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February 2020

Berkeley Arts & Letters: Thom Hartmann / The Hidden History of the War on Voting

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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$12 – $20
front cover of The Hidden History of the War on Voting by Thom Hartmann

In today's America, only a slim majority of eligible voters register to vote and a large percentage of registered voters don't bother to show up for elections. Is this their responsibility alone, or is it the insidious result of policies made by our elected officials? Thom Hartmann unveils the hidden war on voting in America, offering answers as to why the wealthy elite want to block people from voting, where the idea that only smart people should vote originates, and…

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Conor Dougherty – Golden Gates w/Nellie Bowles

February 17 @ 7:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome Conor Doughertyto read from his new book, Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America on Monday, February 17th at 7pm. He will be joined in conversation by Nellie Bowles. Spacious and affordable homes used to be the hallmark of American prosperity. Today, however, punishing rents and the increasingly prohibitive cost of ownership have turned housing into the foremost symbol of inequality and an economy gone wrong. Nowhere is this more visible than in…

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Get Lit # 57: (Music by: GALA)

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Ale Industries, 3096 E 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94601 United States
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$10 – $50
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12–15 writers reading new work + live music + beer made on site + tacos just down the street: pure magical Get Litness. We're headed into our 5th consecutive year at Ale Industries as we celebrate writers taking risks and reading never-before-read work (rough drafts/debuts) within a 3-minute time limit + live music. All ages are welcome. Emceed by Abe Becker. Doors open at 7:00 PM; show starts at 7:30 PM sharp! Suggested donations of $10-25 will be kindly requested…

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Lewis Watts – Harlem of the West

February 18 @ 7:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome Lewis Watts to read from is new book, Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era on Tuesday, February 18th at 7pm. In the 1940s and 50s, a jazz aficionado could find paradise in the nightclubs of San Francisco's Fillmore District: Billie Holiday sang at the Champagne Supper Club; Chet Baker and Dexter Gordon jammed with the house band at Bop City; and T-Bone Walker rubbed shoulders with the locals at…

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Oakland Poetry Slam and Wide Open Mic

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Luka’s Taproom & Lounge, 2221 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$10
Oakland Poetry Slam and Wide Open Mic

Come join us at our new home! There will be music, a writing workshop, and Luka's has 1/2 off burgers! You should come eat, drink, and be merry. And of course, hop on our open mic or poetry slam list to flex your skills. Your Feature for the night is D'mani Thomas 7:00 PM Doors Open 7:20 PM Writing Workshop led by Tino V.H. Jr. 7:30 Open mic and Slam lists open 8:15 Show Begins! About the Feature: D'mani Thomas…

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Devi S. Laskar discusses The Atlas of Reds and Blues

February 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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front cover of The Atlas of Reds and Blues

Devi S. Laskar will be joined in conversation by Vijaya Nagarajan, Christine O’Brien, and Elizabeth Stark, to celebrate the paperback release of The Atlas of Reds and Blues.   About the Book: “Devi S. Laskar’s The Atlas of Reds and Blues is as narratively beautiful as it is brutal. In prose that moves between cushioning characters’ falls and ushering our understandings of characters’ utopias, Laskar creates a world where the consequences of American terror never stop reverberating. I’ve never read a novel that does nearly as…

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Steve Almond Q&A with Matthew Zapruder

February 19 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Hagerty Lounge, SMC, 1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga , CA 94575 United States
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Steve Almond + Matthew Zapruder

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. LOCATION: De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94575 View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: Q&A and discussion with Steve Almond, author of William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life. The plot of the John Williams’s 1965 novel Stoner is straightforward enough—“Stoner, the only son of subsistence farmers, attends college, unexpectedly falls in love with literature, and becomes a teacher; he endures a disastrous marriage,…

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Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

February 19 @ 7:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Lyrics & Dirges is a monthly reading series featuring 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. Hosted and curated by Sharon Coleman and Mk Chavez. Every third Wednesday of the month at Pegasus Books Downtown.

