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March 2020

My Life, My Stories / Real life. Told by SF seniors.

March 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Join us for an evening of learning and listening, hosted by My Life, My Stories! The theme is Family. My Life, My Stories is a local non-profit that preserves the life legacies of older adults in our community. We match a volunteer with one older adult, and over the course of several months, the senior's memories are recorded and transcribed into memoirs. We focus on helping underserved populations in the Bay Area including minorities, immigrants, homeless seniors, vets, and LGBTQ elders. Our…

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Omnidawn Spring Books 2020

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, 94704
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Omnidawn Spring Publication Party

Our Omnidawn book parties are legendary! Join us to get a first look at their latest titles. Hear great readings and meet the poets: Desirée Alvarez RAFT OF FLAME winner of Omnidawn's Lake Merritt Book Prize, selected by Hoa Nguyen https://www.omnidawn.com/product/raft-of-flame-desiree-alvarez/ "The poems in Raft of Flame address inheritance haunted by colonial violence and genocide. The ghosts in the archives speak inside the poems, addressing heritage next to loss. ‘I don’t see my face, owl says before soaring, / as…

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Crossroads: Stories of Queer Spirit

March 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free
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Welcome! Before joining the call, please read the full event description below--- CROSSROADS is a meeting place for all those who worship, pray, and make magic in the margins. It is a gathering of witches and heretics, hermits and revolutionaries, shadow-dwellers and truth-tellers. We are survivors, edge-walkers, and freaks claiming our connections with the Divine. Through storytelling we are offered a mirror in which to see our selves more clearly, to understand our place in the world, and to expand…

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Escape From Quarantine Reading – a weekly online thing

March 23 @ 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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Hilary Moore & James Tracy

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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front cover of No Fascist USA

celebrating the release of No Fascist USA! The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today's Movements by Hilary Moore and James Tracy (forward by Robin D.G. Kelley) published by City Lights Books The story of how a national grassroots network fought a resurgence of the KKK and other fascist groups during the Reagan years, laying the groundwork for today's anti-fascist/anti-racist movements. In June 1977, a group of white anti-racist activists received an alarming letter from an inmate at a…

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Zach Norris, We Keep Us Safe at Bookshop Santa Cruz

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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ookshop Santa Cruz and the NAACP of Santa Cruz County welcome Zach Norris, executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, for a discussion and signing of his new book, We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities—a groundbreaking new vision for public safety that overturns more than 200 years of fear-based discrimination, othering, and punishment. As the effects of aggressive policing and mass incarceration harm historically marginalized communities and tear families apart, how do we define safety? In a time…

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Phyllis Grant in Conversation with Julia Cosgrove

March 24 @ 7:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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discussing Grant's just-published book Everything is Under Control: A Memoir with Recipes. "What a beautiful, rich, and poetic memoir this is. Phyllis Grant writes of longing, suffering, celebration, family, and food with such delicate power. Like the best chefs, she knows how to make a masterpiece from a few simple ingredients: truth, taste, poignancy, and love. This is a wonderful book."--Elizabeth Gilbert To reserve your seat please purchase a copy of Everything Is Under Control by speaking to a bookseller…

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Alexandra Mattraw with Tiff Dressen and Mah Shein Win

March 25 @ 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 Alexandra Mattraw's new poetry collection We fell into Weather Published by Cultural Society What has been said about We fell into Weather: "What you can't see is what brings you," Alexandra Mattraw writes: "We throttle out of rent, ash CFC storming lung shifts." An uncanny, raw awareness embodies the space of perception and opening. Mattraw's primary language becomes action, becomes our phenomenology, our neurodivergence, our fullness: "When allergies heave and blister. When CFC wind. Decibels shake…

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#we : queer perspectives

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Free of charge and a hat will be passed

Please join us for the eighth installment of #we, a talk and performance series of queer perspectives hosted by Richard Loranger. Each event features two writers, musicians, or performers from various segments of the queer spectrum, who each give a talk on their perspective on or experience of queerness, along with a reading or performance of their creative work. For our eighth event, poet Shilpa Kamat will speak on “Walking Between Worlds” and will read some relevant verse; and stand-up…

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Cancelled: Adrienne Miller: In the Land of Men

