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September 2020

The Humanities Institute presents Margaret Atwood in conversation with Kate Schatz

September 22 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join The Humanities Institute as they present their virtual Peggy Downes Baskin Ethics Lecture featuring Margaret Atwood in conversation with UC Santa Cruz alumna and New York Times best-selling author Kate Schatz (Stevenson ‘01, creative writing). This free, live, virtual event is part of The Humanities Institute’s Deep Read Program and culminates months of in-depth programming and community engagement focused on Atwood’s latest Booker Prize–winning novel, The Testaments, a sequel to her 1985 classic, The Handmaid’s Tale. Please note, this event will not be…

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Dan Beachy-Quick: Poet discusses his new translation, Stone-Garland

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Poet, essayist, and translator Dan Beachy-Quick joins us for a conversation about his new translation of ancient Greek poetry, Stone-Garland (Milkweed Editions). This event is sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation, a San Francisco-based non-profit dedicated to finding dazzling new, overlooked, and underrepresented voices, brought into English by the best translators, and to celebrating the art of translation. About Stone-Garland Anthology. The Greek origins of the word gesture at a bouquet, a garland; "a flower-logic, a petal-theory, a blossom-word." In Stone-Garland,…

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VIRTUAL: Lucy Jane Bledsoe in conversation with Christina Quintana and Naomi J. Williams / Lava Falls

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Booksmith and The Bindery host a virtual event with Lucy Jane Bledsoe to celebrate the paperback edition of her new novel Lava Falls. She'll be in conversation with Christina Quintana (The Heart Wants) and Naomi J. Williams (Landfalls). ** Please note ** >  This event is free and all ages, but RSVP is required. >  If you'd like a copy of Lava Falls, you can purchase one here, below, or when completing your registration. We are currently offering free shipping throughout San Francisco and the East Bay. The spirited, heart-driven people who populate these…

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Barry Gifford in conversation with Rob Christopher

September 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

celebrates the release of his new book Roy's World: Stories 1973-2020 published by Seven Stories Press In a special presentation, Barry Gifford will be joined by flimmaker Rob Christopher to explore the rich landscape of his seminal Roy Stores, a tie-in to the new documentary, Roy's World: Barry Gifford's Chicago, directed by Rob Christopher narrated by Lili Taylor, Matt Dillon and Willem Dafoe, these stories comprise one of Barry Gifford's most enduring works, his homage to the gritty Chicago landscape of his…

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Tara Fickle in Conversation with Andrew Way Leong

September 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for a book talk with Tara Fickle about her new book The Race Card: From Gaming Technologies to Model Minorities and Aiiieeeee!: An Anthology of Asian American Writers (3rd Edition) in which she wrote the forward for. Hosted by Andrew Way Leong and followed by a Q&A session with the audience. --- About the book: As Pokémon Go reshaped our neighborhood geographies and the human flows of our cities, mapping the virtual onto lived realities, so too has…

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A Reading of Osip Mandelstam in English, with Ilya Bernstein

September 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Globus Books presents a reading of Osip Mandelstam's poetry in English. Mandelstam is one of the dozen luminous names in Russian poetry. Mandelstam (1891–1938) began as one of the more original poets of the Russian avant-garde before the First World War, but his extraordinary growth as a poet over the next quarter-century set him a great distance apart from almost all of his contemporaries. By the 1930s he was writing the most memorable poems in the language. In English, Mandelstam has…

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Zoom Book Launch of The Lines Between Us: Author Rebecca D’Harlingue in Conversation with Author Jill G. Hall

September 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Please join us on Thursday, September 24 at 5 PM PDT for a Zoom book launch with author Rebecca D'Harlingue discussing her new novel, THE LINES BETWEEN US, with author Jill G. Hall. Pre-registration is required for this event. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pc-6oqjwpE9xcv83NvpIf6Tp_XiOXeWba. (Registrants will receive a confirmation email with entry link from Barbara Kridl.) (Order your copy of THE LINES BETWEEN US at https://bit.ly/ggpLinesBetweenUs.) Description In 1661 Madrid, Ana is still grieving the loss of her husband when her niece, sixteen-year-old Juliana, suddenly vanishes. Ana frantically searches…

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Virtual Event: Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Marcelo Hernadez Castillo

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Join us on Thursday, September 24 at 6pm PDT when Rowan Ricardo Phillips reads from his latest collection, Living Weapon, with Marcelo Hernandez Castillo on Zoom! Zoom Login Info Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83770739482 Webinar ID: 837 7073 9482 Praise for Living Weapon "Over and again, Phillips strives—within his own poems—to chip away at an explicit definition of what exactly we mean when we say 'poetry' . . . Throughout the collection, Rowan Ricardo Phillips…

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Kerri Arsenault and John Freeman Discuss Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kerri Arsenault joins us via Crowdcast to discuss her debut book, Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains (St. Martin's Press), with poet, editor, and writer John Freeman. The pair will discuss slow violence, the need to live together, the difficulty of doing so, and why even when we find ourselves within an idyllic setting - a park or a small town -- the gremlins of humanity are already inside the keep. This event is co-sponsored by Orion Magazine and will be presented on our Crowdcast…

