Notable San Francisco: 2/27–3/5


Wednesday 2/27: Don’t miss this week’s Local Book Pick event! Yangsze Choo will be reading from her bestselling book, The Night Tiger. Book Passage Ferry Building in San Francisco at 6 p.m.

Rebecca Solnit will be discussing her latest book, Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) with Astra Taylor. Sydney Goldstein Theater (formerly Nourse Theater) in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. ($29, tickets required).

Berkeley Arts & Letters will be hosting a panel discussion from three of the contributors of Possible Minds: Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI. Join 3DRobotics cofounder and CEO Chris Anderson, UC Berkeley professor Anca Dragan, and historian of science and technology George Dyson for a night of conversation. Hillside Club in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m. ($12–$20, tickets required).

Thursday 2/28: Join former Local Book Pick Sarah Stone (Hungry Ghost Theater) at “Shape,” The Racket’s 27th edition of their reading series. Joining Sarah will be Brittany Ackerman (The Perpetual Motion Machine), Hadas Goshen, Laura Freymiller, James Cagney (Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory), Kar Johnson, Matt Carney, and Michelle Schlachta for a night of readings. Adobe Books in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Novelist Nayomi Munaweera (What Lies Between Us) will be reading from her latest work as part of the Center For Literary Arts San José reading series. Library Room 225 at the SJSU MLK Library in San José at 7 p.m.

Head over to the Prelinger Library for the final reading of The Encyclopedia Project, a literary and visual experience in three volumes. Readers include Mary Burger, Sarah Fontaine, Jason Jimenez, San Labrador y Manzano, Katie Aymar, Clare Lilliston, Christian Nagler, Ron Drummond, and Miranda Mellis. The Prelinger Library in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Friday 3/1: Valeria Luiselli will be reading from her newest book, Lost Children Archive. Point Reyes Books in Point Reyes Station at 7 p.m.

Alec West will be reading from his debut book, What Happened When I Stopped Watching TV. The evening will also feature readings by Philip Staley, Lena Nicodemus, and Joseph Kim. E.M. Wolfman General Interest Bookstore in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Saturday 3/2: Join Rick Steves as he reads from Travel as a Political Act. Book Passage in Corte Madera at 10 a.m. ($23, tickets required).

It’s time for another Babylon Salon! This quarter’s reading features Joe Loya (The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber), Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (A Kind of Freedom), former Local Book Pick Sarah Stone (Hungry Ghost Theater), Maw Shein Win (Invisible Gifts), and Irving Ruan. The Armory Club in San Francisco at 6 p.m.

Sunday 3/3: Join writer, curator, and public scholar Christian L. Frock for a reading and discussion on how to foster inclusion in public life. BAMPFA in Berkeley at 2 p.m.

Poets Keith Emmons (Moondrifter Reverie) and Lisa Rosenberg (A Different Physics) will be reading as part of the Poetry Flash series. East Bay Booksellers in Oakland at 3 p.m.

Monday 3/4: Morgan Parker will be reading from her new poetry collection, Magical Negro. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Elinor Lipman will be reading from her newest novel, Good Riddance. Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 3/5: Theoretical physicist, speaker, and musician Sky Nelson-Isaacs will be reading from Living in Flow: The Science of Synchronicity and How Your Choices Shape Your World. Books Inc. in Berkeley at 7 p.m.

Eva Hagberg Fisher will be reading from her debut book, How to Be Loved: A Memoir of Lifesaving Friendship. Fisher will be joined in conversation by Tabitha Soren. The Booksmith in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick is Yangsze Choo’s The Night Tiger (Flatiron Books, February 12th, 2019)! Don’t miss her reading at Book Passage Ferry Building in San Francisco on 2/27.


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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 →