Notable San Francisco: 11/28–12/4


Wednesday 11/28: Tired of high childcare costs, harsh employment policies, no paid family leave, and no dependable working hours? Alissa Quart will be discussing Squeezed, her book of close-up reporting on the economics of parenting in America. Book Passage Ferry Building in San Francisco at 6 p.m.

Kevin Killian, a leading proponent of the New Narrative movement, will be reading from Fascination: Memoirs, a memoir of gay life in 1970s Long Island. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Thursday 11/29: Did you miss last week’s Local Book Pick Event? Head over to City Lights to hear Eric Karpeles discuss Almost Nothing: The 20th Century Art and Life of Josef Czapski. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Head over to Moe’s for a Very Unmerry Pre-Solstice Reading! TAYO Literary Magazine Associate Editor Janice Lobo Sapigao (like solid to a shadow), Lambda Award-winning Diana Cage (Lesbian Sex Bible), and UC Berkeley doctoral student in African American and African Diaspora Studies Jamal Batts will be reading. Moe’s Books in Berkeley at 7 p.m.

Friday 11/30: Don’t miss this week’s Local Book Pick! May-lee Chai will be reading from Useful Phrases for Immigrants. She will be joined by National Book Award finalist Jamel Brinkley (A Lucky Man). Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Former Livermore Poet Laureate Charan Sue Wollard will be reading from her newest poetry collection, The Magician’s Wife. Towne Center Books in Pleasanton at 7 p.m.

Saturday 12/1: Join the Babylon Salon for their winter reading! Hear from Vanessa Hua (A River of Stars), Beth Winegarner (Tenacity), Heather June Gibbons (Her Mouth as Souvenir), Sara Mumolo (Day Counter), and Christine O’Brien (Crave). The Armory Club in San Francisco at 6 p.m.

Join Princeton University assistant professor of African-American Studies Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Anti-Police Terror Project cofounder Cat Brooks, and UCSF doctoral candidate Zoé Samudzi (As Black as Resistance) for a conversation on Black feminism, politics, and liberation. First Congregational Church of Oakland in Oakland at 7 p.m. ($5–$10, sliding scale).

Sunday 12/2: Don’t miss this year’s Howard Zinn Book Fair! This year’s theme is “Fighting for the air we breathe.” City College of San Francisco Mission Campus in San Francisco from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Monday 12/3: Tom Barbash will be reading from his newest book, The Dakota Winters. Barbash will be in conversation with Dave Eggers. Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m.

Nadine Burke Harris will be in town for City Arts and Lectures! Dr. Harris is a leading expert in how childhood trauma and toxic stress affect health and longevity. She is also the author of The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity. Dr. Harris will be in conversation with Indre Viskontas. Nourse Theater in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. ($29, tickets required).

Tuesday 12/4: Head over to Mrs. Dalloway’s for their annual reading of Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.” There will be fruitcake and cheer! Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m.

Jane Kim and Thayer Walker will be discussing their new book, The Wall of Birds: One Planet, 243 Families, 375 Million Years. Come celebrate the diversity and evolution of birds! Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick is May-lee Chai’s Useful Phrases for Immigrants (Blair, October 23, 2018)! Don’t miss her reading at Green Apple Books on the Park with Jamel Brinkley on November 30 at 7:30 p.m.


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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 →