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April 2020

After Hours: 9th Annual Poetry World Series

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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Friday, April 24th | 7:00pm Wine reception at 6:30pm for registered guests. Daniel Handler emcees this fabulous mashup of poetry and baseball where poets are players, scored on their literary cred with bonus points for quick thinking, repartee, and out-of-the-park performances. Registration recommended. Registration opens April 6th.

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Zaina Alsous and Wendy Trevino, Mazza Writer in Residence, reading from their work

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, 94704
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Under the heading “A border, like race, is a cruel fiction”—a line drawn from one of the poems in Wendy Trevino's remarkable book, Cruel Fiction—Trevino, The Poetry Center's Mazza Writer in Residence for Spring 2020, will be joined as part of her week-long residency by Palestinian poet Zaina Alsous, for two public events. Following their Thursday April 23 reading and conversation at The Poetry Center, on Friday April 24, they each read their work at Moe's Books on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. Arrive early,…

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The Irresistible Beauty of All Things: A reading and conversation with poets Cyrus Cassells and Matthew Zapruder

April 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Dr.
Moraga, CA 94556 United States
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Hacienda de las Flores

DATE & TIME: Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. LOCATION: Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Dr. in Moraga. View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: The Irresistible Beauty of All Things: A reading and conversation with poets Cyrus Cassells and Matthew Zapruder Sunday, April 26 from 4:00 - 6:00pm. Celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading, conversation, and q and a with poets and Saint Mary’s College MFA professors Cyrus Cassells and Matthew Zapruder. Cassells, a winner of…

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Silent Book Club SF

April 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Bring a book, bring a friend, and join Silent Book Club for an afternoon of reading! At Silent Book Club, there's no assigned reading. All books and all ages are welcome. We'll kick off introvert happy hour at 4pm with some light chatter and informal book recommendations before settling in to read quietly, but if you'd rather just pull up a chair and read, by all means do so. No one will be shushed or shamed. The bar will be open for late afternoon libations. Happy reading…

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Maurice Carlos Ruffin in conversation with Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Maurice Carlos Ruffin reading from We Cast A Shadow published by One World About We Cast a Shadow: "An incisive and necessary" (Roxane Gay) debut for fans of Get Out and Paul Beatty's The Sellout, about a father's obsessive quest to protect his son—even if it means turning him white Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize • "Stunning and audacious . . . at once a pitch-black comedy, a chilling horror story and an endlessly perceptive novel about the possible future of race…

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Daniel Denvir at City Lights Books

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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All-American Nativism: How the Bipartisan War on Immigrants Explains Politics as We Know It published by Verso Books (part of the Jacobin Series) American history told from the vantage of immigration politics It is often said that with the election of Donald Trump nativism was raised from the dead. After all, here was a president who organized his campaign around a rhetoric of unvarnished racism and xenophobia. Among his first acts on taking office was to block foreign nationals from…

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Escape From Quarantine Reading – a weekly online thing

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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a weekly digital gathering and poetry reading. join our weekly zoom chat to meet with friends without having to leave your house. this is a space to just talk about what's going on and how we feel about it and also share our work. Topic: escape from quarantine reading Time: Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Mon, until May 4, 2020, 7 occurrence(s) Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Mar 30, 2020 07:00 PM…

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Ali Warren

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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celebrating the release of Little Hill published by City Lights Books Award-winning poet explores new formal terrain in seven long poems against the violence of the present political moment. The third full-length collection from Bay Area poet Alli Warren, Little Hill comprises seven long poems written with propulsive prosody in a daybook fashion, examining our present, politically charged moment. These poems are at once energetic and contemplative, intimate and direct, as Warren focuses her attention on capitalism, gender, love, inequality, and resistance.…

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John Kaag: Sick Souls, Healthy Minds

April 28 @ 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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John Kaag discusses his new book, Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life. Praise for Sick Souls, Healthy Minds "Kaag's reading of James is as elucidating as readers have come to expect from him. Once again, he writes in a clear, focused, and winningly self-aware style that makes friends of James and himself for anyone who wonders if life is worth living. A book in which Kaag further carves out his niche in philosophy: personal, practical, and…

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Aaron Smith: The Book of Daniel