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Bookshop’s Independent Bookstore Day

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Independent Bookstore Day looks a little bit different this year. While we had planned to celebrate virtually alongside more than 450 other bookstores nationwide on August 29th, the devastating Santa Cruz County wildfires and the need to care for our community took prirority. We are confident in the resilience and compassion of our community and have rescheduled Bookshop's celebration of Independent Bookstore Day for Saturday, September 26th. SHOP THE EXCLUSIVE 2020 IBD ITEMS HERE. Our Independent Bookstore Day Line-Up for September 26th: Get…

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Eastwind Book Club: Exit West

September 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join Eastwind's (virtual) Book Club!This September, we will be reading Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. The book club meeting will take place via Zoom on Saturday, September 26 at 2pm PST. Register to receive the meeting link. https://exitwest.eventbrite.com Join our Book Club Facebook* group to engage in conversation throughout the month: www.tinyurl.com/ewclub Book Club members can use coupon code BOOKCLUB2020 for a 10% discount at www.asiabookcenter.com *If you do not have Facebook, please email us for Book Club updates. This…

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Joe Clifford in conversation with Jennifer Hillier – The Lakehouse (Virtual Event)

September 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

After being cleared of his wife’s murder, Todd Norman returns to her small Connecticut hometown in order to finish building their dream house by the lake. He is eager to restart his life and cast aside any remaining suspicious—but all of that is dashed when a young woman’s body washes up on the beach next door. When Tracy Somerset, divorced mother from the small town of Covenant, CT, meets a handsome stranger in a midnight Wal-Mart, she has no idea…

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Virtual Event: Andreas Karelas, Katharine Hayhoe, & Bill McKibben

September 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Presented by Beacon Press Join us on Tuesday, September 29 at 1pm PDT for the book launch of Andreas Karelas' Climate Courage: How Tackling Climate Change Can Build Community, Transform the Economy, and Bridge the Political Divide in America with special guests Katharine Hayhoe and Bill McKibben Register for the event here Andreas Karelas is joined by climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe and environmentalist Bill McKibben in a roundtable discussion on how saving our planet, our economy, and our democracy are not mutually exclusive goals. Andreas…

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[Virtual Ruby] Q&A with Brit Bennett, author of THE VANISHING HALF

September 29 @ 5:00 pm
Free

Join us for a Q&A with New York Times–bestselling author Brit Bennett! We encourage you to read The Vanishing Half before this event. Find it at local booksellers including Green Apple Books. About Brit Bennett Brit Bennett is the author of the New York Times–bestselling novel The Mothers; a finalist for the NBCC John Leonard Prize for the best first book, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award; and a National Book Foundation…

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Eileen Myles

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

eading from her new book For Now published by Yale University Press --- This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom. ---------- Event is free, but registration is required. (Click Here) to register. Link to be posted soon. Check back with…

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Perfectly Queer “A Very Gay Book Reading”

September 29 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Perfectly Queer reading series returns to host "A Very Gay Book Reading" online via Zoom Tuesday, September 29, 7pm to 8:15pm. Four Gay authors will read from brand new books: Rick May (GAY ALL YEAR), Wayne Goodman (ALL THE RIGHT PLACES), Rob Rosen (TED OF THE D'UBERVILLES), and Jim Provenzano (FINDING TULSA). The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84457652109pwd=aVJGenpUa3F5Ym11VDNwVHNtNllVZz09 This event is free. Copies of all four books are available at Dog Eared Books Castro, 489 Castro St., San Francisco or…

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Ingrid Rojas Contreras

September 30 @ 2:30 pm
Free

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her first novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree won the Silver Medal in First Fiction from the California Book Awards. Fruit of the Drunken Tree was an Indie Next selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a New York Times editor's choice. her writing as appear in the New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Buzzfeed, The Believer, Nylon, Guernica, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, the Camargo Foundation, and…

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VIRTUAL EVENT: Sy Montgomery, Becoming a Good Creature

September 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us on the Crowdcast platform for an event with National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery (Soul of an Octopus) for her new book, Becoming a Good Creature. Based on the New York Times best-selling adult memoir, Sy Montgomery and Rebecca Green's beautiful, friendly guide is for readers young and old who wish to be better creatures in the world. Go ahead, pass it on. Register for this free Crowdcast event here! This is a free event. The book may be purchased below. You can…

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Virtual Event: francine j. harris

September 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on Wenesday, September 30 at 6pm PDT when francine j. harris joins us to read from her new collection, Here is the Sweet Hand on Zoom! Zoom Login Info Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83537126052 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16699009128,,83537126052#  or +12532158782,,83537126052# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 9128  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 301 715 8592…

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Virtual Event: francine j. harris

