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April 2019

Lyrics & Dirges: A “Weekly” Reading Series

April 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Wednesday, April 3, 7:30pm This Recurring Event is at Pegasus Books Downtown Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Weekly Reading Series In celebration of National Poetry Month, our flagship reading series Lyrics & Dirges is going weekly! (For April only). Lyrics & Dirges features a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Currently in its ninth year, its 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…

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Ben Lerner

April 4 @ 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Ben Lerner was born in Topeka, Kansas. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Foundations, among other honors. He is the author of three books of poetry (The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path), two novels (Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04). and a work of criticism (The Hatred of Poetry). His most recent books are collaborations: Blossom (with Thomas Demand), The Polish Rider (with Anna Ostoya), and The Snows of Venice (with Alexander Kluge). He is Distinguished Professor of English at Brooklyn College.

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Marina Lazzara, Ava Koober & Patrick James Dunagan – poetry reading

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Marina Lazzara, Ava Koober & Patrick James Dunagan - poetry reading

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Meredith May, The Honey Bus

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Meredith May, The Honey Bus THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2019 - 7:00PM An extraordinary story of a girl, her grandfather and one of nature's most mysterious and beguiling creatures: the honeybee. Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm. She was five years old, her parents had recently split and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus in the yard. That first…

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RHYS BOWEN at Books Inc. Palo Alto

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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Award-winnig crime writer Rhys Bowen shares her heart-rending new novel, The Victory Garden. As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty-one-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage. When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a "land girl," tending to the…

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LOLLY WINSTON at Books Inc. Campbell

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Book Inc. Campbell, 1875 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite #600
Campbell, CA
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Lolly Winston--New York Times-bestselling author of Good Grief--discusses her poignant new novel, Me for You. The last thing Rudy expected was to wake up one Saturday morning, a widow at fifty-four years old. Now, ten months after the untimely death of his beloved wife, he's still not sure how to move on from the defining tragedy of his life--but his new job is helping. After being downsized from his finance position, Rudy turned to his first love: the piano. Some people might…

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Solito, Solita Book Launch

April 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Thursday, April 4, 7:30pm Pegasus Books Downtown Join the editors and two narrators of Solito, Solita for a discussion of this powerful new book from Voice of Witness and Haymarket Books. Solito, Solita tells the stories of youth refugees fleeing their home countries and traveling for hundreds of miles seeking safety and protection in the United States. In an era of fear, xenophobia, and outright lies, these stories amplify the compelling voices of immigrant youth. What can they teach us about abuse and abandonment,…

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Laila Lalami

April 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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Join us at Kepler's Literary Foundation for a book discussion with author Laila Lalami! From the celebrated Pulitzer Prize finalist who swept multiple book awards with The Moor’s Account comes this lyric, fascinating new novel The Other Americans. Through nine separate narrators whose accounts effortlessly interweave, Lalami unravels both the mystery of an immigrant’s sudden death and the quiet schisms that underlie American culture. The novel opens with Nora, a jazz composer, who sips champagne with a friend on the…

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W. Thomas Boyce OFFSITE

April 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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A celebration and reading from his new book The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive.  “The Orchid and the Dandelion is based on groundbreaking research that has the power to change the lives of countless children–and the adults who love them.”–Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts Friday, April 5, 2019 - 6:30pm From one of the world’s foremost researchers and pioneers of pediatric health–a book that offers hope and a pathway to success for…

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After Hours: Poetry World Series

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Reading Room, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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After Hours: Poetry World Series Friday, April 5th · 7:00pm Wine reception at 6:30pm for registered guests. This unlikely pairing of baseball and poetry showcases the poetry, wit, and smarts of Bay Area poets who are judged on their ability to make their poems fit subjects “pitched” by the audience. Master of Quips and Ceremonies Daniel Handler ensures fun and irreverence. Popcorn, beer. Adults and high school students only. Registration recommended. Registration opens March 19th. Add to my:iCal/Outlook When:Friday, April 5, 2019…

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Occult Features of Anarchism: Erica Lagalisse in Conversation with Andrej Grubačić

April 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Friday, April 5, 7:30pm Pegasus Books Downtown Erica Lagalisse presents her new book, Occult Features of Anarchism (PM Press, 2019). In conversation with anarchist dissident and historian, Andrej Grubačić.     About the Book: In the nineteenth century anarchists were accused of conspiracy by governments afraid of revolution, but in the current century various “conspiracy theories” suggest that anarchists are controlled by government itself. The Illuminati were a network of intellectuals who argued for self-government and against private property, yet…

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The FIRST SATURDAY BOOK CLUB at Books Inc. Berkeley

