Notable San Francisco: 6/13–6/19


Wednesday 6/13:  Triple book release party with Vi Khi Nao, Jennifer S. Cheng, and Rita Bullwinkel. Free, 7 p.m., Wolfman Books (Oakland).

Jeffrey Thomas Leong reads from his new book Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island. Free, 7 p.m., Books Inc (Alameda).

“Southern Migrant Mixtape” with Vernon Keeve III. Free, 7 p.m., The Green Arcade (SF).

Roman Muradov discusses his new book On Doing Nothing: Finding Inspiration in Idleness. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park (SF).

Jason Novak discusses his cartoon history Et Tu, Brute?: The Deaths of the Roman Emperors. Free, 7 p.m., East Bay Booksellers (Oakland).

Harry Fuller discusses San Francisco’s Natural History: Sand Dunes to Street Cars. Free, 7 p.m., Sunset Branch (San Francisco).

Talk Story presents a storytelling open mic on the theme “Summer Lovin.” Free, 6:30 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon (Oakland).

Thursday 6/14: Not Your Mother’s Book Club presents Samuel Miller reading from his debut YA novel A Lite Too Bright. Free, 7 p.m., Books Inc (Opera Plaza, SF).

Tommy Orange reads from his novel There There. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Books (SF).

Poetry Flash presents Gillian Conoley and Paul Hoover. Free, 7 p.m., Moe’s Books (Berkeley).

Leslie Jonath discusses her book Foraged Art: Creating Projects Using Blooms, Branches, Leaves, Stones, and Other Elements Discovered in Nature. Free, 7:30 p.m., Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore (Berkeley).

The Best We Could Do author Thi Bui in conversation with Elizabeth Partridge. Free, 6:30 p.m., San Francisco Main Library.

Mystery authors James Ziskin and Terry Shames. Free, 7 p.m., Towne Center Books (Pleasanton).

Friday 6/15: Traci Winfield Holczer reads from her new middle grade novel Everything Else in the Universe. Free, 4:30 p.m., Books Inc (Laurel Village, SF).

Voz Sin Tinta presents “Poetry Comes Out of My Mouth” a bilingual reading and open mic. Free, 7 p.m., Alley Cat Books (SF).

Art, Readings, and Reactions with Quiet Lightning. Free, 6 p.m., Modern Eden Gallery (SF).

Saturday 6/16: YA writer Sabaa Tahir in conversation with Renee Ahdieh for the release of Tahir’s book The Reaper at the Gates. Free, 3 p.m., Kepler’s Books (Menlo Park). 

Drag Queen Story Hour at SFMOMA with Honey Mahogany and Per Sia. Free, 11 a.m., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Bloomsday! Thomas Lynch reads from James Joyce’s Ulysses. Free, 2 p.m., Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore (Berkeley).

Sunday 6/17: Jared A. Brock discusses The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War. Free, 4 p.m., The Bindery (SF).

Monday 6/18: Lauren Groff reads from her new short story collection Florida. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park (SF). 

Tuesday 6/19: Poet Yrsa Daley-Ward reads from her new book The Terrible: A Storyteller’s Memoir. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith (SF). 

Richard Rhodes discusses his book Energy: A Human History. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Books (SF).

Katharine Dion reads from her new novel The Dependents. Free, 7:30 p.m., Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore (Berkeley).

Writer and editor Susie Bright reads from the new anthology Santa Cruz Noir. Free, 7 p.m., Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Queer Words presents a conversation with Wayne Goodman and Rob Rosen. Free, 7 p.m., Folio Books (SF).

The Word Party: Poetry & Jazz Open Mic. Free with registration, 7 p.m., PianoFight (SF).

Dog Eared Books Castro celebrates two years (readings and reception). Free, 6:30 p.m., Dog Eared Books (Castro Street, SF).

AfroSurreal: a reading and open mic hosted by D. Scot Miller. Free, 5:30 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon (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 →