Independent Bookstore Day 2017

Saturday | April 29 | all day

We’ve got a great line-up of guest booksellers for the day as well as special giveaways, Independent Bookstore Day exclusives, and more! We’ll kick off the morning from 11:00 to 12:00 with a special story and activity hour with Deborah Clearwaters and Sue DiCiccio representing the collaborative children’s picture book Adventures in Asian Art: An Afternoon at the Museum. Then we’ll be welcoming our guest booksellers throughout the day including zine-maker extraordinaire, Christina Tran, map-maker/amateur historian Burrito Justice, generative coloring book artist, Kristin Henry, cooperative movement documentarian and vegetarian chef extraordinaire Shanta Sacharoff, City Lights poet Garrett Caples, and local novelists Meg Donahue, Ruth Galm, and Mary McNear.

Children’s Book Week Pajama Party Storytime | Gennifer Choldenko

Wednesday | May 3 | 6PM

In honor of Children’s Book Week, we’ll be hosting a very special pajama party storytime with one of our fave local authors, Gennifer Choldenko, who’ll be reading from her new picture book: Dad and the Dinosaur. The author of books such as Putting the Monkeys to Bed, Al Capone Does my Homework, and Chasing Secrets will be sharing her funny family fable about a boy, his dad, and his missing dinosaur, illustrated by the incomparable Dan Santat. Come in your PJs and kick out the jam(mies) with us!

EXIT Press Playwrights Panel

Wednesday | May 10 | 7PM

San Francisco is a national epicenter of new theatre, but most “world premieres” languish in a limbo of one-off productions, never to be seen again. But local imprint EXIT Press is out to change that dynamic, publishing the works of local playwrights in order to give them life beyond their initial run, documenting our unique theatrical history one play at a time. Join a panel of EXIT Press playwrights and Lily Janiak, lead theatre critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, to discuss the process of playwriting–from page to stage to publication. With Allison Page, Aren Haun, Martin Schwartz, Stuart Bousel, and Terry Baum.

Odd Mondays

Monday | May 15 | 7PM

Judith Levy-Sender and Ramon Sender host a rotating cast of local authors and neighborhood denizens.

Bookworms Middle Reader Book Club | Sheila Grau

Friday | May 19 | 7PM

We’re stoked to welcome back Sheila Grau, author of the Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions series, to talk about her latest title, Polar Distress to our fab middle reader book club. There’s a $5 deposit for the RSVP. If the child attends, the $5 will come back to them in the form of a store gift certificate. If they’re not able to attend, the money will be donated to The Children’s Book Project, a foundation that builds literacy by providing free books to children.

Altamont | Joel Selvin and John Hell, in Conversation

Thursday | May 25 | 7PM

If 1967’s Summer of Love heralded a sea change in San Francisco, the disastrous events at Altamont in late 1969 heralded quite another. In Altamont: The Rolling Stones, The Hells Angels, And The Inside Story Of Rock’s Darkest Day, Joel Selvin, longtime music critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, details every way in which the presumptive “Woodstock West” dissolved into chaos and bloodshed, a bracing reminder that some of the “good old days” were not as nostalgia would paint them. Joining Selvin onstage will be local radio luminary John Hell (Radio Free Burning Man, Radio Valencia), for an in-depth Q & A about one of rock music’s most notorious moments.

Folio Night, LIVE!

Tuesday | May 30 | 7PM

Our third community open mic night with featured reader, Bay Area poet Tongo Eisen-Martin, and host Wayne Goodman. Contact us a week in advance if you’re planning to read and you have a book to consign, or bring a few extra copies to sell if we already have your book in stock. Max eight readers, first come first signed up. Five minute time limit per reader (strictly enforced).