March comes in like a lion — or so we are reliably informed — and the author events on offer this month more than live up to the billing. Come join the circus!
Novelist and filmmaker John Sayles reads from his new historical novel, Jamie MacGillivray: The Renegade’s Journey, set in Scotland and about the controversies surrounding Bonnie Prince Charlie, the last “Stuart Pretender.” Sayles’ previous novels include Union Dues and Yellow Earth, and his film oeuvre includes Lone Star and Return of the Secaucus Seven — not to mention the B-movie classic Alligator. City Lights Bookstore (registration required to access online broadcast), 6:30 p.m. citylights.com
Opposites attract. Best-selling author Will Schwalbe describes the phenomenon in his latest, We Should Not Be Friends, an account of the unlikely lifelong alliance between the artsy author and his college roommate, a jock who served as a Navy SEAL. Book Passage (Corte Madera location), 1 p.m. bookpassage.com
Maggie Millner reads from her debut collection, Couplets, a tale of “one woman’s coming-out, coming-of-age and coming undone.” Millner will be joined in conversation by fellow poets Megan Fernandes and Sam Sax, plus Zyzzyva managing editor Oscar Villalon. City Lights Bookstore (registration required to attend in person or watch online), 6 p.m. citylights.com
San Francisco–born author Jennifer Egan talks about her latest novel, The Candy House — a “sibling” of sorts to her Pulitzer Prize–winning A Visit from the Goon Squad — as well as her other fictional and journalistic work. Sydney Goldstein Theater, 7:30 p.m.; $36. cityarts.net