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April 2020

Odd Salon SF: System

April 7 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Public Works, 161 Erie Street
San Francisco , CA 94103 United States
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$12 – $25

Early bird tickets go on sale on March 3 through Friday March 13 only. ~ Salon details and speakers to be announced ~ Tuesday, April 7 at Public Works, San Francisco Doors open for pre-salon cocktail hour at 6:30, Talks begin at 7:30 Reserved Seats available. General Admission seats are first come, first served. Odd Salon Members always enjoy discounted Join our growing membership for ticket discounts and Members-only opportunities.

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Chris Carlsson Book Launch at The Green Arcade

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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Hidden San Francisco is a guidebook like no other. Chris Carlsson (of Shaping San Francisco and Foundsf fame) peels back the layers of San Francisco’s history to reveal a storied past: behind old walls and gleaming glass facades lurk former industries, secret music and poetry venues, forgotten terrorist bombings, and much more. Carlsson delves into the Bay Area’s long prehistory, examining the region’s geography and the lives of its inhabitants before the 1849 Gold Rush changed everything, setting in motion the clash between capital and…

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C Pam Zhang: How Much of These Hills is Gold

April 7 @ 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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C Pam Zhang discusses her debut novel How Much of These Hills is Gold. Praise for How Much of These Hills is Gold "C Pam Zhang's debut is ferocious, dark and gleaming, a book erupting out of the interstices between myth and dream, between longing and belonging. How Much of These Hills Is Gold tells us that stories--like people, like the rough and stunning landscape of California itself--are constantly in the process of being made, broken, and finally remade into something tender and…

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Cody Simpson / Prince Neptune

April 8 @ 7:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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$18.50 – $20.42

Booksmith hosts Cody Simpson for his first book, Prince Neptune. Join us! Please note: This is a ticketed event, to be held at Booksmith (1644 Haight St.). The price of admission is equal to the cost of Prince Neptune, which is included with each ticket. Advance tickets are highly encouraged -- tickets are not guaranteed to be available at the door.   Conjuring vivid imagery and drawing from the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water, Prince Neptune presents poems and prose on themes of life, love, fame, escapism,…

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Mari Coates with Peg Alford Pursell / Launch for The Pelton Papers

April 8 @ 7:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts the launch party for Mari Coates and her new novel The Pelton Papers. She'll be in conversation with Peg Alford Pursell (A Girl Goes into the Forest). Join us! A richly imagined novel based on the life of artist Agnes Pelton, whose life tracks the early days of modernism in America. Born into a family ruined by scandal, Agnes becomes part of the lively New York art scene, finding early success in the famous Armory Show of 1913. Fame seems…

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Robert Williams at City Lights Books

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Robert Williams: The Father of Exponential Imagination published by Fantagraphics Robert Williams: The Father of Exponential Imagination is a comprehensive, career-spanning collection of the iconic painter's fine art, including over 300 oil paintings as well as drawings, sculptures, and more. Simply put, this is the definitive volume that Williams has been working towards his entire career. In the late 20th and early 21st century, diverse forms of commonplace and popular art appeared to be coalescing into a formidable faction of new…

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Kathy Valentine: All I Ever Wanted

April 8 @ 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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Kathy Valentine, bassist for The Go-Go's, discusses her new memoir All I Ever Wanted. About All I Ever Wanted Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine’s story is a roller coaster of sex, drugs, and of course, music; it’s also a story of what it takes to find success and find yourself, even when it all comes crashing down. At twenty-one, Kathy Valentine was at the Whisky in Los Angeles when she met a guitarist from a fledgling band called the Go-Go’s—and the band…

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Melville House @ City Lights

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Melville House Publishers is celebrated by City Lights! Three authors with recently released books join us for an evening of spirited discussion Malcolm Harris in conversation with Curtis White, moderated by Jenny Odell Malcolm Harris celebrates the release of SHIT IS FUCKED UP AND BULLSHIT: History Since the End of History  Curtis White celebrates the release of Living in a World that Can't Be Fixed: Reimagining Counterculture Today Jenny Odell is the author of How to Do Nothing ----------------- about Shit Is Fucked Up and Bullshit: History…

