Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Our guide to readings, spoken word, and other literary events 

Comments
Literary Events

Sasha Abramsky: The author reads from Conned: How Millions Went to Prison, Lost the Vote, and Helped Send George W. Bush to the White House. Wed., May 31, 7:30 p.m., free. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia (at 20th St.), 282-9246, www.mtbs.com.

Isabel Allende: The author reads from Zorro. Sun., June 4, 5 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Scott Anderson: The author reads from Moonlight Hotel. Wed., May 31, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

Bill Broder: The author reads from Taking Care of Cleo. Tue., June 6, 7 p.m., free. Books Inc./Laurel Village, 3515 California (at Locust), 221-3666.

Bill Broder: The author reads from Taking Care of Cleo. Sat., June 3, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Meredith Brokaw & Ellen Wright: The authors read from Big Sky Cooking, and John Littlewood reads from Celebrating the Seasons at Westerbeke Ranch. Sat., June 3, noon, free. Book Passage, Ferry Building (Embarcadero & Market), 835-1020, www.bookpassage.com.

Kelly Bulkeley & Reverend Patricia Bulkeley: The authors read from Dreaming Beyond Death: A Guide to Pre-Death Dreams and Visions. Sun., June 4, 2 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Susan Casey: The author reads from Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks. Tue., June 6, 6 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Stockton, 2 Stockton (at Ellis), 773-0444, www.codysbooks.com.

Celebration of the Word: This regular event features an open mike for writers hosted by Jeanne Powell. Mondays, 7 p.m., free. Perry's Joint, 1661 Fillmore (at Post), 931-5260.

James Dalessandro: The author reads from 1906: A Novel. Sat., June 3, 7:30 p.m., free. Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real (at Ravenswood), Menlo Park, 650-324-4321.

Tom DeMott: The author reads from Into the Hearts of the Amazons: In Search of a Modern Matriarchy. Sun., June 4, 2 p.m., free. Book Passage, Ferry Building (Embarcadero & Market), 835-1020, www.bookpassage.com.

Ivan Doig: The author reads from The Whistling Season. Tue., June 6, 7 p.m., free. Booksmith, 1644 Haight (at Cole), 863-8688, www.booksmith.com.

Barry Eisler: The author reads from The Last Assassin. Thu., June 1, 7:30 p.m., free. Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real (at Ravenswood), Menlo Park, 650-324-4321.

Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Book Discussion Group: A book discussion group; open to all. Call for information. Fourth Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., 355-5616. Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Branch Library, 3555 16th St. (at Market), 554-9445.

Family Story Times: Parents and kids aged 2 to 6 are read to at various library branches. Daily, free, www.sfpl.org. Multiple San Francisco locations, multiple addresses within San Francisco.

Craig Ferguson: The author reads from Between the Bridge and the River. Thu., June 1, 8 p.m., free. Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary (at Larkin), 885-4074, www.castlenews.com.

Craig Ferguson: The author reads from Between the Bridge and the River. Fri., June 2, 12:30 p.m., free. Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.

First Sundays Queer Fiction Book of the Month Group: Each month the readers tackle a different queer book and discuss it at the next meeting. First Sunday of every month, 4 p.m., free. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.

Ben Fong-Torres: The author reads from Becoming Almost Famous: My Back Pages in Music, Writing, and Life. Thu., June 1, 7 p.m., free. Booksmith, 1644 Haight (at Cole), 863-8688, www.booksmith.com.

Ben Fong-Torres: The author reads from Becoming Almost Famous: My Back Pages in Music, Writing, and Life. Fri., June 2, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Friday Night Poetry at the Yak: Spoken word, open mike, and acoustic music are the fare at this regular event. Fridays, 7:30 p.m., free. Yakkety Yak Coffeehouse, 679 Sutter (at Taylor), 351-2090.

Chris Gardner: The author reads from The Pursuit of Happyness. Tue., June 6, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Spike Gillespie: The author reads from Pissed Off: On Women and Anger. Fri., June 2, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Fourth Street, 1730 Fourth St. (at Virginia), Berkeley, 510-559-9500.

Peter Greenberg: The author reads from The Traveler's Diet: Eating Right and Staying Fit on the Road. Mon., June 5, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Robert Greenfield: The author reads from Timothy Leary: A Biography. Mon., June 5, 7 p.m., free. Booksmith, 1644 Haight (at Cole), 863-8688, www.booksmith.com.

Heather Lende: The author reads from If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name. Sat., June 3, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

Martin Hyatt: The author reads from A Scarecrow's Bible. Tue., June 6, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Castro, 2275 Market (at 16th St.), 864-6777, www.booksinc.net.

Terri Jentz: The author reads from Strange Piece of Paradise. Thu., June 1, 7 p.m., free. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia (at 20th St.), 282-9246, www.mtbs.com.

Joanne Barker: The editor reads from Sovereignty Matters. Thu., June 1, 7:30 p.m., free. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia (at 20th St.), 282-9246, www.mtbs.com.

