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September 2020

Peninsula Virtual Bookfest

September 2 @ 8:00 am - October 29 @ 5:00 pm

PENINSULA VIRTUAL BOOKFEST 2020 SCHEDULE Welcome Message from San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom and local librarians https://youtu.be/D__YAzFYfV0 September 2, 1pm PT Burlingame Public Library presents a virtual bookfest featuring NPR’s Malaka Gharib, Sari-Sari Storybooks’ founder Christina Newhard & NYT bestselling YA author Erin Entrada Kelly. Webinar/FB Live. (Fiction, Middle School/YA) https://youtu.be/k4U_bDFfrmo September 3, 5pm PT San Mateo County Libraries presents "Poetry & Home in Diaspora" featuring Kai Coggin, Lee Herrick, Antonio Lopez & Persis Karim. SMCL YouTube (Poetry) https://youtu.be/rH_thzyluCc…

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October 2020

Writers Who Want to Get Noticed: Online Literary Profiles, with Lyzette Wanzer (via Zoom), Oct. 21

October 21 @ 5:30 am - 8:30 pm
$330.00

WEDNESDAYS, OCT. 21 — DEC. 2  | One of the biggest challenges writers face is getting their work the recognition it deserves. You’ve been sending your work out—stories, articles, poems, plays—and you know it’s good work, but no one’s biting. You’ve applied for grants, travel scholarships, and writers’ conference funding, to no avail. You’d love to be invited to present work at Litquake or another high-profile reading series, or to read at a conference. You’d like to publish in literary…

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Yotam Ottolenghi – Ottolenghi Flavor (Virtual Event)

October 21 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

The New York Times bestselling author of Plenty teams up with Ottolenghi Test Kitchen’s Ixta Belfrage to reveal how flavor is created and amplified through 100+ innovative, super-delicious, plant-based recipes. Level up your vegetables. In this groundbreaking cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage offer a next-level approach to vegetables that breaks down the fundamentals of cooking into three key elements: process, pairing, and produce. For process, Yotam and Ixta show how easy techniques such as charring and infusing can change the way you think about…

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Sherri Duskey Rinker & AG Ford, Construction Site Mission: Demolition!

October 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

We are delighted to welcome Sherri Duskey Rinker and AG Ford as they share their newest adventure, Construction Site Mission: Demolition! Everyone's favorite construction crew is back in this brand-new addition to the Goodnight, Goodnight series. Kids will be delighted to hear the author reader here story and to meet the illustrator of this awesome book, where the crew CRASH-BANG-BOOMS through the demolition process. Register for this free Crowdcast event here!

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Third Man Books Night @ City Lights

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Celebrating three awesome new books!      Third Man Books (the publishing imprint of Jack White's Third Man Records) returns to City Lights to launch three excellent new titles: IT CAME FROM MEMPHIS by Robert Gordon, CAR MA by Alison Mosshart, and Nine Bar Blues by Sheree Renée Thomas. Third Man Books and Records: Where your turntable's not dead, and your page still turns! This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights and Third Man on the Zoom platform. You will need access to a computer or other…

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VIRTUAL: Lunch Poems: San Francisco and Chicago

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Booksmith and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library present Mike Puican (L) and Michael Warr (R) reading from their poetry to celebrate the publication of Puican's new collection, Central Air. Join us! This is a free event, but RSVP is required. RSVP here. Mike Puican and Michael Warr will share poems centered on cities they’ve called home. The poets met in Chicago, a place that served as a living incubator for their writing over a period of 20 years. Puican has a new book of poems, Central Air, that focuses on the spiritual as…

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SFPL Virtual Library: Celia Stahr, Frida In America The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
online
Free

The riveting story of how three years spent in the United States transformed Frida Kahlo into the artist we know today. Mexican artist Frida Kahlo adored adventure. In November, 1930, she was thrilled to realize her dream of traveling to the United States to live in San Francisco, Detroit and New York. Still, leaving her family and her country for the first time was monumental. Only twenty-three and newly married to the already world-famous forty-three-year-old Diego Rivera, she was at…

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Swords Out: A Dungeons & Dragons Murder Mystery

October 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
online
$10.00

John Darnielle (Wolf in White Van, Universal Harvester, the Mountain Goats), Leah Johnson (You Should See Me in a Crown), Daniel Lavery (Something That May Shock and Discredit You, The Merry Spinster, Slate’s Dear Prudence, the Toast), Amber Sparks (And I Do Not Forgive You, The Unfinished World), and R. Eric Thomas (Here for It, Elle magazine) join Dungeon Master Matt Lubchansky to play a classic tabletop role-playing game with a literary twist. If you’ve never played D&D before, don’t…

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Publish Your Opinion, with Laird Harrison (via Zoom), Oct. 22

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$85.00

HURSDAYS, OCT. 22 — 29 |Your opinion matters. You have taken the time to research an issue and think it through. Now how can you get the word out to the people who need to hear it? Newspapers, magazines, and websites are looking for well-reasoned essays. But their criteria are very different from the ones your college English professor used. In this three-hour course, you will learn the basics of writing an essay or op-ed for publication. You will write…

