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May 2018

Jenny Xie

May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Jenny Xie   reading from her award winning poetry collection Eye Level published by Graywolf Press Winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, selected by Juan Felipe Herrera Jenny Xie's award-winning debut, Eye Level, takes us far and near, to Phnom Penh, Corfu, Hanoi, New York, and elsewhere, as we travel closer and closer to the acutely felt solitude that centers this searching, moving collection. Animated by a restless inner questioning, these poems meditate on the…

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Daegan Miller discusses THIS RADICAL LAND

May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Daegan Miller to the store to discuss his book, This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent, on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7pm.  Joining him in conversation this evening is our very own Brad Johnson. "It's hard to feel hopeful about the future of the United States, given its ruinous past and present. But occasionally, the present will surprise you (e.g., kids leading the contemporary struggle against gun violence). Sometimes, too, as explored in Daegan Miller's spirited new book the past will too. His book…

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This is Now with Angie Coiro presents James Hatch on Combat Recovery

May 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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James Hatch served with the Navy SEALs, where he rose to the rank of special ops Senior Chief. He fought in 150 missions, including service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He earned four Bronze Stars with Valor. But it was when he broke into tears over the death of a service dog by enemy fire that he came to national attention. Hatch was testifying in the trial of Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan, then was captured by the…

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Lucy Jane Bledsoe / The Evolution of Love

May 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Lucy Jane Bledsoe in conversation with Rabih Alameddine about her new novel, The Evolution of Love. Please join us! “She’d told herself, and her husband Tom, that she was coming to rescue Vicky. And she was. She would. She’d been rescuing her sister her entire life. But she’d never done anything remotely this extreme. She knew the region had been evacuated, and yet somehow hadn’t pictured everyone literally gone. . .The stark, devastated landscape heightened all her senses, as if her fear…

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Daegan Miller

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Daegan Miller   discussing the subject of his new book This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent from University of Chicago Press "The American people sees itself advance across the wilderness, draining swamps, straightening rivers, peopling the solitude, and subduing nature," wrote Alexis de Tocqueville in 1835. That's largely how we still think of nineteenth-century America today: a country expanding unstoppably, bending the continent's natural bounty to the national will, heedless of consequence. A country of slavery and…

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Perfectly Queer East Bay Reading “Contrasts: Poetry & Prose”

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Laurel Book Store, 1423 Broadway
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Poetry and prose: apples and oranges? Decide for yourself at Perfectly Queer East Bay "Contrasts: Poetry & Prose" Wednesday, May 23, 7pm at Laurel Bookstore in Oakland. Poets Vernon Keeve III & Luiza Flynn-Goodlett and novelists Dale Chase & Hilary Zaid all read new work. Author signing follows. Free, tasty refreshments! Thematic door prizes at 7pm. ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Vernon Keeve III is a Virginia-born writer that California molded into an educator. He lives and teaches in Oakland. His purpose…

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Andrew Sean Greer / Less

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts Andrew Sean Greer for the paperback launch of Less, one of our favorite novels of 2017 and winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Joining Andy in conversation isR. O. Kwon. Come celebrate with us!   Please note: This event -- which is now rescheduled for May 23 at 7pm -- will be at The Bindery, 1727 Haight. If you would like to reserve a seat for the event, please pre-purchase a copy of Less via the form below and specify that you would like to…

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Book Release / Bad Luck of the Draw Club

May 23 @ 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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details TBA

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Aja Gabel and Vanessa Hua

May 23 @ 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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Aja Gabel discusses her new novel, The Ensemble. Praise for The Ensemble "Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their paths through life: sometimes at odds with each other, sometimes in harmony, but always inextricably linked by their shared pasts." —Celeste Ng  "With uncommon clarity and empathy, Aja Gabel brings us inside the passionate, complex, and sometimes cutthroat intimacy that exists among the four members of a string quartet. A wise and powerful novel about love,…

