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June 2018

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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$35

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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Mostly Flash With a Dash of Haiku

June 6 @ 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: Sara McAulay, Amos White, Jon Sindell, Jacqueline Doyle. Late Night Open Mic follows the featured readers. Sign-up now for Ist Annual Open Mic Award's Contest (see below). Book & Broadside Giveaway. Free, 7-9 pm. The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St., Oakland.

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ANDREW WEATHERS/ROOTLESS/FOREST FLORO

June 6 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Nomadic Press: Uptown, 2301 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Please join us for an evening of relaxing ambient electronic music and dreamy acoustic sounds by Andrew Weathers (TX)/Rootless (LA) / and Oakland's own Forest Floor. Doors open at 7:20. Show at 7:30. 5-10 dollar donation NOTALOTOF Andrew Weathers: https://andrewweathers.bandcamp.com/album/under-the-tree Rootless: https://cabinflooresoterica.bandcamp.com/album/cfe-66-sculptures-deep-within-the-cave Forest Floor: https://forestfloorpragmatism.bandcamp.com/

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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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Medea Benjamin Inside Iran: The Real History & Politics of Iran

June 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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$12 - $15

KPFA Radio 94.1FM & Project Censored present MEDEA BENJAMIN Inside Iran: The Real History & Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hosted by Mickey Huff advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or Books Inc/Berkeley, Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway's. East Bay Books $15 door, KPFA benefit more info: kpfa.org/events, wheelchair access Medea Benjamin, one of America's best-known and most effective activists, co-founder of Code Pink and Global Exchange, is the author of Drone Warfare and…

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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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SHAZAM, Linda and Carolyn at Works in Progress Women’s Open Mic

June 9 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Plymouth Jazz and Justice Church, 424 Monte Vista
Oakland, 94611
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$7

a WOMEN-ONLY event� Featuring poets and birthday girls Linda Zeiser and Carolyn Stull-Zeiser as well as singer-songwriter SHAZAM Hosted by Linda Zeiser $7 - $10 Admission includes raffle ticket for one of ten copies of THE HORIZONTAL POET by Jan Steckel 6:30 – 7:30 Potluck: bring your favorite dish to share. 7:30 - 10:15 Performance Produced by Linda Zeiser & Carolyn Stull Zeiser. To reserve open mic slot, contact Linda at (510) 701-1022, ZeiserpoetMC@aol.com, well in advance. WIP is 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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Darnell L. Moore: Coming of Age Black & Free in America

June 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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$12 - $15

KPFA Radio 94.1FM and Marcus Books present DARNELL L. MOORE "No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America" Hosted by Greg Bridges wheelchair access advance tickets: $12 : : T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, KPFA benefit What happens to the black boys who come of age in neglected, heavily policed, and economically desperate cities that the War on Drugs and mass incarceration have created? How do they learn to live, love, and grow…

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Vi Khi Nao, Jennifer S. Cheng, and Rita Bullwinkel

June 13 @ 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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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 7:00 PM  9:00 PM Come celebrate new books by favorite writers! Jennifer S. Cheng's "MOON: LETTERS, MAPS, POEMS" (Tarpaulin Sky, May 2018) and Vi Khi Nao's "Sheep Machine" (Black Sun Lit 2018). We might even have more writers releasing more books! Jennifer S. Cheng writes at the intersection of essay and poetry. Her second book, a hybrid collection MOON: LETTERS, MAPS, POEMS, was selected by Bhanu Kapil as winner of the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award. She is also…

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Heather Abel // The Optimistic Decade

June 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Books Inc. Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94710 United States
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Heather Abel will read from her just-released novel, The Optimistic Decade. The Optimistic Decade has received praise from the New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, New York Magazine, BBC, People Magazine, EW.com, Buzzfeed, NY Post, Library Journal. Bookpage says: "The Optimistic Decade deserves the elusive accolade of “original” for its believable construction and flawless attention to detail. Within the brilliant, multilayered canopy of the novel’s world, Heather Abel’s writing comes across as a sincere and tender channel for a story that…

