Notable San Francisco: 1/9–1/15

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Wednesday 1/9: Gigi Pandian, bestselling author of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mysteries, will be reading from her newest book, The Accidental Alchemist. Book Passage Ferry Building in San Francisco at 6 p.m.

Are you a writer dreading doing readings or interviews? Join the Bay Area Authors Guild member Sheila Murray Bethel to learn more about public speaking for authors. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Thursday 1/10: Why There Are Words will be hosting their 9th anniversary! Join Notable SF columnist Nishant Batsha, as well as Jack Boulware (Gimmie Something Better), Lydia Kiesling (The Golden State), Dickson Lam (Paper Sons: A Memoir), Huda Al-Marashi (First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story), Caille Millner (The Golden Road: Notes on My Gentrification), Nayomi Munaweera (What Lies Between Us), and Jeremy Michael Vasquez (Unshackled) for a night of readings! Studio 333 in Sausalito at 7 p.m. ($10 at the door).

Megan McDowell will be discussing her translation of Samantha Schweblin’s Mouthful of Birds. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Friday 1/11: Jeff Tweedy, frontman of Wilco and author of the memoir Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back), will be in conversation with George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo) for City Arts and Lectures. The Sydney Goldstein Theater (formerly Nourse Theater) in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. ($35, tickets required).

Head over to Berkeley for a screening of Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, a portrait of how modern society crushes individuals in the gears of impotent bureaucracies. BAMPFA in Berkeley at 7 p.m. ($5–$13, tickets required).

Saturday 1/12: Foglifter, San Francisco’s queer literary journal, will be releasing their newest issue! Join Vianney Casas, Rebecca Chekouras, Madeline Gobbo, Michal MJ Jones, Kirin Khan, and Natalia M Vigil for a night of readings. Strut in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

It’s time for another Writers with Drinks! This evening will feature readings from Colin Winnette (The Job of the Wasp), Simon Sheppard (Hotter Than Hell), Izzy Oneiric (From the Bombshell Shelter), René Vaz (The Planet of the Dead), Arwen Elys Dayton (Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful), and John Briscoe (Crush: The Triumph of California Wine). The Make Out Room in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. ($5–$20 at the door).

Sunday 1/13: Join former Notable SF Local Book Pick Lara Bazelon as she discusses Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction with James Bell. The Mesa Refuge in Point Reyes Station at 2 p.m. ($20 suggested donation at the door).

Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali will be speaking about the bestselling Monk of Mokha. Petaluma Veterans Building in Petaluma at 3 p.m.

Monday 1/14: Join Jenn Stroud Rossmann as she reads from her witty and engaging debut novel, The Place You’re Supposed to Laugh. Books Inc. in the Marina in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Tuesday 1/15: Norma Cole and Forrest Gander will be discussing and reading the work of Raúl Zurita, one of Chile—and Latin America’s—most celebrated poets. This night is in celebration of Zurita’s newly translated INRI. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Don’t miss this week’s Local Book Pick event! Keith A. Spencer will be reading from A People’s History of Silicon Valley, a history of “the people exploited, displaced, and made obsolete by the tech industry.” The Bindery in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Brittany Ackerman will be reading from her new memoir, The Perpetual Motion Machine. Ackerman will be in conversation with Francesca Bell. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

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LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick is Keith A. Spencer’s A People’s History of Silicon Valley (Eyewear Publishing, September 2018)! Don’t miss his reading at The Bindery on 1/15.

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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 nishantbatsha.com or on Twitter @nishbatsha. More from this author →