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December 2019

Kelsey St. Press 45th Anniversary Celebration: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Ching-In Chen, Andrea Abi-Karam

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McRoskey Mattress Company, Inc, 1687 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Ching-In Chen, and Andrea Abi-Karam

The Poetry Center joins Kelsey St. Press for a public celebration of the press's 45th Anniversary, with readings by poets Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Ching-In Chen, and Andrea Abi-Karam. Kelsey Street Press was founded in 1974 to address the marginalization of women writers by small press and mainstream publishers. Forty-five years later, the press, still located in the East Bay, remains true to its commitment to bring out a wide range of voices, including the gifted work of trans and genderqueer authors. Hosted by McRoskey Mattress Co., in their…

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2019 Michael Rubin Book Award Release Party!

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Join Fourteen Hills press to celebrate OPPRESSORFACE, the 2019 Michael Rubin Book Award winning book of poetry written by Rob Hendricks. There will be drinks, food, a prize drawing. and a reading by Rob Hendricks. Other readers include: Truong Tran, Vanessa Marie Hamill, Steven Kennedy, Jens Mikkelsen, London Pinkney, and Izabella Santana. See you there!

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Lyrical Opposition: Unplugged

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
483 14th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Free
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You’re cordially invited to join us for an intimate showcase of socially-conscious, acoustic hip-hop music. Based in Bay Area, CA, Lyrical Opposition creates safe platforms that foster lyrical expression for hip-hop artists, spoken word poets, and other artistic talents through gatherings, icebreakers, freestyles, cyphers, artist development workshops, panel discussions, training and fellowship. December 13, 2019 Delaplane will host a live acoustic performance by Bay Area based rapper, poet, and performer Fego Navarro and Dela Paz, in an intimate setting. Limited…

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The Fire Thieves in the Gallery

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, 401 Van Ness Ave, Ste 126
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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Organized by Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate in consultation with Pam Peniston, artistic director of the Queer Cultural Center. The SFAC is pleased to welcome the The Fire Thieves Poetry Series—an inter-generational and inter-sectional collaboration between established, mid-career and new poets working, producing, and presenting new work—to the gallery for an evening of readings dear to their hearts. A selection of accomplished Native poets read their work surrounded by the powerful and uplifting photographs on view in the exhibition…

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Jeff VanderMeer: Dead Astronauts

December 13 @ 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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Jeff VanderMeer joins us to discuss his new novel, Dead Astronauts. Praise for Jeff VanderMeer “Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy was an ever-creeping map of the apocalypse; with Borne he continues his investigation into the malevolent grace of the world, and it's a thorough marvel.” —Colson Whitehead "VanderMeer is that rare novelist who turns to nonhumans not to make them approximate us as much as possible but to make such approximation impossible. All of this is magnified a hundredfold in Borne . . . Here…

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Vera Polozkova in San Francisco | presented by M.ART

December 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Marine’s Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, 94102
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$30 – $50
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// For English please scroll down // M.ART представляет премьеру поэтического концерта Веры Полозковой «Высокое разрешение» в Сан-Франциско на сцене театра Marines' Memorial. Билеты в продаже! Впервые в США Вера Полозкова исполнит свою новую программу, в которой поэтическая часть предельно точно сочетается с музыкой и видеорядом. Стихи, которые вошли в новое представление, так или иначе несут в себе отголоски путешествий поэта и перемен в её жизни, но все так же остаются о вечных темах — о любви и страхе, богатстве…

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photo from the launch of Mimi Lok's Last of Her Name, held at The Bindery on 10/22/19, by Evan Karp

Instead of Your Office Party: Quiet Lightning’s 10 Year Anniversary

December 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Save the date: Our 10-year anniversary party is Saturday, December 14! Saturday, December 14, 2019 @ The Bindery, 7-10pm 10 years to the date of our first show, we’re throwing a party to celebrate: 1200+ readings 900+ local writers 129 live shows 108 publications 90 venues 60 curators 10 years 1 party ! Readings by: Namwali Serpell is a Zambian writer who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for women writers in 2011 and…

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Writers With Drinks

December 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$5 – $20
Writers With Drinks

Alvin Orloff (Disasterama! Adventures in the Queer Underground) Olga Zilberbourg (Like Water and Other Stories) Megan E. O'Keefe (Velocity Weapon) FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST HOST Maggie Tokuda-Hall! Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away All proceeds benefit a local nonprofit, TBA. At The Make Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco CA, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM.

