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May 2018

Eli Jaxon-Bear

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Please join us on Friday, May 25rd at 7:00 p.m. as we welcome Eli Jaxon-Bear for a reading and signing of his latest book An Outlaw Makes It Home! Eli Jaxon-Bear, was a 30 year Marin County author, teacher and farmer starting in 1976. His new book is being released this spring. We are currently planning our book tour and hoping we can schedule Eli for a reading and book signing  at your bookstore.   Praise for An Outlaw Makes It…

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Bay Area Queer Zine Fest Fundraiser

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, 410 13th Street
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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The 2nd annual Bay Area Queer Zine Fest is coming back September 9! What better way to get people pumped about zines than to have a reading. We're partnering with our dear friends at E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore to bring you a night of zine magic. Interested in reading? Email baqzfest@gmail.com ** ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION FORTHCOMING ** #BAQZF2018 Source:: https://www.facebook.com/events/450401675397832/

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Daniel Gumbiner

May 25 @ 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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Daniel Gumbiner discusses his debut novel from McSweeney's The Boatbuilder. Praise for The Boatbuilder “The Boatbuilder is a gorgeous debut about addiction, aspiration, and art on the California coast. It’s radiantly imagined, often moving, always funny, and teeming with life. Daniel Gumbiner isn’t a writer to watch—he’s one to read.” —Anthony Marra  “Daniel Gumbiner brings coastal California into sparkling focus in this moving story of a young man’s transition into adulthood. Told with wit and heart, The Boatbuilder is a meditation on love, loyalty, and…

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Rolling Writers – Rolling In The Aisles

May 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rolling Out Cafe, 1722 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116 United States
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Guidelines. This is a night for literary humor, not stand-up comedy. To be considered, send sharp, funny, insightful humor, broad or subtle, that would work well before a live audience. Political humor is discouraged—we get way more than enough of that these days, and most of it is lazy, obvious, and witless. Featured readers will get up to eight minutes at the mic (about 1,200 words). Funny stories, essays, memoirs, and poetry will be eagerly considered, and we'd love love to feature funny original songs and…

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MARY Journal Release Reading

May 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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On Saturday, May 26th, MARY: A Journal of New Writing will be holding a release party for the latest print edition of MARY Journal! Join us from 7pm – 9pm at Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland for a night of celebration and literary readings.

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Book Release: Cotton Candy by Jeremy Fernando

May 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nomadic Press: Uptown, 2301 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Join us at our Uptown, Oakland, location for the much-anticipated release of Jeremy Fernando's full-length poetry collection, Cotton Candy! It's going to be an amazing evening of readings, live music, gnosh / refreshments, and friends of Nomadic Press as we launch this treasure of a book into the universe. Readings by TBA, pop-up surprise Nomadic Press readers, and of course, the star of the evening, Jeremy Fernando. Books will be available for purchase and there will be a signing following…

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Saturday Night Special, A “Salty” Open Mic

May 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Nick’s Lounge, 3218 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Is it summer yet? At SNS we're feeling SALTY and we're ready to sweat, so bring us your sexiest, SALTIEST, summer stories, poems, songs, stand-up, (whatever) on our theme: SALT·Y of language or humor: down-to-earth; coarse. synonyms: earthy, colorful, spicy, racy, risqué, naughty, vulgar, rude; informal: tough; aggressive. Urban Dictionary: The act of being upset, angry, or bitter as result of being made fun of or embarrassed. As always, we'd love to hear your (three-minute) poems, stories, comedic sketches, songs,…

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Writers & Poets Reading and Salon | Bay Area Generations #57

May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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$10 - $20

Bay Area Generations Show #57 A literary salon featuring curated works of San Francisco Bay Area poets, writers and storytellers, with musical guest. GUEST CURATOR: Anne Wallace. Doors & Wine Bar: 6:30 p.m. Show: 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation $10, includes with chapbook. No one turned away for lack of funds. Wine bar | Easy Access | on Public Transportation. Event Info: http://bit.ly/BAG57tx Bay Area Generations literary reading series features paired readers of differing generations in a curated submission based show.…

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Alanna Okun / The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater

May 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts an evening with Alanna Okun, in conversation with Joe Wadlington about her new book The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting. Please join us!   Every knitter knows that as soon as you start making your boyfriend a sweater, he will be out the door before you’re done. But as Alanna Okun has learned, these life lessons are not limited to the curse of the boyfriend sweater. Like millions of women, Okun finds joy and solace in crafting. And she…

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The Opioid Crisis with Carl Hart & Leana Wen

May 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$29

Dr. Carl Hart is the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University and the Dirk Ziff Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. Professor Hart has published numerous scientific and popular articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology and is co-author of the textbook Drugs, Society and Human Behavior (with Charles Ksir). His most recent book, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society was the 2014 winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing…

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Martha K. Davis

May 29 @ 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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Martha K. Davis reads from her new novel, Scissors, Paper, Stone. Praise for Scissors, Paper, Stone “With Scissors, Paper, Stone, Martha K. Davis has given us an ambitious coming of (lesbian) age story that is a movingly honest inquiry into the messy, yet still beautiful, transmogrification of what it means to be a family in a post-WWII America ruptured by racism, homophobia, . . and the generational divide. The character of Cathy, the idealistic and unsuspecting . . . mother of…

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LUNADA Literary Lounge

May 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Galería de la Raza, 2857 24th Street
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018 | 7:30 pm Featuring Roberto Lovato, Fernando Martí, and Jacqueline Scott Ramos. Open Mic sign-up at 7pm. De bajo la luna llena, hecha de leche y maiz, de las flores de primavera... At the height of Spring, Lunada hosts three fiery writer activists engaged in social change: Border-smashing writer and journalist Roberto Lovato; Poet, scholar, and Mission native Jacqueline Scott Ramos; and Fernando Martí poet, storywriter and architect, que hace un poquito de todo. OPEN MIC: Sign-up at 7pm, 8 spots on the list, 5…

