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January 2019

BJ MILLER

January 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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BJ MILLER In Conversation with Pico Iyer Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7:30 pm Venue: Nourse Theater Series: Cultural Studies  Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400  Through his writing, teaching, and work with the San Francisco Zen Center and University of California, San Francisco, BJ Miller has spearheaded a nationwide effort to change the way we think about and approach death and dying. Rather than hospitalization and endless attempts at sustaining life, Miller advocates a mindful, human-centered model of care that embraces dying not as a medical…

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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

January 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from her new novel Sketchtasy from Arsenal Pulp Press Sketchtasy takes place in that late-night moment when everything comes together, and everything falls apart: it's an urgent, glittering, devastating novel about the perils of queer world-making in the mid-'90s. This is Boston in 1995, a city defined by a rabid fear of difference. Alexa, an incisive twenty-one-year-old queen, faces everyday brutality with determined nonchalance. Rejecting middle-class pretensions, she negotiates past and present traumas with a scathing critique of the world.…

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BOOKSMITH: Ian S. Port / The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock ‘n’ Roll

January 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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The Booksmith hosts former SF Weekly music editor Ian S. Port for the Bay Area launch of his first book, The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll. Please join us!   In the years after World War II, music was evolving from big-band jazz into the primordial elements of rock 'n' roll -- and these louder styles demanded revolutionary instruments. When Leo Fender's tiny firm marketed the first solid-body electric guitar, the Esquire, musicians immediately saw…

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The Fiction of Amparo Dávila

January 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Audrey Harris and Matt Gleeson in conversation celebrating the release of The Houseguest: Fiction by Amparo Dávila by Amparo Dávila translated by Audrey Harris and Matt Gleeson published by New Directions Publishing Like those of Kafka, Poe, Leonora Carrington, or Shirley Jackson, Amparo Dávila's stories are terrifying, mesmerizing, and expertly crafted—you'll finish each one gasping for air. With acute psychological insight, Dávila follows her characters to the limits of desire, paranoia, insomnia, and fear. She is a writer obsessed with obsession, who makes…

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BINDERY: Kristen Roupenian / You Know You Want This: Cat Person and Other Stories

January 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts "Cat Person" author Kristen Roupenian for her debut story collection, You Know You Want This. Please join us!   You Know You Want This brilliantly explores the ways in which women are horrifying as much as it captures the horrors that are done to them. Among its pages are a couple who becomes obsessed with their friend hearing them have sex, then seeing them have sex… until they can't have sex without him; a ten-year-old whose birthday party takes a sinister turn when she wishes…

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MEG WOLITZER

January 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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MEG WOLITZER In Conversation with Adam Gopnik Thursday, January 24, 2019, 7:30 pm Venue: Nourse Theater Series: "On Arts" Benefiting 826 Valencia Scholarship Program  Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400 In her many novels, such as The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, and The Wife, Meg Wolitzer brings readers deep into the lives of others. A feminist thread runs through Wolitzer’s work, particularly her groundbreaking essay, “The Second Shelf,” an examination of the underrepresentation of women writers. But nowhere is the subject of power more…

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Rolling Writers ‘Rolling this Way’

January 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rolling Out Cafe, 1722 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116 United States
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Submissions are OPEN for our first 2019 reading: Beginnings Saturday, January 26, 2019, 6 pm Rolling Out 1722 Taraval St. San Francisco To submit work for consideration, please write the host, Jon Sindell, at jsind sbcglobal , pasting your work into the body of the email, and marking the subject line as follows: RW Beginnings, . You must submit personally: no submissions by representatives will be considered. Limit prose submissions to 1,200 words. This series primarily features complete works of fiction and memoir,…

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Douglas Rushkoff

January 29, 2019 @ 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 Team Human published by W.W. Norton Though created by humans, our technologies, markets, and institutions often contain an antihuman agenda. Douglas Rushkoff, digital theorist and host of the NPR-One podcast Team Human, reveals the dynamics of this antihuman machinery and invites us to remake these aspects of society in ways that foster our humanity. In 100 aphoristic statements, his manifesto exposes how forces for human connection have turned into ones of isolation and repression:…

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BINDERY: Sam Lipsyte / Hark

January 29, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Sam Lipsyte for his brilliant new novel Hark. Please join us!   In an America convulsed by political upheaval, cultural discord, environmental collapse, and spiritual confusion, many folks are searching for peace, salvation, and -- perhaps most immediately -- just a little damn focus. Enter Hark Morner, an unwitting guru whose technique of “Mental Archery” -- a combination of mindfulness, mythology, fake history, yoga, and, well, archery -- is set to captivate the masses and raise him to near-messiah status.…

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Sally Wen Mao

January 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading and in conversation with Jennifer S. Cheng celebrating the release of Oculus: Poems published by Graywolf Press In Oculus, Sally Wen Mao explores exile not just as a matter of distance and displacement, but as a migration through time and a reckoning with technology. The title poem follows a girl in Shanghai who uploaded her suicide onto Instagram. Other poems cross into animated worlds, examine robot culture, and haunt a necropolis for electronic waste. A fascinating sequence speaks in the voice…

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BINDERY: On the Cusp

January 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The events that define us aren't always immediately apparent. That's the idea behind On the Cusp, a quarterly reading series that seeks to explore the meaning of life's smaller moments ... and their lasting significance. Authors TBA soon -- stay tuned, save the date, and join us!     Admission for this event is $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available at this link.   RSVP appreciated but not required. This is an all ages event. The…

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Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World by Tosh Berman

January 31, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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We are looking forward to celebrating TOSH, published by City Lights! Tosh Berman will be in conversation with Natalia Mount, Executive Director, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland   The triumphs and tragedies of growing up as the son of a famous Beat artist. TOSH is a memoir of growing up as the son of an enigmatic, much-admired, hermetic, and ruthlessly bohemian artist during the waning years of the Beat Generation and the heyday of hippie counterculture. A critical figure in the history of…

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The Racket!

January 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Details soon! Hosted by Noah B. Sanders

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February 2019

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

February 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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February 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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March 2019

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March 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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POETS! – featured readers followed by an open mic

March 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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April 2019

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April 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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April 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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May 2019

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May 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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May 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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June 2019

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

June 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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POETS! – featured readers followed by an open mic

June 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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July 2019

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July 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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POETS! – featured readers followed by an open mic

July 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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