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Poetry Center Book Award Reading: Ashley Toliver and Jason Bayani, reading and in conversation

April 9 @ 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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Join us for this reading by Poetry Center Book Award winner Ashley Toliver, for her work Spectra (Coffee House Press, 2018). She'll be joined by award judge Jason Bayani, reading and in conversation. Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, this event is free and open to the public. Ashley Toliver’s Spectra is an immensely moving work. Its three-act structure entrenches within the violent friction between nature and manmade forms and between nature and the human body. Under Toliver’s…

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Namwali Serpell & Carmen Maria Machado

April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$29
Serpell & Machado

TICKETSTo purchase over the phone: 415-392-4400 This event appears in the series Social Studies Namwali Serpell is a Zambian writer who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. She won the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing, and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and The Best American Short Stories. Her first novel, The Old Drift, which Salman Rushdie calls a “dazzling debut,” tells the stories of three Zambian families across three generations, from the precolonial…

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Bawdy Storytelling’s ‘Twitterpated’

April 9 @ 8:00 pm
Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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$25

Thursday, April 9th, 2020 at the Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa, San Francisco, CA Remember: Bang-O at 7:00 PM, Stories at 8:00 PM Want a sample of Bawdy? Listen to the Bawdy Storytelling podcast at http://bit.ly/bawdypodcast •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• This Evening of Stories, Songs & Sex Toys features: ❤ Hosted by Sexual Folklorist Dixie De La Tour ❤ Legendary Author/Speaker/Kinkster Race Bannon ❤ Songs by Bawdy's brilliant cohort, Jefferson Bergey ❤ Pitch your story to Dixie@BawdyStorytelling.com ❤ Play Bang-O & WIN Prizes, just…

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National Poetry Month: Stegner Fellows Reading + Happy Hour!

April 10 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Ruby, 23rd and bryant street
san francisco, 94110
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Join us for a special Ruby happy hour in honor of National Poetry Month featuring readings by Monica Sok, Safia Elfhillo, Claire Meuschke, and Taneum Bambrick; all current Stegner fellows at Stanford University. Drinks and bites served at 5:30pm followed by performances! About the poets: Monica Sok is a Cambodian American poet and the daughter of former refugees. She is the author of A Nail the Evening Hangs On (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). Her work has been recognized with a…

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Joanne McNeil: Lurking: How a Person Became a User

April 10 @ 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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Joanne McNeil discusses her new book Lurking: How A Person Became a User with Jenny Odell. Praise for Lurking “The internet isn’t ‘out there’ somewhere; it’s coextensive with the brain of any writer who’d be worth reading on the subject. In Lurking, Joanne McNeil writes as an internet ‘supertaster,’ a veteran of more platforms and forums and flame wars and start-ups than most of us could ever imagine. She employs a trees-not-forest style, immersing herself in the paradoxes, and reinscribing her body at…

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Author Event /// Arroz con Pollo and Apple Pie: Raising Bicultural Children

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Author Event with Maritere R. Bellas //// Parenting Expert Topic - Bilingualism, Biculturalism, Multiculturalism & Award-Winning Author, Influencer, Speaker, Podcast Host, Features Writer

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Writers with Drinks

April 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Writers With Drinks

Juliana delgado Lopera (Fiebre Tropical) Cyrus Grace Dunham (A Year Without a Name) Julia Serano (Whipping Girl, 99 Erics: A Kat Cataclysm Faux Novel) Tara Ison (Ball: Stories) Thea Matthews (Unearth ) Beth Lisick (Edie on the Green Screen) Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away All proceeds benefit a local non-profit 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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Lisa Brown: Long Story Short: 100 Classic Books in 3 Panels

