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January 2020

Daniel Levitin, Successful Aging

January 20 @ 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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Caroline Goodwin, open mic

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue
Berkeley, 94703
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Poetry Express presents Caroline Goodwin in a featured poetry reading, open mic before and after featured reading, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)

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Gibby Haynes / Me and Mr. Cigar

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from his new novel Me and Mr. Cigar published by Soho Press From the wild and wonderful mind of Gibby Haynes—world famous Butthole Surfers front man/lyricist and self-proclaimed eternal Texan adolescent—comes the surreal tale of seventeen-year-old Oscar Lester and his trusted dog, Mr. Cigar. Oscar and his dog have made a pretty good life for themselves, despite the fact that Oscar's family has all but vanished—his father is dead; his mother has a new boyfriend. His older sister, Rachel,…

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Bikes to Books Winter Beer Social

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bender’s Bar and Grill, 806 So. Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, 94110
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Join Nicole Gluckstern and Burrito Justice, the creators of literary bicycle tour “Bikes to Books,” for an evening of socializing, beer drinking, and map chat—the first of a series of “Bikes to Books” events and meetups planned for 2020. Bicyclists, book-ists, beer-ists, urbanists, history buffs, transit nerds, and (honestly) anyone else are welcome! Begun as an homage to the 1988 naming of 12 streets for artists and authors who’d once called San Francisco their home, this collaboration between arts journalist…

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David Talbot / Between Heaven and Hell

January 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Acclaimed writer, bestselling author, and founder of Salon magazine, David Talbot has brought us masterful and explosive headline-breaking stories for over 25 years with books like the New York Times bestsellers Brothers, The Devil's Chessboard, and nationally recognized Season of the Witch. Now for the first time, journalist and historian David Talbot turns inward in this intimate journey through the life-changing year following his stroke, a year that turned his life upside down, and ultimately, saved him. In his signature voice and with powerful storytelling,…

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Ian Haney López

January 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kehilla Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave.
Piedmont, CA 94610 United States
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presens Merge Left:Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America. "The book for anyone interested in cross-racial solidarity on behalf of racial and economic justice for all!"--Jane Fonda Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 7:30pm In 2014, Ian Haney López in Dog Whistle Politics named and explained the coded racial appeals exploited by right-wing politicians over the last half century--and thereby anticipated the 2016 presidential election. Now the country is heading into what will surely be one of the most consequential elections ever,…

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Tom Lutz: Born Slippy

January 23 @ 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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Tom Lutz discusses his new novel, Born Slippy. Praise for Born Slippy "A highly literary and always engaging 21st century noir... Born Slippy confronts contemporary questions about the relativity of evil that no one can dodge."— Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick and After Kathy Acker. "Lutz has the seven deadly sins nailed and rethought for our 2020 world. You’ve got to dig this book!" — James Ellroy "What a pleasure, to sink under the comedic spell of Tom Lutz’s debut novel! The perfect book for a dreary…

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Our Voices Our Stories SF presents Ingrid Rojas Contreras

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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Ingrid Rojas Contreras will join OVOSSF founder Lisa D. Gray in a conversation about her novel Conteras' novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree. About OVOSsf Our Voices, Our Stories SF began in 2014 with 16 amazing writers and four engaging book chats one of which featured Natalie Bazile of Queen Sugar Fame and the legendary Eunetta Boone, the first black woman showrunner on the Disney Channel. We bring you high-quality authors eager to share and discuss their work. The evening…

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Saturday Night Special presents: Out of the Dark

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Nick’s Lounge, 3218 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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flier for SNS - Out of the Dark

Welcome back! I'm excited to see my SNS family following our annual holiday hiatus, for our first reading of 2020. Our January theme (suggested by Lisa Martinovic) is "Out of the Dark" and it can't come soon enough. Whether it's the dark of winter you're tired of, politics, ennui, a mono-chromatic fashion sense, the cave of your own dirty mouth, or something darker you're exiting, this month we'll explore emergence—wake up from your long sleep; unfold your wings; turn on…

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Silent Book Club SF

January 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Bring a book, bring a friend, and join Silent Book Club for an afternoon of reading! At Silent Book Club, there's no assigned reading. All books and all ages are welcome. We'll kick off introvert happy hour at 4pm with some light chatter and informal book recommendations before settling in to read quietly, but if you'd rather just pull up a chair and read, by all means do so. No one will be shushed or shamed. The bar will be open for late afternoon libations. Happy reading…

