San Francisco author Rabih Alameddine, whose 2013 “An Unnecessary Woman” was a National Book Award finalist, returns with a new novel this month. Fiction by Anne Raeff, Martin Cruz Smith and Susan Wolfe; a collection of science fiction stories edited by Karen Joy Fowler, and nonfiction books on hula and exemplary women are also on the list of October new releases by Bay Area writers. “The Angel of History” by Rabih Alameddine (Atlantic Monthly, $26; 320 pages) Memory is a powerful force in “The Angel of History.” Rabih Alameddine’s captivating new novel is the story of Jacob, a San Francisco poet in crisis. Over a single phantasmagoric night in a psych ward — attended by an acid-tongued Satan, a wryly observant Death and a coterie of saints — Yemeni-born Jacob looks back on the events of his life, from youth in an Egyptian brothel to love and devastating losses as a gay man in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis. Like Aaliya, the central character of Alameddine’s “An Unnecessary Woman,” Jacob is an unrepentant misanthrope with the soul of a poet, and his remembrances of things past are delivered with insight, humanity and mordant wit. Alameddine will read from the book Oct. 9 at Litquake in the Castro, Oct. 11 at Rakestraw Books in Danville, and Nov. 16 at Kepler’s in Menlo Park.
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Details: July 7-16; Woodminster Amphitheatre at Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland; $31-$64; 510-531-9597; www.woodminster.com. 3 Hershey Felder, “Beethoven”: Felder, the musician, actor and storyteller, has a love affair going with the Bay Area. His solo shows focusing on the lives and music of famed composers ranging from Gershwin and Bernstein to Beethoven have been big hits at Berkeley Rep and TheatreWorks. His current production of “Beethoven” broke TheatreWorks box office records and has been extended, but this weekend will mark your last chance to see the show, and tickets are going fast.
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Through everything, too, Jim French’s lighting met the dances as a partner, especially in what I thought of as the beach scene, where dancers down to their underwear combed the scattered paper for messages while cast in a gorgeous, Picasso-rose light. Launched in 2003 with funds from philanthropist Nancy Laurie, Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton’s niece, Cedar Lake has been in administrative turmoil lately. Artistically, however, this seems to be a company that dares to have something to say and even invites a woman to be among those who say it. Long may it last.