Notable San Francisco: 10/24–10/30


Wednesday 10/24: Take a literary lunch break! Join bestselling and prizewinning author Barbara Kingsolver for a discussion of Unsheltered, her newest novel. Book Passage Ferry Building in San Francisco at 1 p.m.

Join Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, alongside Zachary Lipez and Stacy Wakefield, for their latest collaboration: 131 Different Things. The evening will feature readings and music from the three authors! The Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland at 9:30 p.m.

Thursday 10/25: Hadi Khorsandi, a UK-based exiled Iranian satirist and poet, published the monthly satirical column Asghar Agha for over thirty years. His newest book, The Fake Diaries of Alam, is a spoof on the bestselling The Diaries of Alam. This event will be in Farsi. Stanford University (Cubberley Auditorium) in Stanford at 6:30 p.m.

Join Betsy Mason as she discusses All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey. All Over the Map explores the stories behinds maps across history—a book for map lovers by map lovers! Pegasus Books Downtown in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m.

Friday 10/26: Join artists and members of UC Berkeley’s Institute for South Asia Studies for the public conversation that caps their daylong symposium on “The Arts of South Asia and its Diasporas.” Artist and professor Allan deSouza will be discussing his latest book, How Art Can be Thought: A Handbook for Change. UC Berkeley (Institute for South Asia Studies) in Berkeley at 5 p.m.

Hungry? Join award-winning chef Anissa Helou as she shares her recipes and stories from her latest book, Feast: Food of the Islamic World. Helou’s recipies span Zanzibari grilled fish in coconut sauce to Tunisian chickpea soup! Easy Bay Booksellers in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Saturday 10/27: Poet, essayist, and novelist M. NourbeSe Philip will be reading as part of the Leslie Scalapino 21st Century Innovative Writers Series. Her latest book, BlanK, is a collection of essays on racism and culture. This event is cosponsored by the Poetry Center and The Green Arcade. McRoskey Mattress Co. in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Award-winning author and San Francisco State Creative Writing Professor May-Lee Chai will be reading from her short story collection, Useful Phrases for Immigrants. Books Inc. Laurel Village in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Sunday 10/28: Join Lisa Lloyd, Jennifer Lloyd-Karr, Elizabeth Young, and Haidee Hart as they discuss Seven Seasons on Stowel Lake Farm, an exploration of their life on a sustainable organic farm on Salt Spring Island. Oxbow Public Market in Napa at 11 a.m.

End your weekend with Luchino Visconti’s 1965 classic Vaghe stele dell’orsa (Of a Thousand Delights). Visconti’s film, set in Tuscan city of Volterra, is an Elektra story of a family filled with secrets and incestuous desire. BAMPFA in Berkeley at 7 p.m. ($5–$13, tickets required).

Monday 10/29: Anne-Marie Kinney will be reading from her new novel, Coldwater Canyon. The evening will also feature readings by author and Two Lines Press senior editor Veronica Scott Esposito (The Doubles) and author Calder G. Lorenz (One Way Down). The Booksmith in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Author and USF professor John Jay Osborn will be discussing his new novel, Listen to the Marriage, a story of a fractured marriage told entirely from scenes in a marriage counselor’s office. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 10/30: Bestselling author Jasmine Guillory will be reading from her newest book, The Proposal. Roxane Gay called this book “a warm, engaging romance novel.” East Bay Booksellers in Oakland at 7 p.m.

It’s the book launch for this week’s Local Book Pick! Join Bay Area author Kathy Wang as she launches her debut novel Family Trust. In a starred review, Library Journal called Wang’s book an “engrossing work” and “impossible to put down.” Books Inc. Mountain View in Mountain View at 7 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick is Kathy Wang’s Family Trust (William Morrow, October 30, 2018)! Don’t miss Wang’s book launch at Books Inc. in Mountain View on 10/30!


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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 →