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December 2019

Kelsey St. Press 45th Anniversary Celebration: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Ching-In Chen, Andrea Abi-Karam

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McRoskey Mattress Company, Inc, 1687 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Ching-In Chen, and Andrea Abi-Karam

The Poetry Center joins Kelsey St. Press for a public celebration of the press's 45th Anniversary, with readings by poets Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Ching-In Chen, and Andrea Abi-Karam. Kelsey Street Press was founded in 1974 to address the marginalization of women writers by small press and mainstream publishers. Forty-five years later, the press, still located in the East Bay, remains true to its commitment to bring out a wide range of voices, including the gifted work of trans and genderqueer authors. Hosted by McRoskey Mattress Co., in their…

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2019 Michael Rubin Book Award Release Party!

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Join Fourteen Hills press to celebrate OPPRESSORFACE, the 2019 Michael Rubin Book Award winning book of poetry written by Rob Hendricks. There will be drinks, food, a prize drawing. and a reading by Rob Hendricks. Other readers include: Truong Tran, Vanessa Marie Hamill, Steven Kennedy, Jens Mikkelsen, London Pinkney, and Izabella Santana. See you there!

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Lyrical Opposition: Unplugged

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
483 14th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
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You’re cordially invited to join us for an intimate showcase of socially-conscious, acoustic hip-hop music. Based in Bay Area, CA, Lyrical Opposition creates safe platforms that foster lyrical expression for hip-hop artists, spoken word poets, and other artistic talents through gatherings, icebreakers, freestyles, cyphers, artist development workshops, panel discussions, training and fellowship. December 13, 2019 Delaplane will host a live acoustic performance by Bay Area based rapper, poet, and performer Fego Navarro and Dela Paz, in an intimate setting. Limited…

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The Fire Thieves in the Gallery

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, 401 Van Ness Ave, Ste 126
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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Organized by Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate in consultation with Pam Peniston, artistic director of the Queer Cultural Center. The SFAC is pleased to welcome the The Fire Thieves Poetry Series—an inter-generational and inter-sectional collaboration between established, mid-career and new poets working, producing, and presenting new work—to the gallery for an evening of readings dear to their hearts. A selection of accomplished Native poets read their work surrounded by the powerful and uplifting photographs on view in the exhibition…

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Jeff VanderMeer: Dead Astronauts

December 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Jeff VanderMeer joins us to discuss his new novel, Dead Astronauts. Praise for Jeff VanderMeer “Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy was an ever-creeping map of the apocalypse; with Borne he continues his investigation into the malevolent grace of the world, and it's a thorough marvel.” —Colson Whitehead "VanderMeer is that rare novelist who turns to nonhumans not to make them approximate us as much as possible but to make such approximation impossible. All of this is magnified a hundredfold in Borne . . . Here…

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“Chan Family Picnic”—Reading by Eugenie Chan Theater Projects

December 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
CHSA Museum, 965 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94108 United States
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Eugenie Chan Theater Projects and the Chinese Historical Society of America invite you to a reading of Chan Family Picnic, a rollicking new vaudeville about the mental health impact of America’s legacy of anti-Asian legislation and sex trafficking on three generations of the playwright’s Chinese American family. Eugenie Chan, playwright Byron Au Yong, composer along with Bay Area performing artists Q&A will follow the reading   Admission is free, but there is limited space. Reserve your ticket on Eventbrite. This program is part of…

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Claire Rudy Foster / Shine of the Ever

December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts Claire Rudy Foster (I've Never Done This Before) for their new book, Shine of the Ever. Please join us! Shine of the Ever is a literary mix tape of queer voices out of 1990s Portland. By turns tender and punk-tough, fierce and loving, this collection of short stories explores what binds a community of queer and trans people as they negotiate love, screwing up and learning to forgive themselves for being young and sometimes foolish. “The characters in Foster’s fiction are all achingly…

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Music Release Party and Solstice Celebration with Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore

December 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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Mat and Yvonne will serenade us with some of the songs on their new album, discuss the companion book and we'll toast the coming of the light! Working Class Heroes is a collection of American working-class, pre–World War II folk songs revived by Mat Callahan & Yvonne Moore. Here the duo presents 20 songs written both by folk canon heavyweights and lesser known but equally gifted songwriters. Both beautiful and emotionally arresting, the album is a collection of stories as…

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PEOM: Poetry Every Other Month

December 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park St.
Alameda, CA 94501 United States
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Join us every other month at 7pm for a featured poet, an open mic and great drinks and treats! Featured Poet: Gene Kahane (more dates/poets later)

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The Southeast Asian Diaspora in Poetry & Memoir

