Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events


Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Andrea Linett (I Want to Be Her: How Friends and Strangers Helped Shape My Style)

Thursday, September 27, 6-9 pm, at Mira Mira (3292 22nd St.)

Lucky magazine co-founder and Michael Kors creative director Linett (left) wasn't always a natural style maven; like most women with fashionable aspirations, she derived inspiration from the women in her life and the ones she saw on the street. Her memoir discusses 50 women who impacted her sense of style, with an illustration featuring each. She'll hold her book party at Mission boutique Mira Mira, which will offer cocktails and snacks for attendees; RSVP here to attend. 

Banned by the Bay

Monday, October 1, 7:30 pm, at the Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

Tuesday, October 2, 6 pm, at San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch (100 Larkin St.)

The Bay Area's annual celebration of Banned Books Week features two big events this year. The first is a discussion of the year's most censored news stories with Mickey Huff of Project Censored, who'll also discuss how the news media plays a role in modern censorship. Then, on Tuesday, Emily Morse of Sex with Emily and Bravo's Miss Advised will examine the banning of 50 Shades of Grey from libraries, and share her favorite passages. 

Luisa Weiss (My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes))

Wednesday, September 26, 6 pm, at Book Passage SF (1 Ferry Building)

Raised in both Berlin and Boston, Weiss found herself drawn to Europe after her engagement ended and she decided to quit her New York cookbook-editor gig. Returning to Berlin, she began to cook her way through her collection of recipes, keeping a chronicle of the results on her now-popular cooking blog, The Wednesday Chef. Her new memoir examines how she adapted to German supermarkets and culinary traditions, met her future husband, and found happiness in the kitchen (and includes several of her most popular recipes as well). 

Scott Hutchins (A Working Theory of Love)

Tuesday, October 2, 7:30 pm, at the Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

Hutchins, who's currently a Stegner fellow at Stanford, is launching his debut novel at the Booksmith next week. His protagonist, Neill, has seen his marriage end in divorce just months after it began, and has been attempting to console himself by entering his late father's diaries into a computer as part of an ambitious artificial-intelligence experiment. When the computer begins to become sentient and to ask questions about Neill, he's forced to explore the mystery of his father's suicide while attempting to find love again. 


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