Notable San Francisco: 3/13–3/19


Wednesday 3/13: Head over to Vallejo for the book launch of Verses, Voices, and Visions of Vallejo. John F. Kennedy Library (Joseph Room) in Vallejo at 6:30 p.m.

Mesha Maren will be reading from her debut novel, Sugar Run. Books Inc. in Alameda at 7 p.m.

Don’t miss this week’s Notable SF Local Book Pick event! Multi-genre artist and Whiting Award winner Brontez Purnell will be reading from his first children’s book, The Nightlife of Jacuzzi Gaskett. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 3/14: Sophia Shalmiyev will be reading from Mother Winter, her debut memoir. Shalmiyev will be in conversation with Lydia Kiesling (The Golden State). E.M. Wolfman Bookstore in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Head over to Why There Are Words for “Witness.” Join Tim Fitts (Go Home and Cry for Yourselves), Stephen D. Gutierrez (The Mexican Man in His Backyard), Susan Hayden (Cat Stevens Saved My Life), Keenan Norris (By the Lemon Tree), Soma Mei Sheng Frazier (Don’t Give Up on Alan Greenspan), and Tracy Winn (Mrs. Somebody Somebody) for a night of readings. Studio 333 in Sausalito at 7 p.m.

Matthew O. Jackson, economics professor at Stanford University, will be reading from The Human Network: How Your Social Position Determines Your Power, Beliefs, and Behaviors. Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m.

Friday 3/15: The UCB Retirement Center and Ashby Village will be hosting Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. Clark Kerr Campus (Krutch Theater) in Berkeley at 1 p.m. (free, registration required).

Cantíl, a Bay Area reading series for poets of color, will be featuring readings from Bahaar Ahsan, Leena Joshi, and Aditi Machado (Some Beheadings). Moe’s Books in Berkeley at 7 p.m.

Saturday 3/16: Helen Oyeyemi will be reading from her newest book, Gingerbread. She will be joined in conversation by Esmé Weijun Wang (The Collected Schizophrenias). East Bay Booksellers in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Sunday 3/17: Celebrated poet, cofounder of City Lights Booksellers, and Bay Area literary treasure Lawrence Ferlinghetti will be turning one hundred this year! In honor of his birthday, the San Francisco Public library will be hosting a reading. Poets Jack Hirschman, Aggie Falk-Hirschman, Janice Mirikatani, devorah major, Ginny Lim, Kim Shuck, Alejandro Murgia, Linda Noel, Dean Rader, and Tongo Eisen-Martin will be reading some of their favorite Ferlinghetti poems. San Francisco Public Library (Koret Auditorium) in San Francisco at 1 p.m.

Monday 3/18: Salvatore Scibona will be reading from The Volunteer. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Mark Doten will be reading from his newest book, Trump Sky Alpha. The Bindery in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 3/19: Booker Prize-winning author Paul Beatty (The Sellout) will be reading as part of the Center for Literary Arts of San José’s headlining event. Beatty’s reading will be followed by a conversation with SJSU professor William Armaline. Hammer Theatre Center in San José at 7 p.m.

Jacob Tobia will be reading from their first book, Sissy: A Coming-Of-Gender Story. The Bindery in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Richard Chiem will be reading from his debut novel, King of Joy. Chiem will be joined in conversation by Sarah Rose Etter. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick is Brontez Purnell’s The Nightlife of Jacuzzi Gaskett (Dottir Press, January 2019)! Don’t miss his reading at Green Apple Books on the Park on 3/13.


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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 →