December 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St Ste 290
Oakland, CA 94607 United States
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Join us for a reading that brings together the work of Laotian poet and dancer Krysada Phounsiri and Cambodian writer Sieu Sean Do. Krysada Phounsiri's debut book of poetry, Dance Among Elephants, is at turns intimate and interrogative, interested in unpacking the many layers of his family's journey from Laos to the United States and around the world. Phounsiri is a Lao American professional dancer who has performed with the acclaimed group Jabbawockeez in Las Vegas, award winning poet, engineer,…

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GhostTourSF’s “Memories of Glen Park”: Zine Release

December 28 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Ghost Tour: San Francisco is an ongoing art project charting collective memories of San Francisco neighborhoods. The third section focuses on Glen Park. The upcoming zine "Memories of Glen Park" is an illustrated collection of autobiographical stories of the neighborhood. This reading celebrates the release of the zine and the corresponding artwork. Selected authors: Elina Ansary (project creator) Gail Bensinger Liliana Silva Jessamyn Ansary With original music by Jesse Cobb. After party with charity art raffle at Glen Park Station…

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January 2020

Abigail Hing Wen with Sabaa Tahir

January 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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Join us to celebrate the launch of Abigail Hing Wen’s highly anticipated, romantic, and layered debut, Loveboat, Taipei, praised as “an intense rush of rebellion and romance” by Stephanie Garber (NYT bestselling author of the Caraval series).  This dazzling, fun-filled romantic comedy of our dreams is “Fresh as a first kiss” (Stacey Lee, author of The Downstairs Girl), “a story about finding your place—and your people—where you least expected." (Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of Picture Us in the Light) Think…

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Aaron Cohen / Move On Up

January 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Aaron Cohen discusses the subject of his new book Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power published by the University of Chicago Press   Curtis Mayfield. The Chi-Lites. Chaka Khan. Chicago's place in the history of soul music is rock solid. But for Chicagoans, soul music in its heyday from the 1960s to the 1980s was more than just a series of hits: it was a marker and a source of black empowerment. In Move On Up,…

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Tara Sim with Kat Cho

January 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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We're thrilled to invite you to celebrate the launch of Scavenge the Stars, Tara Sim’s gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo that is packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, "A rags-to-riches story with the promise of revenge... Captivating."―Kirkus Reviews When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she's been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her…

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EJ Koh: The Magical Language of Others

January 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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E.J. Koh discusses her new memoir The Magical Language of Others. Praise for The Magical Language of Others "The Magical Language of Others is an exquisite, challenging, and stunning memoir. E. J. Koh intricately melds her personal story with a broader view of Korean history. Through these pages, you are asked to experience one family's heartbreak, trauma, and complex love for each other. This memoir will pierce you."--Crystal Hana Kim, If You Leave Me "A coming-of-age story, a family story, and a…

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Open Mic Night!

January 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Simple Pleasures Cafe, 3434 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA 94121 United States
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It's open mic night at Simple Pleasures! Join us for an evening of music and story-telling at our favorite neighborhood cafe. Sign up is at 7pm, and each performer gets about 10 minutes to speak, sing, or strum.

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Kiersten White, Chosen

January 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes bestselling author Kiersten White who will share her new book, Chosen. Nina continues to learn how to use her slayer powers against enemies old and new in this second novel in the New York Times bestselling series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now that Nina has turned the Watcher's Castle into a utopia for hurt and lonely demons, she's still waiting for the utopia part to kick in. With her sister Artemis gone and only a few people…

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CB Follett and Joseph Zaccardi

January 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Fireside Room, 240 Channing Way
San Rafael,
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Poetry Connection reading series presents CB Follett and Joseph Zaccardi, hosted by Terry Lucas, Marin County Poet Laureate, open mic to follow, light refreshments, The Fireside Room, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.terrylucas.com/schedule.html)

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Kiersten White with Katy Rose Pool

January 11, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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Into every generation a slayer is born… and being the Chosen one isn’t always easy Do you miss having Buffy the Vampire Slayer in your life? We have the solution. We’re thrilled to be celebrating Chosen, New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White’s fabulous second novel set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in which Nina continues to learn how to use her slayer powers against enemies old and new. Now that Nina has turned the Watcher’s Castle…

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Book Release: 10 Books, 1 Night, 10 New Nomadic Press Authors

January 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe, 2301 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Help us bring in 2020 right. 10 books, 10 new Nomadic Press authors, 1 night. Join us as we celebrate (and release) new books by: Hugh Behm-Steinberg (Animal Children) Jordan Boyd (Shadow Burn) Andrew Demcak (Cryptopedia) Zach Goldberg (XV) Luiza Flynn-Goodlett (Twice Shy) Dazié Grego-Sykes (Black Faggotry) Yume Kim (Reserve the Right) Alan Pelaez Lopez (To Love and Mourn in the Age of Displacement) Greer Nakadegawa-Lee (A Heart Full of Hallways) Tahtahme Xero (Apricity) There will be live music, welcome-to-the-Nomadic-fam…

