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February 2019

San Francisco Writers Conference

February 14 @ 12:00 pm - February 18 @ 9:30 pm
Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco , CA 94111 United States
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$850

Feb 14-18, Thursday: 12 noon-9:30pm | Friday: 6:45am-9pm | Saturday: 7am-9pm | Sunday: 6:45am-4pm | Monday: 9am-5pm "San Francisco Writers Conference is a four-day event packed with 100+ sessions for writers-from the craft of writing to the business of publishing. There is copious networking with bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, publishers from major publishing houses, and other writers; two keynote luncheons and breakfasts; and evening open mic readings and pitch sessions. Thursday: 12:00AM-9:30PM | Friday: 6:45AM-9:00PM | Saturday: 7:00AM-9:00PM |…

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The Poetry Center presents a solo reading and conversation with Annie Finch

February 18 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA 94132 United States
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4:30pm The Poetry Center presents a solo reading and conversation with Annie Finch at The Poetry Center San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Avenue San Francisco free

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POETS! – featured readers followed by an open mic

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Jan Steckel at Poetry Express

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Jan Steckel will read from her new poetry book Like Flesh Covers Bone at Poetry Express, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, with open mic.

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David Marriott

February 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mills Hall Living Room, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland , CA 94613 United States
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Tuesday February 19, 2019 | 5:30 pm | Mills Hall Living Room David Marriott is originally from the UK, but now lives in Oakland, California. His most recent book of poetry is Duppies, a collection that mixes the tonality of lyric poetry with the aggression, grit, and speed of grime, London’s street music. Marriott’s other books of poetry include Hoodoo Voodoo and In Neuter. His book Whither Fanon? Studies in the Blackness of Being is forthcoming from Stanford University in June. A leading theorist of afro-pessimism,…

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Ayesha Harruna Attah

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from The Hundred Wells of Salaga: A Novel published by Other Press Based on true events, a story of courage, forgiveness, love, and freedom in precolonial Ghana, told through the eyes of two women born to vastly different fates. Aminah lives an idyllic life until she is brutally separated from her home and forced on a journey that transforms her from a daydreamer into a resilient woman. Wurche, the willful daughter of a chief, is desperate to play an…

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Sandy Allen in conversation with Rahawa Haile – – A Kind of Miraculous Paradise

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Sandy Allen to discuss A Kind of Miraculous Paradise, on Tuesday, February 19th at 7pm. She will joined in conversation by friend of the store Rahawa Haile. Sandra Allen did not know their uncle Bob very well. As a child, Sandy had been told Bob was “crazy,” that he had spent time in mental hospitals while growing up in Berkeley in the 60s and 70s. But Bob had lived a hermetic life in a remote part of California for longer than…

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Marlon James

February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$29

 Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400 Marlon James is the author of the novels A Brief History of Seven Killings, John Crow’s Devil, and The Book of Night Women, all of which explore and retell twentieth-century Jamaica through a litany of perspectives.  His forthcoming novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the first in the Dark Star Trilogy, a fantasy series rooted in African legend, which James describes as an “African Game of Thrones” (Entertainment Weekly). Born in Kingston, James was the first Jamaican author to win the Man Booker…

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Dani Shapiro

February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Inheritance

Dani Shapiro returns to Mrs. Dalloway's to present Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love. "Identity is frail business, and in her searing story, Dani Shapiro makes the most disquieting discovery: that everything, from her lineage, to her father, down to her very own sense of self is an astounding error. How do we live with ourselves after finding we are not who we thought we were? The answer is not disquieting. It is beautiful."--Andre Aciman, author of Call Me by…

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Poetry at Pegasus: GennaRose Nethercott and Miriam Bird Greenberg

February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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The Lumberjack's Dove

GennaRose Nethercott’s book The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins) was selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series for 2017. She is also the lyricist behind the narrative song collection Modern Ballads, and is a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellow. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies including The Massachusetts Review, The Offing, and PANK, has she been a writer-in-residence at the Shakespeare & Company bookstore, Art Farm Nebraska, and The Vermont Studio Center, among others. A born Vermonter, she tours nationally and…

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Who Are You?: Racial Classification and the Census

February 20 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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$10

Who Are You?: Racial Classification and the Census Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse How are individuals and groups racially classified, what are the meanings attached to different racial categories, and what impact do these categories have on a range of policies and practices? Taking the U.S. Census as a site of racial classification, we'll examine shifting state definitions of race and how individuals and groups assert, embrace, reject, and negotiate different racial categories and identities. Michael…

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Who Are You?: Racial Classification and the Census

February 20 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse How are individuals and groups racially classified, what are the meanings attached to different racial categories, and what impact do these categories have on a range of policies and practices? Taking the U.S. Census as a site of racial classification, we'll examine shifting state definitions of race and how individuals and groups assert, embrace, reject, and negotiate different racial categories and identities. Michael Omi is a professor of Ethnic Studies at…

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GennaRose Nethercott and Miriam Bird Greenberg

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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The Lumberjack's Dove

GennaRose Nethercott discusses her new collection, The Lumberjack's Dove with Miriam Bird Greenberg. Also featuring live shadow puppetry!   “Serious art does not need to be weighty or explicitly topical. It can be, as it is here, apparently as light as a feather: The Lumberjack’s Dove is, in its manner, a folktale; it is also a meditation on attachment, on loss, on transformation. Like its less humble relatives, myth and parable, it is pithy, magical, its many insights, its cautions and clarifications, unfolding…

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Alan Brennert

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Daughter of Molokai

reads from Daughter of Moloka'i, the sequel to his bestselling Moloka'i.

