BookShop West Portal
80 West Portal, San Francisco, CA 94127
Open 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Every Day


Saturday, September 6 from 8:15 AM to 5:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist Center (1187 Franklin Street at Geary)

The San Francisco Writing for Change Conference is the place to discover whether your book can change the world.

"Changing the World One Book at a Time" is the conference theme, and the goal is to encompass business, politics, technology, social issues, the environment, culture, the law, and much more. You will have the opportunity to learn from and pitch your book to agents and editors, and get feedback on your work from freelance editors.

Keynote speaker Adam Hochschild - author of To End All Wars, King Leopold's Ghost, and Bury the Chains - will discuss "Writing About a Changing World." Other speakers include Nina Amir, Jim Azevedo, Brenda Knight, Anthony Marra, and more.

Registration fee is $149 until September 4th! Register now before the price increase. The conference is limited to 100 attendees. For more information, visit

Yoga of the Impossible DIANE FRANK
Yoga of the Impossible
Tuesday, September 9 at 7 PM

The Pulitzer-prize nominated author of Blackberries in the Dream House will read from her new book, a story told through the soul of a sculptor who lives her life as a contemporary Aphrodite in a society that is morally profane.

"Yoga of the Impossible is clearly written by a poet. The language is spare, allowing the images and story to come alive. Like Blackberries in the Dream House, the novel is infused with a sense of magic as it reveals the life of a sculptor who loves to create art as much as she lets her experiences mold and transform her." - Stewart Florsheim, author of The Short Fall from Grace

More upcoming events:

A Short History of San Francisco TOM COLE
A Short History of San Francisco
Thursday, September 18th at 7:00 PM

Meet the author of this unique and rowdy tale of San Francisco with its legendary cast of characters. Here are the Indians and the Spanish missions, the arrival of thousands of gold seekers and gamblers, crackbrains and dreamers, the building of the transcontinental railroad and the cable car, labor strife and political shenanigans, the 1906 earthquake and fire, two World Wars, two World's Fairs, two great bridges, the beatniks and hippies and New Left.

A new afterword from Tom Cole brings the city into the 21st Century - a time just as hectic, experimental and opportunistic as its rambunctious past!

A Deadly Wandering
A Deadly Wandering
Thursday, October 2nd at 7 PM

Meet the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter, who will discuss his new book - an exploration of technology's vast influence on the human mind and society. Richtel examines the story of Utah college student Reggie Shaw, who killed two scientists while texting and driving. He follows Shaw through the tragedy, the police investigation, prosecution, and ultimately, his redemption.

Diane Frankenstein Diane Frankenstein's Literature Series

Dates for upcoming classes in the adult series:
November 11, December 9, January 13, February 24, March 24, and April 21
November 13, December 11, January 15, February 26, March 26 and April 23

For more information, contact Diane at
Texts purchased for Diane's literature series are discounted 20%. Use the coupon code DIANE and your discount will be taken at checkout.

Fiber Arts Classes with Thea Fiber Arts Classes with Thea
Alternating Wednesdays from 7-9:00 PM

Drop-in sessions, which combine a knitting clinic and social circle, are generally held 7 to 9 pm on alternating Wednesdays. Sometimes you'll find folks have brought skeins of yarn, knitting needles, and other goodies to give away or trade. Here are the upcoming dates:

  • August 27
  • September 10
  • September 24
Knitting Clinic: $10 per hour.
If you can't commit to an ongoing class, or you only need a bit of help here and there, this beginning and intermediate knitting clinic is for you. Bring your questions and whatever project you're currently working on and get the help you need (free to those folks who are working on a pattern from a class they'd previously taken with me at BSWP).
Social Circle: Free No help needed? You're welcome to drop by for our free social circle and enjoy a fun, relaxing evening in the company of other knitters. Crocheters, needlepointers, sewers—all are welcome!

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