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March 2019

BERKELEY ARTS & LETTERS: Cory Doctorow / Radicalized

March 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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$12 – $48

Berkeley Arts & Letters presents New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother and co-editor of BoingBoing Cory Doctorow for his new book Radicalized, a collection of four new, urgent sci-fi novellas of America's present and future from one of the most on-pulse genre voices of our generation.   Please note: This event is ticketed, and will take place at Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley. Tickets, including discounted book bundles, are available in advance here. Unless otherwise noted here, general admission tickets will be available…

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Carolyn Forche: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance

March 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Berkeley Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, 94709
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$12 – $15

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents Carolyn Forche What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance Hosted by Dennis Bernstein advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM info: kpfa.org/events Carolyn Forche is one of the most gifted poets of her generation. Her work-including Blue Hour, The Angel of History, The Country Between Us, and Gathering the Tribes-has been translated into more than twenty languages. For decades, however, the story of…

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Folkland Book Club featuring books from Small Press Distribution

March 27 @ 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 March book at the February Book Club meeting (2/27), or at the Main Library Reference desk starting on February 28 while supplies last. MARCH’S BOOK CLUB PICK: BLUETS BY MAGGIE NELSON   Literary Nonfiction. "Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color." A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering…

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Shiv Kotecha, Ed Steck, and Syd Staiti

March 27 @ 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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Poets from all over! Converging in one place! On one night! Shiv Kotecha is the author of The Switch (Wonder, 2018) and EXTRIGUE (Make Now, 2015). Writing can also be found in frieze, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, The Believer and elsewhere. Ed Steck is the author of An Interface for a Fractal Landscape (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Garden: Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulation (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Rose (with Adam Marnie, Hassla), Far Rainbow (Make Now Books), The Necro-Luminescence of Pink Mist (Skeleton Man Press), and…

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BERKELEY ARTS & LETTERS: Siri Hustvedt / Memories of the Future

March 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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$12 – $48

Berkeley Arts & Letters presents international bestselling author of The Blazing World Siri Hustvedt for Memories of the Future, a provocative, exuberant novel about time, memory, desire, and the imagination that tells the story of a young Midwestern woman;s first year in New York City in the late 1970s and her obsession with her mysterious neighbor, Lucy Brite.   Please note: This event is ticketed, and will take place at Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley. Tickets, including discounted book bundles, are available in advance here. Unless otherwise…

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Nick Estes & Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz Standing Rock vs Dakota Access Pipln

March 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue
Berkeley, 94705
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$12 – $15

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents NICK ESTES with ROXANNE DUNBAR ORTIZ Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock vs the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM. co-sponsored by St. John's Presbyterian Church In 2016, a small protest encampment at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota, initially established to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, grew to be the largest…

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April 2019

Meredith May – – The Honey Bus

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Meredith May to discuss her new new book The Honey Bus, on Tuesday, April 2nd at 7pm. An extraordinary story of a girl, her grandfather and one of nature's most mysterious and beguiling creatures: the honeybee. Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm. She was five years old, her parents had recently split and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus…

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BERKELEY ARTS & LETTERS: Nathan Englander / Kaddish.com

April 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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$12 – $46

Berkeley Arts & Letters presents Pulitzer finalist Nathan Englander for his new novel, Kaddish.com. More information to come, but save the date and join us!   Please note: This event is ticketed, and will take place at Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley. Tickets, including discounted book bundles, are available in advance here. Unless otherwise noted here, general admission tickets will be available at the door. Larry is an atheist in a family of orthodox Memphis Jews. When his father dies, it is his responsibility as…

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April in Paris: Springtime in Blossom

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Featured readers: James Cagney, Sara McAulay, George Korolog, Lucille Lang Day. Late Night Open Mic follows the featured readers. Sign-up now. Book & Broadside Giveaway. Free, 7-9 pm. The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St., Oakland.  

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RACHEL KLEINFELD at Books Inc. Berkeley

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94710 United States
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Senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Rachel Kleinfeld discusses her comprehensive work, A Savage Order: How the World's Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security. The most violent places in the world today are not at war. More people have died in Mexico in recent years than in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. These parts of the world are instead buckling under a maelstrom of gangs, organized crime, political conflict, corruption, and state brutality. Such devastating violence can feel hopeless,…

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Lyrics & Dirges: A “Weekly” Reading Series

April 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Wednesday, April 3, 7:30pm This Recurring Event is at Pegasus Books Downtown Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Weekly Reading Series In celebration of National Poetry Month, our flagship reading series Lyrics & Dirges is going weekly! (For April only). Lyrics & Dirges features a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Currently in its ninth year, its 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…

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Dana Frank: The Long Honduran Night in the Aftermath of the Coup

April 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue
Berkeley, 94705
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$12 – $15

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM & St. John's Presbyterian Church present: DANA FRANK "The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup" advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM info: kpfa.org/events As the United States continues to tear-gas and imprison asylum seekers on the U.S.-Mexico border, we wonder why so many Hondurans are fleeing their homeland, now one of the most violent countries in the world due…

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Ben Lerner

April 4 @ 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Ben Lerner was born in Topeka, Kansas. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Foundations, among other honors. He is the author of three books of poetry (The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path), two novels (Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04). and a work of criticism (The Hatred of Poetry). His most recent books are collaborations: Blossom (with Thomas Demand), The Polish Rider (with Anna Ostoya), and The Snows of Venice (with Alexander Kluge). He is Distinguished Professor of English at Brooklyn College.