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Claire Rudy Foster / Shine of the Ever

December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts Claire Rudy Foster (I've Never Done This Before) for their new book, Shine of the Ever. Please join us! Shine of the Ever is a literary mix tape of queer voices out of 1990s Portland. By turns tender and punk-tough, fierce and loving, this collection of short stories explores what binds a community of queer and trans people as they negotiate love, screwing up and learning to forgive themselves for being young and sometimes foolish. “The characters in Foster’s fiction are all achingly…

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Music Release Party and Solstice Celebration with Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore

December 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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Mat and Yvonne will serenade us with some of the songs on their new album, discuss the companion book and we'll toast the coming of the light! Working Class Heroes is a collection of American working-class, pre–World War II folk songs revived by Mat Callahan & Yvonne Moore. Here the duo presents 20 songs written both by folk canon heavyweights and lesser known but equally gifted songwriters. Both beautiful and emotionally arresting, the album is a collection of stories as…

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GhostTourSF’s “Memories of Glen Park”: Zine Release

December 28 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Ghost Tour: San Francisco is an ongoing art project charting collective memories of San Francisco neighborhoods. The third section focuses on Glen Park. The upcoming zine "Memories of Glen Park" is an illustrated collection of autobiographical stories of the neighborhood. This reading celebrates the release of the zine and the corresponding artwork. Selected authors: Elina Ansary (project creator) Gail Bensinger Liliana Silva Jessamyn Ansary With original music by Jesse Cobb. After party with charity art raffle at Glen Park Station…

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January 2020

Quiet Lightning at the Balboa Theater

January 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA 94121 United States
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$15
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Submissions are open for the first show of 2020 — and our second decade! Curated by Disruptor Sophia Passin and her co-curator of choice, Kathleen Torrez, this show will be on January 6, 2020 at The Balboa Theater! Submissions are open through Wednesday, December 11 @ 11:59pm. After the readings (and a hearty intermission: beer, wine, and snacks are available at the concession stand), we will screen our feature-length film Water Under the Bridge (directed by Katie Wheeler-Dubin and Mila Puccini, 2016). Submit / Tickets / RSVP

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Aaron Cohen / Move On Up

January 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Aaron Cohen discusses the subject of his new book Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power published by the University of Chicago Press   Curtis Mayfield. The Chi-Lites. Chaka Khan. Chicago's place in the history of soul music is rock solid. But for Chicagoans, soul music in its heyday from the 1960s to the 1980s was more than just a series of hits: it was a marker and a source of black empowerment. In Move On Up,…

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EJ Koh: The Magical Language of Others

January 8, 2020 @ 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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E.J. Koh discusses her new memoir The Magical Language of Others. Praise for The Magical Language of Others "The Magical Language of Others is an exquisite, challenging, and stunning memoir. E. J. Koh intricately melds her personal story with a broader view of Korean history. Through these pages, you are asked to experience one family's heartbreak, trauma, and complex love for each other. This memoir will pierce you."--Crystal Hana Kim, If You Leave Me "A coming-of-age story, a family story, and a…

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Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s

January 9, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mechanics Institute, 57 Post St 4th Floor Boardroom
San Francisco, CA 94104 United States
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Editor David L. Ulin in conversation with Oscar Villalon, Managing Editor, ZYZZYVA Cosponsored by Alta Magazine Cool, dispassionate, and incisive, Joan Didion’s voice is electric on the page. Using autobiographical elements to stunning literary effect, she has captured the anarchic convulsions and anxious contradictions of the waning American century and the coming new millennium with incomparable clarity and force. Now, Library of America inaugurates a definitive three-volume edition of Didion’s collected writings with the landmark works of the 1960s and…

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Open Mic Night!

