Notable San Francisco: 2/15–2/21

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Wednesday 2/15: Simone White (House Envy of All the World) reads for the Holloway Series at UC Berkeley. Free, 6:30 p.m., UC Berkeley Hearst Annex.

Min Jin Lee (Pachinko) reads her novel about generations of a Korean family. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith.

Thursday 2/16: The Poetry Center San Jose presents a reading at San Francisco State University’s Poetry Center featuring Oki Sogumi and Wendy Trevino. Free, 7 p.m., The Poetry Center San Francisco.

Katie Kitamura (A Separation) reads. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Friday 2/17: Everybody’s favorite Alley Cat, Kevin Killian, is at it again at Alley Cat Books. Tonight he hosts The Five-Fingered Mitten: A Michigan-ish reading, featuring five writers with ties to Michigan’s Washtenqw County. They are: David Kuhnlein, Addy Malinowski, Kellie Nadler, Yaltiza Ferraras, and Amy Berkowitz. Free, 7 p.m., Alley Cat Books.

Saturday 2/18: Nomadic Press debuts the Artist Talk Series at the Workroom Artist Program featuring Maw Shein Win. Free, 2 p.m., Nomadic Press Uptown (Telegraph Avenue location).

Laurel Bookstore presents Diverse New Voices: Poetry and Prose, featuring Vanessa Hua (Deceit and Other Possibilities), R. O. Kwon (Heroics), Ashley M. Jones (Magic City Gospel), and Dara Barnat (In the Absence). Free, 5 p.m., Laurel Bookstore.

Sunday 2/19: Poetry Flash presents Michael McLaughlin (Countless Cinemas) and Raina J. Léon (sombra:dislocate). Free, 3 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore.

Pals ‘N’ Gals presents an impressive lineup of paired readers: Ingred Keir and MK Chavez, Christine No and Josey Rose Duncan, Grant Faulkner and Andy Dugas, plus Paul Corman-Roberts and Peter Bullen. Free, 6 p.m., Bazaar Café.

Monday 2/20: Crime fiction writer Ian Rankin (Rather Be The Devil). Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith.

Tuesday 2/21: Joyce Carol Oates at City Lights, reading from A Book of American Martyrs. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.

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This week’s theatre recommendation is Ursula Rami Sarma, A Thousand Splendid Suns, a world premier at A.C.T., based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini. A Thousand Splendid Sun offers a complex epic the likes of which is rarely seen in contemporary theatre. Its style may be old fashioned, but it is undeniably rich, satisfying, and deeply moving. This story of war and refugees, covering the experience of three Afghani women from three generations could not possibly more pertinent at the present time. Read a review here.

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

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

And here’s video of one of last week’s SF Notables, Brandon Brown.

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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 →