Notable San Francisco: 2/13–2/19


Wednesday 2/13: Reema Zaman will be reading from I Am Yours, her debut memoir that Cheryl Strayed called, “Tender, fierce, compassionate, and wise.” Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Support 826 Valencia with Drinking with Lonely Writers! Join Dave Eggers (The Monk of Mokha), Andrew Sean Greer (Less), R. O. Kwon (The Incendiaries), Juliana Delgado Lopera (Quiéreme), Sarah Ladipo Manyika (Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun), and Dashka Slater (The 57 Bus). 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center in San Francisco at 6 p.m. ($50, tickets required).

Don Cox’s account of his time in the Black Panther Party, Just Another Nigger: My Life in the Black Panther Party, will be presented by his daughter Kimberley Marshall and Steve Wasserman, executive editor and publisher at Heyday. Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m. ($15, tickets required).

Thursday 2/14: Don’t miss this week’s Local Book Pick event! Why There Are Words—a small-press publisher and an events series—presents Somewhere Else. Join former Local Book Pick Anita Felicelli (Love Songs for a Lost Continent), Ksenia Lakovic, Julayne Lee (Not My White Savior), former Local Book Pick Micah Perks (True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape), Robert Rorke (Car Trouble), and Christy Stillwell (The Wolf Tone) for a night of readings! Studio 333 in Sausalito at 7 p.m.

Jenny Odell will be speaking on “Excavating Calabazas Creek” and Livia Foldes will be speaking on “The Haunted Cloud” at this month’s PLACE TALKS at the Prelinger Library. Prelinger Library in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Friday 2/15: Poet Steve Benson (Open Clothes) will be in conversation with Eddie Hopely as part of the SPD Presents series. Moe’s Books in Berkeley at 7 p.m.

Saturday 2/16: Yasmin Khan will be reading from Zaitoun: Recipes from the Palestinian Kitchen. Book Passage Ferry Building in San Francisco at 1 p.m.

Poet Michelle Brittan Rosado will be launching her debut collection of poems, Why Can’t It Be Tenderness. Rosado will be joined by Heather June Gibbons (Her Mouth As Souvenir), Barbara Jane Reyes (Invocation to Daughters), and Randall Mann (Proprietary). Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday 2/17: Stephanie Land will be reading from Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive. Book Passage in Corte Madera at 1 p.m.

Monday 2/18: Angie Thomas, the bestselling author of The Hate U Give, will be reading from her new novel On the Come Up. Thomas will be joined in conversation by MK Asante. Oakland Technical High School Auditorium in Oakland at 3 p.m. ($25, tickets required). 

New York Times bestselling author Jill Santopolo will be reading from her new novel, More Than Words. A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Tuesday 2/19: David Marriott, professor in the History of Consciousness Department at UCSC, will be reading from Duppies, his new poetry collection. Mills Hall Living Room at Mills College in Oakland at 5:30 p.m. 

Ayesha Harruna Attah will be reading from her new novel, The Hundred Wells of Salaga. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Marlon James will be reading from Black Leopard, Red Wolf as part of City Arts and Lectures. James will be in conversation will Jeff Chang. Sydney Goldstein Theater (formerly Nourse Theater) in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. ($29, tickets required).

Dani Shapiro will be reading from her memoir Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love. Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: Have you heard of Why There Are Words Press? This non-profit publisher was founded by Peg Alford Pursell, who also leads the Why There Are Words reading series.

The Local Book Pick seeks to support local publishers in addition to local writers. In that spirit, this week’s Local Book Pick is WTAW Press! Don’t miss the Why There Are Words reading in Sausalito on 2/14!


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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 →