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August 2019

POETS! – featured readers to be announced followed by an open mic

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mahnaz Badihian + Youssef Alaoui – followed by an open mic

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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"Life took me through many different experiences, but art and poetry never left my side. “ Mahnaz Badihian is a poet, translator and artist whose work has been published in multiple languages worldwide and presented in several exhibits. Her publications include several books of poetry in Persian and English, and a Persian translation of Pablo Neruda’s Book of Questions, which became an underground hit within Iran. Her most recent publication is a bilingual CD of poems by Rumi with Jack…

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Josie Iselin, The Curious World of Seaweed

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Bookshop welcomes Josie Iselin for a discussion and signing of her beautiful new book, The Curious World of Seaweed—a deep dive and exploration into a somewhat neglected corner of our coastal natural history. Iselin brings together the contemporary and the historical into a fabulous volume that tells the tale of sixteen iconic seaweed and kelp. The Curious World of Seaweed is a delightful exploration of the natural and cultural history of Pacific Coast marine algae, from the collection and study of seaweed by Russian explorers inching…

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Diane di Prima reading and birthday celebration

August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Diane di Prima reading and birthday celebration

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Jenny Odell: How to Do Nothing

August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Tuesday, Aug 06, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Location: In the basement of the store. 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley Website Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity, doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance. In HOW TO DO NOTHING: Resisting the Attention Economy, artist and critic Jenny Odell argues that our attention is the most precious –and overdrawn— resource we…

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Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

August 6 @ 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, August 6, 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…

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Alexander Tilney in Conversation with Katharine Dion

August 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Alexander Tilney in Conversation with Katharine Dion discussing Tilney's new novel, The Expectations, "a deeply resonant, brilliantly nuanced meditation on privilege, social ambition, and the folly (and cruelty) of youth."--Kate Walbert "Alexander Tilney applies supple, panoramic prose to the deep interior of an exclusive Northeastern prep school, with arresting results: at once anthropological and visceral, The Expectations provides an authoritative glimpse into a rarefied world of privilege--and announces a dazzling new voice in American fiction."-- Jennifer Egan To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy…

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Kids 8-12/ Susan Adrian in Conversation with Anne Nesbet

August 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Kids 8-12/ Susan Adrian in Conversation with Anne Nesbet discussing Adrian's new book, Forever Neverland, a contemporary sequel to J. M. Barrie's timeless classic Peter Pan. "A magical ode to childhood that updates the classic while keeping its flavor."--Kirkus Reviews  "One of the best representations of autism in middle grade literature. A must purchase for all children who love magic and adventure, especially those who have longed to see someone like Fergus on the page."--Lizzie Huxley-Jones, editor of Stim To reserve your seat, please purchase…

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InsideStoryTime

August 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
THE LAUNDRY, 3359 26th Street
San Francisco, 94110
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InsideStorytime, featuring Rachel Howard (The Risk of Us), Rosa del Duca (Breaking Cadence), and others, will occur at Laundry Gallery, 3359 26th Street, San Francisco, on Thursday August 8th, 7-9 pm.

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Maryann Price and Joshua Raoul Brody

August 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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$8
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Poetry Flash presents Grace Marie Grafton and Judy Maher

August 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Thursday, Aug 08, 2019 7:30 PM Location:  In the basement 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley Website Grace Marie Grafton’s new book of poems is Lens. Tobey Hiller says, “The book is a paean to the nature and majesty of California, to the peoples and animals that have lived within her changing, rich landscape, and to the importance of knowledge, contemplation, and art.” She is the author of six previous books of poems, includingJester; Whimsy, Reticence and Laud; and Other Clues. Widely published in literary journals and…

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After Hours: Jason Rezaian

August 9 @ 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: Jason Rezaian Friday, August 9th | 7:00pm Wine reception at 6:30pm for registered guests. Marin County native Jason Rezaian, former Tehran Bureau Chief for the Washington Post, was detained on false charges in Iran and spent 544 days in prison. He will give a behind the scenes look at the ordeal including the high-stakes diplomacy and extraordinary efforts that led to his release from the notorious Evin prison. Adults and high school students only. Registration recommended. Registration opens July…

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Mary Pearson with Stephanie Garber

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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Join us to meet Mary Pearson and celebrate Vow of Thieves, the thrilling sequel to Dance of Thieves, set in the same world as her New York Times-bestselling Remnant Chronicles. Kazi and Jase have survived, stronger and more in love than ever. Their new life now lies before them―the Ballengers will be outlaws no longer, Tor's Watch will be a kingdom, and Kazi and Jase will meet all challenges side by side, together at last. But an ominous warning mars…

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Writers with Drinks

August 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$5

Saturday, August 10, 2019: Namwali Serpell (The Old Drift) Yangsze Choo (The Night Tiger) Seth Katz (Psycho-Tropic) Lynn Breedlove (45 Thought Crimes) Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away All proceeds benefit a local nonprofit, TBA. At The Make Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco CA, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM.

