Notable San Francisco: 11/19–11/25

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Wednesday 11/19: Mateo Hoke, co-editor of Palestine Speaksthe latest in the Voice of Witness series—discusses the book with oral historian Shanna Farrell (Free, 6 p.m., UC Berkeley, North Gate Hall).

The Kinda Late Night Show with Broke-Ass Stuart premiere seems like it’ll be pretty literary: interviews, sketches, and performances by The Real Kari Byron, Polly Superstar, Inka Siefker, Boots Riley with Gaby La La, and MegaFlame Presents Big Band Cabaret ($10-12, 8 p.m., Doc’s Lab).

Vouched Presents: Emergency Preparation, with James Tadd Adcox, Lauren Traetto, M Kitchell, and free booze (Free, 7:30 p.m., 826 Valencia).

Passages on the Lake closes out their year with readings by Kate Milliken, Mg Roberts, Michael N. Thompson, Matt Lucas, Sarah Kobrinsky, and Siamak Vossoughi (Free, 8 p.m., The Terrace Room).

Nuruddin Farah reads from his new novel, Hiding in Plain Sight (Free, 7:00 p.m., City Lights).

Thursday 11/20: Under the Influence features Steven Gray, Madison Davis, Katia Noyes, Cheja, and Norman Zelaya channeling major influences and original work inspired by those influences ($5-10, 7:30 p.m., The Emerald Tablet).

Charles D’Ambrosio reads from and discusses Loitering: New and Collected Essays (Free, 7 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park).

Tennessee Reed reads as part of UC Berkeley’s Holloway Series (Free, 6:30 p.m., Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room).

You’re Going to Die features the OSS slammers along with an open mic to close out their year ($10, 8 p.m., Viracocha).

Friday 11/21: The [email protected] series concludes with RJ Ingram and Rocket Caleshu. Includes admission to [email protected] Night ($7, 5:30 p.m., Berkeley Art Museum).

The premiere of a new series, Autonomous Adobe Zone, features readings by Tom Comitta, Evan Kennedy, and Arisa White (Free, 6 p.m., Adobe Books).

The Missionary Party is a night of readings, performance, and music: Guy Benjamin Brookshire, Daniel Groves, Gerard Herbert, The Laughs, Shanthi Sekaran, and James Warner (Free, 8 p.m., The Dark Room Theater).

Macaroni Necklace 2.2 presents Cheena Marie Lo, Nich Malone, and Samantha Giles (Free, 7:30 p.m., Alley Cat Books).

Chloe Benjamin reads from Anatomy of Dreams (Free, 7 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park).

North Bay Cabaret 6: Jive Turkey is a charming show that mashes together writers of all stripes alongside burlesque and musical acts! ($10, 7 p.m., Whiskey Tip). – Wonder Dave

Saturday 11/22: Called Back Books hosts readings by Aaron Shurin, Colby Gillette, and Gillian Olivia Blythe Hamel on the occasion of Gillette’s debut poetry chap, Without Repair (Free, 7 p.m., Book Zoo).

Mallory Ortberg reads from and discusses Texts from Jane Eyre (Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books Downtown).

Writers With Drinks features Tiffany Baker, Ysabeau S. Wilce, and Polly Superstar (7:30 p.m., The Make-Out Room).

Keepeyes launches issue 9 with readings, guest DJs, and drink specials (Free, 9pm, The Brown Jug).

Sunday 11/23: Lose your weekend writing. NaNoWriMo Lost Weekend writing marathon for those trying to finish a novel this month (Free, 10 a.m., Alley Cat Books).

An afternoon of poetry with Kate Gale, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Shelley Savren (Free, 4 p.m., Book Passage Corte Madera).

Heart’s Desire and Dirty Swan Projects present a dual book release for Nico Peck and Sara Larsen, with a special guest reading by Monica Mody (Free, 7 p.m., Omni Oakland Commons).

Monday 11/24: Alex Koll is in town for one night only ($5, 8 p.m., Doc’s Lab).

Bay Area Generations returns to San Francisco for this month’s show ($5, 7 p.m., Hotel Rex).

Tuesday 11/25: Imaginary Radio Program meets Nato Green, with Jane Harrison and other special guests ($8, 8 p.m., Z Space).

City Arts & Lectures presents Anne Lamott in conversation with Jack Kornfield ($27, 7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater).

Katie Gilmartin reads from Blackmail My Love: A Murder Mystery (Free, 7 p.m., Green Apple Books).

City Lights presents a reading by John Coletti, whose Deep Code is the twelfth in their Spotlight poetry series (7 p.m., City Lights).

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Videos from some of last week’s notables: Quiet Lightning (Simon Crafts, Alex Peterson, Jesse Nathan, Christine No, Jayna Swartzman-Brosky, Ginger Buswell, Michael McLaughlin, Jessica Hahn, Caroline O’Connor Thomas).

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This week’s featured local author is Hazel Rose (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 →