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November 2019

Danny Fingeroth presents A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee

November 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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About A Marvelous Life The comprehensive biography of STAN LEE, father of SPIDER-MAN and THE AVENGERS, beloved comic book writer and editor, and former president and publisher of Marvel Comics, by Lee's colleague of over four decades. Stan Lee co-created SPIDER-MAN! And IRON MAN! And the HULK! And the X-MEN! And more than 500 other iconic characters! His name has appeared on more than a billion comic books, in 75 countries, in 25 languages. His superheroes have starred in multibillion-dollar grossing…

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Happy Endings: I Can’t Thank You Enough

November 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$10
Happy Endings

Gratitude is the moment. But we're kind of bad at it, right? Like, whenever someone says, "we should go around and say one thing we are thankful for." I always say, "this meal?" But *being* thanked feels so boss. So we're asking our writers to meditate on people who helped them in big ways. And by the end of the night we'll all feel like pumpkin pie on the inside. See you there, Sunbeams ♥ _____ HAPPY ENDINGS is a…

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Patty Seyburn & Dean Rader

November 12 @ 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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Patty Seyburn and Dean Rader read from their new poetry collections, Threshold Delivery and Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry About Threshold Delivery Threshold Delivery takes a lyrical look at how we approach the death of our loved ones - and how we confront the various thresholds in our lives. These poems guide the reader through ritual, tradition, and mystical interpretations of how and why we mourn, and how we conduct our lives after knowing grief. Though referencing Jewish tradition, these poems ask the reader…

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10th Anniversary Party for Wherever There Is A Fight with co-authors Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi

November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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We had a great and deep time for the release of the first edition of this book ten years ago, and this history of the gaining—and retaining—of civil rights in California could not be timelier. Join as we celebrate the process:  Wherever There's a Fight, 10th Anniversary Edition: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California. Elaine Elinson was the communications director of the ACLU of Northern California and editor of the ACLU News for more than…

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Sarah Henry hosting Q&A and book-signing with author Mary Ladd

November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rakestraw Books, 3 Railroad Avenue
Danville, 94526
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Mary Ladd will co-host a book-signing and Q&A with author Sarah Henry. The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd’s debut disrespectful cancer book, delivered with bold gallows humor to intimately address the gravity of cancer, invites the reader to bear witness to both the horror and the joke(s). Armed with humor and creative sensibility, Ladd robs her diagnosis of its dour weightiness. Refusing to tiptoe around the gnarlier elements of treatment and recovery, the narrative is powerful in its unvarnished honesty.…

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Matt Saincome & Bill Conway: The Hard Times

November 13 @ 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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Matt Saincome and Bill Conway discuss The Hard Times: The First 40 Years. A sharp, comedic send-up of punk and hardcore culture, from the creators of the popular and critically-lauded satire site The Hard Times.net. The Hard Times: The First 40 Years is the first book from The Hard Times.net, the Internet’s favorite music satire site. Often referred to as “The Onion for punk rock,” the site has developed a sizable, devoted following for its razor-sharp takes on underground music and alternative culture.…

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GLORIA STEINEM In Conversation with Amy Richards

November 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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Orchestra and loge tickets include a copy of Steinem’s new book Gloria Steinem is a writer, speaker, activist and feminist organizer. She co-founded New York Magazine and Ms. Magazine, where she remains a consulting editor. She produced an HBO documentary on child abuse, a Lifetime film about the death penalty, and WOMAN, a series of eight Viceland documentaries about violence against women across the world. Steinem is the subject of The Education of a Woman, a biography by Carolyn Heilbrun, and HBO’s Gloria: In Her Own Words. Her…

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Peter Jan Honigsberg

November 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Peter Jan Honigsberg launches his new book A Place Outside the Law: Forgotten Voices of Guantánamo, containing firsthand testimonies from Guantánamo Bay, inspiring future generations to never repeat the human rights violations of the detention center. "The definitive account of what happened at Guantánamo in all of its chilling and horrifying detail. What makes this book unique and compelling is that it is the story of what it does to people’s lives to create ‘a place outside the law.’ Through his countless interviews,…

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Maurya Simon & Amber Flora Thomas

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7pm Maurya Simon & Amber Flora Thomas Maurya Simon is the author of ten volumes of poetry, including Speaking in Tongues, a nominee for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, Ghost Orchid, which was nominated in 2004 for a National Book Award in Poetry, Cartographies, (Red Hen Press, 2008), and most recently, a limited-edition letterpress book, Questions My Daughters Asked Me, Answers I Never Gave Them (Blackbird Press, 2014). Her novel-in-verse, entitled The Raindrop’s Gospel: The Trials of St. Jerome & St. Paula, was issued by Elixir…

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The Poetry Center Book Award: Bao Phi with Sarah Menefee, reading and in conversation

November 14 @ 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, November 14 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University The Poetry Center Book Award Reading, co-sponsored this year by the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN), features award winner Bao Phi, from Minneapolis, selected for his book Thousand Star Hotel (Coffee House Press, 2017), reading and in conversation with the award judge, Sarah Menefee. The Poetry Center Book Award has been presented annually since 1980 by The Poetry Center to a single outstanding book of poetry published in the previous year. The…