January 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Simple Pleasures Cafe, 3434 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA 94121 United States
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It's open mic night at Simple Pleasures! Join us for an evening of music and story-telling at our favorite neighborhood cafe. Sign up is at 7pm, and each performer gets about 10 minutes to speak, sing, or strum.

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2020 Hindsight

January 10, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Book Passage San Francisco, 1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111 United States
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$5 – $20

Join us for a fast-paced evening of readings by a dozen talented writers from the Lit Camp community. Free beer & wine. $5-10 sliding scale admission. Proceeds benefit Lit Camp scholarships.

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Rescheduled: Sally Rooney in conversation with Heidi Julavits

January 10, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$29

Sally Rooney “writes about tricky commonplace things (text messages, sex) with a familiarity no one else has” (The Paris Review). Her novels Conversations with Friends and Normal People, are nuanced portraits of people in their twenties, exploring their relationships to one another and the structures of class, abuse, and intimacy. Born in Ireland, Rooney earned a Master’s degree in American Literature at Trinity College Dublin. She is a nationally ranked debater and lifelong Marxist. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta and The London Review…

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Ottessa Moshfegh with Isabel Duffy

January 13, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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Ottessa Moshfegh’s characters are wracked with depression, neurosis, and utter ennui, but the care with which she tends to them imbues her books with a humor and verve that tempers the dark subject matter. Her protagonists include a drunk sailor, an obsessive secretary in a prison, and a modelesque Upper-East-Side orphan addicted to sleeping medication, all of whose inner lives are depicted with exacting prose, fashioning worlds that teem with rigid schedules, confounding antagonists, and psychological twists. Moshfegh is the…

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Zyzzyva celebrates their Bay Area Issue

January 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Moderated by Oscar Villalon with Meg Hurtado Bloom, Rita Bullwinkel, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Chia-Chia Lin, Kevin Simmonds, and Paul Wilner ZYZZYVA's latest volume—the Bay Area Issue—features new writing and poetry from the East Bay to San Francisco, from the North Bay to the Peninsula. Join them for a lively reading featuring six of the contributors to Issue No. 117: Meg Hurtado Bloom, Rita Bullwinkel, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Chia-Chia Lin, Kevin Simmonds, and Paul Wilner. Emceed by ZYZZYVA Managing Editor Oscar Villalon. Meg Hurtado Bloom received her…

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Happy Endings: January

January 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$10
Happy Endings

HAPPY ENDINGS is a monthly reading series that showcases new writing and wants to shine a little sun on your soul. What's gonna happen? Five writers will come with a piece they've prepared in response to a monthly prompt. A panel of judges will be selected from the audience, and that panel will pick a winner! $10/Pay what you can We're thinking about scale, my little Sunbeams. How does the size of a place, a person, or a feeling effect…

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T.J. Mitchell & Judy Melinek: First Cut

January 14, 2020 @ 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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Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell discuss their new novel, First Cut. Praise for First Cut “Scalpel sharp. First Cut allows a peek into the autopsy room through the eyes of a pro.”—Kathy Reichs “Who better to deliver a genuinely compelling mystery than real-life medical examiners? Fans of CSI and Forensic Files will devour this well plotted story.”—Karin Slaughter "All the charm, gruesome detail and surprising empathy that made Working Stiff such a delight brought back in a novel. An impressive opener to a…

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Mapping the Bay: with Kim Shuck and friends

January 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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poetry and discussion exploring the pathways language takes through land, water, and air. Poetry is all around us. Hidden in the trauma and joys of a life lived in full witness of the events of the last few centuries on a penisula haunted by languages lost but reclaimed, hidden, yet in plain sight. Local poets read from new and old works. What does it mean to stand as witness to lost histories? How does one heal great traumas and offer…