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Solito, Solita Book Launch

April 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Thursday, April 4, 7:30pm Pegasus Books Downtown Join the editors and two narrators of Solito, Solita for a discussion of this powerful new book from Voice of Witness and Haymarket Books. Solito, Solita tells the stories of youth refugees fleeing their home countries and traveling for hundreds of miles seeking safety and protection in the United States. In an era of fear, xenophobia, and outright lies, these stories amplify the compelling voices of immigrant youth. What can they teach us about abuse and abandonment,…

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W. Thomas Boyce OFFSITE

April 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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A celebration and reading from his new book The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive.  “The Orchid and the Dandelion is based on groundbreaking research that has the power to change the lives of countless children–and the adults who love them.”–Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts Friday, April 5, 2019 - 6:30pm From one of the world’s foremost researchers and pioneers of pediatric health–a book that offers hope and a pathway to success for…

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Occult Features of Anarchism: Erica Lagalisse in Conversation with Andrej Grubačić

April 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Friday, April 5, 7:30pm Pegasus Books Downtown Erica Lagalisse presents her new book, Occult Features of Anarchism (PM Press, 2019). In conversation with anarchist dissident and historian, Andrej Grubačić.     About the Book: In the nineteenth century anarchists were accused of conspiracy by governments afraid of revolution, but in the current century various “conspiracy theories” suggest that anarchists are controlled by government itself. The Illuminati were a network of intellectuals who argued for self-government and against private property, yet…

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The FIRST SATURDAY BOOK CLUB at Books Inc. Berkeley

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Books Inc. Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94710 United States
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The FIRST SATURDAY BOOK CLUB will discuss The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg.  Event date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10:00am Event address: Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA

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BAPC OPEN POETRY READING

April 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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3:00 - 5:00 PM     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…

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Poetry Flash

April 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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Sunday, April 7 3:00pm EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome back our friends from Poetry Flash on Sunday, April 7th at 3pm. This month we will be joined by poets from Sixteen Rivers: Maya Khosla, Barbara Swift Brauer, and Camille Norton. More Details to Come! Event date: Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 3:00pm Event address: East Bay Booksellers 5433 College Avenue Oakland, CA 94618

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Natalie Devora at Alameda Authors Series 3

April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street
Alameda, 94501
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For the third year, AAUW Alameda presents a spring series of talks featuring authors who live and write in Alameda and nearby, now co-sponsored by the Friends of the Alameda Free Library. Our April author Natalie Devora will discuss her memoir Black Girl, White Skin, and her current writing projects. Biography Natalie Devora is a writer and activist. Living as a Black woman with albinism affords her a unique lens through which she navigates the world. She has been featured…

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Claudia Castro Luna

April 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mills Hall Living Room, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland , CA 94613 United States
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MFA Alumnae Reading & Reception Tuesday April 9, 2019 | 5:30 pm | Mills Hall Living Room Reception at 5:15 for newly admitted graduate students, followed by readings Claudia Castro Luna is the 2018–2020 Washington State Poet Laureate. Her books include the Pushcart nominated Killing Maríasand This City. She served as Seattle’s Civic Poet from 2015 to 2017 and created the acclaimed Seattle Poetic Grid. Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in Poetry Northwest, La Bloga, Dialogo, and This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home. Claudia…

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Poet Michael Brownstein

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Tuesday, Apr 09, 2019 7:00 PM Location:  The basement at Moe's 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley Website Poet and novelist Michael Brownstein’s new book, Let’s Burn the Flags of All Nations, includes provocative poems such as “After Patriarchy Collapses and Capitalism Crumbles,” “The Jewish Poem,” “Slipping the Leash” and the title poem -- works transcending the political into a vision of what is possible on a global scale. The poems in Let’s Burn the Flags of All Nations urge us to…

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Lyrics & Dirges: A “Weekly” Reading Series

April 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Wednesday, April 10, 7:30pm This Recurring Event is at Pegasus Books Downtown Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Weekly Reading Series In celebration of National Poetry Month, our flagship reading series Lyrics & Dirges is going weekly! (For April only). Lyrics & Dirges features a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Currently in its ninth year, its 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…

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Lori Ostlund

April 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hagerty Lounge, SMC, 1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga , CA 94575 United States
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Lori Ostlund’s first book, a story collection entitled The Bigness of the World, won the Flannery O’Connor Award, the California Book Award for First Fiction, and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award. Stories from it appeared in the Best American Short Stories and the PEN/O Henry Prize Stories and in literary journals such as ZYZZYVA and New England Review. Her second book, After the Parade (Scribner, 2015), was a B&N Discover pick and a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She is at work on her next two novels…

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Namwali Serpell in Conversation with Yael Goldstein Love

April 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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discussing Serpell's new novel The Old Drift, an electrifying debut that has already garnered three starred advance reviews and accolades from multiple writers. "Recalling the work of Toni Morrison and Gabriel García Márquez as a sometimes magical, sometimes horrifically real portrait of a place, Serpell's novel goes into the future of the 2020s, when the various plot threads come together in a startling conclusion. Intricately imagined, brilliantly constructed, and staggering in its scope, this is an astonishing novel."--Publishers Weekly Friday, April 12,…

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