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August 2020

This is Now – Unbreaking Government

August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free – $30

This event is online. Amidst the political morass the US has become, some are voicing the unthinkable: has American democracy’s long, ambitious run come to an end? How much power do we have to mend our breaches, fix our political system and our economy, and lift those who've been left behind? William G. Howell is the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, chair of the Department of Political Science at the…

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VIRTUAL EVENT: Lloyd Kahn, The Half-Acre Homestead

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz invites you to join us for a free online event with green architecture pioneer Lloyd Kahn for a presentation of his new book, The Half-Acre Homestead: 46 Years of Building and Gardening. Register for this free Crowdcast event here. This is a free event. The book may be purchased below. You can make a donation to help support Bookshop Santa Cruz here. Thank you! Lloyd, the former shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, has published seven books on owner building,…

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Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library

August 20 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Thursday, August 20, 7:00pm featuring Caroline Goodwin online on Zoom registration link to come bio to come Upcoming at Third Thursdays: September: Peter Carroll

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[Virtual Ruby] AUTHORS OF COLOR BOOK CLUB: The Revisioners by Margaret

August 20 @ 7:30 pm
Free

Jean Rhys said that "reading makes immigrants of us all," that "it takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere." Now more than ever, it's vital—and heartening—to read, and read widely. We'll read thrilling, mind-blowing, intriguing, heartbreaking, comic, strange, and/or provocative books by women and nonbinary people of color—and, each month, we'll gather to talk about what we've read! When possible, we'll also have the writer join us. This August, we'll be reading THE…

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Virtual Event: Chuck Prophet and Stevie Simkin

August 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$25

Join us on Friday, August 21 at 12pm PDT for an afternoon with musician Chuck Prophet and Stevie Simkin, author of What Makes the Monkey Dance: The Life and Music of Chuck Prophet and Green on Red on Zoom! Moderated by Daniel Strickland. NOTE: This is a ticketed event. Tickets are available here, and include a copy of What Makes the Monkey Dance and exclusive access to the Zoom event. Copies of your book will be available for shipping or in-store pick up. About What Makes the Monkey Dance "How…

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VIRTUAL: Show Us Your Spines Resident Reading

August 21 @ 6:00 pm
Free

SHOW US YOUR SPINES is a month-long writer residency + reading in collaboration with the SF Public Library’s Hormel Center.  For a month QTIPOC writers work with SUYS Program Manager to virtually uncover archival content around a specific queer theme, writing/producing a piece that will then be read/presented the following month in a digital forum.

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Jack & Agyu: Children’s Story Time with Justine Villanueva

August 22 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Join Eastwind Books of Berkeley online for children's story time featuring a live read-aloud of Filipino children's book, Jack and Agyu, with author Justine Villanueva. ​Jack & Agyu is written in English and includes a translation in Binukid, one of the indigenous languages in Bukidnon, a region in the south of the Philippines. The book also provides translations into Filipino, the national language of the Philippines, and Bisaya-Cebuano, one of the major languages in the Philippines. Additionally, the book features…

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Meera Sriram VIRTUAL LAUNCH

August 23 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Celebrating the publication of her picture book A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India.  To register, go to: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/book-launch-a-gift-for-amma/ Sunday, August 23, 2020 - 11:00am A young girl explores the vibrant rainbow of items for sale in a southern Indian street market as she searches for a gift for her mother. Includes facts about the items mentioned and markets around the world, as well as photographs taken by the author in her hometown of Chennai, India. This #OwnVoices book includes…

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The Tree and the Vine: The Queer Fiction of Dola de Jong

August 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in conjunction with Transit Books present Editor Kristen Gehrman in conversation with Jennifer Croft    celebrating the new book The Tree and the Vine by Dola de Jong Translated from the Dutch by Kristen Gehrman published by Transite Books (Purchase Book Here) in the near future When Bea meets Erica at the home of a mutual friend, this chance encounter sets the stage for the story of two women torn between desire and taboo in the…

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VIRTUAL: Erin Hatton / Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment

August 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Booksmith and UC Press present a 6-part series of virtual events focused on urgent societal issues, broadcasting every Monday at 11am PST. This fourth event in the series features Erin Hatton discussing her book Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment. This is a free event, but RSVP is required. RSVP here. What do prisoner laborers, graduate students, welfare workers, and college athletes have in common? According to sociologist Erin Hatton, they are all part of a growing workforce of coerced laborers. Coerced explores this world of coerced labor through an unexpected…

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VIRTUAL: Launch for Richard Kadrey / Ballistic Kiss

