Notable San Francisco: 7/24–7/30


Wednesday 7/24: Peter Orner will be reading from his new collection of stories, Maggie Brown & Others. Orner will be joined in conversation by Oscar Villalon, Managing Editor at ZYZZYVA. The Bindery in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Kristen Arnett will be discussing her debut novel, Mostly Dead Things, with Esmé Weijun Wang (The Collected Schizophrenias). Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 7/25: Treat yourself to a literary luncheon with Obi Kaufmann as he discusses his new book, The State of Water. Orinda Books in Orinda at 11:30 a.m. ($25, ticket includes lunch and a copy of the book).

Friday 7/26: Small Press Distribution will be hosting another SPD Presents! Join Rita Bullwinkel (Belly Up), Chia-Lun Chang (One Day We Become Whites), and Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle (SIR) for a night of reading. Moe’s Books in Berkeley at 7 p.m.

Don’t miss this week’s Local Book Pick event! Sarah Rose Etter will be reading from her debut novel, The Book of X. She will be joined by Trisha Low (Socialist Realism) and Tommy Pico (Feed). The Bindery in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 7/27: Janet Finch, author of White Oleander, will be reading from her newest novel, Chimes of a Lost Cathedral. Copperfield’s Books in Calistoga at 7 p.m.

Sunday 7/28: Tucker Malarkey, author of the novels An Obvious Enchantment and Resurrection, will be discussing her first work of nonfiction, Stronghold. Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore in Berkeley at 3 p.m.

BAMPFA will be screening Clauda Llosa’s award-winning The Milk of Sorrow. BAMPFA in Berkeley at 4:30 p.m. ($5­–$13, tickets required). 

Tuesday 7/30: Celebrate the release of R. O. Kwon’s The Incendiaries in paperback! Kwon will be joined in conversation by C Pam Zhang. Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick is Sarah Rose Etter’s The Book of X, out now from Two Dollar Radio! Don’t miss her book launch at The Bindery on 7/26.


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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 →