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February 2020

Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen featuring Kaecey McCormick

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Willow Glen Library, 1157 Minnesota Ave
San Jose , CA 95125 United States
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Willow Glen Library 1157 Minnesota Avenue, San José, CA, 95125 (408) 808-3045 or (408) 266-1361 Free and open to the public. Kaecey McCormick is an author, artist, and educator whose mission is to help people access creativity as a tool for effecting change in their lives. Named the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate for the City of Cupertino, she enjoys helping the community celebrate poetry. Kaecey works as a writer and creativity coach, and her writing appears in her book Pixelated Tears (Prolific…

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In Common Writers Series: Jennifer Bartlett and Denise Leto, reading and in conversation

February 20 @ 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 opens 2020 with a double program featuring two remarkable poet/writers, each with significant work in disability poetics and activism. This event—the first of two evenings with Jennifer Bartlett and Denise Leto—is supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and is free and open to the public. Jennifer Bartlett was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received a BA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from Vermont College. She is the author of Hindrances of…

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The Racket : Revenge

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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There are themes and then there are THEMES and no one is surprised that REVENGE is absolutely a THEME. We imagine tales of murder and lust and backstabbing and danger and excitement and sex (there is has to be sex right?) and for some reason we think everything is covered in thick, red velvet and dimly lit and maybe there's a vampire because vampires are probably pretty vengeful but maybe that's just because now we're thinking thick, red velvet and…

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Elwin Cotman, Vernon Keeve, Adrienne Oliver, and Alexandra Mattraw Reading

February 20 @ 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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Local writers Elwin Cotman, Vernon Keeve, and Adrienne Oliver read from their work. Elwin Cotman grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, whee the post-industrial landscape was a great inspiration for him. He is a writer of urban fantasy. He is also the author of two collections of speculative short stories, The Jack Daniels Sessions EP and Hard Times Blues. His work has appeared in Grist, Weird Fiction Review, Black Gate, The Thought Erotic, The Southwestern Review, and Cabinet des Fees, among others. His third collection, Dance on Saturday, is being published…

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Paul E. Joseph in conversation with with Dr. Waldo E. Martin Jr. at City Lights Books

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. published by Basic Books This dual biography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King upends longstanding preconceptions to transform our understanding of the twentieth century's most iconic African American leaders. To most Americans, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. represent contrasting ideals: self-defense vs. nonviolence, black power vs. civil rights, the sword vs. the shield. The struggle for black freedom is wrought with…

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Jenny Offill: Weather

February 20 @ 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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Jenny Offill discusses her new novel Weather. Praise for Weather “This is so good. We are not ready nor worthy.”–Ocean Vuong “Jenny Offill conjures entire worlds with her steady, near-pointillist technique. One feels a whole heaving, breathing universe behind her every line. Dread, the sensation of sinking, lostness, and being cast away from any sense of safety infiltrates every interaction and private moment in this book, like ashes from the burning world she describes.”–Sheila Heti “Novelists don’t need to dream the end…

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Joan Frank

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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reads from her new collection of essays, Try To Get Lost Through the author (TM)s travels in Europe and the United States, Try to Get Lost explores the quest for place that compels and defines us: the things we carry, how politics infuse geography, media (TM)s depictions of an idea of home, the ancient and modern reverberations of the word oehotel, � and the ceaseless discovery generated by encounters with self and others on familiar and foreign ground. Frank posits that in fact…

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Speaking Axolotl Reading and Open Mic

February 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Nomadic Press/Fairmount, 111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
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A Latinx poetry reading series y open mic that happens every third Thursday (unless otherwise noted) in "The Chapel" at Nomadic Press. Decolonized beats provided by the one-and-only L7. Hosted by Josiahluis Alderete. This month's features are TBA. Donations will be kindly requested to help pay the features and cover the cost of the space. The 10-slot open mic list opens at 7:30 PM and fills up pretty quick so if you plan on reading get there early Free parking…

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In Common Writers Series: Denise Leto and Jennifer Bartlett

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series opens for 2020 with a double program featuring two remarkable poet/writers, each with significant work in disability poetics and activism. This event—the second of two evenings with Jennifer Bartlett and Denise Leto—is supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and is free and open to the public. Denise Leto is a multidisciplinary poet, writer, editor, and dance dramaturge. She wrote the book of poetry for the collaborative dance performance Your Body is Not a Shark, exploring feminist embodiment, voice, and disability…

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Children’s Book Night at Nomadic Press

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nomadic Press/Fairmount, 111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
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Children's Book Night at Nomadic Press

Join us as we celebrate three amazing children's books: Sam! (written by Dani Gabriel, illustrated by Art of Robert Liu-Trujillo), I Am Sausal Creek/Soy El Arroyo Sausal (written by Melissa Reyes, translated by Cinthya Muñoz, illustrated by Art of Robert Liu-Trujillo), and Occasionally Accurate Science (written by July Westhale, illustrated by Liz Laribee). Reading and author discussion and book signing to follow. Family friendly, so please bring everyone to enjoy a relaxed pleasant evening of storytelling and community building. Light…

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Stephen Ratcliffe and Kyle Schlesinger at Alley Cat Books

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Stephen Ratcliffe (sound of wave in channel) and Kyle Schlesinger (A New Kind of Country) will be here reading from their newest books!       

