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September 2019

Poetry in Parks 2019

September 15 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The 5th Annual Poetry in Parks / Ayala Cove on Angel Island Sunday, Sept 15, 2019, 11a – 4pm Youth readings A literary mixtape curated by Katie Tandy and July Westhale Neighborhood Heroes curated by Kearny Street Workshop Music + Dance curated by Kearny Street Workshop Live painting by ArtSpan Beer courtesy Lagunitas RSVP / SUBMIT About Quiet Lightning Now in its 10th year, Quiet Lightning is a San Francisco-based literary nonprofit with the mission to foster community based on literary expression and to provide a safe and supportive arena for said expression.…

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Chuck Poling’s “Growing Up Bernal”

September 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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The Diesel Readers Book Group – – Future Home of the Living God

September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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East Bay Booksellers invites you to The Diesel Readers Book Group's discussion of Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich, on Monday September 16th at 7pm. Louise Erdrich, the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of LaRose and The Round House, paints a startling portrait of a young woman fighting for her life and her unborn child against oppressive forces that manifest in the wake of a cataclysmic event. The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on…

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Sarah M. Broom — The Yellow House

September 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Sarah Broom to discuss her expansive yet probing biography The Yellow House on Wednesday, September 18th at 7pm. In 1961, Sarah M. Broom's mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant--the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah's father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually…

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SALMAN RUSHDIE presents QUICHOTTE

September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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$10 – $50

SALMAN RUSHDIE presents QUICHOTTE Friday, September 20, 2019, 7:00pm First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland Tickets are available here! Berkeley Arts & Letters presents world-renowned storyteller and internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie (Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses) as he presents an electrifying, modernized classic that fractures and reforms our conception of love in a whirlwind journey across present-day America. Please note: This event is ticketed, and will take place at First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland. Tickets, including discounted book bundles, will…

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Deborah Fruchey and Jan Steckel at Expressions Gallery

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Poetry Reading featuring Zeitgeist Press poets Jan Steckel and Deborah Fruchey at Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave. in Berkeley - Open Mic to follow! Jan Steckel is a former pediatrician who stopped practicing medicine because of chronic pain. Her latest book Like Flesh Covers Bone (Zeitgeist Press, December 2018) was a finalist for the poetry category of the Bi Book Awards. Her poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. Her fiction chapbook Mixing…

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Oakland Peace Festival: Peace

September 21 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Oakland Peace Center, 111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
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$20

Join us at the inaugural Oakland Peace Festival organized by Nomadic Press and hosted at the Oakland Peace Center. It’ll be a daytime celebration of all that is Oakland and peaceful through music, art, writing, food, guest speakers, and community building. All are welcome, and this is a kid-friendly event. The festival will take place on three Saturdays: July 27 (theme: Justice), August 24 (theme: Equity), and will culminate on September 21 (theme: Peace), which is International Day of Peace.…

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Meet Author E.R. Ramzipoor

September 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Oakland Main Library, 125 14th St
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Join author E.R. Ramzipoor for a reading of her debut novel, The Ventriloquists. Publishers Weekly calls her book a "magnetic debut... Sprawling and ambitious, with crisp pacing and fully realized characters, this will fascinate anyone looking for an unusual, enthralling war story." Kirkus Reviews touts her novel as one "that will have special resonance for today's resisters." Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore. The Ventriloquists is set in Brussels, 1943. Twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by living as a…

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Book Launch: Nancy Au — SPIDER LOVE SONG AND OTHER STORIES

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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Free

Nancy Au’s debut collection is rich with scents, sounds, imaginative leaps, and unexpected angles of vision. These seventeen stories present the challenges facing characters whose inner and outer lives often do not align, whose spirits attempt flight despite dashed hopes and lean circumstances. Marginalized by race, age, and sexuality, they endeavor to create new worlds that honor their identities and their Chinese heritage. SPIDER LOVE SONG AND OTHER STORIES treads the fault line that forms between lovers, families, friends, cultures—exposing…

