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June 2018

Third Man Books @ City Lights

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Third Man Books @ City Lights celebrating new books by Dan Hoy and Abraham Smith   Destruction of Man by Abraham Smith & The Terraformers by Dan Hoy   about Abraham Smith: Abraham Smith is the author of four poetry collections: Ashagalomancy (Action Books, 2015); Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer (Action Books, 2014); Hank (Action Books, 2010); and Whim Man Mammon (Action Books, 2007). In 2015, he released Hick Poetics (Lost Roads Press), a co-edited anthology of contemporary rural American poetry and related essays. His creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Fine…

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InsideStoryTime: Resoundings

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edinburgh Castle Pub, 950 Geary St
San Francisco , CA 94109 United States
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InsideStorytime RESOUNDINGS at Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary Street, San Francisco, on Thursday June 7th, 7-9 pm, will feature readings accompanied by the music of Makram Abu-Shakra. Readers will be Karen Bjorneby (Hurricane Season), Marianne Villanueva (Jenalyn), Nick Johnson (Music for Mussolini),                judy b (Stories For Airports), Edmund Zagorin (Craquelure), and others. With guest MC Lael Gold.

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Kai Carlson-Wee

June 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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This event will be held at our 9th Ave. location. Kai Carlson-Wee reads from his new poetry collection, Rail. Praise for Rail "Rail is a lovely book, strong and inspired." ―Robert Bly "This is a wholly unique and powerful collection of poems. The sense of purpose puts one in mind of Whitman’s 'Song of the Open Road.' Encounters with fellow vagabonds recalls the tramp-poetry of Vachel Lindsay. But the darker need to search for meaning in the American plains and points farther west―a…

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YOU’RE GOING TO DIE: POETRY, PROSE & EVERYTHING GOES…

June 7 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Lost Church, 65 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Doors at 7:30pm Show at 8pm $10 online & at the door... TICKETSSSSSS: https://ticketf.ly/2rOcW0A YOU’RE GOING TO DIE: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes... is an open mic event, a communal offering for us to explore the conversation of death & dying, to embrace our losses & mortality, to grieve, bereave & honor those we’ve lost & love… while all the while making room for simply being ALIVE. Sign-ups will be the night of & the list fills up quickly, so if…

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Poe Ballantine

June 8 @ 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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Poe Ballantine discusses his new novel, Whirlaway. Praise for Poe Ballantine Poe Ballantine is the most soulful, insightful, funny, and altogether luminous “under-known” writer in America. He knocks my socks off, even when I’m barefoot. —TOM ROBBINS, Tibetan Peach Pie Poe Ballantine is brilliant. —CHERYL STRAYED, Wild Whirlaway is a fever dream of my favorite things: horse racing, records, booze, insanity, and women. What a strange and crazed comedic ride. Ballantine’s writing is like no other. —WILLY VLAUTIN, The Free About…

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Clearly Meant presents Bruce H. Feingold

June 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Claremont Branch, Berkeley Public Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Berkeley Haiku poet Bruce Feingold will read his poems, then sit for an interview and discussion.

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Caroline Arden

June 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Launch for her debut YA novel, The High Climber of Dark Water Bay "Arden has created the hero we have been waiting for in Young Adult Lit--Lizzie is authentic, relatable and proves herself a force to be reckoned with. Engaging and immersive, writing is clean and crisp. Vivid imagery and concise storytelling combine to create a story for all ages."--Kathleen Kaufman, author of The Lairdbalor To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of The High Climber of Dark Water Bay by speaking with a…

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Cynthia Bryant and Cher Wollard

June 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street
Alameda, 94501 United States
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Poetry reading by Cynthia Bryant and Cher Wollard, followed by an open mic, hosted by Jeanne Lupton every second Saturday monthly, Frank Bette and Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 7:00 (510/523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org

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Jennifer Egan

June 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 7:30pm This event will be held at our 9th Ave. location. Jennifer Egan joins us on Saturday, June 9th to celebrate the paperback release of Manhattan Beach. Praise for Manhattan Beach "A bounteous miracle that makes you feel that past time, and our time, differently; everything becomes freshly energized, infused with humanity, vital, sad, and full of importance. To see the world through Egan’s eyes is to be moved, through language, to new adoration of the world. I don’t know a better…

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David Graeber

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing the subject of his new book Bullshit Jobs from Simon and Schuster From bestselling writer David Graeber, a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs, and their consequences. Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled "On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs." It went viral. After a million online views in seventeen different languages, people all over the world…

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THE RACKET! #20

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Details soon! https://www.facebook.com/theracketseries/ Hosted by Noah B. Sanders

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Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Presents Poetic Tuesdays with Litquake

June 12 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Jessie Square, 736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents Poetic Tuesdays guest curated by Litquake, Poetic Tuesdays features an array of poets and music.

