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October 2018

BOOKSMITH: Phoebe Robinson presents Everything is Trash, But It’s Okay at Public Works SF

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Public Works, 161 Erie Street
San Francisco , CA 94103 United States
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$35

Booksmith presents a special evening with Phoebe Robinsonfor her new book, Everything is Trash, But It's Okay. Please join us at Public Works! Please note: this event is 21+, and all tickets include a copy of Everything is Trash, But It's Okay. 1 ticket = 1 book. No exceptions. Tickets can be purchased here. Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress who is best known as the co-creator and co-star of the hit WNYC Studios podcast 2 Dope Queens, which was turned into four one-hour,…

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SPANISH LANGUAGE BOOK CLUB MEETING

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Details soon! To join the book group please contact iranyi@me.com

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Preserving Fire: A meditation on the prose of Philip Lamantia

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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with Garrett Caples and Friends Celebrating the release of Preserving Fire: Selected Prose By Philip Lamantia Edited by Garrett Caples published by Wave Books Preserving Fire recounts the life and thought of Surrealist, Beat Generation, and San Francisco Renaissance poet Philip Lamantia through his fugitive prose works. Ranging from poetry to politics to mythology to dance, from manifestos to travelogues to wartime declarations of conscientious objection, these writings—expertly collected by Garrett Caples—offer a dynamic picture of Lamantia's multifaceted intellectual life and the artistic…

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BINDERY: Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner, Zachary Lipez & Stacy Wakefield / 131 Different Things

October 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts a special evening with the Yeah Yeah Yeah'sNick Zinner, Zachary Lipez, and Stacy Wakefield for their new book, 131 Different Things. Please join us!   When Sam, a bartender in New York, hears that his ex, Vicki, his one true love, has quit AA and is out drinking again, he embarks on a quest to find her. Sam and his sidekick Francis trek from dive bars to gay bars to rocker bars—encountering skinheads, party promoters, underage drug dealers, and dominatrixes—but they are…

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Chaya Bhuvaneswar discusses her new story collection, White Dancing Elephants with Lydia Kiesling

October 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Chaya Bhuvaneswar discusses her new story collection, White Dancing Elephants with Lydia Kiesling. Praise for White Dancing Elephants "Chaya Bhuvaneswar's debut collection maps with great assurance the intricate outer reaches of the human heart. What a bold, smart, exciting new voice, well worth listening to; what an elegant story collection to read and savor." Lauren Groff “A bold, honest, often provocative first collection from a fresh new voice." Jeff VanderMeer “Reading Chaya Bhuvaneswar is like receiving Lasik via literature—the world you return to is…

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In Situ: Guy Debord, Raoul Vaneigem, and the Situationist Moment

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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with Donald Nicholson Smith with Anselm Jappe on the occasion of the release by PM Press of Guy Debord - by Anselm Jappe Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith • Foreword by T.J. Clark & Letters to My Children and the Children of the World to Come - by Raoul Vaneigem Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith about Guy Debord: This is the first and best intellectual biography of Guy Debord, prime mover of the Situationist International (1957–1972) and author of The Society of the Spectacle , perhaps the seminal…

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William E. Glassley presents “A Wilder Time”

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Bill Glassley returns to Bird & Beckett to present his newly published book, A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice (Bellevue Literary Press, 2018). In A Wilder Time, Glassley, a surfer turned geologist at the University of California at Davis and an emeritus researcher at Aarhus University, Denmark, retraces his several expeditions to Greenland alongside Danish colleagues Kai Sorensen and John Korstgard in this thoughtful volume about how his scientific work shifted his perspective on…

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BINDERY: Kiese Laymon / Heavy: An American Memoir

October 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Kiese Laymon for his new book Heavy: An American Memoir. More details coming soon, but save the date and join us!   In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.   Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect…

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M. NourbeSe Philip: the Leslie Scalapino 21st Century Innovative Writers Series

