Notable San Francisco: 3/4–3/10

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Wednesday 3/4: One Book at a Time, an artist’s book collecting salon series especially for beginners, with Mary Austin, is at San Francisco Center for the Book at 6 p.m.

Javad Djavahery is in conversation with Laleh Khadivi about his new novel My Part of Her, translated by Emma Ramadan, at City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Lisa Brown speaks with Wendy MacNaughton about Brown’s debut graphic novel, The Phantom Twin, at The Booksmith in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Evan Bloom, co-owner of Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, Rachel Levin, and George McCalman discuss their new cookbook, Eat Something: A Wise Sons Cookbook for Jews Who Like Food and Food Lovers Who Like Jews, at Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Mathangi Subramanian and Maura Finkelstein are in conversation about Subramanian’s new novel, A People’s History of Heaven (on the 2020 Pen Faulkner Award Long List), and Finkelstein’s new nonfiction book, The Archive of Loss: Lively Ruination in Mill Land Mumbai, at A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Thursday 3/5: William J. Drummond and former editor-in-chief of San Quentin News Jesse Vasquez speak about Drummond’s new book, Prison Truth: The Story of the San Quentin News, in a discussion moderated by Mother Jones reporter Samantha Michaels at Manny’s in San Francisco at 6 p.m.

Rahm Emanuel speaks about his new book, The Nation City: Why Mayors Are Now Running the World, at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m. (tickets $15–$30).

Lloyd Kahn, the former shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, speaks about his new book (co-authored with Lesley Creed), The Half-Acre Homestead: 46 Years of Building and Gardening, at City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

E. Latimer is in conversation with Katy Rose Pool (There Will Come a Darkness) about Latimer’s new YA novel, Witches of Ash and Ruin, at Books Inc. at Opera Plaza in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Poet Sarah Menefee reads from her new book, Cement, at Green Arcade Books in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Friday 3/6: Lexi Nepantla Adsit, Sonia Guiñansaca, Rebecca Hurdis, Darice Jones, Luna Merbruja, Bhavana Mody, Natani Notah, and Bushra Rehman read from the new edition of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism. at East Bay Books in Oakland at 7 p.m.

Sunday 3/8: Anna-Marie McLemore and Elana K. Arnold introduce their newest books, Dark and Deepest Red and Red Hood, at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park at 3 p.m.

Monday 3/9: The Odd Mondays reading series presents Mathangi Subramanian (A People’s History of Heaven), Jon Sindell (The Pugilist Poets of Venice), and Allie Larkin (Swimming for Sunlight) at Folio Books in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday 3/10: Book Passage presents Dave Eggers discussing Unnecessarily Beautiful Spaces for Young Minds on Fire: How 826 Valencia, and Dozens of Other Centers Like It, Got Built And Why, with Ninive Calegari at Shack 15 in the Ferry Building in San Francisco at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.).

Nomadic Press with Tureeda Mikell (Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine), Josiah Luis Alderete (Baby Axolotls y Old Pochos), Ayodele Nzinga (The Horse Eaters), Tongo Eisen-Martin (Heaven Is All Goodbyes), Genny Lim (La Morte Del Tempo), James Cagney (Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory), and Dr. James P. Garrett (anthologized in Black Fire) is at City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

Katie M. Flynn discusses her debut novel, Companions, at Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Join the Feminist Zinemaking workshop at the Claremont branch of the Berkeley Public Library at 1 p.m.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Fruit of the Drunken Tree) is at the Contemporary Writers Series at Mills College in Oakland at 5:30 p.m.

Longtime bookseller Andy Weinberger reads and signs copies of his debut novel, An Old Man’s Game, at Pegasus Books in downtown Berkeley at 7:30 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 jenniferrichardson.com and on Twitter @baronessbarren and @booketlistapp. More from this author →