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May 2020

Jeremy Packer and Joshua Reeves

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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iller Apps: War, Media, Machine published by Duke University Press In Killer Apps Jeremy Packer and Joshua Reeves provide a detailed account of the rise of automation in warfare, showing how media systems are central to building weapons systems with artificial intelligence in order to more efficiently select and eliminate military targets. Drawing on the insights of a wide range of political and media theorists, Packer and Reeves develop a new theory for understanding how the intersection of media and military strategy…

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Joan Frank: Where You’re All Going

May 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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Joan Frank discusses her new collection of novellas, Where You're All Going, with Peg Alford Pursell. Praise for Where You're All Going “Joan Frank’s wonderful novellas are funny, edgy, poignant and true. Attuned to the predicaments of the slight-outsider, and of good people struggling to get by, Frank gives us characters dealing with love lost and love sustained, and the small essential intimacies that make up both. Her prose is vivid, her observations sharp, and everywhere music and song animate the conversation.…

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Bawdy Storytelling’s ‘PartyStarter!’ (5/14/2020, SF)

May 14 @ 8:00 pm
Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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Thursday, May 14th, 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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Marta Lindsey: Golden Gate Park, An A-Z Adventure

May 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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Join us to celebrate Marta Lindsey's new book Golden Gate Park, An A-Z Adventure About Golden Gate Park, An A-Z Adventure Explore California's most visited city park in this A-to-Z adventure From A for Artist Ruth Asawa's hanging wire creations in the de Young Museum to Z for the Zebra on the carousel in the Koret Children's Quarter, this book leads you around San Francisco's famous Golden Gate Park to reveal a range of fun and surprising facts for tourists and…

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Krista Tippett in conversation with Pico Iyer

May 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$49
Krista Tippett

“On the air and in print, Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of every background to join her conversation about faith, ethics, and moral wisdom.” – President Barack Obama Krista Tippett is an award-winning broadcaster, author, and a National Humanities Medalist. She is the creator and host of On Being, a podcast that provides intelligent public conversation about the religious, spiritual, and moral aspects of human life. In 2014, President Obama awarded Tippett the National Humanities Medal at the White House…

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Molly Wizenberg: The Fixed Stars

May 18 @ 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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Molly Wizenberg discusses her new memoir, The Fixed Stars, with Esmé Weijun Wang. Praise for The Fixed Stars “In The Fixed Stars, Molly Wizenberg tackles the ever-shifting issues of marriage, motherhood, and sexual orientation with the same compassion and unflinching honesty that have become the hallmarks of her writing. She makes the everyday extraordinary and brings depth and complexity to the bigger questions in life. A beautiful read.”— Erica Bauermeister “The Fixed Stars, like its protagonist, is both brave and sexy, both heady and bodily, and I…

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Nathaniel Rudavsky-Brody on Paul Valéry

May 19 @ 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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Nathaniel Rudavsky-Brody discusses his translation of The Idea of Perfection: The Poetry and Prose of Paul Valéry. About The Idea of Perfection A fresh look into the monumental work of Paul Valéry, one of the major French literary figures of the twentieth century. Heir to Mallarmé and the symbolists, godfather to the modernists, Paul Valéry was a poet with thousands of readers and few followers, great resonance and little echo. Along with Rilke and Eliot, he stands as a bridge between the…

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Mary Karr & Kaveh Akbar

May 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$29
Karr and Akbar

TICKETSTo purchase over the phone: 415-392-4400 This event appears in the series Social Studies Known for her bestselling memoirs, Mary Karr is also a celebrated poet, essayist, and songwriter from East Texas. Her latest book of poetry, Tropic of Squalor, is in turns hilarious, horrific, tragic, and soothing, and infused with her characteristically deft brandishment of language. Karr’s other books include The Liar’s Club, Cherry, Lit, and The Art of Memoir. She is also a regular contributor to The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Poetry magazine. Karr is the Peck Professor of…

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Karolina Waclawiak: Life Events

May 21 @ 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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Karolina Waclawiak discusses her new novel Life Events. Praise for Life Events "Waclawiak writes with emotional precision and explores the tragedy of existence by masterfully walking the line between suffering and hope." --Arianna Rebolini, BuzzFeed "Life Events is a hypnotic novel that beautifully grapples with fundamental questions about how to die and how to live. Karolina Waclawiak transports the reader into the streets of Los Angeles, the deserts of the southwest, the apartments of the dying, and a woman's life at a moment…

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Phuc Tran: Sigh, Gone

May 26 @ 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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Phuc Tran discusses his new memoir Sigh, Gone: A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In. Praise for Sigh, Gone “The United States was already a better country because Phuc Tran refused to change his name. Then he went even further in changing this country by giving us this bold, funny, and profane memoir: a portrait of a young punk refugee and of heartland America itself, each of them as defiant and compelling as the other.”…

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Joanna Hershon & Phyllis Grant

May 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Joanna Hershon and Phyllis Grant discuss their new books, St. Ivo and Everything is Under Control: A Memoir with Recipes. Praise for St. Ivo “From the very first sentences of St. Ivo, I felt certain I was in good hands. What happens when we can no longer communicate with the people we know best? What happens when what was once fluent between two people becomes indecipherable? Not a tender novel, exactly, though there is tenderness in these pages. In St. Ivo Joanna Hershon paints a portrait…

