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February 2019

San Francisco Writers Conference

February 14 @ 12:00 pm - February 18 @ 9:30 pm
Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco , CA 94111 United States
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$850

Feb 14-18, Thursday: 12 noon-9:30pm | Friday: 6:45am-9pm | Saturday: 7am-9pm | Sunday: 6:45am-4pm | Monday: 9am-5pm "San Francisco Writers Conference is a four-day event packed with 100+ sessions for writers-from the craft of writing to the business of publishing. There is copious networking with bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, publishers from major publishing houses, and other writers; two keynote luncheons and breakfasts; and evening open mic readings and pitch sessions. Thursday: 12:00AM-9:30PM | Friday: 6:45AM-9:00PM | Saturday: 7:00AM-9:00PM |…

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The Poetry Center presents a solo reading and conversation with Annie Finch

February 18 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA 94132 United States
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4:30pm The Poetry Center presents a solo reading and conversation with Annie Finch at The Poetry Center San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Avenue San Francisco free

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POETS! – featured readers followed by an open mic

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ayesha Harruna Attah

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from The Hundred Wells of Salaga: A Novel published by Other Press Based on true events, a story of courage, forgiveness, love, and freedom in precolonial Ghana, told through the eyes of two women born to vastly different fates. Aminah lives an idyllic life until she is brutally separated from her home and forced on a journey that transforms her from a daydreamer into a resilient woman. Wurche, the willful daughter of a chief, is desperate to play an…

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Marlon James

February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$29

 Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400 Marlon James is the author of the novels A Brief History of Seven Killings, John Crow’s Devil, and The Book of Night Women, all of which explore and retell twentieth-century Jamaica through a litany of perspectives.  His forthcoming novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the first in the Dark Star Trilogy, a fantasy series rooted in African legend, which James describes as an “African Game of Thrones” (Entertainment Weekly). Born in Kingston, James was the first Jamaican author to win the Man Booker…

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GennaRose Nethercott and Miriam Bird Greenberg

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Free
The Lumberjack's Dove

GennaRose Nethercott discusses her new collection, The Lumberjack's Dove with Miriam Bird Greenberg. Also featuring live shadow puppetry!   “Serious art does not need to be weighty or explicitly topical. It can be, as it is here, apparently as light as a feather: The Lumberjack’s Dove is, in its manner, a folktale; it is also a meditation on attachment, on loss, on transformation. Like its less humble relatives, myth and parable, it is pithy, magical, its many insights, its cautions and clarifications, unfolding…

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Chloe Aridjis

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from Sea Monsters: A Novel published by Catapult Press Pulsing to the soundtrack of Joy Division, Nick Cave, and Siouxsie and the Banshees, an intoxicating portrait of Mexico in the late 1980s by this brilliant Guggenheim fellow and Prix du Premier Roman Étranger–winning author. One autumn afternoon in Mexico City, seventeen-year-old Luisa does not return home from school. Instead, she boards a bus to the Pacific coast with Tomás, a boy she barely knows. He seems to represent everything…

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Poetry Center Book Award Reading: Lauren Levin and Melissa Mack, reading and in conversation

February 21 @ 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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Thursday, February 21 - 7:00 pm The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University I eat crumbs out of the baby's neck I'm glad there are no great poems by women I'm glad there are no great poems by Jews I'm glad there are no great poems about motherhood I'm glad no great poems have ever been written. —Lauren Levin, from The Braid The Poetry Center presents Poetry Center Book Award winner Lauren Levin, author of The Braid, (Krupskaya Books), together with award judge Melissa…

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Gloria Steinem: More Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street
San Francisco, 94114
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$20.00

Gloria Steinem in conversation with Favianna Rodriguez, moderated by Lauren Schiller. Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7 p.m. The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114 General Admission $20; Students $15 What is Gloria Steinem thinking about today in our era of #MeToo and intersectionality? How can today's feminists learn from our foremothers, and vice versa? We'll celebrate an updated, third edition of Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, originally published in 1983 - a book that has sold over…

