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May 2018

Spring Poetry & Place | El Cerrito

May 20 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane
El Cerrito, CA 94530 United States
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Spring Poetry & Place | El Cerrito Please join us on Sunday, May 20 from 1:30 - 5 pm at the El Cerrito Community Center for our Spring Poetry & Place celebration! This event will feature readings by Rafael Jesús González, poet laureate of Berkeley, Indigo Moor, poet laureate of Sacramento, Kim Shuck, poet laureate of San Francisco, and Maw Shein Win, poet laureate of El Cerrito. Music by Dan Plonsey, Ethan Port, and Thomas Scandura in their debut as…

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Christopher DeLorenzo discusses his celebration of cooking, KITCHEN INHERITANCE

May 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Christopher DeLorenzo to the store to discuss his part-memoir, part-cookbook, Kitchen Inheritance: Memories and Recipes from My Family of Cooks, on Sunday, May 20th at 3pm. This collection of narratives and recipes tells a non-traditional coming of age story. Christopher's is the story of a man on a journey, which ultimately leads him to see himself as part of a large and growing family.

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Jason Dewees

May 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Join Mrs. Dalloway's and the Mediterranean Garden Society for a talk and signing by Jason Dewee's on his just released book, Designing with Palms (photography by Caitlin Atkinson). To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Designing with Palms by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website. Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 3:00pm In this comprehensive guide, Dewees shares the many ways palms can transform courtyards, gardens and landscapes. Detailing the most important species and highlighted by striking photography, Designing with Palms imparts vital advice…

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Daegan Miller discusses THIS RADICAL LAND

May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Daegan Miller to the store to discuss his book, This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent, on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7pm.  Joining him in conversation this evening is our very own Brad Johnson. "It's hard to feel hopeful about the future of the United States, given its ruinous past and present. But occasionally, the present will surprise you (e.g., kids leading the contemporary struggle against gun violence). Sometimes, too, as explored in Daegan Miller's spirited new book the past will too. His book…

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Perfectly Queer East Bay Reading “Contrasts: Poetry & Prose”

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Laurel Book Store, 1423 Broadway
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Poetry and prose: apples and oranges? Decide for yourself at Perfectly Queer East Bay "Contrasts: Poetry & Prose" Wednesday, May 23, 7pm at Laurel Bookstore in Oakland. Poets Vernon Keeve III & Luiza Flynn-Goodlett and novelists Dale Chase & Hilary Zaid all read new work. Author signing follows. Free, tasty refreshments! Thematic door prizes at 7pm. ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Vernon Keeve III is a Virginia-born writer that California molded into an educator. He lives and teaches in Oakland. His purpose…

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Book Release / Bad Luck of the Draw Club

May 23 @ 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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Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Jane Gregory, and Wendy Trevino

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Wendy Trevino was born & raised in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. She is a Grant Writer in San Francisco, where she shares an apartment with her boyfriend, friend & 2 senior cats. She has published chapbooks with Perfect Lovers Press, Commune Editions & Krupskaya Books. Her chapbook #YourHarveyWeinstein was published by Spoilsport Editions – an online press she started with the writer Oki Sogumi – in 2017. Cruel Fiction (Commune Editions, Fall 2018) is her first full-length book of poetry. Wendy…

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Kim Malcolm presents A COUNTRY WITHIN

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Kim Malcolm to the store to discuss her book, A Country Within: A Journey of Love and Hope During the Refugee Crisis in Greece, on Thursday, May 24th at 7pm.  A Country Within shares a professional woman's life-changing journey to Greece to work with refugees arriving from the Middle East and Asia. The story begins on the island of Lesvos where overloaded boats of refugees landed on local beaches, and moves to Athens where the author unexpectedly becomes a member of a family…

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Poetry Flash presents Jane Mead and Carol Muske-Dukes

May 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Jane Mead’s new book of poems is World of Made and Unmade. C.D. Wright said, “As the laundry room floods and the grape harvest gets done; as Michoacán waits for another time, her beautiful, practical mother is dying. Ashes are scattered in the pecan groves of her own Rincon, her own corner of the world, and the poet, in elementary script, draws a sustaining record of the only feeling worth the struggle.…” She’s authored four previous collections, most recently Money, Money, Money |…

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Ted Scheinman

May 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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reads from Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan, a raucous tour through the world of Mr. Darcy imitations, tailored gowns, and tipsy ballroom dancing. "A treat for any Jane Austen fan . . . a fascinating window into a man's experience in a largely female world. Scheinman is a wonderful guide to the world of Austen, and this honest and thoughtful discussion of the role Austen's works have played in his family will delight any Janeite." --Booklist To…

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Bay Area Queer Zine Fest Fundraiser

May 25 @ 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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The 2nd annual Bay Area Queer Zine Fest is coming back September 9! What better way to get people pumped about zines than to have a reading. We're partnering with our dear friends at E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore to bring you a night of zine magic. Interested in reading? Email baqzfest@gmail.com ** ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION FORTHCOMING ** #BAQZF2018 Source:: https://www.facebook.com/events/450401675397832/

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MARY Journal Release Reading

May 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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On Saturday, May 26th, MARY: A Journal of New Writing will be holding a release party for the latest print edition of MARY Journal! Join us from 7pm – 9pm at Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland for a night of celebration and literary readings.

