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September 2019

Bawdy Storytelling

September 29 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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Sunday, September 29th, 2019 Remember: Games & Cocktails at 7:00 PM, Stories at 8:00 PM - but we'll party till Late! at the Verdi Club San Francisco, 2424 Mariposa Street, San Francisco CA Want a sample? Listen to the Bawdy Storytelling podcast at http://bit.ly/bawdypodcast ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• This Over-the-Top Folsom Street Fair Afterparty event includes: ❤  Hosted by Sexual Folklorist Dixie De La Tour ❤ Play Bang-O (& Sniff Test! & OKPervert!) & make new friends ❤  Reserved Seating puts you right…

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Belo Miguel Cipriani w/Caitlin Hernandez & David-Elijah Nahmod / Firsts: Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilities

September 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts editor Belo Miguel Cipriani (Blind: A Memoir) for Firsts: Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilities, alongn with contributors Caitlin Hernandez andDavid-Elijah Nahmod. Please join us! Take a step back in time with some of the best writers with disabilities as they recount their first adventure, their first heartbreak, and the first time the unexpected treaded into their life. From body transformations to societal setbacks, to love a airs and family trauma, Firsts collects the most thought-provoking and exciting stories of our time by…

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Anne Boyer: The Undying

September 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Anne Boyer discusses her new book The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care. Praise for The Undying “The Undying is a startling, urgent intervention in our discourses about sickness and health, art and science, language and literature, and mortality and death. In dissecting what she terms ‘the ideological regime of cancer,’ Anne Boyer has produced a profound and unforgettable document on the experience of life itself.” —Sally Rooney, author of Normal People “Anne Boyer’s radically unsentimental account of cancer and the ‘carcinogenosphere’ obliterates cliché. By demonstrating how her utterly specific experience is also…

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October 2019

John Freeman and Friends

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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celebrating the relase of the latest issue of Freeman's Freeman's: California published by Grove Press Featuring work from Tommy Orange, Rabih Alameddine, Rachel Kushner, Mai Der Vang, Reyna Grande, and more, the sixth Freeman's brilliantly showcases some of the world's best writers grappling with the myths and reality of California today. From immigration rights to climate change, California has been ground zero for the most crucial questions of our time. In a bravura essay, Rabih Alamdeddine remembers bartending during the worst years…

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Jasmine Guillory – – Royal Holiday

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome our friend Jasmine Guillory to celebrate the publication of her fourth novel, Royal Holiday, on Tuesday, October 1st at 7pm. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and a “rising star in the romance genre” (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling new novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that turns into an unforgettable romance. Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her…

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Anne Boyer:The Undying

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Tuesday, Oct 01, 2019 7:00 PM Location:  In the basement 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley Website “The Undying is a startling, urgent intervention in our discourses about sickness and health, art and science, language and literature, and mortality and death. In dissecting what she terms ‘the ideological regime of cancer,’ Anne Boyer has produced a profound and unforgettable document on the experience of life itself.” —Sally Rooney, author of Normal People Anne Boyer is a poet and essayist who lives in…

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Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

October 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books on Solano, 1855 Solano Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707 United States
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Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories. Tuesday, October 1, 7:30 pm Pegasus Books Solano People love hearing jazz...and hearing about it. Musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich were original, colorful characters artists who said and did astonishing things. Fortunately their colleagues cared enough to document these moments in stories and pictures and we now have a rich repository of photos and anecdotes about these artists, and about the American songwriters and composers who created the raw material of jazz. Jazz Stories is a performance of the songs of jazz from…

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Beyond the Shortest Month Book Club

October 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Beyond The Shortest Month is a book club dedicated to reading and celebrating authors of color year round. Green Apple Books and Music 506 Clement Street, Upstairs in our Granny Smith Room The Beyond The Shortest Month September title is Gullah Days: Hilton Head Islanders Before the Bridge 1861-1956 Meeting and discussion will be on Wednesday, October 2 See you there! Can't make this month? Stay tuned for the Beyond The Shortest Month pick for October 2019! The Gullah culture, though borne…