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Leslie K. Barry – Newark Minutemen (Virtual Event)

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In between World Wars, during the Great Depression, American democracy was threatened by a shadow Nazi party, complete with a self-proclaimed American Hitler and a 1939 Nuremberg-like rally in New York's Madison Square Garden. Join Marin author Leslie K. Barry for a discussion of her family's incredible true story—and the inspiration for her new novel, Newark Minutemen—that of a Jewish boxer in 1930s New Jersey who was recruited by the Jewish mob and the FBI to go undercover against the rising German-American Nazi…

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San Francisco Public Virtual Library – Native Tongues: Tres Poetas de Califas

October 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
online
Free

An afternoon of ¡VIVA! poetry with Alejandro Murguía, Leticia Hernández-Linares and José Héctor Cadena. Alejandro Murguía author of Southern Front and This War Called Love, Nine Stories, City Lights Books (winner of the American Book Award). In non-fiction he has published The Medicine of Memory: A Mexican Clan in California, University of Texas Press. He is a founding member and the first director of The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Currently he is a professor in Latina/Latino Studies at San Francisco State University. In…

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Funeral Diva

October 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A poetic memoir about coming-of-age in the AIDS era, and its effects on life and art. "She is a writer for the future, in that she defies genre."—Hilton Als "Pamela Sneed's Funeral Diva charts the 'grieving patterns' informing a life with unflinching honesty and clarity. This notable achievement, traveling from youth to adulthood, is a harrowing account of how Sneed transforms violence and pain into an artist's life."—Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen: An American Lyric In this collection of personal essays and poetry, acclaimed…

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Jumpstart Your Memoir Writing! with Kerry Muir

October 24 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
$295.00

Have you ever experienced the nagging feeling you ought to be writing down your life stories, but have simply lacked the time and the tools to do it? If so, this is the class to jumpstart your memoir-writing engine! “The act of writing memoir is vastly different for everyone,” says instructor Kerry Muir. “It can be an intensely personal, private act—a way to unearth and sift through events of the past, ascertaining their meaning in retrospect. For some, it can…

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Writing the Big Themes with Erin Rodoni

October 24 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
$295.00

Love. Loss. Transformation. These themes are so integral to the human experience that writers have returned to them again and again for centuries. But how can we write anything new about growing up, falling in love, breaking up, or losing a parent/child/lover/friend? “To me, making something new means making it personal,” says instructor Erin Rodoni. “Often the best way to give a piece of writing universal appeal is to make it as specific as possible. So we need to become…

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Creative Writing 101 with Kathy Garlick

October 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
$295.00

“Have you wanted to test the waters of creative writing but don’t know where to begin, or how?" asks instructor Kathy Garlick. “Have you waded into those waters before, but it’s been a while?” In this online class, you will be guided surely and safely into the writing experience. There’s no pressure to work on a specific project or even settle on a genre you prefer. The idea is to explore—see with a writer’s eyes, spark ideas, gain confidence, and…

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On Point: Crafting a Short-Form Point of View Piece with David Jacobson

October 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
$165.00

“Many people are driven to write by the simple human need to express ourselves,” says instructor David Jacobson. “There may be no better way to meet that need than through the short, pointed burst of intellectual and emotional energy that goes into a newspaper column, op-ed or blog post.” In this online series, through a mixture of short lectures, readings, discussions, writing exercises, and independent work between class sessions, you will learn how to write a 500-1500 word piece that…

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San Francisco Public Virtual Library – Libby Copeland, The Lost Family

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
online
Free

The Lost Family explores the rapidly evolving phenomenon of home DNA testing, its implications for how we think about family and ourselves and its ramifications for American culture broadly. Libby Copeland is an award-winning journalist who has written for the Washington Post, New York magazine, the New York Times, the Atlantic and many other publications. She specializes in the intersection of science and culture. Copeland was a reporter and editor at the Post for eleven years, has been a media fellow and guest lecturer and has made numerous appearances…

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Conversations with Authors – Claire Messud (Virtual Event)

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Claire Messud‘s latest release, Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write, opens a window on her own life: a peripatetic upbringing; a warm, complicated family; and, throughout it all, her devotion to art and literature. Claire is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the author of six works of fiction including The Burning Girl, The Emperor’s Children, and The Woman Upstairs. She lives in Cambridge,…

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San Francisco Public Virtual Library – Before Columbus Foundation 41st Annual American Book Awards

October 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
online
Free

The Before Columbus Foundation recognizes the winners of the 41st Annual American Book Awards. The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community, honoring excellence in American Literature without restriction to race, sec, ethnic background or genre. Connect with the Before Columbus Foundation - Website | Facebook Zoom Registration SFPL YouTube Live  

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VIRTUAL: Omnidawn Fall Book Launch