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Babar in Exile #21: Till Death Do We Part

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue
Berkeley, 94703
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Babar in Exile continues it’s November tradition with “Till Death Do We Part”, a reading that celebrates our vociferous dead and the living who go right on singing despite it all. Presiding over the departed will be Vampyre Mike Kassel (1953-2008), who will be honored with the release of Bat Flower, a new compilation of his mixed-genre work by Deborah Fruchey and Last Laugh Productions. Representing the living will be Chris & Deirdre Trian, original denizens of the Café Babar…

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The Oakland Poetry Slam Ft. L7

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$5 – $10
L7 for the Oakland Slam

We're back and better than ever! Come join us at our new venue, The Flight Deck, conveniently located in Downtown Oakland near 19th St BART Station . Bring your poetry, your music, your dance, you art, but most importantly bring yourself! Our feature for the night is non other than Chris Cuadrado aka "L7!" Chris "L7" Cuadrado is a culture worker & propagandist from Inglewood, CA. L7 uses words, sights, and sounds to further radical and critical thought. L7 draws…

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Oakland | Ivanna Baranova CONFIRMATION BIAS Launch & Reading

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, 410 13th Street
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Since November 19th Guatemalan-Slovak poet Ivanna Baranova has been touring across Canada and the US with her debut full-length poetry collection CONFIRMATION BIAS (Metatron Press, 2019). Now after a month, it's finally here in Oakland, CA at Wolfman Books or one night only. I mean the book will be there afterwards (if it isn't sold out!) but she won't, so please join us for this launch event featuring readings from Ren Cook, Alexandra Naughton, Brent Reichenberger, and Jesse Prado.

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Cherríe Moraga: Native Country of the Heart

November 14 @ 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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Cherríe Moraga discusses her new memoir, Native Country of the Heart. Praise for Native Country of the Heart "I love A Native Country of the Heart's forthright blending of a bio of Moraga's intriguing powerhouse mom, Elivira, with Moraga's own queer evolution. And that the intimate facts of Cherríe Moraga’s family history get embedded alongside such valuable public secrets as the mass deportation of Mexican workers during the depression so that dust bowl farmers could have their jobs. This book is a coup." —Eileen…

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Wendy Taylor Carlisle & Kimi Sugioka

November 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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WENDY TAYLOR CARLISLE’s new book is The Mercy of Traffic. Tony Hoagland said, “Wendy Carlisle’s poems come out wearing their red shoes and ready to dance. The lives she sketches flame underfoot so the soles of your feet are ‘burned like little suns’ and when we read this book of grace and empathy ‘we are assured there will be sparks, then blasts and blowups, offerings of flame and dust…’”Her publications include the full-length books Reading Berryman to the Dog and…

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You’re Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes at TLC

November 14 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Lost Church, 65 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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You're Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes... Open Mic at The Lost Church - San Francisco w/Ned Buskirk $10 in advance & at the door. TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/YG2D_Nov14 And support MORE with ticket tiers. You choose the amount. The tickets tiers are direct ways of offering more support to YG2D, a 501(c)3 Non-profit bringing diverse communities creatively into the conversation of death & dying, inspiring life by unabashedly sourcing our shared mortality. Thank you for any additional help…

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MFA in Writing Reading Series – Jamel Brinkley

November 14 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
USF Fromm Hall – FR 125 – Maraschi Room, 2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories, a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, the Story Prize, the John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His writing has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2018, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, and Tin House. He is currently a 2018-20 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

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Love With Accountability: Digging Up The Roots of Child Sexual Abuse

November 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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Despite the current survivor-affirming awareness around sexual violence, child sexual abuse, most notably when it’s a family member or friend, is still a very taboo topic. There are approximately 42 million child sexual abuse survivors in the U.S. and millions of bystanders who look the other way as the abuse occurs and cover for the harm-doers with no accountability. Documentary filmmaker and survivor of child sexual abuse and adult rape, Aishah Shahidah Simmons invites diasporic Black people to join her…

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Family Sacrifices: Book Talk with Dr. Russell Jeung

November 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St Ste 290
Oakland, CA 94607 United States
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The first book based on national survey data on Asian American religious practices, Family Sacrifices is a seminal text on the fastest-growing racial group in the United States. Fifty-two percent of Chinese Americans report having no religious affiliation, making them the least religiously identified ethnic group in the United States. Family Sacrifices reveals that Chinese Americans employ familism, not religion, as the primary narrative by which they find meaning, identity, and belonging. Dr. Russell M. Jeung is Chair and Professor of Asian American…

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Joyce E. Young at Poetry Express Nov 18

November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Poetry Express, 1585 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Free
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Open Mic + free (except for restaurant purchases) 7pm. 11/18/2019 Joyce E. Young is the author of How it Happens, published by Nomadic Press. Her writing has been nominated for both a Pushcart and a California Book Award and has appeared in Smith Alumnae Quarterly, WORDPEACE, riverbabble, The New Poets of the American West, and elsewhere. She has received grants from the California Arts Council, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and Writers on Site residency program at the Oakland Museum and…

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