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Jenny Offill: Weather

February 21 @ 7:00 pm
Pt. Reyes Books, 11315 CA-1
Pt. Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States
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Jenny Offill, bestselling author of Dept of Speculation, visits Point Reyes to discuss her highly anticipated novel, Weather. Jenny will be in conversation with the bookstore's Stephen Sparks. About Weather: Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized…

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Two Remarkable Poets on Disability Poetics and Activism

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series opens 2020 with a program featuring two remarkable poet/writers, each with significant work in disability poetics and activism. This event, with Jennifer Bartlett and Denise Leto, is supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund. Jennifer Bartlett was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. Of her work, Nathaniel Tarn writes, “Jennifer Bartlett has created not a new form of surrealism, nor of magical realism, but a kind of supernal realism which leaves room for dreams, visions, and angels as…

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American Sutra at Oakland Asian Cultural Center

February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St Ste 290
Oakland, CA 94607 United States
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“American Sutra” discussion on author panel for the 2020 National Day of Remembrance. Time TBD. Sponsored by Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Eastwind Books of Berkeley.

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Ann Harleman Reading from TELL ME, SIGNORA

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111 United States
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Ann Harleman will read from and discuss her new novel, TELL ME, SIGNORA.  Kate Hagesfeld, a recent widow, travels to Italy just after 9/11 to restart her career as an archaeologist.  Caught up in efforts to aid political refugees, she must make the choice of a lifetime.  Ann is the author of four previous books: Happiness; Bitter Lake; Thoreau's Laundry; The Year She Disappeared.   "A wonderful talent!" (The Washington Post); "Stellar" (O, The Oprah Magazine); "verbal razzle-dazzle...mystery...a dexterous writer" (The New York Times)

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Day of Remembrance with author Duncan Ryuken Williams

February 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St Ste 290
Oakland, CA 94607 United States
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Day of Remembrance: Duncan Ryuken Williams discusses his book, American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War. Duncan Ryūken Williams reveals the little-known story of how, in the darkest hours of World War II when Japanese Americans were stripped of their homes and imprisoned in camps, a community of Buddhists launched one of the most inspiring defenses of religious freedom in our nation's history, insisting that they could be both Buddhist and American. Sponsored by…

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Alan Kaufman, Maxine Chernoff, and Jake Marmer – Three Jewish Writers at The Beat Museum

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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ALAN KAUFMAN Alan Kaufman is a novelist and memoirist known for his storytelling power and who’s been not only praised by everyone from Dave Eggers, Etgar Keret and Sapphire to David Mamet, Hubert Selby Jr. and Thane Rosenbaum but has been compared by critics to such prose masters as Henry Miller, I.B. Singer and Jack Kerouac. His books include The Berlin Woman, Matches, Jew Boy, Drunken Angel and several anthologies, including The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and The Outlaw Bible of American Art. MAXINE CHERNOFF Maxine…

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THERE 32

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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NEXT THERE: THERE 32  will be Saturday, February 22, 2020, at East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue in Oakland, guests TBA. THERE was featured prominently in the San Francisco Chronicle! THERE (THe Eastbay Reading Extravaganza) is a reading series showcasing emerging and established writers from Oakland and Berkeley, with the occasional San Franciscan. For more than four years. Doug hosted it on the (usually) third Friday of each month at Octopus Literary Salon in Uptown Oakland. It also features a live original musical performance by a local musical artist at…

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Sean Negus and Caroline Goodwin at Alley Cat Books

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Join us to celebrate the publication of Hurricane Music (Sean Negus) and Custody of the Eyes (Caroline Goodwin).  

