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Saturday, April 4

POSTPONED: Free Author Talk: Drinking French | Omnivore Books
Saturday, April 4 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
POSTPONED: Free Author Talk: Drinking French | Omnivore Books
UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, this event has been postponed. Bestselling cookbook author, memoirist, and popular blogger David Lebovitz delves into the drinking culture of France in Drinking French. Featuring 160 recipes for everything from coffee, hot chocolate, and tea to Kir and regional apéritifs, classic and ...

Monday, April 6

POSTPONED: “disrespectful” Book Discussion | Corte Madera
Monday, April 6 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Book Passage (Corte Madera)
POSTPONED: "disrespectful" Book Discussion | Corte Madera
UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, this event has been postponed. Mary Ladd, author of The Wig Diaries, will be joined by illustrator and SF Chronicle cartoonist Don Asmussen to discuss their “disrespectful” cancer book. Hosted by KQED’s Michael Krasny. Please note, this event was submitted to Funcheap by ...

Wednesday, April 8

CANCELED: “All I Ever Wanted” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
Wednesday, April 8 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
CANCELED: "All I Ever Wanted" Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, this event has been canceled. Join Kathy Valentine, bassist for The Go-Go’s, discusses her new memoir “All I Ever Wanted” on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm About All I Ever Wanted: Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine’s story is a roller coaster of ...
The Setup’s “A Funny Thing Happened” Storytelling Night | Beer Basement
The Setup's "A Funny Thing Happened" Storytelling Night | Beer Basement

The Second Wednesday of every Month, The Setup presents“A Funny Thing Happened”, a night of world class storytelling. You’ll be joining bestselling authors, Emmy-Award winning writers, TED speakers, stars of The Moth Radio hour, Snap Judgment and accomplished comedic voices in an intimate setting right ...Monthly

Thursday, April 9

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Blade Runner | SF
Thursday, April 9 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Blade Runner | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Blade Runner Thursday, Apr. 9, 12 – 2 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Lower Level R, 117 mins., 1982 A blade runner seeks to terminate four replicants who have stolen a space ship and returned to Earth to find their creator.
Thursday Night Poem Jam | SF Main Library
Thursday, April 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library

Join San Francisco Main Public Library with talented poets for a poetry jam. The Main Library’s monthly Poem Jam poetry reading series, moderated by Kim Shuck, takes place on Thursdays at 6 pm in the Main Library. Thursday Night Poem Jam Every 2nd Thursday | ...Monthly

Saturday, April 11

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, April 11 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | EXIT Theatre
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF

Every second Saturday of the month, EXIT Theatre invites writers, actors, directors, theater creators and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance. Join in for: 8:30 pm: Mixer 9 pm: Writing sprint where writers have 30 minutes to generate original monologues based ...Monthly

Sunday, April 12

Sci-Fi Festival: Science Fiction & Fantasy Costume Contest | SF
Sunday, April 12 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
Sci-Fi Festival: Science Fiction & Fantasy Costume Contest | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Science Fiction & Fantasy Costume Contest Sunday, Apr. 12 Registration: 12 – 1 p.m., Contest: 2 – 4 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Lower Level Get your most fantastical self ready for SFPL’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Costume Contest! Fans of science fiction, fantasy, ...

Wednesday, April 15

“Our Riches” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
Wednesday, April 15 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
"Our Riches" Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
Join Algerian author Kaouther Adimi discusses his new novel “Our Riches” on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 7:30 pm. Sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Praise for Our Riches “An understated, lyrical story of reading and resistance over the tumultuous generations.”—Kirkus Reviews (Starred) “Adimi’s confident prose ...

Thursday, April 16

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Time After Time | SF
Thursday, April 16 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Time After Time | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Time After Time Thursday, Apr. 16, 12 – 2 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Lower Level PG, 112 mins., 1979 H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper into San Francisco circa 1979, after the serial murderer uses the future writer’s time machine to escape ...
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Podcast: Our Opinions Are Correct | SF
Thursday, April 16 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Podcast: Our Opinions Are Correct | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Podcast: Our Opinions Are Correct Thursday, Apr. 16, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Latino/Hispanic Rooms, Lower Level Annalee Newitz, a science journalist who writes science fiction, and Charlie Jane Anders, a science fiction writer who is obsessed with science, will host their ...

