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August 2019

Oakland Peace Festival

August 24 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Oakland Peace Center, 111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
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$10

WELCOME Join us at the inaugural Oakland Peace Festival organized by Nomadic Press and hosted at the Oakland Peace Center for a celebration of all that is Oakland and peaceful through music, art, writing, food, guest speakers, and community building. All are welcome, and this is a kid-friendly event. The schedule is below and will be updated as performers are confirmed. The event will take place on three Saturdays: July 27 (theme: Justice), August 24 (theme: Equity), and will culminate…

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Socialist Realism | Trisha Low, Jane Gregory & Brandon Brown

August 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
moe’s books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, 94704
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Please join us for the launch of SOCIALIST REALISM (Emily Books/Coffee House, 2019)! TRISHA LOW will read, with special guests JANE GREGORY & BRANDON BROWN. There will be cake.

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Meet the 2020 Candidate: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

August 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Manny’s, 3092 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
San Francisco, 94108 United States
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$50 – $500

The Next 50 is excited to host another 2020 contender in the San Francisco Bay Area: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. To secure a place at this intimate event, register via a donation to Senator Gillibrand's campaign here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/aug26sfgr The event will include an update on Senator Gillibrand's experience on the campaign trail, a Q&A with attendees, and everyone's favorite - selfie opportunities with the candidate. Want to learn more about this event and future candidate events? Join the Meet the Candidate…

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Rick Moody: The Long Accomplishment

August 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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Free

Rick Moody discusses his new memoir, The Long Accomplishment: A Memoir of Hope and Struggle in Matrimony. Praise for The Long Accomplishment “Touching. . . . In heart-wrenching detail, Moody . . . weaves in of hardship. . . . A revealing, intimate memoir—and a moving love letter.” —Publishers Weekly “In unflinching, diary style . . . Moody balances emotional adversity with poignant digressions. . . . And his clever turns of phrase hint at a sense of wonder . . .…

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E.R. Ramzipoor:The Ventriloquists

August 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
Bekeley, 94 704
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Free

E.R. Ramzipoor is a writer based in California. She also works as a content marketer, writing about cybercrime and online fraud. She studied political science at UC Berkeley, where she researched underground literature in resistance movements and discovered the forgotten story of Faux Soir. Her writing has been featured in McSweeney’s and The Ventriloquists is her first novel. She lives with her partner and a terrier mix named Lada.

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Scott Hylbert: Task Lyst

August 27 @ 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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Free

Scott Hylbert joins us to discuss his new novel, Task Lyst. About Task Lyst Do you need to have someone walk your dog? How about to deliver your groceries? Or your drugs? How about carry out a hit? Are you looking for a side hustle to pay the rent, but want to hide your influx of cash in bitcoin? Then the new on-demand services app, Task Lyst is all you need. Elliott is a struggling musician who is trying to piece…

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Folkland Book Club: THE COMPLETE STORIES OF LEONORA CARRINGTON

August 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Oakland Public Library – Main Branch, 125 - 14th Street
Oakland, 94612
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Free

Join us for a monthly book club featuring titles from Small Press Distribution. Pick up a free copy of our August book at the July Book Club meeting on 7/31, or at the Main Library Reference desk starting on 8/1 while supplies last. Our August Book Club Pick: THE COMPLETE STORIES OF LEONORA CARRINGTON Fiction. Surrealist writer and painter Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) was a master of the macabre, of gorgeous tableaus, biting satire, roguish comedy, and brilliant, effortless flights of…

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Kimberly King Parsons / Black Light: Stories

August 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Kimberly King Parsons for her new story collection, Black Light. More to be announced soon, but please save the date and join us! “The stories in Black Light are grimy and weird, surprising, utterly lush… I loved every moment of this book.” – Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties With raw, poetic ferocity, Kimberly King Parsons exposes desire’s darkest hollows—those hidden places where most of us are afraid to look. In this debut collection of enormously perceptive and brutally unsentimental short…