October 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Booksmith and The Bindery are pleased to host Omnidawn Press for their seasonal launch of new titles, for which each author will be reading from their work. Be the first to own these new treasures: wyrd] bird by Claire Marie Stancek This Red Metropolis What Remains by Leia Penina Wilson Storage Unit for the Spirit House by Maw Shein Win Quiet Orient Riot by Nathalie Khankan The Lower East Side Tenement Reclamation Association by David Rothman ** Please note: This event is free and all ages, but RSVP is required. RSVP here. ** About wyrd]…

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Eastwind Book Club: Minor Feelings

October 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join Eastwind Book Club this October as we read Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong About this Event Eastwind Book Club is a community of readers connected by Asian and Asian American literature. Members gather once a month through a virtual meeting to discuss the month’s book selection. October's book club pick is Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong. The book club meeting will take place via Zoom on Sunday, October 25 at 2pm PST. Register to receive the meeting…

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Eoin Colfer

October 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

THIS EVENT IS ONLINE Eoin Colfer is best known for his New York Times bestselling blockbuster series Artemis Fowl which gained a huge worldwide readership for its mix of hilarious mayhem and snarky humor. Artemis Fowl, the boy-genius criminal mastermind, deals with fantastical beings and megalomaniacal villains in madcap adventures over eight books. There’s a movie adaptation that came out this year directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Judi Dench, a series of graphic novels, and the series spin offs…

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Writing for Power & Resiliency with Thea Matthews

October 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
$295.00

You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise. –Maya Angelou “The power of language, of the voice, is not to be underestimated,” says instructor Thea Matthews. “In order to generate the change we hope to see in our world, the time is now more than ever to remember and know our own individual power, as well as our collective power. How can you use creative writing to affirm your own power, and in turn…

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Colossus: Home Reading

October 25 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

D.L. Lang Yolanda Morrissette Tyrice Brown Jos Burns Aquila Lewis- Ross Elizabeth Costello

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Kandinsky: Dramatist, Poet. Talk and Reading: Lissa Tyler Renaud

October 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Globus Books presents a talk on Wassily Kandinsky's writings for the theatre and a reading of his poetry by Lissa Tyler Renaud, one of the world's leading scholars of Kandinsky's lesser-known rich heritage. This event is in English and will be held on Zoom on October 26, 2020, at 1.00 pm PST (SF), 3 pm EST (NY). There will be a limited number of seats; please contact Globus Books via FB messenger to register. We will also be live streaming…

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Magical Feminism: An Editorial Discussion

October 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
online
$10.00

Electric Literature executive director Halimah Marcus talks to Marie-Helene Bertino (Parakeet, 2 a.m. at the Cat’s Pajamas, Safe as Houses) and Elissa Washuta (White Magic, My Body Is a Book of Rules, Shapes of Native Nonfiction) about coping with trauma and subverting expectations at the intersection of magic and reality. They will discuss how magic works in practice and as a rhetorical device in fiction. Q&A to follow.

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VIRTUAL: Inter•Col•Lab: A Reading and Film Screening with Valerie Witte, Sarah Rosenthal, and Ayana Yonesaka

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Booksmith and The Bindery host a special virtual event of interrelated, genre-crossing collaborations: a book of sonnets and letters, an essay collection, and a film, all of which investigate postmodern dance. This virtual event is free and all ages, but RSVP is required. If you'd like to order a copy of The Grass is Greener When the Sun is Yellow, you can do that here. We're currently offering free shipping throughout San Francisco and the East Bay. In their book The Grass Is Greener When the Sun Is…

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Sandor Ellix Katz: James Beard Award-winner discusses his new book, Fermentation as Metaphor

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Bestselling author Sandor Ellix Katz joins us for a virtual event for his new book, Fermentation as Metaphor (Chelsea Green). This event will stream on Crowdcast. Visit our Crowdast Channel to register. About Fermentation as Metaphor Bestselling author Sandor Katz--an "unlikely rock star of the American food scene" (New York Times)--delivers a mesmerizing treatise on the meaning of fermentation alongside his awe-inspiring photography of this transformative process, teaching us with words and images about ourselves, our culture, and being human. In 2012,…

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Kim Stanley Robinson, The Ministry for the Future

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Legendary science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson will share his new novel—a remarkable vision of climate change over the coming decades. The Ministry for the Future is a masterpiece of the imagination, using fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate change will affect us all. Its setting is not a desolate, postapocalyptic world, but a future that is almost upon us—and in which we might just overcome the extraordinary challenges we face. It is a novel both immediate…

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San Francisco Public Virtual Library – Book Club: Pura Neta by Benjamin Bac Sierra

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
online
Free

We will be discussing Pura Neta by Benjamin Bac Sierra, our Sept./Oct. On the Same Page author. Set in the San Francisco Mission varrio from 2012 to 2014, Pura Neta explores the creative struggle of Homeboys and Homegirls fighting against gentrification, police brutality, racism and economic and educational injustice. Cartoon, a Homeboy who had been banished from the barrio twenty years earlier, has returned from his educational and spiritual odyssey. He finds the hood under attack, and it is no longer the gangs, but…

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