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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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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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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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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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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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The American Welfare State in the Age of Trump

January 30 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Free - $10

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse What are some of the current challenges to maintaining social welfare programs for the nation's most vulnerable people in the Trump era? Tina Sacks is assistant professor at UC Berkeley's School of Social Welfare. Her fields of interest include racial disparities in health; social determinants of health; race, class and gender; and poverty and inequality. Prior to joining Berkeley Social Welfare, Dr. Sacks spent nearly a decade in federal service at the Centers for Disease Control…

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The American Welfare State in the Age of Trump

January 30 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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$10

What are some of the current challenges to maintaining social welfare programs for the nation's most vulnerable people in the Trump era? Tina Sacks is assistant professor at UC Berkeley's School of Social Welfare. Her fields of interest include racial disparities in health; social determinants of health; race, class and gender; and poverty and inequality. Prior to joining Berkeley Social Welfare, Dr. Sacks spent nearly a decade in federal service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and has also served as legislative…

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February 2019

Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World

February 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Tosh

TOSH is a memoir of growing up as the son of an enigmatic, much-admired, hermetic, and ruthlessly bohemian artist during the waning years of the Beat Generation and the heyday of hippie counterculture. A critical figure in the history of postwar American culture, Tosh Berman's father, Wallace Berman, was known as the "father of assemblage art," and was the creator of the legendary mail-art publication Semina. Wallace Berman and his wife, famed beauty and artist's muse Shirley Berman, raised Tosh…

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BAPC OPEN POETRY READING

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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STRAWBERRY CREEK LODGE 1320 Addison St., Berkeley, CA   Addison is one block south of and parallel to University Ave. between Acton & Bonar St. Parking on the street (NOT in the S.C.L. parking lot) Check in at the front desk and you will be directed to the meeting location (usually Movie Room, or backyard garden)   All Ages Welcome Come and enjoy a friendly and informal read-around -- 3-5 minutes per poet/reader, or "just listening" is fine too :-)     After the reading,…

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Elizabeth Treadwell, Charles Alexander, and Karen Randall

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Elzabeth Treadwell’s Penny Marvel & the book of the city of selfys is just out from Dusie. Her other books include LILYFOIL + 3 (O Books, 2004), Wardolly (Chax, 2008), and Virginia or the mud-flap girl (Dusie, 2012). A selection from her earlier collections of poetry is included in Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK (Reality Street, 2015). Materials from her current projects sometimes appear at instagram.com/vivian_rialto and Penny exists in another iteration…

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The Color of Law

February 6 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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$10

The Color of Law Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse A forgotten history of how our government segregated America. Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He lives in California, where is a Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley. $10 for the general public. Free for OLLI members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.

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Ari Banias

February 7 @ 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Ari Banias is the author of Anybody (W.W. Norton, 2016), which was named a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award. His poems have appeared in various journals, in Troubling The Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and as part of the MOTHA exhibitionTransgender Hirstory in 99 Objects. He is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and…

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InsideStorytime SUBLIMATION

February 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
THE LAUNDRY, 3359 26th Street
San Francisco, 94110
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featuring Tongo Eisen-Martin (Heaven Is All Goodbyes), Anita Felicelli (Love Songs for a Lost Continent), Thea Matthews, Ant Fraser Fujinaga, and Albert Alexander, will be at Laundry Gallery and Cafe, 3359 26th Street, San Francisco, Thursday February 7th, 7-9 pm.