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Miranda Popkey: Topics of Conversation

January 15, 2020 @ 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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Miranda Popkey discusses her debut novel Topics of Conversation with Rachel Khong. Praise for Topics of Conversation "An intimate evisceration of our narrow imaginings of female sexuality, a brilliantly structured character study, and a book that repeatedly asks how women can fully trust their own desires when they've grown up steeped in the wrong stories. Its narrator is as skeptical of her own self-delusive fictions as she is of the stifling cliches and shallow fantasies about women's interior lives perpetuated by the…

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Confessions of a Psychedelic Journalist

January 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CIIS Public Programs, 1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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For more than four decades, Don Lattin has written about the social, spiritual, and political aspects of the psychedelic drug movement as a newspaper reporter, freelance journalist, and the author of four books of narrative non-fiction. In the 1970s, as a young reporter working in the East Bay, Don broke one of the first investigative stories about the US Army’s past efforts to use LSD as a hostile interrogation tool. He also covered the first local campaign to legalize marijuana…

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The War That Used Up Words? Literature in Paris 1910-1940

January 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush St.
San Francisco, California 94109 United States
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For decades, works like Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris have captivated our imaginations with their images of lively cafés that were a refuge from cold and poverty, of smoky clubs full of gin and jazz, and above all, of a city surging with creative energy. And rightly so—the decade after World War I was a time of radical experimentation in novels, poetry, painting, dance and more. But it is only part of the story. Writers…

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Wile & Wing Poetry Book Launch

January 17, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St
San Francisco , CA United States
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A poetry reading hosted by author and songwriter Kimi Sugioka. Author and songwriter Kimi Sugioka is a mesmerizing—and folkloric—figure in the Bay Area literary community. She is described as maternal, witchy, and passionate by Anne Waldman, author of Trickster Feminism. For decades, Sugioka has been involved in the Bay Area’s literary community, and was a former curator of the legendary Café Babar poetry series of the 1990s. Now, Sugioka says, poetry readings are more significant than ever in a shifting…

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SFJAZZ Presents The Just and the Blind with Marc Bamuthi Joseph & More

January 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$25 – $45

Longtime collaborators composer-violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph are joined by street dance pioneer Drew Dollaz and electrifying vocalist Lalin St. Juste in The Just and the Blind, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Framed by visually striking photography and animation projections, the multimedia work explores racial profiling and the prison-industrial complex in a series of short vignettes that include music, dance, and spoken word. Conceived and written by Marc Bamuthi Joseph Original musical score by Daniel Bernard…

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You’re Going to Die presents: A 10 Year Anniversary Event

January 18, 2020 @ 8:30 pm - January 19, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
The Independent, 628 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$18 – $20

Sat, Jan 18, 20208:30 PM  Sun, Jan 19, 20201:00 AM The Indepedent (map) You're Going to Die Presents: a YG2D 10th ANNIVERSARY EVENT!!!! featuring Whiskerman & more TBA soooooon.... Doors at 8:30pm Show at 9pm Ends after midnight @ The Independent 628 Divisadero St. San Francisco, CA 94117 21 & over $18 ADV - $20 DOOR TICKETS ONSALE 10/11 @ 10am: http://bit.ly/2LJflnF For its 10 Year Anniversary Celebration, You're Going to Die offers a mortally conscious & enliveningly entertaining experience, proudly presenting…

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Gibby Haynes / Me and Mr. Cigar

January 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from his new novel Me and Mr. Cigar published by Soho Press From the wild and wonderful mind of Gibby Haynes—world famous Butthole Surfers front man/lyricist and self-proclaimed eternal Texan adolescent—comes the surreal tale of seventeen-year-old Oscar Lester and his trusted dog, Mr. Cigar. Oscar and his dog have made a pretty good life for themselves, despite the fact that Oscar's family has all but vanished—his father is dead; his mother has a new boyfriend. His older sister, Rachel,…

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