Notable San Francisco: 9/20–9/26


Wednesday 9/20: Brontez Purnell reads from Since I Laid My Burden Down, with music from The Younger Lovers. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.  

Jesmyn Ward in conversation with Julia Scheeres about Ward’s new novel Sing, Unburied, Sing. Free, 7:30 p.m., Booksmith.

Lyrics & Dirges presents an evening from guest curator Harold Terezón. Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus.

Thursday 9/21: You’re Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes. $10, 8:15 p.m., The Lost Church.

Marie Lu reads from her new YA sci-fi thriller Warcross. Free, 7 p.m., Kepler’s Books.

Poets Douglas Kearney and Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta perform and host a public conversation. Free, 7 p.m., The Poetry Center (San Francisco State University).

Friday 9/22: The Poetry Center presents The New Talkies: Live Film Narrations at ATA. $10, 8 p.m., Artists’ Television Access.

Reed Magazine 150th Anniversary Party. Free, 7 p.m. Morris Dailey Auditorium (San José State)

Saturday 9/23: Smalltown Society presents A Smalltown Detour: The Beat Generation, a literary walking tour of Chinatown and North Beach. $10, 1 p.m., Café Vesuvio.

Sunday 9/24: Phonochrome: Banned Books Solidarity Concert with books from The Green Arcade. $18, 12 p.m., Center for New Music.

Perfectly Queer presents Dzanc Books authors Jason Tougaw and Deb Busman. Free, 7 p.m., Dog Eared Books.

Dirty Old Women presents erotica from Kristin McCloy and j monk. Free, 9:30 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon.


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Chuy Haugen Mendeola is a half-rural freelance writer based in Berkeley, California who spends as much time sitting on the bumper of their pickup as they do in the library. More from this author →