April 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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Lisa Brown discusses her new book, Long Story Short: 100 Classic Books in 3 Panels. About Long Story Short Does Proust get you down? Do you find The Unbearable Lightness of Being simply unbearable? Is The Inferno your own private hell? Do you long to be conversant about classics like Moby Dick, the Bhagavad Gita, Madame Bovary, and, um, Twilight? Bestselling illustrator Lisa Brown (The Airport Book; Baby, Mix Me a Drink) did her homework. Long Story Short offers 100 pithy and skewering three-panel literary summaries, from curriculum classics like Don Quixote, Lord of the Flies, and Jane…

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Bonnie Tsui: Why We Swim

April 14 @ 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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Bonnie Tsui discusses her new book, Why We Swim, with Caroline Paul. Praise for Why We Swim  “A beautifully written love letter to water and a fascinating story. I was enchanted.”–Rebecca Skloot, bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks “The only thing better than reading Bonnie Tsui’s writing about swimming is swimming itself—and both are sublime. Why We Swim is an aquatic tour de force, a captivating story filled with adventure, meditation, and celebration.”– Susan Casey, New York Times bestselling author of The Wave and Voices…

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Wendy Liu

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing the subject of her new book Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism from Repeater Books Former insider turned critic Wendy Liu busts the myths of the tech industry, and offers a galvanising argument for why and how we must reclaim technology's potential for the public good. Innovation. Meritocracy. The possibility of overnight success. What’s not to love about Silicon Valley? These days, it’s hard to be unambiguously optimistic about the growth-at-all-costs ethos of the tech industry.…

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Kaouther Adimi: Our Riches

April 15 @ 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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Algerian author Kaouther Adimi discusses his new novel Our Riches. Sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Praise for Our Riches "An understated, lyrical story of reading and resistance over the tumultuous generations."—Kirkus Reviews (Starred) "Adimi’s confident prose displays Ryad and Charlot’s emotional depth while nimbly shuttling the reader through nearly a century of history. This is a moving tribute to the enduring power of literature."—Publishers Weekly "Fascinating: Adimi synthesizes the private minutiae of the great and sometimes forgotten publisher…

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Tess Taylor with Ilya Kaminsky

April 16 @ 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 Tess Taylor's Rift Zone:poems published by Red Hen Press and Last West published by Museum of Modern Art Books about Rift Zone RIFT ZONE, Taylor's much-anticipated third book traces literal and metaphoric fault lines—rifts between past and present, childhood and adulthood, what is and what was. Circling Taylor's hometown—an ordinary California suburb lying along the Hayward fault—these poems unearth strata that include a Spanish land grant, a bloody land grab, gun violence, valley girls, strip malls, redwood…

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Readings by Aaron Shurin and Gillian Conoley

April 16 @ 7:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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The Booksmith

Booksmith hosts a special evening with beloved Bay Area writers Aaron Shurin (The Blue Absolute) and Gillian Conoley (A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New and Selected Poems). Please join us for a night of readings! About The Blue Absolute Urban and pastoral, highly figured and fragmented, grieving and dreaming, the prose poems of The Blue Absolute set people moving and thinking amidst a flurry of dashes, dots, perspective shifts, and the fragmented action of San Francisco, the great city on the…

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Emily St. John Mandel: The Glass Hotel

April 16 @ 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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Emily St. John Mandel discusses her new novel, The Glass Hotel. Praise for The Glass Hotel "Long-anticipated... At its heart, this is a ghost story in which every boundary is blurred, from the moral to the physical... In luminous prose, Mandel shows how easy it is to become caught in a web of unintended consequences and how disastrous it can be when such fragile bonds shatter under pressure. A strange, subtle, and haunting novel. – Kirkus Reviews, starred "Mandel’s wonderful novel…

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BINDERY: Launch for Jennifer Hasegawa / La Chica’s Field Guide to Banzai Living

April 17 @ 7:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts a special evening with Jennifer Hasegawa to launch her debut book, La Chica’s Field Guide to Banzai Living. More information to be announced soon, but please save the date and join us! From the small towns strung along the coast of the Big Island of Hawai‘i to the land-locked landscapes of Paraguay to the volcanic surface of Venus, this is a field guide to flora, fauna, and mineralia encountered, real and imagined. Packed tightly into exploratory rocket segments, these poems…

