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January 2019

David St. John & Jane Mead

January 19, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael , CA 94901 United States
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David St. John has won many significant prizes, including both the Rome Fellowship and the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the O.B. Hardison Prize for teaching and poetic achievement from the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the George Drury Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from Beyond Baroque. He is the author of eleven collections of poetry, including Study for the World’s Body (1994), which was nominated for the National Book Award, and more recently the The Auroras (2012),…

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JAMIE WEIL at Books Inc. Alameda

January 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Alameda, 1344 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501 United States
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Writer and youth mental health advocate Jamie Weil shares her powerful novel for young adults, First Break. When your first break from home is your first break with reality ... Paige Masters knows something isn't quite right, but figures once she gets to college, life will get better. Instead, it gets worse. Desperate to quiet the voices in her head telling her to kill herself, Paige overdoses on her roommate's sleeping meds, her ticket to the university emergency room and, from there, a 72-hour…

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Tessa Hadley

January 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Tessa Hadley returns to Mrs. Dalloway's to read from her new novel, Late in the Day. "Perceptive, finely wrought....Hadley is a writer of the first order, and this novel gives her the opportunity to explore, with profound incisiveness and depth, the inevitable changes inherent to long-lasting marriages."-- Publishers Weekly To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Late in the Day by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website. Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 7:30pm The lives of two close-knit couples are irrevocably changed…

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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

January 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from her new novel Sketchtasy from Arsenal Pulp Press Sketchtasy takes place in that late-night moment when everything comes together, and everything falls apart: it's an urgent, glittering, devastating novel about the perils of queer world-making in the mid-'90s. This is Boston in 1995, a city defined by a rabid fear of difference. Alexa, an incisive twenty-one-year-old queen, faces everyday brutality with determined nonchalance. Rejecting middle-class pretensions, she negotiates past and present traumas with a scathing critique of the world.…

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BOOKSMITH: Ian S. Port / The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock ‘n’ Roll

January 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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The Booksmith hosts former SF Weekly music editor Ian S. Port for the Bay Area launch of his first book, The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll. Please join us!   In the years after World War II, music was evolving from big-band jazz into the primordial elements of rock 'n' roll -- and these louder styles demanded revolutionary instruments. When Leo Fender's tiny firm marketed the first solid-body electric guitar, the Esquire, musicians immediately saw…

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RANDY SHAW at Books Inc. Mountain View

January 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Mountain View, 301 Castro St
Mountain View , CA 94041 United States
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Randy Shaw, Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, discusses his compelling new book, Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America. Generation Priced Out is a call to action on one of the most talked-about issues of our time: how skyrocketing rents and home values are pricing the working and middle classes out of urban America. From San Francisco to New York, Seattle to Denver, and Los Angeles to Austin, Generation Priced Out tells the stories of tenants, developers, politicians, homeowner…

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MICHELLE CADY at Books Inc. Berkeley

January 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94710 United States
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Health & wellness coach Michelle Cady discusses her quintessential lifestyle guide, Self-Care in the City: 100 Ways to Optimize Your Nutrition, Fitness. Brimming with practical tips for finding balance in your busy urban lifestyle, Self-Care in the City will not only make you feel unstoppable, but will also give you an edge. Event date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 7:00pm Event address: Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA

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The Fiction of Amparo Dávila

January 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Audrey Harris and Matt Gleeson in conversation celebrating the release of The Houseguest: Fiction by Amparo Dávila by Amparo Dávila translated by Audrey Harris and Matt Gleeson published by New Directions Publishing Like those of Kafka, Poe, Leonora Carrington, or Shirley Jackson, Amparo Dávila's stories are terrifying, mesmerizing, and expertly crafted—you'll finish each one gasping for air. With acute psychological insight, Dávila follows her characters to the limits of desire, paranoia, insomnia, and fear. She is a writer obsessed with obsession, who makes…

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Kristin Wilson, Others’ Milk

January 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2019 - 7:00PM 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 ADA accommodation requests for this event, please e-mail info@bookshopsantacruz.com by January 22nd.   Breastfeeding rarely conforms to the idealized Madonna-and-baby image seen in old artwork, now re-cast in celebrity breastfeeding…

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BINDERY: Kristen Roupenian / You Know You Want This: Cat Person and Other Stories

January 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts "Cat Person" author Kristen Roupenian for her debut story collection, You Know You Want This. Please join us!   You Know You Want This brilliantly explores the ways in which women are horrifying as much as it captures the horrors that are done to them. Among its pages are a couple who becomes obsessed with their friend hearing them have sex, then seeing them have sex… until they can't have sex without him; a ten-year-old whose birthday party takes a sinister turn when she wishes…

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The Heart of the Goddess: Art, Myth and Meditations on the World’s Sacred Feminine

January 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Copperfield’s Books, 138 North Main Street
Sebastopol, CA,
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The Sacred Feminine is rising all over the planet, and with it, the values of compassion, peacemaking, nurturance and love of the Earth. There is renewed awareness of feminine expressions that have been revered for millenia. Hallie Iglehart Austen shares a wide-reaching selection of art, meditations, poetry, prayers, values, and living lessons of Goddess culture. Respect for the Earth, restoration of community, and regaining the long-lost power of women are inseparable. Immerse yourself in a rich, multi-media experience of Goddesses…

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YANovCon at the Millbrae Library

January 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Millbrae Library, 1 Library Avenue
Millbrae, CA United States
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The Young Adult Novelist Convention (YANovCon) is your exclusive connection to some of today's top authors of books for middle and high school youth (and everyone else who appreciates these amazing talents). This free half-day celebration will include panel discussions, author hangouts, and book signings with at least twenty award-winning, notable, and new YA novelists including: 2018 Printz Medal winner Nina LaCour, 2018 Newbery Medal winner Erin Entrada Kelly, Kristin Elizabeth Clark, J.H Diehl, Heidi Kling, Mitali Perkins, Hugo-nominated Mark Oshiro, 2018 Beatty and Stonewall Book Award winner Dashka Slater, Robin Benway, William…

