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April 2020

Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor of Welcome to Night Vale / The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home

April 5 @ 4:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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$24

The Bindery hosts a special afternoon event with Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor of Welcome to Night Vale for their new novel, The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home. Join us! Please note: This event is ticketed, with each ticket including a book, and will take place at The Bindery, 1727 Haight St. Tickets are available in advance here. Unless otherwise noted here, general admission tickets will be available at the door. In the town of Night Vale, there's a faceless old woman…

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Smack Dab Queer Open Mic Online!

April 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free
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We are giving ONLINE Smack Dab Queer & Trans Open Mic a try. Meet us on Zoom at our usual time :) Smack Dab Queer Open Mic is a free LGBTQ2SIA community event. Our slogan? “All ages, all genders, all the time.” We're the longest running Q/T Open mic in the bay and we welcome YOU to join us to share: stories, poems, a song, dance, your visual art or your latest manifesto. Want to simply join us as friends,…

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Litquake on Lockdown: Met Cute–The Happy Side of Gay Romance

April 5 @ 7:00 pm
Free

In these stressful times, everyone could use a little fun. Because sometimes loving goes best with laughter, four bestselling authors of gay romance read from their lighter works--J. Scott Coatsworth, Kim Fielding, Angel Martinez, and Amy Lane. Discussion and Q&A about why love stories help soothe frayed nerves and anxious minds to follow. All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org! Livestream link to be posted the morning of! Speakers Kim Fielding Kim Fielding is the…

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Rebecca Dinerstein Knight / Hex

April 6 @ 7:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Free

The Bindery hosts Rebecca Dinerstein Knight (The Sunlit Night) for her new novel Hex. Please join us! Nell Barber, an expelled PhD candidate in biological science, is exploring the fine line between poison and antidote, working alone to set a speed record for the detoxification of poisonous plants. Her mentor, Dr. Joan Kallas, is the hero of Nell's heart. Nell frequently finds herself standing in the doorway to Joan's office despite herself, mesmerized by Joan's elegance, success, and spiritual force. Surrounded by Nell's ex,…

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D. A. Powell and Paola Capó-García

April 6 @ 7:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, 94704
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Free

Paola Capó-García is the author of CLAP FOR ME THAT’S NOT ME (Rescue Press, 2018), selected by D.A. Powell as the winner of Rescue Press' 2017 Black Box Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Volta, Puerto Rico en mi corazón, Latino Book Review, jubilat, Poetry Society of America, Academy of American Poets, and others. Originally from San Juan, PR, she now lives in San Diego, CA, where she teaches 12th grade English. D. A. Powell's books include Useless…

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Malcolm Harris – – Shit is Fucked Up and Bullshit w/Robin Sloane

April 6 @ 7:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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Free

EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome Malcolm Harristo read from his new book, Shit is Fucked Up and Bullshit on Tuesday, April 7th at 7pm. He will be joined in conversation by Robin Sloane. From the writer hailed for giving voice to a generation in Kids These Days comes a bold rejection of a society in which inequality, student debt, and exploitation have come to define our lives Our economic situation, political discourse, and future prospects have gotten much…

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Escape From Quarantine Reading – a weekly online thing

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
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a weekly digital gathering and poetry reading. join our weekly zoom chat to meet with friends without having to leave your house. this is a space to just talk about what's going on and how we feel about it and also share our work. Topic: escape from quarantine reading Time: Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Mon, until May 4, 2020, 7 occurrence(s) Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Mar 30, 2020 07:00 PM…

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Litquake on Lockdown: DIY Flash with the Flash Fiction Collective

April 6 @ 7:00 pm
Free

A reading of dozens of tiny stories from micro-fictionistas, including guest readers, plus a discussion of the Art of Flash and prompts—including visual prompts—to write and submit your own, with a selection to be published on the Flash Fiction Collective Facebook page. All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org! Livestream link to be posted the morning of! Speakers Jane Ciabattari Jane Ciabattari, author of the short story collection Stealing the Fire, writes the Between the…

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MFA Alumni Reading Featuring mai c. doan & Aiden Thomas

April 7 @ 5:30 pm
Mills Hall Living Room, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland , CA 94613 United States
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Free

Reception at 5:15 pm for newly admitted Mills graduate students, followed by readings. mai c. doan is poet and writer from Southern California. Her first full-length collection, water/tongue, was published by Omnidawn in 2019. She has published and performed her work though the National Queer Arts Festival, RADAR Productions, Entropy Magazine, Mixed Up!: A Zine about Mixed Race Queer and Feminist Experience, and more. She holds an MFA from Mills College, where she attended as a Community Engagement Fellow. Aiden Thomas…

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Poet Tongo Eisen-Martin, live streamed from Bird & Beckett

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Live Stream:  https://www.facebook.com/bird.and.beckett/ Tongo Eisen-Martin, a child of the Bay Area, seemed to emerge full blown on the Bay Area poetry front in 2015 with his debut Someone’s Dead Already from Bootstrap Press and a cascade of uncanny readings, hands in pockets, gaze fixed in the middle distance of his mind. But by that point he had already achieved deep hip hop/spoken word credibility and had gone full on into prison work that had taken him nationwide for years. City Lights’ Pocket…