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Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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pegasus books downtown

Lyrics & Dirges features a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area. Reading in February: Jenny Qi is a writer and scientist. Her essays and poems are published or forthcoming in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Rattle, ZYZZYVA, BLR, Atticus Review, and elsewhere. Her poems have been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of…

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Dani Shapiro in conversation with Elizabeth Rosner

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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$10 - $40
Dani Shapiro + Elizabeth Rosner

It was a simple test. Yet, the course of her life changed forever. Dani Shapiro, the award-winning author of bestselling novels like Hourglass, Devotion, and more, grappled with the self-shattering results of a simple DNA test. On TLC and in heart-warming ads, DNA testing is nothing more than a high-tech family tree for the digital age, an over-the-counter science experiment to deepen our own personal understanding ourselves. But millions of Americans are finding a different experience. In this intimate and…

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Meet Author Jasmine Guillory

February 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Oakland Public Library – Main Branch, 125 - 14th Street
Oakland, 94612
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Meet Jasmine Guillory, a writer, lawyer and Oaklander who has earned enthusiastic praise for her recent novels The Wedding Date and The Proposal. New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay called The Wedding Date “a charming, warm, sexy gem of a novel.” Entertainment Weekly gushed “Guillory writes with the fizzy effervescence of a glass of champagne, and the entire book goes down just as easily (and quickly). The Wedding Date starts out as a fling, but it makes us want…

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Chloe Aridjis

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from Sea Monsters: A Novel published by Catapult Press Pulsing to the soundtrack of Joy Division, Nick Cave, and Siouxsie and the Banshees, an intoxicating portrait of Mexico in the late 1980s by this brilliant Guggenheim fellow and Prix du Premier Roman Étranger–winning author. One autumn afternoon in Mexico City, seventeen-year-old Luisa does not return home from school. Instead, she boards a bus to the Pacific coast with Tomás, a boy she barely knows. He seems to represent everything…

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Story is the Thing

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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$12
Story is the Thing

"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms." -Muriel Rukeyser Reading starts at 7:30 pm. Light refreshments and conversation at 7:00 pm. Join us for our quarterly reading series, Story is the Thing, where stunning, emerging voices can be heard alongside works from contemporary local masters. Reading starts at 7:30 pm. Light refreshments and conversation at 7:00 pm. Jeanne Althouse Flash fiction by Jeanne Althouse has appeared in numerous literary journals. Her most recent flash story collection, Boys in…

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Poetry Center Book Award Reading: Lauren Levin and Melissa Mack, reading and in conversation

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA 94132 United States
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Thursday, February 21 - 7:00 pm The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University I eat crumbs out of the baby's neck I'm glad there are no great poems by women I'm glad there are no great poems by Jews I'm glad there are no great poems about motherhood I'm glad no great poems have ever been written. —Lauren Levin, from The Braid The Poetry Center presents Poetry Center Book Award winner Lauren Levin, author of The Braid, (Krupskaya Books), together with award judge Melissa…

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Gloria Steinem: More Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street
San Francisco, 94114
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$20.00

Gloria Steinem in conversation with Favianna Rodriguez, moderated by Lauren Schiller. Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7 p.m. The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114 General Admission $20; Students $15 What is Gloria Steinem thinking about today in our era of #MeToo and intersectionality? How can today's feminists learn from our foremothers, and vice versa? We'll celebrate an updated, third edition of Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, originally published in 1983 - a book that has sold over…

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Marina Mularz

February 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Welcome to Freedom Point

Marina Mularz discusses her new story collection, Welcome to Freedom Point. Praise for Welcome to Freedom Point "Fresh, witty, delightfully weird, Welcome to Freedom Point is equally infused with quirky charm, youthful energy, and the palpable sense of age-old loneliness that can sneak up and gut you. A collection of deeply human contradictions."-- GINA FRANGELLO Author of A Life in Men and Every Kind of Wanting About Welcome to Freedom Point It's all happening in the small town of Freedom Point, Wisconsin Karlee Starr explores the rhythms of…

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Edna in a Bottle (tastes funny)

February 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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$12 - $15

Edna in a Bottle (tastes funny) is a new San Francisco comedy hour at The Bindery in the Haight district. Edna and her friends are trapped in a bottle and dying to perform! A colorful splash of sketch scenes, story-telling, circus talent and wacked-out adult comedy. And there's nothing wrong with an eating contest here and there. Mark your calendars and come let us out of the bottle!   Tickets can be purchased in advance for $12. If available, tickets at the…

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Fourth Friday Formal: George Higgins and Charlotte Innes

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Avenue
Albany, CA 94706
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Oakland poet and actor, George Higgins, is a Cave Canem Fellow whose poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Pleiades, Nimrod, and others. About his collection There, There, Joan Aleshire wrote, “…this book deepens our knowledge of how to live in the world,” and Dan Tobin wrote, “…these are poems of ‘perfect contact’ in which the soul inevitably ascends, even if it’s through a kill hole in the skull.”  Charlotte Innes has had poems appear in The Hudson Review, The…

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George Higgins & Charlotte Innes

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Avenue
Albany, CA 94706
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George Higgins is an Oakland poet and actor. About his first book There, There (White Violet Press, 2013), Joan Aleshire wrote, “this book deepens our knowledge of how to live in the world,” and Dan Tobin wrote, “these are poems of ‘perfect contact’ in which the soul inevitably ascends, even if it’s through a kill hole in the skull. There, There is an auspicious debut.”  His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry (selected by Yusef Komunyakaa), Pleiades, Nimrod, Poetry Flash, Salamander, and Fugue, among others. He has an MFA from Warren Wilson…

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