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November 2019

Family Sacrifices: Book Talk with Dr. Russell Jeung

November 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St Ste 290
Oakland, CA 94607 United States
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The first book based on national survey data on Asian American religious practices, Family Sacrifices is a seminal text on the fastest-growing racial group in the United States. Fifty-two percent of Chinese Americans report having no religious affiliation, making them the least religiously identified ethnic group in the United States. Family Sacrifices reveals that Chinese Americans employ familism, not religion, as the primary narrative by which they find meaning, identity, and belonging. Dr. Russell M. Jeung is Chair and Professor of Asian American…

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Joyce E. Young at Poetry Express Nov 18

November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Poetry Express, 1585 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Open Mic + free (except for restaurant purchases) 7pm. 11/18/2019 Joyce E. Young is the author of How it Happens, published by Nomadic Press. Her writing has been nominated for both a Pushcart and a California Book Award and has appeared in Smith Alumnae Quarterly, WORDPEACE, riverbabble, The New Poets of the American West, and elsewhere. She has received grants from the California Arts Council, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and Writers on Site residency program at the Oakland Museum and…

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East Bay Release for Disasterama! at Badass Bookworm’s Lit Loft

November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Legionnaire Saloon, 2272 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Big Familia Book Launch

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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I am both thrilled & nervous to announce the book release party for 💥Big Familia!! on November 19 at East Bay Booksellers / Diesel. It's a reading & conversation with Nancy Au. Drinks & mingling & celebration. Kid Friendly (though it's a school night!) TOMAS MONIZ edited Rad Dad, Rad Families, and the kids book Collaboration/Colaboración. He’s recently been published by Barrelhouse and Longleaf Review. In July 2019, he released a chapbook with Mason Jar Press and his debut novel,…

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Elaine Sciolino in Conversation with Thad Carhart

November 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Elaine Sciolino in Conversation with Thad Carhart (and introduced by L. John Harris) discussing Sciolino's new book The Seine: The River that Made Paris. A soulful, transformative voyage along the body of water that defines the City of Light. Elaine Sciolino is the perfect guide to the world's most romantic river."--Lauren Collins To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of The Seine by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover.   Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 7:30pm Elaine Sciolino came…

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Speaking Axolotl Reading and Open Mic

November 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Nomadic Press/Fairmount, 111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
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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. Donations will be kindly requested to help pay the features and cover the cost of the space. FYI the 10 slot open mic list starts at 7:30 and fills up pretty quick so if you plan on reading get there early Free parking in the back of the building and the closest BART station is 19th Street BART…

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In Common Writers Series: Vanessa Angélica Villarreal and Raquel Salas Rivera, reading and in conversation

November 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Friday, November 22 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue (btw Haste and Dwight Way), Berkeley The In Common Writers Series moves across the Bay, to Moe's Books on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, for what will be a powerful evening featuring poets Vanessa Angélica Villareal, joining us from Southern California, and—from Puerto Rico via Philadelphia, Raquel Salas Rivera. The In Common Writers Series, now in its second year, is supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund. Both this event and a reading and conversation by…

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Poets Laureate on Social Justice

November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Alibi Bookshop, 624 Marin Street
Vallejo, 94591
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Poets Laureate on Social Justice at Alibi Bookshop in downtown Vallejo, California. Part of the tour for Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice. Poets Laureate on Social Justice–Vallejo Sunday, Nov. 24, 4PM at Alibi Bookshop in Vallejo; Napa County Poet Laureate Jeremy Benson, former San Mateo Co. Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin, former Sonoma Co. Poet Laureate Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Richmond Poet Laureate Robert Lipton, and hosted by Ron Reikki Napa Poet Laureate Jeremy Benson (2017-2021) writes poems; he…

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#we – a talk and reading series of queer perspectives

November 26 @ 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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Free of charge and a hat will be passed

Please join us for the sixth installment of #we, a talk and reading series of queer perspectives hosted by Richard Loranger. Each event features two writers from various segments of the queer spectrum, who each give a talk on their perspective on or experience of queerness, followed by a reading of their creative work. For our sixth event, trans poet Natasha Dennerstein will give a talk titled “Rebel, rebel, you've torn your dress”, along with reading from Seahorse, her Nomadic…

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Saturday Night Special presents: Obsession

November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Nick’s Lounge, 3218 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Don't miss the last SNS of the year! The last (fifth!) Saturday of November, right after Thanksgiving, we're celebrating OBSESSION. Every writer is obsessed with something: love, loss, longing, the past, the future, the end of the world, your mother, my sister, owls, spiders, scissors, salt, bones, little red wagons, the perfect pun. You know what yours is; you don't need me to tell you. Write it down. And again. And again. Then come share. Bring your (three-minute) poems, stories,…

