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April 2018

Luis Alberto Urrea: The House of Broken Angels

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Book Passage Corte Madera, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925 United States
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Luis Alberto Urrea reads from and signs his new novel, The House of Broken Angels.

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Rebecca Kauffman

April 23 @ 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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Rebecca Kauffman discusses her new novel, The Gunners. Praise for The Gunners "I recommend you read every single thing Rebecca Kauffman writes―start with this beautiful novel, and start now." ―Julie Buntin, author of Marlena "Kauffman’s prose is restrained in a way that causes it to actually vibrate in places, and her details are so richly observed they feel like gems, impossible things mined from deep under the earth. Funny, raw, and deeply elegant, The Gunners is ultimately a meditation on friendship, that least examined,…

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Holloway Reading Series: Brenda Hillman with Jane Gregory

April 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Copper Canyon Press Reading

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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Featuring four wonderful poets with new collections from Copper Canyon Press.

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Beth Pickens with Brontez Purnell

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Beth Pickens with Brontez Purnell   discussing Your Art Will Save Your Life A candid guidebook about art-making in the midst of oppression from Feminist Press As a teenager visiting the Andy Warhol Museum, Beth Pickens realized the importance of making art. As an adult, she has dedicated her life to empowering working artists. Intimate yet practical, Your Art Will Save Your Life helps artists build a sustainable practice while navigating the world of MFAs, residencies, and institutional funding. Beth Pickens is a Los…

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Laurie Anderson

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States
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Laurie Anderson is one of America's most renowned and daring creative pioneers. Her work, encompassing music, visual art, poetry, film and photography, has challenged and delighted audiences around the world for 40 years. Join Anderson at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco for a special performance of her new work, "All the Things I Lost in the Flood", which includes visual images and performances, along with commentary on some of her iconic work with voice, electronics, codes, narrative styles…

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Perfectly Queer-East Bay: Celebrate National Poetry Month

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Laurel Book Store, 1423 Broadway
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Europa Grace, M.I., Miyuki, and Gabriel Christian.

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Brynn Saito

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hagerty Lounge, SMC, 1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga , CA 94575 United States
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Originally from Fresno, CA, Saito is the Distinguished Visiting Writer in Poetry at Saint Mary’s College.

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This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Sally Kohn

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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Sally Kohn is currently a CNN political commentator and a columnist for The Daily Beast. Kohn was previously a Fox News contributor, and she has been a frequent guest on MSNBC. She writes regularly for media outlets including the Washington Post, the New York Times, New York Magazine, Refinery29, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Yahoo, Salon, Time and many more. She also works as a communications consultant and was previously a campaign strategist for the Center for Community Change, a fellow at the Ford Foundation, and a strategic…

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Dana Levin and Dean Rader

April 25 @ 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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Dana Levin and Dean Rader read from their latest poetry collections, Banana Palace and Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry. About Dana Levin Dana Levin's fourth book is Banana Palace (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). Previous collections include In the Surgical Theatre and Sky Burial, which The New Yorker called “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” Recent poetry and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, Poem-a-day, Boston Review, and Poetry. Levin is a grateful recipient of honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of…

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The Others: A Dramatic Reading by Matthew Rohrer & Special Guests

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts a performance of Matthew Rohrer’s novel in verse, The Others, featuring guest readers including Daniel Handler and Arisa White. Please join us! A gripping, eerie, and hilarious novel-in-verse from poet Matthew Rohrer. In a Russian-doll of fictional episodes, we follow an entry-level publishing assistant over the course of a day as he encounters ghost stories, science fiction adventures, Victorian hashish eating, and robot bigfoots. Rohrer mesmerizes with wildly imaginative tales and resonant verse in this compelling love letter to storytelling. -- Matthew Rohrer is…

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue
Berkeley, 94705
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$12 - $15

"She meticulously and convincingly argues that U.S. gun culture-and the domestic and global massacres that have flowed from it- must be linked to an understanding of the ideological, historical and practical role of guns in seizing Native American lands, black enslavement, and global imperialism."- Clarence Lusane The U.S. loves guns. From Daniel Boone and Jesse James to the NRA and Seal Team 6, gun culture has colored the lore, shaped the law, and protected the market that arms the nation,…

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Book Talk: Figuring Korean Futures

April 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Book Talk: Figuring Korean Futures: Children’s Literature in Modern Korea April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library Speaker: Dafna Zur, Stanford University Moderator: Steven Lee, UC Berkeley Figuring Korean Futures is the story of the emergence and development of writing for children in modern Korea. Starting in the 1920s, a narrator-adult voice began to speak directly to a child-reader. This child audience was perceived as unique because of a new concept: the child-heart, the perception that the child's…

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Stevenson Poetry Night at the SHPL

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Saint Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane
Saint Helena, 94574
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Join us for an evening celebrating the spoken word and the works of Robert Louis Stevenson! The evening will feature an open mic for aspiring poets and poetry lovers!

