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November 2019

Love With Accountability: Digging Up The Roots of Child Sexual Abuse

November 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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Despite the current survivor-affirming awareness around sexual violence, child sexual abuse, most notably when it’s a family member or friend, is still a very taboo topic. There are approximately 42 million child sexual abuse survivors in the U.S. and millions of bystanders who look the other way as the abuse occurs and cover for the harm-doers with no accountability. Documentary filmmaker and survivor of child sexual abuse and adult rape, Aishah Shahidah Simmons invites diasporic Black people to join her…

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Family Sacrifices: Book Talk with Dr. Russell Jeung

November 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St Ste 290
Oakland, CA 94607 United States
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The first book based on national survey data on Asian American religious practices, Family Sacrifices is a seminal text on the fastest-growing racial group in the United States. Fifty-two percent of Chinese Americans report having no religious affiliation, making them the least religiously identified ethnic group in the United States. Family Sacrifices reveals that Chinese Americans employ familism, not religion, as the primary narrative by which they find meaning, identity, and belonging. Dr. Russell M. Jeung is Chair and Professor of Asian American…

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Joyce E. Young at Poetry Express Nov 18

November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Poetry Express, 1585 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Open Mic + free (except for restaurant purchases) 7pm. 11/18/2019 Joyce E. Young is the author of How it Happens, published by Nomadic Press. Her writing has been nominated for both a Pushcart and a California Book Award and has appeared in Smith Alumnae Quarterly, WORDPEACE, riverbabble, The New Poets of the American West, and elsewhere. She has received grants from the California Arts Council, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and Writers on Site residency program at the Oakland Museum and…

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The Racket #36 : SOUND

November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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To celebrate our third year of existence we've decided to tap the senses, to trod upon that which is most audible, to get a bunch of people in a room to hear other people talk about SOUND. We are people who are into sound(s), be it music or the chirps and tweets and gusty winds of the great outdoors or just the varied beeps and boops of our cellphone alarms in the morning. We love the power of the sonic…

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Andrew McAfee

November 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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Andrew McAfee, an MIT scientist and bestselling author, studies how modern digital technologies are reshaping our world.   Tickets will go on sale one month before the Seminar; you can follow Long Now on Twitter, Facebook and through our blog for updates on our live events, podcasts and videos on long-term thinking.

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Ingrid Rojas Contreras

November 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Writing Studio @ CCA, 195 De Haro Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her first novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree (Doubleday) is an Indie Next selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a New York Times editor's choice. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Buzzfeed, Nylon, and Guernica, among others. Rojas Contreras has received awards and fellowships from Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, VONA, Hedgebrook, The Camargo Foundation, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. She teaches writing…

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Savannah Shange

November 19 @ 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 her new book Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Antiblackness, and Schooling in San Francisco from Duke University Press San Francisco is the endgame of gentrification, where racialized displacement means that the Black population of the city hovers just over 3 percent. The "Robeson Justice Academy" opened to serve the few remaining low-income neighborhoods of the city, with the mission of offering liberatory, social justice--themed education to youth of color. While it features a progressive curriculum where students read…

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Big Familia Book Launch

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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I am both thrilled & nervous to announce the book release party for 💥Big Familia!! on November 19 at East Bay Booksellers / Diesel. It's a reading & conversation with Nancy Au. Drinks & mingling & celebration. Kid Friendly (though it's a school night!) TOMAS MONIZ edited Rad Dad, Rad Families, and the kids book Collaboration/Colaboración. He’s recently been published by Barrelhouse and Longleaf Review. In July 2019, he released a chapbook with Mason Jar Press and his debut novel,…

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Raquel Salas Rivera and Carina del Valle Schorske

November 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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AUTHOR Raquel Salas Rivera Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. They are the author of while they sleep (under the bed is another country), published by Birds, LLC in 2019, and the inaugural recipient of the Ambroggio Prize from the Academy of American Poets for their book x/ex/exis. They are also the author of six chapbooks and five full-length poetry books, including lo terciario/the tertiary, longlisted for the 2018 National book Award and winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. From…

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Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

November 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 pm Pegasus Books Downtown Lyrics & Dirges is our flagship monthly reading series featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. It's 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 Chavez. Reading in November: Katherine Vaz Jalyce Fairley Casey Walker Jeffery Leong Monica Zarazua Every third Wednesday of the month at Pegasus Books Downtown. Event…

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Liska Jacobs: The Worst Kind of Want

November 20 @ 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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Liska Jacobs discusses her new novel, The Worst Kind of Want with Rita Bullwinkel. About The Worst Kind of Want A trip to Italy reignites a woman’s desires to disastrous effect in this dark ode to womanhood, death, and sex To cool-headed, fastidious Pricilla Messing, Italy will be an escape, a brief glimpse of freedom from a life that's starting to feel like one long decline. Rescued from the bedside of her difficult mother, forty-something Cilla finds herself called away to Rome to…

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Jerome Rothenberg

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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celebrating two new books The President of Desolation & Other Poems from Black Widow Press The Mystery of False Attachments from Word Palace Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally acclaimed poet and anthologist. His more than ninety books include the multivolume Poems for the Millennium, coedited with Pierre Joris, Jeffrey Robinson, and John Bloomberg-Rissman. He is Professor Emeritus of Visual Arts and Literature at the University of California, San Diego.

