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October 2018

MARY: A Journal of New Writing

October 5 @ 8:00 am - November 7 @ 8:00 am

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Afternoon Craft Conversation and Panel with Irish Poets

October 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saint Mary’s College of California, 1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575 United States
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 -  1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. LOCATION: Saint Mary's College Museum of Art, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94575 View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: One of the most politically charged acts a people can do is read and write for themselves. Visiting Irish writers, including Leanne O'Sullivan, will share one poem and their ruminations on a panel that explores the displays of power and violence in myth and beyond it.  In this conversation, O'Sullivan will explicitly respond…

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Creative Writing Reading Series Welcomes Tongo Eisen-Martin

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hagerty Lounge, SMC, 1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga , CA 94575 United States
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 -  7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. LOCATION: De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94575 View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, educator, and movement worker. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His poetry has been published in Harper's and the New York Times magazines.  His…

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In Situ: Guy Debord, Raoul Vaneigem, and the Situationist Moment

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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with Donald Nicholson Smith with Anselm Jappe on the occasion of the release by PM Press of Guy Debord - by Anselm Jappe Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith • Foreword by T.J. Clark & Letters to My Children and the Children of the World to Come - by Raoul Vaneigem Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith about Guy Debord: This is the first and best intellectual biography of Guy Debord, prime mover of the Situationist International (1957–1972) and author of The Society of the Spectacle , perhaps the seminal…

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William E. Glassley presents “A Wilder Time”

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Bill Glassley returns to Bird & Beckett to present his newly published book, A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice (Bellevue Literary Press, 2018). In A Wilder Time, Glassley, a surfer turned geologist at the University of California at Davis and an emeritus researcher at Aarhus University, Denmark, retraces his several expeditions to Greenland alongside Danish colleagues Kai Sorensen and John Korstgard in this thoughtful volume about how his scientific work shifted his perspective on…

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BINDERY: Kiese Laymon / Heavy: An American Memoir

October 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Kiese Laymon for his new book Heavy: An American Memoir. More details coming soon, but save the date and join us!   In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.   Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect…

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

October 25 @ 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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Betsy Mason presents All Over the Map

October 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Thursday, October 25, 7:30pm Pegasus Books Downtown Betsy Masons presents All Over the Map: A Cartographic Oddysey.  Created for map lovers by map lovers, this rich book explores the intriguing stories behind maps across history and illuminates how the art of cartography thrives today. ABOUT ALL OVER THE MAP In this visually stunning book, award-winning journalists Betsy Mason and Greg Miller–authors of the National Geographic cartography blog “All Over the Map”–explore the intriguing stories behind maps from a wide variety of cultures,…

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M. NourbeSe Philip: the Leslie Scalapino 21st Century Innovative Writers Series

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McRoskey Mattress Company, Inc, 1687 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Owing to a generous gift from the Leslie Scalapino-O Books Fund, The Poetry Center very happily presents renowned poet, essayist, novelist and dramatist M. NourbeSe Philip, appearing as the first featured writer in our newly-launched Leslie Scalapino 21st Century Innovative Writers Series. Ms. Philip will read from her work, in the 3rd Floor loft space at McRoskey Mattress Co., on Market Street (at Gough), and respond to questions from the audience. This event is co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and The Green…

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Renowned Afro-Canadian Poet, Writer, Lawyer M. NourbeSe Philip Appears at McRoskey Mattress Company

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McRoskey Mattress Company, Inc, 1687 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Owing to a generous gift from the Leslie Scalapino-O Books Fund, The Poetry Center very happily presents renowned poet, essayist, novelist and dramatist M. NourbeSe Philip, appearing as the first featured writer in the newly-launched Leslie Scalapino 21st Century Innovative Writers Series. Ms. Philip will read from her work and will respond to questions from the audience. This event is co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade, and is hosted by the McRoskey Mattress Co. M. NourbeSe Philip,…

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Poetry Flash

October 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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More Info To Come       Event date: Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 3:00pm Event address: East Bay Booksellers 5433 College Avenue Oakland, CA 94618

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The Heart of the Goddess: Art, Myth and Meditations on the World’s Sacred Feminine

October 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Book Passage Corte Madera, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925 United States
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From the Ice Age to the present, from Nigeria to Hawaii, images of the Goddess are reemerging, bringing renewed attention and expression to mythical and spiritual inner and outer guides. The Heart of the Goddess presents a worldwide selection of the art, values, and living lessons of Goddess culture. To author Hallie Iglehart Austen, respect for the Earth, restoration of community, and regaining the long lost power of Woman are inseparable. Through the presence of the Goddess in daily life, the…

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Toward a Calculus of Transgression: Appreciating Jean Patrick-Manchette

October 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Presented by City Lights Booksellers in conjunction with New York Review Books Donald Nicholson-Smith and James Brook discuss the life and work of the seminal genre-bending writer celebrating the recent release of Ivory Pearl by Jean-Patrick Manchette published by New York Review Books Jean-Patrick Manchette (1942–1995) was a genre-redefining French crime novelist, screenwriter, critic, and translator. Born in Marseille to a family of relatively modest means, Manchette grew up in a southwestern suburb of Paris, where he wrote from an early age. While a student…

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Odd Mondays “Central America: Why the Surge in Asylum Seekers?”

