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July 2019

Brandon Brown presents The Apollo Chronicles: Engineering America’s First Moon Missions

July 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Brandon Brown presents The Apollo Chronicles: Engineering America's First Moon Missions, a uniquely earthbound story of space travel that follows a handful of surviving engineers from the time through their longest days, tightest deadlines, and most confounding challenges.  has captured the soul of what was arguably the most challenging and significant engineering accomplishment of the 20th century…a great read for all audiences…I learned things about ‘my era’ that I never knew!”--Gerry Griffin, Former Director of the Johnson Space Center, and former flight director for the…

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Erik Davis: High Weirdness

July 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, 94611
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Free

A study of the spiritual provocations to be found in the work of Philip K. Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson, High Weirdness charts the emergence of a new psychedelic spirituality that arose from the American counterculture of the 1970s. These three authors changed the way millions of readers thought, dreamed, and experienced reality—but how did their writings reflect, as well as shape, the seismic cultural shifts taking place in America? In High Weirdness, Erik Davis—America's leading scholar of…

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Dirty Old Women Read Erotica

July 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Older women: Wise enough to tell the truth about sex – what they want, what they've done, what makes them hot. Dirty Old Women celebrates erotic writing by self-identified older women of all flavors. On Tuesday, July 23, hear Beth Elliott and Christine Kammler. Beth Elliott is the author of four books, two fiction and two non-fiction, including her recently completed experimental erotic fiction collection The Smart Drug Masochists.  She is also a singer-songwriter who has released one album to…

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Tucker Malarkey returns to present Stronghold: One Man’s Quest to Save the World’s Wild Salmon

July 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Tucker Malarkey returns to present Stronghold: One Man's Quest to Save the World's Wild Salmon, the story of Guido Rahr, a passionate and eccentric environmentalist who has single-mindedly dedicated his life to saving the environment, working to preserve the world's last pristine stronghold for salmon in Russia's Far East--a landscape of ecological richness and diversity that is rapidly being developed for oil, gas, minerals, and timber in the Putin era. "A powerful and inspiring story. Guido Rahr's mission to save the wild Pacific salmon…

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August 2019

J. Ryan Stradal

August 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Novel Brewing Company, 6510 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94608
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J. Ryan Stradal reads from his much-anticipated The Lager Queen of Minnesota, a novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate, and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest. Please join us for a festive evening of books and brews at Novel Brewing Company (www.novelbrewing.com). "Warm, whimsical, incredibly well-written and infused with Stradal's signature sympathy for his characters--those everyday heroes we all know and love. . . a thorough delight, from beginning to end."--Nickolas Butler You…

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Jenny Odell: How to Do Nothing

August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Tuesday, Aug 06, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Location: In the basement of the store. 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley Website Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity, doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance. In HOW TO DO NOTHING: Resisting the Attention Economy, artist and critic Jenny Odell argues that our attention is the most precious –and overdrawn— resource we…

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Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

August 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books on Solano, 1855 Solano Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707 United States
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Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories. Tuesday, August 6, 7:30 pm Pegasus Books Solano People love hearing jazz...and hearing about it. Musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich were original, colorful characters artists who said and did astonishing things. Fortunately their colleagues cared enough to document these moments in stories and pictures and we now have a rich repository of photos and anecdotes about these artists, and about the American songwriters and composers who created the raw material of jazz. Jazz Stories is a performance of the songs…

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Alexander Tilney in Conversation with Katharine Dion

August 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Alexander Tilney in Conversation with Katharine Dion discussing Tilney's new novel, The Expectations, "a deeply resonant, brilliantly nuanced meditation on privilege, social ambition, and the folly (and cruelty) of youth."--Kate Walbert "Alexander Tilney applies supple, panoramic prose to the deep interior of an exclusive Northeastern prep school, with arresting results: at once anthropological and visceral, The Expectations provides an authoritative glimpse into a rarefied world of privilege--and announces a dazzling new voice in American fiction."-- Jennifer Egan To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy…

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Kids 8-12/ Susan Adrian in Conversation with Anne Nesbet

