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February 2019

The Poetry Center presents a solo reading and conversation with Annie Finch

February 18 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA 94132 United States
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4:30pm The Poetry Center presents a solo reading and conversation with Annie Finch at The Poetry Center San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Avenue San Francisco free

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Jan Steckel at Poetry Express

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Jan Steckel will read from her new poetry book Like Flesh Covers Bone at Poetry Express, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, with open mic.

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David Marriott

February 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mills Hall Living Room, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland , CA 94613 United States
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Tuesday February 19, 2019 | 5:30 pm | Mills Hall Living Room David Marriott is originally from the UK, but now lives in Oakland, California. His most recent book of poetry is Duppies, a collection that mixes the tonality of lyric poetry with the aggression, grit, and speed of grime, London’s street music. Marriott’s other books of poetry include Hoodoo Voodoo and In Neuter. His book Whither Fanon? Studies in the Blackness of Being is forthcoming from Stanford University in June. A leading theorist of afro-pessimism,…

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Ayesha Harruna Attah

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from The Hundred Wells of Salaga: A Novel published by Other Press Based on true events, a story of courage, forgiveness, love, and freedom in precolonial Ghana, told through the eyes of two women born to vastly different fates. Aminah lives an idyllic life until she is brutally separated from her home and forced on a journey that transforms her from a daydreamer into a resilient woman. Wurche, the willful daughter of a chief, is desperate to play an…

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Sandy Allen in conversation with Rahawa Haile – – A Kind of Miraculous Paradise

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Sandy Allen to discuss A Kind of Miraculous Paradise, on Tuesday, February 19th at 7pm. She will joined in conversation by friend of the store Rahawa Haile. Sandra Allen did not know their uncle Bob very well. As a child, Sandy had been told Bob was “crazy,” that he had spent time in mental hospitals while growing up in Berkeley in the 60s and 70s. But Bob had lived a hermetic life in a remote part of California for longer than…

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Dani Shapiro

February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Inheritance

Dani Shapiro returns to Mrs. Dalloway's to present Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love. "Identity is frail business, and in her searing story, Dani Shapiro makes the most disquieting discovery: that everything, from her lineage, to her father, down to her very own sense of self is an astounding error. How do we live with ourselves after finding we are not who we thought we were? The answer is not disquieting. It is beautiful."--Andre Aciman, author of Call Me by…

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Poetry at Pegasus: GennaRose Nethercott and Miriam Bird Greenberg

February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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The Lumberjack's Dove

GennaRose Nethercott’s book The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins) was selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series for 2017. She is also the lyricist behind the narrative song collection Modern Ballads, and is a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellow. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies including The Massachusetts Review, The Offing, and PANK, has she been a writer-in-residence at the Shakespeare & Company bookstore, Art Farm Nebraska, and The Vermont Studio Center, among others. A born Vermonter, she tours nationally and…

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GennaRose Nethercott and Miriam Bird Greenberg

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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The Lumberjack's Dove

GennaRose Nethercott discusses her new collection, The Lumberjack's Dove with Miriam Bird Greenberg. Also featuring live shadow puppetry!   “Serious art does not need to be weighty or explicitly topical. It can be, as it is here, apparently as light as a feather: The Lumberjack’s Dove is, in its manner, a folktale; it is also a meditation on attachment, on loss, on transformation. Like its less humble relatives, myth and parable, it is pithy, magical, its many insights, its cautions and clarifications, unfolding…

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Alan Brennert

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Daughter of Molokai

reads from Daughter of Moloka'i, the sequel to his bestselling Moloka'i.

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Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Lyrics & Dirges features 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. Reading in February: Jenny Qi is a writer and scientist. Her essays and poems are published or forthcoming in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Rattle, ZYZZYVA, BLR, Atticus Review, and elsewhere. Her poems have been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of…

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Meet Author Jasmine Guillory

February 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Oakland Public Library – Main Branch, 125 - 14th Street
Oakland, 94612
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Meet Jasmine Guillory, a writer, lawyer and Oaklander who has earned enthusiastic praise for her recent novels The Wedding Date and The Proposal. New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay called The Wedding Date “a charming, warm, sexy gem of a novel.” Entertainment Weekly gushed “Guillory writes with the fizzy effervescence of a glass of champagne, and the entire book goes down just as easily (and quickly). The Wedding Date starts out as a fling, but it makes us want…

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Chloe Aridjis

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from Sea Monsters: A Novel published by Catapult Press Pulsing to the soundtrack of Joy Division, Nick Cave, and Siouxsie and the Banshees, an intoxicating portrait of Mexico in the late 1980s by this brilliant Guggenheim fellow and Prix du Premier Roman Étranger–winning author. One autumn afternoon in Mexico City, seventeen-year-old Luisa does not return home from school. Instead, she boards a bus to the Pacific coast with Tomás, a boy she barely knows. He seems to represent everything…

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Poetry Center Book Award Reading: Lauren Levin and Melissa Mack, reading and in conversation

February 21 @ 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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Thursday, February 21 - 7:00 pm The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University I eat crumbs out of the baby's neck I'm glad there are no great poems by women I'm glad there are no great poems by Jews I'm glad there are no great poems about motherhood I'm glad no great poems have ever been written. —Lauren Levin, from The Braid The Poetry Center presents Poetry Center Book Award winner Lauren Levin, author of The Braid, (Krupskaya Books), together with award judge Melissa…

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Marina Mularz

February 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Welcome to Freedom Point

Marina Mularz discusses her new story collection, Welcome to Freedom Point. Praise for Welcome to Freedom Point "Fresh, witty, delightfully weird, Welcome to Freedom Point is equally infused with quirky charm, youthful energy, and the palpable sense of age-old loneliness that can sneak up and gut you. A collection of deeply human contradictions."-- GINA FRANGELLO Author of A Life in Men and Every Kind of Wanting About Welcome to Freedom Point It's all happening in the small town of Freedom Point, Wisconsin Karlee Starr explores the rhythms of…

