Notable San Francisco: 10/4–10/10


Wednesday 10/4: Paul Madonna presents his new illustrated novel, Close Enough for the Angels. Free, 7 p.m., Moe’s Books.

Lynn Horiuchi and Tanu Sankalia discuss Urban Reinventions: San Francisco’s Treasure Island. Free, 7 p.m., The Green Arcade.

Celeste Ng and Bich Minh Nguyen in discussion on Little Fires Everywhere. Free, 7:30 p.m., Booksmith.

Thursday 10/5: Berkeley Lunch Poems presents Layli Long Soldier. Free, 12:10 p.m., Morrison Library (UC Berkeley).

Mortician and author Caitlin Doughty reads from her new book From Here to Eternity. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Lunada Literary Lounge featured performers Francisco Aragón and Nancy Morejón followed by an open mic hosted by Sandra García Rivera. $5, 7 p.m., Galería de la Raza.

Thursday 10/6: Litquake 2017 Festival Opening Night: Litquake Turns 18! $15, 7 p.m., Cafe Du Nord.

Saturday 10/7: Point Reyes Books presents a signing with chef and author Alice Waters for her new memoir Coming to My Senses. Book sales to benefit the Point Reyes Farmers Market. Free, 10 a.m., Toby’s Feed Barn (Point Reyes Station).

Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival presents readings from Robert Haas, Maxine Hong Kingston, Camille Dungy, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Malcolm Margolin, Alison Luterman, Kim Shuck, Tess Taylor, and a ceremonial invocation led by Rafael Jesús González. Free, 12 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr Civic Center Park (Berkeley).

The 2017 Filipino American International Book Festival presents Hot Off the Press, moderated readings. Free, 1:30 p.m., San Francisco Public Library.

Lynda Barry and Matt Groening present “Love, Hate, and Comics: The Friendship That Would Not Die.” $25, 8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall (UC Berkeley).

Marin Poetry Center presents Kevin Craft and Troy Jollimore. Free. 1 p.m., Mill Valley Library.

Sunday 10/8: Litquake presents Sand, Surf, and Sartre: Wisdom in the Waves with Aaron James in conversation with Jaimal Yogis. Free, 6 p.m., Mollusk Surf Shop.

Litquake presents “A Barbary Coast Prostitute Walking Tour” with historians and authors Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus. Free, 12 p.m., starts at 814 Mission Street.

In the Province of the Gods author Kenny Fries in conversation with author and translator Achy Obejas. Free, 7 p.m., Dog Eared Books on Castro.

Monday 10/9: Litquake presents “You Can’t Write That: Writing from Privilege,” a panel discussion on cultural appropriation with Faith Adiele, Vanessa Hua, Chad Koch, and Kaitlin Solimine, moderated by Maisha Z. Johnson. $10, 7 p.m., San Francisco Center for the Book.

Porchlight presents “Heroes,” a night of storytelling co-hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick with music by Marc Capelle, and poetry on the spot from Typewriter Rodeo. $20, 7 p.m., Swedish American Hall.

Tuesday 10/10: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and Litquake present Poetic Tuesday with readings from Derrick Carr, Lee Herrick, Raina J. Leon, Sara Mumolo, and music from ContainHer.  Free, 12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens.

Word For Word presents an Off the Page reading of Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem. $20 suggested donation (NOTAFLOF), 9 p.m., Z Space.


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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 →