Notable San Francisco: 1/16–1/22


Wednesday 1/16: Tyler Green will be reading from Carleton Watkins: Making the West American, an exploration of the photographer’s life and work. Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m. (free for members, $15 for public).

UC Merced Professor Jessica Trounstine will be discussing her new book, Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities, an investigation into how local governments have enhanced the wealth of white property owners at the cost of people of color and the poor. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Edgar-nominated author Lyndsay Faye will be reading from her new historical thriller, The Paragon Hotel. Books Inc. in Alameda at 7 p.m.

Thursday 1/17: Don’t miss this week’s Local Book Pick event! UC Berkeley Professor Tony Platt will be launching his newest book, Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States. Books Inc. in Berkeley at 7 p.m.

Joshua Sperling will be reading from A Writer of Our Time: The Life and Work of John Berger. Sperling will be in conversation with Zoé Samudzi. E.M. Wolfman Bookstore in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Friday 1/18: Join Mark Schapiro as he reads from Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply. Schapiro’s book explores the struggle for seeds in the face of climate volatility. Copperfield’s Books in Sebastopol at 7 p.m.

Poets Austin Smith and Dora Malech will be reading from their books Flyover Country and Stet. East Bay Booksellers in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Hear David St. John (The Last Troubadour: Selected and New Poems) and Jane Mead (World of Made and Unmade) as they read from their poetry. Marin Poetry Center in San Rafael at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 1/19: Catherine Fallis, the fifth woman in the world to earn the title of Master Sommelier, will be reading from her how-to guide on wine, Ten Grapes to Know. Book Passage Ferry Building in San Francisco at 3 p.m.

Sunday 1/20: New York Times-bestselling author Evelyn Skye will be launching her latest book, Circle of Shadows. Skye will be in conversation with Dana Elmendorf (South of Sunshine). Kepler’s Books and Magazines in Menlo Park at 3 p.m. (free, RSVP required).

Architect Daniel Libeskind will be in conversation with the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s Executive Director, Lori Starr. Libeskind will be discussing his architectural practice as well as his newest book, Edge of Order. Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco at 3 p.m. ($8–$20, tickets required).

Monday 1/21: Dr. Wallace J. Nichols (Blue Mind) and Sarah Kornfeld (What Stella Sees) will be discussing water as medicine. The Bindery in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 1/22: Tessa Hadley will be reading from her newest book, Late in the Day. Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m.

B.J. Miller, a hospice and palliative care physician at UCSF will be in discussion with Pico Iyer on new ways to think about end of life. The Sydney Goldstein Theater (formerly Nourse Theater) in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick is Tony Platt’s Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States (St. Martin’s Press, January 2019)! Don’t miss his book launch at Books Inc. in Berkeley on 1/17.


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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 →