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July 2018

On Doing Nothing by Roman Muradov

July 24 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mechanics Institute, 57 Post St 4th Floor Boardroom
San Francisco, CA 94104 United States
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On Doing Nothing by Roman Muradov In an age of obsessive productivity and stress, this illustrated ode to idleness invites readers to explore the pleasures and possibilities of slowing down. Beloved author and illustrator Roman Muradovweaves together the words and stories of artists, writers, philosophers, and eccentrics who have pursued inspiration by doing less. He reveals that doing nothing is both easily achievable and absolutely essential to leading an enjoyable and creative life. Cultivating idleness can be as simple as taking a…

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SPANISH LANGUAGE BOOK CLUB MEETING

July 24 @ 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 “Hasta no verte Jesus Mio” by Elena Poniatowska To join the book group please contact iranyi@me.com

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The Annotated Big Sleep

July 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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The first fully annotated edition of Raymond Chandler’s 1939 classic The Big Sleepfeatures hundreds of illuminating notes and images alongside the full text of the novel and is an essential addition to any crime fiction fan’s library. "Nothing, even a book as singular and archetypal as The Big Sleep, comes from nowhere. What a gift, to see in part how Chandler made it. Under just three names, these annotators number among them two poets, an archivist and literary scholar, a gifted crime novelist,…

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R-Dub Love

July 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rolling Out Cafe, 1722 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116 United States
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~ an evening of love-themed music and lit ~   We are OPEN for literary submissions. Guidelines. This is an evening for music and literature on the theme of romantic love. Featured readers will get up to eight minutes at the mic (about 1,200 words). This series primarily features complete works of fiction and memoir, but poetry and reasonably self-contained novel excerpts are presented to a limited extent. Submissions are rolling—we generally consider submissions until a lineup is filled. You must submit personally—no…

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August 2018

Launch for Ingrid Rojas Contreras / Fruit of the Drunken Tree

August 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery is thrilled to host the launch party for Ingrid Rojas Contreras' debut novel, Fruit of the Drunken Tree. Joining Ingrid in conversation is our muse and yours, Carolina De Robertis. More to be announced soon, but please save the date and join us!   Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord…

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

August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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BINDERY: Keith Gessen / A Terrible Country

August 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts All the Sad Young Literary Men author Keith Gessen for his new novel A Terrible Country. With Keith in conversation will be The Millions' Lydia Kiesling. Please join us!   When Andrei Kaplan's older brother Dima insists that Andrei return to Moscow to care for their ailing grandmother, Andrei must take stock of his life in New York. His girlfriend has stopped returning his text messages. His dissertation adviser is dubious about his job prospects. It's the summer of 2008, and his bank…

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Writers with Drinks

August 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$5 - $20

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (A Kind of Freedom) Hannah Pittard (Visible Empire) Cassandra Khaw (A Song for Quiet, Bearly a Lady) Marlee Jane Ward (Welcome to Orphancorp) Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away All proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture. At The Make Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco CA, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM.  

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Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Presents Poetic Tuesdays with Litquake

August 14 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Jessie Square, 736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents Poetic Tuesdays guest curated by Litquake, Poetic Tuesdays features an array of poets and music.

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BINDERY: Virgie Tovar / You Have the Right to Remain Fat

August 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Virgie Tovar for the launch of her first book,You Have the Right to Remain Fat. Please join us!   Growing up as a fat girl, Virgie Tovar believed that her body was something to be fixed. But after two decades of dieting and constant guilt, she was over it—and gave herself the freedom to trust her own body again. Ever since, she’s been helping others to do the same. Tovar is hungry for a world where bodies are valued equally,…

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BOOKSMITH: Launch for Vanessa Hua / A River of Stars

August 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith welcomes Vanessa Hua (Deceit and Other Possibilities) back to the store to launch her debut novel, A River of Stars. Joining her in conversation is Zyzzyva managing editor Oscar Villalon. More information coming soon -- please save the date, and join us!   Holed up with other mothers-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory and fell in love with the owner, Boss Yeung. Now she's carrying his baby. Already married…