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Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Jane Gregory, and Wendy Trevino

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Wendy Trevino was born & raised in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. She is a Grant Writer in San Francisco, where she shares an apartment with her boyfriend, friend & 2 senior cats. She has published chapbooks with Perfect Lovers Press, Commune Editions & Krupskaya Books. Her chapbook #YourHarveyWeinstein was published by Spoilsport Editions – an online press she started with the writer Oki Sogumi – in 2017. Cruel Fiction (Commune Editions, Fall 2018) is her first full-length book of poetry. Wendy…

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Poem Jam

May 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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Join San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and others for a poetry jam. This is a Reading, Writing & Poetry program from SFPL. We love reading/sharing/creating words.

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Weimar Mirror: Revisiting Alfred Döblin

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Goethe Institut, 530 Bush St #204
San Francisco, CA 94108 United States
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Weimar Mirror: Revisiting Alfred Döblin Introduction by Peter Maravelis (City Lights Booksellers) Opening Statement and moderation by William T Vollmann (National Book Award winner, EUROPE CENTRAL) Presentations and roundtable participation by Adrian Daub, Thomas O. Haakenson, Deniz Göktürk, and Mel Gordon. The Goethe Institut San Francisco in conjunction with City Lights Booksellers and New York Review Books present an evening re-exploring the classic work of German writer Alfred Döblin, Berlin Alexanderplatz, on the eve of the release of a new translation by Michael Hoffmann published by New York Review Books. The evening is unique…

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Chuck Klosterman / X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith welcomes Chuck Klosterman back to the store for the paperback release of X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century. Please join us! Please note: this event begins at 7pm. Seating is limited, and is first come, first served. If you would like to reserve a seat, please purchase a copy of X below and put your request in the notes field. Remember, 1 seat = 1 book Chuck Klosterman has created an incomparable body of work in books, magazines, newspapers,…

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Kim Malcolm presents A COUNTRY WITHIN

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Kim Malcolm to the store to discuss her book, A Country Within: A Journey of Love and Hope During the Refugee Crisis in Greece, on Thursday, May 24th at 7pm.  A Country Within shares a professional woman's life-changing journey to Greece to work with refugees arriving from the Middle East and Asia. The story begins on the island of Lesvos where overloaded boats of refugees landed on local beaches, and moves to Athens where the author unexpectedly becomes a member of a family…

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Written Within the Body: A Salon with Lone Mørch, Sarah Kornfeld, September Williams and Kristin Kaye

May 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts an evening salon exploring the body in fiction and nonfiction with Lone Mørch, Sarah Kornfeld, September Williams and Kristin Kaye, all reading from their new books. Please join us for readings, Q&A, and signings!   Embody by Lone Mørch Embody is a tribute to the sensual body. In photos & prose, Mørch examines and illuminates the light and shadows in women's bodies, minds and psyches. With a loving gaze, artistic nerve, and poetry, the book reveals how women today work hard to discover and get in touch with…

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Barbara Berman

May 24 @ 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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Barbara Berman reads from her new poetry collection, Currents. Praise for Currents The reach of these graceful, ambitious poems ranges across stars, cities, storms. Their music is both political and deeply private, braiding the two undersongs together in challenging and sometimes wrenching poetry. These are poems to be savored and remembered, touchstones of a felt world. —Eavan Boland, Director of the Creative Writing Program, Stanford University.  Barbara Berman offers up a book of psalms to praise the mysterious and divine. Part…

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Poetry Flash presents Jane Mead and Carol Muske-Dukes

May 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Jane Mead’s new book of poems is World of Made and Unmade. C.D. Wright said, “As the laundry room floods and the grape harvest gets done; as Michoacán waits for another time, her beautiful, practical mother is dying. Ashes are scattered in the pecan groves of her own Rincon, her own corner of the world, and the poet, in elementary script, draws a sustaining record of the only feeling worth the struggle.…” She’s authored four previous collections, most recently Money, Money, Money |…

