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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.

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.) 

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

What to See at Litquake

With 180 events and over 850 authors in its twelfth year, Litquake, SF's premier literary festival, just keeps getting bigger and better. (It's even expanded to other cities–Seattle and Austin are getting their own editions of the Lit Crawl later this month.) Trying to choose from such a wealth of riches is difficult, but these eight events caught our eye.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Slate Bar Opens in the Mission: Housed in the former SOM space at 16th and South Van Ness, Slate (pictured above) is looking to move away from its former occupants' clubby vibe to more of a relaxed lounge feel, including adding seating and a pool table. The space is still dark and romantic, and they've introduced a few signature cocktails, like the Jenny's Juice (black tea-infused vodka, lemon, sugar) and the Working Girl (bourbon, apple cider, ginger liqueur, sage). There's also a daily happy hour from 6-10, with $5 well drinks, $1 off beer, and a $6 shot-and-a-beer combo with Tecate and your choice of Jameson or Bulleit. (Wednesday-Saturday, 6 pm-2 am, 2925 16th St., Mission.) 

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.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Rye Bar SF

1. The Tenderloin Cocktail Crawl: No plans tonight? Consider heading over to Nirvino's crawl through four bars on the Union Square/Tenderloin border: Jasper's, Rye, The Mortimer, and Grand Cafe. Each bar will make a drink with Akvinta vodka, St. Germain, Don Julio tequila, or Pisco Porton, and drinkers will be able to sample all four for just $10 ($20 at the door), with all proceeds benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Grab your ticket here. (Wednesday, September 26, 5:30 pm, at Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen, 401 Taylor St., Union Square.) 

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)

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