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April 2020

Poet Tongo Eisen-Martin, live streamed from Bird & Beckett

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Live Stream:  https://www.facebook.com/bird.and.beckett/ Tongo Eisen-Martin, a child of the Bay Area, seemed to emerge full blown on the Bay Area poetry front in 2015 with his debut Someone’s Dead Already from Bootstrap Press and a cascade of uncanny readings, hands in pockets, gaze fixed in the middle distance of his mind. But by that point he had already achieved deep hip hop/spoken word credibility and had gone full on into prison work that had taken him nationwide for years. City Lights’ Pocket…

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Litquake on Lockdown: ZYZZYVA’s 35th Anniversary Issue Release

April 7 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Celebrate ZYZZYVA's 35th anniversary issue, to be released in early April, with contributors from the issue which includes such authors and writers as Bryan Washington, Lauren Markham, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Kristen Iskandrian, Lysley Tenorio, Dave Madden, Peter Orner, Meg Hurtado Bloom, and many others. All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org! Livestream link to be posted the morning of!

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Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman in Conversation

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free – $100
Ayelet Waldman & Michael Chabon

A fundraiser for Pegasus Books About this Event It's a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we're raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business. First up: Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon in conversation, including a Q&A. Ayelet Waldman is the author of the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. Plus the memoir A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made…

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Litquake on Lockdown: We All Want to Change the World

April 8 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Fiction writers are often told – by teachers, editors, and agents – that politics and literature don’t mix. But in these times of political polarization and dissatisfaction, many writers are reconsidering this conventional wisdom. How can ambitious writers find a space to explore the matters of life and death, wealth and poverty, war and governance, that affect us all? How should art respond to the terrors of modern life? Join five accomplished writers as they share work that has grappled…

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Lyrics & Dirges: Ether Edition #2

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
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This week Lyrics & Dirges Ether Edition features Maw Shein Win, Vernon Keeve III, and Amanda Moore Learn about our readers by visiting their bio posts Lyrics & Dirges is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Time: Apr 8, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/161450681 Meeting ID: 161 450 681 One tap mobile +17207072699,,161450681# US (Denver) +13462487799,,161450681# US (Houston) Dial by your location +1 720 707 2699 US (Denver) +1 346 248 7799…

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Mari Coates with Peg Alford Pursell / Launch for The Pelton Papers

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
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Booksmith hosts the launch party for Mari Coates and her new novel The Pelton Papers. She'll be in conversation with Peg Alford Pursell (A Girl Goes into the Forest). PLEASE NOTE: Due to public health concerns around the coronavirus, this will be a virtual event live-streamed on our Facebook page. Please join us! Friends, neighbors: We are pleased to be able to bring you some of our events virtually while our doors are otherwise closed in the interest of public health. You can still support us in…

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Take Place: SFSU Reading & Open Mic

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

This is a time for all of us to come together and support one another & our SFSU writing community. Join us on Zoom for our first virtual Take Place. We'll still have our featured readers originally planned for March, and we'd love to hear what you've been working on during our open mic portion. Sign-ups below. WHEN: Thursday, April 9 @ 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. WHERE: https://sfsu.zoom.us/j/137877419 WHAT:  Featured reading and open mic. All literary and experimental genres are welcome! Open mic slots are about…

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Litquake on Lockdown: Bring the World into Your Home with World Editions

April 9 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Let's connect our global literary community in a time of closed borders. Hear World Editions authors read from their works, discuss the current situation in their countries, and talk about what books mean to them during Covid-19. All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org! Livestream link to be posted the morning of!

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National Poetry Month: Stegner Fellows VIRTUAL Reading

April 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
Stegner Poets for The Ruby

Join us for a special VIRTUAL Ruby gathering in honor of National Poetry Month featuring readings by Monica Sok, Safia Elfhillo, Claire Meuschke, and Taneum Bambrick; all current Stegner fellows at Stanford University. About the poets: Monica Sok is a Cambodian American poet and the daughter of former refugees. She is the author of A Nail the Evening Hangs On (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). Her work has been recognized with a "Discovery" Prize from 92Y. She has received fellowships from Poetry Society…

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Litquake on Lockdown: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times

April 10 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Hear from the writers of Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times as they read briefly from their contribution and engage in conversation about what's changed, what hasn't, how we weather what we're facing not only politically but also culturally, personally, artistically, and as communities who affirm our connections to each other. All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org! Livestream link to be posted the morning of! Speakers Alicia Garza Alicia Garza is…

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Inside Weather: Writing and Art

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
We fell into weather

Join us Saturday evening from your room, where the following writers and artists will Zoom-share work that in some way contemplates the rooms and roomlessness of these times. This is the first in a series of three opportunities to create community and correspondence during these weeks of isolation. The events also partially act as launch readings for Mattraw's We fell into weather (March, Cultural Society). Mattraw's second book explores invisible disabilities and their catalysts-- environmental toxins, illness, and epigenetics, among…

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Escape From Quarantine Reading – a weekly online thing

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
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a weekly digital gathering and poetry reading. join our weekly zoom chat to meet with friends without having to leave your house. this is a space to just talk about what's going on and how we feel about it and also share our work. Topic: escape from quarantine reading Time: Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Mon, until May 4, 2020, 7 occurrence(s) Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Mar 30, 2020 07:00 PM…

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Carl Zimmer and Apoorva Mandavilli to Support Green Apple Books

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free
Carl Zimmer and Apoorva Mandavilli to Support Green Apple Books

Fundraising goal: $2000 Carl Zimmer and Apoorva Mandavilli will read via video conference from their work and talk about writing about real-life experiences through a creative lens. All proceeds benefit Green Apple Books. Buy a gift card right now! April 15 at 12 PM Register at Eventbrite Note: You will receive information for the video conference upon registering for the event.

