Notable San Francisco: 1/14–1/20


Wednesday 1/14: The Berkeley Slam features Clementine von Radics, in town from Portland, and Alex Dang, from Eugene ($7-10, 8:15 p.m., The Starry Plough).

From All Points but the Center presents Sandra Wassilie, Sharon Coleman, Elizabeth Rosner, Anna Avery, and Judy Elkan (Free, 8 p.m., E.M. Wolfman).

Thursday 1/15: Barry Gifford reads from his new novel The Up-Down (Free, 7 p.m., City Lights).

This month’s Under the Influence features Raina J. León, Jon Sindell, Elizabeth Feder, rex leonowicz, and Lael Gold ($5-10, 7:30 p.m., The Emerald Tablet).

You’re Going to Die features Anisse Gross, Jay Arthur Beaman, Austin Smith, Kat Marie Yoas, Ed Wolf, Toni Mirosevich, Sara Curtis, and Randy Osborne ($10, 8 p.m., Viracocha).

Tara Ison reads from and discusses her memoir in essays, Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies (Free, 7 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park).

Minori Sanchiz-Fung celebrates The Way Will Break You, with additional reading by emji spero and music by The Molasses Gospel (Free, 6 p.m., Alley Cat Books).

Radar’s ongoing Banned Book Club highlights queer books with Nia King, Daniel Levesque, Kevin Killian, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, and Nan Alamilla Boyd (Free, 7 p.m., Books Inc. Castro).

Friday 1/16: To celebrate the 100th birthday of Herbert Huncke, readings by Hilary Holladay, Dennis McNally, Tate Swindell, Ben Schafer, Brenda Knight, Regina Marler, and Laki Vazakas (Free, 7 p.m., The Beat Museum).

Wendy C. Ortiz reads from and discusses her new memoir, Excavation (Free, 7 p.m., Adobe Books).

Saturday 1/17: A 2-week festival featuring 100 poets, The Hundy begins with readings by Alan Bernheimer, Alana Siegel, Alex Cruse, Ava Koohbor, Eric Sneathen, Frances Richard, Ivy Johnson, Laura Weatherington, and Zoe Tuck (Free, 7 p.m., E.M. Wolfman).

Sunday 1/18: The Hundy continues with Steve Roggenbuck, Alexandra Naughton, Jesse Prado, Diana Salier, and Zack Haber (Free, 4 p.m., E.M. Wolfman).

Hazel Reading Series features Sarah Fran Wisby, Hollie Hardy, Sarah Broderick, Helen Klonaris, Florencia Milito, and Esme Wang ($5, 5 p.m., C.I.I.S.).

Portuguese Artists Colony returns with Nayomi Munaweera, Glen David Gold, and Frances Lefkowitz, and live writing by Siamak Vossoughi and Rohan DaCosta ($3-10, 7:30 p.m., Second Act).

Monday 1/19: Lea Auerbach reads from and discusses her book of aphorisms and poetry, Excess of Being (Free, 7 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park).

Write Club celebrates the release of Bare-Knuckled Lit: The Best of Write Club with Casey Childers, Colin McCarthy, and Joy Carletti… and free booze (Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith).

The Lit Slam features Ladan Osman and Melissa Stein ($5, 8 p.m., Shelton Theater).

Youth Speaks presents the 18th Annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ($5-10., 7 p.m., Nourse Theater).

Tuesday 1/20: Opening night of Lo Real Maravilloso: The Marvelous Real, an exhibition combining the writing of Ingrid Rojas Contreras and the visual art of Jeremiah Barber (Free, 5 p.m., Mission Cultural Center).

Miranda July is in conversation with Adam Savage about her first novel, The First Bad Man ($27, 7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater).

Write Club returns with bouts by Trevor Hill, Kelly Anneken, Joshua Merchant, Sarah Maria Griffin, Ian Belknap, and Casey Childers ($5, 8 p.m., Make-Out Room).

The Hundy continues with readings by Angela Hume, Mary Wilson, Anne Lesley Selcer, Lonely Christopher, and Melissa Mack (Free, 7 p.m., E.M. Wolfman).

InsideStoryTime features Sherril Jaffe, Raina J. León, Sarah Fran Wisby, and Richard Loranger ($5, 7 p.m., La Movida).


Videos from some of last week’s notables: Story² (Shanti Charan, Sophie Reiff, Jesse Hett, Karen Penley, Richard Toomer); Strange Things Have Happened Here (Vladimir Kozlov, Maisha Z. Johnson); Quiet Lightning (Allison Berke, Andrew Sloane, Claire Williams, Benjamin Wachs, Lisa Piazza, Charles Kruger, Mira Martin-Parker, Deborah Steinberg, Heather Bourbeau, Josiah Alderete, Cady Owens).


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



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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 →