San Francisco author Daphne Gottlieb has recently released a collection of short stories titled Pretty Much Dead, inspired by the tech takeover of the city. The stories peer into interstitial communities affected by the onslaught of unequal wealth, taking place in the streets and transient hotels as well as rent-controlled apartment buildings. Partially fictional and partially true, they highlight the larger significance of the little moments that break you down. Gottlieb has either authored or edited a total of ten books. She previously worked on Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in Her Own Words, a collection of letters written by the famous female alleged serial killer while she was on Death Row. Gottlieb’s writing is dark, playful and punchy. On July 17, she will be holding the official book release for her newest work at Octopus Literary Salon (2101 Webster St., Oakland). Starting at 7 p.m, Gottlieb will read, along with guest readers Joel Landmine, Cindy Emch, and Kelly Klein.