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March 2020

Calico Launch Party

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Churchill’s Office, 194 Church St.
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States
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Calico launch

In March 2020, Two Lines Press will launch a new book series dedicated to capturing vanguard works of translated literature—curated around a particular theme, region, language, historical moment, or style—in vibrant, collectible editions. We’re calling it Calico.  The first Calico book, That We May Live: Speculative Chinese Fiction, will be published on March 10th. This book collects seven short stories from mainland China and Hong Kong, all of them erring on the side of the strange, the speculative. Government mushroom housing?…

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Cancelled: Cathy Park Hong with Vanessa Hua / Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

March 12 @ 7:00 pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled.   Booksmith hosts Cathy Park Hong for her new book, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, a ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness and the struggle to be human. She'll be in conversation with Vanessa Hua (Deceit and Other Possibilities and A River of Stars). Please join us! “Brilliant . . . To read this book is to become more human.” – Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong…

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Cancelled: Jessi Jezewska Stevens with Rita Bullwinkel: The Exhibition of Persephone Q

March 12 @ 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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Please note: this event has been cancelled.   Jessi Jezewska Stevens discusses her new novel, The Exhibition of Persephone Q, with Rita Bullwinkel. Praise for The Exhibition of Persephone Q "A triumph of tone and intelligence. Percy Q's perspective is skewed and searching at once, and through her eyes, we see afresh not only New York's post-9/11 landscape but also the world of art, and love, and the process of becoming." —Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances "Finally a book that exposes how dull…

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You’re Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes

March 12 @ 7:30 pm
The Lost Church, 65 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$10

You're Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes... Open Mic at The Lost Church - San Francisco w/Ned Buskirk $10 in advance & at the door. TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/YG2D_March12_SF And support MORE with ticket tiers. You choose the amount. The tickets tiers are direct ways of offering more support to YG2D, a 501(c)3 Non-profit bringing diverse communities creatively into the conversation of death & dying, inspiring life by unabashedly sourcing our shared mortality. Thank you for any additional help…

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Bawdy Storytelling’s ‘ISLAGIATT’

March 12 @ 8:00 pm
Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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$30

Thursday, March 12th, 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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CANCELED: In Common Writers Series: Dodie Bellamy and Prageeta Sharma

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series welcomes poet Prageeta Sharma, visiting from Los Angeles, together with Dodie Bellamy, of San Francisco, reading and in conversation. This event, the second of two evenings featuring these two writers, is supported by The Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and is free and open to the public. Dodie Bellamy’s writing focuses on sexuality, politics, and narrative experimentation, challenging the distinctions among fiction, the essay, and poetry. She was the 2018–19 subject of the CCA Wattis Institute for…

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On Astrology and Real Relationships

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, 1187 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
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$20
Jessica Lanyadoo

When it comes to friendship, family, and romance, we all want the same things: to love and be loved, to communicate, to fight fair, and to feel okay in our own skin. Beloved Bay Area astrologer and host of the popular podcast, Ghost of a Podcast, Jessica Lanyadoo has turned her skills towards relationships and matters of the heart, doing the math on why we are the way we are, and why our actions might not reflect our desires. Jessica's…

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Miah Jeffra’s The Fabulous Ekphrastic Fantastic! Reading and Release

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Help Alley Cat give a big congratulations to Miah Jeffra on their newest book, The Fabulous Ekphrastic Fantastic! Featuring a star-studded slew of readers including: Carson Beker, Jennifer Lewis, Juli Delgado Lopera, Monique Mero and Baruch Porras-Hernandez!  

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My Word Open MIC Welcomes Tureeda Mikell & Barbara Saunders

March 13 @ 7:00 pm
Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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Two amazing powerful women poets.

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Cancelled: Deb Olin Unferth: Barn 8

March 13 @ 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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Please note: this event has been cancelled.   Deb Olin Unferth discusses her new novel, Barn 8, with Rita Bullwinkel. Praise for Barn 8 “Barn 8 is a novel like no other: An urgent moral fantasia, a post-human parable, a tender portrait of animal dignity and genius.”—Dana Spiotta “Deb Unferth's hilarious, off-kilter genius is on dazzling display in this novel. Come for the brilliant insights about our faltering civilization. Stay for the revolutionaries and the chickens. You are really really going to…

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MCD Book Signing: Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

March 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street
San Francisco, 94107
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MCD Book Signing: Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

The Museum of Craft and Design is thrilled to welcome Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller "Designing Your Life", for a free book signing event in our museum store. On March 14, 2020, Burnett and Evans will be signing their brand new book "Designing Your Work Life: How to Thrive and Find Happiness". Copies of "Designing Your Life", "Designing Your Work Life", and "The Designing Your Life Workbook" will be available to purchase…

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Queerbound Queer Open Mic

March 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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An LGBTQ+ Open Mic hosted by the folks at Alley Cat Books!

