Notable San Francisco: 6/19–6/25


Wednesday 6/19: To honor this year’s Juneteenth, head over to Liberate the Caged Voices to hear a conversation about what’s really going on in California’s prisons. Speaking at this event will be Terah Lawyer of Impact Justice’s Homecoming Project and Cara Cameron, a writer and formerly incarcerated community member. Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland at 7 p.m.

David Lukas will be reading from The Last Watchman of Old Cairo. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto at 7 p.m. ($10–$23, tickets required).

Thursday 6/20: Nicole Dennis-Benn will be reading from her newest novel, Patsy. She will be in conversation with Esmé Weijun Wang (The Collected Schizophrenias). Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Mary Laura Philpott will be reading from I Miss You When I Blink. Philpott will be in conversation with Nancy Davis Kho. A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland at 7 p.m.

This quarter’s Story is the Thing features Kate Folk, Julie Lythcott-Haims (How to Raise an Adult), Jaya Padmanabhan (Transactions of Belonging), Ari Rosenschein, Michael Shewmaker (Penumbra), and former Local Book Pick Sarah Stone (Hungry Ghost Theater). Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park at 7:30 p.m. ($12, tickets required).

Don’t miss the Fresh Meat Festival of Trans and Queer Performance! Taking place June 20–22, this festival features dance, theater, and live music. Z Space in San Francisco at 8 p.m. ($11–$55, tickets required).

Friday 6/21: Stephen Markley will be reading from Ohio. Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m.

Jennifer Weiner will be reading from Mrs. Everything. Rakestraw Books in Danville at 7 p.m. ($30, tickets required).

Saturday 6/22: Undocumented Consequences will explore the history of undocumented migration from Mexico to the United States, as well as the current landscape of mass deportation. This event will feature Beth C. Caldwell, author of Deported Americans: Life after Deportation to Mexico, and Ana Raquel Minian, author of Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration. Woman’s Building in San Francisco at 1:30 p.m.

Monday, 6/24: Louise Aronson will be discussing her newest book, Elderhood. Point Reyes Books in Point Reyes Station at 7 p.m.

Tuesday 6/25: As part of Berkeley Arts and Letters, Thom Hartmann will be discussing his new book, The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment. First Congregational Church in Berkeley at 7 p.m. ($7–$25, tickets required).

James Polchin will be reading from Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall. Copperfield’s Books in Santa Rosa at 7 p.m.

Rachel DeWoskin will be reading from her new novel, Banshee. The Bindery in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrated fantasy author Peter S. Beagle will be reading from his newest edited collection, The Unicorn Anthology. He will be joined in conversation by Meg Elison (The Book of Flora). Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park at 7:30 p.m. ($7–$25, tickets required).


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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 →