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October 2018

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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Tim Mohr in conversation with Penelope Houston

November 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Cosponsored by Rock 'n Roll Book Club in conjunction with City Lights and Algonquin Books celebrating the release of Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall by Tim Mohr Published by Algonquin Books It began with a handful of East Berlin teens who heard the Sex Pistols on a British military radio broadcast to troops in West Berlin in 1980, and it ended with the collapse of the East German dictatorship. Punk rock was a life-changing discovery. The…

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election Night with ZYZZYVA

November 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Election Night with Zyzzyva Hosted by Oscar Villalon, ZYZZYVA Managing Editor with Nestor Gomez, Matthew Zapruder, Caille Millner, Dean Rader, Ismail Muhammad, Vanessa Hua, and D.A. Powell Come join a roster of ZYZZYVA contributors and friends of the journal as we follow the returns on the various congressional elections around the country and in our state. Featuring short readings spread out through the night. Issue No 13 - Of & About the Environment (the fall 2018 installement of Zyzzyva) will be on hand for sale that evening.…

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Caroline J Thibeaux

November 6 @ 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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Caroline J Thibeaux discusses her new book The Dragonglass Bowl: The Dream Walker's Path. About The Dragonglass Bowl Is a dream a thing of Shadow or Light? If you knew the truth would you dare to dream again? For a thousand years the Light of Ashar has protected the land of Ellaria because the people of Ellaria have protected the secret, forgotten through time, of Dragonglass. As an apprentice scribe, all Bhryen ever wanted was to prove that his blood was…

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George Albon in conversation with Maxwell Shanley

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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George Albon in conversation with Maxwell Shanley celebrating the release of Lyric Multiples: Aspiration, Practice, Immanence, Migration from Nightboat Press A poet's capacious and visionary sequence of essays exploring language and aesthetics in contemporary society Lyric Multiples comprises four essays written over the last decade. The subject is poetry but the essays range over such topics as the evolution of the human call, ascensional modes of thinking, pop songs, the built environment and its discontents, the post-punk moment, its fruitful aftermath, and…

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BINDERY: Micah Perks with Kate Schatz and Lucy Jane Bledsoe / True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape

November 7 @ 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 Micah Perks for her linked story collection True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape. Joining here are Kate Schatz (Rad Girls Can) and Lucy Jane Bledsoe (Lava Falls). Save the date!     Magical and funny, profound and seductive, the linked stories inTrue Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape explore the life-bending power of love. In these interwoven lives, ardent desire meets a keen sense of reality deep in the heart of progressive California. When Sadie opens a funky bookstore in…

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What Future 2018

November 7 @ 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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Co-editor Rose Eveleth, and contributors Lauren Smiley, and Annalee Newitz discuss What Future: The Year's Best Ideas To Reclaim, Reanimate And Reinvent Our Future.   Rose Eveleth is a producer, designer, writer and animator. She's dabbled in everything from research on pelagic invertebrates to animations about beer to podcasts about fake tumbleweed farms. These days, she explores how humans tangle with science and technology. She's been a columnist for BBC Future and Motherboard, the producer of the Story Collider, the special media manager at…

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The Heart of the Goddess: Art, Myth and Meditations on the World’s Sacred Feminine

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Please join us at Green Apple Books on Clement street on Thursday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m. as we welcome Hallie Iglehart Austen to discuss her newest book (from Monkfish Publishing) The Heart Of The Goddess: Art, Myth and Meditations of the World's Sacred Feminine.  Praise for The Heart of the Goddess. This extraordinary compilation of the art, values and living lessons of Goddess culture dating from 30,000 years ago to the present, from Africa to Hawaii, Siberia to North America, is a multicultural tapestry of artwork,…

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L.A. Kauffman

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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L.A. Kauffman discussing the subject of her new book How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance published by University of California Press When millions of people took to the streets for the 2017 women's marches, there was an unmistakable air of uprising, a sense that these marches were launching a movement. But the enduring work that protests do often can’t be seen in the moment. It feels powerful to march, but when and how does marching…

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BINDERY: The Fight for a Free Press: Book Launch and Panel

November 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Alison Littman for the launch of her debut novel, Radio Underground. Littman will join New York Times journalist Sheera Frenkel, cybersecurity expert Bill Marczak (Larry King, Washington Post, Vanity Fair) and Camille Fischer from the Electronic Frontier Foundation to discuss the fight for a free press.   From combating fake news and censorship on social media to protecting journalists and activists abroad, panelists will discuss the threats to our freedom online and in the press in a high-stakes political environment. Schmooze and booze with panelists and the author after the discussion.  …

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BOOKSMITH: Jonathan Lethem / The Feral Detective

November 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts Jonathan Lethem for The Feral Detective, his first detective novel since Motherless Brooklyn. With him in conversation is Michael Chabon. Please join us!   Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She’s looking for her friend’s missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. A laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist intrigues the sarcastic and garrulous Phoebe. Reluctantly, he agrees to help. The unlikely pair navigate the…

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Endangered Species, Enduring Values: An Anthology Of San Francisco Area Writers & Artists of Color

November 8 @ 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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Join us for a night of readings from Endangered Species, Enduring Values: An Anthology of San Francisco Area Writers and Artists of Color with contributors Shizue Seigel, Francee Covington, Jennifer Hasegawa, Gail Mitchell, Tony Robles, and Dr. Sriram Shamasunder. About Endangered Species, Enduring Values An Anthology of prose, poetry and artwork by San Francisco Area Writers & Artists of Color ENDANGERED SPECIES, ENDURING VALUES is a guide to the real San Francisco-the seldom-heard 58% of the population that brings color and diversity to the city in every sense…

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