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POETS! – featured readers followed by an open mic

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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an evening with williwaw

August 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The highly protracted world tour lives ever on, as our amp'd uke comrade williwaw applies a sonic salve to the Paris of the West with some fine films as visual counterpoint. Sounds, sights and perpetual fog.   Translation: live scores of Scottish film, with processed ukelele! Come grab a drink or two and settle in for a squall.   Here's an example of what a williwaw experience might look like:   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8lik-qoZD4] williwaw : www.donkeyscratch.com willicamp : williwaw.bandcamp.com willicloud : www.soundcloud.com/williwaw willitube : www.youtube.com/user/donkeyscratch   RSVP…

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Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds by Rachel Levin

August 21 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mechanics Institute, 57 Post St 4th Floor Boardroom
San Francisco, CA 94104 United States
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Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds is a lighthearted but legitimately helpful illustrated field guide for what to do in the face of 50 of our most feared—or frustrating—animals. From mountain lions to moose, bears to bees, rats, raccoons, mice… even lice!  As humans encroach on wild places, encounters with animals have become increasingly commonplace. But what are the rules for facing a moose up close? Do you run from a coyote or stand your ground? How…

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BINDERY: Mara Altman / Gross Anatomy

August 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts an evening with Mara Altman, as she celebrates her new book Gross Anatomy. Please join us!   Mara Altman's volatile and apprehensive relationship with her body has led her to wonder about a lot of stuff over the years. Like, who decided that women shouldn't have body hair? And how sweaty is too sweaty? Also, why is breast cleavage sexy but camel toe revolting? Isn't it all just cleavage? These questions and others like them have led to the…

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BOOKSMITH: Thomas Page McBee / Amateur

August 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts an evening with Thomas Page McBee as he celebrates his new book, Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man. Please join us!   From an award-winning writer whose work bristles with "hard-won strength, insight, agility, and love" (Maggie Nelson), an exquisite and troubling narrative of masculinity, violence, and society.   In this groundbreaking new book, the author, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between…

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BINDERY: MariNaomi / Losing the Girl

August 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts MariNaomi as she presents her new book Losing the Girl, the first of the three-book series Life on Earth. Please join us!   Claudia Jones is missing. Her classmates are thinking the worst… or at least the weirdest. It couldn't be an alien abduction, right?   None of Claudia's classmates at Blithedale High know why she vanished -- and they're dealing with their own issues. Emily's trying to handle a life-changing surprise. Paula's hoping to step out of Emily's shadow.…

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September 2018

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

September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Writers with Drinks

September 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$5 - $20

Jane Smiley (Golden Age, Moo, A Thousand Acres) R.O. Kwon (The Incendiaries: A Novel) Maria Dahvana Headley (The Mere Wife: A Novel) Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away All proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture. At The Make Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco CA, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM.  

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A Year Off: A Story About Traveling the World—and How to Make It Happen for You, by Alexandra and David Brown

September 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mechanics Institute, 57 Post St 4th Floor Boardroom
San Francisco, CA 94104 United States
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On their first date, David started describing to Alexandra his plan to quit his job and travel around the world for a year. Without hesitation (and surprising them both) Alexandra blurted out “Wait for me.” He did. Three months after that first date they quit their jobs and embarked on a round-the world adventure together that would take them to Costa Rica, New Zealand, Thailand, India, Romania, France, Ireland, and more. They traveled together for a full year—and one year…

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Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Presents Poetic Tuesdays with Litquake

September 11 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Jessie Square, 736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Free

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents Poetic Tuesdays guest curated by Litquake, Poetic Tuesdays features an array of poets and music.

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POETS! – featured readers followed by an open mic

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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October 2018

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

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

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Presents Poetic Tuesdays with Litquake

October 16 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Jessie Square, 736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Free

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents Poetic Tuesdays guest curated by Litquake, Poetic Tuesdays features an array of poets and music.

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