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June 2019

Tom Clark Memorial Reading

June 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Tom Clark Memorial Reading

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July 2019

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

July 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Shortest Month Book Club

July 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Beyond The Shortest Month is a book club dedicated to reading and celebrating authors of color year round. Discussions are the first Tuesday of each month at Green Apple Books and Music 506 Clement Street, Upstairs in our Granny Smith Room The Beyond The Shortest Month June title is Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom Meeting and discussion will be on Tuesday, July 2 at 6:30pm. See you there! Can't make this month? Stay tuned for the Beyond The Shortest Month pick for July 2019!

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Barbara Bourland with Colin Winnette / Fake Like Me

July 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts Barbara Bourland for her anticipated second novel, Fake Like Me. She'll be in conversation with our friend and yours, Colin Winnette. Please join us! After a fire decimates her loft, including the seven billboard-size paintings for her next show, a young, no-name painter is left with an impossible task: recreate her art in three months—or ruin her fledgling career. Homeless and desperate, she begs her way into an exclusive retreat in upstate New York famous for its outrageous revelries and glamorous artists.…

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Victor Grossman book talk

July 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Victor Grossman book talk

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Smack Dab Queer Open Mic

July 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Manny’s, 3092 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
San Francisco, 94108 United States
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Smack Dab Queer Open Mic Featuring Juba Kalamka Sunday, July 7, 5pm New location: Manny’s, 3092 16th Street at Valencia (1 block from 16th and Mission BART.) Free, all ages, all genders, all the time Smack Dab Queer Open Mic is a long-running free LGBTQIA community event with the slogan “All ages, all genders, all the time.” If you'd like to perform at the open mic, please come sign up and bring five minutes of whatever you want to share:…

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New Book on Eugene Debs, Giant of Labor Movement and Presidential Candidate

July 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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Eugene Debs is one of the most important working class leaders in the history of the United States, yet most working people have never heard of him. He was in the 1877 national railway strike and later formed the American Railway Workers Union ARU. He organized the Pullman strike and was charged by the government for defying a court injunction against it. He was convicted and served 6 months in prison. This new book The Selected Writings of Eugene V.…

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Poetic Tuesdays with Litquake at Jessie Square

July 9 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Jessie Square, 736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation! Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors. The monthly collaboration between Litquake: San Francisco’s Literary Festival and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival features an array of Bay Area poets and musicians.

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Ruchika Tomar: A Prayer for Travelers

July 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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Ruchika Tomar discusses her new novel, A Prayer for Travelers. Praise For A Prayer for Travelers "Sometimes characters come along that demand a new kind of novel. The young women at the center of Ruchika Tomar's A Prayer for Travelers - elusive Penny and wounded Cale - are two spirits hitchhiking through geographies of dislocation and desire. The human collisions in Tomar's novel are emotionally seismic, and they leave us haunted and unsettled."--Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master's Son “Ruchika Tomar is an…

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Ronald E. Purser: McMindfulness

July 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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Ronald E. Purser discusses his new book, McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality, with Gary Gach. Praise for McMindfulness “Far from being either a harmless form of New Age self-indulgence or meditation dressed up as a medicalized antidote to the ubiquitous stresses of modern life, Ron Purser sees the mindfulness movement as epitomizing a malignant trend of contemporary Western individualism, one that is blinding us to the social problems of inherent in neoliberalism and capitalism, providing an anodyne where what…

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Jay Wexler

July 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Jay Wexler will be joining us to discuss his new book Our Non-Christian Nation: How Athiests, Satanists, Pagans, and Others are Demanding Their Rightful Place in Public Life. About Our Non-Christian Nation Less and less Christian demographically, America is now home to an ever-larger number of people who say they identify with no religion at all. These non-Christians have increasingly been demanding their full participation in public life, bringing their arguments all the way to the Supreme Court. The law is…

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Lila Savage

July 11 @ 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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Lila Savage discusses her new novel, Say Say Say. Praise for Say Say Say “I cannot think when I Iast read a novel which moved me so deeply. Savage is almost supernaturally alert to the little gestures and transactions we all make as we negotiate our place in the world, and our relations to each other. Her approach is both unflinching and extraordinarily tender, so that I came away feeling I had undergone an examination which was somehow both painful and…

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Writers with Drinks

July 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Saturday, July 13, 2019: Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes a Breath, America) Sarah Gailey (Magic For Liars) Troy Jollimore (Syllabus of Errors: Poems) Grace Lavery (Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan) Natasha Dennerstein (Anatomize) Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away All proceeds benefit a local nonprofit, 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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GEARS TURNING w/ Kim Shuck

July 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Join us for an afternoon of wonderful poetry by SF Bay Area based poets, artists, and musicians with your host Kim Shuck. To participate in the open mic session, please arrive by 4 and plan to listen to all of the featured poets. Seating/space is limited.