Saturday, April 18

Free Author Talk: Dinner in French | Omnivore Books
Saturday, April 18 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Free Author Talk: Dinner in French | Omnivore Books
One of the nation’s favorite cookbook authors and food writers updates classic French techniques and dishes to reflect how we cook, shop, and eat today. Melissa Clark first fell in love with France and French food as a child; her parents spent their August vacations traversing the ...

Sunday, April 19

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Tachyon Publications Anniversary | SF
Sunday, April 19 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Tachyon Publications Anniversary | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Tachyon Publications Anniversary Sunday, Apr. 19, 2 – 4 p.m. Latino/Hispanic Rooms, Lower Level Celebrate the 25th anniversary of San Francisco’s Tachyon Publications with publisher Jacob Weisman and special guests. Tachyon Publications, an independent press specializing in science fiction and fantasy books, ...

Tuesday, April 21

Free Author Talk: Always Home | Omnivore Books
Tuesday, April 21 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Free Author Talk: Always Home | Omnivore Books
In this extraordinarily intimate portrait of her mother–and herself–Fanny Singer, daughter of food icon and activist Alice Waters, chronicles a unique world of food, wine, and travel; a world filled with colorful characters, mouth-watering traditions, and sumptuous feasts. Across dozens of vignettes with accompanying recipes, she ...

Wednesday, April 22

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: A Talk with Steven Black & Don Herron | SF
Wednesday, April 22 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: A Talk with Steven Black & Don Herron | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Remembering the 3 Ms and FL A Talk with Steven Black and Don Herron Wednesday, Apr. 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Latino/Hispanic Rooms, Lower Level  Pioneering Bay Area science fiction and fantasy authors Miriam Allen de Ford, Margaret St. Clair, Margo Skinner, and ...
“Sharks in the Time of Saviors” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
Wednesday, April 22 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
"Sharks in the Time of Saviors" Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
Join Kawai Strong Washburn discusses his debut novel “Sharks in the Time of Saviors” on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm. About Sharks in the Time of Saviors: In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation, seven-year-old Nainoa Flores falls overboard a cruise ship into ...

Thursday, April 23

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: THX 1138 | SF
Thursday, April 23 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: THX 1138 | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: THX 1138 Thursday, Apr. 23, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Lower Level R, 86 mins., 1971. In this futuristic film by George Lucas, shot around the Bay Area and in BART tunnels, a man named THX 1138 and a woman ...
Free Author Talk: Cool Beans | Omnivore Books
Thursday, April 23 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Free Author Talk: Cool Beans | Omnivore Books
Join us for this special talk all about beans, with Washington Post food editor Joe Yonan and Steve Sando, owner of Rancho Gordo Beans, who will have his own new bean cookbook to celebrate! Drawing on the culinary traditions of the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Mexico, ...

Saturday, April 25

24th Annual Anarchist Book Fair | Oakland
Saturday, April 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Omni Commons
24th Annual Anarchist Book Fair | Oakland

Anarchists, socialists, card-carrying members of the ACLU, radicals and assorted ne’erdowells will descend on the Oakland Omni Commons for the 24th Annual Anarchist Book Fair. The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair is one of the largest annual radical gatherings in the world with thousands of ...

Sunday, April 26

2020 Día de Los Libros: Free Books, Music & Family Fun | Mission Dist.
Sunday, April 26 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Parque Ninos Unidos
2020 Día de Los Libros: Free Books, Music & Family Fun | Mission Dist.
San Francisco’s Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros: A Celebration of Children & Books is rooted in a longtime Latin American tradition of celebrating children. San Francisco’s first Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros was held in 1999 with the goal of ...
Massive 25¢ Comic Book Sale “Books & Brews” | SF
Sunday, April 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Anchor Public Taps
Massive 25¢ Comic Book Sale "Books & Brews" | SF
Don’t miss out on the biggest comic book sale in the city at the coolest brewery in San Francisco. Over 35,000 comic books for only 25¢ a piece. Come by Anchor Public Taps in the Potrero neighborhood on Sunday, April 26th, from 12 pm to ...