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Katherine Applegate to Support Book Passage

April 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free – $100
Katherine Applegate to Support Book Passage

Fundraising goal: $2000 Newberry Award winner Katherine Applegate will read via video conference from her work and talk about her extensive writing history and catalog. All proceeds benefit Book Passage. Buy a gift card right now! April 17 at 12 PM Register at Eventbrite Note: You will receive information for the video conference upon registering for the event.

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Escape From Quarantine Reading – a weekly online thing

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
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a weekly digital gathering and poetry reading. join our weekly zoom chat to meet with friends without having to leave your house. this is a space to just talk about what's going on and how we feel about it and also share our work. Topic: escape from quarantine reading Time: Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Mon, until May 4, 2020, 7 occurrence(s) Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Mar 30, 2020 07:00 PM…

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Andrew Sean Greer and Miah Jeffra to Support Alley Cat Books

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free – $100
Andrew Sean Greer and Miah Jeffra to Support Alley Cat Books

Fundraising goal: $2000 Andrew Sean Greer and Miah Jeffra will read via video conference from their work and talk about writing about real-life experiences through a creative lens. All proceeds benefit Alley Cat Books. Support their GoFundMe now! April 22 at 12 PM Register at Eventbrite Note: You will receive information for the video conference upon registering for the event.e

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Alex Gino & Mike Jung to Support the Multicultural Children’s Bookstore

April 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free – $100
Alex Gino & Mike Jung to Support the Multicultural Children’s Bookstore

Fundraising goal: $2000 Alex Gino and Mike Jung will read via video conference from their work and talk about writing about real-life experiences through a creative lens. All proceeds benefit the Multicultural Children’s Bookstore. Donate to support them now! April 24 at 12 PM Register at Eventbrite Note: You will receive information for the video conference upon registering for the event.

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Escape From Quarantine Reading – a weekly online thing

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
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a weekly digital gathering and poetry reading. join our weekly zoom chat to meet with friends without having to leave your house. this is a space to just talk about what's going on and how we feel about it and also share our work. Topic: escape from quarantine reading Time: Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Mon, until May 4, 2020, 7 occurrence(s) Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Mar 30, 2020 07:00 PM…

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Myriam Gurba and Juli Delgado Lopera to Support Dog-Eared Books

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free
Myriam Gurba and Juli Delgado Lopera to Support Dog-Eared Books

Fundraising goal: $2000 Myriam Gurba and Juli Delgado Lopera will read via video conference from their work and talk about writing about real-life experiences through a creative lens. All proceeds benefit Dog-Eared Books. Buy a gift card right now! April 29 at 12 PM Register at Eventbrite Note: You will receive information for the video conference upon registering for the event.

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May 2020

An Evening with Mikel Jollett / Hollywood Park

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$36
front cover of Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett

Join Mikel Jollett on his Hollywoord Park book tour: an exclusive, online event series. Mikel will discuss his remarkable life story, perform exclusive material from the new album, Hollywood Park, and have a Q&A with the audience. Tickets will support your local indie bookstore and include a signed copy of the book. Private links will be emailed the day of the event. All tickets include one single-use login and one copy of Hollywood Park to be received via direct mail in late May. We…

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Escape From Quarantine Reading – a weekly online thing

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
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a weekly digital gathering and poetry reading. join our weekly zoom chat to meet with friends without having to leave your house. this is a space to just talk about what's going on and how we feel about it and also share our work. Topic: escape from quarantine reading Time: Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Mon, until May 4, 2020, 7 occurrence(s) Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Mar 30, 2020 07:00 PM…

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Virtual Quiet Lightning! Submissions open through 4/8

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Fortunella by Livien Yin

Submissions are open for our next show on May 4, 2020, which will be virtual and live-streamed! Submit --> http://bit.ly/ql-133 We’re accepting writing of all kinds to be performed as a literary mixtape. All selected authors will be paid + published in sPARKLE & bLINK 105, featuring cover art by Livien Yin! This show will be curated by Katie Tandy and Lauren Rosenfield. Submissions are open through end of day Wednesday, April 8, 2020. We know you’ve been writing! Send…

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Eves at the (Virtual) Beat: Womxn Reading w/Ruth Crossman

May 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
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During Women's History month a constellation of events brought together a group of fabulous womxn+ writers. The meeting of these hearts and minds exploded into something powerful and a new monthly reading series concept was born, "Eves at the Beat". This months Eves at the Beat is curated by Ruth Crossman!! This is her first ever curation so show her some love and tune in!!! Natasha Dennerstein will be the MC, reading bios for each reader before they share their…

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Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano / Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
front cover of Fire in Paradise

Booksmith hosts a virtual event with journalists Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano for their new book Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy. Please join us: we'll be streaming on our Facebook page! Friends, neighbors: We are pleased to be able to bring you some of our events virtually while our doors are otherwise closed in the interest of public health. You can still support us in the usual ways: you can make donations; you can buy the book and we’ll deliver it directly to your door; and did you know we…

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