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Canceled: Babylon Salon Spring 2020 Performance

March 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Armory Club, 1799 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Babylon Salon Spring 2020

Please note: this event has been cancelled.   Join us on Saturday, March 14 for Babylon Salon's quarterly reading and performance series, with readings from Deb Olin Unferth (Barn 8, forthcoming in March; Wait Till You See Me Dance; Revolution), C. Pam Zhang (How Much of These Hills is Gold, forthcoming in April), Taymour Soomro (fiction in the New Yorker, Southern Review, and Ninth Letter), and more, along with a musical performance by Rachel "Lightning" Rose (Jefferson Starship). WHERE: The…

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Cancelled: Writers with Drinks

March 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$5 – $20
Writers With Drinks

Please note: this event has been cancelled.   Susan Fowler (Whistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber) Stephen van Dyck (People I've Met from the Internet) Miah Jeffra (The First Church of What's Happening) Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away All proceeds benefit a local non-profit 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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Zine Party ///Paula Salemme + Ariel Cooper

March 15 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Aaron Shurin at The Green Arcade

March 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Aaron Shurin launches his new book, The Blue Absolute, a collection of prose poetry that resembles hot boxes of lyrical language combusting with daily life. People move and think amidst a flurry of dots and dashes in a constant shift of perspective and action—urban and pastoral, highly figured and fragmented, grieving and dreaming—each poem a compressed but fluid zone of almost psychedelic intensity. The book closes with “Shiver,” an American epic, at once a lament for and vision of a…

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Launch for Katie Burke / Urban Playground: What Kids Say About Living in San Francisco

March 16 @ 6:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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To outsiders, the Bay Area is intrinsically linked to tech hubs and counterculture. But what about San Francisco’s kid culture? In her new book, “Urban Playground: What Kids Say About Living in San Francisco,” Katie Burke explores the experience of kids ages five to nine living in one of the country’s most iconic cultural hubs. The book also includes thoughtful discussion questions designed to draw laughs, explore various topics from silly to serious, and facilitate discussion. Writer of Noe Kids,…

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Rebecca Solnit / Recollections of My Nonexistence

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Internet Archive, 300 Funston Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$20
front cover of Recollections of My Nonexistence

Booksmith hosts the inimitable Rebecca Solnit reading from and discussing her memoir, Recollections of My Nonexistence. Please note: This event is ticketed and will be at the Internet Archive HQ, 300 Funston Ave., San Francisco. Tickets, including discounted book bundles, are on sale now. Advance tickets are highly encouraged to ensure admission. Unless noted here, tickets will be available at the door. In Recollections of My Nonexistence, Solnit describes her formation as a writer and as a feminist in 1980s San Francisco, in an atmosphere of gender…

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Wyoming by JP Gritton Reading and Release!

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Alley Cat Books presents a reading of JP Gritton’s newest book, Wyoming.

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William J. Drummond

March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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front cover of Prison Truth

discussing the subject of his new book Prison Truth: The Story of the San Quentin News from University of California Press San Quentin State Prison, California's oldest prison and the nation’s largest, is notorious for once holding America’s most dangerous prisoners. But in 2008, the Bastille-by-the-Bay became a beacon for rehabilitation through the prisoner-run newspaper the San Quentin News. Prison Truth tells the story of how prisoners, many serving life terms, transformed the prison climate from what Johnny Cash called a living hell…

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Harry Dodge

March 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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front cover of My Meteorite

Harry Dodge discusses his new book, My Metorite: Or, Without the Random There Can Be No New Thing. Praise for My Metorite "Dodge has offered a new, luminous angle on autobiography that not only traces where the body has been--but also what it loves, how it thinks and feels within the potent intellectual and physical detritus of its lived world. Reading this book is like being bathed in the bright, gritty sear of a comet's tail. But the mark it leaves is…

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The WordParty Poetry & Jazz Night

March 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
PianoFight, 144 Taylor St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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Our featured poet is: Clara Hsu! from 7:30-9:30pm at PianoFight: 144 Taylor Street (between Turk & Eddy), San Francisco, CA 94102 – Powell Street BART Hosted by Jennifer Barone, Ingrid Keir, live jazz with Daniel Heffez, Geordie Van Der Bosch and friends. Open Mic sign-up for poetry only starts at 7:15pm – 3min time limit, pick your best poem to read with live jazz accompaniment, a few open slots to read without music mid-set. FREE admission. Full menu and bar available.