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McRoskey Mattress Company, Inc, 1687 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Owing to a generous gift from the Leslie Scalapino-O Books Fund, The Poetry Center very happily presents renowned poet, essayist, novelist and dramatist M. NourbeSe Philip, appearing as the first featured writer in our newly-launched Leslie Scalapino 21st Century Innovative Writers Series. Ms. Philip will read from her work, in the 3rd Floor loft space at McRoskey Mattress Co., on Market Street (at Gough), and respond to questions from the audience. This event is co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and The Green…

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Renowned Afro-Canadian Poet, Writer, Lawyer M. NourbeSe Philip Appears at McRoskey Mattress Company

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McRoskey Mattress Company, Inc, 1687 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Owing to a generous gift from the Leslie Scalapino-O Books Fund, The Poetry Center very happily presents renowned poet, essayist, novelist and dramatist M. NourbeSe Philip, appearing as the first featured writer in the newly-launched Leslie Scalapino 21st Century Innovative Writers Series. Ms. Philip will read from her work and will respond to questions from the audience. This event is co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade, and is hosted by the McRoskey Mattress Co. M. NourbeSe Philip,…

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Literary Arts Showcase | APAture 2018 – RE:place

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Arc Gallery & Studios, 1246 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$10 - $12

What better way to spend your Saturday night none other than at our Literary Arts Showcase for APAture 2018! Come through to Arc Gallery & Studios. Featuring Janice Lobo Sapigao. Showcase artists: TBA. *Supporter level and Festival Passes (with reserved seats) can be acquired by donating to our Indiegogo campaign! We've asked artists to explore 'place,' including but not limited to: displacement, reclaiming space, relationship or orientation to place, movement and migration, the loss or lack of place, or the…

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Toward a Calculus of Transgression: Appreciating Jean Patrick-Manchette

October 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Presented by City Lights Booksellers in conjunction with New York Review Books Donald Nicholson-Smith and James Brook discuss the life and work of the seminal genre-bending writer celebrating the recent release of Ivory Pearl by Jean-Patrick Manchette published by New York Review Books Jean-Patrick Manchette (1942–1995) was a genre-redefining French crime novelist, screenwriter, critic, and translator. Born in Marseille to a family of relatively modest means, Manchette grew up in a southwestern suburb of Paris, where he wrote from an early age. While a student…

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3 + 3: A Collaboration Between 3 Poets & 3 Musicians

October 28 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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$15

Three musician-poet pairs each perform a set—one new poem inspired by an original song, one new song inspired by an original poem, and one piece of pure collaboration. FEATURING: Heather Bourbeau – poet Raman Osman – musician Maw Shein Win – poet Evan Karp – musician Nick Johnson – poet Arula – musician ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Heather Bourbeau’s writing has been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Eleven Eleven, Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Chalkboard, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and the anthology Nothing Short Of 100:…

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3 + 3: A Collaboration Between 3 Poets & 3 Musicians

October 28 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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$15

Three musician-poet pairs each perform a set—one new poem inspired by an original song, one new song inspired by an original poem, and one piece of pure collaboration. FEATURING: Heather Bourbeau – poet Raman Osman – musician Maw Shein Win – poet Evan Karp – musician Nick Johnson – poet Arula – musician ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Heather Bourbeau’s writing has been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Eleven Eleven, Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Chalkboard, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and the anthology Nothing Short Of 100:…

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Odd Mondays “Central America: Why the Surge in Asylum Seekers?”

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Folio Books, 3957 24th St
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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We have all seen the horrific recent images of children separated from parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and heard stories of people from Central American countries seeking asylum in the U.S. because of dangerous conditions back home. But what are those conditions and why have so many asylum seekers been coming of late? Activist Trebor Healey, Professor Susanne Jonas, and journalist Mary Jo McConahay will discuss this topic and read a bit of their writing on the issue Monday, October…

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BOOKSMITH: Anne-Marie Kinney / Coldwater Canyon

October 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts Los Angeles-based Anne-Marie Kinney (Radio Iris) for her new novel Colwater Canyon. More details to be announced -- please save the date and join us!   Shep has been dealt a bad hand in life. Halfheartedly raised by a cold grandmother and chronically ill following his deployment in Desert Storm, he self-medicates with alcohol and daydreams of salvation at the hands of women—ultimately landing on one woman in particular: Lila, the young actress he believes is his daughter despite all evidence…

