Notable San Francisco: 6/26–7/2


Wednesday 6/26: Dr. Shaili Jain—psychiatrist, PTSD specialist, and Medical Director for Integrated care at the Palo Alto VA—will be discussing her latest book The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Front Lines of PTSD. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto at 7 p.m. ($18–$30, tickets required).

Taffy Brodesser-Akner will be reading from her debut novel, Fleishman Is in Trouble. She will be joined in conversation by Elizabeth Weil (The Girl Who Smiled Beads). The Bindery in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 6/27: Join David Rothenberg and Elliot Sharp as they discuss their latest books: Nightingales in Berlin: Searching for the Perfect Sound and IrRational Music. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Bobby Hundreds will be discussing his new book, This is Not a T-Shirt: A Brand, a Culture, a Community—a Life in Streetwear. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Friday 6/28: Akemi Johnson will be reading from Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa. Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m.

Saturday 6/29: Join Giovanna Capone, Elana Dykewomon, Lois Helmbold, Bev Jo, Lenn Keller, and Dr. Bonnie Morris for Queer Words’ Dispatches from Lesbian America. Dimond Library in Oakland at 2 p.m.

Head over to Berkeley for a screening of Don’t Look Back, Pennebaker and Leacock’s 1965 portrait of Bob Dylan. BAMPFA in Berkeley at 6 p.m. ($5–$13, tickets required).

Monday 7/1: It’s Poetry Times Three at Odd Mondays! Join James Cagney (Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory), Natasha Dennerstein (Turn and Face the Strange), and David Hathwell (Between Dog and Wolf) for a night of readings. Folio Books in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Tuesday 7/2: Barbara Bourland will be reading from her second novel, Fake Like Me. She will be joined in conversation by Colin Winnette (The Job of the Wasp). The Booksmith in San Francisco at 7:30 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 or on Twitter @nishbatsha. More from this author →