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Marina Mularz

February 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Free
Welcome to Freedom Point

Marina Mularz discusses her new story collection, Welcome to Freedom Point. Praise for Welcome to Freedom Point "Fresh, witty, delightfully weird, Welcome to Freedom Point is equally infused with quirky charm, youthful energy, and the palpable sense of age-old loneliness that can sneak up and gut you. A collection of deeply human contradictions."-- GINA FRANGELLO Author of A Life in Men and Every Kind of Wanting About Welcome to Freedom Point It's all happening in the small town of Freedom Point, Wisconsin Karlee Starr explores the rhythms of…

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Edna in a Bottle (tastes funny)

February 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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$12 - $15

Edna in a Bottle (tastes funny) is a new San Francisco comedy hour at The Bindery in the Haight district. Edna and her friends are trapped in a bottle and dying to perform! A colorful splash of sketch scenes, story-telling, circus talent and wacked-out adult comedy. And there's nothing wrong with an eating contest here and there. Mark your calendars and come let us out of the bottle!   Tickets can be purchased in advance for $12. If available, tickets at the…

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Creating Leonardo: Celebrating 500 Years of Leonardo’s Legacy

February 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$25 - $80

Humanities West brings together a panel of noted scholars and performers for a two-day program of lectures, dramatic readings and music to celebrate and explore the cultural contributions of Leonardo da Vinci and the mythologized legacy that has developed over the 500 since his death. In 1519 da Vinci died in France and a myth was born. Now considered the quintessential “Renaissance man” his paintings and drawings continue to inspire and his inventions still fascinate us. Presenters include Paula Findlen…

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Bawdy Storytelling “Dirty Dozen”

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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$25 - $65

Saturday February 23rd, 2019 at the Verdi Club (2424 Mariposa, San Francisco, CA) Remember: Bang-O at 6:00 PM, Stories at 7:00 PM (NOTE: This is our Early Show) Tickets $25 in Advance / $30 at the Door Or see BOTH SHOWS with a Full Evening Wristband! Want to sample Bawdy Storytelling? Listen to our podcast at http://bit.ly/bawdypodcast ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• This Evening of Stories and Songs includes: ❤ Artist, Educator & 'SuperNova of Kink' Midori ❤ More Storytellers to come - stay tuned! ❤ Sexual Folklorist Dixie…

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Bawdy Storytelling’s ‘Best of Bawdy’ (10 PM, SF)

February 23 @ 10:00 pm
Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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$25 - $65

Saturday February 23rd, 2019 at the Verdi Club (2424 Mariposa, San Francisco, CA) Remember: Bang-O at 9:30 PM, Stories at 10:00 PM (NOTE: This is our Late Show) General Admission $25 in Advance / $30 at the Door Or see BOTH SHOWS with a Full Evening Wristband! Want to sample Bawdy Storytelling? Listen to our podcast at http://bit.ly/bawdypodcast ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• You choose the Winners! The evening includes: ❤ Best of Bawdy Survey coming soon ❤ Hosted by Bawdy's Founder, Sexual Folklorist Dixie De…

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Bay Area Chinese Writers Discuss their Writing

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, 100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA, 94102
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More than ten Chinese writers from the Bay Area will talk about their passion for literature and how and why they write. They will give tips on how to finish a book and share interesting stories from their writing journeys. The talk will be followed by Q&A, book signing, and refreshments provided by the writers. The program will be conducted in Mandarin.   Main Library Latino/Hispanic Community Room A/B

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Christie Aschwanden / Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery

February 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts a special afternoon event with acclaimed FiveThirtyEight science writer Christie Aschwanden for her new book Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery. More information to be announced -- please save the date and join us!   In recent years recovery has become a sports and fitness buzzword. Anyone who works out or competes at any level is bombarded with the latest recovery products and services: from drinks and shakes to compression sleeves, foam rollers,…

