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November 2018

BOOK LAUNCH: ‘VEXATION, AMPLITUDE’ BY TOM STOLMAR

November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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FRI. NOV. 16TH, 7PM   Join Tom Stolmar and friends in celebrating the release of his new poetry collection, Vexation, Amplitude. Long overdue, this collection of Tom Stolmar’s poems bottles his impulse-driven barely containable talent for stringing words together that convey unexpected emotional truths laced with comedy of the highest and lowest orders. In some poems, Stolmar appears to have channeled Wallace Stevens by way of a mad Hungarian street performer on the San Francisco waterfront. His antics attract a crowd.…

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Peter LaBerge & Rebecca Foust Falkirk Center

November 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael , CA 94901 United States
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Rebecca Foust, the Marin County Poet Laureate, is the author of four books of poetry: Paradise Drive (2015), which won a Poetry Society of Virginia Book Award, a National Indie Excellence Award for Poetry, a San Francisco Book Festival Award for Poetry, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Poetry; All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song (2010), winner of a Many Mountains Moving Press Book Prize; and God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World (2010), a collaboration with artist Lorna Stevens that won a Foreword Reviews Book of…

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BINDERY: Kristen Tracy with Daniel Handler / Half-Hazard

November 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Kristen Tracy for her first book of poems,Half-Hazard, winner of the Emily Dickinson First Book Award from the Poetry Foundation. Joining Kristen in conversation isDaniel Handler. Please join us!   Half-Hazard is a book of near misses, would-be tragedies, and luck. As Kristen Tracy writes in the title poem, “Dangers here. Perils there. It’ll go how it goes.” The collection follows Tracy’s wide curiosity, from her growing up in a small Mormon farming community to her exodus out into the forbidden…

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BINDERY: Chaya Bhuvaneswar / White Dancing Elephants

November 18 @ 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 with Chaya Bhuvaneswar for her debut story collection, White Dancing Elephants, winner of both the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize and Narrative Magazine's Top Five Stories of the Week for 2017. Please join us!   A woman grieves a miscarriage, haunted by the Buddha's birth. An artist with schizophrenia tries to survive hatred and indifference in small-town India by turning to the beauty of sculpture and dance. Orphans in India get pulled into a strange "rescue"…

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Nick Mamatas & Michael Marshall Smith

November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Doors open 6:00pm Event begins 6:30pm At the American Bookbinders Museum   Please join us for an evening with author Nick Mamatas reading and in conversation with Bay Area writer, editor, and raconteur Terry Bisson. Nick Mamatas is the author of six and a half novels, including The Last Weekend (PS Publishing), Love is the Law (Dark Horse), The Damned Highway with Brian Keene (Dark Horse), Bullettime (CZP), Sensation (PM Press), Under My Roof (Counterpoint/Soft Skull), and Move Under Ground (Night Shade/Prime). His latest collection is The Nickronomicon, from Innsmouth Free Press. His novels have been translated…

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May-Lee Chai and Jamel Brinkley

November 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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May-Lee Chai discusses her new story collection Useful Phrases for Immigrants with Jamel Brinkley. Praise for Useful Phrases For Immigrants "May-lee Chai’s Useful Phrases for Immigrants holds multitudes, taking us into a dazzling range of lives. With exquisite prose and unforgettable characters, the collection is a must-read."--Vanessa Hua, A River of Stars The eight stories in this collection contain multitudes. Chai interrogates heavy subjects with a light touch. She grants each character with the gift of a gleaming voice, rendering them to be shaped by circumstances, while…

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POETS! – featured readers followed by an open mic

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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ODD SALON SAVANT

November 20 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Public Works, 161 Erie Street
San Francisco , CA 94103 United States
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$15 - $25

NOVEMBER 20 @ 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM $15 - $25 Join us for tales of unbound genius and uncanny intellect, mad scientists, extraordinary artists, and cunning masterminds Tuesday, Nov 20 Odd Salon SAVANT Public Works SF: 161 Erie St, San Francisco Curated By Kurt Larson Doors at 6:30 for pre-salon cocktails and conversation; talks begin at 7:30 General Admission $15 Limited Reserved tickets $25 Ages 21+

