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August 2018

Jason Heller presents STRANGE STARS (w/ Nick Mamatas & Richard Kadrey)

August 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Jason Heller to discuss his book Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded, on Wednesday, August 15th at 7pm. Joining him in conversation will be Nick Mamatas and Richard Kadrey. As the 1960s drew to a close, and mankind trained its telescopes on other worlds, old conventions gave way to a new kind of hedonistic freedom that celebrated sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Derided as nerdy or dismissed as fluff, science fiction rarely gets credit for its catalyzing effect…

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BOOKSMITH: Launch for Vanessa Hua / A River of Stars

August 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith welcomes Vanessa Hua (Deceit and Other Possibilities) back to the store to launch her debut novel, A River of Stars. Joining her in conversation is Zyzzyva managing editor Oscar Villalon. More information coming soon -- please save the date, and join us!   Holed up with other mothers-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory and fell in love with the owner, Boss Yeung. Now she's carrying his baby. Already married…

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InsideStorytime WILDSTYLE

August 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
THE LAUNDRY, 3359 26th Street
San Francisco, 94110
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will feature Kirsten Chen (Bury What We Cannot Take), Dickson Lam (Paper Sons), Peter Clarke (Apocryphal Pataphysics), Lisa Galloway, and Lila Vasudevan. The Thursday September 20th, 7-9pm, InsideStorytime at Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, will feature Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar (The Map of Salt and Stars), Rita Bullwinkel (Belly Up), Kate Folk, Steven Black, and others.

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Ingrid Rojas Contreras presents FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE

August 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Ingrid Rojas Contreras to discuss her novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree on Thursday, August 16th at 7pm. Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogot , but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation. When their mother hires Petrona, a live-in-maid from the city's guerrilla-occupied slum,…

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Clifford Mae Henderson, Perfect Little Worlds

August 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Bookshop Santa Cruz is pleased to present award-winning author Clifford Mae Henderson for a book discussion and signing of her new novel set in Santa Cruz during the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, Perfect Little Worlds. Lucy can’t hold the secret any longer. Twenty-six years ago, her sister did the unthinkable. Portland, Oregon, 1989: Lucy Mustin, living somewhat happily, pumping out wedding cakes for starry-eyed heterosexuals while she, a lesbian, can’t legally marry, is called upon to travel to Santa Cruz to help…

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Porch light Storytelling Series: TATTOO TALES

August 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$5 - $15

Stories by Shotsie Gorman, TK Moyer, Taemon Omololu, Dominic Riley, Karen Roze, and Penelope Starr.

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John Copenhaver and Paddy Hirsch

August 16 @ 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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      Paddy Hirsch and John Copenhaver discuss their new novels, The Devil's Half Mile and Dodging and Burning. About The Devil's Half Mile Seven years after a financial crisis nearly toppled America, traders chafe at government regulations, racial tensions are rising, gangs roam the streets and corrupt financiers make back-door deals with politicians... 1799 was a hell of a year.   Thanks to Alexander Hamilton, America has recovered from the panic on the Devil's Half Mile (aka Wall Street), but the…

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YOU’RE GOING TO DIE: POETRY, PROSE & EVERYTHING GOES…

August 16 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Lost Church, 65 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$10

Thursday, August 16, 2018 7:30 PM  10:30 PM The Lost Church (map) THIS IS A FRIDAY SHOW!!!! Doors at 7:30pm Show at 8pm $10 online & at the door... TICKETSSSSSS: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1728945 YOU’RE GOING TO DIE: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes... is an open mic event, a communal offering for us to explore the conversation of death & dying, to embrace our losses & mortality, to grieve, bereave & honor those we’ve lost & love… while all the while making room for simply being…

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Lisa Locascio and Kate Folk

August 17 @ 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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Lisa Locascio discusses her new novel, Open Me with Kate Folk. Praise for Open Me “Locascio’s story of a young American abroad is unflinching in its portrayal of sex, desire, racism, and the excitement and confusion of youth. Infused with erotics and politics, this is a novel that will haunt you.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer   “Through the care of her tremendous observations and the beauty of her prose, Lisa Locascio writes a kind of love letter to the female body…

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Gretchen McNeil with Stephanie Kuehn

August 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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Discover the true horror of social media in #murdertrending by critically-acclaimed author Gretchen McNeil Think Scream Queens meets The Hunger Games, in which seventeen-year-old Dee Guerrera is wrongfully convicted and sent to a prison island where  convicts are hunted down and their deaths are streamed on social media for "spikes.” With its morbid, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and twisty, gasp-inducing mystery, this novel has already been optioned for development by television studio ABC Signature. Welcome to the near future, where…

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David Corbett with Cara Black

August 19 @ 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 David Corbett (The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday) and Cara Black (Murder on the Left Bank) for their new books. Please join us!   The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday by David Corbett   The most notorious love letters in American history--supposedly destroyed a century ago—mysteriously reappear and become the coveted prize in a fierce battle for possession that brings back to life the lawless world evoked in the letters themselves.   Lisa Balamaro is an ambitious…

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POETS! – featured readers followed by an open mic

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Fiction Discussion Group

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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The Girl who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen Emily Benedict has come to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother's life. But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew, she realizes that mysteries aren't solved in Mullaby, they're a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at…

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Dr. Dan Siegel

August 20 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Rd
Atherton, 94027 United States
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$15 - $50

NB: This event will be held at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center at 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton, CA. Dr. Dan Siegel’s work has been nothing short of game-changing. His books, like Mindsight, Parenting from the Inside Out, and The Whole-Brain Child, offer unprecedented insight into the complexity of our children’s minds. Shedding the unapproachable jargon of dense neuroscience, Siegel illustrates, in clear and illuminating prose, the logic of how we think and why we develop certain patterns of intuition over others. For decades,…

