A panel discussion with Steve McQuiddy, Vladimir Dupre, and Steve Dickison, celebrating McQuiddy’s recent book Here on the Edge, which is the story of a World War II conscientious objectors camp on the Oregon Coast that became a center of activity for artists and writers and a major influence on the Beat Generation and beyond (Free, 7 p.m., City Lights).
Macondo in San Francisco: A Tribute to Colombian Novelist Gabriel García Márquez features Rebecca Solnit and Héctor Hoyos, hosted by SF Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía and KPOO announcer Chelis López (Free, 7 p.m., SFPL, Mission Branch).
The Poetry World Series features two teams of poets going head to head on a theme, announced by the moderator (in this case, Daniel Handler). Poets include Ellen Bass, Victoria Chang, Mark Bibbins, Gillian Conoley, Kevin Killian, Cate Marvin, Indigo Moor, Tomás Q. Morín, and Chad Sweeney ($5, 7 p.m., The Make-Out Room).
Dark and Stormy: Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass is in conversation with translator Malena Mörling about The Star By My Head, a new anthology of eight contemporary Swedish poets (Free, 7 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park).
Thursday 10/16: A heady quintet of storytellers converge for Lit on the Lake: Opal Palmer Adisa, Novella Carpenter, Joseph Di Prisco, Heather Mackey, and Nayomi Munaweera (6 p.m., $5-10, Lake Chalet).
Hollie Hardy’s annual Flight of Poets event pairs poets and wines, with the help of sommelier Christopher Sawyer. This year: Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, Major Jackson, James Ragan, Tera Vale Ragan, Chad Sweeney, and Arisa White ($20, 7 p.m., Hotel Rex).
Hot Flash Fiction: Steamy, Sexy, Super-Short Original Fiction by Women Old Enough to Know Better features readings by a dozen writers, including Beth Lisick, Molly Giles, Ellen Sussman, and April Sinclair ($10, 7 p.m., Z Space).
David Henry Sterry hosts Smart Smut: A Celebration of Baghdad by the Bay Doing the Nasty, with Sherilyn Connelly, Nina Hartley, Scott James, Richard Martin, Dylan Ryan, and Madison Young ($7, 8 p.m., The Make-Out Room).
Friday 10/17: Shaken and Stirred: An Evening of True-Life Tales Making the 25th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake features JD Beltran, Frank Jordan, Gary Kamiya, Josh Kornbluth, C.W. Nevius, Johny Steele, and Ethan Waters ($15, 4:30 p.m., Alfred’s Steakhouse).
Litquake presents the annual Barbary Coast Award to Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida on behalf of McSweeney’s and beyond, with live music by Harper Simon and Alexei Wajchma, a special performance by Arthur Bradford, and the first live reading of a screenplay by Boots Riley ($15, 8 p.m., Z Space).
Lauren Becker is in town from Austin and will celebrate her superb collection of stories If I Would Leave Myself Behind (Free, 7 p.m., E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore).
Lit Crawl features 101 events in 3.5 hours, all in the Mission district. The three phases begin at 6 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. (Free). The Rumpus will be at the Make Out Room from 8:30–9:30 PM! With readings from Molly Antopol, Courtney Moreno, and Maisha Z. Johnson, comedy by Nato Green and Bucky Sinister, and music by the incomparable Jane Lui. Check out our Facebook event page to RSVP. See you there!
Quiet Lightning collaborates with Name Drop Swamp Records to present readings by Bucky Sinister, Derrick Brown, Alexandra Naughton, and Casey Childers, and music by Randall Sena and Vince DeWald ($10, 5 p.m., The Emerald Tablet).
James Lefenesty reads from and discusses Seeking the Cave (Free, 7 p.m., City Lights).
The Lit Slam features two-time Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion Dominique Christina (Free, 7 p.m., Shelton Theater).
Anthology SF returns with Nayomi Munaweera, Candy Shue, Earle McCartney, and Heather Tuberville, as well as an open mic for the chance to read in next month’s show (Free, 7 p.m., La Movida Wine Bar & Community Kitchen).
Weekday Wanderlust features Paul Rauber, Marcia DeSanctis, and James Nestor (Free, 7 p.m., Hotel Rex).
Videos and reviews from some of last week’s notables: Writers With Drinks ( David Gborie, Natashi Moni, Mallory Ortberg, NoViolet Bulawayo, Molly Antopol, and Jonathan Lethem); Steven Gray reviews Gillian Conoley‘s presentation of Henri Michaux.
This week’s featured local author is Soma Mei Sheng Frazier (click to read an interview):