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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.

Bill Bryson (At Home: A Short History of Private Life)

Monday, October 24, 7 pm, at Angelico Hall at the Dominican University of California (50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael).

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.

The Litquake festival continues through Sunday. This column features non-Litquake events; our top picks for Litquake are here.

David McCullough (The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris)

Thursday, October 13, noon, at the Commonwealth Club (595 Market St.)

Litquake Is Here: Our Picks for the Best Events

This week, thousands of bookworms will be crawling out of their holes and preparing for Litquake, SF's annual celebration of all things literary. Founded as a one-day festival in 1999, Litquake has expanded to eight days of readings, parties, and events, capped by the Mission's infamous Lit Crawl on Saturday, October 15th. As always, the full lineup yields plenty of treasures, but we've narrowed the schedule down to six particularly memorable events.

Jeffrey Eugenides

Friday, October 14, 7 pm, at Books Inc. Opera Plaza (601 Van Ness Ave.)

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.

An added note: In addition to these events, the Litquake festival begins this Friday, with tons more readings. Here are our picks for Litquake.

Belo Cipriani (Blind: A Memoir)

Wednesday, October 5, 6 pm, at Book Passage SF (1 Ferry Building)

Wave Porn: Chronicle Books' Best Surf Reads

When not wet, there are ways for surfers to further their surf game aside from doing daily push-ups. By flipping through pages of inspirational photographs, reading about conquering fears, and learning about the culture of the sport, immersion leads to enlightenment. For non-surfers, absorbing oceanic imagery and scoping out hot bodies in boardshorts and bikinis can be a fun pastime, too. Arguably one of the most stylish sports, surfing is undeniably cool. But there's so much more beyond the water's surface. San Francisco-based Chronicle Books is a fan, pumping out odes by the month. Here's a rundown of the publisher's best wave porn...

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.

The True Stories Lounge

Friday, September 9th, 7 pm, at the Make-Out Room (3225 22nd St.)

This new monthly reading by nonfiction authors at the Make-Out Room is a spiritual companion to the more fiction-oriented Writers with Drinks, and its organizers have been able to secure a lineup to rival WWD's for their initial outing. Readers include essayist Joyce Maynard (To Die For), novelist Alicia Erian (Towelhead), historian Adam Hochschild (King Leopold's Ghost), and Salon co-founder Gary Kamiya (Cool, Grey City of Love). Admission is $10 at the door, and as always, drinks will be available.

Paul Madonna (All Over Coffee)

Friday, September 9th, 7:30 pm, at the SF Zen Center (300 Page St.)

Paul Madonna's weekly cartoon All Over Coffee appears in the Chronicle and on the Rumpus, has been spun off into two books, and boasts near-iconic status among the artsy set in SF. Combining drawings of beautiful spots around the city (and occasionally around other cities) with philosophical musings, Madonna's art often feels like the work of chance, but hides a meticulous backbone. At this Zen Center lecture, he'll discuss his creative process and show examples of his work.

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.

David Lebovitz (The Sweet Life in Paris)

Tuesday, August 30th, 6-7 pm, at Omnivore Books on Food (3885a Cesar Chavez St.)

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.

826 Valencia Write-a-Thon

Friday, August 26th, 12-8:26 pm, at 826 Valencia (826 Valencia St.)

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.

Barry Estabrook (Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit)

Tuesday, August 16th, 6-7 pm, at Omnivore Books (3885a Cesar Chavez St.)

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.

Carmela Ciuraru (Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms)

Tuesday, August 9th, 7 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (59 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

Thursday, August 11th, 7:30 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

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