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Grace Notes: Poets at Grace Cathedral

April 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco, 1100 California Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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Join Litquake for our annual National Poetry Month celebration, at Grace Cathedral atop the city's Nob Hill, for readings from some of America's best poets: Kazim Ali, Natalie Diaz, Tongo Eisen-Martin, and Jane Hirshfield. Curated and hosted by Rebecca Foust, bookstore provided by Russian Hill Books. Sales and signings to follow. FREE Moderators Rebecca Foust Rebecca Foust was the Poet Laureate of Marin County and is the author of Paradise Drive, All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song, and God, Seed, as…

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Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman: A celebration on his 95th birthday—poetry and jazz

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
3rd Floor McRoskey Mattress Loft, 1687 Market Street
San Francisco, 94103
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In celebration of the recent publication of the Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman, edited by Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye, and Tate Swindell, by City Lights Books, we're assembling a gathering of poets, artists, and musicians on what would be the late poet's 95th birthday. Hosted by McRoskey Mattress Co., in their wonderful 3rd floor loft space, and co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, City Lights Books, and The Green Arcade, this event is free and open to the public. Please join…

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Miranda July with Jenny Odell

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$29
Miranda July by Elizabeth Weinberg

TICKETSTo purchase over the phone: 415-392-4400 This event appears in the series Social Studies Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer. She is the author of the novel The First Bad Man, and the short story collection No One Belongs Here More Than You and writer, director and star of the films The Future and Me and You and Everyone We Know. Her forthcoming crime drama Kajillionaire stars Evan Rachel Wood and Gina Rodriguez. July’s participatory art works include the website Learning to Love You More, Eleven Heavy Things (a sculpture garden created for…

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Frank Wilderson III

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing the subject of his new book Afropessimism published by Liveright Books / W.W. Norton In the tradition of Edward Said's Orientalism and Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks, Afropessimism is an unparalleled account of the non-analogous experience of being Black. A seminal work that strikingly combines groundbreaking philosophy with searing flights of memoir, Afropessimism presents the tenets of an increasingly influential intellectual movement that theorizes blackness through the lens of perpetual slavery. Rather than interpreting slavery through a Marxist framework of class oppression, Frank B.…

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9th Avenue: John Kaag at Green Apple Books

April 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books 9th Avenue, 1231 9th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122 United States
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ohn Kaag discusses his new book, Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life. Praise for Sick Souls, Healthy Minds "Kaag's reading of James is as elucidating as readers have come to expect from him. Once again, he writes in a clear, focused, and winningly self-aware style that makes friends of James and himself for anyone who wonders if life is worth living. A book in which Kaag further carves out his niche in philosophy: personal, practical, and…

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Kawai Strong Washburn: Sharks in the Time of Saviors

April 22 @ 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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 Kawai Strong Washburn discusses his debut novel Sharks in the Time of Saviors. Praise for Sharks in the Time of Saviors “Sharks in the Time of Saviors is the novel you never knew you were waiting for. Old myths clash with new realities, love is in a ride or die with grief, faith rubs hard against magic, and comic flips with tragic so much they meld into something new. All told with daredevil lyricism to burn. A ferocious debut.”—MARLON JAMES, author of Black…

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Lake Like a Mirror at The Ruby SF: Ho Sok Fong and Natascha Bruce in conversation with Meng Jin

April 23 @ 6:00 pm
The Ruby, 23rd and bryant street
san francisco, 94110
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Celebrate the release of Ho Sok Fong’s Lake Like a Mirror, translated by Natascha Bruce, at The Ruby SF, an arts and letters-focused work and gathering space for creative Bay Area women of all definitions. Ho Sok Fong and Natascha Bruce will be in conversation with writer Meng Jin. By an author described by critics as “the most accomplished Malaysian writer, full stop,” Lake Like a Mirror is a scintillating exploration of the lives of women buffeted by powers beyond…

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