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.

Joyce Maynard (After Her)

Monday, August 26, 12 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

Monday, August 26, 7:30 pm, at the Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

Maynard's latest novel is set in Marin County in the late '70s, and riffs on the actual case of the Trailside Killer, who committed a string of murders in the area at the time. The novel focuses on two young sisters whose parents are going through a bitter divorce, and their father, the homicide detective who can't seem to crack the case. It's only 30 years later that one of the sisters finally realizes she holds the key to solving the murders. Maynard's Book Passage event is a luncheon; tickets are $55 and include a signed copy of the book. 

Graham A. Rayman (The NYPD Tapes: A Shocking Story of Cops, Cover-ups, and Courage)

Wednesday, August 21, 7 pm, at Books Inc. Berkeley (1760 4th St.)

Thursday, August 22, 7 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

Rayman, a writer for the Village Voice, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of NYPD officer Adrian Schoolcraft, whose secretly recorded audiotapes revealed corruption at the highest levels of the police department. But instead of being lauded for blowing the whistle, Schoolcraft was forced into a mental hospital by the city in the hopes of discrediting his evidence. Rayman's new book updates Schoolcraft's story, and reveals new incidents of warrantless surveillance, harassment, underreporting of crimes, and other abuses.

Slice Bookshelf Happy Hour

Friday, August 23, 6 pm, at Green Apple Books (506 Clement St.)

Slice Bookshelf, a new website that helps readers catalog their favorite books and organize them into collections to share with others, is hosting a happy hour featuring three up-and-coming female authors: Yangsze Choo (The Ghost Bride), Helen Sedwick (Coyote Winds), and Joelle Fraser (The Forest House). They'll also offer hands-on demonstrations and refreshments between readings. 

Carolyn Cooke (Amor and Psycho)

Saturday, August 24, 6 pm, at Book Passage SF (1 Ferry Building)

Critically acclaimed local author Cooke (The Bostons) has returned with a second collection of short stories, in which she examines the thin line between love and madness. Her subjects range from a man building an elaborate doghouse for his increasingly feral wife to an aspiring writer taking lessons from an aging pornographer, exploring the depths of violence, desire, and human weakness.  

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