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Bill Berkson Tribute

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Bill Berkson Tribute with appearances by Constance Lewallen Chou Chou Gordon Knos Jonathan Lewallen Siobhan Mora-Lopez Amanda Eicher Mac McGinnes celebrating the release of Since When: A Memoir In Pieces By Bill Berkson published by Coffee House Press Frank O'Hara, Marilyn Monroe, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg—champagne-soaked postwar Manhattan and bohemian 1960s San Francisco come alive in Berkson's memoirs. Bill Berkson was a poet, art critic, bon vivant, and joyful participant in the best of postwar and bohemian American culture. Since When gathers…

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Jeffrey Yang

November 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Jeffrey Yang reading from new poetry and a new book: Hey Marfa: poems published by Graywolf Press Situated in the outreaches of southwest Texas, the town of Marfa has long been an oasis for artists, immigrants looking for work, and ranchers, while the ghosts of the indigenous and the borders between languages and nations are apparent everywhere. The poet and translator Jeffrey Yang experienced the vastness of desert, township, sky, and time itself as a profound clash of dislocation and…

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JONATHAN FRANZEN

November 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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JONATHAN FRANZEN Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 7:30 pm Venue: Nourse Theater Series: Cultural Studies  Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400 Since his debut novel, The Twenty-Seventh City, Jonathan Franzen has been writing brilliantly about the unraveling American Dream in its many permutations. In his novels The Corrections, Freedom, and Purity, Franzen tackles difficult and complex characters in a style marked by his Midwest upbringing and his unique brand of social criticism. Franzen’s nonfiction includes Farther Away, The Kraus Project, and his newest essay collection, The End of the End of…

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Kevin Killian

November 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Kevin Killian celebrating the release of Fascination: Memoirs from Semiotexte A memoir of gay life in 1970s Long Island by one of the leading proponents of the New Narrative movement. Fascination brings together an early memoir, Bedrooms Have Windows (1989) and a previously unpublished prose work, Bachelors Get Lonely, by the poet and novelist Kevin Killian, one of the founding members of the New Narrative movement. The two together depict the author's early years struggling to become a writer in the sexed-up, boozy, drug-ridden…

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Eric Karpeles on Józef Czapski

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Eric Karpeles on Józef Czapski in conversation with Cynthia Haven celebrating the release of three new books from New York Review Books: Inhuman Land: A Wartime Journey through the USSR by Józef Czapski, translated from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, with an introduction by Timothy Snyder Almost Nothing: The 20th Century Art and Life of Józef Czapski by Eric Karpeles and Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp by Józef Czapski, introduction and translated from French by Eric Karpeles Józef Czapski (1896–1993)…

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Sarah Stone

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Sarah Stone discusses her new novel, Hungry Ghost Theater. Praise for Hungry Ghost Theater "Sarah Stone traces out the quirky, fateful dramas of one family, while having the visionary originality to take the longest possible view of human action. I found this an unforgettable book, astute, vivid, and stubbornly ambitious in its scope." --Joan Silber "With her laser intelligence and gorgeous prose style, Sarah Stone has written a thrilling hybrid of a novel about the intricacies of family life and the…

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Amira Makansi / Literary Libations: What to Drink with What You Read

November 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Amira Makansi for the launch of her first book, Literary Libations: What to Drink with What You Read. More information to come, but please save the date and join us!   A bubbly, boozy French 75 with The Great Gatsby. Trappist beer with Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose. Old vine California Zinfandel with The Grapes of Wrath. And don’t you dare open Bram Stoker’s Dracula on a Sunday morning without a Bloody Mary near at hand. Want to know what to pour when…

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SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND

November 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND In Conversation with Marisa Lagos Friday, November 30, 2018, 7:30 pm Venue: Nourse Theater Series: Special Events  Buy Tickets | 415.392.4400 Kirsten Gillibrand has served as United States Senator from New York since 2009 where a few of her major accomplishments include leading the effort to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” writing the STOCK Act which made it illegal for members of Congress to financially benefit from insider information, and providing permanent health care and compensation to the 9/11 first responders and…

