Notable San Francisco: 10/9–10/15


Wednesday 10/9: Leslie Jamison will be reading from her new book, Make It Scream, Make It Burn. The Booksmith in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Fariha Róisín will share poems from her new collection, How to Cure a Ghost. She will be in conversation with Safia Elhillo (The January Children). Pegasus Books Downtown in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m.

Pico Iyer will discuss his new book, A Beginner’s Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations. Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m.

Thursday 10/10: The annual LitQuake festival begins! This column will only feature one LitQuake event per day, but you can find the full schedule at

LitQuake: Celebrate twenty years of LitQuake at the opening night party! There will be printed festival guides, as well as live music from Marc Capelle. Monroe SF in San Francisco at 7 p.m. ($30–$35, tickets required).

Augusten Burroughs will be reading from his new memoir, Toil & Trouble. The Booksmith in San Francisco at 7 p.m. ($30.50, tickets required).

The Center for Literary Arts presents Rita Bullwinkel (Belly Up). Bullwinkel will be in conversation with Katie M. Flynn. SJSU MLK Jr. Library Room 225/229 in San Jose at 7 p.m.

Friday 10/11: LitQuake: Join Isaac Fitzgerald as he hosts “Eureka! California’s Best Authors Read by More of the Same.” The night will feature Charlie Jane Anders, Natalie Baszile, Elaine Castillo, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Daniel Handler, Adam Johnson, Chang-rae Lee, Beth Lisick, Ishmael Reed, and Tobias Wolff reading from the works of California writers who inspired their own writing. Swedish American Hall in San Francisco at 8 p.m. ($25–$30, tickets required).

Alan Clark will be discussing his graphic novel, Rise of the Black Panthers. Alley Cat Bookstore in San Francisco at 7 p.m. 

Saturday 10/12: LitQuake: Join Foglifter as they release their newest issue featuring Bay Area queer literature. This evening will feature writers Amy Gong Liu, Thea Matthews, Jacques J. Rancourt, Emily Shapiro, and Summer Farah. Strut in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Giacomo Sartori will be discussing his new novel, I Am God. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday 10/13: LitQuake: Learn about the art of the novel with Rachel Howard, Ruchika Tomar, Yangze Choo, and Marci Vogel, moderated by Jasmin Darznik. California College of the Arts Writers’ Studio in San Francisco at 2:30 p.m. ($12–$15, tickets required).

Nishant Batsha, Notable SF columnist and writer-in-residence at the Prelinger Library, will be reading from his novel-in-progress as part of the Library’s fall series of resident artist works. Prelinger Library in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Monday 10/14: LitQuake: How does one create an inclusive literary community? Writers Faith Adiele (Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun), Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Fruit of the Drunken Tree), and Vanessa Hua (A River of Stars) will read from their work and discuss. This conversation will be moderated by Piyali Bhattacharya. San Francisco Center for the Book in San Francisco at 7 p.m. (free, $5–$10 suggested donation).

For City Arts and Lectures, Ta-Nehisi Coates will be reading from his new novel, The Water Dancer. He will be in conversation with Michael Chabon. Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. ($45, tickets required).

Tuesday 10/15: LitQuake: Jeanette Winterson will be reading from her new novel, Frankissstein. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco in San Francisco at 7 p.m. ($30, tickets required).

Shawn Wen (A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause) and Daniel Poppick (Fear of Description) will be reading from their work. Moe’s Books in San Francisco at 7 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 →