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January 2019

JAMIE WEIL at Books Inc. Alameda

January 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Alameda, 1344 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501 United States
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Writer and youth mental health advocate Jamie Weil shares her powerful novel for young adults, First Break. When your first break from home is your first break with reality ... Paige Masters knows something isn't quite right, but figures once she gets to college, life will get better. Instead, it gets worse. Desperate to quiet the voices in her head telling her to kill herself, Paige overdoses on her roommate's sleeping meds, her ticket to the university emergency room and, from there, a 72-hour…

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Tessa Hadley

January 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Tessa Hadley returns to Mrs. Dalloway's to read from her new novel, Late in the Day. "Perceptive, finely wrought....Hadley is a writer of the first order, and this novel gives her the opportunity to explore, with profound incisiveness and depth, the inevitable changes inherent to long-lasting marriages."-- Publishers Weekly To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Late in the Day by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website. Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 7:30pm The lives of two close-knit couples are irrevocably changed…

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BJ MILLER

January 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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BJ MILLER In Conversation with Pico Iyer Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7:30 pm Venue: Nourse Theater Series: Cultural Studies  Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400  Through his writing, teaching, and work with the San Francisco Zen Center and University of California, San Francisco, BJ Miller has spearheaded a nationwide effort to change the way we think about and approach death and dying. Rather than hospitalization and endless attempts at sustaining life, Miller advocates a mindful, human-centered model of care that embraces dying not as a medical…

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BJ MILLER In Conversation with Pico Iyer

January 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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 Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400  Through his writing, teaching, and work with the San Francisco Zen Center and University of California, San Francisco, BJ Miller has spearheaded a nationwide effort to change the way we think about and approach death and dying. Rather than hospitalization and endless attempts at sustaining life, Miller advocates a mindful, human-centered model of care that embraces dying not as a medical event, but rather as a universally shared life experience. Miller is a longtime hospice and palliative…

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Book Discussion: The Art of Relevance

January 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Oakland Public Library – Main Branch, 125 - 14th Street
Oakland, 94612
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How can you re-ignite your community and create greater participation? Join us for an informal discussion of Nina Simon’s recent book, The Art of Relevance, followed by the chance to chat and network with people who work in museums, zoos, aquariums, parks, historical organizations, and nature centers. Nina Simon has been described as a “museum visionary” by Smithsonian Magazine for her audience-centered approach to design. “Whether you work in museums or libraries, parks or theaters, churches or afterschool programs, relevance…

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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from her new novel Sketchtasy from Arsenal Pulp Press Sketchtasy takes place in that late-night moment when everything comes together, and everything falls apart: it's an urgent, glittering, devastating novel about the perils of queer world-making in the mid-'90s. This is Boston in 1995, a city defined by a rabid fear of difference. Alexa, an incisive twenty-one-year-old queen, faces everyday brutality with determined nonchalance. Rejecting middle-class pretensions, she negotiates past and present traumas with a scathing critique of the world.…

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BOOKSMITH: Ian S. Port / The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock ‘n’ Roll

January 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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The Booksmith hosts former SF Weekly music editor Ian S. Port for the Bay Area launch of his first book, The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll. Please join us!   In the years after World War II, music was evolving from big-band jazz into the primordial elements of rock 'n' roll -- and these louder styles demanded revolutionary instruments. When Leo Fender's tiny firm marketed the first solid-body electric guitar, the Esquire, musicians immediately saw…

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RANDY SHAW at Books Inc. Mountain View

January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Mountain View, 301 Castro St
Mountain View , CA 94041 United States
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Randy Shaw, Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, discusses his compelling new book, Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America. Generation Priced Out is a call to action on one of the most talked-about issues of our time: how skyrocketing rents and home values are pricing the working and middle classes out of urban America. From San Francisco to New York, Seattle to Denver, and Los Angeles to Austin, Generation Priced Out tells the stories of tenants, developers, politicians, homeowner…

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MICHELLE CADY at Books Inc. Berkeley

January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94710 United States
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Health & wellness coach Michelle Cady discusses her quintessential lifestyle guide, Self-Care in the City: 100 Ways to Optimize Your Nutrition, Fitness. Brimming with practical tips for finding balance in your busy urban lifestyle, Self-Care in the City will not only make you feel unstoppable, but will also give you an edge. Event date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 7:00pm Event address: Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA