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an evening with williwaw

August 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The highly protracted world tour lives ever on, as our amp'd uke comrade williwaw applies a sonic salve to the Paris of the West with some fine films as visual counterpoint. Sounds, sights and perpetual fog.   Translation: live scores of Scottish film, with processed ukelele! Come grab a drink or two and settle in for a squall.   Here's an example of what a williwaw experience might look like:   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8lik-qoZD4] williwaw : www.donkeyscratch.com willicamp : williwaw.bandcamp.com willicloud : www.soundcloud.com/williwaw willitube : www.youtube.com/user/donkeyscratch   RSVP…

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Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds by Rachel Levin

August 21 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mechanics Institute, 57 Post St 4th Floor Boardroom
San Francisco, CA 94104 United States
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Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds is a lighthearted but legitimately helpful illustrated field guide for what to do in the face of 50 of our most feared—or frustrating—animals. From mountain lions to moose, bears to bees, rats, raccoons, mice… even lice!  As humans encroach on wild places, encounters with animals have become increasingly commonplace. But what are the rules for facing a moose up close? Do you run from a coyote or stand your ground? How…

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ELIXIR

August 21 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Public Works, 161 Erie Street
San Francisco , CA 94103 United States
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$15 - $25

Tales of alchemical brews & magical medicines; marvelous mixtures, dubious concoctions & potions passed as perfect remedies ELIXIR Tuesday, Aug 21 Public Works SF: 161 Erie St, San Francisco ~Speakers & Stories TBA~ Curated by Tre Balchowsky Doors at 6:30 for pre-salon cocktails and conversation; talks begin at 7:30 General Admission $15 Limited Reserved tickets $25 Ages 21 Artwork by Imogen Speer GET TICKETS>

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GET LIT #39 (MUSIC BY TBD)

August 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ale Industries, 3096 E 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94601 United States
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$10 - $25

Doors open at 7:00 PM; show starts at 7:30 PM SHARP! An amazing gathering of 12-15 writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit. Featured lineup of writers TBA Suggested donations of $10-25 will be kindly requested at the door, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds (NOTAFLOF). Beer made by Ale Industries on site and wonderful food by Guadalajara Restaurant & Tequila Bar just down the block. All ages…

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D. Wystan Owen presents OTHER PEOPLE’S LOVE AFFAIRS

August 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes D. Wystan Owen to discuss his story collection, Other People's Love Affairs, on Tuesday, August 21st at 7pm. In the ten luminous stories of D. Wystan Owen's debut collection, the people of Glass, a picturesque village on the rugged English coast, are haunted by longings and deeply held secrets, captive to pasts that remain as alive as the present. Each story takes us into the lives of characters reaching earnestly and often courageously for connection to the people they have loved.…

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Books & Brews: Book Swap

August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, 402 Ingalls Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Book Swap! At Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing 402 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz Event #4 of Bookshop’s 2018 Books & Brews Passport Series Have you ever loved a book so much that you wanted to read passages of it to people around you and share it with all your friends? Bookshop's Books & Brews Book Swap offers passionate readers a chance to promote their favorite books and go home with a new discovery--while also enjoying delicious brews at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. Bring one of…

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Queer Authors read other Queer Authors

August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Laurel Book Store, 1423 Broadway
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Queer authors Natasha Dennerstein, Gar McVey-Russel, Anand Vedawala, Vernon Keeve III, and Luiza Flynn-Goodlett read from their favorite Queer authors. Laurel Bookstore will be closing at the end of August, and this is our final event there.

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D. Wystan Owen

August 22 @ 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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D. Wystan Owen discusses his new story collection, Other People's Love Affairs. Praise for Other People's Love Affairs “I think this is an absolutely brilliant book from an extraordinarily gifted writer…The stories are patient, exquisite, written with an attention to and reverence for character that astonishes me. D. Wystan Owen writes…stories that lodge somewhere in my chest and keep detonating—loudly, devastatingly—again and again.”—Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You “D. Wystan Owen’s sentences are so breath-catchingly elegant, his paragraphs so honed for gut-punching power…

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Russell Hill

August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 7:00pm This event will be held at our Clement street location. Please join us at Green Apple Books on Clement street on Thursday, August 23rd at 7:00 p.m. as we welcome Russell Hill to read from his new novel, The Egret. A hit and run driver pinwheeled his daughter's car into the waters of Tomales Bay and his life is turned upside down. Then the sheriff's detective tells him he may have found the driver, a rich man who lives nearby.…

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Martha Nussbaum: The Monarchy of Fear

August 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue
Berkeley, 94705
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$12 - $15

KPFA Radio 94.1FM & St. John's Presbyterian Church present MARTHA NUSSBAUM THE MONARCHY OF FEAR For decades Martha C. Nussbaum has been an acclaimed scholar and humanist, earning dozens of honors for her books and essays. In The Monarchy of Fear she turns her full attention to the terrible political standoff that has polarized America since the Trump election. Although today's atmosphere is heavily marked by partisanship, divisive rhetoric, and the seeming total inability of two halves of the country…

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Ada Limon and Matthew Zapruder

August 23 @ 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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   Ada Limon discusses her new poetry collection, The Carrying, with Matthew Zapruder. Praise for The Carrying “ new collection is her best yet, a much needed shot of if not hope, then perseverance amidst much uncertainty.”―NPR “In her dazzling, precise, transformative collection, The Carrying, Ada Limón offers us meditations on mortality, womanhood, the body, and that which grows in the earth, all the while slyly positing: How we should treat each other in this precarious life? Like humans, is her answer.…

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