Notable San Francisco: 12/5–12/11


Happy Hanukkah from Notable SF! 

Wednesday 12/5: Wildlife Conservation Society conservation scientist Lauren E. Oakes will be reading from In Search of the Canary Tree, a story of finding resilience and a diverse community of people forging new relationships with the environment in Alaska. Book Passage Ferry Building in San Francisco at 6 p.m.

Love Cy Twombly’s artwork? Joshua Rivkin will be discussing his new Twombly biography, Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly. Rivkin will be joined by R. O. Kwon (The Incendiaries). Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 12/6: Don’t miss a chance to hear Chaya Bhuvaneswar read from her award-winning short story collection, White Dancing Elephants. Bhuvaneswar will be in conversation with Louise Aronson. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Join Austin Smith as he reads from his new collection of poems, Flyover Country. Smith will be joined by Forrest Gander. Point Reyes Books in Point Reyes Station at 7 p.m.

Friday 12/7: The Ruby will be hosting a coed Giant Joint Book-Release Party! Come toast Bay Area authors. Featured will be two Notable SF Local Book Picks: Mia Ayumi Malhotra (Isako Isako) and Anita Felicelli (Love Songs for a Lost Continent). Other authors include Maggie Hoffman (The One-Bottle Cocktail), Rachel Levin (Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds), Jill Diamond (Lou Lou & Pea and the Bicentennial Bonanza), Jennifer S. Cheng (Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems), Rita Bullwinkel (Belly Up), R .O. Kwon (The Incendiaries), Georgia Freedman (Cooking South of the Clouds), Caroline Paul (You Are Mighty), and Carey Jones (Be Your Own Bartender). The Ruby in San Francisco at 7 p.m. (free for members, $10 for general admission).

Jamie Townsend will be reading from their new chapbook, Pyramid Song. Townsend will be joined by Lauren Levin (Justice Piece // Transmission) and Lourdes Figueroa. Moe’s Books in Berkeley at 7 p.m.

Saturday 12/8: Ring in the season with Krampusnacht. Costumes are encouraged and if enough people show up, there may even be a Krampaslauf (Krampus run) through the streets of Petaluma! Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma at 7 p.m.

Krampas not your thing? Perhaps you might enjoy a night of Advent and Christmas readings and music inspired by the Lessons and Carols service at King’s College. Stanford Memorial Church in Stanford at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday 12/9: Featuring Gerhard Richter, Jeff Koons, and Njideka Akunyii Crosby, The Price of Everything explores the relationship between art and money. Director Nathaniel Kahn will be in attendance at this screening. BAMPFA in Berkeley at 1 p.m.

Head over to Alley Cat Books for an afternoon of drum, percussion, and rumba! Alley Cat Books in San Francisco at 2 p.m.

Monday 12/10: Join Tom Barbash and Mrs. Dalloway’s bookstore for an offsite party celebrating Barbash’s The Dakota Winters. Baker & Commons in Berkeley at 7 p.m.

Tuesday 12/11: Don’t miss this week’s Local Book Pick event! Roman Muradov will be reading from Vanishing Act, his wonderful collection of interconnected and keenly illustrated stories. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Emily Yoon, sam sax, and Monica Sok will be reading their newest poems. Yoon will be reading from A Cruelty Special to our Species and sam sax will be reading from bury it. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick is Roman Muradov’s Vanishing Act (Fantagraphics, November 13, 2018)! Don’t miss his reading at City Lights on 12/11.


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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 →