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Odd Salon SF: System

April 7 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Public Works, 161 Erie Street
San Francisco , CA 94103 United States
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$12 – $25

Early bird tickets go on sale on March 3 through Friday March 13 only. ~ Salon details and speakers to be announced ~ Tuesday, April 7 at Public Works, San Francisco Doors open for pre-salon cocktail hour at 6:30, Talks begin at 7:30 Reserved Seats available. General Admission seats are first come, first served. Odd Salon Members always enjoy discounted Join our growing membership for ticket discounts and Members-only opportunities.

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Benicia First Tuesday Poets

April 7 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Benicia Public Library, 150 East L St.
Benicia, 94510
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Free
Benicia First Tuesday Poets

Benicia Public Library in the Dona Benicia Room. Hosted by Benicia Poet Laureate Tom Stanton. Mystery Poet followed by open mic! Founded in 2003.

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Ellen Bass, Indigo at Bookshop Santa Cruz

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Free

Indigo merges elegy and praise poem in an exploration of life's complex grey areas. Whether her subject is oysters, high heels, a pork chop, a beloved dog, or a wife's return to health, Bass pulls us in with exquisite immediacy. Her lush and precisely observed descriptions allow us to feel the sheer primal pleasure of being alive in our own "succulent skin," the pleasure of the gifts of hunger, desire, touch. In this book, joy meets regret, devotion meets dependence, and…

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Chris Carlsson Book Launch at The Green Arcade

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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Hidden San Francisco is a guidebook like no other. Chris Carlsson (of Shaping San Francisco and Foundsf fame) peels back the layers of San Francisco’s history to reveal a storied past: behind old walls and gleaming glass facades lurk former industries, secret music and poetry venues, forgotten terrorist bombings, and much more. Carlsson delves into the Bay Area’s long prehistory, examining the region’s geography and the lives of its inhabitants before the 1849 Gold Rush changed everything, setting in motion the clash between capital and…

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Litquake on Lockdown: ZYZZYVA’s 35th Anniversary Issue Release

April 7 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Celebrate ZYZZYVA's 35th anniversary issue, to be released in early April, with contributors from the issue which includes such authors and writers as Bryan Washington, Lauren Markham, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Kristen Iskandrian, Lysley Tenorio, Dave Madden, Peter Orner, Meg Hurtado Bloom, and many others. All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org! Livestream link to be posted the morning of!

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C Pam Zhang: How Much of These Hills is Gold

April 7 @ 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

C Pam Zhang discusses her debut novel How Much of These Hills is Gold. Praise for How Much of These Hills is Gold "C Pam Zhang's debut is ferocious, dark and gleaming, a book erupting out of the interstices between myth and dream, between longing and belonging. How Much of These Hills Is Gold tells us that stories--like people, like the rough and stunning landscape of California itself--are constantly in the process of being made, broken, and finally remade into something tender and…

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Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman in Conversation

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free – $100
Ayelet Waldman & Michael Chabon

A fundraiser for Pegasus Books About this Event It's a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we're raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business. First up: Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon in conversation, including a Q&A. Ayelet Waldman is the author of the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. Plus the memoir A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made…

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Cody Simpson / Prince Neptune

April 8 @ 7:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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$18.50 – $20.42

Booksmith hosts Cody Simpson for his first book, Prince Neptune. Join us! Please note: This is a ticketed event, to be held at Booksmith (1644 Haight St.). The price of admission is equal to the cost of Prince Neptune, which is included with each ticket. Advance tickets are highly encouraged -- tickets are not guaranteed to be available at the door.   Conjuring vivid imagery and drawing from the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water, Prince Neptune presents poems and prose on themes of life, love, fame, escapism,…

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Mari Coates with Peg Alford Pursell / Launch for The Pelton Papers

April 8 @ 7:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Free

The Bindery hosts the launch party for Mari Coates and her new novel The Pelton Papers. She'll be in conversation with Peg Alford Pursell (A Girl Goes into the Forest). Join us! A richly imagined novel based on the life of artist Agnes Pelton, whose life tracks the early days of modernism in America. Born into a family ruined by scandal, Agnes becomes part of the lively New York art scene, finding early success in the famous Armory Show of 1913. Fame seems…

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Robert Williams at City Lights Books

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Robert Williams: The Father of Exponential Imagination published by Fantagraphics Robert Williams: The Father of Exponential Imagination is a comprehensive, career-spanning collection of the iconic painter's fine art, including over 300 oil paintings as well as drawings, sculptures, and more. Simply put, this is the definitive volume that Williams has been working towards his entire career. In the late 20th and early 21st century, diverse forms of commonplace and popular art appeared to be coalescing into a formidable faction of new…

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Litquake on Lockdown: We All Want to Change the World