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The Fiction of Amparo Dávila

January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Audrey Harris and Matt Gleeson in conversation celebrating the release of The Houseguest: Fiction by Amparo Dávila by Amparo Dávila translated by Audrey Harris and Matt Gleeson published by New Directions Publishing Like those of Kafka, Poe, Leonora Carrington, or Shirley Jackson, Amparo Dávila's stories are terrifying, mesmerizing, and expertly crafted—you'll finish each one gasping for air. With acute psychological insight, Dávila follows her characters to the limits of desire, paranoia, insomnia, and fear. She is a writer obsessed with obsession, who makes…

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Kristin Wilson, Others’ Milk

January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2019 - 7:00PM This is an advanced event listing. Please check back for updated information, or sign up for our events emails. This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins. If you have ADA accommodation requests for this event, please e-mail info@bookshopsantacruz.com by January 22nd.   Breastfeeding rarely conforms to the idealized Madonna-and-baby image seen in old artwork, now re-cast in celebrity breastfeeding…

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BINDERY: Kristen Roupenian / You Know You Want This: Cat Person and Other Stories

January 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts "Cat Person" author Kristen Roupenian for her debut story collection, You Know You Want This. Please join us!   You Know You Want This brilliantly explores the ways in which women are horrifying as much as it captures the horrors that are done to them. Among its pages are a couple who becomes obsessed with their friend hearing them have sex, then seeing them have sex… until they can't have sex without him; a ten-year-old whose birthday party takes a sinister turn when she wishes…

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Mary Pipher: This is Now with Angie Coiro

January 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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$15 - $45

Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age It's one of our American ironies: our culture values older women less, just as they come into the fullness of experience and wisdom. Women "of a certain age" have greater self-acceptance; the losses they've lived can give them deeper appreciation of each day's gifts. But the passage of time offers no escape from the misogyny every woman wades through daily. And that's compounded by a new barrier: ageism. In…

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MEG WOLITZER

January 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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MEG WOLITZER In Conversation with Adam Gopnik Thursday, January 24, 2019, 7:30 pm Venue: Nourse Theater Series: "On Arts" Benefiting 826 Valencia Scholarship Program  Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400 In her many novels, such as The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, and The Wife, Meg Wolitzer brings readers deep into the lives of others. A feminist thread runs through Wolitzer’s work, particularly her groundbreaking essay, “The Second Shelf,” an examination of the underrepresentation of women writers. But nowhere is the subject of power more…

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MEG WOLITZER In Conversation with Adam Gopnik

January 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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 Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400 In her many novels, such as The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, and The Wife, Meg Wolitzer brings readers deep into the lives of others. A feminist thread runs through Wolitzer’s work, particularly her groundbreaking essay, “The Second Shelf,” an examination of the underrepresentation of women writers. But nowhere is the subject of power more deeply investigated than in her newest novel, The Female Persuasion. Campus assault, intergenerational feminist debate, mentorship, friendship, and ambition make for a…

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The Heart of the Goddess: Art, Myth and Meditations on the World’s Sacred Feminine

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Copperfield’s Books, 138 North Main Street
Sebastopol, CA,
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Free

The Sacred Feminine is rising all over the planet, and with it, the values of compassion, peacemaking, nurturance and love of the Earth. There is renewed awareness of feminine expressions that have been revered for millenia. Hallie Iglehart Austen shares a wide-reaching selection of art, meditations, poetry, prayers, values, and living lessons of Goddess culture. Respect for the Earth, restoration of community, and regaining the long-lost power of women are inseparable. Immerse yourself in a rich, multi-media experience of Goddesses…

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YANovCon at the Millbrae Library

January 26 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Millbrae Library, 1 Library Avenue
Millbrae, CA United States
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The Young Adult Novelist Convention (YANovCon) is your exclusive connection to some of today's top authors of books for middle and high school youth (and everyone else who appreciates these amazing talents). This free half-day celebration will include panel discussions, author hangouts, and book signings with at least twenty award-winning, notable, and new YA novelists including: 2018 Printz Medal winner Nina LaCour, 2018 Newbery Medal winner Erin Entrada Kelly, Kristin Elizabeth Clark, J.H Diehl, Heidi Kling, Mitali Perkins, Hugo-nominated Mark Oshiro, 2018 Beatty and Stonewall Book Award winner Dashka Slater, Robin Benway, William…

