Notable San Francisco: 4/3–4/9


Wednesday 4/3: Have lunch with last week’s Local Book Pick author! Meredith May will be reading from The Honey Bus at this literary luncheon. Orinda Books in Orinda at 11:30 a.m. ($20, tickets required).

Join poet Zack Rogow and bestselling novelist Jasmin Darznik for a night of reading. Rogow will be reading from Irreverent Litanies, his new poetry collection, and Darznik will be reading from Song of a Captive Bird. Mechanics’ Institute Library at 6 p.m. ($15, tickets required).

Lynn Breedlove will be reading from his new book, 45 Thought Crimes. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Thursday 4/4: Elizabeth Jay Friedman will be discussing her new edited collection, Seeking Rights from the Left: Gender, Sexuality and the Latin American Pink Tide. She will be joined by C.S. Soong. East Bay Booksellers in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Jennifer duBois will be reading from her new novel, The Spectators. She will be joined in conversation by Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans. The Bindery in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Don’t miss this week’s Local Book Pick Event! Two narrators, Gabriel and Solidad, from Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America will be reading alongside the book’s editors, Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman. Pegasus Books Downtown in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m.

Friday 4/5: W. Thomas Boyce will be reading from The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive. First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley in Berkeley at 6:30 p.m.

Dave Eggers will be reading from The Parade, his newest novel. Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m.

Erica Lagalisse will be reading from her new book, Occult Features of Anarchism, in conversation with Andrej Grubačić. Pegasus Books Downtown in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 4/6: Don’t miss the Vallejo Poetry Month Celebration! Reading at this year’s event will be Paul Corman-Roberts (19th Street Station), Aqueila Ross (Stop Hurting and Dance), Benicia Poet Laureate Tom Stanton, Former Fairfield Poet Laureate Juanita Martin (The Lighthouse Beckons), and Vallejo Poet Laureate D.L. Lang. JFK Library in Vallejo at 2 p.m.

Sunday 4/7: Join Aatif Rashid as he reads from his debut novel, Portrait of Sebastian Khan. Green Apple Books (Clement St.) in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast and New Yorker writer Patricia Marx will be reading and discussing their new book, Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?. Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa at 3 p.m. ($30, tickets required).

The Bay Area Book Festival will be welcoming Rachel Cusk for a Women Lit event. Cusk will be discussing Kudos, the final novel in the Outline trilogy. Cusk will be interviewed by Brooke Warner, publisher at She Writes Press. David Brower Center in Berkeley at 4:30 p.m. ($15–$25, tickets required).

Monday 4/8: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will be discussing her acclaimed book, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Food writer and critic Ruth Reichl will be discussing her latest book, Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir. Reichl will joined by the San Francisco Chronicle’s newest restraint critic, Soleil Ho. Osher Marin JCC Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts in San Rafael at 7:30 p.m. ($40–$55, tickets required).

Tuesday 4/9: Rachel Howard will be reading from her new novel, The Risk of Us. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Poet Michael Brownstein will be reading from his newest collection, Let’s Burn the Flags of All Nations. Brownstein will be joined by poet Julien Poirier (Out of Print). Moe’s Books in Berkeley at 7 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick is Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America (Haymarket Books, April 16, 2019)! Don’t miss the book’s launch and reading at Pegasus Books in Berkeley on April 4th.


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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 →