Notable San Francisco: 10/25–10/31


Wednesday 10/25: The Roy E. and Patricia Disney Forum presents an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess. Free, 7:30 p.m., Soda Hall at St. Mary’s College (Moraga).

Hand to Mouth presents Peg Alford Pursell and Jacqueline Doyle, followed by an open mic. Free, 7 p.m., Rebound Bookstore (San Rafael).

Perfectly Queer East Bay presents a short fiction reading with Kwan Booth, Helen Klonaris, Achy Obejas, and Kamala Puligandla. Free, 7 p.m., Nomadic Press (Oakland).

Laurie Ann Doyle discusses her new story collection World Gone Missing with Alia Volz. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park (SF).

Thursday 10/26: Booksmith presents Bookswap: bring a book you love, the organizers will sort participants into small groups to discuss, and the evening ends with a white elephant swap. Free, 7 p.m., The Bindery (SF).

Poetry Flash presents Raphael Cohen and Jonathan Moody. Free, 7 p.m., Moe’s Books (Berkeley).

Friday 10/27: Cafe Society presents Fourth Friday: Reading, Storytelling, and Art. Free, 7 p.m., Kaliedoscope Coffee (Richmond).

Aunt Lute Books presents ¡Cuéntamelo!, a bilingual evening of performances, visual art, and readings from Juliana Delgado Lopera’s new book. Free with reservation, 5:30 p.m., The Laundry (SF).

Saturday 10/28: NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party. Free, 3 p.m., The Bindery (SF).

Saturday Night Special presents their 7th annual Halloween reading and costume contest hosted by Hollie Hardy. The theme this year is “Night Circus.” Free event (one drink minimum for the club), 21+, 7 p.m., Nick’s Lounge (Berkeley).

Sunday 10/29: SF in SF presents “Women in Horror” featuring readings from Loren Rhoads, Erika Mailman, and Dana Fredsti. Borderlands Books will be selling books for all three authors. $10 (NOTAFLOF), 6 p.m., The American Bookbinders Museum (SF).

Monday 10/30: Graywolf Press presents Pulitzer Prize-winning US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. Free, 8 p.m., Cemex Auditorium at Stanford.

Tuesday 10/31: Friends of the San Francisco Public Library present “Tuesdays at North Beach” featuring readings from poets Pauline Craig and Stephen Kopel. Free, 6:30 p.m., North Beach Branch Library.


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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 →