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Ted Scheinman

May 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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reads from Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan, a raucous tour through the world of Mr. Darcy imitations, tailored gowns, and tipsy ballroom dancing. "A treat for any Jane Austen fan . . . a fascinating window into a man's experience in a largely female world. Scheinman is a wonderful guide to the world of Austen, and this honest and thoughtful discussion of the role Austen's works have played in his family will delight any Janeite." --Booklist To…

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Eli Jaxon-Bear

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Please join us on Friday, May 25rd at 7:00 p.m. as we welcome Eli Jaxon-Bear for a reading and signing of his latest book An Outlaw Makes It Home! Eli Jaxon-Bear, was a 30 year Marin County author, teacher and farmer starting in 1976. His new book is being released this spring. We are currently planning our book tour and hoping we can schedule Eli for a reading and book signing  at your bookstore.   Praise for An Outlaw Makes It…

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Bay Area Queer Zine Fest Fundraiser

May 25 @ 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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The 2nd annual Bay Area Queer Zine Fest is coming back September 9! What better way to get people pumped about zines than to have a reading. We're partnering with our dear friends at E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore to bring you a night of zine magic. Interested in reading? Email baqzfest@gmail.com ** ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION FORTHCOMING ** #BAQZF2018 Source:: https://www.facebook.com/events/450401675397832/

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Daniel Gumbiner

May 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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Daniel Gumbiner discusses his debut novel from McSweeney's The Boatbuilder. Praise for The Boatbuilder “The Boatbuilder is a gorgeous debut about addiction, aspiration, and art on the California coast. It’s radiantly imagined, often moving, always funny, and teeming with life. Daniel Gumbiner isn’t a writer to watch—he’s one to read.” —Anthony Marra  “Daniel Gumbiner brings coastal California into sparkling focus in this moving story of a young man’s transition into adulthood. Told with wit and heart, The Boatbuilder is a meditation on love, loyalty, and…

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Rolling Writers – Rolling In The Aisles

May 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rolling Out Cafe, 1722 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116 United States
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Guidelines. This is a night for literary humor, not stand-up comedy. To be considered, send sharp, funny, insightful humor, broad or subtle, that would work well before a live audience. Political humor is discouraged—we get way more than enough of that these days, and most of it is lazy, obvious, and witless. Featured readers will get up to eight minutes at the mic (about 1,200 words). Funny stories, essays, memoirs, and poetry will be eagerly considered, and we'd love love to feature funny original songs and…

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MARY Journal Release Reading

May 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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On Saturday, May 26th, MARY: A Journal of New Writing will be holding a release party for the latest print edition of MARY Journal! Join us from 7pm – 9pm at Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland for a night of celebration and literary readings.

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Book Release: Cotton Candy by Jeremy Fernando

May 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nomadic Press: Uptown, 2301 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Join us at our Uptown, Oakland, location for the much-anticipated release of Jeremy Fernando's full-length poetry collection, Cotton Candy! It's going to be an amazing evening of readings, live music, gnosh / refreshments, and friends of Nomadic Press as we launch this treasure of a book into the universe. Readings by TBA, pop-up surprise Nomadic Press readers, and of course, the star of the evening, Jeremy Fernando. Books will be available for purchase and there will be a signing following…

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Saturday Night Special, A “Salty” Open Mic

May 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Nick’s Lounge, 3218 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Is it summer yet? At SNS we're feeling SALTY and we're ready to sweat, so bring us your sexiest, SALTIEST, summer stories, poems, songs, stand-up, (whatever) on our theme: SALT·Y of language or humor: down-to-earth; coarse. synonyms: earthy, colorful, spicy, racy, risqué, naughty, vulgar, rude; informal: tough; aggressive. Urban Dictionary: The act of being upset, angry, or bitter as result of being made fun of or embarrassed. As always, we'd love to hear your (three-minute) poems, stories, comedic sketches, songs,…

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