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June 2020

City Lights Authors on the Road: Funeral Diva – Pamela Sneed

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

Artists and activists reflect on organizing for gay liberation amidst the AIDS pandemic. Artists and activists including Pamela Sneed and Bill T. Jones speak with moderator Kia LaBeija about their reflections on the various stances of their respective generations, the rise of identity politics, and the day-to-day realities of creativity and activism within that environment. ABOUT THE SPEAKERS Pamela Sneed is a poet, professor, and performer, and the author of Sweet Dreams, Kong, and Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than Slavery, and the forthcoming book Funeral Diva, published by City Lights this…

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VIRTUAL: jessica Care moore / We Want Our Bodies Back

June 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Booksmith and The Bindery host jessica Care moore for her new book of poems, We Want Our Bodies Back. Please join us! This will be a virtual event, which we will be streaming live on our Facebook page. Please note the early start time of 5:30pm PST. 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. If you'd like to support the store, you can still do that in…

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VIRTUAL EVENT: C Pam Zhang, How Much of These Hills is Gold

June 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes debut novelist C Pam Zhang for an online event about her new book, How Much of These Hills Is Gold. Zhang will be in conversation with fellow debut novelist Kawai Strong Washburn (Sharks in the Time of Saviors). In Zhang's electric debut novel set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape—trying not just to survive but to find a home. This event is cosponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa…

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Rebecca Skloot And Ed Yong For East Bay Booksellers

June 24 @ 12:00 pm
Free

Fundraising Goal: $2000 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, with a series of fundraisers. This event will feature Rebecca Skloot and Ed Yong. Rebecca Skloot is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which was made into an Emmy Nominated HBO film. Her award winning science writing has…

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Virtual Event: Donovan Hohn, Jordan Kisner and Jaswinder Bolina

June 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us on Zoom on Wednesday June 24th at 5:00pm PDT for Donovan Hohn discussing his new essay collection The Inner Coast with Jordan Kisner. Zoom Login Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87428031265 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16699009128,,87428031265#  or +13462487799,,87428031265# 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 +1 646 558 8656  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312…

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VIRTUAL: Alexandra Petri in conversation with Alexis Coe / Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why

June 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Booksmith and Berkeley Arts & Letters host Washington Post humor columnist Alexandra Petri for her second book, Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why: Essays. She'll be in conversation with Alexis Coe (You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington). Please join us! This will be a virtual event, which we will be streaming live on our Facebook page. Please note: Our start time is 5:30pm PST. Friends, neighbors: We are pleased to be able to bring you some of our events virtually while our doors are otherwise closed…

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John Freeman with DA Powell

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

John Freeman celebrates his new collection of poetry The Park published by Copper Canyon Press he will be joined by DA Powell reading from his own new work. 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. --------- (Click Here) to make reservations…

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A Pretty Little Wilderness: Be About It Press Book Release Party

June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
A Pretty Little Wilderness- Be About It Press Book Release Party

We're going to gather to celebrate the release of Cassandra Dallett's new book, A Pretty Little Wilderness, out on Be About It Press June 2020! Joining us we will have other Be About It Press authors, Jesse Prado, Violet Gehringer, Amy Saul-Zerby, and more!

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VIRTUAL EVENT: Zach Norris, We Keep Us Safe

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

Bookshop Santa Cruz and the NAACP of Santa Cruz County welcome Zach Norris, executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, for an online event to discuss his new book, We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities—a groundbreaking new vision for public safety that overturns more than 200 years of fear-based discrimination, othering, and punishment. Norris will appear online with special guest Marlena Henderson, who is also featured in the book. They will share stories from We Keep Us Safe and discuss a framework to…

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Literary Speakeasy 5-year anniversary celebration

June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
Literary Speakeasy 5-year anniversary celebration

Literary Speakeasy if five years old! So let’s have a virtual celebration and raise money for LYRIC, a great charity located in the heart of the Castro. This month’s performers include Chelsea Davis, Dazié Grego-Sykes, MJ Jones, Amanda Muñiz, Dena Rod, and Preeti Vangani. Your host and curator every month is James J. Siegel. Let’s raise a glass from the comfort of our homes and celebrate Literary Speakeasy, LYRIC, and the best Bay Area literary talent! LYRIC’s mission is to…

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Zoom Forward! Farnaz Fatemi, Ingrid Browning & Lisa Ortiz

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

VIRTUAL EVENT: Join us for a special online event with Farnaz Fatemi, Ingrid Browning, and Lisa Ortiz, hosted by poet, fiction writer, and essayist Jory Post.  This event is part of the Zoom Forward Reading Series, presented by phren-Z, The Hive Poetry Collective, and Bookshop Santa Cruz to showcase writers, keep our cultural spirits high, and support Bookshop Santa Cruz. Join the Santa Cruz Writes/phren-Z email list by subscribing here. Weekly Zoom links will be emailed to you. Email any questions to jory@cruzio.com or hannah@santacruzwrites.org.