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J.D. Moyer – – The Guardian

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome J. D. Moyer to celebrate the publication of his new novel, The Guardian, on Thursday, September 26th at 7pm. In the year 2737, Earth is mostly depopulated in the wake of a massive supervolcano, but civilization and culture are preserved in vast orbiting ringstations. Tem, the nine-year-old son of a ringstation anthropologist and a Happdal bow-hunter, wants nothing more than to become a blacksmith like his uncle Trond. But after a rough patch as the only brown-skinned…

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NAOMI KLEIN presents THE (BURNING) CASE FOR A GREEN NEW DEAL in conversation with the editor-in-chief of Mother Jones, CLARA JEFFERY.

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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$10 – $49

NAOMI KLEIN presents THE (BURNING) CASE FOR A GREEN NEW DEAL in conversation with the editor-in-chief of Mother Jones, CLARA JEFFERY. Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7:00pm First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland Tickets are available here! Berkeley Arts & Letters presents #1 international and New York Times bestselling author Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything) as she makes the case for a Green New Deal, explaining how bold climate action can be a blueprint…

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Kathleen McClung & Grace Marie Grafton

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Avenue
Albany, CA 94706
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September 27: Kathleen McClung & Grace Marie Grafton Kathleen McClung’s books include The Typists Play Monopoly (Kelsay Books, 2018), which Indigo Moor called, “a wondrous example of how to loop a mesmerizing arc through a body of work,” and Almost the Rowboat (Finishing Line Press, 2013), which Jean Hegland called an “excellent collection” that “offers many succinct glimpses of deeply lived lives.” Her poems appear in Southwest Review, Mezzo Cammin, Naugatuck River Review, The MacGuffin, Ekphrasis, cahoodaloodaling, Forgotten Women, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California,…

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October 2019

Anne Boyer:The Undying

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Tuesday, Oct 01, 2019 7:00 PM Location:  In the basement 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley Website “The Undying is a startling, urgent intervention in our discourses about sickness and health, art and science, language and literature, and mortality and death. In dissecting what she terms ‘the ideological regime of cancer,’ Anne Boyer has produced a profound and unforgettable document on the experience of life itself.” —Sally Rooney, author of Normal People Anne Boyer is a poet and essayist who lives in…

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Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

October 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books on Solano, 1855 Solano Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707 United States
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Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories. Tuesday, October 1, 7:30 pm Pegasus Books Solano People love hearing jazz...and hearing about it. Musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich were original, colorful characters artists who said and did astonishing things. Fortunately their colleagues cared enough to document these moments in stories and pictures and we now have a rich repository of photos and anecdotes about these artists, and about the American songwriters and composers who created the raw material of jazz. Jazz Stories is a performance of the songs of jazz from…

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Jericho Brown

October 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. He is also the author of the collection The Tradition (2019). He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta.

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Poetry at Pegasus: Poets Laureate on Social Justice

October 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Poetry at Pegasus: Poets Laureate on Social Justice Thursday, October 3, 7:30pm Pegasus Books Downtown Five Poets Laureate share poems around a theme of social justice. Featuring: --D.L. Lang, Vallejo Poet Laureate 2017-2019 --Indigo Moor, Sacramento Poet Laureate 2017-present --Rafael Jesús González, Berkeley Poet Laureate 2017-present --Cynthia Patton, Livermore Poet Laureate 2017-present --Julia Connor, Sacramento Poet Laureate 2005-2009 --and host Ron Riekki, co-editor of Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice Event date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 7:30pm Event address: Pegasus…

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Mike Jay: Mescaline: A global history of the first psychedelic

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Friday, Oct 04, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Location:  In the basement of the store 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley  MIKE JAY is an author and cultural historian who has written widely on the history of drugs. His books include High Society: mind-altering drugs in history and culture and his latest, Mescaline: a global history of the first psychedelic. He is based in London, UK. More at mikejay.net Mescaline: a global history of the first psychedelic explores its mind-altering effects across cultures from the ancient Americas…

