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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.

E.L. James (Fifty Shades of Grey)

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.

Junot Diaz (This Is How You Lose Her)

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.

Michael Chabon (Telegraph Avenue)

Tuesday, September 11, 7:30 pm, at City Arts & Lectures, Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Ave.)

Wednesday, September 12, 7 pm, at Diesel Bookstore (5433 College Ave., Oakland). 

Berkeley-based Chabon, who last plumbed Alaska in The Yiddish Policemen's Union, goes more local in his latest novel, the story of a pair of Oakland couples (one black, one white). The women run a successful midwifery business, while their husbands co-own a used vinyl emporium, but when a wealthy former NFL player attempts to open his own record shop on their block and an illegitimate son emerges (and becomes the object of affection for the other couple's son), their world will be turned upside down. Tickets for Chabon's appearance at City Arts and Lectures are $22-27; his Diesel appearance is free, and he'll also be appearing later in the fall at Book Passage in Corte Madera and Kepler's Books in Menlo Park. 

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.

Anne Elizabeth Moore (Hip Hop Apsara)

Tuesday, September 4, 7 pm, at Books Inc. Opera Plaza (601 Van Ness Ave.)

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.

Litquake on the Peninsula

Sunday, August 26, 3-10 pm, at the Oshman Family JCC (3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto). 

The Litquake festival in October is fast approaching, but before it arrives, the Peninsula will get its own miniature Litquake, with over 35 authors appearing to discuss their work. Panels cover topics like food writing, multicultural fiction, sex writing, and writing about life in Silicon Valley, with speakers like Ellen Sussman, Daniel Alarcon, Alan Kaufman, Matt Richtel, and Ellen Ullman. The event culminates with a talk by KQED's Michael Krasny (left) on the power of Jewish humor. Entry is free, except for the Krasny talk, which is $25 for members and $30 for non-members (tickets are here). 

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.

Ruben Martinez (Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West)

Thursday, August 16, 7 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.) 

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

Award-winning journalist and poet Martinez (left), who last explored border politics in the acclaimed Crossing Over, now widens his lens to encompass the entire American Southwest. From a drug epidemic that flourishes just outside of one of New Mexico's wealthiest towns to a race war triggered by the construction of an exclusive housing development, Martinez takes a hard look at how the up-and-down economic cycle has played out in the Southwest, and how vulnerable people are often left in its wake. 

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

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.

Oksana Marafioti (American Gypsy)

Thursday, August 9, 7:30 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

Friday, August 10, 7 pm, at Books Inc. Berkeley (1760 4th St.)

Saturday, August 11, 7:30 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

The world of Gypsies, or Roma, is secretive and somewhat unknown, despite the incursions of reality shows like "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding." After touring Russia and Mongolia with her family in a traveling Romani ensemble, Marafioti (left) arrived in California at age 15, and her new memoir offers a unique look into Roma culture and how it affected her attempts to assimilate into American life. From her first boyfriend to her first experience with fast food, Marafioti's desire to reconcile her "Split Nationality Disorder" has humorous results.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

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.

Tama Matsuoka Wong (Foraged Flavor: Finding Fabulous Ingredients in Your Backyard or Farmer's Market)

Saturday, August 4, 3-4 pm, at Omnivore Books (3885a Cesar Chavez St.)

With Denmark's Noma, which relies heavily on foraged ingredients, ranked as the top restaurant in the world, the ancient practice of foraging for food has gotten renewed attention. Wong (left), who serves as the forager for Daniel Boulud's acclaimed NYC restaurant Daniel, has written a guide that not only explains which foraged plants are edible, but which are the most delicious. She also delves into how to cook each plant, from obscurities like oxalis and creeping jenny to more well-known plants like dandelion leaves and purslane.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

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.

San Francisco International Poetry Festival

Thursday, July 26-Sunday, July 29, various locations

Organized by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, this biennial celebration of poetry will take place all weekend long, with events like a Kerouac Alley kick-off party featuring readings by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Jack Hirschman and a jazz concert starring Jonathan Richman. All weekend long, poets like Amiri Baraka (left) will read in Civic Center Plaza, capping off the event with a Sunday poetry crawl through North Beach galleries. Check their website for the full schedule.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

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.

Chris Cleave (Gold)

Wednesday, July 18, 12 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

Wednesday, July 18, 7 pm, at Books Inc. Opera Plaza (601 Van Ness Ave.)

Just in time for the Olympics, the newest novel from Cleave (Little Bee) focuses on Kate and Zoe, friends and track cyclists who, after training together for 15 years, compete in their final race at a fictionalized version of the 2012 London games. Though Kate is the more naturally gifted cyclist, a recurrence of her eight-year-old daughter's leukemia threatens to undermine her years of training and sacrifice. With cutthroat Zoe willing to do anything to win, Kate has to decide how far she'll go to take home the gold medal. 

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