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The Affinities: An online literary journal

August 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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A Conversation with Pod Save America Host Dan Pfeiffer

August 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Manny’s, 3092 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
San Francisco, 94108 United States
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$18 – $72

Dan Pfeiffer has been one of the main voices in the room and commenting on the room for the last couple years on the Democratic side. Dan Pfeiffer. What a man! He served as Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, focusing on communications, political, and digital strategy. One of the President’s longest serving advisers, Dan joined the Obama campaign at the outset, serving first as traveling press secretary and then eventually becoming the campaign’s communications director. He entered the White…

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Stacey Lee with Stephanie Garber

August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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Join us to celebrate the launch of Stacey Lee’s powerful, compelling, and critically acclaimed new novel, The Downstairs Girl, about family, community, and the importance of writing your own history. *"Though society may try to push aside those it sees as different, Jo demonstrates that everyone has a place and a story to be told. Unflinching in its portrayals of racism yet ultimately hopeful and heartfelt, this narrative places voices frequently left out of historical fiction center stage." —School Library…

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Tim Murphy: Correspondents

August 13 @ 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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Free

Tim Murphy discusses his new novel, Correspondents. Praise for Correspondents "Murphy artfully connects multiple narratives to produce a sprawling tale of love, family, duty, war, and displacement. It is above all a stinging indictment of the ill-fated war in Iraq and the heavy tolls it continues to exact on its people."--Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner About The Correspondents The world is Rita Khoury's oyster. The bright and driven daughter of a Boston-area Irish-Arab family that has risen over the generations…

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Joshua Furst / Revolutionaries

August 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith welcomes Joshua Furst (The Sabotage Café) to the store for his second novel, Revolutionaries, a long, strange trip through the heart of the sixties and beyond as seen through the eyes of the revolution’s poster child. Please join us! > Review in The New York Times > Review in The New Yorker Fred is the sole offspring of Lenny Snyder, the famous (or notorious) pied piper of the counterculture, and in middle age he hates being reminded of it. But neither can he ignore any longer his psychedelically bizarre…

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Happy Endings: Teachers & Creatures

August 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$10

HAPPY ENDINGS is a monthly reading series that showcases new writing and wants to shine a little sun on your soul. What's gonna happen? Five writers will come with a piece they've prepared in response to a monthly prompt. A panel of judges will be selected from the audience, and that panel will pick a winner! $10/Pay what you can

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Monica L. Smith Cities: The First 6,000 Years

August 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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Monica L. Smith is an archaeologist whose principal research interests are the human interaction with material culture, urbanism as a long-term human phenomenon, and the development of social complexity. Smith's newly published book, Cities: The First 6,000 Years, explores the archeology, history, and contemporary observations of cities and discusses the development of networked infrastructure, the rise of an entrepreneurial middle class, and the culture of consumption in the urban realm. Tickets will go on sale one month before the Seminar; you…

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Poetic Tuesdays with Litquake at Jessie Square

August 14 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Jessie Square, 736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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The monthly collaboration between Litquake: San Francisco’s Literary Festival and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival features an array of Bay Area poets and musicians.

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Beth Macy, Dopesick

August 14 @ 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 bestselling author and journalist Beth Macy for a discussion and signing of her important book, Dopesick—the only book to fully chart the devastating opiod crisis in America. An instant New York Times and indie bestseller, Dopesick is "a harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency." (New York Times). This event is part of our year-long effort, 2020 Vision. In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small…

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Kelechi Ubozoh and L.D. Green / We’ve Been Too Patient: Voices From Radical Mental Health

August 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Kelechi Ubozoh and L.D. Green, editors of the new anthology We've Been Too Patient: Voices From Radical Mental Health, along with contributors Jeneé Darden, Ramon(a) Rio, Sascha Altman DuBrul, andShizue Seigel for an evening of readings and conversation. Please join us! Overmedication, police brutality, electroconvulsive therapy, involuntary hospitalization, traumas that lead to intense altered states and suicidal thoughts: these are the struggles of those labeled “mentally ill.” While much has been written about the systemic problems of our mental-health care system, this book gives voice to those with personal experience of…

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Neil Shister in Conversation with Harley Dubois

August 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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discussing Radical Ritual: How Burning Man Changed the World. "An all-in history of, and love letter to, this one-of-a-kind event. If you've been there, or want to go, you couldn't possibly find better companions than Neil Shister and his engaging book."--Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call and The Guarded Gate To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Radical Ritual in advance by speaking to a bookseller or by clicking on the cover below. Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 7:30pm Through interviews with fabled Burning Man…

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