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Catamaran Literary Reader, Fall 2019 Issue Launch

August 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Contributors to the Fall 2019 Issue of Catamaran Literary Reader will join us for a live reading in celebration of the issue launch. Readers featured at this issue launch event will be announced at a later date. Catamaran was founded in 2012 in the Tannery Arts Center Studios in Santa Cruz, California. Their mission is to capture the vibrant creative spirit in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction and to publish the best writing they can find in a narrative, together with fine art. The magazine…

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P. E. Moskowitz / The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent

August 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts P. E. Moskowitz for their new book, The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent. Please join us for what promises to be a stimulating conversation! There’s a critical debate taking place over one of our most treasured rights: free speech. We argue about whether it’s at risk, whether college students fear it, whether neo-Nazis deserve it, and whether the government is adequately upholding it. But as P. E. Moskowitz provocatively shows in The Case Against…

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September 2019

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

September 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Silent Reading Party

September 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Presented by Lemony Snicket and Radio Silence. Bring a book to read to yourself in silence. Drinks and light snacks will be available. There is no admission cost and no reservations necessary. Proceeds from drink sales will benefit a public school in San Francisco, TBD. Directly following Silent Reading Party we will celebrate the launch of Bottle Grove, the new novel by Lemony Snicket's alter ego, Daniel Handler. More information coming soon. Sign up to receive emails about upcoming Silent Reading Parties here.

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POETS! 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, 7-9 pm Featured poets + open mic hosted by Jerry Ferraz

September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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POETS! 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, 7-9 pm Featured poets + open mic hosted by Jerry Ferraz   On the first and third Monday of each month, Jerry Ferraz hosts a poetry reading that showcases local legends, poets passing through and folks from around the Bay -- typically two featured poets followed by an open mic. We can count on a warm group of poets and poetry fans eager to hear the features and the potpourri of poets of…

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SF LAUNCH for Daniel Handler w/Dan Stone / Bottle Grove

September 3 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts a special evening to celebrate Daniel Handler's new novel Bottle Grove. With him in conversation is Dan Stone, and we'll have specialty cocktails created by Alembic, inspired by the book. Please join us! Please note: >  This is a free event, but seating is limited and advance tickets are recommended. Tickets are available here, with the option of ordering a discounted cocktail and/or book. >  Directly preceding this event, The Bindery will be hostingSilent Reading Party, presented by Misters Handler & Stone. This…

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Chuck Forester: Eat, Sleep, Love

September 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center of San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St. San Francisco,
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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Eat, Sleep, Love, by Chuck Forester, is a fond look back on a brief time when life opened up for gay men only to collapse with the deadly arrival of AIDS that marked the end of an era. It’s 1971 and Charlie McKey, a young gay man from Point Reyes Station, California, arrives in San Francisco, where free love and gay liberation abound. Newly out but open to experiencing the new wonders that suddenly surround him, Charlie jumps in headfirst, immersing himself…

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Mark Arax

September 4 @ 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 THE DREAMT LAND: Chasing Water and Dust Across California published by Alfred Knopf A vivid, searching journey into California's capture of water and soil–the epic story of a people's defiance of nature and the wonders, and ruin, it has wrought Mark Arax is from a family of Central Valley farmers, a writer with deep ties to the land who has watched the battles over water intensify even as California lurches from drought to…

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Carolina De Robertis w/R. O. Kwon / LAUNCH for Cantoras

September 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Carolina De Robertis w/R. O. Kwon / LAUNCH for Cantoras Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 7:30pm Body: The Bindery hosts a special evening to launch Carolina De Robertis' new novel, Cantoras. She'll be in conversation with R. O. Kwon. Please join us! From the highly acclaimed, award-winning author of The Gods of Tango, a revolutionary new novel about five wildly different women who, in the midst of the Uruguayan dictatorship, find one another as lovers, friends, and ultimately, family. In 1977 Uruguay, a…

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Hot Boxx Girls by Darwin Bell

