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 www.litquake.org.
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).
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).
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.
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).
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