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Patricia Smith in conversation with Ajuan Mance

October 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lisser Hall, Kapiolani Rd
Oakland, CA
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Patricia Smith in conversation with Ajuan Mance Friday, October 4, 2019 | 7:30 pm | Lisser Hall Please join us for this special event, presented by We Are the Voices, made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. Poet Patricia Smith will give a reading followed by a conversation with Mills faculty, scholar, and visual artist Ajuan Mance. A master of poetic forms, Patricia Smith's poetry fearlessly engages with America’s continuous war on black bodies. She…

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Matt Maiocco, Brad Mangin & Brian Murphy

October 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Matt Maiocco, Brad Mangin & Brian Murphy present Letters to 87: Fans Remember the Legacy of Dwight Clark, a coffee table book featuring heartfelt letters from fans of the San Francisco 49ers hero, with essays by Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Brian Murphy, and Kelly Clark. Letters to 87 also offers rare photos from Michael Zagaris, Brad Mangin, and John Storey. To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Letters to 87 by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover…

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Book Release: this is my body

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nomadic Press, 111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
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We are so excited to announce the release of this is my body, an anthology of written works by women of color exploring their relationship with their bodies in the world they exist in. Each piece is accompanied by a powerful stage performance bringing the words from the page to life. Join us at Nomadic Press for the release on Saturday, October 5, from 7–9 PM and help us celebrate these fierce women and their stories. Books will be sold…

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Creative Writing Reading Series with Ingrid Rojas Contreras

October 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hagerty Lounge, SMC, 1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga , CA 94575 United States
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 -  7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. LOCATION: De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, Hagerty Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94575 View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her first novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree won the Silver Medal in First Fiction from the California Book Awards. Fruit of the Drunken Tree was an Indie Next selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great…

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How to Cure a Ghost: Poems with Fariha Róisín

October 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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How to Cure a Ghost: Poems with Fariha Róisín Wednesday, October 9, 7:30pm Pegasus Books Downtown Fahira Róisín shares poems from her new collection, How to Cure a Ghost. Following in the footsteps of such category killers as Milk and Honey and Whiskey Words & a Shovel I, Fariha Róisín’s poetry book is a collection of her thoughts as a young, queer, Muslim femme navigating the difficulties of her intersectionality. Simultaneously, this compilation unpacks the contentious relationship that exists between Róisín and her mother, her…

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Laleh Khadivi

October 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mills Hall Living Room, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland , CA 94613 United States
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | 5:30 pm | Mills Hall Living Room Laleh Khadivi was born in Esfahan, Iran. She is the author of three novels that form an interconnected trilogy about nationalism, belonging, and migration. Khadivi is the recipient of the Whiting Award for Fiction, the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Pushcart Prize. Her debut documentary film 900 WOMEN aired on A&E and premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.…

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Michelle Ruiz Keil presents All of Us with Wings

October 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Michelle Ruiz Keil presents All of Us with Wings Tuesday, October 15, 7:30pm Pegasus Books Downtown Michelle Ruiz Keil reads from and signs copies of All of Us with Wings, a YA magical realism novel about love, found family, and healing from trauma. An ode to post-punk San Francisco through the eyes of a Mexican-American girl.   “A spellbinding tale about finding magic in the mundane and hope in the unknown. Filled with dizzying danger and electrifying music, All of Us with Wings left me…

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MEGAN PHELPS-ROPER presents UNFOLLOW: A MEMOIR OF LOVING AND LEAVING THE WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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$12 – $49

MEGAN PHELPS-ROPER presents UNFOLLOW: A MEMOIR OF LOVING AND LEAVING THE WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7:00pm Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley Tickets are available here! Berkeley Arts & Letters, The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and The Aspen Institute co-present an evening with Megan Phelps-Roper for her debut book Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church. At the age of five, Megan Phelps-Roper began protesting homosexuality and other alleged vices…

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