August 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Kids 8-12/ Susan Adrian in Conversation with Anne Nesbet discussing Adrian's new book, Forever Neverland, a contemporary sequel to J. M. Barrie's timeless classic Peter Pan. "A magical ode to childhood that updates the classic while keeping its flavor."--Kirkus Reviews  "One of the best representations of autism in middle grade literature. A must purchase for all children who love magic and adventure, especially those who have longed to see someone like Fergus on the page."--Lizzie Huxley-Jones, editor of Stim To reserve your seat, please purchase…

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Maryann Price and Joshua Raoul Brody

August 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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$8
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Poetry Flash presents Grace Marie Grafton and Judy Maher

August 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Thursday, Aug 08, 2019 7:30 PM Location:  In the basement 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley Website Grace Marie Grafton’s new book of poems is Lens. Tobey Hiller says, “The book is a paean to the nature and majesty of California, to the peoples and animals that have lived within her changing, rich landscape, and to the importance of knowledge, contemplation, and art.” She is the author of six previous books of poems, includingJester; Whimsy, Reticence and Laud; and Other Clues. Widely published in literary journals and…

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The Affinities: An online literary journal

August 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Neil Shister in Conversation with Harley Dubois

August 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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discussing Radical Ritual: How Burning Man Changed the World. "An all-in history of, and love letter to, this one-of-a-kind event. If you've been there, or want to go, you couldn't possibly find better companions than Neil Shister and his engaging book."--Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call and The Guarded Gate To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Radical Ritual in advance by speaking to a bookseller or by clicking on the cover below. Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 7:30pm Through interviews with fabled Burning Man…

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Chuck Poling’s “Growing Up Bernal”

August 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Owen Dunkel + Greg Pond – featured readers followed by an open mic

August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Owen Dunkel + Greg Pond - featured readers followed by an open mic

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Get Lit Reading Series

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ale Industries, 3096 E 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94601 United States
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$10 – $25

August: 20: September 17: October: 15: November 19: December 17: Suggested donations of $10-25 will be kindly requested at the door, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds (NOTAFLOF). Safe Space Statement Nomadic Press events are safe spaces for those who have been silenced and marginalized. There is no room for racism, misogyny, homophobia, or transphobia whether in the content of one's reading or in one's interactions with members of the community. We will protect the…

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Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

August 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Wednesday, August 21, 7:30 pm Pegasus Books Downtown Lyrics & Dirges is our flagship monthly reading series featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. It's aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area. Hosted and curated by Sharon Coleman and Mk Chavez. Event date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 7:30pm Event address: Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704 Event Category: Shattuck Location

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Jan Dederick & John Rowe

August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Avenue
Albany, CA 94706
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August 23: Jan Dederick & John Rowe Jan Dederick has published two chapbooks, including Ear to the Rail and Between a Rock and a Soft Place, and a full length collection, Hammer it into Horseshoes, a Memory in Poetry.  She was for several years a co-host of the long-running, weekly Berkeley poetry series, Poetry Express, and currently serves on the editorial board of Poetalk, the journal of the Bay Area Poets Coalition.  Accolades include honors from the Soul Making Keats literary competition and the Dancing Poetry Festival. She is…

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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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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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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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E.R. Ramzipoor:The Ventriloquists Book Launch

August 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Tuesday, Aug 27, 2019 7:00 PM Location: In the basement of the store. 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley Website 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…

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September 2019

Quiet Lightning

September 15 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ayala Cove, Angel Island CA United States + Google Map

Sunday, September 15 Free and All Ages!  

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Book Launch: Nancy Au — SPIDER LOVE SONG AND OTHER STORIES

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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Nancy Au’s debut collection is rich with scents, sounds, imaginative leaps, and unexpected angles of vision. These seventeen stories present the challenges facing characters whose inner and outer lives often do not align, whose spirits attempt flight despite dashed hopes and lean circumstances. Marginalized by race, age, and sexuality, they endeavor to create new worlds that honor their identities and their Chinese heritage. SPIDER LOVE SONG AND OTHER STORIES treads the fault line that forms between lovers, families, friends, cultures—exposing…

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