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In Common Writers Series: Raquel Salas Rivera and Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, reading and in conversation

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA 94132 United States
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Thursday, November 21 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series welcomes two outstanding Latina poets, Puerto Rican poet and activist Raquel Salas Rivera, with us from her present home in Philadelphia, and writer, filmmaker, and artist Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, here from Southern California. Both poets read from their work, then join in conversation with one another and the audience. This evening at The Poetry Center—co-sponsored with Latina/Latino Studies and Women and Gender…

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Eric Thurm: Avidly Reads Board Games

November 21 @ 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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Eric Thurm joins us to discuss his new book, Avidly Reads Board Games. Historic board games including, Busted!, a game from the 1970s about trying to start a career dealing weed, Class Struggle, the world's first socialist board game, and The Grizzled, a modern cooperative game about being in the trenches in World War I, will be available to play. Avidly―the online magazine founded in 2012 by Sarah Blackwood & Sarah Mesle and supported by the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB)―specializes in short-form critical…

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Elaine Sciolino in Conversation with Thad Carhart

November 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Elaine Sciolino in Conversation with Thad Carhart (and introduced by L. John Harris) discussing Sciolino's new book The Seine: The River that Made Paris. A soulful, transformative voyage along the body of water that defines the City of Light. Elaine Sciolino is the perfect guide to the world's most romantic river."--Lauren Collins To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of The Seine by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover.   Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 7:30pm Elaine Sciolino came…

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The Best Small Fictions 2019

November 21 @ 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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Join us to celebrate the release of The Best Small Fictions 2019 with readings by Lori Sambol Brody, Natalie Hernandez, Joy Lanzendorfer, Kim Magowan, J.L. Montavon, and Kara Vernor. About The Best Small Fictions The Best Small Fictions anthology, now in its fifth year, presents one hundred and forty-­six pristinely crafted pieces from an array of authors representing twenty-­six nations and six continents. These short, elliptical works are varied and edgy, sorrowful and triumphant, provocative and visionary. The small fictions enclosed within this volume…

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Ben Lerner

November 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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In conversation with Maggie Nelson Genre-bending poet, novelist, essayist, and critic Ben Lerner has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, Howard, and MacArthur Foundations. His first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, won the 2012 Believer Book Award, and excerpts from 10:04 have been awarded The Paris Review‘s Terry Southern Prize. He has published three poetry collections: The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path. His new novel, The Topeka School, is a timely scrutiny of contemporary crises in…

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Speaking Axolotl Reading and Open Mic

November 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Nomadic Press/Fairmount, 111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
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A Latinx poetry reading series y open mic that happens every third Thursday (unless otherwise noted) in "The Chapel" at Nomadic Press. Donations will be kindly requested to help pay the features and cover the cost of the space. FYI the 10 slot open mic list starts at 7:30 and fills up pretty quick so if you plan on reading get there early Free parking in the back of the building and the closest BART station is 19th Street BART…

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In Common Writers Series: Vanessa Angélica Villarreal and Raquel Salas Rivera, reading and in conversation

November 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Friday, November 22 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue (btw Haste and Dwight Way), Berkeley The In Common Writers Series moves across the Bay, to Moe's Books on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, for what will be a powerful evening featuring poets Vanessa Angélica Villareal, joining us from Southern California, and—from Puerto Rico via Philadelphia, Raquel Salas Rivera. The In Common Writers Series, now in its second year, is supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund. Both this event and a reading and conversation by…

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KSW Presents “A History of Our Naming”

November 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arc Studios & Gallery, 1246 Folsom St.
San Francisco, California 94103
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Kearny Street Workshop's bi-monthly reading series celebrates new poetry releases by Michelle Peñaloza and Đỗ Nguyên Mai. About this Event On Friday, November 22nd, KSW Presents “A History of Our Naming” featuring poets Michelle Peñaloza, author of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, and Đỗ Nguyên Mai, author of Battlefield Blooming. This reading is a celebration of their new collections of poetry. Their poems ask us to look at—and not away—from the histories, hauntings, and presences of colonialism, conquest, and…

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