September 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St
San Francisco , CA United States
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September 5, 6pm-9pm Opening Reception A free public celebration of the third Aunt Charlie’s art exhibition, featuring the work of Darwin Bell. Recently named “Best Street Photographer” by SF Weekly, Darwin Bell has captures the queens of the Hot Boxx Girls befriending and befamilying adoring crowds every weekend at Aunt Charlie’s. --- Darwin Bell has lived in San Francisco for almost 30 years and sees the city as his photographic canvas. Specializing in colors and compositions, he takes the big…

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John Billheimer

September 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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John Billheimer joins us to discuss his new book, Hitchcock and the Censors. About Hitchcock and the Censors Throughout his career, Alfred Hitchcock had to deal with a wide variety of censors attuned to the slightest suggestion of sexual innuendo, undue violence, toilet humor, religious disrespect, and all forms of indecency, real or imagined. From 1934 to 1968, the Motion Picture Production Code Office controlled the content and final cut on all films made and distributed in the United States. Code…

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Daniel Handler as Daniel Handler

September 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from his new novel Bottle Grove published by Bloomsbury Books A razor-sharp tale of two couples, two marriages, a bar, and a San Francisco start-up from a best-selling, award-winning novelist. This is a story about two marriages. Or is it? It begins with a wedding, held in the small San Francisco forest of Bottle Grove--bestowed by a wealthy patron for the public good, back when people did such things. Here is a cross section of lives, a stretch of…

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Left Margin LIT 3rd Birthday Party (and Reading)

September 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Novel Brewing Company, 6510 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94608
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Come celebrate with us as we cap our 3rd year (and enter our 4th) as the East Bay's creative writing center/workspace. This is also our 3rd event at Novel Brewing, the most literary brewery in California. Sample Novel Brewing's finest beers and ales on tap. Soak in their friendly, neighborhood atmosphere. Socialize with our writing community. Eat cake! ​ And enjoy some short readings by Left Margin instructors: Zubair Ahmed, Katharine Dion, Rachel Richardson, and Laleh Khadivi. ​ Zubair Ahmed…

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Mike Isaac w/Casey Newton / SF Launch for Super Pumped

September 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts New York Times technology correspondent Mike Isaac for the San Francisco launch ofSuper Pumped: The Battle for Uber. With Mike in conversation is Casey Newton (The Interface). Please join us! In June 2017, Travis Kalanick, the hard-charging CEO of Uber, was ousted in a boardroom coup that capped a brutal year for the transportation giant. Uber had catapulted to the top of the tech world, yet for many came to symbolize everything wrong with Silicon Valley. Award-winning New York Times technology correspondent Mike Isaac’s Super Pumped presents the…

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Launch for Vivian Ho / Those Who Wander: America’s Lost Street Kids

September 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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The Booksmith hosts the launch for former San Francisco Chronicle criminal justice reporter Vivian Ho's debut book, Those Who Wander: America's Lost Street Kids. More information to be announced soon, but please save the date and join us! Please note: Booksmith will donate 100% of proceeds from purchases of Those Who Wander to the Homeless Youth Alliance. About the book, from the publisher: In 2015, the senseless Bay Area murders of twenty-three-year-old Audrey Carey and sixty-seven-year-old Steve Carter were personal tragedies for the victims’ families. But they also…

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Aging: Representations on Screen and in Print, a Conversation

September 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Folio Books, 3957 24th St
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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How is aging represented though different media – on film and by the written word? Sheila Malkind will talk about film, specifically the Legacy Film Festival on Aging which she runs, the only three-day festival uniquely devoted to films on aging, held annually in San Francisco. In its ninth year, it celebrates the aging process as profound and meaningful, often challenging, and always courageous. Filmmakers portray many facets of this unique, ever-changing experience honestly, artfully, and with compassion and love.…

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Poetic Tuesdays with Litquake at Jessie Square

September 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Jessie Square, 736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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The monthly collaboration between Litquake: San Francisco’s Literary Festival and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival features an array of Bay Area poets and musicians.

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