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Polyglot Author Kiran Bhat Reads from we of the forsaken world (and open mic)

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cafe Uccello, 340 14th Street
Oakland, 94612
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Come out to Kiran Bhat's upcoming reading from his new book We of the Forsaken World at Oakland's Café Uccello (340 14th St) next Sunday February 23rd from 2-5 pm. All ages, open mic to follow. About We of the Forsaken World...: In a distant corner of the globe, a man journeys to the birthplace of his mother, a tourist town destroyed by an industrial spill. In a nameless remote tribe, the chief’s second son is born, creating a scramble…

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Silent Book Club SF

February 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Silent Book Club at The Bindery in San Francisco by Cody Pickens

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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SF in SF with Juliette Wade, Tiffany Trent, and Mike Chen

February 23 @ 6:00 pm
American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St
San Francisco , CA 94103 United States
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Please join us for an evening of reading and conversation with authors Juliette Wade, Tiffany Trent, and Mike Chen, in conversation with Bay Area writer, editor, and raconteur Terry Bisson. Juliette Wade’s first novel, Mazes of Power, is just out from Daw; a work of sociological science fiction, it follows a deadly battle for succession in a world where brother is pitted against brother in a singular chance to win power and influence. Wade’s short fiction has been published in…

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In Search of My Robot: Media, Racialized Gender, and Creativity

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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In Search of My Robot: Media, Racialized Gender, and Creativity

Robots, like any technology, are not “objective” or “universal”; instead, machines reveal the process of social formation. This talk by poet, scholar, and new media artist Margaret Rhee demonstrates how forms of difference—such as race, gender, and sexuality—are shaped by and co-constitutive with technological developments. Specifically, Rhee illustrates how the robot is a locus of racialization for Asian Americans within modernity’s distinction between humans and machines. Rhee is the author of Love, Robot, named a 2017 Best Book of Poetry…

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John Sayles at City Lights Books

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Yellow Earth from Haymarket Books Rich layers of shale oil are discovered under Yellow Earth, North Dakota and the neighboring Three Nations Indian reservation. All hell breaks loose. In Yellow Earth, the site of Three Nations reservations on the banks of the Missouri River in North Dakota, Sayles introduces us to Harleigh Killdeer, chairman of the Tribal Business Council. "An activist in his way, a product of the Casino Era," Kildeer, who is contracted by oil firm Case and Crosby,…

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Contemporary Writers Series: Aria Aber

February 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Mills Hall Living Room, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland , CA 94613 United States
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Aria Aber was raised in Germany, where she was born to Afghan refugees. Her debut book, Hard Damage, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and was published in 2019. Aber’s poems are forthcoming or have appeared in the New Yorker, New Republic, Kenyon Review, Yale Review, Poem-A-Day, Narrative, Muzzle Magazine, Wasafiri, and others. She holds awards and fellowships from Kundiman and Dickinson House and was the 2018–19 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Aber is the spring 2020 Li Shen Visiting Writer…

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Megan Fernandes with Sam Sax

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Megan Fernandes reads from her new collection of poetry Good Boys published by Tin House Books In an era of rising nationalism and geopolitical instability, Megan Fernandes's Good Boys offers a complex portrait of messy feminist rage, negotiations with race and travel, and existential dread in the Anthropocene. The collection follows a restless, nervy, cosmically abandoned speaker failing at the aspirational markers of adulthood as she flips from city to city, from enchantment to disgust, always reemerging—just barely—on the trains and bridges…

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John Sayles: Yellow Earth

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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John Sayles works as a fiction writer, screenwriter, actor and feature film director. His novel Union Dues (1978) was nominated for the National Book Award and the National Critics’ Circle Award. He has written over a hundred screenplays and was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He has directed 18 feature films, with another, I Passed This Way, currently in progress. His films Matewan and Lone Star, as well as his previous novel A Moment in…

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JoAnne Silver Jones, Headstrong at Bookshop Santa Cruz

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes JoAnne Silver Jones for a discussion and signing of her new book, Headstrong. After a sudden assault by a stranger left Jones with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), fractured hands, and PTSD, she learned—with the help of a community that gave her the foundations of hope—to live with TBI in a society bursting with violence. She didn't see the hammer. For a fraction of a second JoAnne Jones saw a young black face, framed by a black hoodie, and then…

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Emily Nemens: The Cactus League

February 25 @ 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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Emily Nemens discusses her new novel The Cactus League. Praise for The Cactus League “Emily Nemens's magnificent debut is a masterwork of great empathy and detail, uncovering the realms of incredible pain and beauty enmeshed within every level of America's pastime. If you love baseball, you won't put it down, and if you don't love baseball, you might by the end.” —J. Ryan Stradal, author of The Lager Queen of Minnesota and Kitchens of the Great Midwest “A debut? You’ve got to be kidding.The Cactus…

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The MFA in Writing Program presents Cristina García in conversation with Omar. F. Miranda

February 25 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
McLaren Complex – MC252, USF, 2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States
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Cristina García is the author of seven novels, including: Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, King of Cuba, and, most recently, Here in Berlin; two Latinx anthologies: Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature and Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature; and a collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death. García’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She’s the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’…

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