Notable San Francisco: 8/28–9/3


Wednesday 8/28: Kimberly King Parsons will be reading from her new story collection, Black Light. She’ll be joined in conversation by Ruth Galm. The Bindery in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Shelley Fishkin, co-director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in America Project at Stanford, will be discussing the edited volume of essays, The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental Railroad. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto at 7:30 p.m. ($15–$30, tickets required).

Thursday 8/29: The Octopus Literary Salon is closing! Come celebrate this wonderful venue, bookstore, and community of artists at their last open mic. The Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland at 7 p.m.

P.E. Moskowitz will be discussing their newest book, The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent. The Booksmith in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Friday 8/30: Feminist playwright Terry Baum will be reading from her newly released anthology, One Dyke’s Theater. Alley Cat Books in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Sunday 9/1: It’s the 18th annual San Francisco Zine Fest—there will be zines, comics, arts and crafts, literary presses, and more! San Francisco County Fair Building in San Francisco from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday 9/3: Daniel Handler (known also as Lemony Snicket) will be releasing his newest novel for adults, Bottle Grove. He will be joined in conversation by Dan Stone. The Bindery 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 →