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October 2019

Poetic Tuesdays with Litquake at Jessie Square

October 15 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Jessie Square, 736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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The monthly collaboration between Litquake: San Francisco’s Literary Festival and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival features an array of Bay Area poets and musicians.

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Laleh Khadivi

October 15 @ 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, October 15, 2019 | 5:30 pm | Mills Hall Living Room Laleh Khadivi was born in Esfahan, Iran. She is the author of three novels that form an interconnected trilogy about nationalism, belonging, and migration. Khadivi is the recipient of the Whiting Award for Fiction, the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Pushcart Prize. Her debut documentary film 900 WOMEN aired on A&E and premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.…

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Pints & Prose

October 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bootleggers Lodge, 367 Bolinas Road
Fairfax, CA 94930
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Fairfax joins the Litquake Literary Festival with a revival of the popular Pints & Prose reading series from the Tuesday Night Writers! Featuring readings from special guests Molly Giles, Holly Payne and Nina Schuyler and of course, the Tuesday Night Writers: Cyn Cady, Chris Cole, Amanda Conran, Josh Gibson, Tanya Egan Gibson and Tom Joyce. NO COVER! Full cocktail bar and appetizers available.

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Litquake Santa Cruz

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2019 - 7:00PM   Funny & Peculiar: Santa Cruz Writers on Keeping it Weird It’s 2019 and it seems like things couldn’t get any stranger. What better time to mine the oddities of life with noted writers Elizabeth  McKenzie, Micah Perks, Peggy Townsend, Liza Monroy and Wallace Baine? Moderated by Dan White and Amy Ettinger. This event is co-presented by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz. Read more about Litquake, celebrating it's 20th Anniversary, here. About the writers: Elizabeth…

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An Evening with Tommy Orange

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Knuth Hall, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, California 94132
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Join us for an incredible evening celebrating literature with the Pulitzer Prize finalist author of There, There. Tommy Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he now teaches. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, he was born and raised in Oakland, California. His first novel There There won the PEN/Hemingway Award, was 2019 Pulitzer Fiction finalist, was longlisted for a National Book Award, and was named…

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Hexing the Patriarchy with Ariel Gore

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Join us for a magical evening with Ariel Gore, Michelle Gonzales (The Spitboy Rule), MK Chavez (Dear Animal), Dani Burlison (All of Me), Michelle Threadgould, and Four Elements Fitness (Oakland).

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Dr. M Jackson: The Secret Lives of Glaciers

October 15 @ 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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Dr. M Jackson discusses her new book, The Secret Lives of Glaciers. Praise for The Secret Lives of Glaciers "This outrageous book, rich with revelation and stewardship, is, at its deepest level, an icy blue love story to make us reconsider what it means to be fully alive - and open to wonder - in our ever-changing world." Kim Heacox, Author, John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire "M Jackson brings a powerful combination of skills to bear in her ambitious task…

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LAUNCH for Rachel Swaby and Kit Fox / Mighty Moe: The True Story of a Thirteen-Year-Old Women’s Running Revolutionary

October 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith celebrates the launch of the new book by Rachel Swaby and Kit Fox, Mighty Moe: The True Story of a Thirteen-Year-Old Women's Running Revolutionary. please join us! “A story lost to history illuminates the unique way sports supports feminism . . . A story about what running really is: competing with other runners and not against them.” – Kirkus Reviews Fifty-two years ago, a girl known as Mighty Moe broke the women’s world marathon record at a small race in Toronto. This was an…

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Michelle Ruiz Keil presents All of Us with Wings

October 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Michelle Ruiz Keil presents All of Us with Wings Tuesday, October 15, 7:30pm Pegasus Books Downtown Michelle Ruiz Keil reads from and signs copies of All of Us with Wings, a YA magical realism novel about love, found family, and healing from trauma. An ode to post-punk San Francisco through the eyes of a Mexican-American girl.   “A spellbinding tale about finding magic in the mundane and hope in the unknown. Filled with dizzying danger and electrifying music, All of Us with Wings left me…

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Margaret Gibson & Lisa Rappoport

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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Margaret Gibson is the poet laureate of Connecticut and has been short-listed for the National Book Award. Her lyrical and meditative poems celebrate the “sometimes painful, sometimes joyful experience of unfolding Consciousness.” Her books include Signs, Long Walks in the Afternoon (which was a Lamont Poetry Selection), The Vigil, Earth Elegy: New and Selected Poems, One Body, Second Nature, Broken Cup, and the most recently, Not Hearing the Wood Thrush. Gibson’s honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant, Connecticut Commission on the Arts grants, a Lila…

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LOGIC MAGAZINE: print/ops – Litquake 2019

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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LOGIC MAGAZINE: print/ops - Litquake 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco print/ops : a roundtable about technology with Jim Fingal and friends When developing software systems, engineers typically seek to automate repetitive tasks to reduce toil — defined as tasks that are manual, repetitive, tactical, devoid of enduring value, and that scale linearly as a system grows. That works great in the electronic world software systems — but how does this…

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Mesha Maren and M. Randal O’Wain

October 16 @ 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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M. Randal O'Wain and Mesha Maren discuss their new works, Meander Belt: Family, Loss and Coming of Age in the Working Class South and Sugar Run. About Meander Belt In Meander Belt M. Randal O’Wain offers a reflection on how a working-class boy from Memphis, Tennessee, came to fall in love with language, reading, writing, and the larger world outside of the American South. This memoir examines what it means for the son of a carpenter to value mental rather than physical labor and what this does…

