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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.

Ron Tanner (From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story)

Tuesday, July 3, 7:30 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

Thursday, July 5, 7 pm, at Books Inc. Berkeley (1760 4th St.)

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. High on the Hog at Epic Roasthouse: With its epic views of the Bay Bridge, Epic Roasthouse is a fantastic spot to throw an outdoor summer party-- which is why they're doing exactly that on Saturday afternoon, celebrating the twin joys of pork and pinot noir. A dozen different wineries, from Calera to Kutch, will be on hand, alongside dishes like porchetta, spare ribs, roasted clams with pork jowl, and homemade maple-bacon ice cream cones. Joey Altman and the Soul Peppers will add their brand of rock and soul-influenced music. Tickets are $75, and include tax and gratuity. (Saturday, June 30, 1-4 pm, at Epic Roasthouse, 369 The Embarcadero South, Embarcadero.)

Bourbon, Tequila, and Border Culture at the Rio Grande

With George W. Bush and Rick Perry as its avatars, it's easy to understand why Texas isn't getting much love from liberal San Franciscans these days. But while the Lone Star State may not be politically aligned with Northern California, the two locales can at least agree on what we're drinking. The three holy grails of tippling in Texas-- canned beer, bourbon, and tequila-- are all equally big in SF. So when local cocktail consultants The Bon Vivants were approached by the Kor Group to create a bar in their new mid-Market project, A Temporary Offering (A.T.O.), the choice of theme was obvious.

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.

Bonnie Jo Campbell (Once Upon a River)

Wednesday, June 27, 7 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Bourbon & Banter at St. George Spirits: If you enjoy bourbon and comedy, the St. George Spirits hangar in Alameda should be your destination on Friday night. As a benefit for ScholarMatch, which helps underprivileged kids attend college, comedian Aisha Tyler will be recording an episode of her podcast, where she'll interview author Chuck Klosterman. The $125 admission includes the taping and a Q&A, cocktails made with St. George's Breaking & Entering bourbon, food from S&S Gastro Grub, and a raffle for prizes like the opportunity to play poker with Tyler, Klosterman, and St.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Shehan Karunatilaka (The Legend of Pradeep Mathew)

Tuesday, June 26, 6 pm, at Book Passage SF (1 Ferry Building)

Karunatilaka's first novel recently walked away with the Commonwealth Book Prize, and for good reason: it's a strange, fiercely funny tale from his native Sri Lanka, a part of the world most Americans don't hear much about. When aging sportswriter (and professional drunk) W.G. Karunasena discovers that his liver is about to fail him, he sets out on a search for a vanished, legendary 1980s cricket player. The result is a madcap, humorous detective story with a thoroughly unreliable narrator. 

Lizz Winstead (Lizz Free or Die)

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Pinot Days at Fort Mason: The annual grand tasting of pinot noir returns to Fort Mason this Saturday, with over 200 producers showcasing more than 400 vintages from local regions (Carneros, Russian River Valley) and points farther afield (Oregon, Santa Barbara).

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.

Drinking in History at the Hancock Room

For a bar with a colonial theme, it's not surprising that The Hancock Room has numerous Founding Fathers adorning its walls. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson are all here, outfitted in their best britches and powdered wigs. But a second look at the founders' portraits reveals that something's just a bit off. Franklin's famed kite now serves as the backdrop for some newly acquired Storm-esque electrical powers, Washington's got an AK-47 aimed on a herd of zombies, and Jefferson is delivering a right hook to a gorilla. 

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Top of the Mark's Summer Movie Series: Like most cities, SF offers summer movie screenings in the park, but our warmth-challenged summers make it hard to focus on the film through all the teeth-chattering. Thankfully, Top of the Mark has intervened, screening classic films all summer long for free in the great indoors (with a killer view, to boot). And to sweeten the deal, they're offering wine tastings from the likes of Domaine Chandon and Wild Horse Vineyards, available for a $3 suggested donation that benefits BAYKIDS.

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