Notable San Francisco: 9/10–9/16


Wednesday 9/10: Gillian Conoley celebrates the publication of Thousand Times Broken (City Lights), a collection of three previously untranslated book by French visionary poet Henri Michaux. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.

Peter Orner launches the paperback of Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge with (we have on good authority) the first-time reading of a new story he’s been working on for fifteen years, as well as a conversation with Tom Barbash. Free, 7 p.m., Book Passage Ferry Building.

Australian novelist Richard Flanagan is in conversation with Green Apple Books’ Stephen Sparks about the weaving of fact into fiction, the paradox of love and war, and the importance of storytelling. $10, 7 p.m., Hattery.

Thursday 9/11Jim Ruland reads from and discusses with Joshua Mohr his debut novel Forest of Fortune, inspired by his experience as an employee at an Indian casino. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith.

Why There Are Words hosts Faith Adiele, Lucy Corin, Ali Eteraz, Zahra Noorbakhsh, Angela Pnueman, Linda Gray Sexton, and Renee Swindle. $10, 7 p.m., Studio 333.

Poetry Flash features poets Peter Kline and Brittany Perham. Free, 7:30 p.m., Moe’s Books.

LeAnne Howe reads from and discusses her new book, Choctalking on Other Realities. Free, 7 p.m., Galería de la Raza.

UC Berkeley’s Story Hour features Jess Row. Free, 5 p.m., UC Berkeley (Morrison Library).

This month’s Voz Sin Tinta features John Haggerty, Ari Moskowitz, and Luke Dani Blue, along with an open mic. Free, 6:30 p.m., Alley Cat Books.

Friday 9/12Monica Wesolowska reads as part of CCA’s Writers Series. Free, 4:30 p.m., CCA San Francisco campus.

Amy’s Kitchen Organic Reading Series hosts a Night of Infinite Zoes: Addison, Rosenblum, and Tuck. Free, 7 p.m, email for address.

Be About It Reading Series features readings by Brent Reichenberger, Cassandra Dallett, and Jenn Olson, along with Mission Movie Night’s screening of Do The Right Thing!. Free, 6 p.m., 1459 Alabama St., SF.

Saturday 9/13Writers With Drinks has an embarrassment of riches this month: Edan Lepucki, Robin Sloan, Lenelle Moïse, Annelyse Gelman, Cecil Castellucci and Christina Nichol. $5-20, 7:30 p.m., The Make-Out Room.

Babylon Salon‘s Fall reading features Tom Barbash, Bich Minh Nguyen, Nona Caspers, Mimi Lok, and Evan Karp. Free, 6:30 p.m., Cantina.

Karen Penley and New York-based Alexandra Tatarsky each do solo shows. $10-15, 7:30 p.m., The Emerald Tablet.

The new Lark Readings features Lee Ann Roripaugh, giovanni singleton, and Christine Wertheim. Free, 8 p.m., Studio Grand.

Woolsey Heights features Julian Brolaski, Rodney Koeneke, and Konrad Steiner. Free, 8 p.m., 628 Woolsey St., Apt. C, Berkeley.

Sunday 9/14Sandra Gilbert reads from and discusses The Culinary Imagination. Free, 7 p.m., Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin reads from and discusses Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History. $15-25, 7 p.m., JCCSF.

Monday 9/15The Lit Slam showcases contemporary masters alongside emerging voices in San Francisco’s literary scene. It’s a poetry competition with a twist: five randomly selected members of the audience become Editors for the evening, and the poems they select are published in the Lit Slam’s annual anthology, Tandem, Alongside work by that years feature performers. This month features Chinaka Hodge! – Wonder Dave

Quiet Lightning is meeting up to watch the sunset followed by an outdoor show at an undisclosed location, with readings by Raul Ruiz, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Adam Moskowitz, Brielle Brilliant, Ginger Buswell, Artie Moffa, Moneta Goldsmith, and William Taylor Jr.. Free, 6:30 p.m., Lands End Lookout Point.

Rose Caraway celebrates the publication of The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica with a reading and discussion with Rachel Kramer Bussel. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith.

Tuesday 9/16Lenelle Moïse reads from her anticipated debut collection of poems, Haiti Glass, the latest in the City Lights/Sister Spit series. Free, 7:00 p.m., City Lights.

Courtney Moreno reads from her debut novel In Case of Emergency (McSweeney’s). Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith.

Veteran poets A.D. Winans and Nellie Wong read together. Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative.

Pints & Prose features Glen David Gold and Deborah Mitchel, along with an open mic. Free, 6 p.m., Peri’s Bar.

InsideStoryTime hosts Alice LaPlante, Ali  Eteraz, Holly Brown, Tony R. Rodriguez, and Judy Viertel. Free, 7:30 p.m., La Movida Wine Bar & Community Kitchen.

Write Club returns with Hope Waggoner, Jason Schenheit, Emily Epstein White ,Wonder Dave, Alitzah Oros, and Sam Bertken. $5, 8 p.m., The Make-Out Room.

Weekday Wanderlust celebrates their second anniversary with readings by Christina Ammon, Eva Schlesinger, and Nino Padova. Free, 7 p.m., Hotel Rex.

This week’s featured local author is Derek Fenner (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 →