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Maxim Osipov

October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Reading excerpts from the new translation of his short fiction collection Rock, Paper, Scissors and other stories by Maxim Osipov Preface by Svetlana Alexievitch, edited by Boris Dralyuk, translated from the Russian by Boris Dralyuk, Alex Fleming, and Anne Marie Jackson published by NYRB Classic Originals April 2019 selection of the NYRB Classics Book Club. Maxim Osipov, who lives and practices medicine in a town ninety miles outside Moscow, is one of Russia's best contemporary writers. In the tradition of…

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LAUNCH for Jon Roemer / Five Windows

October 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts the launch party for Jon Roemer's debut novel Five Windows. More to be announced soon, but please save the date and join us! At a busy intersection on a crammed city hillside, an overworked book editor looks up long enough to watch a trio of houses go up in flames. Once the smoke clears, he becomes increasingly concerned by what he sees out his windows and starts asking questions he never bothered with before: Is the encampment in the park responsible for…

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Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying

October 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying dicuss their new cookcbook, The Gaijin Cookbook: Japanese Recipes from a Chef, Father, Eater, and Lifelong Outsider. About The Gaijin Cookbook Ivan Orkin is a self-described gaijin (guy-jin), a Japanese term that means “outsider.” He has been hopelessly in love with the food of Japan since he was a teenager on Long Island. Even after living in Tokyo for decades and running two ramen shops that earned him international renown, he remained a gaijin. Fortunately, being a lifelong…

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SONTAG: HER LIFE AND WORK In Conversation with Benjamin Moser and Rebecca Solnit

October 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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SONTAG: HER LIFE AND WORK In Conversation with Benjamin Moser and Rebecca Solnit Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 7:30 pm Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater Series: Cultural Studies  Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400 Novelist, activist, essayist, playwright, filmmaker, and critic, Susan Sontag was one of the most emblematic writers of the American 20th century, one whose name conjures an immediate image, one so well-known that 15 years after her death, a day rarely goes by without her somehow, somewhere, being mentioned. Ben Moser (Why This…

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Jericho Brown

October 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. He is also the author of the collection The Tradition (2019). He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta.

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Ian Brennan in conversation with David Harrington

October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing the subject of Ian Brennan's new book Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth published by PM Press Popular culture has woven itself into the social fabric of our lives, penetrating people's homes and haunting their psyches through images and earworm hooks. Justice, at most levels, is something the average citizen may have little influence upon, leaving us feeling helpless and complacent. But pop music is a neglected arena where concrete change can occur—by exercising active and thoughtful choices…

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LAUNCH for Taneum Bambrick / Vantage and Graham Barnhart / The War Makes Everyone Lonely, with Rita Chang-Eppig & Claire Meuschke

October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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BINDERY: LAUNCH for Taneum Bambrick / Vantage and Graham Barnhart / The War Makes Everyone Lonely, with Rita Chang-Eppig & Claire Meuschke Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 7:30pm Body: The Bindery hosts a double launch for Taneum Bambrick (Vantage) and Graham Barnhart (The War Makes Everyone Lonely), each celebrating their debut full-length collection of poetry. Reading with them are fiction writer Rita Chang-Eppig and poet Claire Meuschke. Please join us! About Vantage Vantage is a fictionalized account of the poet’s real experiences working as the only woman on a six-person garbage…

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Max Tomlinson

October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Max Tomlinson joins us to discuss his novel, Vanishing in the Haight. About Vanishing in the Haight Between fending off a lecherous parole officer and trying to get by in 1978 San Francisco, private investigator Colleen Hayes struggles to put her life back together so she can reconnect with her runaway teenage daughter. Then her life changes dramatically. She accepts a case from wealthy, retired industrialist Edward Copeland. The old man is desperate to solve the brutal murder of his daughter,…

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In Common Writers Series: Fay Victor and Myra Melford, in performance and conversation

October 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series, supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, re-commences this Fall 2019 with a double-program featuring outstanding composer-improvisers Fay Victor, visiting from her home in Brooklyn, New York, and Myra Melford, with us from across the Bay, in Berkeley. At 1:00 pm Thursday October 3, they'll present a workshop performance at The Poetry Center, performing in duo then conversing with one another and the audience. At 7:30 pm we move to the Center for New Music in downtown San…

