Notable San Francisco: 9/4–9/10


Wednesday 9/4: Mark Arax will be discussing his new book, The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California. He will be joined in conversation by Kit Rachlis, Senior Editor at The California Sunday Magazine. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Mike Chen will be releasing the paperback version of his debut novel, Here and Now and Then. He will be in conversation with Megan E. O’Keefe (Velocity Weapon). Books Inc. in Palo Alto at 7 p.m.

Carolina de Robertis will be reading from her new novel, Cantoras. She will joined by R. O. Kwon (The Incendiaries). The Bindery in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Writers for Migrant Justice will be hosting a San Francisco reading to support detained migrants. Join Chris Feliciano Arnold (The Third Bank of the River: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First Century Amazon), Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (Cenzontle), Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Fruit of the Drunken Tree), Tongo Eisen-Martin (Heaven Is All Goodbyes), Juliana Delgado Lopera (¡Cuéntamelo!), and Maw Shein Win (Invisible Gifts) for a night of readings. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 9/5: SFSU’s Poetry Center begins their Fall 2019 season with readings from Neeli Cherkovski (Elegy for My Beat Generation) and Jim Dunn (Soft Launch). The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Celebrate the release of All of Me: Stories of Love, Anger, and the Female Body with Dani Burlison and contributors Michelle Gonzales, Wendy-O Matik, Christine No, Airial Clark, Kara Vernor, and Margaret Elysia Garcia. There will also be an animated short by contributor Ariel Erskine and live angry feminist music from Sorry Not Sorry! Pegasus Books Downtown in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m.

Friday 9/6: Join Vivian Ho as she launches her debut book, Those Who Wander: America’s Lost Street Kids. She will be in conversation with the Booksmith’s owner, Christin Evans. The Booksmith in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. 

Saturday 9/7: Poets Genny Lim (Paper Angels), Flo Oy Wong (Dreaming of Glistening Pomelos), and Nellie Wong (Dreams in Harrison Railroad Park) will trace their roots to China’s Toisan villages. They will be reading both in English and in Hoisan-wa to pay homage to a disappearing language. Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco at 1 p.m. ($0–$15, tickets required).

Sunday 9/8: Head over to Alley Cat Books for the my gaze///yr gaze queer film series. This month’s film will be Todd Haynes’s Safe. Alley Cat Books in San Francisco at 6 p.m.

Former Local Book Pick Trisha Low (Socialist Realism) reads alongside Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta (The Easy Body) and Elaine Kahn (Romance or the End). BAMPFA in Berkeley at 4 p.m.

Monday 9/9: Odd Mondays will be featuring writers discussing aging in different media. Join Sheila Malkind (Executive Director of the Legacy Film Festival on Aging) and Nan Narboe (editor of Aging: An Apprenticeship) for a conversation moderated by Maxine Einhorn. Folio Books in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m. 

Tuesday 9/10: Curious about how synthetic elements are discovered and why they matter? Kit Chapman will be reading from Superheavy: Making and Breaking the Periodic Table. Book Passage Ferry Building in San Francisco at 6 p.m.

Don’t miss this week’s Local Book Pick event! Susan Steinberg will be reading from Machine, her new novel. She will be joined in conversation with Graywolf editor Ethan Nosowsky. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m. 

Join The Believer and ZYZZYVA to celebrate their latest issues! There will be readings from Gabriela Garcia, Claire Mullen, Hanae Jonas, and Ingrid Rojas Contreras. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.


LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick is Susan Steinberg’s Machine, out now from Graywolf Press! Don’t miss her reading at City Lights on 9/10.


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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 →