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April 2019

Laurie Halse Anderson, SHOUT

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson for a discussion and signing of her new book, SHOUT – a searing poetic memoir for the #MeToo era. This offsite event is cosponsored by The Humanities Institute UC Santa Cruz, and will take place at Cowell Ranch Hay Barn on the UCSC campus. REGISTER NOW HERE Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. In 1999, her groundbreaking, award-winning novel Speak opened the door for a national dialogue about…

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BERKELEY ARTS & LETTERS: Nathan Englander / Kaddish.com

April 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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$12 – $46

Berkeley Arts & Letters presents Pulitzer finalist Nathan Englander for his new novel, Kaddish.com. More information to come, but save the date and join us!   Please note: This event is ticketed, and will take place at Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley. Tickets, including discounted book bundles, are available in advance here. Unless otherwise noted here, general admission tickets will be available at the door. Larry is an atheist in a family of orthodox Memphis Jews. When his father dies, it is his responsibility as…

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T Kira Madden and Pam Zhang

April 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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T Kira Madden discusses her new memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, with Pam Zhang. Praise for Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls “Harrowing and beautiful. What seems most miraculous about Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is the way T Kira Madden forges out of such achingly difficult material a memoir as frank and funny and powerful and surprising as this, her utterly gorgeous debut.” —Lauren Groff, author of FLORIDA and FATES AND FURIES “Long Live the Tribe of…

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Lynn Breedlove

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from his new book 45 Thought Crimes from Manic D Press 45 Thought Crimes conveys a lineage of resistance and places the reader squarely in the driver's seat of their own destiny. During the Reagan and Bush years, author Lynn Breedlove tried to ignore the political climate to focus on his own self destruction. When that didn't work, he got sober and committed his life to art. After publishing his first two books and spending a career on tour, life…

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April in Paris: Springtime in Blossom

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Featured readers: James Cagney, Sara McAulay, George Korolog, Lucille Lang Day. Late Night Open Mic follows the featured readers. Sign-up now. Book & Broadside Giveaway. Free, 7-9 pm. The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St., Oakland.  

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RACHEL KLEINFELD at Books Inc. Berkeley

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94710 United States
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Senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Rachel Kleinfeld discusses her comprehensive work, A Savage Order: How the World's Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security. The most violent places in the world today are not at war. More people have died in Mexico in recent years than in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. These parts of the world are instead buckling under a maelstrom of gangs, organized crime, political conflict, corruption, and state brutality. Such devastating violence can feel hopeless,…

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MARGARET DUMAS at Books Inc. Palo Alto

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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Local author Margaret Dumas shares the first book in her humorous mystery series, Murder at the Palace: Movie Palace Mystery #1. Welcome to the Palace movie theater! Now Showing: Philandering husbands, ghostly sidekicks, and a murder or two. When Nora Paige's movie-star husband leaves her for his latest co-star, she flees Hollywood to take refuge in San Francisco at the Palace, a historic movie theater that shows the classic films she loves. There she finds a band of misfit film buffs who care about…

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Lyrics & Dirges: A “Weekly” Reading Series

April 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Wednesday, April 3, 7:30pm This Recurring Event is at Pegasus Books Downtown Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Weekly Reading Series In celebration of National Poetry Month, our flagship reading series Lyrics & Dirges is going weekly! (For April only). Lyrics & Dirges features a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Currently in its ninth year, its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area. Hosted and curated by Sharon Coleman and Mk…

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Dave Eggers

April 3 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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$10 – $40

A star at the heart of our literary constellations for decades, from the bestselling A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius to McSweeney’s, Dave Eggers returns to Kepler’s for the release of his latest fiction work, The Parade. Eggers is a staunch supporter of independent bookstores, the founder of the literacy project 826 Valencia in San Francisco, and a writer who consistently champions humanist ideals through empathetic literature. His characters-- deeply realized, flawed, and driven by extremes-- offer readers moral complexity…

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Dana Frank: The Long Honduran Night in the Aftermath of the Coup

April 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue
Berkeley, 94705
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$12 – $15

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM & St. John's Presbyterian Church present: DANA FRANK "The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup" advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM info: kpfa.org/events As the United States continues to tear-gas and imprison asylum seekers on the U.S.-Mexico border, we wonder why so many Hondurans are fleeing their homeland, now one of the most violent countries in the world due…

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Ben Lerner

April 4 @ 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Ben Lerner was born in Topeka, Kansas. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Foundations, among other honors. He is the author of three books of poetry (The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path), two novels (Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04). and a work of criticism (The Hatred of Poetry). His most recent books are collaborations: Blossom (with Thomas Demand), The Polish Rider (with Anna Ostoya), and The Snows of Venice (with Alexander Kluge). He is Distinguished Professor of English at Brooklyn College.

