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April 2020

Smack Dab Queer Open Mic Online!

April 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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We are giving ONLINE Smack Dab Queer & Trans Open Mic a try. Meet us on Zoom at our usual time :) Smack Dab Queer Open Mic is a free LGBTQ2SIA community event. Our slogan? “All ages, all genders, all the time.” We're the longest running Q/T Open mic in the bay and we welcome YOU to join us to share: stories, poems, a song, dance, your visual art or your latest manifesto. Want to simply join us as friends,…

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Rebecca Dinerstein Knight / Hex

April 6 @ 7:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Rebecca Dinerstein Knight (The Sunlit Night) for her new novel Hex. Please join us! Nell Barber, an expelled PhD candidate in biological science, is exploring the fine line between poison and antidote, working alone to set a speed record for the detoxification of poisonous plants. Her mentor, Dr. Joan Kallas, is the hero of Nell's heart. Nell frequently finds herself standing in the doorway to Joan's office despite herself, mesmerized by Joan's elegance, success, and spiritual force. Surrounded by Nell's ex,…

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D. A. Powell and Paola Capó-García

April 6 @ 7:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, 94704
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Paola Capó-García is the author of CLAP FOR ME THAT’S NOT ME (Rescue Press, 2018), selected by D.A. Powell as the winner of Rescue Press' 2017 Black Box Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Volta, Puerto Rico en mi corazón, Latino Book Review, jubilat, Poetry Society of America, Academy of American Poets, and others. Originally from San Juan, PR, she now lives in San Diego, CA, where she teaches 12th grade English. D. A. Powell's books include Useless…

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Malcolm Harris – – Shit is Fucked Up and Bullshit w/Robin Sloane

April 6 @ 7:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome Malcolm Harristo read from his new book, Shit is Fucked Up and Bullshit on Tuesday, April 7th at 7pm. He will be joined in conversation by Robin Sloane. From the writer hailed for giving voice to a generation in Kids These Days comes a bold rejection of a society in which inequality, student debt, and exploitation have come to define our lives Our economic situation, political discourse, and future prospects have gotten much…

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Escape From Quarantine Reading – a weekly online thing

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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a weekly digital gathering and poetry reading. join our weekly zoom chat to meet with friends without having to leave your house. this is a space to just talk about what's going on and how we feel about it and also share our work. Topic: escape from quarantine reading Time: Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Mon, until May 4, 2020, 7 occurrence(s) Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Mar 30, 2020 07:00 PM…

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MFA Alumni Reading Featuring mai c. doan & Aiden Thomas

April 7 @ 5:30 pm
Mills Hall Living Room, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland , CA 94613 United States
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Reception at 5:15 pm for newly admitted Mills graduate students, followed by readings. mai c. doan is poet and writer from Southern California. Her first full-length collection, water/tongue, was published by Omnidawn in 2019. She has published and performed her work though the National Queer Arts Festival, RADAR Productions, Entropy Magazine, Mixed Up!: A Zine about Mixed Race Queer and Feminist Experience, and more. She holds an MFA from Mills College, where she attended as a Community Engagement Fellow. Aiden Thomas…

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Benicia First Tuesday Poets

April 7 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Benicia Public Library, 150 East L St.
Benicia, 94510
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Benicia First Tuesday Poets

Benicia Public Library in the Dona Benicia Room. Hosted by Benicia Poet Laureate Tom Stanton. Mystery Poet followed by open mic! Founded in 2003.

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Ellen Bass, Indigo at Bookshop Santa Cruz

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Indigo merges elegy and praise poem in an exploration of life's complex grey areas. Whether her subject is oysters, high heels, a pork chop, a beloved dog, or a wife's return to health, Bass pulls us in with exquisite immediacy. Her lush and precisely observed descriptions allow us to feel the sheer primal pleasure of being alive in our own "succulent skin," the pleasure of the gifts of hunger, desire, touch. In this book, joy meets regret, devotion meets dependence, and…

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Litquake on Lockdown: ZYZZYVA’s 35th Anniversary Issue Release

April 7 @ 7:00 pm
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Celebrate ZYZZYVA's 35th anniversary issue, to be released in early April, with contributors from the issue which includes such authors and writers as Bryan Washington, Lauren Markham, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Kristen Iskandrian, Lysley Tenorio, Dave Madden, Peter Orner, Meg Hurtado Bloom, and many others. All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org! Livestream link to be posted the morning of!