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Rolling Writers ‘Rolling this Way’

January 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rolling Out Cafe, 1722 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116 United States
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Submissions are OPEN for our first 2019 reading: Beginnings Saturday, January 26, 2019, 6 pm Rolling Out 1722 Taraval St. San Francisco To submit work for consideration, please write the host, Jon Sindell, at jsind sbcglobal , pasting your work into the body of the email, and marking the subject line as follows: RW Beginnings, . You must submit personally: no submissions by representatives will be considered. Limit prose submissions to 1,200 words. This series primarily features complete works of fiction and memoir,…

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Sarah Stone in Conversation with Sylvia Brownrigg

January 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Sarah Stone in Conversation with Sylvia Brownrigg discussing Stone's new novel, Hungry Ghost Theater, "a thrilling hybrid of a novel about the intricacies of family life and the inevitable handing down from one generation to the next of our deepest passions and pathologies. . . . both marvelously inventive and deeply humane."--Ann Packer To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Hungry Ghost Theater by speaking to a bookseller. Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 3:00pm An inventive, funny, sometimes heart-breaking exploration of the…

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Bazaar Writers Salon

January 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bazaar Cafe, 5927 California St
San Francisco, CA 94121 United States
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The wait is over! Please join us for the relaunch of Bazaar Writers Salon in the newly remodeled Bazaar Café with this fantastic lineup of writers. Readings by Kate Folk, J.P. Grasser, Sarah McColl, and sam sax Hosted by Peter Kline Kate Folk is a fiction writer whose work has appeared most recently in Zyzzyva, The New York Times Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, and One Story, and is forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly. She's an Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for…

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Seating #2: The History of Prisons in California

January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Manny’s, 3092 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
San Francisco, 94108 United States
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---SOLD OUT!!---   California's prison system started as a privately-run barge anchored in the Bay, and was embroiled in corruption, political scandal, and violence. Since then, our system has grown to incarcerate more people than the population of Berkeley. Prisons represent the power of the state in its most raw and basic form, and 167 years later Californians are still confronting the same fundamental questions: Why do we incarcerate people, what happens when they leave, and can we do better?…

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Spanish Book Discussion Group

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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El Impostor - Javier Cercas ¿Quién es Enric Marco? Un nonagenario barcelonés que se hizo pasar por superviviente de los campos nazis y que fue desenmascarado en mayo de 2005, después de presidir durante tres años la asociación española de los supervivientes, pronunciar centenares de conferencias, conceder decenas de entrevistas, recibir importantes distinciones y conmover en algún caso hasta las lágrimas a los parlamentarios españoles reunidos para rendir homenaje por vez primera a los republicanos deportados por el III Reich.…

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Douglas Rushkoff

January 29 @ 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 Team Human published by W.W. Norton Though created by humans, our technologies, markets, and institutions often contain an antihuman agenda. Douglas Rushkoff, digital theorist and host of the NPR-One podcast Team Human, reveals the dynamics of this antihuman machinery and invites us to remake these aspects of society in ways that foster our humanity. In 100 aphoristic statements, his manifesto exposes how forces for human connection have turned into ones of isolation and repression:…

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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore: Sketchtasy

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore presents Sketchtasy. Sketchtasy brings 1990s gay culture startlingly back to life, as Alexa and her friends grapple with the impact of growing up at a time when desire and death are intertwined. With an intoxicating voice and unruly cadence, this is a shattering, incandescent novel that conjures the pain and pageantry of struggling to imagine a future. East Bay Booksellers 5433 College Avenue Oakland, CA 94618

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BINDERY: Sam Lipsyte / Hark

January 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Sam Lipsyte for his brilliant new novel Hark. Please join us!   In an America convulsed by political upheaval, cultural discord, environmental collapse, and spiritual confusion, many folks are searching for peace, salvation, and -- perhaps most immediately -- just a little damn focus. Enter Hark Morner, an unwitting guru whose technique of “Mental Archery” -- a combination of mindfulness, mythology, fake history, yoga, and, well, archery -- is set to captivate the masses and raise him to near-messiah status.…

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