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March 2020

BOOKSMITH: Launch for Lisa Brown / The Phantom Twin, with Wendy Macnaughton

March 4 @ 7:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts our favorite illustrator, Lisa Brown, for her new book The Phantom Twin. She'll be in conversation with Wendy Macnaughton. Please join us! A young woman is haunted by the ghost of her conjoined twin in Lisa Brown's The Phantom Twin, a sweetly spooky graphic novel set in a turn-of-the-century sideshow. Isabel and Jane are the Extraordinary Peabody Sisters, conjoined twins in a traveling carnival freak show—until an ambitious surgeon tries to separate them and fails, causing Jane's death. Isabel has lost…

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Evan Bloom, Rachel Levin,&; George McCalman: Eat Something

March 4 @ 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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Evan Bloom, co-owner of Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, Rachel Levin, and George McCalman discuss their new cookbook Eat Something: A Wise Sons Cookbook for Jews Who Like Food and Food Lovers Who Like Jews. Praise for Eat Something "My Russian-born mother always used to ask, "Is it good for the Jews?" And I have to say that Eat Something not only is good for the Jews but also will make them chuckle and enjoy cooking. This book offers a fresh California perspective…

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CANCELLED: Lunch Poems: Ocean Vuong

March 5 @ 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Ocean Vuong is the author of the internationally best-selling debut novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press 2019). He is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, and winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize. Vuong's writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harpers, The Nation, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program…

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Berkeley Noir

March 5 @ 7:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, 94704
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Editors (and Moe's workers) Jerry Thompson and Owen Hill introduce the contributors to Akashic's latest city noir anthology. Celebrate Berkeley on Telegraph Avenue! Berkeley brings its own unique blend of Bay Area noir, complementing the grit and grime that preceded it in San Francisco Noir and Oakland Noir. Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within…

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Homeless Activist Poet Sarah Menefee Reads From Her New Book Cement

March 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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San Francisco poet and homeless activist Sarah Menefee’s latest, voices from the streets and of comrade angels; along with Haitian-born poet and performer Boadiba, with her thrilling poetry, storytelling and ritual: A lively evening is expected!

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Colonize This! w/ Lexi Adsit, Sonia Guiñansaca, Rebecca Hurdis, Darice Jones, Luna Merbruja, Bhavana Mody, Natani Notah, Bushra Rehman.

March 6 @ 7:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome contributors from the new edition of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism on Friday, March 6th at 7pm. We will be joined by Lexi Adsit, Sonia Guiñansaca, Rebecca Hurdis, Darice Jones, Luna Merbruja, Bhavana Mody, Natani Notah, Bushra Rehman. Join us for the first West Coast reading from the NEW edition of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism! Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism has been…

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Bay Area Poets Coalition

March 7 @ 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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Lisa Moore Ramée: “A Good Kind of Trouble”

March 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Alibi Bookshop, 624 Marin Street
Vallejo, 94591
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Lisa Moore Ramée will be in conversation with David William Hill and reading from her debut YA novel, "A Good Kind of Trouble." “Full of heart and truth, A Good Kind of Trouble has all of the makings to be this generation’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Much like Cassie Logan’s, Shayla’s experiences, pitfalls, and triumphs will inspire young people for years to come. It is a well-written page-turner with a voice that stays with you long after you…

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Odd Mondays March 2020 Reading: Larkin, Sindell & Subramanian

March 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Folio Books, 3957 24th St
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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Odd Mondays offers you three very different novels for March: A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF HEAVEN by Mathangi Subramanian, THE PUGILIST POETS OF VENICE by Jon Sindell, and SWIMMING FOR SUNLIGHT by Allie Larkin. Hear excerpts from these very original works Monday, March 9, 6:30pm at Folio Books, 3957 24th St. in Noe Valley. Free admission and free refreshments. Here's more about the books: A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF HEAVEN by Mathangi Subramanian In the tight-knit community known as Heaven, a ramshackle…

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Alec Karakatsanis / Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts an evening with Alec Karakatsanis for his new book, Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System. More information to be announced soon, but please save the date and join us! Former public defender and civil rights attorney Alec Karakatsanis has made it his mission to challenge the fact that we have developed two legal systems in this country: one for the rich, and one for the poor. He and his organization, Civil Rights Corps, have brought…

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Christopher Kerr, Death Is but a Dream at Bookshop Santa Cruz

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Hospice of Santa Cruz County, in partnership with Bookshop Santa Cruz, presents Dr. Christopher Kerr who will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Death Is but a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life's End—the first book to validate the meaningful dreams and visions that bring comfort as death nears. Christopher Kerr is a hospice doctor. All of his patients die. Yet he has cared for thousands of patients who, in the face of death, speak of love and…

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Contemporary Writers Series: Ingrid Rojas Contreras

March 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Mills Hall Living Room, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland , CA 94613 United States
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Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her first novel, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, was a silver medal winner in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, a New York Times editor's choice, and was long listed for the International Dublin Literary Prize. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Paris Review, Buzzfeed, Nylon, Guernica, and elsewhere. She is working on a family memoir about her grandfather, a curandero from Colombia who it was said had the power to move clouds.

