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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.

Marcia Clark (Guilt by Association)

Friday, July 22nd, 7:30 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

Clark, the former prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial, has taken on a curious second act: mystery writer. And with blurbs from the likes of James Ellroy and snaps from Publisher's Weekly, it appears that she's the rare celebrity novelist who's actually delivered on her fame. The story centers around a Clark-like Los Angeles D.A. investigating the mysterious death of a colleague, and reviews frequently mention the book's humor as one of its strong points.

The Grand Dame of Chinese Cuisine on the Year of the Rabbit

Cecilia Chiang, the 91-year-old author of The Seventh Daughter memoir and cookbook and former owner of the lauded Mandarin restaurant, is one of the city’s biggest food icons. The grand dame of Chinese cuisine—who grew up in an aristocratic Chinese family in Beijing and has lived a life worthy of an epic film—just moved to San Francisco from her Belvedere house after living there for some 40 years. I spoke to her about her Chinese New Year plans.

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