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September 2019

Poetry in Parks 2019

September 15 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ayala Cove, Angel Island CA United States + Google Map
Angel Island by Evan Karp

The 5th Annual Poetry in Parks / Ayala Cove on Angel Island Sunday, Sept 15, 2019, 11a – 4pm Youth readings A literary mixtape curated by Katie Tandy and July Westhale Neighborhood Heroes curated by Kearny Street Workshop Music + Dance curated by Kearny Street Workshop Live painting by ArtSpan Beer courtesy Lagunitas RSVP / SUBMIT About Quiet Lightning Now in its 10th year, Quiet Lightning is a San Francisco-based literary nonprofit with the mission to foster community based on literary expression and to provide a safe and supportive arena for said expression.…

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Chuck Poling’s “Growing Up Bernal”

September 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Anna Merlan

September 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing the subject of her recently released book Republic of Lies:American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power from Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Co. A riveting tour through the landscape and meaning of modern conspiracy theories, exploring the causes and tenacity of this American malady, from Birthers to Pizzagate and beyond. American society has always been fertile ground for conspiracy theories, but with the election of Donald Trump, previously outlandish ideas suddenly attained legitimacy. Trump himself is a conspiracy…

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POETS! – featured readers followed by an open mic

September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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POETS! 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, 7-9 pm Featured poets + open mic hosted by Jerry Ferraz

September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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POETS! 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, 7-9 pm Featured poets + open mic hosted by Jerry Ferraz On the first and third Monday of each month, Jerry Ferraz hosts a poetry reading that showcases local legends, poets passing through and folks from around the Bay -- typically two featured poets followed by an open mic. We can count on a warm group of poets and poetry fans eager to hear the features and the potpourri of poets of every…

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The Diesel Readers Book Group – – Future Home of the Living God

September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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East Bay Booksellers invites you to The Diesel Readers Book Group's discussion of Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich, on Monday September 16th at 7pm. Louise Erdrich, the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of LaRose and The Round House, paints a startling portrait of a young woman fighting for her life and her unborn child against oppressive forces that manifest in the wake of a cataclysmic event. The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on…

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Janaka Stucky

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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celebrating the release of his new book Ascend Ascend from Third Man Books Written over the course of twenty days, coming in and out of trance states brought on by intermittent fasting and somatic rituals while secluded in the tower of a 100-year-old church, Ascend Ascend is Janaka Stucky's most powerful book to date. Rooted in the Jewish mystical tradition of Hekhalot literature, which chronicles an ascent up the Kabbalistic Tree of Life to witness the Merkabah, or "chariot of God," this…

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Launch for Anniqua Rana / Wild Boar in the Cane Field

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts the launch for Anniqua Rana's debut novel, Wild Boar in the Cane Field. More information to be announced soon, but please save the date and join us! One day, a baby girl, Tara, is found, abandoned and covered in flies. She is raised by two mothers in a community rife with rituals and superstition. As she grows, Tara pursues acceptance at all costs. Saffiya, her adoptive mother, and Bhaggan, Saffiya's maidservant, are victims of the men in their community,…

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Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings from the Me Too Movement

September 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Editor Shelly Oria discusses the new collection Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings from the Me Too Movement  with Rita Bullwinkel, Thea Matthews and Yalitza Ferreras. Praise for Indelible in the Hippocampus “This book is a proper danger to patriarchal silencing.” —Ashley Judd  “This anthology does so much to humanize, again, the stories that have emerged from the #MeToo Movement, already much dismissed and pushed off to the margins. And while that would be enough, it is more than that. There are many beloved writers…

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Sarah M. Broom — The Yellow House

September 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Sarah Broom to discuss her expansive yet probing biography The Yellow House on Wednesday, September 18th at 7pm. In 1961, Sarah M. Broom's mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant--the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah's father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually…

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Catherine Flynn

September 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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celebrating the release of her new book James Joyce and the Matter of Paris published by Cambridge University Press In James Joyce and the Matter of Paris, Catherine Flynn recovers the paradigmatic city of European urban modernity as the foundational context of Joyce's imaginative consciousness. Beginning with Joyce's underexamined first exile in 1902–03, she shows the significance for his writing of the time he spent in Paris and of a range of French authors whose works inflected his experience of that city.…

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Avan Jogia / Mixed Feelings

September 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts a special evening with actor Avan Jogia for his debut book, Mixed Feelings: Poems and Stories. This will be his only SF/Bay Area appearance. Please join us! Please note: this is a ticketed event, to be held at Booksmith (1644 Haight St.) in San Francisco. The price of admission is equal to the cost of Mixed Feelings, which is included with each ticket. Tickets can be purchased here. In a raw and moving collection of poetry, stories, and art about living as a…

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Caitlin Doughty (TICKETED)

September 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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$30

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. location. This is a ticketed event. Tickets available here. Caitlin Doughty discusses her new book, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals about Death. Please note this is a TICKETED event. Tickets available here. Ticket includes a copy of Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs. Seating is limited and on a first come first serve basis. Ticket does not guarantee a seat. There will be standing room available when all the seats are filled. By Caitlin…

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Bathsheba Demuth: Floating Coast

September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Bathsheba Demuth discusses her new book, Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait. Praise for Floating Coast “In Floating Coast, Bathsheba Demouth has written a brilliant hybrid book about one of the most fragile and forgotten of Anthropocene front-line territories, the Bering Strait. Uniting ecology, anthropology, reportage and more, this is a superb work of environmental history, often reminiscent to me of Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams in its combination of rigorous research, intense looking and listening, and its clear ethical vision.” — Robert…

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MALCOLM GLADWELL In Conversation with Al Letson

September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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MALCOLM GLADWELL In Conversation with Al Letson Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7:30 pm Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater Series: Special Events Tickets Sold Out!

