Notable San Francisco: 12/11–12/17


Wednesday 12/11: Celebrate Grace Paley’s birthday with Judith Arcana, author of Grace Paley’s Life Stories. She will be joined by Maxine Hong Kingston, Gwyn Kirk, and Martha Richards. Alley Cat Books in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Thursday 12/12: Why There Are Words presents six authors from Red Hen Press: Francesca Bell (Bright Stain), Yu-Han Chao (Sex and Taipei City), Cai Emmons (Weather Woman), Judy Grahn (Hanging on Your Own Bones), Brittany Ackerman (The Perpetual Motion Machine), and Florencia Ramirez (Eat Less Water). Studio 333 in Sausalito at 7 p.m. ($10 at the door).

Terry Tempest Williams will be discussing Erosion: Essays of Undoing. City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Ibram X. Kendi will be discussing How to Be An Antiracist as part of City Arts and Lectures. He will be joined in conversation by Jelani Cobb. Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. (event currently sold out).

Friday 12/13: Kelsey St. Press will be celebrating its 45th anniversary with Mei-mei Berssenbrugge (I Love Artists), Ching-In Chen (The Heart’s Traffic), and Andrea Abi-Karam (Extratransmission). McRoskey Mattress Co. in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Jeff VanderMeer will be reading from Dead Astronauts. He will be joined in conversation by Richard Kadrey. Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 12/14: Ada Limón (The Carrying) and Matthew Zapruder (Come On All You Ghosts) will be reading from their poetry. Point Reyes Presbyterian Church in Point Reyes Station at 3 p.m.

Writers with Drinks will be featuring Meg Ellison (The Road to Nowhere), Megan E. O’Keefe, Amanda Rosenberg (That’s Mental), Olga Zilberbourg (Like Water and Other Stories), Alvin Orloff (Disasterama!), and Zoe Young. The night will be hosted by Maggie Tokuda-Hall (Also an Octopus). Make-Out Room in San Francisco at 7 p.m. ($5–$20 at the door).

Quiet Lightening will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary with Namwali Serpell (The Old Drift), Kim Shuck (Deer Trails), Susan Steinberg (Machine), and Mimi Lok (Last of Her Name). The Bindery in San Francisco at 7 p.m. ($10, tickets required).

Sunday 12/15: Vivian Ho will be discussing Those Who Wander: America’s Lost Street Kids. This event will benefit SHELTER, Inc. Orinda Books in Orinda at 3 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 →