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Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Ellen Forney

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.

Bookstores are taking most of this week off for the holiday, but early next week features a handful of standout events. 

Ellen Forney (Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me)

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

Forney, an artist and graphic storyteller who collaborated with Sherman Alexie on The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, turns her pen on her own struggles in this new graphic memoir. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Forney feared that treatment might cost her her creativity and livelihood. Studying the lives of other artists with mental illness, from Georgia O'Keeffe to Vincent van Gogh, Forney explores the cultural trope of the "crazy artist" and tries to determine if it's a myth or a way of life. 

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Barbara Kingsolver

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.

Barbara Kingsolver (Flight Behavior)

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Virgie Tovar

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.

Virgie Tovar (Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love, and Fashion)

Thursday, November 8, 7:30 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

In a country where over 60 percent of adults are overweight, and even thin women face pressure to be thinner, how can a fat woman not only accept, but embrace, who she is? Local writer and sexpert Tovar (above) solicited writing from women of size from around the country for this fat-positive book of essays, which discusses everything from how being fat informs personal politics to how to put together a cool, fashionable wardrobe despite limited options for plus-size shopping. Tovar and six of the book's writers will read their work, and the Booksmith will serve cupcakes and champagne.

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.

Deb Perelman (The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook)

Sunday, November 4, 2-3 pm, at Omnivore Books (3885a Cesar Chavez St.)

A powerhouse combination of outstanding recipe adaptations, luscious photography, and gentle humor has made Deb Perelman's Smitten Kitchen arguably the most popular cooking blog out there, and after six years of blogging, her first cookbook has finally arrived. The book's 100+ recipes play to Perelman's strengths, from reimagined comfort food to decadent desserts. Admission to Perelman's appearance is free, but tiny Omnivore Books will likely be overpowered, so get there early. 

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 Hornby (More Baths, Less Talking)

Wednesday, October 24, 7:30 pm, at Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Ave.)

In addition to his novels, from High Fidelity to Juliet, Naked, Hornby has long written a monthly column for The Believer about the books he purchases and reads each month (which are often not the same, for numerous reasons). More Baths, Less Talking is his third collection of these columns, in which he encourages readers (and himself) to examine how and why they choose the books they read. For more Hornby, check out our 2009 interview. Tickets are $22-27, and available 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.

Louise Erdrich (The Round House)

Wednesday, October 17, 1 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Kathleen Alcott

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.

Editor's note: In addition to the events below, the Litquake festival continues through Saturday. Check out our top picks for events to see at Litquake. 

Kathleen Alcott (The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets)

Thursday, October 11, 7 pm, at the Belmont Library (1110 Alameda de Las Pulgas, Belmont).

Saturday, October 13, 10 am, at West Coast Live (1 Ferry Building)

Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 pm, at Alley Cat Books (3036 24th St.)

Former local Alcott (left) has been garnering lots of praise for her debut novel, which tells the story of three kids who grow up as close friends-- brothers Jackson and James, and their next-door neighbor Ida. Both brothers are prone to sleepwalking, but when Jackson explodes into violent rages while he slumbers, Ida provides him with art materials, causing him to produce beautiful paintings he can't match while awake. As Jackson and Ida fall in love and James falls deeper into mental illness, the trio and their parents have to come to terms with their relationship. Tickets to Alcott's West Coast Live appearance ($15) are available 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.

Editor's note: In addition to the events listed below, the Litquake festival begins this Friday. We'll have a special post on Thursday with our top picks.

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.

Andrea Linett (I Want to Be Her: How Friends and Strangers Helped Shape My Style)

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)

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