September 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Free

Join us on Wenesday, September 30 at 6pm PDT when francine j. harris joins us to read from her new collection, Here is the Sweet Hand on Zoom! Zoom Login Info Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83537126052 Webinar ID: 835 3712 6052 Praise for Here is the Sweet Hand "Entering mid-career with her extraordinary third book, harris . . . fully emerges as one of the best and most relevant contemporary poets. She writes with a historical and linguistic…

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October 2020

Zoetrope Magazine Fall Issue Celebration

October 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

City Lights celebrates the award winning literary periodical's fall issue. Editor Michael Ray and Managing Editor Manjula Martin are joined by several contributors in an afternoon of readings and celebration. ------ This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom. ---------- Event…

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Daniel Mendelsohn Acclaimed writer discusses his new book, Three Rings, with local Chris Jennings

October 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Daniel Mendelsohn is joined in conversation by Chris Jennings to discuss his latest book, Three Rings: A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate (University of Virginia Press). This event will be streamed on our Crowdcast channel. Register here. About Three Rings In this genre-defying book, best-selling memoirist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn explores the mysterious links between the randomness of the lives we lead and the artfulness of the stories we tell. Combining memoir, biography, history, and literary criticism, Three Rings weaves together the stories of…

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Virtual Event: Yamile Saied Méndez

October 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Join us on Friday, October 2nd at 6pm PDT, when Yamile Saied Méndez dicusses her YA debut novel, Furia, on Zoom! Zoom Login Info Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82109506823 Webinar ID: 821 0950 6823 About Furia A powerful, #ownvoices contemporary YA for fans of The Poet X and I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter set in Argentina, about a rising soccer star who must put everything on the line—even her blooming love story—to follow her dreams. In Rosario, Argentina, Camila Hassan…

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Virtual Event: Aarti Namdev Shahani

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Free

Join us on Monday, October 5th at 7pm PST when Aarti Namdev Shahani discusses her memoir, Here We Are, on Zoom! Zoom Login Info Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81346922046 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16699009128,,81346922046#  or +12532158782,,81346922046# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 9128  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799…

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[Virtual Ruby] Book Launch: A Good True Thai by Sunisa Manning

October 6 @ 5:30 pm
Free

Join us for a reading and Q&A to celebrate the release of Ruby member Sunisa Manning's debut novel, A Good True Thai (Epigram Books, September 2020), hailed by Kirstin Chen, author of Bury What We Cannot Take, as "an astounding debut from a talented new voice," and a finalist for the 2020 Epigram Books Fiction Prize. Sunisa will be in conversation with Ruby member Meng Jin, author of Little Gods. The poet Monica Sok, author of A Nail the Evening…

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VIRTUAL: Rachel Brahinsky and Alexander Tarr / A People’s Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Booksmith and The Bindery host a virtual event with the authors of A People’s Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area, Rachel Brahinsky and Alexander Tarr. ** Please note ** >  This event is free and all ages, but RSVP is required. >  If you'd like a copy of A People’s Guide to San Francisco, you can purchase one here, below, or when completing your registration. We are currently offering free shipping throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. A People’s Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area looks beyond the mythologized image of…

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Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell | GGP Online Book Club

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 7 PM PDT for a GGP Online Book Club discussion of Maggie O'Farrell's new novel, HAMNET. The Zoom meeting will be at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85002634130. You can order a copy in hardcover at https://bit.ly/GGPHamnet, or in audiobook from Libro.fm, GGP's audiobook partner, at https://bit.ly/HamnetAB. August 2020 Indie Next List “I loved Hamnet in very much the same way I loved Lincoln in the Bardo. This novel explores the way the dead haunt the living—especially how the death of a child haunts their…

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Virtual Event: Kazim Ali, Gillian Conoley, and Brian Teare

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
virtual
Free

Join us on Wednesday, October 7th at 7pm PST when Kazim Ali is joined by poets Gillian Conoley and Brian Teare to celebrate his new collection, The Voice of Sheila Chandra! Zoom Login Info Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84685235176Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16699009128,,84685235176# or +12532158782,,84685235176# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1…

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Fowzia Karimi

October 8 @ 12:00 pm
Free

Fowzia Karimi is a writer, illustrator, and alumni of the Mills MFA in Creative Writing Program. As Publishers Weeklydescribes, her illuminated debut novel Above Us the Milky Way “renders a family’s wartime emigration through a polyphonic mix of voices and genres along with evocative color illustrations and photographs.” Karimi also illustratedThe Brick House by Micheline Aharonian Marcom and Vagrants & Uncommon Visitors by A. Kendra Greene. She is the recipient of The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and lives in…

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Patti Smith

October 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bay Area Book Festival in conjunction with City Lights Booksellers present Extraordinary Dreamer: Patti Smith on "Year of the Monkey" Patti Smith in an intimate evening of reading and music celebrating the paperback release of YEAR OF THE MONKEY published by Vintage Books Tickets: $35.00 (Purchase Tickets Here) This is a virtual event. Each ticket purchase includes a paperback copy of Year of the Monkey (note: we can only ship within the United States), event admission for the live event, and a…

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