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Month of Love: February Lyrics & Dirges

February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Bring a date to this lit reading by five Northern Californian writers. We are feature local talent along with refreshments and a book store cat. All free!! Come enjoy and warm your winter bones. Antmen Pimentel Mendoza Grace Loh Prasad Apollo Papafrangou Will Preston Lisa Rosenberg Hosted and curated by Sharon Coleman antmen pimentel mendoza (he, him, his & she, her, hers) is a scorpio, bakla, and writer. antmen is based in Huichin Ohlone Land (the San Francisco Bay Area)…

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Berkeley Slam ft. Terry Taplin!

February 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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$7 – $10
Berkeley Slam ft. Terry Taplin!

THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM ON THE WEST COAST! Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world every week since 1999, and third in the nation at the 2015 National Poetry Slam! http://berkeleyslam.org/ https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam Instagram: @berkeleyslam —————�————- Get ready for our feature Terry Taplin! Terry Taplin holds an MFA from Saint Mary’s College where he served as the Lambda Literary Fellow. He is the former Poetry Editor of MARY: A Journal for New Writing, and is Social…

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Berkeley Arts & Letters presents Christine Carter / The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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$20 – $40
front cover of The New Adolescence by Christine Carter

Berkeley Arts & Letters and The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley co-present the launch for the new book by Christine Carter, Ph.D., The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction. Todays teenagers and preteens are growing up in an entirely new world, one that is defined by social media and mobile devices. This has huge implications for our parenting. Understandably, many parents are paralyzed by new problems that didn't exist less than…

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PEOM: Poetry Every Other Month

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park St.
Alameda, CA 94501 United States
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Free
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Join us every other month at 7pm for a featured poet, an open mic and great drinks and treats! Alameda Poet Laureate Gene Kahane hosts. All attendees are encouraged to make a donation to the Alameda Food Bank that night to support those needing help this holiday season. As Charles Dickens wrote, "it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices." Let's all rejoice by sharing our cultures, our words, and our hearts.

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Elwin Cotman, Vernon Keeve, Adrienne Oliver, and Alexandra Mattraw Reading

February 20 @ 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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Local writers Elwin Cotman, Vernon Keeve, and Adrienne Oliver read from their work. Elwin Cotman grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, whee the post-industrial landscape was a great inspiration for him. He is a writer of urban fantasy. He is also the author of two collections of speculative short stories, The Jack Daniels Sessions EP and Hard Times Blues. His work has appeared in Grist, Weird Fiction Review, Black Gate, The Thought Erotic, The Southwestern Review, and Cabinet des Fees, among others. His third collection, Dance on Saturday, is being published…

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Joan Frank

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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front cover for Try to Get Lost

reads from her new collection of essays, Try To Get Lost Through the author (TM)s travels in Europe and the United States, Try to Get Lost explores the quest for place that compels and defines us: the things we carry, how politics infuse geography, media (TM)s depictions of an idea of home, the ancient and modern reverberations of the word oehotel, � and the ceaseless discovery generated by encounters with self and others on familiar and foreign ground. Frank posits that in fact…

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Speaking Axolotl Reading and Open Mic

February 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Nomadic Press/Fairmount, 111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
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donations requested
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A Latinx poetry reading series y open mic that happens every third Thursday (unless otherwise noted) in "The Chapel" at Nomadic Press. Decolonized beats provided by the one-and-only L7. Hosted by Josiahluis Alderete. This month's features are TBA. Donations will be kindly requested to help pay the features and cover the cost of the space. The 10-slot open mic list opens at 7:30 PM and fills up pretty quick so if you plan on reading get there early Free parking…

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Children’s Book Night at Nomadic Press

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nomadic Press/Fairmount, 111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
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Children's Book Night