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SUSAN CHOI

May 27 @ 7:30 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$29

“A natural—a writer whose intelligence and historical awareness effortlessly serve a breathtaking narrative ability.”  — Joan Didion Susan Choi is the award-winning author of five novels. Her fifth novel, Trust Exercise, which won the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, tells the story of a group of teenagers at a competitive arts school in1980s American suburbia. The boundaries of fiction and reality are pushed in a tale that is itself a trust exercise for readers. A recipient of fellowships from…

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June 2020

Hanif Abdurraqib with Jeff Chang

June 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$29
photo of Hanif Abdurraqib by Marcus Jackson

TICKETSTo purchase over the phone: 415-392-4400 This event appears in the series Special Events Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of the poetry collections The Crown Ain’t Worth Much and A Fortune for Your Disaster, the essay collection They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, Go Ahead In The Rain, an homage to A Tribe Called Quest, and the forthcoming They Don’t Dance No Mo. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals and his essays and…

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Eric Goodman: Cuppy and Stew

June 3 @ 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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Eric Goodman discusses his new novel Cuppy and Stew. Praise for Cuppy and Stew "CUPPY AND STEW is completely natural, poignant, and riveting from the first page to the last. An easy read in the best sense of that phrase, and a major work of fiction."—Ron Hansen "Eric Goodman's CUPPY AND STEW: THE BOMBING OF FLIGHT 629, A LOVE STORY reads like a fairy tale—until some pretty remarkable darkness sets in, as the title tells us it will. Part novel,…

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Jessica Pearce Rotondi: What We Inherit

June 4 @ 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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Jessica Pearce Rotondi discusses her new book What We Inherit: A Secret War and a Family's Search for Answers. Praise for What We Inherit “A beautiful amalgam of memoir, travelogue, and investigative report that moves with the propulsive forward energy of a thriller. A haunting chronicle of loss and redemption."—Ron Chernow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Alexander Hamilton "Jessica Pearce Rotondi brilliantly probes the mysteries of a secret war while simultaneously exploring the secrets of her own family, to give us a book…

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Rachel Kushner in conversation with Heidi Julavits

June 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner is the bestselling author of The Flamethrowers, a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Ten Book of 2013; Telex from Cuba, a finalist for the National Book Award; and, most recently, The Mars Room, which was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Award, winner of the Prix Médicis, selected by the National Book Foundation for its “Literature for Justice” award, and a winner of the California Book Award. She has received grants…

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Matt Ortile: The Groom Will Keep His Name

June 9 @ 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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Matt Ortile discusses his new book, The Groom Will Keep His Name: And Other Vows I've Made About Race, Resistance, and Romance. Praise for The Groom Will Keep His Name Matt Ortile's ardent and precocious collection sets the page aflame with its explosive mixture of passion and politics, cultural analysis and self-examination. Cruising through virtual and nocturnal circuits, Ortile riffs like a guitar savant on what it means to be a young wanderer in the city today with astute carnality and…

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Megha Majumdar: A Burning

June 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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Megha Majumdar discusses her debut novel A Burning. Praise for A Burning “A BURNING is an excellently crafted, utterly thrilling novel full of characters that I won’t soon forget.  Megha Majumdar writes about the ripple effects of our choices, the interconnectedness of our humanity, with striking beauty and clarity. A stunning debut.”—Yaa Gyasi “This is a novel of now: a beautifully constructed literary thriller from a rare and powerful new voice.”—Colum McCann About A Burning For readers of Tommy Orange, Yaa…

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Laura Van Den Berg: I Hold a Wolf By the Ears

June 18 @ 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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Laura Van Den Berg discusses her new story collection I Hold A Wolf By The Ears. Praise for I Hold A Wolf By The Ears “Another bravura display from one of our most imaginative storytellers. Each enthralling new plot seeks to uncover the essence of human experience by way of the uncanny. As enchanting as fairy tales, as mysterious as dreams, these exquisitely composed fictions are as urgent and original as any being written today.” —Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend, winner of…

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Donovan Hohn: The Inner Coast

June 24 @ 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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Donovan Hohn discusses his new essay collection The Inner Coast. Praise for The Inner Coast Donovan Hohn’s prose is as immaculate and quotable as that of any writer of his generation. And while you always sense his outrage about ecological calamity, and never doubt his moral engagement, his advocacy never feels hectoring. There’s no writer living or dead I would rather read on the reliably distressing topic of environmentalism than Donovan Hohn.— Tom Bissell I’ve seldom encountered a writer with a better…

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Uche Nduka at City Lights Books

June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Facing You (City Lights Spotlight Series No. 19 published by City Lights Books From acclaimed Nigeria-born, Brooklyn-based poet Uche Nduka, a book of love poems written with compact elegance and vivid eroticism. "The real in Nduka's work carries the resonance not only of his Nigerian identity and experience of political violence but also the dislocation of the émigré and the frightening power relations of intimacy as mapped onto the lyric."—Joyelle McSweeney, Boston Review Facing You is a collection of love lyrics, as…

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Bawdy’s Post-Pride Parade Phenom!

June 28 @ 8:00 pm
Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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Sunday, June 28th, 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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