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Poetry Flash presents Gillian Conoley and Paul Hoover

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Gillian Conoley’s most recent book of poems is Peace. A. Anupama, in Numéro Cinq, wrote, “White space percolates this lyric, while the current lull in American military actions forms the occasion of this book, Gillian Conoley’s seventh poetry collection. With poems  titled “late democracy,’ “ contrary to history,” and “Trying to Write a Poem about Gandhi,” the work pulls one way and then pushes back another, testing the inner ground for breath.” Others of her collections include The Plot Genie, Profane Halo, and Lovers in the Used…

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Leslie Jonath

June 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Presents Foraged Art: Creating Projects Using Blooms, Branches, Leaves, Stones, and Other Elements Discovered in Nature. To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Foraged Art by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website. Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 7:30pm In the spirit of land artists like Andy Goldsworthy, the book is as much about discovery as it is about creation. Leaves shaped like lips might inspire a face; an array of rocks might be become an eclectic mosaic; winter's first…

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Michael Eric Dyson: Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America

June 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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$20 - $45.

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM & Marcus Books present MICHAEL ERIC DYSON What Truth Sounds Like: RFK, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America Hosted by Kevin Cartwright Entry $20, entry & book $35, 2 entries & book $45, Tickets: 800-838-3006, or independent bookstores, Benefit KPFA, Info: kpfa.org/events Michael Eric Dyson is one of America's premier public intellectuals. The author of last year's outstanding bestseller, "Tears We Cannot Stop," Dyson is University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University,…

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FEEL 6 Bookstore (AT THE CRANEWAY PAVILION)

June 15 @ 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
The Craneway Pavillion, 1414 Harbour Way S
Richmond, CA 94804 United States
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$30 - $100

We are really thrilled to be showcasing our books and a curated selection of others as part of the FEELS 6 shop! FEELS is a local Bay Area festival and showcase for radical imagination, featuring live performances, DJ sets, and artwork from boundary-pushing creatives working in a wide variety of mediums. It is put together, as always, by our brilliant friends at Wine & Bowties, and features a museum-style shop with a variety of merch from artists, retailers, presses, and music…

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Tommy Orange presents his debut novel, THERE THERE (w/ R.O. Kwon)

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is very excited to welcome Tommy Orange to discuss his jaw-droppingly good debut novel,There There on Friday, June 15th at 7pm. Tommy will be in conversation with R. O. Kwon. "We all came to the powwow for different reasons. The messy, dangling threads of our lives got pulled into a braid--tied to the back of everything we'd been doing all along to get us here. There will be death and playing dead, there will be screams and unbearable silences, forever-silences, and a…

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Bloomsday! Thomas Lynch reads from James Joyce’s Ulysses

June 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Join us for Irish soda bread as Thomas Lynch continues reading the whole of Ulysses. Chapter Nine up next.

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Turk & Divis / Quiet Lightning album release party

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, 410 13th Street
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Turk & Divis (Evan and Miles Karp) launch the Quiet Lightning album, featuring 11 tracks of original music scored to excerpts of 50 Bay Area writers performing live in last year's QL shows. Come celebrate! Activities include: > A listening/screening party > Performances by a stout list of the album's contributors: Jack Foley, Lorraine Lupo, Tara Dorabji, Eric Kurhi, Claire Calderon, Zephir O’Meara, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Rohan DaCosta, Charles Kruger, Peter Bullen, Adam Moskowitz, and Wildredhawk Limited edition lathe cut vinyl…

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Lauren Groff discusses and signs FLORIDA

June 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Lauren Groff discusses and signs FLORIDA Saturday, June 16, 7:30 pm Pegasus Books Downtown Celebrated New York Times bestselling author Lauren Groff presents her highly anticipated new collection of short stories, Florida.   ABOUT FLORIDA In her vigorous and moving new book, Lauren Groff brings her electric storytelling and intelligence to a world in which storms, snakes, and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater threats and mysteries are of a human, emotional, and psychological nature. Among those navigating it all are a…

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