Notable San Francisco: 5/16–5/22


Wednesday 5/16: Stanford Live presents Claudia Rankine. $20, 7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall (Palo Alto).

Lyrics & Dirges presents “May Day, May Day.” Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books (Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley).

Poet and translator Jeffrey Thomas Leong discusses his book Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island. Free, 6 p.m., Book Passage (San Francisco Ferry Building).

Michelle Tea in conversation with Virgie Tovar. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Books (SF).

City Lights presents poets giovanni singleton and Carmen Giménez Smith. Free, 7 p.m., Moe’s Books (Berkeley).

Reading and conversation with Townsend Walker and Martha Conway. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Bindery (SF).

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

Thursday 5/17: Tao Lin discusses Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change. Free, 7 p.m., The Booksmith (SF).

Poetry reading featuring Mighty Mike McGee. Free, 7 p.m., Willow Glen Library (San Jose). 

Marin Poetry Center presents Dorianne Laux and Joshua Mensch. Free, 7:30 p.m., Falkirk Cultural Center (San Rafael).

Reading with Glori Simmons and Dickson Lam. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park (SF).

“You’re Going To Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes.” $10, 8 p.m., The Lost Church (SF).

Perfectly Queer East Bay presents an evening with local fiction authors. Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books (Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley).

Friday 5/18: THERE reading series with music and trivia. Free, 7 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon (Oakland).

Saturday 5/19: Launch party for Caroline Paul’s book You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World. Free, 4:30 p.m., The Bindery (SF).

Gina Kutchins reads from Jessie: A Novel. Free, 3 p.m., The Dance Palace (Point Reyes Station). 

“Words on Fire” poetry reading. Free, 7 p.m., Laurel Bookstore (Oakland).

Sunday 5/20: “Express Yourself: Celebrating Gender Diversity.” Panel, stories, and Q&A. Free, 4 p.m., The Bindery (SF).

Reading with poets Jennifer Firestone and Tonya Foster. Free, 7 p.m., Moe’s Books (Berkeley).

Christopher DeLorenzo reads from his book Kitchen Inheritance: Memories and Recipes from My Family of Cooks. Free, 3 p.m., East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel Books, Oakland).

Monday 5/21: The Racket reading series presents “#19: Pleasure.” Free, 7 p.m., Adobe Books (SF).

Rachel Kushner reads from her new book The Mars Room. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park (SF).

Tuesday 5/22: Poets Jenny Xie and Jennifer S. Cheng. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Books (SF).

Daegan Miller reads from This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent. Free, 7 p.m., East Bay Booksellers (Oakland).


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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 →