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May 2019

Aysegül Savas

May 14 @ 7:30 pm - June 11 @ 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Aysegül Savas discusses her new novel, Walking on the Ceiling. Praise for Walking on the Ceiling “Ayşegül Savaş is an enormous new talent who writes with the rigor of Didion and the tenderness of Sebald. Walking on the Ceiling holds the immediacy of youth and the depth of long-earned wisdom at once. Its elegant voice is sure to summon old memories and longings from each reader, relighting them anew.” —Catherine Lacey, author of The Answers “In Walking on the Ceiling, Aysegul Savas investigates the…

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Walker Talks!

May 26 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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The last Sunday of each month (except June/July and December) from 2:30 to 4 pm The last Sunday of every month (except the summer months and December), Walker Brents III holds his audience spellbound with his wide-ranging investigations into topics literary, mythological and otherwise — in the past, his subjects have ranged from William Blake to Bob Dylan, Shakespeare to the Shahnameh, the Kalevala to the story of Layla and Majnun…

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SPANISH LANGUAGE BOOK CLUB MEETING

May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Please join us for a lively discussion about: (author will not be present) To join the book group please contact iranyi@me.com

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Pablo d’Ors: Biography of Silence

May 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Spanish priest and Zen disciple Pablo d'Ors shares insights from his first English translation, Biography of Silence, at Pegasus Books Downtown. A publishing phenomenon in Spain, Biography of Silence is a moving, lyrical, far-ranging meditation on the deep joys of confronting oneself through silence. ABOUT BIOGRAPHY OF SILENCE With silence increasingly becoming a stranger to us, one man set out to become its intimate: Pablo d’Ors, a Catholic priest whose life was changed by Zen meditation. With disarming honesty and directness, as well as a…

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SPANISH LANGUAGE BOOK CLUB MEETING

May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Please join us for a lively discussion about: (author will not be present) To join the book group please contact iranyi@me.com

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Roof Books Night with Sara Larsen and Kit Robinson

May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 7:00 PM Location:  The basement at Moe's 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley Website Please join us as we celebrate two new titles from Roof Books. Come up to More Moe's an hour before the basement reading for a glass of wine and to meet the poets. Kit Robinson was born in Evanston, Illinois, grew up in Cincinnati, went to Yale, and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area ever since. His new book of poetry is Thought…

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He’s back! John Waters presents his new book Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McRoskey Mattress Company, Inc, 1687 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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No one knows more about everything—especially everything rude, clever, and offensively compelling—than John Waters. The man in the pencil-thin mustache, auteur of the transgressive movie classics Pink Flamingos, Polyester, the original Hairspray, Cry-Baby, and A Dirty Shame, is one of the world’s great sophisticates, and in Mr. Know-It-Allhe serves it up raw: how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to develop musical taste from Nervous Norvus to Maria Callas; how to build a home so ugly and trendy that no one but you would dare live…

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Chia-Chia Lin

May 30 @ 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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Chia-Chia Lin discusses her debut novel, The Unpassing. Praise for The Unpassing "In this spare, deeply felt debut novel, Lin resists received wisdom about the American dream to craft a family saga about the difficulty of grieving far from home." --Adrienne Westenfeld, Esquire “Chia-Chia Lin’s The Unpassing is a searing, open wound of a book, marvelously alive and, quite simply, remarkable. Traversing the oftentimes brutal frontier of an isolated family living in an isolated environment, I can’t think of another novel as of late…

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier discusses UNDAUNTED: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back

May 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Thursday, May 30, 7:30pm Pegasus Books Downtown Congresswoman Jackie Spier discusses her inspiring and powerful memoir, Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back. “Few people embody resilience like Jackie Speier. She faced unthinkable trauma with courage—and came through it with an unshakable sense of purpose. UNDAUNTED is a remarkable story of survival and strength.” —Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.org and OptionB.org “Jackie Speier’s life has been nothing short of harrowing and triumphant. UNDAUNTED will move women…

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Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture

May 31 @ 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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Editors Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos discuss Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture. Praise for Original Plumbing “Over the course of its ten-year run, Original Plumbing made thousands of us queer and trans people laugh, cry, and gasp out loud. This is how we talked with each other, inspired each other, and gave each other the strength to keep on living outside the box. This collection is an invaluable, unapologetic archive of a multiplicity of queer and trans experiences.” —Kate Bornstein, author…

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June 2019

BAPC OPEN POETRY READING

June 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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BAPC OPEN POETRY READING   Upcoming First Saturday Readings in 2019:    June 1 3:00 - 5:00 PM     STRAWBERRY CREEK LODGE 1320 Addison St., Berkeley, CA   Addison is one block south of and parallel to University Ave. between Acton & Bonar St. Parking on the street (NOT in the S.C.L. parking lot) Check in at the front desk and you will be directed to the meeting location (usually Movie Room, or backyard garden)   All Ages Welcome Come and enjoy a friendly…

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Enrique Chagoya: Aliens

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Saturday, Jun 01, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Location:  Upstairs on the 4th floor, at More Moe's 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley Website Please join us upstairs at More Moe's as we celebrate the publication of Aliens (Kelly’s Cove Press, paperback, $25.00). Mr. Chagoya will speak and autograph copies of the book. Aliens is a timely new monograph of art and pithy texts by the eminent San Francisco artist and Stanford professor Enrique Chagoya. The 128-page book features paintings, drawings,…

