Notable San Francisco: 2/22–2/28


Wednesday 2/22: John Darnielle (Wolf in White Van) reads from his new novel, Universal Harvester. Free, 7:30 p.m., Booksmith.

Roof Books presents David Buuck (Co-Founder and Editor of Tripwire), Jean Day (The Triumph of Life), and Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution Laura Moriarty (Who That Divines). Free, 7:30 p.m., Moe’s Books.

Thursday 2/23: Hank Lazer (Poems Hidden in Plain View) and Andrew Maxell (Candor is the Brightest Shield) present recent work. Free, 7 p.m., The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University.

Daphne Merkin reads from This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression. Free, 7:30 p.m., Mrs. Dalloway’s.

Friday 2/24: Daniel Handler discusses Three Masquerades, a collection of previously out-of-print novellas by Rachel Ingalls which Handler has assembled for Pharos Editions. Mr. Handler is always entertaining on any subject, and Rachel Ingalls, much admired by those in-the-know, is not widely appreciated. Handler has described the novellas as “basically perfect.” This one ought to be interesting and fun. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Saturday 2/25: Tantra Bensko launches her new novel, Glossollia, with the help of guest readers Jeff Von Ward and Paul Corman-Roberts, plus musical performances by Dylan Jennings and William Renauld. Free, 2 p.m., The Octopus Literary Salon.

Olga Zilberbourg, one of the moderators of the remarkable San Francisco Writer’s Workshop, hosts “Olga’s Party” for the recent Moscow release of her new book of Russian-language short stories, Хлоп-страна (The Clapping Land). She will be reading from this work in English translation. Guest readers include Anthony Marra, Yanina Gotsulsky, and Anastasia Edel. This event is intended to celebrate Russian literature and its long tradition of resistance. It ought to inspire. Free, 2 p.m., Alley Cat Books.

Sunday 2/26: Mexican writer Juan Pablo Villalobos discusses I’ll Sell You a Dog with Mauro Javier Cardenas. Free, 6 p.m., Green Apple Books On The Park.

Monday 2/27: Edition #42 of Bay Area Generations presents nine intergenerational pairs of writers, curated by Sarah Kobrinsky, Amos White, and Sherry Wilson. Featuring: Shiloh Johnson with Joel Landmine, Maureen Hurley with John Oliver Simon, Karla Clark with Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Cassandra Dallett with Fred Dodsworth, Daniel Ari with Alexandra Naughton, Jennifer Blowdryer with Keely Ann Finn, Joanna Anabo with Sean Labrador y Manzano, Teresa Poore with Eleanor Vincent, and Natalie Devora with Jenee Darden. $7–$10, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 2/28: Photographer and Guggenheim Fellow for nonfiction Bill Hayes reads from Insomniac City: New York, Oliver and Me, a memoir celebrating his love affair with New York City and his late partner, neurologist and writer Oliver Sachs. Free, 7:30 p.m., Mrs. Dalloway’s.


This week’s theatre recommendation is Custom Made Theatre’s West Coast premiere of Isaac’s Eye, a remarkable play that shakes up the genre of historical drama in unexpectedly brilliant ways. It features an extraordinarily good performance from Gabriel Ross as the desperately ambitious young Isaac Newton. Playwright Lucas Hnath is a major new talent headed for a permanent place in the canon. For further information, click here.

For coverage of the Bay Area theatre scene, visit TheatreStorm.


Evan Karp and Rebecca Samuelson of Litseen present video of this week’s featured local author, Leonard Crosby. Read an interview here.

And here’s video of one of last week’s SF Notables, Vanessa Hua.


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Charles Kruger is a Bay area arts practitioner known as "The Storming Bohemian." He tries to do as much as he can. More from this author →