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Anna Wiener: Uncanny Valley

January 27 @ 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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Anna Wiener discusses her new memoir Uncanny Valley. Praise for Uncanny Valley "I've never read anything like Uncanny Valley, which is both a searching bird's-eye study of an industry and a generation, as well as an intimate, microscopic portrait of ambition and hope and dread. Anna Wiener writes about the promise and the decay of Silicon Valley with the impossibly pleasurable combination of a precise, razored intellect and a soft, incandescent heart. Her memoir is diagnostic and exhilarating, a definitive document of a world in transition: I…

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Andre Perry / Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from his new book Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now: a collection of essays published by 2 Dollar Radio With luminous insight and fervent prose, Andre Perry's debut collection of personal essays, Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now, travels from Washington DC to Iowa City to Hong Kong in search of both individual and national identity. While displaying tenderness and a disarming honesty, Perry catalogs racial degradations committed on the campuses of elite universities and liberal bastions like…

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Peggy Orenstein, Boys & Sex

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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front cover of Boys & Sex

This is an advanced event listing. Please check back for updated information, or sign up for our events emails. This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins. If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please email info@bookshopsantacruz.com by January 26th. The author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestsellers Girls & Sex and Cinderella Ate My Daughter now turns her focus to the sexual lives of young men, once again offering "both…

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Bob Perelman, Norman Fischer, James Sherry

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Poets at Moe's

Norman Fischer is a poet, essayist, and Zen Buddhist priest. The latest of his more than twenty-five prose and poetry titles are the serial poems On a Train at Night and Untitled Series: Life As It is. His latest prose works are Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion and The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path. His website is http://www.normanfischer.org/ Bob Perelman will be reading from his new book, Jack and Jill in Troy (Roof, 2019). He is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Iflife, Virtual Reality, The…

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Crissy Van Meter: Creatures

January 28 @ 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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Crissy Van Meter discusses her new novel, Creatures. Praise for Creatures “Creatures is the kind of beautiful book that makes you want to lick the salt from its pages. It's so physically present you can feel the waves hit your body, smell the sea life, hear the roar of the ocean as your hair whips around your face in the breeze. Crissy Van Meter has written a book about the complexities of love and families, yes, but it's also a careful look…

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Samuel C. Woolley / The Reality Game

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing his new book The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth published by Public Affairs Fake news posts and Twitter trolls were just the beginning. What will happen when misinformation moves from our social media feeds into our everyday lives? Despite Samuel Woolley's warnings as early as 2013, the problem of online disinformation stormed our political process in 2016 and has only worsened since. Yet as Woolley shows in this urgent book, it may…

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#we music – a talk and performance series of queer perspectives

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ProArts, 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza (around the corner from Awaken Café)
Oakland, CA 94612
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Please join us for the seventh installment of #we, a talk and performance series of queer perspectives hosted by Richard Loranger. Each event features two writers, musicians, or performers from various segments of the queer spectrum, who each give a talk on their perspective on or experience of queerness, along with a reading or performance of their creative work. For our seventh event, Chinese-American vocalist and performance artist Sidney Chen will speak on expressing gayness in two cultures and languages…

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Lizzie O’Shea: Future Histories

January 29 @ 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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Lizzie O'Shea discusses her new book Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology. Praise for Future Histories “Before we became big data bundles for the lackeys of Dorsey, Jobs, Zuckerberg, and Bezos, to exploit, the digital revolution seemed to promise a democratic utopia, a commons in cyberspace not governed by neoliberal norms. Can we realize that revolutionary dream and stop desiring our own domination? Incredibly, yet thrillingly and plausibly, Lizzie O’Shea…

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The Wig Diaries Reading and Book-Signing

January 30 @ 6:30 pm
Folio Books, 3957 24th St
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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Mary Ladd will be hosting a reading and signing copies of her new book, The Wig Diaries, at Folio Books.