Joe Finder: The author reads from Killer Instinct. Thu., June 1, 7:30 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Farmer John: The author reads from Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables. Sat., June 3, 11 a.m., free. Book Passage, Ferry Building (Embarcadero & Market), 835-1020, www.bookpassage.com.

Jane Juska: The author reads from Unaccompanied Women: Late-Life Adventures in Love, Sex, and Real Estate. Sat., June 3, 1 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Laurie R. King: The author reads from The Art of Detection. Fri., June 2, 7:30 p.m., free. Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real (at Ravenswood), Menlo Park, 650-324-4321.

K'vetsch: A regular queer open mike hosted by Tara Jepsen and Lynn Breedlove. Sign-up begins at 7:30. First Sunday of every month, 8 p.m., free. Sadie's Flying Elephant, 491 Potrero (at Mariposa), 551-7988.

Le Femme Anarchiste: A women's literary art salon with special guests. First Thursday of every month, 8 p.m., $10 or barter. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Heather Lende: The author reads from If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska. Sun., June 4, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Neil MacFarquhar: The author reads from The Sand Cafe. Mon., June 5, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

Open-Mike Fridays: Authors are invited to read from their work at this regular open-mike event. Fridays, 8 p.m., free. Cafe International, 508 Haight (at Fillmore), 552-7390.

Greg Palast: The journalist appears as part of "Flashpoints" on KPFA Pacifica. Tue., June 6, 7:30 p.m., $12-15. Roxie Film Center, 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

Matthew Pearl: The author reads from The Poe Shadow. Mon., June 5, 7:30 p.m., free. Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real (at Ravenswood), Menlo Park, 650-324-4321.

Michael Pollan: The author reads from The Omnivore's Dilemma. Wed., May 31, 7 p.m. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.acwlpforbooks.com.

Rapture of Reading Book Group Gathering: A book club by Republic of Tea. Tue., June 6, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Alameda, 1344 Park Street, Alameda, 510-522-2226, www.booksinc.net.

Cornelia Read: The author reads from A Field of Darkness. Wed., May 31, 12:30 p.m., free. Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.

Retool and Grind: Monthly open mike for musicians, poets, dancers, and others with a yen to command the stage for five minutes at a time. FTMs and those who love them are the staple performers. Last Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m., free. Eros, 2051 Market (at Church), 864-3767, www.erossf.com.

Dylan Rodriguez: The author speaks about his book Forced Passages. Tue., June 6, 7 p.m., free. New College, 777 Valencia (at 19th St.), 437-3465.

Larry Rothe & Ted Libbey: The authors read from For the Love of Music. Mon., June 5, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.acwlpforbooks.com.

San Francisco Literary Walking Tour: A two-hour meander through North Beach and Chinatown to look at the apartment buildings, cafes, bookstores, and bars frequented by famous writers of the past. Meet at City Lights, 261 Columbus (at Broadway). Saturdays, noon, $25, 441-0140.

Story Time in the Library: Kids aged 4 to 8 are encouraged to sit back and hear stories about nature and science. First Sunday of every month, 11 a.m.; Third Sunday of every month, 10:30 a.m., free. San Francisco Botanical Garden, Ninth Ave. & Lincoln Way (Golden Gate Park), 661-1316.

Sundays at Cafe Prague: Each week a featured reader presents his or her work, after which the mike is open to others who wish to read; all potential readers must arrive by 4 p.m. Sundays, 4 p.m., free. Cafe Prague, 584 Pacific (at Columbus), 433-3811.

Susan Swartz: The author reads from Susan Swartz The Juicy Tomatoes Guide to Ripe Living After 50. Thu., June 1, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Alameda, 1344 Park Street, Alameda, 510-522-2226, www.booksinc.net.

Calvin Trillin: The author reads from A Heckuva Job. Fri., June 2, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.acwlpforbooks.com.

Calvin Trillin: The author reads from A Heckuva Job. Sun., June 4, 4 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Fourth Street, 1730 Fourth St. (at Virginia), Berkeley, 510-559-9500.

Tuesday at Pat's Cafe Reading Series: Each weekly formal reading is followed by an open-mike session for fledgling writers. Tuesdays, 7 p.m., free. Pat's Cafe, 2330 Taylor (at Columbus), 905-8837.

Lisa Unger: The author reads from Beautiful Lies and Prisoner of Memory. Thu., June 1, 12:30 p.m., free. Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.

Joseph Volpe: The author reads from The Toughest Show on Earth. Thu., June 1, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.acwlpforbooks.com.

Sean Wilsey & Special Mystery Soccer Fan: The author and a mystery fan read from The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup: 32 Writers on 32 Countries. Tue., June 6, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.acwlpforbooks.com.

Word Beat Reading Series: Readings are followed by an open mike hosted by David Gollub, Debra Grace Khattab, and Jeremy Morris Siegel. Occurs on the first and third Thursday of every month. Daily, 7 p.m., free. Mediterraneum Caffe, 2475 Telegraph Ave. (at Dwight), Berkeley, 510-549-1128.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"