March 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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Please note: this event has been cancelled.   Adrienne Miller discusses her new memoir, In the Land of Men, with Dave Eggers. Praise for In the Land of Men “Adrienne Miller did not merely find herself in the midst of a bright, innovative, challenging, unforgettable moment in literary culture: she made it happen. It was easy to miss that then, given all the attention paid to the brilliant writers, mostly men, that she discovered, nurtured, and endured. But now, with ferocious…

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Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman in Conversation

March 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free – $100
Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman in Conversation

It's a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we're raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business. First up: Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon in conversation, including a Q&A. Ayelet Waldman is the author of the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. Plus the memoir A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage,…

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Online MoAD Open Mic Night

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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Online MoAD Open Mic

Open Mic at MoAD is going virtual! Use this link to participate in the Open Mic online. You can sign up below to read, or just be part of the audience. OPEN MIC THIRD THURSDAYS continue. Because we were going to still be installing our new shows this month on the Third Thursday we decided to host Open Mic on the FOURTH THURSDAY this month! Even though we will be having the event online, we will still hold it on…

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Robert Glück

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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front cover of Margery Kempe

celebrating the new edition of Margery Kempe by Robert Glück, introduction by Colm Toibin published by New York Review Books First published in 1994, Robert Glück's Margery Kempe is one of the most provocative, poignant, and inventive American novels of the last quarter century. The book tells two stories of romantic obsession. One, based on the first autobiography in English, the medieval Book of Margery Kempe, is about a fifteenth-century woman from East Anglia, a visionary, a troublemaker, a pilgrim to the Holy…

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Daniel Kirsch, Sold My Soul for a Student Loan at Bookshop Santa Cruz

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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With unprecedented student debt keeping an entire generation from realizing the "American Dream," this book sounds a warning about how that debt may undermine both higher education—and our democracy. American higher education boasts one of the most impressive legacies in the world, but the price of admission for many is now endless debt. As this book shows, increasing educational indebtedness undermines the real value of higher education in our democracy. To help readers understand this dilemma, the book examines how…

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Canceled: Geometry of Shadows: Stefania Heim on Giorgio de Chirico

March 26 @ 7:00 pm
Center for the Art of Translation office, 582 Market St #700
San Francisco, CA 94104 United States
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Poet and translator Stefania Heim joins Olivia Sears to talk about Giorgio de Chirico’s Italian poetry, visual and verbal juxtapositions, and interlingual negotiations. AUTHOR Giorgio de Chirico Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) was born in Greece to Italian parents. A gifted and prolific painter, de Chirico is considered the founder of the metaphysical school of art and a significant influence on the surrealists. Over the course of his long career, he was involved with many of the twentieth century’s major art-world figures:…

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The Racket 40: Light

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
The Racket 40: Flight

We can still remember celebrating our mother's 40th birthday with a cake shaped like a coffin and a bunch of people wearing underwear on their heads. This will not be our evening. Our evening will consist of great writers from in and around the Bay Area reading on the eye-opening subject of LIGHT. It will, as these things do, probably get pretty dark. Free beer 'till there ain't. The Readers: Jennifer Lewis Thea Matthews Elizabeth Gonzalez James Lis Owuor Hugh…

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Jordan Kisner

March 26 @ 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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front cover of Thin Places

Jordan Kisner discusses her new essay collection, Thin Places: Essays From In Between. Praise for Thin Places “Jordan Kisner’s essays are like intricate tattoos: etched with a sharp and exacting blade of intellect, but made of flesh; richly drawn in their details; comprised of equal parts pleasure and pain. Like tattoos, their natural habitat is that strange borderland where our skin meets the world—where we confront our edges, or everything we can’t keep out. Always, and thrillingly, they look inward and…

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Jordan Kisner and Esmé Weijun Wang at Green Apple Books

March 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books 9th Avenue, 1231 9th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122 United States
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Jordan Kisner discusses her new essay collection, Thin Places: Essays From In Between with Esmé Weijun Wang. Praise for Thin Places “Jordan Kisner’s essays are like intricate tattoos: etched with a sharp and exacting blade of intellect, but made of flesh; richly drawn in their details; comprised of equal parts pleasure and pain. Like tattoos, their natural habitat is that strange borderland where our skin meets the world—where we confront our edges, or everything we can’t keep out. Always, and thrillingly, they look…

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Nomadic Press’ Virtual Open Mic #2

