Notable San Francisco: 4/18–4/24


Wednesday 4/18:  Lyrics & Dirges: National Poetry Month. Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books (Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley).

Meaghan O’Connell discusses her memoir And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park (SF).

Open Mic Poetry! Boom! Free, 7 p.m., The Laundry (SF).

Launch party for author and artist Ward Schumaker’s book Hate Is What We Need. Free, 5 p.m., San Francisco Center for the Book.

Thursday 4/19: Joanna Scutts reads from her book The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hills Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park (SF).

Norwegian journalist and author Åsne Seierstad reads from Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Bindery (SF).

13th Annual Poems Under the Dome. Free, 5:30 p.m., San Francisco City Hall.

Poetry and music with Steve Dalachinsky and Cosmic Diaspora. Free, 7 p.m., The Poetry Center (SFSU).

The Center for the Art of Translation presents “A Translator Walks Into a Bar,” a discussion with Jessica Cohen. Free, 7 p.m., Jewish Community Library (SF).

Marin Poetry Center presents an erotic poetry reading with Alexis Rhone Fancher and D.A. Powell. Adults only, free, 7:30 p.m., Falkirk Cultural Center (San Rafael).

Friday 4/20: Poets Jane Gregory and Jocelyn Saidenberg read from their new collections. Free, 7 p.m., E.M. Wolfman Books (Oakland).

THERE reading series hosted by Doug Sovern. Free, 7 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon (Oakland).

Saturday 4/21: Afro Urban Society presents “Full Color: A Staged Reading.” $10–$20, 7 p.m., Studio Grand (Oakland).

Café Society presents “Surprise Me: A Storytelling Smorgasborg.” Free, 7 p.m., Kaleidoscope Coffee (Point Richmond).

Laurel Bookstore presents a reading with mystery writers Janet Dawson and Wendy Hornsby. Free, 11 a.m., Oakland Public Library.

Shobha Rao reads from her new novel Girls Burn Brighter. Free, 6 p.m., Laurel Bookstore (Oakland).

Sunday 4/22: Steve Almond discusses his new book Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country with Matthew Zapruder. Free, 3 p.m., East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel Books, Oakland).

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Storytime with an ASL interpreter. Free, 11 a.m., Towne Center Books (Pleasanton).

Monday 4/23: Luis Alberto Urrea reads from his new novel The House of Broken Angels. Free, 7 p.m., Book Passage (Corte Madera).


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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 →