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October 2020

Hollister Rand – Everything You Wanted to Know about the Afterlife but Were Afraid to Ask (Virtual Event)

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Is it possible to continue relationships beyond death? Do loved ones see what's going on in our lives? Can they help us with the challenges facing us right now? Get answers to these questions from the spirits themselves! Experience the peace of knowing that those you love remain close to you. During the event, a number of audience members will receive messages from loved ones living in the spirit world. There will be time to ask general questions about mediumship…

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November 2020

Fiction Workshop: Honing the Art of Storytelling with Andy Touhy

November 1 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
$295.00

You write something down and it’s awkward, trivial, artificial, approximate. But with effort . . . you can get it to open up, and expose what’s lurking there beyond the clumsy thing you first put down. —Deborah Eisenberg “What makes a story compelling?” asks instructor Andy Touhy. “More importantly, what are the ways to make it compelling? In this online workshop, we’ll begin to really think about how to tell a good tale (short story or novel). "Opening lines matter, as does point…

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Colossus: Home Reading

November 1 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Dena Rod Karla Brundage Peggy Morrison Sharon Coleman Norma Smith Zakiyyah G.E. Capehart Carol Dorf

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Alta Asks Live: Keenan Norris

November 4 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Alta Asks Live: Keenan Norris

Author Keenan Norris is joined in conversation by author and Alta contributor Susan Straight on Wednesday, November 4 at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time for an intimate discussion on writing and race in the suburbs of Southern California. Author Keenan Norris came of age as a member of one of a growing number of Black families who moved to the Inland Empire from Los Angeles in the late 1980s. His essay in the Fall 2020 issue of Alta Journal recounts a childhood amid snakes, scorpions,…

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Contemporary Classics – Weather Pat Holt’s monthly book discussion group

November 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Patricia Holt, former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, continues her popular book group, “Contemporary Classics.” A book should stand the test of time before becoming a classic, but very often, critics and literary judges leap to praise books as “instant classics” soon after publication. These are the titles Pat’s group will hold up to scrutiny—in fact, the chewier, more literary, more dense, and "hard to read" the better. One needn't have read widely, studied literature, or learned about…

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Karen Tei Yamashita in Conversation with Andrew Way Leong

November 5 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for a book talk with Karen Tei Yamashita, author of I-Hotel, Letters to Memory, and Sansei and Sensibility. Hosted by Andrew Way Leong and followed by a Q&A session with the audience. WHEN: Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 2:30 PM PDT About the books: I Hotel - A multi-voiced fusion of prose, playwriting, graphic art, and philosophy that spins an epic tale of America’s struggle for civil rights as it played out in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Divided into…

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Virtual Reading: Nate Klug and Fiona Sze-Lorrain

November 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us on Thursday, November 5 at 5pm when Nate Klug and Fiona Sze-Lorrain read from their new collections, Hosts and Guests and Rain in Plural, on Zoom! Zoom Login Info Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83679639869 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16699009128,,83679639869#  or +13462487799,,83679639869# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 9128  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 558…

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Mauro Javier Cárdenas

November 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

reading from his new novel Aphasia published by Farrar Straus Giroux Mauro Javier Cárdenas, the critically-acclaimed author of The Revolutionaries Try Again—"an original, insubordinate novel" (New York Times)—pens a profound story of literature about a man coming to terms with his dysfunctional Colombian family, as well as his own behavior, as an immigrant in America. ------ This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. You will need access to a computer or other…

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Awesome Asian Americans: Children’s Story Time with Oliver Chin

November 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

It's about time - rebel girls, rad women, little leaders, and great guys are Asian American too! Readers will enjoy learning about 20 trailblazers who have contributed to our country. All compelling personalities, these unique men and women come from diverse backgrounds and vocations. Featured Asian Americans in the book are: -Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (actor) -Bruce Lee (martial artist) -Mindy Kaling (comedian) -Lea Salonga (singer) -Yuri Kochiyama (activist) -Helen Zia (journalist) -and more! Artist Juan Calle’s 60 dynamic color…

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Conversations with Authors – Anthony Lee Head with Peter Coyote (Virtual Event)

November 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Anthony Lee Head’s debut collection, Driftwood: Stories from the Margarita Road, tells the story of modern-day runaways escaping the rat race and heading to a tropical paradise in search of a fresh start—a timely  antidote for anyone who has grown weary of quarantines and sheltering in place. Anthony knows firsthand the challenges of the expat lifestyle. In a fit of middle-aged madness, he gave up an established career as a trial lawyer in San Francisco to travel 3500 miles to tropical Mexico, where…

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Ayşegül Savaş Reading

November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

You must register to attend this event! Free and Open to the Public. Co-sponsored by the MFA Program in Writing and the English Department. Ayşegül Savaş is the author of Walking on the Ceiling. Her second novel White on White is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, and The Guardian. She lives in Paris.