August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Booksmith and The Bindery host a virtual event with Upstream author Richard Kadrey to celebrate his new novel Ballistic Kiss, the latest and penultimate volume in his Sandman Slim series. ** Please note ** >  This is a free event, but RSVP is required. RSVP here. >  We are pleased to be able to offer signed copies of Ballistic Kiss! You can purchase one here, below, or when completing your registration – just be sure to request a signed copy when checking out. Sandman Slim is back in Los Angeles and kicking more…

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George Dyson (Online)

August 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:10 pm
Free – $40

This event is online. The hacker historian and author behind 2012's Turing's Cathedral returns to Kepler's for the release of Analogia, a boldly philosophical book which explores the arc of technology from the stone ages to the predicted point of singularity. How has technology shaped humanity through time, and what lays in store when we develop technologies beyond our programmable control? Dyson offers a rich historical glance that sweeps centuries, peppered with autobiographical elements including Freeman Dyson's work on TRIGA…

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Martin Jay in conversation with Paul Breines

August 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

discussing Martin Jay's new book Splinters in Your Eye: Frankfurt School Provocations published by Verso Press The evening will begin with a short introduction by Robert Kaufman Assessing the legacy of the Frankfurt School in the twenty-first century. ------------ 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 before, you…

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THE SECRET DIARY OF HENDRIK GROEN | GGP Online Book Club

August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 7 PM PDT for a GGP Online Book Club discussion of THE SECRET DIARY OF HENDRIK GROEN by Hendrik Groen. The Zoom meeting will be at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82208141566. You can order a copy in hardcover at https://bit.ly/ggpSecretDiary, or in audiobook from Libro.fm, GGP's audiobook partner, at https://bit.ly/SecretDiaryAB. Staff Reviews   Just because you're old doesn't mean you can't have fun and adventure. Hendrik is a rebel, determined to live life to the fullest. — Mike   Description…

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Ishmael Reed with Tennesee Reed

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

Each reading from their new books of poetry published by Dalkey Archive Why The Black Hole Sings The Blues by Ishmael Reed Califia Burning: Poems 2012-2019 by Tennessee Reed --------- 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 before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom. ------------ Event is…

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VIRTUAL: Two Languages / One Community with Poets Michael Warr and Chun Yu

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

Booksmith presents Two Languages / One Community with poets Michael Warr and Chun Yu. They will be reading from and discussing their work. Two Languages / One Community brings together African American and Chinese American writers in a rare cultural exchange based on dialogue and storytelling. Workshop participants write poems and short stories based on memories sparked by photographs of their parents, their younger selves, and other family members. The writing is translated in Chinese and English and published online at www.twolanguagesonecommunity.com and in the Catching Memory book…

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VIRTUAL EVENT: David Eagleman, Livewired

August 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bestselling author and neuroscientist David Eagleman will discuss his new book, Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain. "Eagleman delivers an intellectually exhilarating look at neuroplasticity. In his view, the brain's ability to reconfigure connections between its different areas in response to feedback is 'quite possibly the most gorgeous phenomenon in biology,' and also holds exciting practical applications. Eagleman's skill as a teacher, bold vision, and command of current research will make this superb work a curious reader's delight." —Publishers Weekly

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VIRTUAL: Vanessa Veselka / The Great Offshore Grounds

August 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Booksmith hosts a virtual event with Zazen author Vanessa Veselka for her new novel The Great Offshore Grounds. ** Please note ** >  This is a free event, but RSVP is required. RSVP here. >  If you'd like a copy of The Great Offshore Grounds, you can purchase one here, below, or when completing your registration. We are currently offering free shipping throughout San Francisco and the East Bay. On the day of their estranged father’s wedding, half sisters Cheyenne and Livy set off to claim their inheritance. It’s been years…

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Virtual Event: Lysley Tenorio and Bruce Snider

August 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on Friday, August 28 at 6pm PDT when Lysley Tenorio and Bruce Snider discuss their new books, The Son of Good Fortune and Fruit, with author Molly Antopol on Zoom! And stop by on Saturday, August 29 at 5pm when Lysley and Bruce join us for a special, social distanced book signing for Independent Bookstore Day at Green Apple Books on the Park (9th Ave)! Zoom Login Info Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82440135001 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16699009128,,82440135001#  or +13462487799,,82440135001# Or Telephone:…

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No Fascist USA! Discussion Series, Talk #4 – Hilary Moore, James Tracy, and Shane Burley

August 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Hilary Moore, James Tracy, and Shane Burley in the first of four talks about anti-fascist movements, past and present, and street-level organizing, with Hilary Moore, James Tracy, and Shane Burley. Event co-sponsored by Carmichael's Bookstore (Louisville) and Louisiville Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). ------------ 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…

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VIRTUAL: Sarah Jaquette Ray / A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet

