Wednesday 2/5: The stage adaptation of Tiny Beautiful Things, based on the book and Rumpus Dear Sugar column by Cheryl Strayed, is now running at the San Francisco Playhouse through 3/7 (tickets $35–$125).
Lunch with David Talbot, author of the San Francisco history Season of the Witch and founder of Salon.com, as he discusses his new book Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke, at Orinda Books in Orinda at 11:30 a.m. (tickets $30, includes book and lunch).
John Carreyrou speaks about Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, at Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California in San Rafael at 7 p.m. (tickets $40 and include book).
Alexis Coe (Alice + Freda Forever) speaks about her new book, You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington with Alexis C. Madrigal (Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology) at Booksmith in San Francisco at 7 p.m.
Celebrate the Bay Area-themed ZYZZYVA Winter 2020 Issue with editors and contributors, including W.S. Di Piero, Gloria Frym, Michael Sears, and Luiza Flynn-Goodlett, at Mechanics’ Institute in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m.
The Fanny Renoir Variety Show comes to The Beat Museum in San Francisco at 7 p.m.
Robert Hass (Summer Snow), Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995–1997, reads at the Lunch Poems series he founded. Event takes place at the Morrison Library in Doe Library at UC Berkeley at 12:10 p.m.
Andy Warner presents his new book, Spring Rain: A Graphic Memoir of Love, Madness, and Revolutions, at Pegasus Books Downtown in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 2/8: Readings and discussion about the new Zora Neale Hurston collection, Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick, at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco at 2 p.m. (tickets $5-$10). MoAD also houses the last black bookstore in San Francisco.
Meet Lori Rice, author of Beer Bread: Brew-Infused Breads, Rolls, Biscuits, Muffins, and More at Omnivore Books in San Francisco at 3 p.m.
Sunday 2/9: For history buffs: The Oakland Public Library Book Club and Camron-Stanford House, a Victorian House museum on Lake Merritt, are co-hosting an event about the recently published collected travel writing of Franklina C. Gray, The Grand Tour. The event starts at the main branch of the Oakland Public Library at 1:30 p.m. and concludes with a tour of Camron-Stanford House.
Sarah Abrevaya Stein (Extraterritorial Dreams) speaks about her new book, Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century, at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco at 7 p.m.
Niloufar Talebi shares from her new memoir, Self-Portrait in Bloom, the literary accompaniment to her recent opera, both inspired by the great Iranian poet Ahmad Shamlou. The event is at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park at 7:30 p.m. (tickets $5-$25).
Jessica Valenti and Jaclyn Freeman discuss their new essay collection, Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World, at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m. (tickets $10-$60).
Join Dale Corvino, Denise Conca, Wayne Goodman, Rob Rosen, and Cass Sellars at the Perfectly Queer reading at Dog Eared Books in San Francisco at 7 p.m.
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