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Lisa Robertson

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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front cover of Baudelaire Fractal

reading from The Baudelaire Fractal published by Coach House Books A debut novel by acclaimed poet Lisa Robertson, in which a poet realizes she has written the works of Baudelaire. One morning, the poet Hazel Brown wakes up in a strange hotel room to find that she's written the complete works of Charles Baudelaire. Surprising as this may be, it's no more surprising to Brown than the impossible journey she's taken to become the writer that she is. Animated by…

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Andrew Altschul

March 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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front cover of The Gringa

Andrew Altschul discusses his new novel, The Gringa. Praise for The Gringa "The Gringa bites off an impressive chunk of American—and Peruvian—history with dynamic prose. It's an exciting addition to the literature of terrorism and revolution." —KARAN MAHAJAN, author of The Association of Small Bombs "What every even slightly conscious American writer is trying to figure out right now is how to write about the state of America without clambering atop a soapbox. This is the considerable achievement of Andrew Altschul's The Gringa." —DAVID SHIELDS, author…

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CANCELED: “I am deliberate / and afraid / of nothing” Poetry and Protest: a day in honor of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker (Part One): with Judy Grahn, Jewelle Gomez, and Avotcja

March 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA 94132 United States
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Audre Lorde-Pat Parker-1986-WB-banner_0

Featuring Judy Grahn, Jewelle Gomez, and Avotcja This event, supported in part by a grant to the Academy of American Poets from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Poetry Coalition programs, is free and open to the public. Photo: video stills, Audre Lorde and Pat Parker, reading at The Women's Building, San Francisco, February 7, 1986. Details soon Related event: “I am deliberate / and afraid / of nothing” Poetry and Protest a day in honor of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker…

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Paul Lisicky / Later: My Life at the Edge of the World with Ryan Van Meter

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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front cover of Later

Booksmith welcomes Paul Lisicky back to the store for his new book, Later: My Life at the Edge of the World. Please join us! When Paul Lisicky arrived in Provincetown in the early 1990s, he was leaving behind a history of family trauma to live in a place outside of time, known for its values of inclusion, acceptance, and art. In this idyllic haven, Lisicky searches for love and connection and comes into his own as he finds a sense of belonging. At…

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CANCELED: “I am deliberate / and afraid / of nothing” Poetry and Protest: a day in honor of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker (Part Two): with Arisa White, Leila Weefur, and Angela Hume

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA 94132 United States
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Audre Lorde-Pat Parker-1986-WB-banner_0

Featuring Arisa White, Leila Weefur, and Angela Hume This event, supported in part by a grant to the Academy of American Poets from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Poetry Coalition programs, is free and open to the public. Photo: video stills, Audre Lorde and Pat Parker, reading at The Women's Building, San Francisco, February 7, 1986. Details soon Related event: “I am deliberate / and afraid / of nothing” Poetry and Protest a day in honor of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker…

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Chris Carlsson at City Lights Books

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes and Radical Histories from Pluto Press San Francisco is an iconic and symbolic city. But only when you look beyond the picture-postcards of the Golden Gate Bridge and the quaint cable cars do you realise that the city's most interesting stories are not the Summer of Love, the Beats or even the latest gold rush in Silicon Valley. Hidden San Francisco is a guidebook like no other. Structured around the four…

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Representation in 2020: A Night of Artists Focusing on Equitable Representation

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Representation in 2020: A Night of Artists Focusing on Equitable Representation featuring Paolo Bicchieri, reading from his new book Sword in the Darkness, Nesley Rojo, Rose Heredia and sh vogl.

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Dennis Phillips & George Albon

March 20 @ 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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Dennis Phillips and George Albon read from their latest works, Mappa Mundi and Lyric Multiples. About Mappa Mundi Like the medieval maps from which MAPPA MUNDI takes its title, Dennis Phillips' 16th volume of poetry is a survey of territory as subjective as it is tangible. Riffing off the unstable certainty of medieval world maps, MAPPA MUNDI builds on, refracts, distills, distorts and reexamines Phillips' past works and recurring themes, relying on, among other techniques, repeated motifs, narrative tensions and lyrical condensations. Its…

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