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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.

Colson Whitehead (Zone One)

Tuesday, October 25, 8 pm, at Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Ave.)

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. SF Zombie Crawl: With Halloween around the corner and Sunday's Walking Dead premiere drawing blockbuster ratings, it's no surprise that SF's got zombies on the braaaaaains. Throw on your best gross makeup and shredded clothes and stalk the streets on this pub crawl, which is loaded with drink specials for those in appropriate attire. The party starts at R Bar with $2 Olympia, $5 Svedka, and $8 beer/shot combos, then staggers to Kimo's for $3 Sailor Jerry shots and "Zombie Punch." Shanghai Kelly's will follow with $3 16-ounce Millers and $2 zombie grog, while the final stop, Cafe Royale, will dish out $5 cocktails. More info here. (Saturday, October 22, 7 pm, at Civic Center courtyard.)

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.

Bill Bryson (At Home: A Short History of Private Life)

Monday, October 24, 7 pm, at Angelico Hall at the Dominican University of California (50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael).

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. N-Judah Chronicles Anniversary Bash: The N-Judah Chronicles are celebrating six years of keeping tabs on life in the Inner Sunset, and neighborhood folks are invited to come celebrate with them at Blackthorn Tavern, where Blockboard will be giving away free beers. The catch? You either have to prove that you live in the I.S. (they threaten obscure trivia questions), or download the Blockboard app on your phone. Not a bad deal, all told. RSVP here. Thursday, October 13, 5-7 pm, at Blackthorn Tavern, 834 Irving St., Inner Sunset.

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.

The Litquake festival continues through Sunday. This column features non-Litquake events; our top picks for Litquake are here.

David McCullough (The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris)

Thursday, October 13, noon, at the Commonwealth Club (595 Market 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. Top of the Mark's Fleet Week Shot Flights: In honor of the men and women in uniform packing SF's streets this week, Top of the Mark is offering complimentary whiskey-tasting flights every night this weekend. Friday will feature American whiskeys, Saturday is Scotch, and Sunday features the classic malts. Add on a $13 "Dippin' Flight" appetizer, and let your tastebuds soar. (Friday, October 7-Sunday, October 9, 5-7 pm, at Top of the Mark, 999 California St., Nob Hill.)

Litquake Is Here: Our Picks for the Best Events

This week, thousands of bookworms will be crawling out of their holes and preparing for Litquake, SF's annual celebration of all things literary. Founded as a one-day festival in 1999, Litquake has expanded to eight days of readings, parties, and events, capped by the Mission's infamous Lit Crawl on Saturday, October 15th. As always, the full lineup yields plenty of treasures, but we've narrowed the schedule down to six particularly memorable events.

Jeffrey Eugenides

Friday, October 14, 7 pm, at Books Inc. Opera Plaza (601 Van Ness Ave.)

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.

An added note: In addition to these events, the Litquake festival begins this Friday, with tons more readings. Here are our picks for Litquake.

Belo Cipriani (Blind: A Memoir)

Wednesday, October 5, 6 pm, at Book Passage SF (1 Ferry Building)

Get Your Single-Malt On: It's SF Whisky Week

Scotch lovers, start your engines: this Tuesday marks the first day of Whisky Week, a five-day series of events and tastings that culminates in the annual WhiskyFest, which features over 250 libations from around the globe. Whether you're a neophyte looking to learn more about an unfamiliar spirit or an expert excited to try all those ultra-pricey new expressions you've been reading about, this week has plenty to offer.

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. Play Hooky at Chambers: Not really feeling another few hours in the cubicle this afternoon, especially with a legitimate summer day right outside? Fake an upset stomach and head to Chambers, where they'll be dishing up $4 beers, bloody marys, and margaritas around their signature pool all day long. If you're really feeling flush, or can convince the boss to call it an "offsite," $97 buys a cabana room with four pool passes, where you can change, shower, and head to dinner. (Wednesday, September 28, 1 pm-sunset, at Chambers Eat + Drink in the Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy St., Tenderloin.)

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