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Nomadic Press @ City Lights

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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City Lights celebrates Nomadic Press with Tureeda Mikell, Josiah Luis Alderete, Ayodele Nzinga, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Genny Lim, James Cagney, Dr. James P. (Jimmy) Garrett, music by Azuah Nomadic Press is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that supports the works of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines. To learn more visit: www.nomadicpress.org Educator, consultant, poet, griot/elocutionist/story medicine woman, Tureeda Mikell began working the healing arts in 1977 via poetry, storytelling, and QiGong…

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Kate Schatz & Miriam Klein Stahl / Rad American History A-Z: Movements and Moments that Demonstrate the Power of the People

March 10 @ 7:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts Kate Schatzand Miriam Klein Stahl for their new book, Rad American History A-Z: Movements and Moments that Demonstrate the Power of the People. Please join us! From the New York Times bestselling team behind Rad American Women A-Z comes an illustrated collection of radical and transformative political, social, and cultural movements in American history. “An engaging, fascinating, and necessary book that speaks truth to power.” – Congresswoman Barbara Lee In Rad American History A-Z, each letter of the alphabet tells the story of a significant…

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Jessica Lanyadoo & T. Greenaway: Astrology for Real Relationships

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome Jessica Lanyadoo & T. Greenaway to read from their new book, Astrolody for Real Relationships: Understanding You, Me and How We all Get Alongon Tuesday, March 10th at 7pm. A modern, inclusive guide to astrology that will illuminate your love life as well as your relationships with your family, your friends, and yourself. When it comes to friendship, family, and romance, we all want the same things: to love and be loved, to…

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Katie M. Flynn

March 10 @ 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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Katie M. Flynn discusses her debut novel, The Companions. Praise for The Companions “Beautifully atmospheric and emotionally intense, The Companions is an unnerving and engrossing story. The radiant, somber voice of this near-future speculative novel ratchets the suspense while also illuminating what makes us human and how we endure beyond death. This is a spellbinding novel that will linger with you.” —Kassandra Montag, author of After the Flood "With deft narration and unforgettable characters, Katie M. Flynn weaves a tale of high-tech, dystopian reincarnation. Each…

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Andy Weinberger presents An Old Man’s Game

March 10 @ 7:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Longtime bookseller Andy Weinberger reads and signs copies of his debut novel, An Old Man's Game.  Beginning when a controversial celebrity rabbi drops dead over his matzoh ball soup at the famed Canter's Deli in Los Angeles, An Old Man's Game follows retired private eye Amos Parisman--a sixtyish, no-nonsense Jewish detective who lives with his addled wife in Park La Brea--who is hired by the temple's board to make sure everything is kosher. As he looks into what seems to be a…

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Poetry Santa Cruz: Doren Robbins and Jory Post at Bookshop Santa Cruz

March 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Join Poetry Santa Cruz at Bookshop Santa Cruz for a poetry reading featuring local poets and authors. This month's event will feature local poets Doren Robbins and Jory Post. Doren Robbins is a contemporary American poet, prose poet, fiction writer, essayist, mixed media artist, and educator. As a cultural activist, he has organized and developed projects for Amnesty International, the Salvadoran Medical Relief Fund, the Romero Relief Fund, and poetsagainstthewar.org. His latest book is an in-depth critical study titled, Apocalypse Contemporary: A…

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Afternoon Craft Conversation with Cyrus Cassells

March 11 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Soda Activity Center: Ordina Room, 1928 St. Marys Road
Moraga, CA 94575 United States
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. LOCATION: Soda Activity Center: Orinda Room, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575 View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: Poet Cyrus Cassells will draw on his experience as a translator of Catalan and Italian literature to discuss the challenges and craft of turning global poetry into dynamic English versions that convey the essence of the originals, stressing the importance of translation as a vital means of…

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Mark Greenside at Alameda Authors Series IV

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Alameda Free Library, Stafford Room, 1550 Oak Street
Alameda, ca 94501
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Details: The fourth annual Alameda Authors Series, sponsored by, AAUW Alameda and the Friends of the Alameda Free Library, continues with best-selling author and chronicler of life in France,  Mark Greenside. Mr. Greenside will speak about (not quite) Mastering the Art of French Living, a memoir that details Greenside’s daily adventures in his adopted French home, where the simplest tasks are never straightforward but always end in a great story.  Reservations requested: https://markgreenside-aauw2020.eventbrite.com Praise for (not quite) Mastering the Art…

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Shana Redmond

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing the subject of her new book Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson from Duke University Press From his cavernous voice and unparalleled artistry to his fearless struggle for human rights, Paul Robeson was one of the twentieth century's greatest icons and polymaths. In Everything Man Shana L. Redmond traces Robeson's continuing cultural resonances in popular culture and politics. She follows his appearance throughout the twentieth century in the forms of sonic and visual vibration and holography; theater, art,…