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Rolling Writers ‘Rolling this Way’

January 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rolling Out Cafe, 1722 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116 United States
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Submissions are OPEN for our first 2019 reading: Beginnings Saturday, January 26, 2019, 6 pm Rolling Out 1722 Taraval St. San Francisco To submit work for consideration, please write the host, Jon Sindell, at jsind sbcglobal , pasting your work into the body of the email, and marking the subject line as follows: RW Beginnings, . You must submit personally: no submissions by representatives will be considered. Limit prose submissions to 1,200 words. This series primarily features complete works of fiction and memoir,…

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Sarah Stone in Conversation with Sylvia Brownrigg

January 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Sarah Stone in Conversation with Sylvia Brownrigg discussing Stone's new novel, Hungry Ghost Theater, "a thrilling hybrid of a novel about the intricacies of family life and the inevitable handing down from one generation to the next of our deepest passions and pathologies. . . . both marvelously inventive and deeply humane."--Ann Packer To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Hungry Ghost Theater by speaking to a bookseller. Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 3:00pm An inventive, funny, sometimes heart-breaking exploration of the…

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Spanish Book Discussion Group

January 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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El Impostor - Javier Cercas ¿Quién es Enric Marco? Un nonagenario barcelonés que se hizo pasar por superviviente de los campos nazis y que fue desenmascarado en mayo de 2005, después de presidir durante tres años la asociación española de los supervivientes, pronunciar centenares de conferencias, conceder decenas de entrevistas, recibir importantes distinciones y conmover en algún caso hasta las lágrimas a los parlamentarios españoles reunidos para rendir homenaje por vez primera a los republicanos deportados por el III Reich.…

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Douglas Rushkoff

January 29, 2019 @ 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 Team Human published by W.W. Norton Though created by humans, our technologies, markets, and institutions often contain an antihuman agenda. Douglas Rushkoff, digital theorist and host of the NPR-One podcast Team Human, reveals the dynamics of this antihuman machinery and invites us to remake these aspects of society in ways that foster our humanity. In 100 aphoristic statements, his manifesto exposes how forces for human connection have turned into ones of isolation and repression:…

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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore: Sketchtasy

January 29, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore presents Sketchtasy. Sketchtasy brings 1990s gay culture startlingly back to life, as Alexa and her friends grapple with the impact of growing up at a time when desire and death are intertwined. With an intoxicating voice and unruly cadence, this is a shattering, incandescent novel that conjures the pain and pageantry of struggling to imagine a future. East Bay Booksellers 5433 College Avenue Oakland, CA 94618

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BINDERY: Sam Lipsyte / Hark

January 29, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Sam Lipsyte for his brilliant new novel Hark. Please join us!   In an America convulsed by political upheaval, cultural discord, environmental collapse, and spiritual confusion, many folks are searching for peace, salvation, and -- perhaps most immediately -- just a little damn focus. Enter Hark Morner, an unwitting guru whose technique of “Mental Archery” -- a combination of mindfulness, mythology, fake history, yoga, and, well, archery -- is set to captivate the masses and raise him to near-messiah status.…

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Joel Simon: This is Now with Angie Coiro

January 29, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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"America does not negotiate with terrorists." But are we sure we should keep it that way? Last year there were nearly nine thousand international terrorist abductions. The US refuses to pay ransoms, holding that it would only fuel more kidnappings. Other countries pay-up to free their citizens taken hostage. Statistics tell the grim result: according to New America, "since 2001, American hostages taken captive by terrorist, militant, and pirate groups have been more than twice as likely to remain in…

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MIKE CHEN at Books Inc. Palo Alto

January 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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With pieces featured in The Mary Sue, The Portalist, and Tor, local writer Mike Chen shares his debut novel, Here and Now and Then. To save his daughter, he'll go anywhere--and any-when... Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career...as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a…

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Sally Wen Mao

January 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading and in conversation with Jennifer S. Cheng celebrating the release of Oculus: Poems published by Graywolf Press In Oculus, Sally Wen Mao explores exile not just as a matter of distance and displacement, but as a migration through time and a reckoning with technology. The title poem follows a girl in Shanghai who uploaded her suicide onto Instagram. Other poems cross into animated worlds, examine robot culture, and haunt a necropolis for electronic waste. A fascinating sequence speaks in the voice…

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BINDERY: On the Cusp

January 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The events that define us aren't always immediately apparent. That's the idea behind On the Cusp, a quarterly reading series that seeks to explore the meaning of life's smaller moments ... and their lasting significance. Authors TBA soon -- stay tuned, save the date, and join us!     Admission for this event is $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available at this link.   RSVP appreciated but not required. This is an all ages event. The…

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Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World by Tosh Berman

January 31, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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We are looking forward to celebrating TOSH, published by City Lights! Tosh Berman will be in conversation with Natalia Mount, Executive Director, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland   The triumphs and tragedies of growing up as the son of a famous Beat artist. TOSH is a memoir of growing up as the son of an enigmatic, much-admired, hermetic, and ruthlessly bohemian artist during the waning years of the Beat Generation and the heyday of hippie counterculture. A critical figure in the history of…

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The Racket!

January 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Details soon! Hosted by Noah B. Sanders

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February 2019

Ari Banias

February 7, 2019 @ 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Ari Banias is the author of Anybody (W.W. Norton, 2016), which was named a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award. His poems have appeared in various journals, in Troubling The Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and as part of the MOTHA exhibitionTransgender Hirstory in 99 Objects. He is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and…

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