Join us as we celebrate three amazing children's books: Sam! (written by Dani Gabriel, illustrated by Art of Robert Liu-Trujillo), I Am Sausal Creek/Soy El Arroyo Sausal (written by Melissa Reyes, translated by Cinthya Muñoz, illustrated by Art of Robert Liu-Trujillo), and Occasionally Accurate Science (written by July Westhale, illustrated by Liz Laribee). Reading and author discussion and book signing to follow. Family friendly, so please bring everyone to enjoy a relaxed pleasant evening of storytelling and community building. Light…

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Children’s Book Night at Nomadic Press

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nomadic Press/Fairmount, 111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
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Children's Book Night at Nomadic Press

Join us as we celebrate three amazing children's books: Sam! (written by Dani Gabriel, illustrated by Art of Robert Liu-Trujillo), I Am Sausal Creek/Soy El Arroyo Sausal (written by Melissa Reyes, translated by Cinthya Muñoz, illustrated by Art of Robert Liu-Trujillo), and Occasionally Accurate Science (written by July Westhale, illustrated by Liz Laribee). Reading and author discussion and book signing to follow. Family friendly, so please bring everyone to enjoy a relaxed pleasant evening of storytelling and community building. Light…

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American Sutra at Oakland Asian Cultural Center

February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St Ste 290
Oakland, CA 94607 United States
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“American Sutra” discussion on author panel for the 2020 National Day of Remembrance. Time TBD. Sponsored by Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Eastwind Books of Berkeley.

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Day of Remembrance with author Duncan Ryuken Williams

February 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St Ste 290
Oakland, CA 94607 United States
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Day of Remembrance: Duncan Ryuken Williams discusses his book, American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War. Duncan Ryūken Williams reveals the little-known story of how, in the darkest hours of World War II when Japanese Americans were stripped of their homes and imprisoned in camps, a community of Buddhists launched one of the most inspiring defenses of religious freedom in our nation's history, insisting that they could be both Buddhist and American. Sponsored by…

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THERE 32

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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R.O. Kwon at THERE

NEXT THERE: THERE 32  will be Saturday, February 22, 2020, at East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue in Oakland, guests TBA. THERE was featured prominently in the San Francisco Chronicle! THERE (THe Eastbay Reading Extravaganza) is a reading series showcasing emerging and established writers from Oakland and Berkeley, with the occasional San Franciscan. For more than four years. Doug hosted it on the (usually) third Friday of each month at Octopus Literary Salon in Uptown Oakland. It also features a live original musical performance by a local musical artist at…

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In Search of My Robot: Media, Racialized Gender, and Creativity

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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In Search of My Robot: Media, Racialized Gender, and Creativity

Robots, like any technology, are not “objective” or “universal”; instead, machines reveal the process of social formation. This talk by poet, scholar, and new media artist Margaret Rhee demonstrates how forms of difference—such as race, gender, and sexuality—are shaped by and co-constitutive with technological developments. Specifically, Rhee illustrates how the robot is a locus of racialization for Asian Americans within modernity’s distinction between humans and machines. Rhee is the author of Love, Robot, named a 2017 Best Book of Poetry…

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Contemporary Writers Series: Aria Aber

February 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Mills Hall Living Room, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland , CA 94613 United States
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Aria Aber was raised in Germany, where she was born to Afghan refugees. Her debut book, Hard Damage, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and was published in 2019. Aber’s poems are forthcoming or have appeared in the New Yorker, New Republic, Kenyon Review, Yale Review, Poem-A-Day, Narrative, Muzzle Magazine, Wasafiri, and others. She holds awards and fellowships from Kundiman and Dickinson House and was the 2018–19 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Aber is the spring 2020 Li Shen Visiting Writer…

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John Sayles: Yellow Earth

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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front cover Yellow Earth

