Notable San Francisco: 10/31–11/6


Wednesday 10/31: It’s Halloween! Craving a spooky literary event? Head over to the Octopus Literary Salon for a Night of Grimdark, Horror, and Fantasy. The night will feature Mercy Hollow (Scythe), E.M. Markoff (The Deadbringer), L.S. Johnson (Vacui Magia: Stories), Eric Esser, and Jonathan Fortin (Nightmarescape). The Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland at 5 p.m.

Jealous of all those kids who get to enjoy story time? Don’t miss this super-spooky Halloween Story Time for Grown Ups! There will be drinks, candy, costumes, and scary stories. Napa Bookmine in Napa at 9 p.m.

Thursday 11/1: Poet Tyehimba Jess, author of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winning Olio, will be reading at UC Berkeley as part of the Lunch Poems series. UC Berkeley (Morrison Library in Doe Library) in Berkeley at 12:10 p.m.

Join former Local Book Pick Anita Felicelli as she discusses her debut short story collection, Love Songs for a Lost Continent, with Why There Are Words founder Peg Alford Pursell. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Friday 11/2: Distinguished poet Robert Hass, author most recently of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning Time and Materials, will be in conversation with award-winning poet and former Stegner Fellow Essy Stone. Mill Valley Public Library in Mill Valley at 7 p.m.

Join Peninsula Literary for an evening of poetry and prose readings. Nona Caspers will be reading from The Fifth Woman and will be joined by Joey Garcia. Gallery House in Palo Alto at 7 p.m.

Saturday 11/3: Threepenny Review deputy editor D. Wystan Owen will be reading from his debut short story collection, Other People’s Love Affairs. Napa Bookmine in Napa at 6 p.m.

Abbi Jacobson, Executive Producer, creator, and star of Broad City is heading to town for City Arts and Lectures! She will be discussing her newest collection of essays, I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff. The Nourse Theater in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. (tickets required, currently sold out).

Sunday 11/4: Steven Johnson, author of How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World and host of PBS’s How We Got to Now, will be discussing how accidents, mistakes, and unintended consequences shaped our modern world. Book Passage in Corte Madera at 1 p.m.

The Silent Book Club will be at The Bindery for an evening of introverted fun! Pull up a chair, grab a drink, and read in silence with others. The Bindery in San Francisco at 4 p.m.

Monday 11/5: Join poet Clark Coolidge as he reads from Poet. Coolidge’s influence spans the Language Poets, the second and third generation New York School, and wider movements of avant-garde poets and arists. Moe’s Books in Berkeley at 7 p.m.

Tim Mohr will be reading from Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Learn how East German punks fought authoritarianism three chords at a time! Mohr will be joined by Penelope Houston, lead singer and songwriter of the San Francisco Punk band The Avengers. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Tuesday 11/6: It’s Election Day—get out and vote!

What better way to spend Election Night than with ZYZZYVA? Join ZYZZYVA Managing Editor Oscar Villalon alongside Nestor Gomez, Matthew Zapruder, Caille Millner, Dean Rader, Ismail Muhammad, Vanessa Hua, and D.A. Powell for a night of discussion and analysis. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m.

Join Wayétu Moore as she discusses She Would Be King, her breathtaking novel retelling Liberia’s formation. Moore will be in conversation with Faith Adiele. East Bay Booksellers in Oakland at 7 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: Local Book Pick is on hiatus for the week, but stay tuned for a new Local Book Pick next week!


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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 →