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Poetry at Pegasus: Poets Laureate on Social Justice

October 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Poetry at Pegasus: Poets Laureate on Social Justice Thursday, October 3, 7:30pm Pegasus Books Downtown Five Poets Laureate share poems around a theme of social justice. Featuring: --D.L. Lang, Vallejo Poet Laureate 2017-2019 --Indigo Moor, Sacramento Poet Laureate 2017-present --Rafael Jesús González, Berkeley Poet Laureate 2017-present --Cynthia Patton, Livermore Poet Laureate 2017-present --Julia Connor, Sacramento Poet Laureate 2005-2009 --and host Ron Riekki, co-editor of Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice Event date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 7:30pm Event address: Pegasus…

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MFA in Writing Reading Series – Patricia Smith

October 3 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
FR 125 – Maraschi Room, USF, 2130 Fulton St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 7:45 – 9:30 p.m. Fromm Hall - FR 125 - Maraschi Room Patricia Smith is the author of eight books of poetry, including Incendiary Art, winner of the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the 2018 NAACP Image Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah,winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; Blood Dazzler, a National Book Award finalist; and Africans in America, a companion book to the award-winning PBS series. Her work…

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Mike Jay: Mescaline: A global history of the first psychedelic

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Friday, Oct 04, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Location:  In the basement of the store 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley  MIKE JAY is an author and cultural historian who has written widely on the history of drugs. His books include High Society: mind-altering drugs in history and culture and his latest, Mescaline: a global history of the first psychedelic. He is based in London, UK. More at mikejay.net Mescaline: a global history of the first psychedelic explores its mind-altering effects across cultures from the ancient Americas…

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Patricia Smith in conversation with Ajuan Mance

October 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lisser Hall, Kapiolani Rd
Oakland, CA
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Patricia Smith in conversation with Ajuan Mance Friday, October 4, 2019 | 7:30 pm | Lisser Hall Please join us for this special event, presented by We Are the Voices, made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. Poet Patricia Smith will give a reading followed by a conversation with Mills faculty, scholar, and visual artist Ajuan Mance. A master of poetic forms, Patricia Smith's poetry fearlessly engages with America’s continuous war on black bodies. She…

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Matt Maiocco, Brad Mangin & Brian Murphy

October 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Matt Maiocco, Brad Mangin & Brian Murphy present Letters to 87: Fans Remember the Legacy of Dwight Clark, a coffee table book featuring heartfelt letters from fans of the San Francisco 49ers hero, with essays by Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Brian Murphy, and Kelly Clark. Letters to 87 also offers rare photos from Michael Zagaris, Brad Mangin, and John Storey. To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Letters to 87 by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover…

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BAY AREA POETS COALITION

October 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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October 5, November 2, December 7 3:00 - 5:00 PM     STRAWBERRY CREEK LODGE 1320 Addison St., Berkeley, CA   Addison is one block south of and parallel to University Ave. between Acton & Bonar St. Parking on the street (NOT in the S.C.L. parking lot) Check in at the front desk and you will be directed to the meeting location (usually Movie Room, or backyard garden)   All Ages Welcome Come and enjoy a friendly and informal read-around -- 3-5 minutes per…

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Book Release: this is my body

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nomadic Press, 111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
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We are so excited to announce the release of this is my body, an anthology of written works by women of color exploring their relationship with their bodies in the world they exist in. Each piece is accompanied by a powerful stage performance bringing the words from the page to life. Join us at Nomadic Press for the release on Saturday, October 5, from 7–9 PM and help us celebrate these fierce women and their stories. Books will be sold…

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John James and Julia Guez

October 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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John James and Julia Guez read from their new poetry collections, The Milk Hours and In an Invisible Glass Case Which is Also a Frame. About The Milk Hours Winner of the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, The Milk Hours is an elegant debut that searches widely to ask what it means to exist in a state of loss. "We lived overlooking the walls overlooking the cemetery." So begins the title poem of this collection, whose recursive temporality is filled with living, grieving things, punctuated by…

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