Notable San Francisco: 10/2–10/8


Wednesday 10/2: Tamim Ansary will be launching his new book, The Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, and Connection. Books Inc. Opera Plaza in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Benjamin Moser will be discussing Sontag: Her Life and Work alongside Rebecca Solnit (Call Them by Their True Names) as part of City Arts and Lectures. Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. ($29, tickets required).

Thursday 10/3: Jericho Brown (The Tradition) will be reading as part of UC Berkeley’s Lunch Poems series. Morrison Library in Doe Library (UC Berkeley) in Berkeley at 12:10 p.m.

Composer-improvisers Fay Victor and Myra Melford will present a workshop performance as part of the In Common Writers Series at The Poetry Center. The Poetry Center (SFSU) in San Francisco at 1 p.m.

Translators Sean Gasper Bye, Elisabeth Jaquette, Julia Sanches, Jeremy Tiang, and Jeffrey Zuckerman will be discussing the future of translation. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Friday 10/4: Mike Jay will be discussing Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic. Moe’s Books in Berkeley at 7 p.m.

Join Patricia Smith (Incendiary Art) for a reading. Smith will be in conversation with Elmaz Abinader. Mills College in Oakland at 7:30 p.m. 

Saturday 10/5: Small Press Distribution will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a reading with Samantha Giles, Owen Hill, and J.K Fowler. Berkeley Art Center in Berkeley at 3 p.m.

Olga Zilberbourg (Like Water and Other Stories) and Nancy Au (Spider Love Song and Other Stories) will be in conversation about their recently launched books. E.M. Wolfman Bookstore in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Join Nomadic Press for the release of this is my body, an anthology written by women of color exploring their relationship with their bodies. Nomadic Press in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Sunday 10/6: Join contributing editor Diane Noomin and contributors Tyler Cohen, Carol Lay, Lee Marrs, Liz Mayorga, Minnie Phan, Ariel Schrag, and M. Louise Stanley for the launch of the comics anthology Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival. The Bindery in San Francisco at 4 p.m.

Monday 10/7: Corey M.P. (Hearts and Errors), Olga Zilberbourg (Like Water and Other Stories), and Jeanne Powell (Two Seasons) will be reading for Odd Mondays. Folio Books in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday 10/8: Suyi Davies Okungbowa will be reading from his new novel David Mogo, Godhunter alongside Sarah Ladipo Manyika. Green Apple Books on the Park 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 →