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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)

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. CUESA's Election Hangover: Whether you're celebrating Obama's second term or mourning Romney's loss, a few drinks are probably in order, which is why CUESA is wrapping up election season with their final cocktail party of the year. Bartenders from Rye, Churchill, Azucar Lounge, Tradition, Rickhouse, The New Easy, Jasper's, Dobbs Ferry, Bocazote, and Acme Bar and Co. will whip up cocktail samples featuring the best of fall produce, while Karlsson's Gold vodka will provide two full-size drinks. They'll have bites from Dobbs Ferry and the Clift Hotel as well. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here.

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.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Election Night Cocktails at Blackbird and Solstice Lounge: After you vote on Tuesday, a pair of local bars are happy to reward you for your commitment to doing your duty as a citizen. First up on the list is Blackbird in the Castro, who'll be hosting St. George Spirits for free tastings of their Botanivore and Terroir gins. They'll also be offering two specialty cocktails featuring the gins for $6: the white Negroni (gin, Amaro Montenegro, vermouth, prosecco) and the Poached Pear (gin, lemon, honey syrup, Lambrusco). Simultaneously, St. George will be sponsoring a cocktail competition at Solstice Lounge, with bartenders competing to make the best Terroir gin cocktail as chosen by attendees.

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. 

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. StrEat Brew Opens: As promised, the capacious SOMA StrEat Food Park has finally added its first booze-centric trailer, offering a selection of local beer and wine to pair with the grub available from its rotating ten-truck lineup. The selection varies regularly, but always includes local craft favorites like Trumer Pils, Racer 5, Anchor Steam, and Speakeasy Prohibition Ale ($5/pint, $13/pitcher); a selection of bottles and cans, like Great White and Big Daddy, are $4. Happy hour, from 5-7 each day, features $2 PBR tallboys and $4 sangria in flavors like orange-ginger and strawberry-watermelon (regularly $6/glass, $24/pitcher). Check in on their Facebook page to receive $1 off your first drink.

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

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Soda Popinski's Opens: The latest addition to the bar family behind Bullitt, Tonic, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, and Lightning Tavern, Soda Popinski's is named for a character in the vintage Mike Tyson's Punch-Out Nintendo game. The former Gold Star Bar space has traded its schoolhouse vibe for a clubby hunting-lodge interior, which is countered by a 60-inch flatscreen in the back devoted entirely to vintage Nintendo games (it's free to play). The bar features Fernet, Bulleit bourbon, and Fireball cinnamon liqueur on tap, and there are a few specialty cocktails, including a Moscow Mule and a "Vodka Drunkenski" (but watch out: the latter packs two shots of vodka). (1548 California St., Nob Hill.) 

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.)

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. SliderBar Opens in the Castro: After getting its start in Palo Alto, this patty-oriented cafe is moving up the Bay to the Castro, taking over the old Criolla Kitchen spot on Market. While the menu of inventive sliders and Belgian frites will tempt burger fans, equally noteworthy is the sixteen-beer draft selection, curated by cicerone Eric Cripe of the Jug Shop, with $2-3 tastes that allow drinkers to sample everything from Kostrizer Schwarzbier to Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. There are also beer floats with Old Rasputin imperial stout and Deschutes Black Butte Porter ($5), agave margaritas ($5) and a selection of California wines ($7-11/glass). (2295 Market St., Castro.) 

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