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Juliana Spahr

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing the subject of her new book Du Bois's Telegram : Literary Resistance and State Containment published by Harvard U. Press In 1956 W. E. B. Du Bois was denied a passport to attend the Présence Africaine Congress of Black Writers and Artists in Paris. So he sent the assembled a telegram. "Any Negro-American who travels abroad today must either not discuss race conditions in the United States or say the sort of thing which our State Department wishes the…

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Kim Adrian discusses her new memoir, The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet with Amy Wallen

October 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Kim Adrian discusses her new memoir, The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet with Amy Wallen. Praise for The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet “A stunning merger of form and content; a remarkable portrait-becomes-self-portrait; andsomething like a master class in complicity.”—David Shields, author of Reality Hunger “The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet is a revelation. By structuring the book in the unconventional form of a glossary, Adrian allows the reader into the very intimate mechanics of her memory. Each page I read pulled me…

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November 2018

Shipwreck Presents: Stephen King’s Greatest Hits

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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$12 - $15

Strap in for six of Stephen Kings terrifyingest, coke-iest, popular-iest books: The Shining, Misery, Carrie,It, Christine, and, of course, his seminal text on craft, On Writing. Featured writers TBA. $12 advance, $15 door, ticket includes *open bar* for 21+, and admission to the afterparty at The Alembic (1725 Haight). Seats tend to sell out fast; we encourage you to buy early. Please remember: Shipwreck tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Tickets on sale now. -- Welcome, Shipsters, to San Francisco's premier literary erotic fanfiction event. Six Great Writers destroy six…

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Adam Hochschild

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing the subject of his new book Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays published by University of California Press In this rich collection, bestselling author Adam Hochschild has selected and updated over two dozen essays and pieces of reporting from his long career. Threaded through them all is his concern for social justice and the people who have fought for it. The articles here range from a California gun show to a Finnish prison, from a Congolese center for rape…

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Sally McGrane

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Sally McGrane Clement: Sally McGrane Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 7:00pm This event will be held at our Clement St. location. Sally McGrane discusses her new novel, Moscow at Midnight. Praise for Moscow at Midnight "Everyone's talking about Russia but this is a book that really takes you there, a crime thriller with a truly documentary eye, full of insights about Russian people, politics and culture- while never failing to intrigue and excite." —Peter Pomerantsev, author of Nothing is True and Everything is…

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9th Ave: Anita Felicelli and Peg Alford Pursell

November 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Anita Felicelli discusses her debut story collection, Love Songs for a Lost Continent with Peg Alford Pursell. Praise for Love Songs for a Lost Continent “Love Songs for a Lost Continent is an expansive, inventive meditation on the shifting landscape of identity, on how people can be shaped and reshaped by violence and power and love. Anita Felicelli has a singular eye for the moments that transfigure lives, and this tremendous debut collection announces the arrival of a stunning new voice.”– Laura van den…

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great weather for MEDIA Book Release Party

November 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Free

Celebrate the publication of great sweather for MEDIA's latest anthology, Suitcase of Chrysanthemums and meet an indie press looking for new voices. Featuring contributors and special guests Zoë Christopher, Kit Kennedy, Calder G. Lorenz, Richard Loranger, Mary Mackey, and William Taylor Jr., plus editors David Lawton and Jane Ormerod. Suitcase of Chrysanthemums is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and fiction from established and emerging writers across the United States and beyond. Submissions for our next anthology are open until January 15 2019.

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Humanities West presents Late Czarist Russian Artistic Brilliance

November 2 @ 7:30 pm - November 3 @ 4:00 pm
Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$25 - $80

Nov 2, 7:30-9:30pm, and Nov 3, 10am-4pm Late Czarist Russian Artistic Brilliance is a two-day program of lectures, discussions, and musical performances exploring the enduring contributions of Russian art, music, and literature created during the twilight years of Czarist Russia. The phrase "European with Asian characteristics" expresses an continuing fascination with the prolific contributions to world culture created during the late 1800's by Russian artists, including the music of Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev; the artwork of Kramskoy, Repin,…

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POETS! – featured readers to be announced followed by an open mic

November 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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