Notable San Francisco: 3/15–3/21


Wednesday 3/15: Paul LaFarge (The Night Ocean) is interviewed by Daniel Handler. Fans of H. P. Lovecraft will be intrigued. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park .

Joan Frank (All the News I Need, winner of the Juniper Prize for Fiction) is interviewed by Peg Alford Purcell. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith.

Thursday 3/16: Deepak Unnikrishnan (Temporary People), winner of the Restless Book Prize for New Immigrant Writing, in conversation with Shanthi Sekaran (Lucky Boy). Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.

Amerarcana: A Bird & Beckett Review celebrate the release of a special issue (“Shuffle Boil”) guest edited by David Metzger and Steve Dickison. Featuring live jazz music. Participating readers TBA. Bird & Beckett is one of our favorite venues, and their events are always a pleasure. Free, 7 p.m., Bird & Beckett.

If you need a reason to make a literary pilgrimage over the GGB to San Rafael, this is a good one. The Marin Poetry Center presents Pushcart Prizewinner, NEA Fellow, and Cave Canem Fellow John Murillo (Up Jump the Boogie) and Wallace Stegner Fellow Javier Jose Zamora. $3–5, 7:30 p.m., Falkirk Cultural Center.

Friday 3/17: And while you’re in a traveling mood, you could also trek down the Peninsula to Palo Alto for “An Evening of Poetry & Prose” produced by Peninsula Literary. Featuring David Denny, Olga Zilberbourg, Terry Adams, Patrick Daly, and Charlotte Muse. Free, 7 p.m., Gallery House, Palo Alto.

Saturday 3/18: Patty Yumi Cottrell (Sorry to Disrupt the Peace). Free, 7 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Sunday 3/19: The 11th annual Noe Valley Word Week kicks off tonight. For a complete schedule of this weeklong event, click here.

Monday 3/20: Meredith Maran (The New Old Me) reads from her memoir about aging while living fully. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith.

Tuesday 3/21: Booksmith presents Berkeley Arts & Letters  with Camille Paglia. $12, 7:30 p.m., The Hillside Club.


This week’s theatre recommendation is Eclipsed at The Curran theater. Carole Shorenstein-Hayes, the indefatigable spirit of The Curran Theater, co-produced the Broadway production of Diana Gurira’s play about women forced to be soldiers (and sexual slaves) in Liberia’s devastating civil war, and now brings a production to San Francisco for a limited run. It was the first ever Broadway play produced by a female playwright, with a female director, and an all-female cast (and all of them women of color as well). Read a review here. Find further information 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, Miah Jeffra. Read an interview here.

And here’s video of one of last week’s SF Notables, Ethel Rohan.


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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 →