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Conversations with Authors – Elizabeth Strout (Virtual Event)

November 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Elizabeth Strout's latest novel, Olive Again, continues the life of her beloved Olive Kitteridge, a character who has captured the imaginations of millions. Elizabeth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Olive Kitteridge, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Olive, Again, an Oprah’s Book Club pick; Anything Is Possible, winner of the Story Prize; My Name is Lucy Barton, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; The Burgess Boys, named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post and NPR; Abide with Me, a national bestseller; and Amy…

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November Manuscript Intensive Program

November 9
$770.00

Send your book out without the self-doubt. Instead work with one of our editors to get your manuscript in shape.   In this month-long one-on-one intensive, an experienced published author will closely read your entire book and mentor you, giving focused editorial feedback on the first 25 pages and an editorial letter to guide revision of the rest. There will be significant opportunity for extended correspondence with your mentor, who will provide specific suggestions for revision and offer general advice…

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Online Evening Literary Seminar: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson

November 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Jenny Lawson’s ridiculously eccentric childhood in Texas—combined with a hefty dose of anxiety, depression and serious intelligence—makes for a hilariously dark memoir that will bring the comic relief we might all need in November. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened feels like a Mary Karr-David Sedaris-Amy Poehler mash-up, a look at how to cope when things are just plain absurd. It would be a crime during this Covid fall NOT to turn to Lawson for commiseration, solace and some much-needed laughs.…

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Bookseller Happy Hour: GIFT PICKS

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Make gift giving easy! Grab a beverage and join us from the comfort of home as our booksellers share terrific books that make great gifts for everyone on your list. Have your holiday list nearby and get ready to check it off and finish your shopping. Register for this free event on Crowdcast here!

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Maw Shein Win with Nathalie Khankan and Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

November 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

City Lights in conjunction with Omnidawn Books present Maw Shein Win with Nathalie Khankan and Marcelo Hernandez Castillo reading from new poetry Storage Unit for the Spirit House - by Maw Shein Win and Quiet Orient Riot - by Nathalie Khankan    ------- This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet. If you have not used Zoom…

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Maw Shein Win and Nathalie Khankan with Su Hwang and Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

November 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Maw Shein Win and Nathalie Khankan celebrating new Omnidawn Books with Su Hwang and Marcelo Hernandez Castillo        reading from new poetry City Lights celebrates the book launch of Storage Unit for the Spirit House - by Maw Shein Win and Quiet Orient Riot - by Nathalie Khankan ------- This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet. If…

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The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan | GGP Online Book Club

November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7 PM PDT for a GGP Online Book Club discussion of Brit Bennett's new novel, THE VANISHING HALF. The Zoom meeting will be at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88275010328. You can order a copy in hardcover at https://bit.ly/ggpSweeney, or in audiobook from Libro.fm, GGP's audiobook partner, at https://bit.ly/SweeneyAB. Description An accomplished storyteller returns with her biggest, boldest, most entertaining novel yet—a hilarious, heartfelt story about books, love, sisterhood, and the surprises we discover in our DNA that combines the wit…

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Alta Asks Live: Eddie Muller

November 11 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Alta Asks Live: Eddie Muller

Grab your popcorn and settle in for a chat with Eddie Muller, host of Turner Classic Movies’ Noir Alley and founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation. Muller will join Alta Asks Live on Wednesday, November 11 at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time to spill the beans on what makes noir so imeless, help us define the genre, reveal his favorite films, and answer all of your noir queries. REGISTER About the guest:  Eddie Muller is one of the world’s foremost authorities on film noir. As…

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Conversations with Authors – Andrea Bemis (Virtual Event)

November 11 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Andrea Bemis’ second cookbook, Local Dirt: Seasonal Recipes for Eating Close to Home, is a dazzling collection of inventive recipes using farm-fresh ingredients, inspired by her commitment to supporting the local food movement. Andrea is the writer, recipe developer, and photographer behind the cookbook Dishing Up The Dirt and the food blog of the same name. Andrea’s recipes focus on using whole, locally-sourced foods—incorporating the philosophy of eating as close to the land as possible. Her recipes have been featured in publications such as The…

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Intro to Fiction: Opening Imagination’s Doors with Elaine Beale

November 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$295.00

Becoming an accomplished fiction writer means developing an amalgam of skills. You need to write sentences that flow, to master dialogue and description, to construct scenes and stories that are vivid and paced well. And, of course, you need to create characters who pull on the emotions of your reader. Learning these skills can be a challenge, but it is also immense fun. Says instructor, Elaine Beale, “I love writing fiction because I get to create characters, worlds, and stories.…