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December 2019

Joan Baranow & Joan Aleshire

December 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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This reading will feature a festive book launch for JOAN BARANOW’s new book of poems, In the Next Life. Alicia Suskin Ostriker says, “The lilt and love, the trust and thrust, the pain and gain of these poems, is simply marvelous. In the Next Life reminds me of what I often forget—that poetry can be radiant.” Her previous collection is Living Apart. With her husband David Watts she produced the PBS documentary Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine. Her feature-length documentary…

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Beasts of Bourbon II

December 1 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Legionnaire Saloon, 2272 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Beasts of Bourbon returns with a stellar lineup of kick ass writers poets and musicians to close out the New Year with it's second edition featuring Kim Shuck, James Cagney, Cassandra Dallett, Juba Kalamka, Alexandra Naughton and Red O' Hare with musical guests Oddly Even (featuring Ashley Macachor and Calvin Sturges.)

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The Bushwick Book Club Oakland – – There, There

December 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome The Bushwick Book Club Oakland on Sunday, November 3rd, from 6:30-8 pm (doors at 6). **Please Note** This event will take place after the store's regular Sunday hours (10 am-6 pm). Attendees of the event are welcome to shop before or after but we will not be open to regular browsing in order to minimize disruption to the performances. The Bushwick Book Club was started in 2009 by Brooklyn based singer-songwriter, Susan Hwang.  At every Bushwick Book…

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Lunch Poems: Margaret Ross

December 5 @ 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Margaret Ross is the author of A Timeshare. Her poems and translations appear in The New Republic, The Paris Review, and POETRY. Her honors include a Fulbright arts grant, a VSC/Luce Chinese Poetry & Translation Fellowship, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship. She currently teaches at Stanford University where she is a Jones Lecturer.

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Dan Pfeiffer

December 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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$13 – $58
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I'm incredibly grateful to be able to be part of something that I think makes a small bit of difference in helping people cope with this time and most importantly, to think about ways to take action to ensure we don't live in this time for that long. —Dan Pfeiffer, Delaware News Journal Speakers Series Dan Pfeiffer Dan Pfeiffer combines wry wit, spot-on political instincts, and formidable storytelling chops in an optimistic exploration of how politics and digital media interact in…

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Wherever There’s a Fight: 10th Anniversary Reading

December 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St Ste 290
Oakland, CA 94607 United States
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Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary Edition of Wherever There's a Fight, Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi's sweeping story of the social movements and activists who have changed California and made ripples beyond. Elaine Elinson was the communications director of the ACLU of Northern California and editor of the ACLU News for more than two decades. She is a coauthor of Development Debacle: The World Bank in the Philippines, which was banned by the Marcos regime. Stan Yogi is the coauthor,…

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The First Saturday Showcase

December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nomadic Press/Fairmount, 111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
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$10 – $15
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Join us in the Chapel at our new Nomadic Press space at the Oakland Peace Center as we showcase three-four writers and a musician every first Saturday of the month. Doors open at 7:00 PM; show starts at 7:30 PM sharp! Free parking is available in the back of the building off of Fairmount Avenue, and the closest BART stop is the 19th Street station (it's about a 15-minute walk straight down Broadway to 29th). Suggested donations of $10-15 at…

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Ugly Beauty

December 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Beat Dance Studio, 2560 9th St.
Berkeley, CA 94710 United States
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Poetry & Performance Art Open Mic

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Mondo Bummer 10th Anniversary Non-Reading

December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, 410 13th Street
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Join us in celebrating Mondo Bummer's 10th anniversary! Mondo Bummer started in 2009 as sort of a joke and grew into a small press / mail art project that's published 40+ titles. In honor of the fact that Mondo Bummer hasn't published anything new in a few years, the theme of this event is not-publishing and not-writing. Mondo Bummer authors including Lauren Levin, Taylor Brady, Sarah Fontaine, Wendy Trevino, and others will give short talks on not-writing and/or do anything…

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Poets Laureate on Social Justice in Vallejo

December 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
John F. Kennedy Library, Joseph Room, 505 Santa Clara St
Vallejo, 94590
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Date/Time Date(s) - 12/09/2019 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Location 505 Santa Clara St Joseph Room at the John F. Kennedy Library, Vallejo, CA, with: –D.L. Lang, Vallejo Poet Laureate 2017-2019 –Juanita J. Martin, Fairfield Poet Laureate 2010-2012 –Rob Lipton, Richmond Poet Laureate 2017-2019 –Allegra Silberstein, Davis Poet Laureate 2010-2012 –Lois Requist, Benicia Poet Laureate 2012-2014 –and host Ron Riekki, co-editor of Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice Ron Riekki wrote My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I…

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