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Donate (only if you can swing it) by clicking on the "ticket" link or dropping donations via the $Cash app to $NomadicPress OR https://cash.app/$NomadicPress 90 minutes 30 readers 3 minutes each On Zoom! It feels really important to gather in these times, and we need to prioritize the health of most vulnerable community members (our elders, those who work with elders, and those with suppressed immune systems). So we are hosting another virtual open mic (this time a little earlier…

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Poetry Reading and Live Drawing

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
Poetry Reading and Live Drawing

Zoom Secession Virtual Happy Hour Friday, March 27, 6pm https://zoom.us/j/448811298 While we're closed until the city allows us to reopen (fingers crossed for April 9), Secession Art & Design is hosting a live-streamed poetry reading by Silvi Alcivar and ink drawing by Joshua Coffy this Friday. This is your chance to see their show "let me tell you a sacred" from your home. Life as we know it is different after COVID-19. We had no idea that we would spend…

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EVES AT THE BEAT: Womxn Reading at The Beat Museum Celebrate Women’s History Month

March 28 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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During Women's History month 2019, a constellation of events brought together a group of fabulous womxn+ writers. The meeting of these hearts and minds exploded into something powerful and a new monthly reading series concept was born, "Eves at the Beat". Eves at the Beat has been running for a year now, gaining momentum and new community as it goes. On March 28th 2020 we are having a celebratory marathon reading to uplift the curators and readers who have shared…

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Inter•Col•Lab: A Reading and Film Screening with Valerie Witte, Sarah Rosenthal, and Ayana Yonesaka

March 28 @ 4:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts a special afternoon of interrelated, genre-crossing collaborations: a book of sonnets and letters, an essay collection, and a film, all of which investigate postmodern dance. In their book The Grass Is Greener When the Sun Is Yellow, poets Valerie Witte and Sarah Rosenthal engage with the work of dancer-choreographers Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer. Through research into these innovative women’s dances, ideas, and lives, Witte and Rosenthal use language from and about the choreographers to create a series of co-written…

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Foglifter Presents: QT Writers Now—Virtual Reading & Open Mic

March 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free
QT Writers Now

As we protect our most vulnerable populations from COVID-19 and practice social distancing, Foglifter is responding to the marginalized communities’ necessary call to maintain connection as we face times of great uncertainty, challenges, and cancellations. Foglifter believes that we can support each other and reduce isolation’s detrimental effects through the literary arts and community. Foglifter is launching a virtual reading series and open mic, so we can see / hear and be seen / heard by each other. This is…

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Jane Hirshfield: Ledger

March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Pt. Reyes Books, 11315 CA-1
Pt. Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States
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Jane Hirshfield reads from her new collection of poems, Ledger. About Ledger: From one of our most celebrated contemporary poets--long-listed for the National Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and England's T.S. Eliot Prize--comes Jane Hirshfield's Ledger, her most important work yet. From its already much-quoted opening lines of despair and defiance ("Let them not say: we did not see it. / We saw."), Hirshfield's poems inscribe a registry, both personal and communal, of…

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Saturday Night Special, A “Scandalous” Open Mic

March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Nick’s Lounge, 3218 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Scandal is "an action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage." Whether it's the short skirt your mom wore, or the shocking things your dad said, something Voldemort tweeted, or maybe it was that thing you did – we want to know! Write it down and bring your best for the next SNS! March featured writers: Rebecca Foust & Halim Madi Bring your (three-minute) poems, stories, comedic sketches, songs, or dances, on our (optional)…

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Bay Area Antioch Reading Series no.2

March 28 @ 8:00 pm
E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, 410 13th Street
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Bay Area Antioch Reading Series is a quarterly reading series curated and sponsored by alumni of Antioch University MFA Program in Creative Writing. BAARS no.2 features Katy Avila Jeffrey Clarke Jesus Sierra Alex Simand Mireya Vela

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Silent Book Club SF

March 29 @ 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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Silent Book Club SF

March 29 @ 4:00 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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Seen and Heard

March 29 @ 6:30 pm
THE LAUNDRY, 3359 26th Street
San Francisco, 94110
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Jon Mooallem / This Is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City, a Voice That Held It Together

March 30 @ 7:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts Jon Mooallem (Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America) for his new book This Is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City, a Voice That Held It Together. Please join us! In 1964, Anchorage, Alaska, was a modern-day frontier town yearning to be a metropolis -- the largest, proudest city in a state that was still brand-new. But just before sundown on Good Friday, the community was jolted by the most…

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