Notable San Francisco: 2/7–2/13

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Wednesday 2/7: Release for Ransoming Pagan Babies: The Selected Writings of Warren Hinckle. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights (SF).

Book release party for Rituals for Removing Creative Blocks with authors Liat Arendt and Leora Fridman. Free, 7 p.m., E.M. Wolfman (Oakland).

Pandemonium Press presents “With Love,” featuring Robert Pesich, Rose Black, Cassandra Dallett, and Rafael Jesús González. Free, 7 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon (Oakland).

Exploring Identity in Spanish California, with authors and professors Rose Marie Beebe, Cutcha Risling Baldy, and Carlos Salomon. $10, 6 p.m., California Historical Society (SF).

Townsend Center for the Humanities presents David Marno discussing his new book Death Be Not Proud: The Art of Holy Attention. Free, 12 p.m., Stephens Hall (UC Berkeley).

Thursday 2/8: Voz Sin Tinta bilingual poetry reading and open mic. Free, 6:30 p.m., Alley Cat Books (SF).

A.J. Lees discusses his new book Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights (SF).

Towne Center Books presents John Bateson reading from his book The Education of a Coroner. Free, 6:30 p.m., San Ramon Public Library.

Babar In Exile poetry open mic. Free, 7 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon (Oakland).

Derek Thompson reads from his book Hit Makers: How to Succeed in an Age of Distraction. Free, 7 p.m., Towne Center Books (Pleasanton).

Dhonielle Clayton in conversation with Sabaa Tahir about Clayton’s YA novel The Belles. Free with RSVP, 7 p.m., Kepler’s Books (Menlo Park).

Friday 2/9: Cleave: Bay Area Women Writers 2nd anniversary party. Free, 7 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon (Oakland).

Peninsula Literary presents an evening of poetry and prose. Free, 7 p.m., Gallery House (Palo Alto). 

Saturday 2/10: YA novelist Naheed Hashat Senzai reads from her new book Escape from Aleppo. Free, 2 p.m., Laurel Bookstore (Oakland).

Sunday 2/11: Richmond poets laureate Daniel Ari, Ciera-Jevai Gordon, and Rob Lipton present “Writes of Winter”. Free, 7 p.m., Kaleidoscope Coffee (Point Richmond). 

Black Mountain Circle and Point Reyes Books host a release party for West Marin Review Volume 8. Free, 4 p.m., The Dance Palace (Point Reyes Station).

Monday 2/12: Writer and photographer Kim Steinhardt discusses his new book The Edge: The Pressured Past and Precarious Future of California’s Coast. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Bindery (SF). 

Tuesday 2/13: Anne Raeff launches her new novel Winter Kept Us Warm. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park (SF).

Discussion with The Body Is Not an Apology contributors and its editor, poet Sonya Renee Taylor. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith (SF).

The Booksmith presents Mamrie Heart reading from her essay collection I’ve Got This Round. $20, 7 p.m., Public Works (SF).

Perfectly Queer presents Valentine’s Day Romance, featuring Anna Pulley, Meg Elison, and Monica Nolan. Free, 7 p.m., Dog Eared Books Castro (SF).

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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 →