Notable San Francisco: 2/20–2/26


Wednesday 2/20: Head over to Lyrics & Dirges, a reading series spotlighting the diverse literary community of the Bay Area. This month will feature Jenny Qi, Tony Aldarondo, Heather June Gibbons (Her Mouth as Souvenir), James Cagney (Black Steel Magnolias), and Yaccaira Salvatierra. Pegasus Books Downtown in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m.

Alan Brennert, author of Moloka’i, will be reading from the much-anticipated sequel, Daughter of Moloka’i. Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 2/21: Chloe Aridjis will be reading from her Sea Monsters, her new novel. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Susan Crawford will be discussing her new book, Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution and Why America Might Miss It. Crawford will be in conversation with Peter Rubin of WIRED. Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m. ($15, tickets required).

Join Jeanne Althouse, Jamel Brinkley (A Lucky Man), Tsun Yuan Chen, Andrea Donderi, David Wystan Owen (Other People’s Love Affairs), and former Local Book Pick Kathy Wang (Family Trust) for a night of readings as part of the Story Is the Thing reading series. Kepler’s Books and Magazines in Menlo Park at 7:30 p.m. ($12, tickets required).

Friday 2/22: New York Times bestselling author Katy Butler will be discussing her new book, The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life. Books Inc. Opera Plaza in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

THERE is back for their 28th show! Join poet MK Chavez (Dear Animal), Faith Adiele (Meeting Faith), and Reyna Grande (A Dream Called Home) for a night of readings. The Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Saturday 2/23: Terry Gamble will be reading from The Eulogist. Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma at 7 p.m.

Adrian Harte will be reading from Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More. Joining Harte will be Faith No More member Bill Gould. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday 2/24: Come meet Chinese writers from the Bay Area as they discuss their books, writing journeys, and why they write. Please note that this event will be conducted in Mandarin. San Francisco Public Library Latino/Hispanic Rooms A&B in San Francisco at 1 p.m.

FiveThirtyEight science writer Christie Aschwanden will be reading from Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery. She will be joined by triathlete and trainer Matt Dixon. The Bindery in San Francisco at 4 p.m.

Monday 2/25: Curious about climate change in the Arctic? Learn about Antarctica in fact and fiction. Join Erika Atkinson (Frozen Stillness), Lucy Jane Bledsoe (Lava Falls and The Evolution of Love), and Kurt Cuffey (The Physics of Glaciers). Folio Books in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Eleven Eleven, California College of the Art’s journal of literature and art, will be hosting an evening of poetry readings. Join Kevin Killian (Spreadeagle), Tonya M. Foster (A Swarm of Bees in High Court),  Tongo Eisen-Martin (Heaven Is All Goodbyes), and Dodie Bellamy (Writers Who Love Too Much). Moe’s Books in Berkeley at 7 p.m.

Tommy Orange (There There) will be reading as part of City Arts & Lectures. Sydney Goldstein Theater (formerly Nourse Theater) in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. ($29, tickets required).

Tuesday 2/26: Mikhail Iossel will be reading from Notes from Cyberground: Trumpland and My Old Soviet Feeling. Iossel will be in conversation with Matthew Zapruder. East Bay Booksellers in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Don’t miss this week’s Local Book Pick event! Charlie Jane Anders will be reading from her latest novel, The City in the Middle of the Night. Anders is not only a Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award-winning writer, but also the host of Writers with Drinks in San Francisco! Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park at 7:30 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick is Charlie Jane Anders’s The City in the Middle of the Night (Tor Books, February 12, 2019)! Don’t miss her reading at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park on 2/26.


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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 →