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Redress: Book Talk with Author John Tateishi

June 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday, June 27 at 3pm RSVP with Eventbrite to access the Zoom link. Author John Tateishi discusses his book, Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations, in conversation with Patricia Wakida, editor of Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience. Books are available for order at www.asiabookcenter.com. Choose ship to home or pick up in store at Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2066 University Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704. --- About the Book: This…

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Saturday Night Special, A “Summer” Open Mic

June 27 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Summer is officially here and SNS wants to celebrate! Your challenge this month is to write about SUMMER. Perhaps you want to capture the chaos of this moment in time, or go back in history or memory to a time when summer felt different, or imagine a new kind of summer for the future. Travel or stay home, either way, we'll be right here. Put on a summer hat and join us for a summer open mic. Online. Share your…

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Gina Rae La Cerva: Author discusses her book, Feasting Wild, with David George Haskell

June 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Gina Rae La Cerva discusses her new book, Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food (Greystone Books) with David George Haskell. This event will be broadcast on our Crowdcast channel. To register, visit this page. About Feasting Wild Two centuries ago, nearly half the North American diet was foraged, hunted, or caught in the wild. Today, so-called "wild foods" are becoming expensive luxuries, served to the wealthy in top restaurants. Meanwhile, people who depend on wild foods for survival and sustenance…

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Book Club: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

June 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Eastwind's (virtual) Book Club! June's book club selection is Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim. The book contains unique recipes. Try them and share with Eastwind's Instagram @eastwindbooks. The book club meeting will take place via Zoom on Sunday, June 28 at 2pm. Register to receive the meeting link. Join our Eastwind Book Club Facebook group to engage in conversation throughout the month. Book Club members can use coupon code BOOKCLUB2020 for a 10% discount…

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City Lights Authors on the Road: Whistleblower at the CIA – Melvin A. Goodman

June 30 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am

Speaker: Melvin Goodman, PhD, Retired CIA and State Department Analyst, Author The whistleblower is essential to congressional oversight, investigative journalism, and the public's awareness of important national and international security issues. Mel Goodman will address his own experiences as a whistleblower in testifying to the Senate intelligence committee in 1991 to block the confirmation of Robert Gates as Director of Central Intelligence. He will also discuss such whistleblowers as Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, the CIA whistleblower at the White House,…

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VIRTUAL: ZYZZYVA & The Booksmith Present: Lockdown Lit @ Lunch with Bonnie Tsui & Jennifer Steinhauer

June 30 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Booksmith and The Bindery, in partnership with Zyzzyva, present Lockdown Lit @ Lunch, a weekly salon, Tuesdays at 11am PST. Lockdown Literature is a group of authors with books published during the coronavirus pandemic who have banded together to support one another. This event features Bonnie Tsui (Why We Swim) & Jennifer Steinhauer (The Firsts). You can find a full list of Lockown Lit authors here. Please save the date and join us! This event will be streaming live on our Facebook page. Friends, neighbors: We are pleased to be able to bring you some…

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VIRTUAL EVENT: Jennifer Ackerman, The Bird Way

June 30 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz, in partnership with Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, is delighted to welcome bestselling author Jennifer Ackerman (The Genius of Birds) for an online event celebrating her new book, The Bird Way, a radical investigation into the bird way of being, and the recent scientific research that is dramatically shifting our understanding of birds—how they live and how they think. This virtual event will include a beautiful 30-minute presentation by Ackerman, as well as a Q&A with the…

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Oona Out of Order | GGP Online Book Club

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

Please join us on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 7 PM PDT for a GGP Online Book Club discussion of Margarita Montimore's new novel, OONA OUT OF ORDER. Please join us even if you have not read the book yet. We’ll play a sample from the audiobook from our audiobook partner, Libro.fm. The Zoom meeting will be at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89347970109. You can order a copy in hardcover at bit.ly/GGPOonaHC, or in audiobook from Libro.fm, GGP's audiobook partner, at bit.ly/OonaAB. Description NATIONAL BESTSELLER A GOOD MORNING…

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July 2020

VIRTUAL EVENT: Aimee Bender, The Butterfly Lampshade

July 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Bookshop welcomes bestselling author Aimee Bender (The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake) for an online reading and discussion of her first novel in ten years, The Butterfly Lampshade. “ astounding meditation on time, space, mental illness, and family. . . Bender’s masterpiece is one to savor.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review Register for this free Crowdcast event here. On the night her single mother is taken to a mental hospital after a psychotic episode, eight year-old Francie is staying with her babysitter, waiting to…

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Virtual Event: Lane Moore

July 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on Monday, July 6 at 6pm PDT when Lane Moore joins us to discuss her book How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even if You Don't on Instagram Live. Praise for How to Be Alone “Lane Moore is one of the most talented people I know and I’m so glad even more people will be able to read her words.”— Mara Wilson, author of Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame “How to Be Alone feels like peeling…

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Virtual Quiet Lightning!