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C Pam Zhang: How Much of These Hills is Gold

April 7 @ 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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C Pam Zhang discusses her debut novel How Much of These Hills is Gold. Praise for How Much of These Hills is Gold "C Pam Zhang's debut is ferocious, dark and gleaming, a book erupting out of the interstices between myth and dream, between longing and belonging. How Much of These Hills Is Gold tells us that stories--like people, like the rough and stunning landscape of California itself--are constantly in the process of being made, broken, and finally remade into something tender and…

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Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman in Conversation

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free – $100
Ayelet Waldman & Michael Chabon

A fundraiser for Pegasus Books About this Event It's a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we're raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business. First up: Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon in conversation, including a Q&A. Ayelet Waldman is the author of the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. Plus the memoir A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made…

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Mari Coates with Peg Alford Pursell / Launch for The Pelton Papers

April 8 @ 7:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts the launch party for Mari Coates and her new novel The Pelton Papers. She'll be in conversation with Peg Alford Pursell (A Girl Goes into the Forest). Join us! A richly imagined novel based on the life of artist Agnes Pelton, whose life tracks the early days of modernism in America. Born into a family ruined by scandal, Agnes becomes part of the lively New York art scene, finding early success in the famous Armory Show of 1913. Fame seems…

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Robert Williams at City Lights Books

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Robert Williams: The Father of Exponential Imagination published by Fantagraphics Robert Williams: The Father of Exponential Imagination is a comprehensive, career-spanning collection of the iconic painter's fine art, including over 300 oil paintings as well as drawings, sculptures, and more. Simply put, this is the definitive volume that Williams has been working towards his entire career. In the late 20th and early 21st century, diverse forms of commonplace and popular art appeared to be coalescing into a formidable faction of new…

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Litquake on Lockdown: We All Want to Change the World

April 8 @ 7:00 pm
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Fiction writers are often told – by teachers, editors, and agents – that politics and literature don’t mix. But in these times of political polarization and dissatisfaction, many writers are reconsidering this conventional wisdom. How can ambitious writers find a space to explore the matters of life and death, wealth and poverty, war and governance, that affect us all? How should art respond to the terrors of modern life? Join five accomplished writers as they share work that has grappled…

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Lyrics & Dirges: Ether Edition #2

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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This week Lyrics & Dirges Ether Edition features Maw Shein Win, Vernon Keeve III, and Amanda Moore Learn about our readers by visiting their bio posts Lyrics & Dirges is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Time: Apr 8, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/161450681 Meeting ID: 161 450 681 One tap mobile +17207072699,,161450681# US (Denver) +13462487799,,161450681# US (Houston) Dial by your location +1 720 707 2699 US (Denver) +1 346 248 7799…

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Kathy Valentine: All I Ever Wanted

April 8 @ 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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Kathy Valentine, bassist for The Go-Go's, discusses her new memoir All I Ever Wanted. About All I Ever Wanted Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine’s story is a roller coaster of sex, drugs, and of course, music; it’s also a story of what it takes to find success and find yourself, even when it all comes crashing down. At twenty-one, Kathy Valentine was at the Whisky in Los Angeles when she met a guitarist from a fledgling band called the Go-Go’s—and the band…

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Melville House @ City Lights

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Melville House Publishers is celebrated by City Lights! Three authors with recently released books join us for an evening of spirited discussion Malcolm Harris in conversation with Curtis White, moderated by Jenny Odell Malcolm Harris celebrates the release of SHIT IS FUCKED UP AND BULLSHIT: History Since the End of History  Curtis White celebrates the release of Living in a World that Can't Be Fixed: Reimagining Counterculture Today Jenny Odell is the author of How to Do Nothing ----------------- about Shit Is Fucked Up and Bullshit: History…

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Susan Briante and Valyntina Grenier at Wolfman Books

April 9 @ 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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Briante and Grenier Take Heart and Deface the Monument at Wolfman.   ABOUT OUR BOOKS: "Fever Dream / Take Heart is a doubled poetry book. Two chapbooks have been produced in a flip-book format . Bound in the tête-bêche style, Fever Dream and Take Heart provide two forays through this poet's feverishly delicious style. Lifting off from nature, Grenier leaps intuitively between images that comment on humanity's impact on the climate, corrosive politics, and all that is ferociously feminine. Leap…

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Poetry Center Book Award Reading: Ashley Toliver and Jason Bayani, reading and in conversation

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA 94132 United States
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Join us for this reading by Poetry Center Book Award winner Ashley Toliver, for her work Spectra (Coffee House Press, 2018). She'll be joined by award judge Jason Bayani, reading and in conversation. Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, this event is free and open to the public. Ashley Toliver’s Spectra is an immensely moving work. Its three-act structure entrenches within the violent friction between nature and manmade forms and between nature and the human body. Under Toliver’s…

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Litquake on Lockdown: Bring the World into Your Home with World Editions

April 9 @ 7:00 pm
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Let's connect our global literary community in a time of closed borders. Hear World Editions authors read from their works, discuss the current situation in their countries, and talk about what books mean to them during Covid-19. All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org! Livestream link to be posted the morning of!

