Notable San Francisco: 7/31–8/6


Wednesday 7/31: Former Local Book Pick Sarah Rose Etter will be reading from The Book of X, her debut novel. She will be joined in conversation by Rita Bullwinkel (Belly Up). Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

William McKeever will be discussing Emperors of the Deep: Sharks—The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians. He will be in conversation with David Pinsky, San Francisco oceans campaigner for Greenpeace. Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m.

Thursday 8/1: Former Local Book Pick Peg Alford Pursell will be reading from A Girl Goes Into the Forest. She will be joined in conversation by Jane Ciabattari. Copperfield’s Books in Santa Rosa at 7 p.m.

The Believer will be hosting a night of readings from past contributors. The night’s readers include Jeff Chang (We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation), Anisse Gross, Jesse Nathan, Steve Silberman (NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity), and Esmé Weijun Wang (The Collected Schizophrenias). The Mechanics’ Institute in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m. ($15, free for members and Believer readers).

Saturday 8/3: Oyinkan Braithwaite will be discussing her much-lauded book, My Sister, the Serial Killer. Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco at 2 p.m.

Monday 8/5: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Forrest Gander will be reading from Be With. He will be interviewed by Napa Poet Laureate Jeremey Benson. Napa County Library in Napa at 7 p.m.

Tuesday 8/6: Don’t miss this week’s Local Book Pick event! Artist and critic Jenny Odell will be reading from How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. Moe’s Books in Berkeley at 7 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick is Jenny Odell’s How to Do Nothing (Melville House, April 2019)! Don’t miss her reading and talk at Moe’s Books on 8/6.


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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 →