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December 2018

BAPC OPEN POETRY READING

December 1, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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Upcoming First Saturday Readings in 2018: November 3, December 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 and informal read-around — 3-5 minutes per poet/reader,…

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JOURNAL RELEASE: NOMADIC JOURNAL 2018: COVENANT

December 1, 2018 @ 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 Nomadic Journal 2018: Covenant! 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 and pop-up surprise Nomadic Press readers. Books will be available for purchase and there will be a signing following the event ($15 each). Music by TBA! Hope to see you there!

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How We Get Free: A Conversation on Black Feminism, Politics, and Liberation

December 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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$5 - $10

On December 1, the night before the fifth annual Howard Zinn Book Fair, three leading activist-scholars will come together in conversation about Black Feminism past and present. The speakers, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Cat Brooks and Zoé Samudzi, each coming from a unique radical tradition, will combine their own research and experience with the history of past movements to explore questions around race, gender, class, and ultimately, liberation. What is the role of elections? Of #BlackLivesMatter? Of Trump? How should we be…

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Thomas Lynch reads Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory”

December 4, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Join us for fruitcake and cheer in this annual Mrs. Dalloway's tradition. Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 7:30pm First published in 1956, this much sought-after autobiographical recollection from Capote about his rural Alabama boyhood is a perfect gift for fans young and old, a "gem of a holiday story." (School Library Journal, starred review). Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring…

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El Cerrito Out Loud: Poetry Event

December 5, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
San Pablo & Fairmount Avenues, 6159 Fairmount Avenue
El Cerrito, 94530
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Free

Join City Poet Laureate Dani Gabriel for "El Cerrito Out Loud" at Off the Grid. Hear featured poets and participate in an open mic and writing activities. All ages encouraged to participate. No experience necessary. Food available for purchase at food trucks.

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Mary Jo Bang

December 6, 2018 @ 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Mary Jo Bang is the author of eight books of poems—including A Doll For Throwing, Louise in Love, The Last Two Seconds, and Elegy, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award—and a translation of Dante’s Inferno, illustrated by Henrik Drescher. She has received a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy of Berlin. She teaches creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis.

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NEW DATE! In Common Writers Series: Kiese Laymon and Tongo Eisen-Martin, reading their work

December 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Marcus Books, 3900 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Oakland, CA 94609 United States
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Thanks to a generous grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, The Poetry Center is thrilled to launch our new In Common Writers Series. We'll present six double-programs (twelve events in all) during 2018–19, featuring a series of remarkable writers from across the US, paired in conversation and performance with (for the most part) local area writers with whom they share strong affinities. Each featured guest writer appears at The Poetry Center—we're doing outreach in particular to students and faculty…

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Noir: Nighthawks

December 6, 2018 @ 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: Jon Sindell, Sara McAulay, Robert Pesich, Susan Cohen. Open Mic Night follows the featured readers. Sign-up now for Ist Annual Open Mic Award's Contest. Book & Broadside Giveaway. Free, 7-9 pm. The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St., Oakland.

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WOULD YOU BE CAUGHT DEAD IN THAT OUTFIT?

December 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Stud Bar, 399 9th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Free

WOULD YOU BE CAUGHT DEAD IN THAT OUTFIT? A multimedia event celebrating the aesthetics of '80s and '90s underground clubbing by pájaros, maricones, mariposas, mariquitas and those who love them. Curated by artists Juliana Delgado Lopera & Rebeka Rodriguez in collaboration with Aunt Lute Books, this 1980s Latinx fashion extravaganza will include: *A runway featuring YOU – fabulous young and elder queers! *A kiki panel on the resiliency of people living and performing on 16th street in the 80s and…

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OAKLAND FIRST FRIDAYS AT NOMADIC PRESS!

December 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Nomadic Press: Uptown, 2301 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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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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Studio One Reading Series

December 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Studio One Arts Center, 365 45th Street
Oakland, CA 94609 United States
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Friday, December 7th, feat. Brenda Hillman and Rae Armantrout! Please join us on Friday, December 7th, from 7:30-9:30 pm, for a reading featuring Brenda Hillman and Rae Armantrout, plus art by Patrick Sumner and Peggy Videtta!   ***** author & artist bios & photos below. All of our readings are free & open to the public. Snacks, wine & Lagunitas beer will be served. 365 45th Street | Oakland | 94609 Here's a map. + a huge thank you to…

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GET LIT #43 (MUSIC BY TBD)

December 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ale Industries, 3096 E 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94601 United States
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$10 - $25

Doors open at 7:00 PM; show starts at 7:30 PM SHARP! An amazing gathering of 12-15 writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit. Featured lineup of writers TBA Suggested donations of $10-25 will be kindly requested at the door, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds (NOTAFLOF). Beer made by Ale Industries on site and wonderful food by Guadalajara Restaurant & Tequila Bar just down the block. All ages…

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YOU’RE GOING TO DIE: POETRY, PROSE & EVERYTHING GOES… OAKLAND EDITION

December 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Starline Social Club, 2236 martin Luther King Jr Way
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$10

Thursday, December 20, 2018 7:30 PM  11:00 PM Starline Social Club (map) THIS SHOW IS IN OAKLAND!!! Doors at 7:30pm Show at 8pm $10 at the door... & NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS You're Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes... the OAKLAND EDITION w/ Chelsea Coleman On December 20th, 2018 we will gather in the side room of the Starline Social Club at 7:30pm. At 8pm we will begin a night of music, poetry, storytelling, and emotions-feeling. The theme…

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Book Launch for Jan Steckel’s Like Flesh Covers Bone

December 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street
Alameda, 94501 United States
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Free