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Folio Books, 3957 24th St
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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We have all seen the horrific recent images of children separated from parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and heard stories of people from Central American countries seeking asylum in the U.S. because of dangerous conditions back home. But what are those conditions and why have so many asylum seekers been coming of late? Activist Trebor Healey, Professor Susanne Jonas, and journalist Mary Jo McConahay will discuss this topic and read a bit of their writing on the issue Monday, October…

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BOOKSMITH: Anne-Marie Kinney / Coldwater Canyon

October 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts Los Angeles-based Anne-Marie Kinney (Radio Iris) for her new novel Colwater Canyon. More details to be announced -- please save the date and join us!   Shep has been dealt a bad hand in life. Halfheartedly raised by a cold grandmother and chronically ill following his deployment in Desert Storm, he self-medicates with alcohol and daydreams of salvation at the hands of women—ultimately landing on one woman in particular: Lila, the young actress he believes is his daughter despite all evidence…

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Juliana Spahr

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing the subject of her new book Du Bois's Telegram : Literary Resistance and State Containment published by Harvard U. Press In 1956 W. E. B. Du Bois was denied a passport to attend the Présence Africaine Congress of Black Writers and Artists in Paris. So he sent the assembled a telegram. "Any Negro-American who travels abroad today must either not discuss race conditions in the United States or say the sort of thing which our State Department wishes the…

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Jasmine Guillory – THE PROPOSAL

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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Event date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 7:00pm Event address: East Bay Booksellers 5433 College Avenue Oakland, CA 94618

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Poets Wendy Trevino and Melissa Merin

October 30 @ 7:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Wendy Trevino was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. She lives in San Francisco, where she shares an apartment with her boyfriend, friend & two senior cats. She has published chapbooks with Perfect Lovers Press, Commune Editions and Krupskaya Books. Brazilian no es una raza - a bilingual edition of the chapbook she published with Commune Editions - was published by the feminist Mexican press Enjambre Literario in July 2018. Her first book-length collection of…

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Kim Adrian discusses her new memoir, The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet with Amy Wallen

October 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Kim Adrian discusses her new memoir, The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet with Amy Wallen. Praise for The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet “A stunning merger of form and content; a remarkable portrait-becomes-self-portrait; andsomething like a master class in complicity.”—David Shields, author of Reality Hunger “The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet is a revelation. By structuring the book in the unconventional form of a glossary, Adrian allows the reader into the very intimate mechanics of her memory. Each page I read pulled me…

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November 2018

Tyehimba Jess

November 1 @ 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.  It was also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Jean Stein Book Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.  Leadbelly was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series and named one of the…

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great weather for MEDIA Book Party & Open Mic

November 1 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Celebrate the publication of great weather for MEDIA's latest anthology, Suitcase of Chrysanthemums and meet an indie press looking for new voices. Featuring contributors and special guests Cathyann Cusimano, Cassandra Dallett, Carol Dorf, Heikki Huotari, Kit Kennedy, and Richard Loranger, plus editors David Lawton and Jane Ormerod. We start with a short open mic. Please arrive early to sign up. Suitcase of Chrysanthemums is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and fiction from established and emerging writers across the United States and beyond. Submissions…

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Adam Hochschild

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing the subject of his new book Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays published by University of California Press In this rich collection, bestselling author Adam Hochschild has selected and updated over two dozen essays and pieces of reporting from his long career. Threaded through them all is his concern for social justice and the people who have fought for it. The articles here range from a California gun show to a Finnish prison, from a Congolese center for rape…

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Sally McGrane

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Sally McGrane Clement: Sally McGrane Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 7:00pm This event will be held at our Clement St. location. Sally McGrane discusses her new novel, Moscow at Midnight. Praise for Moscow at Midnight "Everyone's talking about Russia but this is a book that really takes you there, a crime thriller with a truly documentary eye, full of insights about Russian people, politics and culture- while never failing to intrigue and excite." —Peter Pomerantsev, author of Nothing is True and Everything is…

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9th Ave: Anita Felicelli and Peg Alford Pursell

November 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Anita Felicelli discusses her debut story collection, Love Songs for a Lost Continent with Peg Alford Pursell. Praise for Love Songs for a Lost Continent “Love Songs for a Lost Continent is an expansive, inventive meditation on the shifting landscape of identity, on how people can be shaped and reshaped by violence and power and love. Anita Felicelli has a singular eye for the moments that transfigure lives, and this tremendous debut collection announces the arrival of a stunning new voice.”– Laura van den…

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great weather for MEDIA Book Release Party

November 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Celebrate the publication of great sweather for MEDIA's latest anthology, Suitcase of Chrysanthemums and meet an indie press looking for new voices. Featuring contributors and special guests Zoë Christopher, Kit Kennedy, Calder G. Lorenz, Richard Loranger, Mary Mackey, and William Taylor Jr., plus editors David Lawton and Jane Ormerod. Suitcase of Chrysanthemums is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and fiction from established and emerging writers across the United States and beyond. Submissions for our next anthology are open until January 15 2019.

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