So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into … the future? Here are some tasty literature options on offer this February.
John Darnielle, best known for his musical work with the Mountain Goats, is a double threat. Darnielle discusses his new thriller, Devil House, set in Milpitas, with science writer Annalee Newitz. The Dairy at Sports Basement SF Presidio, 7 p.m.; $32. greenapplebooks.com
Jack Kornfield & Anne Lamott
Zen guru Jack Kornfield, a founding director of the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, and best-selling novelist and nonfiction author Anne Lamott will be in conversation. Sydney Goldstein Theater, 7:30 p.m.; $36. cityarts.net
The Perfect Sound: A Memoir in Stereo
Poet and essayist Garrett Hongo talks about his latest book, The Perfect Sound: A Memoir in Stereo — an account of his musical passions, from surf sounds to opera — with national treasure Maxine Hong Kingston. Free online event; registration required. 6 p.m. citylights.com
Beyond This Narrow Now
UC Irvine professor Nahum Dimitri Chandler discusses his new book about W.E.B. Du Bois, Beyond This Narrow Now, in a panel discussion with African American historian Robert Gooding-Williams and feminist philosopher Judith Butler. Free online event; registration required. 6 p.m. citylights.com