April 28 @ 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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Aaron Smith discusses his new poetry collection, The Book of Daniel, with sam sax and Randall Mann. Praise for The Book of Daniel “Smith’s poems expound a complicated and distinctly queer relationship to beauty. . . . He levels a caustic wit at the pantheons of pop culture and modern poetry, but also strikes resounding notes of hurt and rage at homophobia, misogyny, rejection, and loss.” –The New Yorker “Aaron Smith writes with arresting, melancholy literalness about bruises, exaltations, arousals, delectations,…

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Myriam Gurba and Juli Delgado Lopera to Support Dog-Eared Books

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Myriam Gurba and Juli Delgado Lopera to Support Dog-Eared Books

Fundraising goal: $2000 Myriam Gurba and Juli Delgado Lopera will read via video conference from their work and talk about writing about real-life experiences through a creative lens. All proceeds benefit Dog-Eared Books. Buy a gift card right now! April 29 at 12 PM Register at Eventbrite Note: You will receive information for the video conference upon registering for the event.

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Rufi Thorpe: The Knockout Queen

April 29 @ 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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Rufi Thorpe discusses her new novel, The Knockout Queen. Praise for The Knockout Queen “Is it cheesy to say The Knockout Queen knocked me off my feet? I couldn’t put it down, and when I had to, I did so only reluctantly, shakily. With unrelenting humor and terrifying intelligence, Rufi Thorpe tells the story of an unlikely high school friendship—the kind of friendship from which you never recover—with intensity and attentiveness. This captivating, generous book is a moving examination on human motivation, darkness,…

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Robert Mailer Anderson at City Lights Bookstore

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Windows on the World Co-authored with Zack Anderson Illustrations by Jon Sack published by Fantagraphics Books Set in a New York City in mourning, this poignant graphic novel explores the push-and-pull between love and obligation. On the morning of September 11, 2001, an undocumented worker named Balthazar busses tables at New York City's famous Windows on the World restaurant. Back in Mexico, his family watches their TV screen in horror as the Twin Towers collapse. Refusing to give up hope that Balthazar…

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May 2020

Adam Levin: Bubblegum

May 1 @ 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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Adam Levin discusses his new novel Bubblegum. Praise for Bubblegum “Adam Levin is one of our wildest writers and our funniest, and Bubblegum is a dazzling accomplishment of wit and inventiveness – an irrepressible and insanely entertaining examination of our obsessive culture that doesn’t forget to be fond of that which it is satirizing. Levin’s keen and ornery mind, reveling in the world with vast energy, shows us new ways of loving it.”George Saunders, author of the Booker Prize-winning Lincoln in the Bardo  “Adam Levin’s brilliant, inventive,…

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Bay Area Poets Coalition

May 2 @ 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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Ainissa Ramirez

May 3 @ 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 The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another from The MIT Press In the bestselling tradition of Stuff Matters and The Disappearing Spoon: a clever and engaging look at materials, the innovations they made possible, and how these technologies changed us. In The Alchemy of Us, scientist and science writer Ainissa Ramirez examines eight inventions—clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, photographic film, light bulbs, hard disks, scientific labware, and silicon chips—and reveals how they…

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Ottessa Moshfegh, Death in Her Hands at Bookshop Santa Cruz

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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From one of our most ceaselessly provocative literary talents, a novel of haunting metaphysical suspense about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds a cryptic note on a walk in the woods that ultimately makes her question everything about her new home. While on her normal daily walk with her dog in the nearby forest woods, our protagonist comes across a note, handwritten and carefully pinned to the ground with a frame of stones. Her name was…

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Escape From Quarantine Reading – a weekly online thing

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
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a weekly digital gathering and poetry reading. join our weekly zoom chat to meet with friends without having to leave your house. this is a space to just talk about what's going on and how we feel about it and also share our work. Topic: escape from quarantine reading Time: Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Mon, until May 4, 2020, 7 occurrence(s) Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Mar 30, 2020 07:00 PM…

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Virtual Quiet Lightning! Submissions open through 4/8

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Fortunella by Livien Yin

Submissions are open for our next show on May 4, 2020, which will be virtual and live-streamed! Submit --> http://bit.ly/ql-133 We’re accepting writing of all kinds to be performed as a literary mixtape. All selected authors will be paid + published in sPARKLE & bLINK 105, featuring cover art by Livien Yin! This show will be curated by Katie Tandy and Lauren Rosenfield. Submissions are open through end of day Wednesday, April 8, 2020. We know you’ve been writing! Send…

