Notable San Francisco: 1/23–1/29


Wednesday 1/23: Join Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore as she reads from her new novel Sketchtasy, which charting the perils of queer world-making in the mid 1990s. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

An Xiao Mina will be discussing her new book, Memes to Movements: How the World’s Most Viral Media Is Changing Social Protest and Power. Mina will be in conversation with Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. The Bindery in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday,1/24: Audrey Harris and Matthew Gleeson, translators of Amparo Dávila’s The Houseguest: Fiction by Amparo Dávila, will be in conversation to celebrate the release of Dávila’s debut short story collection in English. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Randy Shaw, director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, will be reading from his new book, Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America. Books Inc. in Mountain View at 7 p.m.

Bestselling writer Meg Wolitzer, author most recently of The Female Persuasion, will be in conversation with New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik for City Arts and Lectures. The Sydney Goldstein Theater (formerly Nourse Theater) in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. ($29, tickets required).

Friday 1/25: Don’t miss this week’s Local Book Event! Claire Marie Stancek will be reading from Oil Spell, her newest collection of poems. She will be joined by poets Alexandra Mattraw, author of small siren, and 최Lindsay. East Bay Booksellers in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Join Karen Thompson Walker as she reads from her newest novel, The Dreamers. Rakestraw Books in Danville at 7 p.m.

Saturday, 1/26: Join over twenty YA writers for the fourth-annual Young Adult Novelist Convention! This free event will showcase new, notable, and award-winning YA novelists. Millbrae Library in Millbrae from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Marilyn Campbell, author of Trains to Concordia and A Train to Nowhere, will be signing both of her books at the Napa Bookmine in the Oxbow Public Market. Napa Bookmine @ Oxbow in Napa at 1 p.m.

Sunday 1/27: Earik Beann will be meeting readers and signing copies of Pointe Patrol: How Nine People (and a Dog) Saved Their Neighborhood from One of the Most Destructive Fires in California’s History. Some of the proceeds from this event will benefit fire victims and the families of fallen first responders. Copperfield’s Books in Santa Rosa at 1:30 p.m.

Former Local Book Pick Sarah Stone will be reading from Hungry Ghost Theater. Stone will be in conversation with Sylvia Brownrigg (Pages for Her). Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore in Berkeley at 3 p.m.

Monday 1/28: Madhuri Vijay will be reading from her first novel, The Far Field. Vijay will be in conversation with Anthony Marra (A Constellation of Vital Phenomena). Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m.

MacArthur Genius fellow Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts) will be reading as part of the Stanford University Creative Writing Program’s Lane Lecture Series. Hauck Auditorium (Traitel Building) at Stanford University at 8 p.m.

Tuesday 1/29: Sam Lipsyte will be reading from his new novel, Hark. The Bindery in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Join Sarah McColl as she reads from her new memoir, Joy Enough. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick(s) are Claire Marie Stancek’s Oil Spell (Omnidawn) and Alexandra Mattraw’s small siren (The Cultural Society). Don’t miss their reading with 최Lindsay at East Bay Booksellers on 1/25!


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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 →