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December 2018

BAPC OPEN POETRY READING

December 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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Upcoming First Saturday Readings in 2018: November 3, December 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 and informal read-around — 3-5 minutes per poet/reader,…

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In Common Writers Series: Janice Lee and Brenda Iijima, reading from their works

December 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series, supported by a generous grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, continues with the second event in our premier program. Prolific essayist, fiction writer, and editor Janice Lee, visiting from Portland, Oregon, will be joined by poet, editor, and publisher Brenda Iijima, visiting from Brooklyn, New York, each reading from their own works. This event also marks The Poetry Center's first-time collaboration with local landmark Alley Cat Books, currently one of the very best bookstores and…

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Babylon Salon

December 1 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Armory Club, 1799 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Babylon Salon presents our Winter Reading Saturday, Dec 1, 2018, 6.00 pm  at The Armory Club 1799 Mission Street  (downstairs performance space)   featuring -- Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and the novel, A River of Stars, which O, The Oprah Magazine calls "a marvel" and The Economist says is "delightful." For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and in fiction, about Asia and…

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JOURNAL RELEASE: NOMADIC JOURNAL 2018: COVENANT

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nomadic Press: Uptown, 2301 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Join us at our Uptown, Oakland, location for the much-anticipated release of Nomadic Journal 2018: Covenant! It's going to be an amazing evening of readings, live music, gnosh / refreshments, and friends of Nomadic Press as we launch this treasure of a book into the universe. Readings by TBA and pop-up surprise Nomadic Press readers. Books will be available for purchase and there will be a signing following the event ($15 each). Music by TBA! Hope to see you there!

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2018 Howard Zinn Book Fair FIGHTING FOR THE AIR WE BREATHE

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
CCSF mission campus, 1125 Valencia Street
San Francisco, United States
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$5

CCSF Mission Campus, 1125 Valencia Street The Fifth Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair is an annual celebration of people’s history, past, present and future. This year features more than 40 readings and more than 60 tables of exhibitors. We gather together authors, zinesters, bloggers and publishers for a day of readings, panel discussions and workshops exploring the value of dissident histories towards building a better future. In the spirit of the late historian Howard Zinn we recognize the stories of…

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Flight of Poets: Pairings for the Senses

December 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway
Sonoma, 95476 United States
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$25 - $35

The best of California art, poetry, food, and wine all come together at our 3rd annual Pairings event. Meet Sonoma winemakers, chefs, and artists along with our featured "Flight of Poets": Julia Bouwsma, Joseph Rios, Sam Sax and Melissa Stein. Sommelier Chris Sawyer co-hosts with curators Hollie Hardy and Tess Taylor. Sunday, December 2, 2018 Doors at 5:30pm Sonoma Valley Museum of Art 551 Broadway, Downtown Sonoma Tickets include wine flight & snacks $25 SVMA members, $35 general public This event usually sells out. Advance tickets recommended: http://www.svma.org/calendar/events/pairings-senses-art-poetry-food-wine Featured Poet…

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GERD STERN @ 90

December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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SUN. DEC. 2ND, 7PM Gerd Stern joins the circle of Beat nonagenarians this year, and we’re hosting a gathering to celebrate! Gerd has worn many hats over the last 90 years, from Beat poet to psychedelic media artist, and most recently, was vindicated as the poet who did not lose the Joan Anderson Letter over the side of his houseboat 60 years ago. Join us for an evening of readings, conversation, and celebration of Gerd at 90! More details to follow.

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

December 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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City Arts & Lectures NADINE BURKE HARRIS

December 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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In Conversation with Indre Viskontas Monday, December 3, 2018, 7:30 pm Venue: Nourse Theater Series: "On Arts" Benefiting 826 Valencia Scholarship Program  Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400 As a pediatrician working in the Bay View-Hunter’s Point neighborhood of San Francisco, Nadine Burke Harrisnoticed that the children who came to her clinic with health problems—including ADHD, asthma, and eczema—had histories of severe adversity. Her research has shown that exposure to violence and stress affects the developing brains and bodies of children, resulting in increased instances of…

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