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Alia Volz in conversation with Paul Yamazaki

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco by Alia Volz published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt A blazingly funny, heartfelt memoir from the daughter of the larger-than-life woman who ran Sticky Fingers Brownies, an underground bakery that distributed thousands of marijuana brownies per month and helped provide medical marijuana to AIDS patients in San Francisco—for fans of Armistead Maupin and Patricia Lockwood During the '70s in San Francisco, Alia's mother ran the underground Sticky Fingers Brownies, delivering…

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Berkeley Noir

May 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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Ottessa Moshfegh: Death in Her Hands

May 5 @ 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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Ottessa Moshfegh discusses her new novel Death in Her Hands. Praise for Death in Her Hands “When it comes to evoking the jagged edge of contemporary anxiety there might not be a more insightful writer working today than Moshfegh. That is if the boundless dark potential of the human psyche is your thing. If it’s not, this atmospheric, darkly comic tale of a pathologically lonely widow and the thrills lurking in her sylvan retreat might not be for you. But, sophisticated…

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Afternoon Craft Conversation with Marie Mutsuki Mockett

May 6 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, 928 St. Marys Road
Moraga, CA 94575 United States
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. LOCATION: De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, Hagerty Lounge, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575 View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: This event was postponed due to the planned PG&E power outage but has been rescheduled to May 6th at 2:30pm in Hagerty Lounge! Whether your parents read you bedtime stories, or you watched a lot of television growing up, (or both), you were unknowingly…

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Karen Tei Yamashita

May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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celebrating the release of her new short fiction collection Sansei and Sensibility published by Coffee House Press Generations of Japanese Americans merge with Jane Austen's characters in these lively stories, pairing uniquely American histories with reimagined classics. In these buoyant and inventive stories, Japanese Americans shift the boundaries of Jane Austen's classic tales, questioning what inheritance—familial, cultural, artistic—really means. In ’60s California and beyond, a woman examines the contents of her dead aunt’s freezer, Mr. Darcy is captain of the…

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C Pam Zhang, How Much of These Hills is Gold at Bookshop Santa Cruz

May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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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 any ADA accommodation requests, please email info@bookshopsantacruz.com by May 4th. An electric debut novel set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape--trying not just to…

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Creative Writing Reading Series with Marie Mutsuki Mockett

May 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Soda Center, Claeys Lounge SMC, 1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575 United States
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. LOCATION: Soda Activity Center: Claeys Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94575 View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: Marie Mutsuki Mockett’s memoir, Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye examines grief against the backdrop of the 2011 Great East Earthquake in Japan and was a finalist for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award, Indies Choice Best Book for Nonfiction and the Northern California Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her…

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Stephanie Danler: Stray

May 6 @ 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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Stephanie Danler discusses her new memoir, Stray. About Stray From the bestselling author of Sweetbitter, a memoir of growing up in a family shattered by lies and addiction, and of one woman's attempts to find a life beyond the limits of her past. Stray is a moving, sometimes devastating, brilliantly written and ultimately inspiring exploration of the landscapes of damage and survival. After selling her first novel--a dream she'd worked long and hard for--Stephanie Danler knew she should be happy. Instead, she found herself…

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Ottessa Moshfegh discusses Death In Her Hands

May 6 @ 7:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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New York Times bestselling author Ottessa Moshfegh discusses and signs copies of her highly anticipated new novel, Death In Her Hands. From one of our most ceaselessly provocative literary talents, a novel of haunting metaphysical suspense about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds a cryptic note on a walk in the woods that ultimately makes her question everything about her new home While on her normal daily walk with her dog in the nearby forest woods, our…

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Lunch Poems: Student reading

May 7 @ 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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One of the year’s liveliest events, the student reading includes winners of the following prizes: Academy of American Poets, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang, as well as students nominated by Berkeley’s creative writing faculty, Lunch Poems volunteers, and representatives from student publications.

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Margaret Randall in conversation with Garrett Caples

May 7 @ 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 Margaret Randall's new book I Never Left Home: Poet, Feminist, Revolutionary from Duke University Press In 1969, poet and revolutionary Margaret Randall was forced underground when the Mexican government cracked down on all those who took part in the 1968 student movement. Needing to leave the country, she sent her four young children alone to Cuba while she scrambled to find safe passage out of Mexico. In I Never Left Home, Randall recounts her harrowing escape and…

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