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Sharma Shields and Simeon Mills

June 1 @ 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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    Sharma Shields and Simeon Mills discuss their new novels, The Cassandra and The Obsoletes. About The Cassandra Mildred Groves is an unusual young woman. Gifted and cursed with the ability to see the future, Mildred runs away from home to take a secretary position at the Hanford Research Center in the early 1940s. Hanford, a massive construction camp on the banks of the Columbia River in remote South Central Washington, exists to test and manufacture a mysterious product…

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Ed Coletti poetry reading

June 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Ed Coletti poetry reading

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Poetry with Kit Robinson and James Sherry

June 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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Kit Robinson’s newest book of poetry is Thought Balloon from Roof Books. Other works include Leaves of Class (Chax, 2017), Marine Layer (BlazeVOX, 2015), A Mammal of Style(with Ted Greenwald, Roof, 2013), Determination (Cuneiform, 2010), The Messianic Trees: Selected Poems, 1976-2003 (Adventures in Poetry, 2009) and more than 20 other books. James Sherry is the publisher of Roof Books, and has published many books by Bay Area writers, including Brandon Brown, David Brazil, David Buuck, and Caleb Beckwith. His recent books are Entangled Bank (Chax), an experiment in environmental poetics, and The Oligarch (Palgrave…

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POETS! – featured readers to be announced followed by an open mic

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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POETS! – featured readers to be announced followed by an open mic

June 3 @ 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! - featured readers to be announced followed by an open mic

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BINDERY: Silent Reading Party

June 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Presented by Lemony Snicket and Radio Silence. Bring a book to read to yourself in silence. Drinks and light snacks will be available. There is no admission cost and no reservations necessary. Proceeds from drink sales will benefit a public school in San Francisco, TBD. Sign up to receive emails about upcoming Silent Reading Parties here. See you there, readers!

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Beyond the Shortest Month Book Club

June 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Beyond The Shortest Month is a book club dedicated to reading and celebrating authors of color year round. Discussions are the first Tuesday of each month at Green Apple Books and Music 506 Clement Street *Upstairs in our Philosophy Alcove The Beyond The Shortest Month May title is Ntozake Shange's Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo. Meeting and discussion will be on Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30pm. See you there! Can't make this month? Stay tuned for the Beyond The Shortest Month pick for June…

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Ilya Kaminsky and Heather Altfeld

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903 United States
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Kurland Lounge, Osher Marin Jewish Community Center 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael This special event is cosponsored by the Marin JCC. Admission is free, but RSVP is required. To register for a seat, click HERE. Ilya Kaminsky, a Russian Jew, was born in Odessa (in the former Soviet Union) in 1977 and arrived to the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government. He has been awarded both a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Lannan Foundation’s Literary Fellowship.…

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Finn Brunton

June 4 @ 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 his new book Digital Cash: The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency from Princeton University Press The fascinating untold story of digital cash and its creators—from experiments in the 1970s to the mania over Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies Bitcoin may appear to be a revolutionary form of digital cash without precedent or prehistory. In fact, it is only the best-known recent experiment in a long line of similar efforts going back…

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David Byrne Good News & Sleeping Beauties

June 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Castro Theater, 429 Castro Street
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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David Byrne is a Scottish-American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, artist, actor, writer and filmmaker who was a founding member, principal songwriter and lead singer and guitarist of the American new wave band Talking Heads. Byrne has released solo recordings and worked with various media including film, photography, opera, fiction, and non-fiction. He has received Academy, Grammy, and Golden Globe Awards, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Bio courtesy of Wikipedia) Tickets will go…

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AMOR TOWLES In Conversation with Michael Krasny

June 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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AMOR TOWLES In Conversation with Michael Krasny Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 7:30 pm Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater Series: Special Events  Buy Tickets | 415.392.4400 Amor Towles is the author of Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow, which have been translated into over fifteen languages. Garnering attention from nearly every literary outlet, A Gentleman in Moscow is now being adapted into a miniseries, directed by Tom Harper and produced by and starring Kenneth Branagh. In September 2018, Towles published A Whimsy of the World, a short story about a young American…

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Aaron Hamburger: Nirvana Is Here

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dog Eared Books Castro, 489 Castro Street
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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Award-winning author Aaron Hamburger (The View from Stalin's Head, Faith for Beginners) reads from his new novel Nirvana Is Here. When his ex-husband is accused of sexual harassment in the #metoo era, history professor Ari Silverman is forced to confront long-buried trauma from his childhood, where he and his high school crush bonded over the raw emotion of Kurt Cobain’s lyrics in the segregated suburbs of 1990s Detroit. Nirvana Is Here explores issues of identity, race, sex, and family with both poignancy and unexpected…

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Poetry of Witness: Documenting what we see and feel

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Featured readers: MK Chavez, Sharon Coleman, Judy Bebelaar, Mary Mackey. Late Night Open Mic follows the featured readers. Sign-up now. Book & Broadside Giveaway. Free, 7-9 pm. The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St., Oakland.  

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