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Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Madeleine Albright

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.

Madeleine Albright (Prague Winter)

Thursday, February 21, 7 pm, at Angelico Hall, 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.

Nigella Lawson (Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes

Friday, February 15, 6 pm, at Book Passage SF (1 Ferry Building)

Saturday, February 16, 12:30 pm, at Left Bank (507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur)

Saturday, February 16, 5 pm, at Williams-Sonoma (340 Post St.)

Lawson, the British "domestic goddess," TV star, and author of eight cookbooks, goes Italian in her latest tome, with 120 recipes for pastas, main courses, and desserts inspired by the simplicity and purity of Italian cuisine. If you'd like to taste a meal prepared by Lawson herself, the Left Bank event will feature multiple courses of recipes straight from the book, paired with wine; tickets are $125 and include tax, tip, and a signed copy. 

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.

George Saunders (Tenth of December)

Thursday, February 7, 6 pm, at Book Passage SF (1 Ferry Building)

Being the subject of a major profile titled "George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You'll Read This Year" just as said book comes out is a tall order for any writer, but if anyone can handle the mantle ably, it's Saunders, the quick-witted author of In Persuasion Nation, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, and other iconic collections of stories that probe the hypocrisies of modern life without neglecting to find the sweetness in human relationships. His newest collection takes an even more emotional turn, exploring issues like cancer and PTSD, but doesn't sacrifice his trademark humor and inventiveness. 

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.

Cheryl T. Cohen Greene (An Intimate Life: Sex, Love, and My Journey as a Surrogate Partner

Tuesday, January 29, 7 pm, at Books Inc. Berkeley (1760 4th St.)

Friday, February 1, 7 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 pm, at the Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

Berkeley resident Greene, who was portrayed by Helen Hunt in last year's The Sessions, is a surrogate partner who helps people struggling to accept their sexuality, and her new book provides interesting and candid insight into her profession and the many people she's helped in her career. She also discusses her work with polio-stricken poet Mark O'Brien, whose quest to have a normal sex life despite living in an iron lung is the subject of The Sessions

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.

Nick Flynn (The Reenactments)

Friday, January 25, 7 pm, at St. Cyprian's (2097 Turk St.)

We all speculate about who would play us in the movie of our life, but what happens when the movie of your life actually gets made-- and documents the most painful experiences you've ever gone through, to boot? Nick Flynn watched from the sidelines as his memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City became the movie Being Flynn. As Julianne Moore and Robert DeNiro took on the roles of his suicidal mother and homeless father, Flynn learned about himself and began to process his grief. Flynn's reading, presented by Booksmith, The Rumpus, and St. Cyprian's, will include an interview with Rebecca Solnit and music from Cass McCombs and Penelope Houston. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds will support DISH, which aims to secure affordable housing for the homeless. 

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.

A Celebration of the Adobe Bookshop

Wednesday, January 15, 7 pm, at Adobe Books (3166 16th St.)

Long-running Mission bookstore Adobe is in danger of closing, but a group of concerned readers is attempting to convert it into a member-run, collective bookstore, gallery, and art space. To celebrate Adobe's life so far, three of SF's most acclaimed authors, Stephen Elliott (The Rumpus), Michelle Tea (Valencia), and Rebecca Solnit (A Paradise Built in Hell), will all read, and information about the new project will be distributed for those looking to join the cause. Check out the Facebook event page for more info. 

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.

Jojo Moyes (Me Before You

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder)

Tuesday, December 11, 7 pm, at the JCCSF (3200 California St.)

Taleb's The Black Swan was a hit in business circles, and in his newest work, he explains how individuals and companies can survive and thrive during the kind of cataclysmic events profiled in that book. Like its predecessor, Antifragile is iconoclastic, far-reaching, innovatively constructed, and generally irascible, but still packed with intriguing ideas about the unintentional consequences of events that can't be predicted or anticipated. Tickets are $25 ($45 premium) for the general public, $20 ($40 premium) for members, and $15 for students. 

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.

Monica Trasandes (Broken Like This)

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.

Andrew Solomon (Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity)

Wednesday, November 28, 7 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

Thursday, November 29, 7:30 pm, at the Hillside Club (2286 Cedar St., Berkeley).

Solomon's National Book Award-winning The Noonday Demon shed new light on clinical depression and its sufferers, and in his latest work, he delves into another taboo topic: parents coping with children who were not what they expected. Culled from 14,000 pages of interviews, Far from the Tree examines the home lives of children who are mentally and physically disabled, transgender, deaf, schizophrenic, conceived via rape, and more, focusing on the bonds that unite parents with their children and other, similarly afflicted parents, often driving them to action and advocacy. Tickets to Solomon's Hillside Club appearance are $12 for general admission and $7 for members and students. 

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