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National Poetry Month: Stegner Fellows Reading + Happy Hour!

April 10 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Ruby, 23rd and bryant street
san francisco, 94110
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Join us for a special Ruby happy hour in honor of National Poetry Month featuring readings by Monica Sok, Safia Elfhillo, Claire Meuschke, and Taneum Bambrick; all current Stegner fellows at Stanford University. Drinks and bites served at 5:30pm followed by performances! About the poets: Monica Sok is a Cambodian American poet and the daughter of former refugees. She is the author of A Nail the Evening Hangs On (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). Her work has been recognized with a…

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National Poetry Month: Stegner Fellows VIRTUAL Reading

April 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Stegner Poets for The Ruby

Join us for a special VIRTUAL Ruby gathering in honor of National Poetry Month featuring readings by Monica Sok, Safia Elfhillo, Claire Meuschke, and Taneum Bambrick; all current Stegner fellows at Stanford University. About the poets: Monica Sok is a Cambodian American poet and the daughter of former refugees. She is the author of A Nail the Evening Hangs On (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). Her work has been recognized with a "Discovery" Prize from 92Y. She has received fellowships from Poetry Society…

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Litquake on Lockdown: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times

April 10 @ 7:00 pm
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Hear from the writers of Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times as they read briefly from their contribution and engage in conversation about what's changed, what hasn't, how we weather what we're facing not only politically but also culturally, personally, artistically, and as communities who affirm our connections to each other. All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org! Livestream link to be posted the morning of! Speakers Alicia Garza Alicia Garza is…

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Joanne McNeil: Lurking: How a Person Became a User

April 10 @ 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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Joanne McNeil discusses her new book Lurking: How A Person Became a User with Jenny Odell. Praise for Lurking “The internet isn’t ‘out there’ somewhere; it’s coextensive with the brain of any writer who’d be worth reading on the subject. In Lurking, Joanne McNeil writes as an internet ‘supertaster,’ a veteran of more platforms and forums and flame wars and start-ups than most of us could ever imagine. She employs a trees-not-forest style, immersing herself in the paradoxes, and reinscribing her body at…

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Author Event /// Arroz con Pollo and Apple Pie: Raising Bicultural Children

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Author Event with Maritere R. Bellas //// Parenting Expert Topic - Bilingualism, Biculturalism, Multiculturalism & Award-Winning Author, Influencer, Speaker, Podcast Host, Features Writer

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Dana Gioia and Phillis Levin

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed poet and writer. Former California Poet laureate and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia was born in Los Angeles of Italian and Mexican descent. The first person in his family to attend college, he received a B.A. and M.B.A. from Stanford and an M.A. from Harvard in Comparative Literature. For fifteen years he worked as a businessman before quitting at forty-one to become a full-time writer. Gioia has published five full-length…

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Escape From Quarantine Reading – a weekly online thing

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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a weekly digital gathering and poetry reading. join our weekly zoom chat to meet with friends without having to leave your house. this is a space to just talk about what's going on and how we feel about it and also share our work. Topic: escape from quarantine reading Time: Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Mon, until May 4, 2020, 7 occurrence(s) Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Mar 30, 2020 07:00 PM…

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Poetry Santa Cruz: Molly Fisk, Fire and Rain at Bookshop Santa Cruz

April 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Join Poetry Santa Cruz at Bookshop Santa Cruz for a poetry reading featuring local poets and authors. This month's event will feature Molly Fisk, editor of a new anthology of recent topical poetry by Californian authors titled "Fire and Rain", as well as several of the book's poets. Poetry Santa Cruz is dedicated to nurturing the poetry community and bringing poetry to the larger community in Santa Cruz County. They present poetry readings at Bookshop Santa Cruz and other locations in Santa…

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Bonnie Tsui: Why We Swim

April 14 @ 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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Bonnie Tsui discusses her new book, Why We Swim, with Caroline Paul. Praise for Why We Swim  “A beautifully written love letter to water and a fascinating story. I was enchanted.”–Rebecca Skloot, bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks “The only thing better than reading Bonnie Tsui’s writing about swimming is swimming itself—and both are sublime. Why We Swim is an aquatic tour de force, a captivating story filled with adventure, meditation, and celebration.”– Susan Casey, New York Times bestselling author of The Wave and Voices…

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Roshani Chokshi: Aru Shah and the End of Time

April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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 Rick Riordan Presents (dedicated to providing entertaining middle grade fiction based on various world mythologies) with Aru Shah and the End of Time, written by best-selling author Roshani Chokshi. It delves into Hindu mythology and is described as a mix of Riordan’s own Percy Jackson series and the Sailor Moon franchise. It’s an imaginative novel that puts girl power and diverse protagonists front and center. . “Have you ever read a book and thought, Wow, I wish I’d written that!?”…

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