August 31 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Booksmith and UC Press present a 6-part series of virtual events focused on urgent societal issues, broadcasting every Monday at 11am PST. This fifth event in the series features Sarah Jaquette Ray discussing her book A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet. This is a free event, but RSVP is required. RSVP here. Gen Z's first "existential toolkit" for combating eco-guilt and burnout while advocating for climate justice. A youth movement is reenergizing global environmental activism. The “climate generation”—late millennials and iGen,…

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September 2020

Katy Rose Pool and Laura Sebastian

September 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Calling all fantasy readers. We are absolutely thrilled to be launching As the Shadow Rises, Katy Rose Pool’s sequel to the critically-acclaimed, action packed epic fantasy There Will Come a Darkness, that explores everything from ancient history to apocalyptic prophecies to fraught sibling relationships. The Last Prophet has been found, yet he sees destruction ahead. In this sequel, kingdoms have begun to fall to a doomsday cult, the magical Graced are being persecuted, and an ancient power threatens to break…

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Héctor Tobar in conversation with Oscar Villalon

September 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

discussing Héctor Tobar's new book The Last Great Road Bum published by Farrar Straus and Giroux In The Last Great Road Bum, Héctor Tobar turns the peripatetic true story of a naive son of Urbana, Illinois, who died fighting with guerrillas in El Salvador into the great American novel for our times. ---- 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…

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VIRTUAL EVENT: Jessica Garrison, The Devil’s Harvest

September 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for an online event with Jessica Garrison, author of The Devil's Harvest: A Ruthless Killer, a Terrorized Community, and the Search for Justice in California's Central Valley, the gut-wrenching, unbelievable true story of Jose Martinez, and how the criminal justice system fails our country's most vulnerable immigrant communities. It melds the pacing and suspense of a true crime thriller with the rigor of top-notch investigative journalism. Registration for this Crowdcast event will begin soon. Drawing upon decades of case files, interrogation…

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Hari Kunzru

September 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

reading from his new book Red Pill: a novel published by Alfred Knopf From the widely acclaimed author of White Tears, a bold new novel about searching for order in a world that frames madness as truth. ---- 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 before, you may consider referencing Getting…

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Virtual Event: Carole Stivers and John Markoff

September 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on Thursday, September 3 at 6:00pm PST when Carole Stivers discusses her debut novel, The Mother Code, with John Markoff on Zoom! Zoom Login Info Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81537772295 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16699009128,,81537772295#  or +13462487799,,81537772295# 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 8656…

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Author Francesca Serritella Discussing The Ghosts of Harvard | Virtual Author Chat on Zoom

September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 7 PM PDT for an online discussion with author Francesca Serritella discussing her new novel, THE GHOSTS OF HARVARD. Our discussion will be webcast on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84003372643. (Order your copy of THE GHOSTS OF HARVARD at https://bit.ly/ggpGhostsHarvard.) Description TEEN VOGUE BOOK CLUB PICK • A Harvard freshman becomes obsessed with her schizophrenic brother’s suicide. Then she starts hearing voices. “A rich, intricately plotted thriller . . . Serritella, who is a Harvard grad herself, writes about the campus…

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VIRTUAL: Launch for Meg Elison / Find Layla, with Somaiya Daud, Rory Power, Adam Sass and Maggie Tokuda-Hall

September 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Booksmith hosts a virtual event with Meg Elison for the launch of her new novel Find Layla. She's joined by Somaiya Daud, Rory Power, Adam Sass and Maggie Tokuda-Hall for a panel discussion. ** Please note ** >  This is a free event, but RSVP is required. RSVP here. >  If you'd like a copy of Find Layla, you can purchase one here, below, or when completing your registration. We are currently offering free shipping throughout San Francisco and the East Bay. Underprivileged and keenly self-aware, SoCal fourteen-year-old Layla Bailey isn’t used to being noticed.…

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VIRTUAL: Joe William Trotter Jr. / Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America

September 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Booksmith and UC Press present a 6-part series of virtual events focused on urgent societal issues, broadcasting every Monday at 11am PST. This final event in the series features Joe William Trotter Jr. discussing his book Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America. This is a free event, but RSVP is required. RSVP here. "An eloquent and essential correction to contemporary discussions of the American working class." –The Nation From the ongoing issues of poverty, health, housing and employment to the recent upsurge of lethal police-community relations,…

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VIRTUAL: Launch for Julian Guthrie / Good Blood: A Doctor, a Donor, and the Incredible Breakthrough that Saved Millions of Babies

September 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Booksmith hosts a special virtual event with Julian Guthrie for the launch of her new book Good Blood: A Doctor, a Donor, and the Incredible Breakthrough that Saved Millions of Babies. She'll be in conversation with Dr. John Gorman and James Harrison, the main subjects of the book. ** Please note ** >  This is a free event, but RSVP is required. RSVP here. A connection link will be sent to everyone with an RSVP. >  If you'd like a copy of Good Blood, you can purchase one here,…

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