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The Black Aesthetic, in performance and in conversation

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA 94132 United States
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The Black Aesthetic

"Our intention is to offer constructive speculation; our earnest hope to take up the love labor of the Black canons that laid these foundations in the past and provide guidance for the future." — Zoé Samudzi, Introduction to The Black Aesthetic Season II Join us for an evening of readings, performances, and conversations with The Black Aesthetic. This group of writers and artists started their work together around a series of film screenings, in the space at E. M. Wolfman General Interest Small…

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Dalachinsky, Otomo, Lazzara + Swindell at Alley Cat

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Readings by: Steve Dalachinsky Yuko Otomo Marina Lazzara Tate Swindell

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Anna Yen

April 26 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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$15 - $50

Anna Yen has worked at a wide range of tech companies. She spearheaded investor relations for industry leaders such as Tesla Motors, Market Watch, and Pixar Animations Studios, and reported directly to some of Silicon Valley's most respected leaders (including Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Larry Kramer.) She has co-founded several tech start-ups and is currently Managing Director at Ellipsis, an investor relations firm. She lives in San Francisco. Kepler's Literary Foundation is proud to introduce the Bay Area literary world's…

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Yang Huang

April 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Yang Huang reads from her short story collection, My Old Faithful, winner of the 2017 Juniper Prize. Showing both the drama of familial intimacy and the ups and downs of the everyday, My Old Faithful introduces readers to a close-knit Chinese family. These ten interconnected short stories, which take place in China and the United States over a thirty-year period, merge to paint a nuanced portrait of family life, full of pain, surprises, and subtle acts of courage. Richly textured narratives from…

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Richard Power

April 26 @ 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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Richard Powers discusses his new novel, The Overstory. Praise for Richard Powers “This book is beyond special. Richard Powers manages to turn trees into vivid and engaging characters, something that indigenous people have done for eons but that modern literature has rarely if ever even attempted. It's not just a completely absorbing, even overwhelming book; it's a kind of breakthrough in the ways we think about and understand the world around us, at a moment when that is desperately needed.” —…

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Kai Carlson-Wee / Rail

April 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts a launch for Kai Carlson-Wee's first full-length poetry collection, Rail. More info to come soon -- save the date, and join us! Set against a landscape of rail yards and skate parks, Kai Carlson-Wee's debut collection captures a spiritual journey of wanderlust, depression, brotherhood, and survival. These poems--a "verse novella" in documentary form--build momentum as they travel across the stark landscapes of the American West: hopping trains through dusty prairie towns, swapping stories with mystics and outlaws, skirting the edges of…

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Richard Powers

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Benicia Public Library, 150 East L St.
Benicia, 94510
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Richard Powers Reads from "The Overstory."

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4th Annual Bay Area Book Festival

April 28 @ 12:00 am - April 29 @ 11:59 pm
Berkeley, CA
Free

Tens of thousands of book lovers meet hundreds of acclaimed authors over an exciting weekend in downtown Berkeley, California. Whether you’re a fan of science fiction or history, of fiction or memoir, of poetry or food writing, of children’s literature or science, come experience one of the best book festivals on the planet! The Bay Area is teeming with readers, writers, creators, and thinkers. We have harnessed the power of this community to create a premier literary experience. The Festival…

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Bay Area Book Festival

April 28 @ 10:00 am - April 29 @ 6:00 pm
Downtown Berkeley
Free - $15.

The Bay Area Book Festival-one of the world's premier celebrations of writers, readers and the written word-will take place April 28 and 29 in downtown Berkeley. Nearly 500 authors and exhibitors-from the Bay Area, nation and world and from across the spectrum of genres, traditions and inspirations-will come together with tens of thousands of book enthusiasts for the fourth annual two-day celebration featuring presentations, panels, keynotes, films, performances, participatory activities, exhibits and a lively outdoor fair. The literary program will…

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Playing Hamlet Roulette: EXIT Press spotlight and Mark Jackson book release party

April 28 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102
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Join EXIT Theatre’s publishing arm EXIT Press to celebrate our eighth year, and the recent publication of our 24th book, Mark Jackson’s Playing Hamlet Roulette: Failure, Expectation, Possibility & Democracy! Just over two years ago, Shotgun Players company member and EXIT Theatre alumnus, Mark Jackson, undertook one of the biggest challenges of his career: staging a production of Hamlet, at the Shotgun Players’ Ashby Stage, in which every performer drew their role from Yorick’s skull five minutes before showtime, their…

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Georgeanne Brennan at Mrs. Dalloway’s

April 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Join James Beard Award winner Georgeanne Brennan as she reads from her newest book, Windows on Provence: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France. Georgeanne Brennan evocatively renders an insider's knowledge of Provence's villages and their ancient customs and traditions. Through rich essays, each examining a unique facet of Provencal culture, she shares her view of the southern region of the country. Brennan's engaging text, together with alluring photographs, takes the reader on an unforgettable tour,…

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