Thursday 9/19: Want to know how to write action-packed prose? To launch Writing Action: A Book of Writing Prompts, the SF Writers’ Grotto will be hosting a night of flash fiction exercises with Bonnie Tsui (American Chinatown). Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore in Berkeley at 7 p.m.
The Prelinger Library will be starting up their Place Talks visual lecture series for the 2019–2020 season. Join Amy Langer and Silk Worm as they share talks on location-related topics. The Prelinger Library in San Francisco at 7 p.m.
John James will be launching his debut collection of poems, The Milk Hours. He will be joined by Jay Deshpande (Love the Stranger), Jessica Laser (Sergei Kuzmich from All Sides), and Noah Warren (The Destroyer in the Glass). The Booksmith in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.
Friday 9/20: Colson Whitehead will be discussing his newest book, The Nickel Boys. Angelico Concert Hall (Dominican University of California) in San Rafael at 7 p.m. ($45, tickets required).
Salman Rushdie will be discussing his newest novel, Quichotte. He will be joined in conversation by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Andrew Sean Greer (Less). First Congregational Church of Oakland in Oakland at 7 p.m. ($10–$50, tickets required).
The Center for Literary Arts at San José State University will be launching Issue 152 of Reed Magazine. The night will culminate in a talk by Jonathan Franzen (The End of the End of the Earth). Hammer Theatre Center (San José State University) in San José at 7 p.m.
Saturday 9/21: Pop-Up Magazine is back with The Escape Issue, in collaboration with California Sunday Magazine. The night will feature stories by Jordan Carlos, Sarah Key, Left at London, Clio Chang, Keri Blakinger, Lucas Foglia, Lisette Poole, Chris Duffy, and Waymond Hall. The Paramount Theatre in Oakland at 7:30 p.m. ($38–$42, tickets required).
Jess Row will be discussing White Flights: Race, Fiction and the American Imagination. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9/24: Leland Cheuk will be reading from his new novel, No Good Very Bad Asian. He will be joined in conversation by Vanessa Hua (A River of Stars). Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.
Jonathan Safran Foer will be discussing his new book We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast. He will be in conversation with Samin Nosrat (Salt, Acid, Fat, Heat). First Church Berkeley in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m. ($12, tickets required).
LOCAL BOOK PICK: This week’s Local Book Pick is Carolina De Robertis’s Cantoras! Don’t miss her reading at A Great Good Place for Books on 9/18!
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