Notable San Francisco: 11/20–11/26


Wednesday 11/20: Ruchika Tomar (A Prayer for Travelers) and Shannon Pufahl (On Swift Horses) will be discussing how their novels revise conceptions of the American West. Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall (Stanford University) in Palo Alto at 6:30 p.m.

Liska Jacobs will be reading from her new novel, The Worst Kind of Want. She will be joined in conversation by Rita Bullwinkel (Belly Up). Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 11/21: Marilyn Chin (A Portrait of the Self as Nation), Lawson Fusao Inada (Drawing the Line), and Shawn Wong (American Knees) will be discussing the 45th anniversary of Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers. They will be joined by Dr. Noelle Brada-Williams, chair of SJSU’s Department of English. MLK Library Room 225/229 (SJSU) in San José at 6:30 p.m.

As part of the Prelinger Library’s Place Talks series, Xiaowei Wang will be presenting on “How to Cook a Tiger,” while Jennifer Williams will be discussing “The Glass Business.” The Prelinger Library in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

For City Arts and Lectures, Ben Lerner will be reading from his newest novel, The Topeka School. He will be joined in conversation by Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts). Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. ($29, tickets required).

Friday 11/22: Vanessa Angélica Villarreal (Beast Meridien) and 2018–19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, Raquel Salas Rivera (while they sleep (under the bed is another country)) will be reading as part of The In Common Writers Series. Moe’s Books in Berkeley at 7 p.m.

Saturday 11/23: Janet Landman will be discussing her new book, Looking for Revolution, Finding Murder: The Crimes and Transformation of Katherine Ann Power. Napa Bookmine in Napa at 4 p.m.

Tuesday 11/26: Natasha Dennerstein (Seahorse) and Hilary Brown will be giving talks and discussing their work as part of the #we reading series exploring queer perspectives. E.M. Wolfman Bookstore in Oakland 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 →