Notable San Francisco: 4/17–4/23

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Wednesday 4/17: Oliver Nachtwey will be discussing his latest book, Germany’s Hidden Crisis: Social Decline in the Heart of Europe. Nachtwey will be in conversation with Adrian Daub. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Join Erica Jong and Kim Dower for a joint reading! Jong and Dower will be reading from their latest collections, The World Began with Yes and Sunbathing on Tyrone Power’s Grave. Books Inc. in Berkeley at 7 p.m.

Thursday 4/18: Daniel Gumbiner will be reading from his debut novel The Boatbuilder. Gumbiner will be in conversation with Kevin Smokler. Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m.

Lydia Fitzpatrick will be reading from her debut novel, Lights All Night Long. Fitzpatrick will be in conversation with Anthony Marra (The Tasr of Love and Techno). Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

T.C. Boyle will be reading from his latest novel, Outside Looking In. Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m.

Friday 4/19: Darius James, author of Negrophobia: An Urban Parable and Haitian electronic musician Val Jeanty will be premiering the collaborative performance project. This event is presented in part by The Poetry Center at SFSU. The Lab in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Mieke Eerkens will be reading from her debut book, All Ships Follow Me: A Family Memoir of War Across Three Continents. Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m.

Don’t miss this reading by the finalists of Oakland Youth Poet Laureate! Pegasus Books in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Don’t miss this year’s Sonoma Writers’ Festival! The Festival kicks off with a reading from Brian Teare (Doomstead Days) and Amy Leach (Things That Are). Green Music Center, Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park at 7 p.m. ($25–$75, tickets required).

Saturday 4/20: The Sonoma Writers’ Festival continues! Saturday features workshops by Amy Leach, Brian Teare, Julie Carr, and Juvenal Acosta. There will also be a reading by Juvenal Acosta and Julie Carr. Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park from 9:30 a.m onwards ($25–$75, tickets required). 

As part of the SFFILM Festival, BAMPFA will be screening Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’s documentary, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am. BAMPFA in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m

Sunday 4/21: Small Press Traffic will be hosting a reading with Ariel Goldberg (The Estrangement Principle), Lara Durback (A Lizard, a Smashed Safe, and a Pillow), and Claire Grossman. Artists’ Television Access in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Monday 4/22: Nathaniel Rich will be discussing his latest book, Losing Earth: A Recent History for Berkeley Arts and Letters. Rich will be in conversation with Mark Danner. First Congregational Church in Berkeley at 7 p.m. ($7–$45, tickets required).

Brian Teare will be reading from Doomstead Days. Teare will be in conversation with Brenda Hillman. Point Reyes Books in Point Reyes Station at 7 p.m.

Tuesday 4/23: Allie Larkin will be reading from her newest novel, Swimming for Sunlight. Books Inc. in the Marina in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

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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 nishantbatsha.com or on Twitter @nishbatsha. More from this author →