Notable San Francisco: 3/11–3/17

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Wednesday 3/11: MariNaomi presents Distant Stars, the final volume of her Life on Earth trilogy, at The Bindery in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Shaping San Francisco’s Chris Carlsson celebrates his 63rd birthday presenting his new book, Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories at 518 Valencia in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Watch Alice, Czech animator Jan Svankmajer’s 1988 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, with a pre-show drag performance at Alamo Brewhouse in San Francisco at 10:15 p.m. (tickets $8).

Join Saint Mary’s College Creative Writing Reading Series with Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Fruit of the Drunken Tree) at De La Salle Hall, Hagerty Lounge in Moraga at 7:30 p.m. 

Thursday 3/12: Juliana Delgado Lopera is in conversation with Carolina De Robertis (Cantoras) for their debut novel, Fiebre Tropical, kicking off with a church drag show featuring Grace Towers and Reina De Aztlan. The bar at The Bindery in San Francisco opens at 6:30 p.m; the event starts at 7 p.m.

Reading series Voz Sin Tinta turns seven and celebrates with a community open mic at Alley Cat Books in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m.

Emily Beyda presents her novel, The Body Double, at Books Inc. in the Marina in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Jessi Jezewska Stevens discusses her new novel, The Exhibition of Persephone Q, with Rita Bullwinkel (Belly Up) at Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Anna Wiener speaks about Uncanny Valley with journalist Alexis Madrigal (Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology) at the Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. (tickets $29).

Poet Jane Hirshfield presents Ledger at Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m.

The In-Common Writers Series presents Prageeta Sharma (Grief Sequence) and Dodie Bellamy (When the Sick Rule the World) at The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University at 7 p.m.

Judd Winick speaks about All the Pieces Fit from the Hilo series with James Parks and Ben Costa (Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo) at Kepler’s Books and Magazines at 6 p.m.

Friday 3/13: The In-Common Writers Series presents Prageeta Sharma (Grief Sequence) and Dodie Bellamy (When the Sick Rule the World) at Artists’ Television Access in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Miah Jeffra launches their essay collection, The Fabulous Ekphrastic Fantastic!, at Alley Cat Books in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Adam Hochschild presents Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes at Mrs. Dalloway’s Books in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 3/14: Join Drag Queen Story Hour with Honey Mahogany at the San Francisco Public Library – Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton Branch at 11 a.m.

The She Win We Win Book Fair celebrating women in history is at the East Bay Community Space in Oakland starting at 11:30 a.m.

Patrice Caldwell, editor of A Phoenix First Must Burn, an anthology featuring 16 stories that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic, is at Kepler’s Books and Magazines at 2 p.m.

Babylon Salon’s quarterly reading and performance series, with readings from Deb Olin Unferth (Barn 8), C Pam Zhang (How Much of These Hills Is Gold), Taymour Soomro, and a musical performance by Rachel “Lightning” Rose (Jefferson Starship) is at the Armory Club in San Francisco from 5:30 p.m.

Emily Beyda reads from her novel, The Body Double, at A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Sunday 3/15: The Sonoma County Library Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes Susan Orlean (The Library Book) for a lecture at the Central Santa Rosa Library at 2:30 p.m.

Poetry Flash presents Judy Halebsky (Spring and a Thousand Years) and Susan Briante (The Market Wonders) at East Bay Books in Oakland at 3 p.m.

Joy and Pain: Poetics of Black Delight features Raina J. León (Canticle of Idols) and Mimi Tempestt at BAMPFA in Berkeley at 5 p.m. (event included with price of admission to the museum, $0 – $14).

Monday 3/16: Poet Lisa Robertson discusses her debut novel, The Baudelaire Fractal, with writer Corrine Fitzpatrick at Point Reyes Books at 7 p.m.

Tuesday 3/17: Harry Dodge discusses his new book, My Meteorite: Or, Without the Random There Can Be No New Thing, at Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Sierra Crane Murdoch discusses her new book, Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country, with Lauren Markham at East Bay Booksellers in Oakland at 7 p.m.  

Nomadic Press hosts Get Lit #58 with readings, music, beer and tacos at Ale Industries in Oakland. Doors at 7 p.m., event starts at 7:30 p.m. (tickets $0–$25).

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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 jenniferrichardson.com and on Twitter @baronessbarren and @booketlistapp. More from this author →