Sean Wilsey ("Oh the Glory of It All") reads from and discusses his new collection of essays, "More Curious," which contains expanded and updated pieces that first appeared in such publications as "Vanity Fair," "GQ" and "McSweeney's," as well as several that appear for the first time.
Grossman reads from "The Magician's Land." Says Maggie Stiefvater : "Poignant and messy, fearsome and beautiful--like a good magic spell, the final book in this trilogy is more than the sum of its parts. Also, damn. Just some of the best magic I have read, ever."
Christina Nichol reads from her debut novel "Waiting for the Electricity," winner of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award for being "big hearted, intelligent, highly comedic, bravely ambitious and brilliantly written." A youth leaves his post-Soviet town for San Francisco, the American Dream.
To celebrate both the release of Haruki Murakami's new novel "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki" and the opening of a second location, Green Apple Books is throwing a party with food and beer, a Murakami trivia contest written by Murakami scholar Matthew Strecher, and a raffle for signed first editions.
The literary variety show spotlighting all genres and Charlie Jane Anders' incomparable ad hoc introductions this month features Sarah Ladipo Manyika ("In Dependence"), Myriam Gurba ("Wish You Were Me", and Madison Young ("Daddy: A Memoir") and guest MC Josh Kornbluth. All proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture.
Yiyun Li, Peter Orner, Katie Crouch, Matthew Zapruder, Norma Cole, Sarah Griffin, Lauren Traetto, Peter Bullen and Moneta Goldsmith read as part of Quiet Lightning's annual Neighborhood Heroes show. First 150 people receive a book containing the night's text, with art by Tanya Hollis.
Edan Lepucki's debut novel "California" follows a couple in the near future as they flee a deteriorating Los Angeles to make a life in the wilderness. When they find out they're pregnant, they seek community, and the place they find is guarded and dangerous. With John McMurtrie.
More than 70 teams of performance poets from all over the country converge in Oakland for the 25th Annual National Poetry Slam, which after three days of prelims and a fourth of semi-finals concludes with the main event: a four-team battle on the big stage at a sold-out Scottish Rite Center.
Launch for the anticipated debut collection of poems by Hollie Hardy, "How to Take a Bullet and Other Survival Poems," with readings by Peter Bullen, Maisha Z Johnson, Tomas Moniz, Alexandra Naughton, SB Stokes, William Taylor Jr. and Matthew Zapruder. Live music and pulled pork sandwiches.
Sam Barry, Amy Tan and Susanne Pari celebrate the release of the late great Kathi Kamen Goldmark's honky-tonk novel "Her Wild Oats," which follows an unlikely couple of travelers as they find one another and become friends. Goldmark also wrote the novel "And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You."