April 8 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Fiction writers are often told – by teachers, editors, and agents – that politics and literature don’t mix. But in these times of political polarization and dissatisfaction, many writers are reconsidering this conventional wisdom. How can ambitious writers find a space to explore the matters of life and death, wealth and poverty, war and governance, that affect us all? How should art respond to the terrors of modern life? Join five accomplished writers as they share work that has grappled…

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Lyrics & Dirges: Ether Edition #2

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
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This week Lyrics & Dirges Ether Edition features Maw Shein Win, Vernon Keeve III, and Amanda Moore Learn about our readers by visiting their bio posts Lyrics & Dirges is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Time: Apr 8, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/161450681 Meeting ID: 161 450 681 One tap mobile +17207072699,,161450681# US (Denver) +13462487799,,161450681# US (Houston) Dial by your location +1 720 707 2699 US (Denver) +1 346 248 7799…

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Kathy Valentine: All I Ever Wanted

April 8 @ 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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Kathy Valentine, bassist for The Go-Go's, discusses her new memoir All I Ever Wanted. About All I Ever Wanted Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine’s story is a roller coaster of sex, drugs, and of course, music; it’s also a story of what it takes to find success and find yourself, even when it all comes crashing down. At twenty-one, Kathy Valentine was at the Whisky in Los Angeles when she met a guitarist from a fledgling band called the Go-Go’s—and the band…

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Take Place: SFSU Reading & Open Mic

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

This is a time for all of us to come together and support one another & our SFSU writing community. Join us on Zoom for our first virtual Take Place. We'll still have our featured readers originally planned for March, and we'd love to hear what you've been working on during our open mic portion. Sign-ups below. WHEN: Thursday, April 9 @ 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. WHERE: https://sfsu.zoom.us/j/137877419 WHAT:  Featured reading and open mic. All literary and experimental genres are welcome! Open mic slots are about…

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Melville House @ City Lights

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Free
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Melville House Publishers is celebrated by City Lights! Three authors with recently released books join us for an evening of spirited discussion Malcolm Harris in conversation with Curtis White, moderated by Jenny Odell Malcolm Harris celebrates the release of SHIT IS FUCKED UP AND BULLSHIT: History Since the End of History  Curtis White celebrates the release of Living in a World that Can't Be Fixed: Reimagining Counterculture Today Jenny Odell is the author of How to Do Nothing ----------------- about Shit Is Fucked Up and Bullshit: History…

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Susan Briante and Valyntina Grenier at Wolfman Books

April 9 @ 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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Briante and Grenier Take Heart and Deface the Monument at Wolfman.   ABOUT OUR BOOKS: "Fever Dream / Take Heart is a doubled poetry book. Two chapbooks have been produced in a flip-book format . Bound in the tête-bêche style, Fever Dream and Take Heart provide two forays through this poet's feverishly delicious style. Lifting off from nature, Grenier leaps intuitively between images that comment on humanity's impact on the climate, corrosive politics, and all that is ferociously feminine. Leap…

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Poetry Center Book Award Reading: Ashley Toliver and Jason Bayani, reading and in conversation

April 9 @ 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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Join us for this reading by Poetry Center Book Award winner Ashley Toliver, for her work Spectra (Coffee House Press, 2018). She'll be joined by award judge Jason Bayani, reading and in conversation. Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, this event is free and open to the public. Ashley Toliver’s Spectra is an immensely moving work. Its three-act structure entrenches within the violent friction between nature and manmade forms and between nature and the human body. Under Toliver’s…

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Litquake on Lockdown: Bring the World into Your Home with World Editions

April 9 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Let's connect our global literary community in a time of closed borders. Hear World Editions authors read from their works, discuss the current situation in their countries, and talk about what books mean to them during Covid-19. All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org! Livestream link to be posted the morning of!

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Namwali Serpell & Carmen Maria Machado

April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$29
Serpell & Machado

TICKETSTo purchase over the phone: 415-392-4400 This event appears in the series Social Studies Namwali Serpell is a Zambian writer who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. She won the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing, and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and The Best American Short Stories. Her first novel, The Old Drift, which Salman Rushdie calls a “dazzling debut,” tells the stories of three Zambian families across three generations, from the precolonial…

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Bawdy Storytelling’s ‘Twitterpated’

April 9 @ 8:00 pm
Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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$25

Thursday, April 9th, 2020 at the Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa, San Francisco, CA Remember: Bang-O at 7:00 PM, Stories at 8:00 PM Want a sample of Bawdy? Listen to the Bawdy Storytelling podcast at http://bit.ly/bawdypodcast •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• This Evening of Stories, Songs & Sex Toys features: ❤ Hosted by Sexual Folklorist Dixie De La Tour ❤ Legendary Author/Speaker/Kinkster Race Bannon ❤ Songs by Bawdy's brilliant cohort, Jefferson Bergey ❤ Pitch your story to Dixie@BawdyStorytelling.com ❤ Play Bang-O & WIN Prizes, just…

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