Notable San Francisco: 2/5-2/11


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).

Join Joan Hawkins, Alex Wermer-Colan, Peter Hale, and Jon Longhi to celebrate William S. Burroughs Cutting Up the Century with a reading at City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Lunch with David Talbot, author of the San Francisco history Season of the Witch and founder of, 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).

Thursday 2/6: Garth Greenwell (What Belongs to You) discusses his new novel, Cleanness, with R. O. Kwon (The Incendiaries) at Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

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.

Elaine Kahn reads from Romance or The End: Poems at City Lights Booksellers 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.

Lidia Yuknavitch (The Chronology of Water) reads from her new story collection, Verge, at East Bay Booksellers in Oakland at 7 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.

Tommy Orange (There There) reads to a sold-out house at the Hammer Theatre Center in San Jose at 7 p.m.

Friday 2/7: Rebecca Solnit (Recollections of My Nonexistence) will introduce Lidia Yuknavitch for a reading from her new story collection, Verge, at The Booksmith (The Bindery) at 7 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.

Writers With Drinks, featuring Charles Yu (Interior Chinatown) and Meng Jin (Little Gods), returns to The Make Out Room in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. (tickets $5-$20).

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.

Monday 2/10: Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (Cenzontle) reads from his new memoir, Children of the Land, at City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

P. Carl shares from his memoir about his gender transition, On Becoming a Man, at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

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).

Tuesday 2/11: Books, Beers, and Buccaneers, a treasure-hunt benefit for 826 Valencia, is at The Bindery in San Francisco at 6 p.m. (tickets $18-$100).

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.

Amina Cain discusses her new novel, Indelicacy, with Rita Bullwinkel at Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

The Contemporary Writers Series hosts poet Brenda Shaughnessy (The Octopus Museum) at Mills Hall Living Room in Oakland at 5:30 p.m.

Copperfield’s Books hosts Wine & Book Club with Pam Houston (Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country) at Thumbprint Cellars in Healdsburg at 6 p.m.


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Jennifer Richardson is the author of Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage. Her writing has appeared in Edible Ojai & Ventura County, ExBerliner, Fiction Advocate, Full Grown People, and The Rumpus, among other publications. Find her at and on Twitter @baronessbarren and @booketlistapp. More from this author →