It’s our last listing of events of the year! Don’t forget to check some of these events out. And remember, the author visits don’t stop happening over the summer. Be sure to check your favorite bookstores and local library for other great events.
April 25, 7:30pm, at Stanford
Novelist-poet Sherman Alexie (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Blasphemy) will make an appearance and speak and tell stories about his work and life.
April 25, 7:30pm, at Kepler’s
If you’re passionate about social science and social justice, you’ll want to see famed author Barbara Ehrenreich, known for her seminal book Nickel and Dimed. She will present her new book, Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything, a memoir that tells of her experience reading the journals she wrote as a teen. (This will be a ticketed event. $10 in advance, $15 at door.)
April 26, 4:30pm, at SFPL – Main
Have you seen the new biopic “Cesar Chavez?” Are you dying to know more about the legendary man and co-founder of the United Farm Workers? The author of the new biography The Crusades of Cesar Chavez, Miriam Pawel, will appear to discuss her book.
May 1, 12pm, at Books Inc – Opera Plaza
Have you read The Circle yet? Popular local author Dave Eggers, founder of 826 Valencia and McSweeney’s, will appear to sign copies of his latest book, just coming out in paperback this month.
May 1, 7:30pm, at Nourse Theater
Foodies, rejoice! The acclaimed food writer Michael Pollan will give a lecture about his books and work. It will be filmed as part of a PBS documentary about his book In Defense of Food. (This will be a ticketed event.)
May 3, everywhere
It’s California Bookstore Day! Celebrate by visiting your favorite independent bookstore in your area. Many of them will have special events, sales, and author visits.
May 3, all day, at Lee’s Comics
It’s Free Comic Books Day! Stop in anytime to get a free comic book, and of course, stay to pick out even more you’ll want to read!
May 6, 6pm, at Book Passage
Two of our library’s hottest authors, Jenny Han (Summer novels, Shug) and Morgan Matson (Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour) will be visiting the bookstore to promote their new books. Jenny Han’s latest is titled To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, about a girl who writes love letters but doesn’t send them. Matson’s new book, Since You’ve Been Gone is a book about summer, so it’s the perfect thing to grab at the end of the school year.
May 8, 7pm, at Kepler’s
If you liked author Jennifer Donnelly’s historical fiction novels Revolution or A Northern Light, you’ll want to check out her next offering. Even if you’re not a historical fiction fan, you’ll be interested – her next book starts a series about mermaids! The author will appear to promote this new title, Deep Blue.
May 8, 7pm, at Lucie Stern Community Center
Stanford Stegner Fellow NoViolet Bulawayo, who just won the prestigious PEN/Hemingway Award for debut novels, will appear to speak about her novel, We Need New Names. It is about growing up in Zimbabwe and coming to the United States. (This is a free event that requires registration. Click here to learn more.)
May 10, 4pm, at Dominican University
Are you a fan of Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren? She has written a new book, A Fighting Chance, and will appear to talk about the book and her work in the Senate.
May 13, 7:30pm, at Kepler’s
Acclaimed author Francine Prose has written another novel! This one takes place in the happening Paris of the 1930s and stars all manner of authors, expats, dancers and artists. The author will appear at the bookstore to talk about the new novel, titled Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932.
May 17, 4pm, at Books Inc – Berkeley
Did you read Marissa Moss’ books when you were younger? The author-illustrator (Amelia’s Notebook, Mira’s Diary) has a new series starting, starring a vampire who just wants to be a regular sixth grader. Blood Diaries is sure to be funny!
May 21, 7pm, at Books Inc – Opera Plaza
This event should catch a variety of types of readers. Three authors will be appearing: Kiera Cass, whose final novel in the Selection trilogy comes out soon; Kevin Emerson, a musician whose novel features music and romance; and Amanda Maciel, whose first novel Tease should appeal to fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder.
May 27, 7pm, at Books Inc – Opera Plaza
Realistic fiction readers should go to this event to see author Dana Reinhardt. Her new book, We Are the Goldens, is about a girl who feels inseparable from her older sister, until her sister begins keeping secrets.
June 22, 4pm, at JCCSF
Author Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes) will appear to present her new book, All Fall Down. In addition, she is sure to talk about the other thing that makes her famous – her outspoken decry of the literary world’s bias against women writers.
Ongoing Saturdays, 4pm, at SFPL – West Portal
Want to get a free book? Just visit the library, where the teen librarian will trade you a book (might be old, might be new, might not even be published yet) and in exchange, you give her a book review by the end of the month!