Oakland poet Jan Steckel will read from her new poetry book Like Flesh Covers Bone (Zeitgeist Press, December 2018), followed by an open mic, hosted by Jeanne Lupton. “These poems have come for blood. Honest and direct, Jan writes often humorous, always electrified poetry of great depth and courage. Take this journey!” James Cagney, author of Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory (Nomadic Press, 2018) Jan Steckel is a former pediatrician who stopped practicing medicine because of…

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January 2019

Memorial Gathering for Julia Vinograd

January 6 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe, 2301 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$5 - $10
Julia Vinograd

As most or all of you know, Julia Vinograd passed away very peacefully on the morning of December 5. There will be a gathering to honor and celebrate her life, as Honorary Poet Laureate of Berkeley and the Bubble Lady of Telegraph Avenue, and all around magnificent and inspiring human being, on Sunday, January 6. The gathering will include a potluck and a microphone for folks to speak briefly or read a poem. Chapter 510 & the Department of Make…

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Poetry Circle @BPL Claremont

January 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Claremont Branch, Berkeley Public Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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The Poetry Circle at the Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Public Library features you and what you like. Come with a favorite poem — or find one here! If you write poetry, share one of your own, too. We will be taking turns in a reading circle. Listeners welcome.

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ALISON HART at Books Inc. Alameda

January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Alameda, 1344 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501 United States
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Renowned local poet and writer Alison Hart shares her stunning work of literary fiction, Mostly White. This special event will include a Reader's Theater performance featuring Alison Hart, Lady H a.k.a. Haninah Abdullah, Cynthia Onetta Toliver, Robert Fisher, Gloria Fisher, and Keith Grier. A family saga: four generations of mixed-race African American, Native American, and Irish women experience intergenerational trauma as well as the healing brought by nature and music, leading to triumphant resilience. Mostly White begins in 1890 when Emma, a mixed-race Native American and African American girl, is beaten by nuns…

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Thomas Kohnstamm: Lake City

January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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East Bay Booksellers welcomes Thomas Kohnstamm to discuss his new new book Lake City. He will be in conversation with Broke-Ass Stuart Schuffman. The novel’s setting is Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood during the 2001 holiday season. In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy and at the peak of Seattle’s first wave of tech-boom gentrification--a wave that never quite made it to his neighborhood--Lane Beuche schemes how to win back his wife (and her trust fund). East Bay Booksellers 5433 College Avenue…

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Raise the Bay: In Her Voice

January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The UC Theatre Taub Family Music Hall, 2036 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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$10.00

Speak Your Truth presents its fourth event, "Raise the Bay: In Her Voice" on January 10, 2019. Raise the Bay will highlight female-identifying singer/songwriters and spoken word artists in the Bay Area. All of the proceeds from this event (and all of our Speak Your Truth events) directly benefit our education programming, which aims to diversify the next generation of music industry professionals. Speak Your Truth takes place every other month on our Tier One stage (the top tier of…

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LYNDSAY FAYE at Books Inc. in Alameda

January 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Alameda, 1344 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501 United States
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Lyndsay Faye, author of Edgar-nominated Jane Steele and Gods of Gotham, will discuss her exciting new historical thriller, The Paragon Hotel, which follows Alice “Nobody” from Prohibition-era Harlem to Portland’s the Paragon Hotel. The year is 1921, and “Nobody” Alice James is on a cross-country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life following an illicit drug and liquor deal gone horribly wrong. Desperate to get as far away as possible from New York City and those who want her dead, she has her…

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MATT COYLE with TERRY SHAMES at Books Inc. Berkeley

January 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94710 United States
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Joining Books Inc. in Berkeley for an evening of thrills and chills with award-winning mystery writer Matt Coyle sharing his intriguing new novel, Wrong Light: Rick Cahill #5. Matt will be in conversation with Mystery Writers of America member Terry Shames, author of the charming Samuel Craddock mystery series. About Wrong Light: Perfect for hard-boiled PI and Noir fans who like a tainted hero living by his own code. Naomi Hendrix's sexy voice hovering over the radio waves isn't the only thing haunting the Southern California nights. A demented soul is stalking…

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Book Launch with TONY PLATT at Books Inc. Berkeley

January 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94710 United States
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Tony Platt, Distinguished Affiliated Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society, UC Berkeley, discusses his groundbreaking new work, Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States. Beyond These Walls is an ambitious and far-ranging exploration that tracks the legacy of crime and imprisonment in the United States, from the historical roots of the American criminal justice system to our modern state of over-incarceration, and offers a bold vision for a new future. Author Tony Platt,…

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Zoé Samudzi in conversation w/ Joshua Sperling about his new book “A Writer of Our Time: The Life and Work of John Berger”

January 17 @ 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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Come celebrate writer Joshua Sperling’s new book, A Writer of Our Time: The Life and Work of John Berger. We love John Berger here at Wolfman and we couldn’t be more excited about this book! Sperling “draws on first-hand, unpublished interviews and archival sources only recently made available, to dig beneath the moments of controversy to reveal a figure of remarkable complexity and resilience.” Yes, please! Sign us up for that! Even better, Joshua Sperling will be in conversation with…

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InsideStorytime WORKAROUNDS

January 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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featuring Roman Muradov (Vanishing Act), Colleen McKee (The Kingdom of Roly-Polys), James Cagney (Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory), Dinika Amaral, and Ralph Paone, will be at Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, Thursday January 17th, 7-9 pm.

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Austin Smith and Dora Malech

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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East Bay Booksellers welcomes Austin Smith and Dora Malech to read from their books Flyover Countryand Stet. Smith’s Flyover Country is a powerful collection of poems about violence: the violence we do to the land, to animals, to refugees, to the people of distant countries, and to one another. In Stet, Malech takes constraint as her catalyst and subject, exploring what it means to make or break a vow, to create art out of a life in flux, to reckon with the body’s bounds, and to arrive…

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