Notable San Francisco: 3/20–3/26


Wednesday 3/20: San Francisco State University’s Poetry Center will be hosting a night of prose! Join R. O. Kwon (The Incendiaries) and Nona Caspers (The Fifth Woman) for a night of reading and discussion. The Poetry Center (HUM 512, San Francisco State University) in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Jamil Jan Kochai will be discussing his new novel, 99 Nights in Logar, with Elaine Castillo (America Is Not the Heart). Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

The Rumpus’s Senior Features Editor Christine H. Lee (Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember), will be reading as part of St. Mary’s College’s Creative Writing Reading Series. De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge (St. Mary’s College) in Moraga at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 3/21: Don’t miss out on more Ferlinghetti celebrations for his 100th birthday! Join City Lights for the publication of Little Boy, his new novel. The night will feature readings by Maxine Hong Kingston, Michael Krasny, Armistead Maupin, Joyce Carol Oates, Julien Poirier, Andrew Sean Greer, and Shobha Rao. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Celebrated poet Lynn Emanuel (The Nerve of It) will be reading alongside Troy Jollimore (Syllabus of Errors). Marin Poetry Center in San Rafael at 7:30 p.m.

Swiss writer Dana Grigorcea will be reading from her new novel An Instinctive Feeling of Innocence. Grigorcea will be joined by her translator, Alta L. Price, as well as Sarah Rose Etter. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Friday 3/22: Brian Fies will be reading from A Fire Story, his graphic novel about the 2017 October wildfires in Northern California. Copperfield’s Books in Sebastopol at 7 p.m.

Andrea Abi-Karam will be reading from their new poetry collection, Extratransmission. Abi-Karam will be joined by Leila Weefur and Andrea Marina. East Bay Booksellers in Oakland at 7 p.m

Saturday 3/23: Kurt Eichenwald will be reading from his memoir, A Mind Unraveled. Book Passage in Corte Madera at 11 a.m.

Sunday 3/24: Dwayne Newton and Jon Obermeyer will be reading from Siren Call SF, their multi-genre art book celebrating San Francisco landscapes and streetscapes. The Bindery in San Francisco at 4 p.m.

Monday 3/25: Jenny Brown will be reading from her newest book, Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight over Women’s Work. Moe’s Books in Berkeley at 7 p.m.

Cory Doctorow will be discussion his new book, Radicalized: Four Tales of Our Present Moment. Doctorow will be joined in conversation by Richard Kadrey (Sandman Slim) for this Berkeley Arts & Letters event. The Hillside Club in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m. ($12–$48, tickets required).

Tuesday 3/26: Don’t miss this week’s Local Book Pick event! UC Berkeley professor and Caine Prize-winning writer Namwali Serpell will be reading from her debut novel, The Old Drift. Serpell will be joined in conversation by Michelle Quint (The Defiant). The Bindery in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Ashley M. Jones will be reading from her new poetry collection, dark // thing. She will be joined by Tongo Eisen-Martin (Heaven Is All Goodbyes), Monica Sok, and Yaccaira Salvatierra. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick is Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift (Hogarth, March 26, 2019)! Don’t miss her book launch at The Bindery on 3/26.


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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 →