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John James w/Jay Deshpande & Noah Warren / The Milk Hours

September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts Bay Area poet John James for his debut book of poems, The Milk Hours. Reading with him are local poets Jay Deshpande (The Destroyer in the Glass) & Noah Warren (Love the Stranger). Please join us! Winner of the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, The Milk Hours is an elegant debut that searches widely to ask what it means to exist in a state of loss. “We lived overlooking the walls overlooking the cemetery.” So begins the title poem of this collection, whose recursive temporality is filled with living,…

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SALMAN RUSHDIE presents QUICHOTTE

September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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$10 – $50

SALMAN RUSHDIE presents QUICHOTTE Friday, September 20, 2019, 7:00pm First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland Tickets are available here! Berkeley Arts & Letters presents world-renowned storyteller and internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie (Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses) as he presents an electrifying, modernized classic that fractures and reforms our conception of love in a whirlwind journey across present-day America. Please note: This event is ticketed, and will take place at First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland. Tickets, including discounted book bundles, will…

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Deborah Fruchey and Jan Steckel at Expressions Gallery

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Poetry Reading featuring Zeitgeist Press poets Jan Steckel and Deborah Fruchey at Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave. in Berkeley - Open Mic to follow! Jan Steckel is a former pediatrician who stopped practicing medicine because of chronic pain. Her latest book Like Flesh Covers Bone (Zeitgeist Press, December 2018) was a finalist for the poetry category of the Bi Book Awards. Her poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. Her fiction chapbook Mixing…

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Oakland Peace Festival: Peace

September 21 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Oakland Peace Center, 111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
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Join us at the inaugural Oakland Peace Festival organized by Nomadic Press and hosted at the Oakland Peace Center. It’ll be a daytime celebration of all that is Oakland and peaceful through music, art, writing, food, guest speakers, and community building. All are welcome, and this is a kid-friendly event. The festival will take place on three Saturdays: July 27 (theme: Justice), August 24 (theme: Equity), and will culminate on September 21 (theme: Peace), which is International Day of Peace.…

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Petina Gappah / Out of Darkness, Shining Light

September 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts a special afternoon event with Petina Gappah (The Book of Memory) reading from her second novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light. Please join us! “This is how we carried out of Africa the poor broken body of Bwana Daudi, the Doctor, David Livingstone, so that he could be borne across the sea and buried in his own land.” So begins Petina Gappah's powerful novel of exploration and adventure in nineteenth-century Africa -- the captivating story of the loyal men and women who…

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Isabel Tree

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing the subject of her new book Wilding:Returning Nature to Our Farm from New York Review Books with an introduction by Eric Schlosser For many years Isabella Tree and Charlie Burrell struggled to make a go as farmers, doing everything they could to make the heavy clay soils of their farm at Knepp in West Sussex as productive as possible, while rarely succeeding in making a profit. By 2000, facing bankruptcy, the couple decided they would try something new. They…

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Jess Row: White Flights

September 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Jess Row discusses his new book, White Flights: Race, Fiction and the American Imagination. Praise for White Flights “These are brilliant, sweeping, intimate delights—and afterward, you may never read the same way again.”—Alexander Chee “A major literary and intellectual intervention, clarifying the real stakes in what we too complacently call ‘identity politics.’”—Pankaj Mishra “We need this book, now and yesterday.”—Kiese Laymon “Jess Row performs a much-needed analysis. . . . The landscape of the imagination, like the country itself, he argues…

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Timothy Faust / Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next

September 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Timothy Faust, back in San Francisco to present his first book, Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next. Please join us! The sun is setting on America’s half-century of punishing the sick, and this book promises a bright new dawn for us all. Single payer healthcare is not complicated: the government pays for all care for all people. It’s cheaper than our current model, and most Americans (and their doctors) already want it. So what’s the deal…

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Meet Author E.R. Ramzipoor

September 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Oakland Main Library, 125 14th St
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Join author E.R. Ramzipoor for a reading of her debut novel, The Ventriloquists. Publishers Weekly calls her book a "magnetic debut... Sprawling and ambitious, with crisp pacing and fully realized characters, this will fascinate anyone looking for an unusual, enthralling war story." Kirkus Reviews touts her novel as one "that will have special resonance for today's resisters." Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore. The Ventriloquists is set in Brussels, 1943. Twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by living as a…

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Maria Tumarkin – – Axiomatic

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome Maria Tumarkin to celebrate the publication of her book of essays, on Monday, September 24th at 7pm. Winner of the Melbourne Prize for Literature's Best Writing Award Shortlisted for the Stella Prize "Tumarkin presents a remarkable tour de force . . . These essays will linger in readers' minds for years after."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Drawing on nine years of research, Axiomatic explores the ways we understand the traumas we inherit and the systems that sustain them. In five…

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