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Marina Lazzara, Ava Koober & Patrick James Dunagan – poetry reading

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Marina Lazzara, Ava Koober & Patrick James Dunagan - poetry reading

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Meredith May, The Honey Bus

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Meredith May, The Honey Bus THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2019 - 7:00PM An extraordinary story of a girl, her grandfather and one of nature's most mysterious and beguiling creatures: the honeybee. Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm. She was five years old, her parents had recently split and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus in the yard. That first…

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RHYS BOWEN at Books Inc. Palo Alto

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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Award-winnig crime writer Rhys Bowen shares her heart-rending new novel, The Victory Garden. As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty-one-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage. When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a "land girl," tending to the…

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LOLLY WINSTON at Books Inc. Campbell

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Book Inc. Campbell, 1875 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite #600
Campbell, CA
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Lolly Winston--New York Times-bestselling author of Good Grief--discusses her poignant new novel, Me for You. The last thing Rudy expected was to wake up one Saturday morning, a widow at fifty-four years old. Now, ten months after the untimely death of his beloved wife, he's still not sure how to move on from the defining tragedy of his life--but his new job is helping. After being downsized from his finance position, Rudy turned to his first love: the piano. Some people might…

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SFJAZZ Poetry Festival: American Dream States

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$30 – $35

Curated by SFJAZZ Poet Laureate Marc Bamuthi Joseph SFJAZZ Center’s Joe Henderson Lab Thursday, April 4 - Saturday, April 6, 7pm & 8:30pm Sunday, April 7, 6pm & 7:30pm SFJAZZ.org American Dream States challenges writers of different genres to respond to a key piece of writing on the American Dream and perform these new creative responses in collaboration with an all star band. With Marc Bamuthi Joseph Mino Yanci Ambrose Akinmusire Adam Mansbach Zoé Samudzi Janae Johnson Mona Webb Jeff Chang…

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Solito, Solita Book Launch

April 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Thursday, April 4, 7:30pm Pegasus Books Downtown Join the editors and two narrators of Solito, Solita for a discussion of this powerful new book from Voice of Witness and Haymarket Books. Solito, Solita tells the stories of youth refugees fleeing their home countries and traveling for hundreds of miles seeking safety and protection in the United States. In an era of fear, xenophobia, and outright lies, these stories amplify the compelling voices of immigrant youth. What can they teach us about abuse and abandonment,…

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Laila Lalami

April 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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Join us at Kepler's Literary Foundation for a book discussion with author Laila Lalami! From the celebrated Pulitzer Prize finalist who swept multiple book awards with The Moor’s Account comes this lyric, fascinating new novel The Other Americans. Through nine separate narrators whose accounts effortlessly interweave, Lalami unravels both the mystery of an immigrant’s sudden death and the quiet schisms that underlie American culture. The novel opens with Nora, a jazz composer, who sips champagne with a friend on the…

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W. Thomas Boyce OFFSITE

April 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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A celebration and reading from his new book The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive.  “The Orchid and the Dandelion is based on groundbreaking research that has the power to change the lives of countless children–and the adults who love them.”–Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts Friday, April 5, 2019 - 6:30pm From one of the world’s foremost researchers and pioneers of pediatric health–a book that offers hope and a pathway to success for…

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After Hours: Poetry World Series

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Reading Room, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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After Hours: Poetry World Series Friday, April 5th · 7:00pm Wine reception at 6:30pm for registered guests. This unlikely pairing of baseball and poetry showcases the poetry, wit, and smarts of Bay Area poets who are judged on their ability to make their poems fit subjects “pitched” by the audience. Master of Quips and Ceremonies Daniel Handler ensures fun and irreverence. Popcorn, beer. Adults and high school students only. Registration recommended. Registration opens March 19th. Add to my:iCal/Outlook When:Friday, April 5, 2019…

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SFJAZZ Poetry Festival: American Dream States Curated by SFJAZZ Poet Laureate Marc Bamuthi Joseph

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$30 – $35

SFJAZZ Poetry Festival: American Dream States Curated by SFJAZZ Poet Laureate Marc Bamuthi Joseph SFJAZZ Center’s Joe Henderson Lab   Thursday, April 4 - Saturday, April 6, 7pm & 8:30pm Sunday, April 7, 6pm & 7:30pm SFJAZZ.org   American Dream States challenges writers of different genres to respond to a key piece of writing on the American Dream and perform these new creative responses in collaboration with an all star band.   With Marc Bamuthi Joseph Mino Yanci Ambrose Akinmusire Adam…

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Occult Features of Anarchism: Erica Lagalisse in Conversation with Andrej Grubačić

April 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Friday, April 5, 7:30pm Pegasus Books Downtown Erica Lagalisse presents her new book, Occult Features of Anarchism (PM Press, 2019). In conversation with anarchist dissident and historian, Andrej Grubačić.     About the Book: In the nineteenth century anarchists were accused of conspiracy by governments afraid of revolution, but in the current century various “conspiracy theories” suggest that anarchists are controlled by government itself. The Illuminati were a network of intellectuals who argued for self-government and against private property, yet…

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The FIRST SATURDAY BOOK CLUB at Books Inc. Berkeley

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Books Inc. Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94710 United States
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The FIRST SATURDAY BOOK CLUB will discuss The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg.  Event date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10:00am Event address: Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA

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Story Time with Chris Van Dusen

April 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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A new book by Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen is a cause for celebration. And we WILL be celebrating when Chris Van Dusen, one of our favorite picture book author/illustrators, visits Kepler's on April 6. Every porcine wonder was once a piglet - discover Mercy Watson’s delightful origin story in A Piglet Named Mercy. an endearing picture-book prequel to the beloved New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson series. Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of many books for young…

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BAPC OPEN POETRY READING

April 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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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 poet/reader, or "just listening" is fine too…

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