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Book Release: Cotton Candy by Jeremy Fernando

May 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nomadic Press: Uptown, 2301 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Join us at our Uptown, Oakland, location for the much-anticipated release of Jeremy Fernando's full-length poetry collection, Cotton Candy! It's going to be an amazing evening of readings, live music, gnosh / refreshments, and friends of Nomadic Press as we launch this treasure of a book into the universe. Readings by TBA, pop-up surprise Nomadic Press readers, and of course, the star of the evening, Jeremy Fernando. Books will be available for purchase and there will be a signing following…

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June 2018

Oakland First Fridays at Nomadic Press!

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Nomadic Press, 2926 Foothill Blvd
Oakland , CA 94601 United States
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$10 - $15

Doors open at 7:00 PM; show starts at 7:30 PM SHARP! Join us at Nomadic Press as we celebrate Oakland First Fridays! Featuring readings by 4-5 Nomadic Press authors in our intimate space amongst the hustle at 23rd and Telegraph Avenue. Come early and catch our authors reading on a street stage just down the block at 6:30 PM. This month features readings by TBD and music by TBD. To help pay for our space and our artists and ensure…

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Maji: An Afro Futurist Community Newspaper Launch Party

June 1 @ 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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Bay Area Poets Coalition

June 2 @ 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 2018:   March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2 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…

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MICHAEL POLLAN presents HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND: ​What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us ​About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, ​and Transcendence

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Monday, June 4, 2018, 7pm First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley Tickets available now! ​When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill…

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Alexandra Mattraw, Norman Fischer, and Tiff Dressen

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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This is a book launch and celebration for Alexandra Mattraws new book, small siren. Alexandra Mattraw is a Berkeley poet and fourth generation native of Northern California. Her debut full-length book, small siren, was published this spring at Cultural Society. Alexandra is also the author of four chapbooks, including flood psalm (2017), published with Dancing Girl Press. Her poems and reviews have appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Eleven Eleven, Fourteen Hills, The Poetry Project, VOLT, The Volta, and…

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Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

June 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books on Solano, 1855 Solano Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707 United States
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Tuesday, June 5, 7:30 pm This Recurring Event is at Pegasus Books Solano Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories. 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…

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Charlie LeDuff presents SH*TSHOW!

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Charlie LeDuff to the store to discuss his new book, Sh*tshow!: The Country's Collapsing . . . and the Ratings Are Great, on Wednesday, June 6th at 7pm.  A daring, firsthand, and utterly-unscripted account of crisis in America, from Ferguson to Flint to Cliven Bundy’s ranch to Donald Trump’s unstoppable campaign for President–at every turn, Pulitzer-prize winner and bestselling author of Detroit: An American Autopsy, Charlie LeDuff was there In the Fall of 2013, long before any sane person had seriously considered the possibility…

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Tapestries of Shadow and Light: Three Writers and the Legacy of the Holocaust

June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Oakland Public Library, 125 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Meet authors Rachel Hall, Elizabeth Rosner and Hilary Zaid as they read from their work and discuss how the Holocaust continues to resonate in their lives and in their writing. Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Laurel Book Store. More about the authors: Rachel Hall is the author of Heirlooms (BkMk Press), which was selected by Marge Piercy for the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize. Winner of the Phillip McMath Post Publication Award, Heirlooms was also the…

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Clearly Meant presents Bruce H. Feingold

June 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Claremont Branch, Berkeley Public Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Berkeley Haiku poet Bruce Feingold will read his poems, then sit for an interview and discussion.

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Caroline Arden

June 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Launch for her debut YA novel, The High Climber of Dark Water Bay "Arden has created the hero we have been waiting for in Young Adult Lit--Lizzie is authentic, relatable and proves herself a force to be reckoned with. Engaging and immersive, writing is clean and crisp. Vivid imagery and concise storytelling combine to create a story for all ages."--Kathleen Kaufman, author of The Lairdbalor To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of The High Climber of Dark Water Bay by speaking with a…

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Cynthia Bryant and Cher Wollard

June 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street
Alameda, 94501 United States
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Poetry reading by Cynthia Bryant and Cher Wollard, followed by an open mic, hosted by Jeanne Lupton every second Saturday monthly, Frank Bette and Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 7:00 (510/523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org

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This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Ken Jennings on humor and the media

June 12 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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Ken Jennings grew up in Seoul, South Korea, where he became a daily devotee of the quiz show Jeopardy! In 2004, he successfully auditioned for a spot on the show and went on an unprecedented seventy-four game victory streak worth $2.52 million. Jennings’s book Brainiac, about his Jeopardy! adventures, was a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, as were his follow-up books Maphead and Because I Said So! He is also the author of Planet Funny. Jennings lives in Seattle with…

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