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Books Inc. Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94710 United States
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The FIRST SATURDAY BOOK CLUB will discuss The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg.  Event date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10:00am Event address: Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA

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Story Time with Chris Van Dusen

April 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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A new book by Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen is a cause for celebration. And we WILL be celebrating when Chris Van Dusen, one of our favorite picture book author/illustrators, visits Kepler's on April 6. Every porcine wonder was once a piglet - discover Mercy Watson’s delightful origin story in A Piglet Named Mercy. an endearing picture-book prequel to the beloved New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson series. Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of many books for young…

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BAPC OPEN POETRY READING

April 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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3:00 - 5:00 PM     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…

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Random Poetics

April 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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What is poetry? What is the poet’s role? Is there a future for this ancient art? Does poetry constitute An ideology Poet Neeli Cherkovski will talk on these and other issues, In a provocative evening in Glen Park

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Poetry Flash

April 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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Sunday, April 7 3:00pm EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome back our friends from Poetry Flash on Sunday, April 7th at 3pm. This month we will be joined by poets from Sixteen Rivers: Maya Khosla, Barbara Swift Brauer, and Camille Norton. More Details to Come! Event date: Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 3:00pm Event address: East Bay Booksellers 5433 College Avenue Oakland, CA 94618

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Non-Fiction Discussion Group

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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Continental Army under an unsure George Washington (who had never commanded a large force in battle) evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the British Army. Three weeks later, near the Canadian border, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold, miraculously succeeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have ended the war. Four years later, as the book ends, Washington has vanquished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy after a foiled…

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Natalie Devora at Alameda Authors Series 3

April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street
Alameda, 94501
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For the third year, AAUW Alameda presents a spring series of talks featuring authors who live and write in Alameda and nearby, now co-sponsored by the Friends of the Alameda Free Library. Our April author Natalie Devora will discuss her memoir Black Girl, White Skin, and her current writing projects. Biography Natalie Devora is a writer and activist. Living as a Black woman with albinism affords her a unique lens through which she navigates the world. She has been featured…

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Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment published by City Lights Books "Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's Loaded is like a blast of fresh air. She is no fan of guns or of our absurdly permissive laws surrounding them. But she does not merely take the liberal side of the familiar debate."—Adam Hochschild, The New York Review of Books "If . . . anyone at all really wants to 'get to the root causes of gun violence in America,' they will need to start…

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Lisa See, The Island of Sea Women

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019 - 7:00PM A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island. Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village's all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook's mother. As the girls take up…

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Claudia Castro Luna

April 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mills Hall Living Room, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland , CA 94613 United States
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MFA Alumnae Reading & Reception Tuesday April 9, 2019 | 5:30 pm | Mills Hall Living Room Reception at 5:15 for newly admitted graduate students, followed by readings Claudia Castro Luna is the 2018–2020 Washington State Poet Laureate. Her books include the Pushcart nominated Killing Maríasand This City. She served as Seattle’s Civic Poet from 2015 to 2017 and created the acclaimed Seattle Poetic Grid. Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in Poetry Northwest, La Bloga, Dialogo, and This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home. Claudia…

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Poet Michael Brownstein

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Tuesday, Apr 09, 2019 7:00 PM Location:  The basement at Moe's 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley Website Poet and novelist Michael Brownstein’s new book, Let’s Burn the Flags of All Nations, includes provocative poems such as “After Patriarchy Collapses and Capitalism Crumbles,” “The Jewish Poem,” “Slipping the Leash” and the title poem -- works transcending the political into a vision of what is possible on a global scale. The poems in Let’s Burn the Flags of All Nations urge us to…

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Rachel Howard Book Launch

April 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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Rachel Howard joins us to launch her new novel, The Risk of Us. Praise for The Risk of Us “An emotionally complex and amazingly suspenseful novel about love and fear."—Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation "I’ve never read anything so beautiful about the intricacies of adoption—the process itself, and the seldom-talked-about aftermath. The prose is elegant and compressed; I often had to stop reading to catch my breath. Anyone who has ever loved a child, in any capacity, should read this…

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Freud’s Bar – – details to come!

April 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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Wednesday April 10 6:30pm Ad Event EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is pleased to host another installment of Freud's Bar on Wednesday, April 10th at 6:30pm. Presenter tbd. Are you interested in the world of psychology but afraid you may not understand all of the terms and jargon? Join us for monthly talks given by local Bay Area psychoanalysts. You don't need to be a psychologist to check out Freud's Bar. Just bring your interest and a friend!       ABOUT THE PRESENTER more to come!…

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Book Club

April 10 @ 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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