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Caleb Woods / Harnessing Darkness: Expressing Mental Illness Through Poetry

October 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Caleb Woods for his first book, Harnessing Darkness: Expressing Mental Illness Through Poetry. Please join us! Harnessing Darkness traces the struggle of living with mental illness. Through sections aptly titled Birth, Life, Death, and Rebirth, Caleb Woods gives readers the experience of what it's like to live in the mind of someone who struggles with a roller coaster of emotions on a daily basis. Caleb chooses to open the doors of his mind, allowing you to see not only the dark, but…

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Prerna Lal

October 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Prerna Lal launching Unsung America: Immigrant Trailblazers and Our Fight for Freedom. Please join us for a most timely discussion. "Deeply insightful and intentionally detailed--Prerna Lal has conceived a text that breaks down the inner workings of the United States immigration system and the impact it has had on the lives of countless immigrants and families. Lal lays out a timeline both old and new, that vividly chronicles the birth and impact of certain policies, views, and opinions within the realm…

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Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

October 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series Wednesday, October 16, 7:30 pm Pegasus Books Downtown Lyrics & Dirges is our flagship monthly reading series featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. It's aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area. Hosted and curated by Sharon Coleman and Mk Chavez. Every third Wednesday of the month at Pegasus Books Downtown.   Event date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019…

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Betabrand Podcast Theatre with Mary Ladd and Don Asmussen

October 17 @ 6:30 pm
Betabrand, 780 Valencia Street
San Francisco, 94110
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A Betabrand Podcast Theatre event featuring author Mary Ladd and illustrator Don Asmussen.

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In Common Writers Series: Caren Beilin, reading and in conversation with Amy Berkowitz

October 17 @ 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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In Common Writers Series, supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund Free and open to the public Details soon

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The Velvet Underground Experience – Litquake 2019

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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The Velvet Underground Experience - Litquake 2019 Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco   Hat & Beard Press, the San Francisco Rock & Roll Book Club, and Litquake present an evening about The Velvet Underground with  JC Gabel, ML Heath, and Richie Unterberger  with rare screenings of Velvet Underground footage. celebrating the release of two new books from Hat & Beard Press The Velvet Underground Experience Edited by JC Gabel and Margot Ross and My…

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Joanna Howard with Rita Bullwinkel & Forrest Gander

October 17 @ 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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Joanna Howard discusses her new memoir Rerun Era with Rita Bullwinkel and Forrest Gander. Praise for Rerun Era ”Rerun Era is both a romp and a deep dive through a late-70s-and-80s childhood, where many of us were remanded to the television for caretaking, fueled on the intoxicants of processed foods, where the day was vast and sometimes, particularly if you were down south, crushing with heat or emptiness or endless lots of red mud. There is a warm hilarity that moves through this…

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In Common Writers Series: Amy Berkowitz and Caren Beilin, reading and in conversation

October 18 @ 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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In Common Writers Series, supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund Free and open to the public Details soon

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Disasterama! Release Party

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dog Eared Books Castro, 489 Castro Street + Google Map

Celebrate the release of Disasterama!: Adventures in The Queer Underground 1977 - 1997 by Alvin Orloff. A compelling and hilarious memoir of social life in the queer underground at a time when the manic frivolity of queer liberation and youth collided with the deadly reality of plague. Orloff will be in conversation with Alia Volz, author of the forthcoming memoir,  Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco. There will also be a show from The Disasterama…

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K.R. MORRISON, WILLIAM TAYLOR JR, ZARINA ZABRISKY, JON BENNETT, JULIE VALIN, TODD CIRILLO

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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K.R. MORRISON, WILLIAM TAYLOR JR, ZARINA ZABRISKY, JON BENNETT, JULIE VALIN, TODD CIRILLO FRI. OCT. 18TH, 7PMAn evening of poetry and music featuring the following Bay Area writers: K.R. MORRISON WILLIAM TAYLOR JR. ZARINA ZABRISKY JON BENNETT Songcraft by San Francisco writer/songwriter JULIE VALIN from Grass Valley, CA TODD CIRILLO from New Orleans, LA

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Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin

October 18 @ 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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Legendary American tattoo artist Ed Hardy discusses his groundbreaking tattoos, flash, drawings, and artworks with Jeff Gunderson, contributor to Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin:Art of the New Tattoo. About Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin Ed Hardy's (b. 1945) unique vision spans decades, creating an indelible mark on popular culture. Accompanying a major exhibition, this profusely illustrated survey of his life in art traces his inspirations, rooted both in traditional American tattooing of the first half of the twentieth century and in the…

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2019 Moby Dick Reading Marathon

October 19 @ 12:00 pm - October 20 @ 12:00 pm
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Breaching on Saturday, October 19: San Francisco’s 2019 Moby Dick reading marathon. Mark your calendars for this tribute to a classic American novel - and start storing up sleep for this 24-hour literary voyage. Info at: https://maritime.org/events/mobydick/

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LITQUAKE! LIT-Crawl

October 19 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

LIT-Crawl SF Please join us for a great night of literary fun along 24th Street! 5:00pm - Phase 1:  TONGO EISEN-MARTIN and friends 8:00pm - Phase 3:  THE RACKET: INFO Download the Lit Crawl map here

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