John Sayles works as a fiction writer, screenwriter, actor and feature film director. His novel Union Dues (1978) was nominated for the National Book Award and the National Critics’ Circle Award. He has written over a hundred screenplays and was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He has directed 18 feature films, with another, I Passed This Way, currently in progress. His films Matewan and Lone Star, as well as his previous novel A Moment in…

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Creative Writing Reading Series with Chris Feliciano Arnold

February 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Soda Center, Claeys Lounge SMC, 1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575 United States
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. LOCATION: Soda Activity Center: Claeys Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94575 View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: Chris Feliciano Arnold has written essays for The Atlantic, Harper's, Outside, Vice News, The New York Times, and more. His fiction has been published by Playboy, The Kenyon Review, Ecotone and other magazines. His work has been noted in The Best American Sports Writing and The Best American Short Stories. He has recieved fellowships and scholarships from the National…

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Poetry Flash presents a book launch for The Collected Poetry and Prose of Lawrence Fixel

February 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, 94704
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A book launch celebration for The Collected Poetry and Prose of Lawrence Fixel, by San Francisco poet Lawrence Fixel, who passed in 2003 at the age of 86. This long awaited new collection has been edited with an introduction by poet Gerald Fleming. Also appearing and presenting on the work of Lawrence Fixel at this evening will be poets Jack Marshall, Edward Mycue, Jo-Anne Rosen, and poet-painter Patti Trimble, painter Stephanie Sanchez, photographer Mark Citret, psychotherapist Robert Cantor, and teacher…

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Lit Starts: Signing+Writing Workshop with Author Constance Hale

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 La Salle Ave.
Oakland, California 94611
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Lit Starts: Signing+Writing Workshop with Author Constance Hale

Please Join Us on Thursday, February 27 at 7 PM for a Practicing the Craft: Write Character, Dialogue and Action with Constance Hale The Writers Grotto has launched a light-hearted, smart series on the writing craft, called Lit Starts. Each of the books deepens your mastery of the writing craft through fun exercises and lively prompts that will change the way you approach the page. The popular writing coach Constance Hale, a veteran member of the Writers Grotto and author…

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Elizabeth Tallent: Scratched

February 27 @ 7:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Elizabeth Tallent launches Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism, her bold and brilliant exploration of the ferocious desire for perfection which has shaped her writing life as well as her rich, dramatic, and constantly surprising personal life.  "One of the finest explorations I know of what it means to be a woman and an artist."--Sigrid Nunez To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Scratched by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below. Thursday, February 27, 2020 -…

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E. J. Dionne: Code Red: How Progressives & Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country

February 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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$12 – $15
Code Red

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM Hosted by Kris Welch advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006  or Marcus Books, Pegasus Books (3 sites), Books Inc (Berkeley), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs.Dalloway's Books $15 door, benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM  info: kpfa.org/events New York Times bestselling author and Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne sounds the alarm in Code Red, calling for an alliance between progressives and moderates to seize the moment and restore hope to America's future for the…

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Richard Wolff: Understanding Socialism

February 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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$12 – $15
Richard Wolff

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM and Democracy at Work present: RICHARD D. WOLFF Understanding Socialism With Sabrina Jacobs advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM  info: kpfa.org/events "Richard Wolff's book is the best accessible and reliable treatment we have of what socialism is, was, and should be." - Cornel West A blend of history, analysis, and theory, Understanding Socialism is an honest and approachable text that knocks down false narratives, confronts failures and the…

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Revolution Books 40th Anniversary Celebration

February 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, California 94704 United States
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Revolution Books 40th Anniversary Celebration

Join Sahar Delijani, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, Julia Scheeres and Andy Zee to Celebrate Revolution Books 40th Anniversary. 6pm Reception with wine and light refreshments 7pm Program & champagne toast This is a celebration – as well as a renewed and urgent call for people to support the bookstore. Right as now we face a moment of stark contrast between our hopes and dreams for a better world and the stark reality that great catastrophe looms as fascist regimes rise, and…

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