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LOTERÍA READING SERIES, No. 4: El Gallo, La Calavera

July 14 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
3rd Floor McRoskey Mattress Loft, 1687 Market Street
San Francisco, 94103
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INSTITUTE OF advanced UNCERTAINTY is pleased to present: LOTERÍA READING SERIES, No. 4: El Gallo, La Calavera With CASSANDRA DALLETT & JAMES CAGNEY Curated by MK CHAVEZ Hosted by McRoskey Mattress Company SUNDAY | JULY 14th| 4:30 – 5:30 PM  | DOORS: 4 PM McRoskey 3RDFloor Factory Loft 1687 Market Street, S.F., CA   BART ➬Van Ness Station MUNI METRO ➬F | K | L | M | N | 6 | 7

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POETS! – featured readers followed by an open mic

July 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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POETS! – David Holper + 1 followed by an open mic

July 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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David Holper is a performing poet and Professor of English at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California. He recently published his second book of poems, The Bridge, with (Sequoia Song Publishing). Many of the poems in that collection have already been published, and a number of have won prizes. Times Standard article, April 5, 2019

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Short, Shorter, Shortest Fiction, an Odd Mondays Reading

July 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Folio Books, 3957 24th St
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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Short stories are back in vogue now. Collections are being published by large, medium, and small publishers alike. Short stories also come in large, medium, and small--from 20,000 words to flash fiction of a few hundred. Monday, July 15, three excellent short story authors read from their newest collections, 7pm at Folio Books San Francisco, 3957 24th St. in San Francisco. Rita Bullwinkel is the author of the story collection Belly Up, which won the 2018 Believer Book Award. Bullwinkel’s…

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Helen Phillips with Sarah Rich / The Need

July 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Helen Phillips for her new novel The Need. She'll be in conversation with Sarah Rich. Please join us! When Molly, home alone with her two young children, hears footsteps in the living room, she tries to convince herself it’s the sleep deprivation. She’s been hearing things these days. Startling at loud noises. Imagining the worst-case scenario. It’s what mothers do, she knows. But then the footsteps come again, and she catches a glimpse of movement. Suddenly Molly finds herself face-to-face with an…

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Karl Marlantes

July 15 @ 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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Karl Marlantes discusses his new novel, Deep River. Praise for Deep River “Marlantes poignantly depicts the intimacies of personal dramas that echo the twentieth century’s unprecedented political storms and yet in surprising ways reprise Finland’s oldest mythologies…An unforgettable novel.”—Booklist (starred review) “Inspired by family history, Marlantes offers a sprawling, painstakingly realistic novel about Finnish immigrants in the Pacific Northwest during the first half of the 20th century… Marlantes’s epic is packed with intriguing detail about Finnish culture, Northwest landscapes, and 20th-century American…

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The B Stands for Bi, a Perfectly Queer Reading

July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dog Eared Books Castro, 489 Castro Street
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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There are many ways to be Queer, being Bi, for instance. Does being Bi influence an author's writing--what they write about, who their characters are, what genre they choose, how they write about sex? Come hear three authors who are Bi read from their latest work Tuesday, July 16, 7pm at Dog Eared Books Castro, 489 Castro St. in (you guessed it) The Castro. Free refreshments, free admission. Door prizes for the prompt at 7pm! Meg Elison is a science…

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Litquake 20th Anniversary Party

July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Help the Bay Area literary community celebrate two decades (to the day) of the world-famous festival known as Litquake. Founded in a dive bar 20 years ago, Litquake returns to its roots to host this action-packed literary bash. Hear highlights for the upcoming 20th anniversary festival. Mingle with the word nerds. Hear readings and stories from LQ veterans. Slake your thirst on discounted specials from Fort Point Beer Company. Watch in amazement as five author bands take the stage in…

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Peg Alford Pursell with Caille Millner / Launch for A Girl Goes into the Forest

July 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts the launch for Peg Alford Pursell's new book, A Girl Goes into the Forest. She'll be in conversation with Caille Millner, and there will be live music bySugartown! More information to be announced soon, but please save the date and join us! Following her acclaimed debut, Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow, award-winning author Peg Alford Pursell explores and illuminates love and loss in 78 hybrid stories and fables. A Girl Goes into the Forest immerses readers in the complex desires, contradictions,…

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Bruce Conforth on Robert Johnson

July 17 @ 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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Bruce Conforth discusses his new book, Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Rovert Johnson. Praise for Up Jumped the Devil “This is the book the blues world has been waiting for. Authored by two uniquely qualified scholars following years of extensive interviews and exhaustive research, the result is fascinating, important, and factual, without agenda or embellished narrative. . . . It is in my view a far more moving account than many others that have been obscured by so…

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Bruce Conforth on Robert Johnson

July 17 @ 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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Bruce Conforth discusses his new book, Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson. Praise for Up Jumped the Devil “This is the book the blues world has been waiting for. Authored by two uniquely qualified scholars following years of extensive interviews and exhaustive research, the result is fascinating, important, and factual, without agenda or embellished narrative. . . . It is in my view a far more moving account than many others that have been obscured by so…

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