July 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Leah Mueller » Diana Donovan » Elizabeth Burch-Hudson » Christopher Dizon » Karisma Rodriguez » Halim Madi » Paolo Bicchieri » Grey Rosado » Rhea Dhanbhoora » Richelle Lee Slota | Jennifer Ng » Nora Boxer » Steven Hill » Steven Gray » Lilian Wang » D.S. Black » Caroline Goodwin » Noah Sanders » Kelly Gray » Amy Smith » Dawn Angelicca Barcelona We’ll be streaming at this link (pw in link). Doors at 7pm. Readings at 7:15pm. Other ways to connect: Meeting ID: 846 3452 8987 One tap mobile +16699006833,,84634528987#,,,,0#,,801695# US (San Jose) +13462487799,,84634528987#,,,,0#,,801695# US (Houston) Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kct9uk0fdb Thanks to everyone who sent in work for our virtual show on 7/6! We received 75 submissions and accepted 21…

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Daniel Mason with Andrew Sean Greer (Online)

July 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This event is online. We are thrilled to celebrate with Kepler's favorite Daniel Mason for his new book, A Registry of My Passage Upon The Earth. Join us online as we raise a glass to an incredible collection of literature. If you've read Mason, best-selling author of The Winter Soldier and The Piano Tuner, you already know that this new book of short stories is one that you don't want to miss. Including nine stories of human endurance, vivacity, and accomplishment that range from a balloonist's…

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VIRTUAL: ZYZZYVA & The Booksmith Present: Lockdown Lit @ Lunch with Meredith O’Brien & Leslie Gray Streeter

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

Booksmith and The Bindery, in partnership with Zyzzyva, present Lockdown Lit @ Lunch, a weekly salon, Tuesdays at 11am PST. Lockdown Literature is a group of authors with books published during the coronavirus pandemic who have banded together to support one another. This event features Meredith O'Brien (Uncomfortably Numb: a memoir about the life-altering diagnosis of multiple sclerosis) & Leslie Gray Streeter (Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like "journey" in the Title). ** Please note ** >  The books may be listed as out…

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Virtual Event: Merlin Sheldrake and Michael Pollan

July 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us on Tuesday, July 7 at 12pm PDT when Merlin Sheldrake discusses his book, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds &Shape Our Futures with Michael Pollan on Zoom. Tickets for this event can be found here. About This Event In 2016, a New Yorker profile by famed naturalist Robert Macfarlane introduced the world to one of the most important young thinkers of our age: Merlin Sheldrake. Moving from the labs of Cambridge to the jungles of Central America, this revolutionary plant scientist…

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Ben Ehrenreich

July 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

celebrating his new book Desert Notebooks: A Road Map for the End of Time from Counterpoint Press This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Crowdcast platform. You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet. If you have not used Crowdcast before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Crowdcast. --------- Event is free, but reservations are required (Re-visit this link) in the near future to make…

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VIRTUAL EVENT: Molly Ball, Pelosi

July 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz invites you to join us for a free online event with national political journalist Molly Ball to discuss her book, Pelosi, an intimate, fresh perspective on the most powerful woman in American political history, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 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! She’s the iconic leader who puts Donald Trump in his place, the…

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Kalyn Josephson with Shannon Price

July 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

We’re thrilled to be launching The Crow Rider, Kalyn Josephson's thrilling conclusion to the epic Storm Crow duology that follows a fallen princess as she tries to bring back the magical elemental crows taken from her people. Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and the Kingdom of Illucia and must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid. Res excels at his training, until he loses control of his magic,…

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Borderlands Books hosts Katherine Addison, author of The Goblin Emperor, to talk about new book

July 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Katherine Addison, author of The Goblin Emperor, returns with The Angel of the Crows, a fantasy novel of alternate 1880s London, where killers stalk the night and the ultimate power is naming. This is not the story you think it is. These are not the characters you think they are. This is not the book you are expecting. In an alternate 1880s London, angels inhabit every public building, and vampires and werewolves walk the streets with human beings in a well-regulated truce.…

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VIRTUAL: Thea Matthews and Maw Shein Win / Unearth [The Flowers]

July 8 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Bindery hosts Thea Matthews for her first full-length book, Unearth , the first single-author title from local reading series and small press Red Light Lit. More to be announced soon, but please save the date and join us! An electrifying letter to family, country, and self, Unearth is an essential collection, relentless in its journey through stages of grief and healing while celebrating life. Each poem is an anthem for resiliency, a testament to survival, a triumph over the…

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