Notable San Francisco: 12/3–12/9

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Wednesday 12/3: San Jose State University hosts readings by this year’s Steinbeck Fellows: Cara Bayles, Yalitza Ferreras, and Reese Okyong Kwon (Free, 7 p.m., Center for Literary Arts).

Todd Swindell, Neeli Cherkovski, and Jim Nawrocki—editors of a new volume of Harold Norse’s selected poems, I Am Going to Fly Through Glass, read from and discuss the poet, who they each knew personally (Free, 7 p.m., Bird & Beckett).

Thursday 12/4: Amarnath Ravva and giovanni singleton give a late afternoon reading (Free, 4:30 p.m., SFSU).

Tom Barbash reads as part of the Story Hour series (Free, 5 p.m., UC Berkeley, Morrison Library).

Quiet Lightning kicks off a monthlong celebration of their five year anniversary with a literary mixtape, featuring Alex Peterson, Katie Wheeler-Dubin, Sarah Carpenter, Peter Bullen, Jeffrey Bussey, Joseph Bodie, Paul Corman-Roberts, Elise Hunter, Jessica Hahn, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez and Simon Crafts, and cover art by Lana Licata; the first 50 people receive a copy of the book. Readings will be surrounded by an exhibition of former sPARKLE & bLINK cover artists, which opens the following night ($7-10, 7:30 p.m., The Emerald Tablet).

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reads from and discusses An Indigenous People’s History of the United States (Free, 7 p.m., Green Apple Books).

Meg Day is in town from Salt Lake City to read from Last Psalm at Sea Level, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize, with special guest Malachi Black (Free, 7 p.m., Modern Times).

Stegner Fellow Ottessa Moshfegh, who was awarded the 2013 Plimpton Discovery Prize, reads from and discusses with Colin Winnette her debut novel McGlue (Free, 7 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park).

Friday 12/5: Gillian Conoley gives a late afternoon reading from her two recent books Peace and Thousand Times Broken (Free, 4:30 p.m., CCA Writers’ Studio).

An evening with Zeitgeist Press and Manic D Press features readings by editors Bruce Isaacson and Jennifer Joseph, as well as Cassandra Dallett and Richard Loranger (Free, 7 p.m., The Beat Museum).

Peter Turchi reads from and discusses his book A Muse and a Maze (Free, 7 p.m., Book Passage Corte Madera).

Literary Death Match features readings by Maisha Z. Johnson, Janine Kovac, Ali Eteraz, and John Leary ($8-10, 7:15 p.m., Elbo Room).

Saturday 12/6: The 5th annual East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest runs all day, featuring work by zinesters, writers, illustrators, comic artists, printers, collectives, and artists (Free, 10 a.m., Berkeley City College).

The season closer for Lunada features Guillermo Gomez Peña, Adrian Arias, and Julia Caridad Cepeda, along with a bilingual literary and/or music open mic (Free, 7:30 p.m., Galeria de la Raza).

Babylon Salon‘s winter reading features Seth Harwood, Jack Boulware, Teresa Burns Gunther, Tim J. Myers, Mandy Hu, and Amrit Chima (Free, 6:30 p.m., Cantina).

The folks at SFSU have organized a benefit reading for Anne Boyer, with readings by friends including Jasper Bernes, King Tender, Samantha Giles, Lauren Levin, Stephanie Young, Wendy Trevino, Alli Warren, and David Buuck ($10-20, 7 p.m., Ruth’s Table).

Sunday 12/7: The first BYOB Lit Camp Writing and Drinking Club event works like this: silent writing from 3-5 p.m., followed by socializing ($20, 2:30 p.m., ScholarMatch).

An afternoon of poetry with East Coast-based Fred Marchant, along with locals Maxine Hong Kingston and Dean Rader, as part of the Travel and Cultural Lecture Series (Free, 3 p.m., Mill Valley Library).

Bazaar Writers Salon presents readings by Kate Petersen, Mia Jeffra, and music and poetry by Bob Dickerson and Ina Johnson (Free, 6 p.m., Bazaar Cafe).

Rebecca Solnit is in conversation with Peter Turchi (Free, 7 p.m., City Lights).

Give Me Fiction hosts a show on the theme “Tradition”, featuring Trevor Hill, Bucky Sinister, Lauren Traetto, Ron Chapman, Kate Folk, and Emily Epstein White ($10, 8 p.m., Cynic Cave).

Monday 12/8: Jon Sindell celebrates the publication of Roadkill Collection with readings by Peter Bullen, Paul Corman-Roberts, Colleen McKee, and Deborah Steinberg, and music by Kyrsten Bean and Michael Crabtree (Free, 7 p.m., Spice Monkey).

The launch of HOLD: a journal features readings by Davey Davis, Art Middleton, Zoe Tuck, and Tessa Micaela (Free, 7 p.m., E.M. Wolfman).

Tuesday 12/9: A release party for the 17th and final issue of Out of Our, with readings by William Taylor Jr., Jr., Cassandra Dallett, Charlie Getter, Paul Corman-Roberts, Richard Loranger, Martin Hickel, James Zealous, and editors Sarah Page and Steven Gray ($5, 7:30 p.m., The Emerald Tablet).

anthology SF this month hosts readings by Kate Petersen, Emily Kiernan, and Lenore Harris, along with an open mic (Free, 7 p.m., La Movida).

RADAR presents Paul S. Flores, Kelly Cogswell, Felix Solano Vargas, Janelle Hessig, and Brontez Purnell (Free, 6 p.m., San Francisco Public Library).

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This week’s featured local author is Sarah Fran Wisby (click here for 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 →