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Anya Martin and Nick Mamatas

February 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Anya Martin and Nick Mamatas

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Tommy Orange

February 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$29

 Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400 With his stunning debut novel, There There, Tommy Orange asks readers to examine their assumptions about who Native Americans are and how and where they live. The fierce and sorrowful novel grapples with the complex and painful history of a multigenerational Native American family living in Oakland, at once celebrating their rich spiritual heritage and illuminating the profound consequences of systematic discrimination. A recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Orange is…

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SPANISH LANGUAGE BOOK CLUB Meeting

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Please join us for a lively discussion about “Patricia sigue Aqui” by Maria Minguez Arias. For more information about the bookclub please contact J. Iranyi <iranyi@me.com>   Posted in BOOK CLUB

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Maxine Gordon on the life and legacy of Jazz legend Dexter Gordon

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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celebrating the release of Sophisticated Giant:The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon by Maxine Gordon (Author), Farah Jasmine Griffin (Foreword), Woody Louis Armstrong Shaw III (Afterword) published by University of California Press Sophisticated Giant presents the life and legacy of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923–1990), one of the major innovators of modern jazz. In a context of biography, history, and memoir, Maxine Gordon has completed the book that her late husband began, weaving his "solo" turns with her voice and a chorus of voices from past and…

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Nona Caspers and Friends

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center of San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St. San Francisco,
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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Nona Caspers

Join us to celebrate Nona Caspers' latest book, the novel, The Fifth Woman. Publisher’s Weekly said, “This gem of a collection is a transcendent portrayal of bereavement, showing how death elevates the mundane and affects everything humans do, see and think.” The San Francisco Chronicle called the book “… mesmerizing, moving…” Years after Caspers's unnamed narrator loses her first lover in a tragic accident, she finds herself wondering, "What did she want from me? What are the things that matter?"…

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Lloyd Kahn

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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A Celebration of The Pacific Ocean: Lloyd Kahn's Latest Book, Driftwood Shacks: Anonymous Architecture Along the California Coast from Shelter Publications Preceded by Discussion and Vintage Photos of NorCal Surfing in the '50s — Before Wetsuits Lloyd Kahn is the editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications,  an independent California publisher. Shelter Publications specializes in books on building and architecture,as well as health and fitness.

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REBECCA SOLNIT

February 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$29

 Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400 Rebecca Solnit is an incisive voice on topics ranging from feminism to the environment, western and indigenous history to literary criticism, and from hope and disaster to popular power and social change. She has published twenty books, including three collections of essays–Hope in the Dark, Men Explain Things to Me, and The Mother of All Questions–as well as a trilogy of atlases of American cities and a work of literary criticism on Eadweard Muybridge. Her most recent work, Call…

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BERKELEY ARTS & LETTERS: Possible Minds: Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI

February 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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$12 - $49

Berkeley Arts & Letters presents a panel discussion on the future of artificial intelligence and the nature of human existence.   Please note: This event is ticketed, and will take place at Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley. Tickets, including discounted book bundles, are available in advance here. Unless otherwise noted here, general admission tickets will be available at the door.   Advances in artificial intelligence have forever altered the way we live -- from Alexa in your living room to autonomous vehicles and…

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POSSIBLE MINDS: Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI With Editor JOHN BROCKMAN and local contributors: CHRIS ANDERSON and ANCA DRAGAN

February 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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$12 - $49

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 7:30pm Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley Tickets available now! Berkeley Arts & Letters presents a panel discussion on the future of artificial intelligence and the nature of human existence. Advances in artificial intelligence have forever altered the way we live -- from Alexa in your living room to autonomous vehicles and drone warfare -- and AI is poised to define the coming decades for better or worse. Tech giants, including Google and Facebook, are engaged in an AI arms race,…

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