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Virtual Event: Valzhyna Mort and Carolyn Forché

November 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us on Thursday, November 12 at 5pm PDT when Valzhyna Mort discusses her latest collection, Music for the Dead and Resurrected, with Carolyn Forché on Zoom! Zoom Login Info Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86323484580 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16699009128,,86323484580#  or +12532158782,,86323484580# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 9128  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312…

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Harmada: Juan Cárdenas and Edgar Garbelotto celebrate João Gilberto Noll

November 12 @ 5:00 pm
Free

Join Unabridged Bookstore and Two Lines Press for an event celebrating João Gilberto Noll’s Harmada, a mythic tale of art and displacement nimbly translated from Portuguese by Edgar Garbelotto. Edgar Garbelotto will be in conversation with Juan Cárdenas, author of Ornamental. Sign up on Unabridged Bookstore’s website to join this virtual event. And while you’re there don’t forget to grab a copy of the book for yourself and a friend! About Harmada: Like an Edenic Adam birthed from the clay, our narrator rises…

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Zyzzyva 2020 Fall Issue Launch Party

November 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Zyzzyva managing editor Oscar Villalon with Jonathan Escoffery, Wendy C. Ortiz, Siel Ju, Andrés Reconco, Kathleen Mackay, and Nina Revoyr ZYZZYVA closes out its year-long celebration of its 35th anniversary with the publication of Issue No. 119—the L.A. Issue. A complement to the journal's Bay Area Issue published last winter, the L.A. Issue features some of the exciting work being done by writers, poets, and artists who make Los Angeles County their home or place of work. At more than 300 pages, and including a republication of…

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Ling Ma

November 12 @ 7:00 pm
Free

THE EVENT: The Center for Literary Arts is pleased to present Ling Ma, author of Severance, on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7PM. ​ The event discussion will be moderated by Jiayang Fan. Jiayang Fan became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 2016. Her reporting on China, American politics, and culture has appeared in the magazine and on newyorker.com since 2010. Maybe it’s the end of the world, but not for Candace Chen, a millennial, first-generation American and office drone meandering her way into…

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Paul Kingsnorth & Martin Shaw

November 13 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dark Mountain Project co-founder Paul Kingsnorth is joined by mythologist Martin Shaw for a conversation about Alexandria (Graywolf Press), the final volume in his epic trilogy about climate, crisis, and a world out of balance. Registration info available soon. This event is co-sponsored by Emergence Magazine, which has published work by both writers. About Alexandria One thousand years from now, a small religious community lives in what were once the fens of eastern England. They are perhaps the world’s last human survivors. Now…

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Virtual Event: Patrick Earl Ryan and Martin Pousson

November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on Friday, November 13 at 7pm PST when Patrick Earl Ryan discusses his award-winning debut collection, If We Were Electric, with Martin Pousson on Zoom! If you're enjoying Green Apple's virtual events, consider making a donation here to help sustain our programming. Zoom Login Info Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88012383591 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +13462487799,,88012383591#  or +16465588656,,88012383591# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 346 248 7799  or +1…

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KSW Presents “Cut to Bloom”

November 13 @ 8:00 pm
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This November, KSW Presents “Cut to Bloom,” a celebration of Arhm Choi Wild’s collection of poetry. Joined by Isabella “Isa” Borgeson and Hieu Minh Nguyen, this event features three powerful poets reading works transforming the cut, the chasm, the hyphen—of identity, of the body, of queerness, home and healing.   NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS. Email info@kearnystreet.org and we'll take care of you.   Featured Artists Arhm Choi Wild is a queer, Korean-American poet who…

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Conversations with Authors – Thomas Keller (Virtual Event)

November 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Thomas Keller's newest release, The French Laundry, Per Se is filled with meticulously detailed recipes for 70 beloved dishes that will change how young chefs, determined home cooks, and dedicated food lovers understand and approach their cooking. Thomas is the author of Bouchon, Under Pressure, Ad Hoc at Home, and Bouchon Bakery and has six restaurants and five bakeries in the United States. He is the first and only American chef to have two Michelin Guide three-star-rated restaurants, the French Laundry and Per Se, both of which…

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This Is Now: Beyond the Bottom Line

November 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This event is online. Can a company satisfy its shareholders while improving the world around us? For some businesses, the shareholders come first— that’s their very structure. Others have broken away from that template, to put the good of humanity on a par with profit. Awareness has deepened that businesses can and must be partners in tackling urgent issues like global warming and inequality. Now there are B-corps and social purpose corporations, balancing profits with real purpose. Yet now some…

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