Notable San Francisco: 9/19–9/25


Wednesday 9/19: Essayist, poet, New Yorker poetry editor, and director of the NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Kevin Young will be reading from Brown, his newest collection of poetry. St. Mary’s College (Hagerty Lounge, De La Salle Hall) in Moraga at 7:30 p.m.

Who controls the money for the world’s wealthiest? Peter Phillips, associate professor of sociology at Sonoma State and president of the Media Freedom Foundation, will be discussing Giants: The Global Power Elite. City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. 

Thursday 9/20: Come join Mexican writer and Neustadt Prize finalist Guadalupe Nettel in Oakland. She will be reading from her newest novel, After the Winter. East Bay Booksellers in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Writers from one of San Francisco’s longest-running writing groups will be coming together for a great night of reading. Hear readings from Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Esmé Weijun Wang, Colin Winnette, Anisse Gross, Caille Millner, Rachel Khong, Lydia Kiesling, and R. O. Kwon. The Bindery in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Join Daniel Mason (this week’s Local Book Pick!) as he reads from his newest novel, The Winter Soldier. His book chronicles the love story of a young doctor and a nurse during World War I. Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m.

Friday 9/21: Valerie Wallace will be discussing House of McQueen, her new poetry collection, alongside Daniel Handler and Kevin Simmonds. Green Apple Books (9th Ave. location) in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. 

Come celebrate some of the East Bay’s poets and writers. Join Barbara Jane Reyes, author of Invocation to Daughters, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree, and Maw Shein Win, El Cerrito’s first poet laureate and author of Invisible GiftsBAMPFA in Berkeley at 6 p.m.

Saturday 9/22: Oliver James will be presenting a selection of giclée prints from his book, Birds of Berkeley. Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore in Berkeley at 3 p.m.

Nomadic Press will be releasing seven new chapbooks from their fall 2018 chapbook collection, with readings by E. K. Keith, Emily Pinkerton, Keenan Norris. Joyce E. Young, Sara Mithra (Julian Tirhma), Jenee Darden, and Patrick Newson. Oakland Peace Center in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Sunday 9/23: Join Poets and Writers assistant web editor Bonnie Chau, Alley Cat Books manager j.j. Mull, and Kateland Harte. Chau will be reading from All Roads Lead to Blood, her debut short story collection. Moe’s Books in Berkeley at 7 p.m.

Jackson Burgess will be reading from Atrophy, his newest poetry collection. Green Apple Books (Clement St. Location) in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Monday 9/24: Khaled Hosseini will be reading from his newest book, Sea Prayer. His newest book is a response to the current refugee crisis. Hosseini will be in conversation with Isabel Allende. Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m.

Karl Ove Knausgaard comes to town for City Arts and Lectures and will be discussing Book Six of his My Struggle series. Knausgaard will be in conversation with author (and Notable SF local book pick) Lydia Kiesling. Nourse Theater in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. ($29, tickets required).

Tuesday 9/25: Hungry for lunch and literature? Join R. O. Kwon for lunch, wine, and a discussion of her newest book, The Incendiaries. Orinda Books in Orinda at 11:30 a.m. ($12, tickets required).

Do you have a young reader in your household? Author and illustrator Alex Beard will be sharing his newest book, The Lying King. Rakestraw Books in Danville at 3:45 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick is Daniel Mason’s The Winter Soldier (Little, Brown and Company, September 11, 2018)!


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Nishant Batsha's fiction and essays have been published in TriQuarterly, The Offing, and The Caribbean Review of Books, among other publications. He is currently revising his debut novel trilogy: Washed Ashore, All That Floats, and The Tideline. He can be found at or on Twitter @nishbatsha. More from this author →