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MariNaomi / Distant Stars

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery welcomes MariNaomi back for the final volume of her Life on Earth trilogy, Distant Stars. Please join us! Celebrated cartoonist MariNaomi concludes her tale of growing up, falling in and out of love, and possible alien interventions. Shy, self-deprecating Paula Navarro is coming into her own -- and it's making her new girlfriend, Johanna, a little nervous. Paula's former friend Emily Baker is learning to look inward. Brett Hathaway, Emily and Paula's mutual ex-hook-up, is torn about reconnecting with his estranged dad. And…

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Happy 7th Birthday Voz Sin Tinta!

March 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Voz Sin Tinta is turning 7! To celebrate our special day, we want YOU to come out and read or come and share space. We will ONLY HAVE A COMMUNITY OPEN MIC. We would not have made it seven years without the community, and we want to continue to support you all just like you support us. That's right! TWO HOURS OF OPEN MIC. Bring food! Bring drinks! Bring adult drinks! Bring a friend! Bring some art to share! Bring…

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LAUNCH for Juliana Delgado Lopera / Fiebre Tropical

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery is thrilled to host the launch party for Juliana Delgado Lopera and her debut novel, Fiebre Tropical. More information to be announced, but please do yourself a favor and save the date! Uprooted from her comfortable life in Bogotá, Colombia, into an ant-infested Miami townhouse, fifteen-year-old Francisca is miserable and friendless in her strange new city. Her alienation grows when her mother is swept up into an evangelical church, replete with Christian salsa, abstinent young dancers, and baptisms for the dead.…

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In Common Writers Series: Prageeta Sharma and Dodie Bellamy, reading and in conversation

March 12 @ 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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The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series welcomes poet Prageeta Sharma, visiting from Los Angeles, together with Dodie Bellamy, of San Francisco, reading and in conversation. This event, the first of two evenings featuring these two writers, is supported by The Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and is free and open to the public. Prageeta Sharma is the author of the poetry collections Grief Sequence (Wave Books, 2019), Undergloom (Fence Books, 2013), Infamous Landscapes (Fence Books, 2007), The Opening Question (Fence Books, 2004), which won the 2004 Fence Modern Poets Prize, and Bliss to…

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Calico Launch Party

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Churchill’s Office, 194 Church St.
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States
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In March 2020, Two Lines Press will launch a new book series dedicated to capturing vanguard works of translated literature—curated around a particular theme, region, language, historical moment, or style—in vibrant, collectible editions. We’re calling it Calico.  The first Calico book, That We May Live: Speculative Chinese Fiction, will be published on March 10th. This book collects seven short stories from mainland China and Hong Kong, all of them erring on the side of the strange, the speculative. Government mushroom housing?…

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Cathy Park Hong with Vanessa Hua / Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

March 12 @ 7:00 pm

Booksmith hosts Cathy Park Hong for her new book, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, a ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness and the struggle to be human. She'll be in conversation with Vanessa Hua (Deceit and Other Possibilities and A River of Stars). Please join us! “Brilliant . . . To read this book is to become more human.” – Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history…

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Dr. Shauna Shapiro ‘Rewire Your Mind’ Lecture and Book Signing

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Kol Shofur, 215 Blackfield Drive
Tiburon, 94920
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Come join us for a special event to hear Dr. Shauna Shapiro speak on this very timely topic: Rewire Your Mind: The Science of Mindfulness & Self-Compassion in Parenting and Beyond. Dr. Shapiro is a world-renowned author, professor, scientist, and mother. She has published three critically acclaimed books and her TEDx talk on the Power of Mindfulness has been viewed over 1.5 million times. Dr. Shapiro will appear as our guest in partnership with Congregation Kol Shofur Come join us…

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Jessi Jezewska Stevens with Rita Bullwinkel: The Exhibition of Persephone Q

March 12 @ 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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Jessi Jezewska Stevens discusses her new novel, The Exhibition of Persephone Q, with Rita Bullwinkel. Praise for The Exhibition of Persephone Q "A triumph of tone and intelligence. Percy Q's perspective is skewed and searching at once, and through her eyes, we see afresh not only New York's post-9/11 landscape but also the world of art, and love, and the process of becoming." —Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances "Finally a book that exposes how dull Occam’s Razor has become after all these years.…

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In Common Writers Series: Dodie Bellamy and Prageeta Sharma

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series welcomes poet Prageeta Sharma, visiting from Los Angeles, together with Dodie Bellamy, of San Francisco, reading and in conversation. This event, the second of two evenings featuring these two writers, is supported by The Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and is free and open to the public. Dodie Bellamy’s writing focuses on sexuality, politics, and narrative experimentation, challenging the distinctions among fiction, the essay, and poetry. She was the 2018–19 subject of the CCA Wattis Institute for…

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