Wednesday, Feb. 9
San Francisco author David Vann with his novel Caribou Island (Harper; $26), about a marriage in decay in the Alaskan wilderness, at the Booksmith, 1644 Haight (at Cole). 7:30 p.m., free; 863-8688, www.booksmith.com.
Thursday, Feb. 10
S.F. author Andrew Foster Altschul with Deus Ex Machina (Counterpoint, $15), a novel satirizing reality TV, 7 p.m. at the Opera Plaza Books Inc., 601 Van Ness (at Turk). 776-1111, www.booksinc.net.
Monday, Feb. 14
The February Monthly Rumpus doubles as the book release party for Stephen Elliott and Eric Martin's satirical novel, Donald (McSweeney's, $12), whose release is timed to coincide with the publication date of Donald Rumsfeld's real memoir. 7 p.m, $10 at the Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St. (at Mission), www.makeoutroom.com.
Tuesday, Feb. 15
East Bay author Peggy Orenstein with Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture (Harper; $26) at Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal (at Vicente). 7 p.m., free; 564-8080, www.bookshopwestportal.com.
Thursday, Feb. 17 Central Valley novelist Bill Pieper with What You Wish For (Eloquent Books, $18), a novel about assisted suicide, at the Green Arcade, 1680 Market (at Gough). 7 p.m., free; 431-6800, www.thegreenarcade.com.
Tuesday, Feb. 22
Author Summer Wood with Wrecker (Bloomsbury, $20), a novel about a wayward youth, set partially in a late-'60s NorCal commune, in conversation with local author Laura Fraser at the San Francisco Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, #42, (Market at Embarcadero). 6 p.m., free; 835-1020, www.bookpassage.com.
Friday, Feb. 25
San Francisco native and Adam Carolla podcast cohost Teresa Strasser with Exploiting My Baby Because It's Exploiting Me: A Memoir of Pregnancy and Childbirth (NAL Trade, $15) at Green Apple Books, 506 Clement (at Sixth Ave.). 7 p.m., free; 387-2272, www.greenapplebooks.com.