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Author Mary Ladd in conversation with Author Leticia Hernandez

January 30 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Folio Books, 3957 24th St
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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Mary Ladd, author of The Wig Diaries, will be in conversation with Leticia Hernandez, author of Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl. The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd’s debut disrespectful cancer book. Delivered with bold gallows humor, it intimately address the gravity of cancer and invites the reader to bear witness to both the horror and the joke(s). Armed with creative sensibility, Ladd robs her diagnosis of its dour weightiness. Refusing to tiptoe around the gnarlier elements of treatment and recovery,…

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Carmen Maria Machado with Esmé Weijun Wang

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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in conversation and celebrating the release of Carmen Maria Machado's In The Dream House published by Graywolf Press In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming. And…

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Orin & Manjula Martin, Fruit Trees for Every Garden

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Just in time for pruning season! Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes Orin Martin, long-time manager of the renowned Alan Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz, and writer/editor Manjula Martin, Orin's daughter, for a discussion and signing of Fruit Trees for Every Garden—their substantial, authoritative, and beautiful full-color guide which covers everything you need to know about organically growing healthy, bountiful fruit trees. For more than forty years, Orin Martin has taught thousands of apprentices, students, and home gardeners the art and craft of…

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February 2020

Bay Area Poets Coalition

February 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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STRAWBERRY CREEK LODGE 1320 Addison St., Berkeley, CA   Addison is one block south of and parallel to University Ave. between Acton & Bonar St. Parking on the street (NOT in the S.C.L. parking lot) Check in at the front desk and you will be directed to the meeting location (usually Movie Room, or backyard garden)   All Ages Welcome Come and enjoy a friendly and informal read-around -- 3-5 minutes per poet/reader, or "just listening" is fine too :-) After the reading, join us for…

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Obi Kaufmann at Night of Ideas

February 1 @ 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Avenune
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102 United States
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Night of Ideas

Litquake is proud to again partner with San Francisco's annual edition of the global marathon event Night of Ideas (Nuit des Idées), at the city's Main Library. Presented in collaboration with the French Consulate in San Francisco, San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and KQED, this free seven-hour marathon of philosophical debate, talks, performances, and music features top thinkers from San Francisco and beyond, in a format designed to spur dialogue on the theme “Living on the…

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The Wig Diaries Book Signing and Author Chat

February 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Alibi Bookshop, 624 Marin Street
Vallejo, 94591
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Mary Ladd, author of The Wig Diaries, will host a book signing at Alibi Bookshop. The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd’s debut disrespectful cancer book, delivered with bold gallows humor to intimately address the gravity of cancer, invites the reader to bear witness to both the horror and the joke(s). Armed with humor and creative sensibility, Ladd robs her diagnosis of its dour weightiness. Refusing to tiptoe around the gnarlier elements of treatment and recovery, the narrative is powerful in…

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Lunch Poems: Robert Hass

February 3 @ 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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photo of Robert Hass by Shoey Sindel

Robert Hass’s many awards include the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Additionally, he served as U. S. Poet Laureate (1995-1997) and also founded the long-running Lunch Poems series at University of California, Berkeley where he is Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics. Among his published books are Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems, Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005 and the forthcoming Summer Snow: New Poems (HarperCollins, 2020).

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Joshua Yaffa in conversation with Amanda Silverman

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Joshua Yaffa for his new book Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putins Russia. He'll be in conversation with Mother Jones editorial director Amanda Silverman. Please join us! Please note: This is a ticketed event, to be held at The Bindery (1727 Haight St.). The price of admission may be applied, at the event, toward the purchase of Between Two Fires, or to a beverage at The Bindery's bar. Advance tickets are highly encouraged -- tickets are not guaranteed to be available at the door. "Unforgettable .…

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Jennifer S. Hirsch / Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts Jennifer S. Hirsch, co-author with Shamus Khan of the new book Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus. Please join us! Sexual Citizens is a groundbreaking study that transforms how we see and address the most misunderstood problem on college campuses: widespread sexual assault. The fear of campus sexual assault has become an inextricable part of the college experience. And for far too many students, that fear is realized. Research has shown that by the time they…

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Benicia First Tuesday Poets

February 4 @ 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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Ian Brennan in conversation with Kevin Army on Silenced by Sound

February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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front cover of Silenced by Sound

Ian Brennan in conversation with Kevin Army about Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth at Moe’s Books in Berkeley, CA on Tuesday, February 4th at 7pm. "Silenced by Sound is a powerful exploration of the challenges facing art, music, and media in the digital era. It is “full of wisdom from someone who cares deeply about the power of real music.”—MOJO Ian Brennan is a Grammy-winning music producer who has produced three other Grammy-nominated albums. He is the author of four books…

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