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Reimagining Labor Law

February 13 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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$10

Reimagining Labor Law Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse Transformation of work through the gig economy and through the decline of unions presents unprecedented challenges for regulating work for the common good. But it also presents opportunities for a fresh start. This lecture will examine some of the recent radical changes in the law of the workplace in California and nationwide. Catherine Fisk is the Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law at Berkeley. She teaches and writes on…

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Dani Shapiro

February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Inheritance

Dani Shapiro returns to Mrs. Dalloway's to present Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love. "Identity is frail business, and in her searing story, Dani Shapiro makes the most disquieting discovery: that everything, from her lineage, to her father, down to her very own sense of self is an astounding error. How do we live with ourselves after finding we are not who we thought we were? The answer is not disquieting. It is beautiful."--Andre Aciman, author of Call Me by…

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Poetry at Pegasus: GennaRose Nethercott and Miriam Bird Greenberg

February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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The Lumberjack's Dove

GennaRose Nethercott’s book The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins) was selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series for 2017. She is also the lyricist behind the narrative song collection Modern Ballads, and is a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellow. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies including The Massachusetts Review, The Offing, and PANK, has she been a writer-in-residence at the Shakespeare & Company bookstore, Art Farm Nebraska, and The Vermont Studio Center, among others. A born Vermonter, she tours nationally and…

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Who Are You?: Racial Classification and the Census

February 20 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Who Are You?: Racial Classification and the Census Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse How are individuals and groups racially classified, what are the meanings attached to different racial categories, and what impact do these categories have on a range of policies and practices? Taking the U.S. Census as a site of racial classification, we'll examine shifting state definitions of race and how individuals and groups assert, embrace, reject, and negotiate different racial categories and identities. Michael…

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Alan Brennert

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Daughter of Molokai

reads from Daughter of Moloka'i, the sequel to his bestselling Moloka'i.

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Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Lyrics & Dirges features a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area. Reading in February: Jenny Qi is a writer and scientist. Her essays and poems are published or forthcoming in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Rattle, ZYZZYVA, BLR, Atticus Review, and elsewhere. Her poems have been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of…

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Clearly Meant presents James Cagney

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Claremont Branch, Berkeley Public Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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James Cagney is a poet from Oakland. He has performed in venues and museums throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. His first book, Black Steel Magnolias In The Hour of Chaos Theory, is available from Oakland's own Nomadic Press. James will read his poems, then sit for an interview; audience discussion will follow the interview. A month before the reading a free chapbook of James Cagney's poems will be available at all BPL branches

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James Weeks: Meditations Across the Kings River

February 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Meditations Across the King's River

About the Book Tens of thousands of spiritual seekers around the world have been touched by James Weeks’s online essays and affirmations. Now in book form for the first time, Meditations Across The King’s River is inspired by James’s travels throughout the Caribbean and West Africa as an Ifa priest. Here, readers will find hope, encouragement, and wisdom to sustain them on their soul’s journey. About the Author James Weeks is the producer of the upcoming documentary film, Across The…

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March 2019

BAPC Open Poetry Reading

March 2 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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STRAWBERRY CREEK LODGE 1320 Addison St., Berkeley, CA   Addison is one block south of and parallel to University Ave. between Acton & Bonar St. Parking on the street (NOT in the S.C.L. parking lot) Check in at the front desk and you will be directed to the meeting location (usually Movie Room, or backyard garden)   All Ages Welcome Come and enjoy a friendly and informal read-around -- 3-5 minutes per poet/reader, or "just listening" is fine too :-)     After the reading,…

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Tarfia Faizullah

March 7 @ 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Tarfia Faizullah is the author of REGISTERS OF ILLUMINATED VILLAGES (Graywolf Press, 2018), and SEAM (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), winner of a VIDA Award, a GLCA New Writers’ Award, a Milton Kessler First Book Award, Drake University Emerging Writer Award, and other honors. Her poems are published widely in periodicals and anthologies both in the United States and abroad, including Poetry Magazine, Guernica, Tin House, and The Nation, are translated into Persian, Chinese, Bengali, Tamil, and Spanish, and have been featured at the Smithsonian, the Rubin…

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InsideStorytime

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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featuring Jenn Stroud Rossman (The Place You're Supposed to Laugh) and others, will be at Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, Thursday March 21st, 7-9 pm.

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