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Turk & Divis / Quiet Lightning album release party

June 12 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Turk & Divis (Evan and Miles Karp) launch the Quiet Lightning album, featuring 11 tracks of original music scored to excerpts of 50 Bay Area writers performing live in last year's QL shows. Come celebrate! Activities include: > A listening/screening party > Performances by a stout list of the album's contributors: Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Margaret McCarthy, Matt Leibel, Miah Jeffra, AshleyRose Sanchez, Matt Carney, Roberto F. Santiago, Rayan Mustafa, Kristina Ten, Linette Escobar, Riss Rosado, John Panzer, Danielle Bero, Abe Becker, Cassandra Dallett, and Paul Corman-Roberts: performer…

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Alexandra Mattraw with Tiff Dressen and Norman Fischer

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Alexandra Mattraw with Tiff Dressen and Norman Fischer Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco Alexandra Mattraw launches her new book small siren with Tiff Dressen and Norman Fischer  About small siren: small siren believes the inanimate is alive. Here, a speaker navigates music rendered from a terrain of fracture, where emergency and becoming intertwine.  A family's narrative threads and unthreads through the book, as do the ethics of projection. What confrontations arise where people and objects are involuntarily constructed through a mutual process…

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Laurie R. King, Island of the Mad

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Laurie R. King, Island of the Mad Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 7:00pm Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes beloved and best-selling author Laurie R. King back to the store for a reading and signing of her new novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Island of the Mad. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes untangle the slippery threads of insanity and deadly secrets as they investigate a disappearance in the New York Times bestselling series that Lee Child called "the most sustained feat…

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Perfectly Queer: Pride Zine Fest

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dog Eared Books Castro, 489 Castro Street
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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Guest curator Anand Vedawala presents four Bay Area queer Zine artists: Tyler Cohen, Ajuan Mance, Lee Marrs, and Joshua Trujillo

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Jennifer S. Cheng and Vi Khi Nao

June 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 7:30pm This event will be held at our 9th Ave. location. Jennifer S. Cheng and Vi Khi Nao join us on Tuesday June 12th to celebrate the release of their new collections, Moon: Letters, Poems, Maps and Sheep Machine. Praise for Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems   “What are the secret aspects of a book, which cannot be spoken of and that unfold in ways that nobody can describe to us in advance? In a world where ‘boundaries are slipping,’…

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Vi Khi Nao, Jennifer S. Cheng, and Rita Bullwinkel

June 13 @ 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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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 7:00 PM  9:00 PM Come celebrate new books by favorite writers! Jennifer S. Cheng's "MOON: LETTERS, MAPS, POEMS" (Tarpaulin Sky, May 2018) and Vi Khi Nao's "Sheep Machine" (Black Sun Lit 2018). We might even have more writers releasing more books! Jennifer S. Cheng writes at the intersection of essay and poetry. Her second book, a hybrid collection MOON: LETTERS, MAPS, POEMS, was selected by Bhanu Kapil as winner of the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award. She is also…

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Book Club

June 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 pm

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Roman Muradov

June 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Roman Muradov discusses his new book, On Doing Nothing: Finding Inspiration in Idleness. Praise for On Doing Nothing “Roman Muradov’s whimsical, clever, and companionable book On Doing Nothing provides a much-needed correction to our distracted, anxiety-ridden, and increasingly disembodied culture. Muradov has written and illustrated a kind of Situationist, Oulipian Ways of Seeing—a manual for clarity and presence, a book which issues a call to attention; a call to pay attention. The smart yet approachable philosophical reflections unfold like a leisurely stroll through a…

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Tommy Orange

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Tommy Orange reading from There There published by Alfred Knopf Not since Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine has such a powerful and urgent Native American voice exploded onto the landscape of contemporary fiction. Tommy Orange’s There There introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career.Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame in Oakland. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life together after…

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Maria Hummel and Sara Houghteling

June 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Maria Hummel discusses her new novel, Still Lives with  Sara Houghteling. Praise for Still Lives "Still Lives offers its readers that delicious combination of entertainment and brilliance. It's at once profound and suspenseful, and while the plot kept me up nights (the ending had me gasping in surprise!), the book as a whole asks important questions about art and representation and how we, as a culture, objectify and endanger and victimize women. Maria Hummel has written a remarkable, relevant, and necessary novel." —Edan Lepucki, Woman No.…

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This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Ken Auletta on media and advertising

June 14 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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We’re saturated in advertising. Online, on billboards, flashing on sidewalks – iSpace in Japan plans to project ads on the moon by 2020. But advertising is no longer a robust industry. Consumer distrust and ad-killing technology have frayed it into hostile camps with uncertain futures. Still: if you’re not in the business, why should you care? Because, Ken Auletta says: no advertising means no media. Auletta adds to his long career as a savvy observer of American business and communication…

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Leslie Jonath

June 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Presents Foraged Art: Creating Projects Using Blooms, Branches, Leaves, Stones, and Other Elements Discovered in Nature. To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Foraged Art by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website. Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 7:30pm In the spirit of land artists like Andy Goldsworthy, the book is as much about discovery as it is about creation. Leaves shaped like lips might inspire a face; an array of rocks might be become an eclectic mosaic; winter's first…

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Art, Readings, & Reactions with Quiet Lightning and Modern Eden

June 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Modern Eden Gallery, 801 Greenwich St
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Join ArtSpan and Quiet Lightning at Modern Eden Gallery for the fourth annual Art, Readings, & Reactions event! ART: Curated by Modern Eden READINGS: Curated by Quiet Lighning REACTIONS: Empowered by ArtSpan This Artist Mixer showcases writers from Quiet Lightning as they share literary creations inspired by the artwork at Modern Eden. The audience will be equiped with sketch books and drawing materials from ArtSpan to react with drawings. PLUS MUSIC: A performance by Turk & Divis (Evan and Miles…

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