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Jesse Berrett

May 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Please join us as we welcome Jesse Berrett for a reading of his newest book Pigskin Nation on Wednesday, May 30th at 6:30 p.m. in our Granny Smith Room! Historian Berrett debuts with a superb cultural history of the period between 1966 and 1974, when “football, politics and culture entwined themselves in ever more complex ways.” Berrett concisely looks at how NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle used his newly acquired production company, NFL Films, to transform the violent image of the sport by producing films and TV…

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Michael Oondaatje

May 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$29

Michael Ondaatje is one of the world’s foremost writers – his artistry and aesthetic have influenced an entire generation of writers and readers. Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje’s work also encompasses poetry, memoir, and film, and reveals a passion for defying conventional form. Born in Sri Lanka, the former Ceylon, of Indian/Dutch ancestry, he went to school in England, and then moved to Canada. He is the author of four collections of poetry including The Cinnamon Peeler and most recently, Handwriting. Ondaatje’s work…

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On the Cusp: A Taxing Season

May 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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$5 - $10

The second installment of the new nonfiction reading series On the Cusp based around the theme Moments of Change. The smaller and subtler these moments the better—big, seemingly important life events can work (or not work!), but we’re most interested in unforeseen instants that result in lasting change. For this second event, we're excited to host the following authors on the theme A Taxing Season: Joyce Maynard Maw Shein Win Joe Clifford TBD! Submissions open through EOD Apr 15.*   * To submit:   Submissions, which…

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Jessica Weisberg

May 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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Jessica Weisberg discusses her new book, Asking for a Friend: Three Centuries of Life, Love, Money and Other Burning Questions from a Nation Obsessed. Praise for Asking for a Friend "Rich with insight and surprising facts, Jessica Weisberg's ingenious appraisal of America's guidance-givers doubles as a wholly unexpected history of our national psyche. At long last, the lowly advice column gets its due!"―Kate Bolick, author of Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own "An oddly soothing antidote to the millenarian terrors of…

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Borderlands // an Aunt Lute Open Mic feat. Kim Shuck

May 31 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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"... every step forward is a travesía, a crossing. I am again an alien in a new territory. And again, and again." --Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera Join us for a poetry open mic the last Thursday of May. We want to hear about your new growth, your crossings, what territory you've uncovered with the shifting of the seasons. Poets of any level welcome: share with us your undone and your in-process! 15 available open slots, one poem per poet, sign-up…

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William Brewer reads poems about addiction Mill Valley Library Cosponsored by Marin Poetry Center

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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These moving and dramatic poems tackle the pain of the opioid addiction in West Virginia, how it affects family, addicts and the community. Brewer manages to infuse the poems with beauty and hope as well as speaking in the many voices of the epidemic Rooted in the physical and spiritual landscape of West Virginia, the poems focus on the small town of Oceana (nicknamed Oxyana for the record number of overdoses there), Oceana acts as a stand-in for West Virginia…

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Vincent Pizzuto

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Join us on Thursday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. as we welcome Vincent Pizzuto as he reads from his new book Contemplating Christ. The incarnation has made mystics of us all. What if we read the gospels as if that were true? In his book Contemplating Christ, Vincent Pizzuto offers an exploration of the interior life for modern contemplatives that is as beautiful as it is compelling. With an emphasis on the gospels and Christian mystical tradition, his book explores ancient themes in new and…

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June 2018

Oakland First Fridays at Nomadic Press!

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Nomadic Press, 2926 Foothill Blvd
Oakland , CA 94601 United States
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$10 - $15

Doors open at 7:00 PM; show starts at 7:30 PM SHARP! Join us at Nomadic Press as we celebrate Oakland First Fridays! Featuring readings by 4-5 Nomadic Press authors in our intimate space amongst the hustle at 23rd and Telegraph Avenue. Come early and catch our authors reading on a street stage just down the block at 6:30 PM. This month features readings by TBD and music by TBD. To help pay for our space and our artists and ensure…

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Maji: An Afro Futurist Community Newspaper Launch Party

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, 410 13th Street
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss / Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails

June 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss, in town to present Hey Ladies: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails. Join us!   Based on the column of the same name that appeared in The Toast, Hey Ladies! is a laugh-out-loud read that follows a fictitious group of eight 20-and-30-something female friends for one year of holidays, summer house rentals, dates, brunches, breakups, and, of course, the planning of a disastrous wedding. This instantly relatable story is told entirely through emails,…

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Bay Area Poets Coalition

June 2 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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BAPC OPEN POETRY READING Upcoming First Saturday Readings in 2018:   March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2 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…

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soirée rosé: the art of happy hour

June 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pause Wine Bar, 1666 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$15

You're invited to "soirée rosé: the art of happy hour" presented by Author L.B. Lewis to celebrate the pre-release of her third book, One Way Home. This happy hour is the sixth in a series of events to build community and support in San Francisco for L.B. Lewis's writing. She'll be offering a short update and books will be available for purchase. Complimentary glass of rosé and bites for the first 25 attendees.  Pink and white dress strongly encouraged. Drawing…

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Babylon Salon

June 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Armory Club, 1799 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Babylon Salon presents our Summer Reading Saturday, June 2, 2018, 6.00 pm  at The Armory Club 1799 Mission Street  (downstairs performance space)   featuring -- R.O. Kwon R. O. KWON’s first novel, The Incendiaries, is forthcoming from Riverhead in July of 2018. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, BuzzFeed, Noon, Time, Electric Literature, Playboy, San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference,…

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