Monday, April 27

Silent Book Club: Book Lovers’ Monthly Reading | San Jose
Monday, April 27 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Hedley Club
Silent Book Club: Book Lovers' Monthly Reading | San Jose

Silent Book Club is a monthly meetup of reading afficionados. Bring yourself and what you’re currently reading to The Hedley Club. Free, but an RSVP is requested. The link can sometimes be hard to find. You can sometimes find it in these two sites: Silent Book ...Monthly

Thursday, April 30

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Star Trek IV “The Voyage Home” | SF
Thursday, April 30 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Star Trek IV “The Voyage Home” | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Star Trek IV “The Voyage Home” Thursday, Apr. 30, 12 – 2 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Lower Level PG, 119 mins., 1986. To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to ...

Saturday, May 2

2020 Bikes to Books: Literary Adventure Bike Tour | SoMa to North Beach
Saturday, May 2 – 12:45 pm | Cost: FREE | South Park
2020 Bikes to Books: Literary Adventure Bike Tour | SoMa to North Beach
Combining San Francisco history, art, literature, cycling, and urban exploration, Bikes to Books began as an homage to the 1988 street-naming project spearheaded by City Lights founder and former San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in which 12 San Francisco streets were renamed for famous ...

Tuesday, May 5

Ottessa Moshfegh’s “Death in Her Hands” Discussion | Green Apple Books
Tuesday, May 5 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Ottessa Moshfegh's "Death in Her Hands" Discussion | Green Apple Books
Ottessa Moshfegh discusses her new novel Death in Her Hands. Praise for Death in Her Hands “When it comes to evoking the jagged edge of contemporary anxiety there might not be a more insightful writer working today than Moshfegh. That is, if the boundless dark potential of ...

Saturday, May 9

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, May 9 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | EXIT Theatre
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF

Every second Saturday of the month, EXIT Theatre invites writers, actors, directors, theater creators and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance. Join in for: 8:30 pm: Mixer 9 pm: Writing sprint where writers have 30 minutes to generate original monologues based ...Monthly

Tuesday, May 12

“Urban Playground” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
Tuesday, May 12 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
"Urban Playground" Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
Join Katie Burke discusses her new book Urban Playground: What Kids Say about Living in San Francisco on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm. About Urban Playground: Rural areas cover 97 percent of the United States–yet more than 80 percent of the US population lives in ...

Wednesday, May 13

“The New American” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
Wednesday, May 13 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
"The New American" Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
Join Micheline Aharonian Marcom discusses her new novel “The New American” with Sara Campos on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm. About The New American: In this timely and emotionally powerful novel, award-winning author Micheline A. Marcom recounts the epic journey of a young Guatemalan-American college ...
The Setup’s “A Funny Thing Happened” Storytelling Night | Beer Basement
The Setup's "A Funny Thing Happened" Storytelling Night | Beer Basement

The Second Wednesday of every Month, The Setup presents“A Funny Thing Happened”, a night of world class storytelling. You’ll be joining bestselling authors, Emmy-Award winning writers, TED speakers, stars of The Moth Radio hour, Snap Judgment and accomplished comedic voices in an intimate setting right ...Monthly

Thursday, May 14

Thursday Night Poem Jam | SF Main Library
Thursday, May 14 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library

Join San Francisco Main Public Library with talented poets for a poetry jam. The Main Library’s monthly Poem Jam poetry reading series, moderated by Kim Shuck, takes place on Thursdays at 6 pm in the Main Library. Thursday Night Poem Jam Every 2nd Thursday | ...Monthly