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Evie Shockley

January 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edgehill Mansion in Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901 United States
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Evie Shockley is the author of semiautomatic and the new black, both winners of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; semiautomatic was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the LA Times Book Prize.  Her publications include as well the critical study Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry and poems and essays appearing recently and forthcoming in The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Obsidian, The Black Scholar, Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry & Opinion, The New Emily Dickinson Studies, New Literary History, and the PoetryNow podcast series.  Among her honors are the…

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Zyzzyva celebrates their Bay Area Issue

January 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Moderated by Oscar Villalon with Meg Hurtado Bloom, Rita Bullwinkel, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Chia-Chia Lin, Kevin Simmonds, and Paul Wilner ZYZZYVA's latest volume—the Bay Area Issue—features new writing and poetry from the East Bay to San Francisco, from the North Bay to the Peninsula. Join them for a lively reading featuring six of the contributors to Issue No. 117: Meg Hurtado Bloom, Rita Bullwinkel, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Chia-Chia Lin, Kevin Simmonds, and Paul Wilner. Emceed by ZYZZYVA Managing Editor Oscar Villalon. Meg Hurtado Bloom received her…

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T.J. Mitchell & Judy Melinek: First Cut

January 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell discuss their new novel, First Cut. Praise for First Cut “Scalpel sharp. First Cut allows a peek into the autopsy room through the eyes of a pro.”—Kathy Reichs “Who better to deliver a genuinely compelling mystery than real-life medical examiners? Fans of CSI and Forensic Files will devour this well plotted story.”—Karin Slaughter "All the charm, gruesome detail and surprising empathy that made Working Stiff such a delight brought back in a novel. An impressive opener to a…

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Mapping the Bay: with Kim Shuck and friends

January 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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poetry and discussion exploring the pathways language takes through land, water, and air. Poetry is all around us. Hidden in the trauma and joys of a life lived in full witness of the events of the last few centuries on a penisula haunted by languages lost but reclaimed, hidden, yet in plain sight. Local poets read from new and old works. What does it mean to stand as witness to lost histories? How does one heal great traumas and offer…

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Miranda Popkey: Topics of Conversation

January 15, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Miranda Popkey discusses her debut novel Topics of Conversation with Rachel Khong. Praise for Topics of Conversation "An intimate evisceration of our narrow imaginings of female sexuality, a brilliantly structured character study, and a book that repeatedly asks how women can fully trust their own desires when they've grown up steeped in the wrong stories. Its narrator is as skeptical of her own self-delusive fictions as she is of the stifling cliches and shallow fantasies about women's interior lives perpetuated by the…

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Lyrics & Dirges

January 15, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Lyrics & Dirges is a monthly reading series featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area. Hosted and curated by Sharon Coleman and Mk Chavez.

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Miranda Popkey, Topics of Conversation

January 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Bookshop welcomes Santa Cruz native Miranda Popkey for a reading and signing of her searing new novel, Topics of Conversation. For readers of Rachel Cusk, Lydia Davis, and Jenny Offill—a compact tour de force about sex, violence, and self-loathing from a ferociously talented new voice in fiction. Topics of Conversation follows an unnamed female narrator from her first summer post-college to her years as a single mother in California’s Central Valley, always hungry for experience and hell bent on upending her life.…

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Wile & Wing Poetry Book Launch

January 17, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St
San Francisco , CA United States
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A poetry reading hosted by author and songwriter Kimi Sugioka. Author and songwriter Kimi Sugioka is a mesmerizing—and folkloric—figure in the Bay Area literary community. She is described as maternal, witchy, and passionate by Anne Waldman, author of Trickster Feminism. For decades, Sugioka has been involved in the Bay Area’s literary community, and was a former curator of the legendary Café Babar poetry series of the 1990s. Now, Sugioka says, poetry readings are more significant than ever in a shifting…

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Gary Snyder and Jane Hirshfield

January 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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Cosponsored by Poetry Society of America  Gary Snyder began his career in the 1950s as a noted member of the “Beat Generation,” though he has since explored a wide range of social and spiritual matters in both poetry and prose. Snyder’s work blends physical reality and precise observations of nature with inner insight received primarily through the practice of Zen Buddhism. He has been described as the “poet laureate of Deep Ecology”. Snyder is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry…

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Daniel Levitin, Successful Aging

January 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Neuroscientist and bestselling author Daniel Levitin (This Is Your Brain on Music) will join us to discuss his important new book, Successful Aging. Author of the iconic bestsellers This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind, Daniel Levitin turns his keen insights to what happens in our brains as we age, why we should think about health span, not life span, and, based on a rigorous analysis of neuroscientific evidence, what you can do to make the most of your seventies, eighties,…

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