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May 2019

Pablo d’Ors: Biography of Silence

May 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Spanish priest and Zen disciple Pablo d'Ors shares insights from his first English translation, Biography of Silence, at Pegasus Books Downtown. A publishing phenomenon in Spain, Biography of Silence is a moving, lyrical, far-ranging meditation on the deep joys of confronting oneself through silence. ABOUT BIOGRAPHY OF SILENCE With silence increasingly becoming a stranger to us, one man set out to become its intimate: Pablo d’Ors, a Catholic priest whose life was changed by Zen meditation. With disarming honesty and directness, as well as a…

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier discusses UNDAUNTED: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back

May 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Thursday, May 30, 7:30pm Pegasus Books Downtown Congresswoman Jackie Spier discusses her inspiring and powerful memoir, Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back. “Few people embody resilience like Jackie Speier. She faced unthinkable trauma with courage—and came through it with an unshakable sense of purpose. UNDAUNTED is a remarkable story of survival and strength.” —Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.org and OptionB.org “Jackie Speier’s life has been nothing short of harrowing and triumphant. UNDAUNTED will move women…

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June 2019

BAPC OPEN POETRY READING

June 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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BAPC OPEN POETRY READING   Upcoming First Saturday Readings in 2019:    June 1 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…

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Enrique Chagoya: Aliens

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Saturday, Jun 01, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Location:  Upstairs on the 4th floor, at More Moe's 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley Website Please join us upstairs at More Moe's as we celebrate the publication of Aliens (Kelly’s Cove Press, paperback, $25.00). Mr. Chagoya will speak and autograph copies of the book. Aliens is a timely new monograph of art and pithy texts by the eminent San Francisco artist and Stanford professor Enrique Chagoya. The 128-page book features paintings, drawings,…

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Ed Coletti poetry reading

June 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Ed Coletti poetry reading

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Poetry with Kit Robinson and James Sherry

June 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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Kit Robinson’s newest book of poetry is Thought Balloon from Roof Books. Other works include Leaves of Class (Chax, 2017), Marine Layer (BlazeVOX, 2015), A Mammal of Style(with Ted Greenwald, Roof, 2013), Determination (Cuneiform, 2010), The Messianic Trees: Selected Poems, 1976-2003 (Adventures in Poetry, 2009) and more than 20 other books. James Sherry is the publisher of Roof Books, and has published many books by Bay Area writers, including Brandon Brown, David Brazil, David Buuck, and Caleb Beckwith. His recent books are Entangled Bank (Chax), an experiment in environmental poetics, and The Oligarch (Palgrave…

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Poetry of Witness: Documenting what we see and feel

June 5 @ 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: MK Chavez, Sharon Coleman, Judy Bebelaar, Mary Mackey. 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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Obi Kaufmann – – The State of Water

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Obi Kaufmann to discuss his new new book The State of Water: Understanding Californi'as Most Precious Resource on Friday, June 7 at 7pm. Obi Kaufmann, author of the best-selling California Field Atlas, turns his artful yet analytical attention to the Golden State's single most complex and controversial resource: water. In this new book, full-color maps unravel the braided knot of California's water infrastructure and ecosystems, exposing a history of unlimited growth in spite of finite natural resources--a history that has led…

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Saretta Morgan and Asiya Wadud

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Friday, Jun 07, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Location:  In the basement of the store 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley Website Saretta Morgan is the author of the chapbooks, Feeling Upon Arrival (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018) and room for a counter interior (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2017) as well as a forthcoming full-length collection Plan Upon Arrival (Selva Oscura/Three Count Pour, 2020). Her work considers privacy and physical space in narrative. Her most recent writing considers Black migration to…

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Faith G. Harper: Unf#ck!

June 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Saturday, Jun 08, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Location:  In the basement of the store 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley Website Moe's welcomes Faith G. Harper, author of Unf#ck Your Brain and Unf#ck Your Adulting, as well as This is Your Brain on Anxiety and Depression, and ( just out from Microcosm Publishing) Unf#ck Your Intimacy and Coping Skills. From the Author: Hi, I'm Faith. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and board supervisor in the State of Texas, experienced…

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New Literary Genre–Senior Adult–launches in Rossmoor

June 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Stanley Dollar Clubhouse, 1015 Rossmoor Parkway
Walnut Creek, 94595
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Free

With his 16th novel, "The Third Half of Our Lives," Jon Foyt, age 87, will launch his book and with it a new literary genre for senior writers and readers--Senior Adult, at the Historic Dollar Clubhouse in the 10,000-population active adult retirement community of Rossmoor in Walnut Creek on June 10th at 5 PM. The Rossmoor Drama Club will  perform an extract.

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Michael Chabon: Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Monday, Jun 10, 2019 7:00 PM Location:  In the basement of the store 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley Website Join us for a very special early Father's Day event. Michael Chabon will read from "Pops", due out soon in paperback. “Magical prose stylist” Michael Chabon (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times) delivers a collection of essays—heartfelt, humorous, insightful, wise—on the meaning of fatherhood. For the September 2016 issue of GQ, Michael Chabon wrote a piece about accompanying his son Abraham Chabon, then…

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Louise Aronson

June 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Louise Aronson presents Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life, an essential, empathetic look at a vital but little respected stage of life. "In the latter years there are possibilities for joy, transcendence, and meaning, but also for just the opposite. Aronson writes like a memoirist while giving us scientific insight, philosophical wisdom, and wise counsel for a journey and destination we all share. Elderhood is a lovely and thoughtful exploration of this voyage."--Abraham Verghese To reserve your seat please purchase a copy of Elderhood by speaking…

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Bloomsday with Thomas Lynch

June 16 @ 9:45 am - 11:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Bloomsday with Thomas Lynch reading from Chapter Ten of James Joyce's Ulysses recalling Dublin on June 16, 1904 . Join us for Guinness, Irish soda bread and cheer! Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 9:45am Event address: 2904 College Avenue Berkeley, CA 94705

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Marcus Thompson on Kevin Durant

June 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Thursday, Jun 20, 2019 7:00 PM Location:  In the basement 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley Website We are proud to present bestselling author of Golden, Marcus Thompson. He joins us to read from and to sign copies of his new book, KD: Kevin Durant’s Relentless Pursuit to Be the Greatest. Join us on Thursday June 20th at 7pm.Golden State Warriors insider and bestselling author Marcus Thompson delivers the definitive biography of one of the most extraordinary basketball players in NBA history—Kevin Durant.…

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Thom Hartmann / The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment

June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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$7 – $25

Berkeley Arts & Letters presents Thom Hartmann for his new book The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment.   With mass shootings continually on the rise, the call for gun control at a fever pitch, and the House recently passing what could be the biggest change to federal gun laws in decades, The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment is the kind of brief and brilliant analysis for which syndicated talk show host and New York Times bestselling author Thom Hartmann is justly renowned. Offering an…

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August 2019

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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