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Fourth Friday Formal: George Higgins and Charlotte Innes

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Avenue
Albany, CA 94706
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Oakland poet and actor, George Higgins, is a Cave Canem Fellow whose poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Pleiades, Nimrod, and others. About his collection There, There, Joan Aleshire wrote, “…this book deepens our knowledge of how to live in the world,” and Dan Tobin wrote, “…these are poems of ‘perfect contact’ in which the soul inevitably ascends, even if it’s through a kill hole in the skull.”  Charlotte Innes has had poems appear in The Hudson Review, The…

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George Higgins & Charlotte Innes

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Avenue
Albany, CA 94706
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George Higgins is an Oakland poet and actor. About his first book There, There (White Violet Press, 2013), Joan Aleshire wrote, “this book deepens our knowledge of how to live in the world,” and Dan Tobin wrote, “these are poems of ‘perfect contact’ in which the soul inevitably ascends, even if it’s through a kill hole in the skull. There, There is an auspicious debut.”  His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry (selected by Yusef Komunyakaa), Pleiades, Nimrod, Poetry Flash, Salamander, and Fugue, among others. He has an MFA from Warren Wilson…

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THERE 28

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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THERE 28  will be Friday, February 22, 2019, featuring brilliant Oakland memoirist Faith Adiele, equally amazing memoirist Reyna Grande, and poet MK Chavez, also of Oakland. Musical guests TBA. THERE was featured prominently in the San Francisco Chronicle! THERE (THe Eastbay Reading Extravaganza) is a reading series showcasing emerging and established writers from Oakland and Berkeley, with the occasional San Franciscan. Doug hosts it on the (usually) third Friday of each month at Octopus Literary Salon in Uptown Oakland. It also features a live original musical performance by…

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Clearly Meant presents James Cagney

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Claremont Branch, Berkeley Public Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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James Cagney is a poet from Oakland. He has performed in venues and museums throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. His first book, Black Steel Magnolias In The Hour of Chaos Theory, is available from Oakland's own Nomadic Press. James will read his poems, then sit for an interview; audience discussion will follow the interview. A month before the reading a free chapbook of James Cagney's poems will be available at all BPL branches

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Bay Area Chinese Writers Discuss their Writing

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, 100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA, 94102
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More than ten Chinese writers from the Bay Area will talk about their passion for literature and how and why they write. They will give tips on how to finish a book and share interesting stories from their writing journeys. The talk will be followed by Q&A, book signing, and refreshments provided by the writers. The program will be conducted in Mandarin.   Main Library Latino/Hispanic Community Room A/B

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Christie Aschwanden / Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery

February 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts a special afternoon event with acclaimed FiveThirtyEight science writer Christie Aschwanden for her new book Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery. More information to be announced -- please save the date and join us!   In recent years recovery has become a sports and fitness buzzword. Anyone who works out or competes at any level is bombarded with the latest recovery products and services: from drinks and shakes to compression sleeves, foam rollers,…

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Rebecca Gomez Farrell at Alameda Authors Series 3

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Alameda Free Library, Stafford Room, 1550 Oak Street
Alameda, ca 94501
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For the third year, AAUW Alameda presents a spring series of talks featuring authors who live and write in Alameda and nearby, now co-sponsored by the Friends of the Alameda Free Library. Our February author Rebecca Gomez Farrell will discuss her novel Wings Unseen and her current writing projects. Biography Rebecca Gomez Farrell writes all the speculative fiction genres she can conjure up. Her first fantasy novel, Wings Unseen, debuted in August 2017 from Meerkat Press. You can find her short stories…

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SPANISH LANGUAGE BOOK CLUB Meeting

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Please join us for a lively discussion about “Patricia sigue Aqui” by Maria Minguez Arias. For more information about the bookclub please contact J. Iranyi <iranyi@me.com>   Posted in BOOK CLUB

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Maxine Gordon on the life and legacy of Jazz legend Dexter Gordon

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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celebrating the release of Sophisticated Giant:The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon by Maxine Gordon (Author), Farah Jasmine Griffin (Foreword), Woody Louis Armstrong Shaw III (Afterword) published by University of California Press Sophisticated Giant presents the life and legacy of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923–1990), one of the major innovators of modern jazz. In a context of biography, history, and memoir, Maxine Gordon has completed the book that her late husband began, weaving his "solo" turns with her voice and a chorus of voices from past and…

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Mikhail Iossel w/ Matthew Zapruder – – Notes from Cyberground

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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Tuesday, February 26 7:00pm EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Mikhail Iossel to discuss his new new book Notes From Cyberground: Trumpland and My Old Soviet Feeling, on Tuesday, February 26th at 7pm. He will be in conversation with Matthew Zapruder. America under Donald Trump. Russia under Vladimir Putin. Many have ridiculed them. None have done so with such scathing wit as Mikhail Iossel. From a youth spent in the USSR to a life remade in the USA, Iossel shares the brunt of this experience on Facebook,…

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Nona Caspers and Friends

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center of San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St. San Francisco,
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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Nona Caspers

Join us to celebrate Nona Caspers' latest book, the novel, The Fifth Woman. Publisher’s Weekly said, “This gem of a collection is a transcendent portrayal of bereavement, showing how death elevates the mundane and affects everything humans do, see and think.” The San Francisco Chronicle called the book “… mesmerizing, moving…” Years after Caspers's unnamed narrator loses her first lover in a tragic accident, she finds herself wondering, "What did she want from me? What are the things that matter?"…

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