Notable San Francisco: 11/7–11/13


Wednesday 11/7: Don’t miss this week’s Local Book Pick! Sarah Stone will be reading from Hungry Ghost Theater. The San Francisco Chronicle described her book as having a “sensuous beauty and penetrating wisdom.” Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m.

Join Claire Grossman (co-curator of the Cantil reading series), Terry Taplin (fragmenta), and Jacq Greyja (Greater Grave) for a night of readings. Moe’s Books in Berkeley at 7 p.m.

Past Local Book Pick Micah Perks will be reading from True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape. She will be joined by Kate Schatz (Rad Girls Can) and Lucy Jane Bledsoe (Lava Falls). The Bindery in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 11/8: Éric Vuillard will be reading from The Order of the Day, winner of the 2017 Prix Goncourt. Vuillard will be joined in conversation by Cara Black. The Mechanics’ Institute in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m. ($15, tickets required).

Why There Are Words hosts a night of readings from authors from the anthology Nothing Short Of: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story, including Jane McDermott, Lynn Mundell, and Cornelia Nixon. The night will feature special guest R. O. Kwon (The Incendiaries)! Studio 333 in Sausalito at 7 p.m. ($10, entry fee required).

Join Jonathan Lethem as he reads from his newest detective novel The Feral Detective. Lethem will be in conversation with Michael Chabon. The Booksmith in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Friday 11/9: Did you know that during World War II, Allied Air Forces created maps of cities with elaborate instructions on how not to bomb cultural sites? Lucia Allais, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Princeton and author of Designs of Destruction: The Making of Monuments in the Twentieth Century, will be discussing this remarkable beginning of the global regime cultural preservation. 340 Moffitt Library at UC Berkeley in Berkeley at 12:30 p.m.

Why and when does marching for change and justice matter? Join L.A. Kauffman as she discusses her newest book, How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance. Pegasus Books Downtown in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 11/10: Do you like writers? Do you like drinks? You just might like Writers With Drinks, San Francisco’s longest-running spoken-word show! Join Rachel Khong (Goodbye, Vitamin), Achy Obejas (The Tower of the Antilles), L.A. Kauffman (How to Read a Protest), Kirstin Chen (Bury What We Cannot Take), and tammy lynne stoner (Sugar Land) for a night of reading. Make-Out Room in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. ($5–$20, all proceeds benefit the Center for Sex & Culture).

Sunday 11/11: Sarah Cooper, the blogger behind the hilarious and on-point Cooper Review, will be reading from How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings: Non-Threatening Leadership Strategies for Women. The Bindery in San Francisco at 4 p.m.

Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Sonoma County Poet Laureate and Poetry Director at the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, will be discussing Charmian Kittredge London’s home, the House of Happy Walls. Dunkle is the author of the forthcoming What Comes from Joy: Charmian Kittredge London, more than Jack’s Wife. Jack London House of Happy Walls Museum in Glen Ellen at 1 p.m.

Monday 11/12: Did you know Hunter S. Thompson fought corruption and fascism? Join Timothy Denevi as he discusses Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson’s Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism to learn more! The Booksmith in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Join Nicole Chung as she discusses her new memoir, All You Can Ever Know, with Daniel Mallory Ortberg. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 11/13: Christine S. O’Brien will be reading from her memoir Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing. The event will feature a lunch, book discussion, and Q&A. Orinda Books in Orinda at 11:30 a.m. ($12, tickets required).

Rick May, Wayne Goodman, Michael Alenyikov, Genanne Walsh, Gar McVey-Russell, Alvin Orloff, and Rob Rosen will be reading for another evening of Perfectly Queer. Dog Eared Books Castro in San Francisco at 7 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick is Sarah Stone’s Hungry Ghost Theater (WTAW Press, October 2018)! Don’t miss her reading at Book Passage in Corte Madera on 11/7.


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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 →