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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.

Leigh Stein (The Fallback Plan)

Tuesday, January 17, 7 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

At the end of 2011, we retired Lowering the Bar, our cheap-drinks roundup. Our new column, Drink Here Now, offers enticing drinking options for a variety of budgets. We hope you'll enjoy it!

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.

Adam Johnson (The Orphan Master's Son)

Tuesday, January 10, 7:30 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

Dogpatch's Sutton Cellars Introduces Holiday Hard Apple Cider

Carl Sutton has been making wine since 1996 and vermouth since 2008, but his company's newest offering is its first to deviate from the grape. Unpasteurized, unfiltered, and made with fresh Sonoma County apples, Sutton Cellars' hard apple cider is a refreshing, acidic take on the holiday classic, perfect for pairing with rich holiday foods.

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

Editor's note: This will be the last edition of Lowering the Bar. Starting next week, this column will be transformed into Drink Here Now, which will focus on enticing new drink options for a variety of budgets. Thanks for reading, and we hope you enjoy the new column!

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.

Harold McGee (Keys to Good Cooking)

Thursday, December 15, 7 pm, at the JCCSF (3200 California St.)

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

ZYZZYVA Winter Issue Celebration

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

This month marks the 93rd issue of the beloved local literary journal, and editor Laura Cogan and managing editor Oscar Villalon will join four contributors to the new issue for readings of their pieces: Karen Joy Fowler (The Jane Austen Book Club), Adam Johnson (Parasites Like Us), short-story writer Katie Chase, and poet Joseph Di Prisco. Wine and holiday cheer are both promised.

Kira Stackhouse (Project DOG)

Saturday, December 10, 4-8 pm, at WAG Hotel (25 14th St.)

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. 21st Amendment's Repeal Day Bash: For a bar named after the amendment that repealed Prohibition, celebrating said repeal is a no-brainer. Join in the fun with a cask of period-priced IPA, available for just a nickel a pint. The catch? You have to have a password to enter their "speakeasy"-- follow their Twitter feed for clues on the catchphrase, starting a few days before the event. Prohibition-era cocktails will also be for sale, and they'll have a poker game for charity; wear your best '20s and '30s attire. (Monday, December 5, parade at 4 pm, drinks at 5 pm, at 21st Amendment, 563 2nd St., SOMA.)

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.

Julia Scheeres (A Thousand Lives)

Tuesday, December 6, 7:30 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

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