Monday, June 13: Mary Roach at the Nourse Theater (City Arts & Lectures), SF
Have you heard about the latest literary game? It's called "What topic will Mary Roach write about next?" Insects? Skateboarding? Beer? Chickens? Perms? Dancing? Nebraska? All good guesses. But all wrong. The correct answer is . . . war. Roach's latest book, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, explores the ways that soldier's survive panic, exhaustion, heat, and noise, and other challenges in the midst of extreme battlefield conditions. The San Francisco-based writer has already covered outer space (Packing for Mars), sex (Bonk), dead bodies (Stiff), and the alimentary canal (Gulp). Really, there's not much left. Roach will be in conversation with Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame. Details here. She'll also be at Kepler's Books on June 22.
Thursday, June 16: Walter Mosley at Kepler's Books, Menlo Park
In April, Walter Mosley was declared the 2016 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. It's an apt title for the prolific writer, who has written scads of acclaimed mystery books. He's also written plays, non-fiction, cultural criticism, and one very popular book about how to write a novel. If anyone should give you advice about how to sit down and actually write that 300 pages you've been thinking about for the past ten years, it's Walter Mosley. Charcoal Joe, his latest, is the 14th Easy Rawlins mystery. It picks up where the last, Rose Gold, left off. Easy Rawlins is about to start a new detective agency when a friend introduces him to Charcoal Joe. Rawlins is soon embroiled in a murder case that sees a young Stanford-bound black man charged with killing a white man. The event is sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. Details here
Monday, June 20: Natashia Deón at Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission, SF