editor of Litseen. He writes literary columns for the San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, and SF/Arts. More from this author →