Notable San Francisco: 5/23–5/29


Wednesday 5/23: Perfectly Queer East Bay presents “Contrasts: Poetry & Prose.” Free, 7 p.m., Laurel Bookstore (Oakland).

2018 Pulitzer prize winner Andrew Sean Greer in conversation with R.O. Kwon for the paperback release of Greer’s novel Less. Free, 7 p.m., The Bindery (SF).

Aja Gabel reads from her novel The Ensemble. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park (SF).

Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Jane Gregory, and Wendy Trevino read their poetry. Free, 7 p.m., Moe’s Books (Berkeley).

Thursday 5/24: Chuck Klosterman reads from his new book Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century. Free, 7 p.m., The Booksmith (SF).

Bill Petrocelli reads from his new novel Through the Bookstore Window. Free, 6:30 p.m., Laurel Bookstore (Oakland).

“Written Within the Body: A Night of Readings.” Free, 7:30 p.m., The Bindery (SF).

Barbara Berman reads from her poetry collection Currents. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park (SF).

Poem Jam with San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck. Free, 6 p.m., San Francisco Public Library. 

Friday 5/25: Bay Area Queer Zine Fest Pre-Fest Reading. Free, 7 p.m., Wolfman Books (Oakland).

Telegraph Open Mic featuring Aqueila Ross and KR Morrison. $10 (NOTAFLOF), 7 p.m., Nomadic Press (Oakland).

Cafe Society presents poetry and conversation with Brenda Hillman and Robert Haas. Free, 7 p.m., Kaleidoscope Coffee (Point Richmond).

Saturday 5/26: Maria del Carmen Cortez and Rebekah Epley read their poetry as part of an evening of storytelling, art, and cocktails. Free, 6 p.m., Laurel Bookstore (Oakland).

Wolfman New Life Quarterly and the Center for Hydrosocial Studies present “New Extra Life: Swim Talks + Actual Swimming.” Free with reservation, 1 p.m., Aquatic Park (SF).

Second annual reading from MARY: A Journal of New Writing. Free, 6 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon (Oakland).

Release party with live music for Jeremy Fernando’s poetry collection Cotton Candy. Free, 7 p.m., Nomadic Press (Oakland).

Daniel Gumbiner reads from his debut novel The Boatbuilder. Free, 7 p.m., Point Reyes Books (Point Reyes Station).

Rolling in the Aisles: Literary humor. Free, 6 p.m., Rolling-Out Café (SF).

Monday 5/28: Alanna Okun reads from her book The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith (SF). 

Tuesday 5/29: Martha K. Davis reads from her novel Scissors, Paper, Stone. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park (SF).

Lunada Literary Lounge: bilingual spoken word, music, and open mic. $5, 7:30 p.m., Galeria de la Raza (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 →