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February 2020

Obi Kaufmann at Night of Ideas

February 1 @ 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Avenune
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102 United States
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Night of Ideas

Litquake is proud to again partner with San Francisco's annual edition of the global marathon event Night of Ideas (Nuit des Idées), at the city's Main Library. Presented in collaboration with the French Consulate in San Francisco, San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and KQED, this free seven-hour marathon of philosophical debate, talks, performances, and music features top thinkers from San Francisco and beyond, in a format designed to spur dialogue on the theme “Living on the…

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The Wig Diaries Book Signing and Author Chat

February 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Alibi Bookshop, 624 Marin Street
Vallejo, 94591
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Mary Ladd, author of The Wig Diaries, will host a book signing at Alibi Bookshop. The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd’s debut disrespectful cancer book, delivered with bold gallows humor to intimately address the gravity of cancer, invites the reader to bear witness to both the horror and the joke(s). Armed with humor and creative sensibility, Ladd robs her diagnosis of its dour weightiness. Refusing to tiptoe around the gnarlier elements of treatment and recovery, the narrative is powerful in…

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Lunch Poems: Robert Hass

February 3 @ 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley, 2000 Carleston Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Robert Hass’s many awards include the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Additionally, he served as U. S. Poet Laureate (1995-1997) and also founded the long-running Lunch Poems series at University of California, Berkeley where he is Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics. Among his published books are Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems, Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005 and the forthcoming Summer Snow: New Poems (HarperCollins, 2020).

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Joshua Yaffa in conversation with Amanda Silverman

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Joshua Yaffa for his new book Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putins Russia. He'll be in conversation with Mother Jones editorial director Amanda Silverman. Please join us! Please note: This is a ticketed event, to be held at The Bindery (1727 Haight St.). The price of admission may be applied, at the event, toward the purchase of Between Two Fires, or to a beverage at The Bindery's bar. Advance tickets are highly encouraged -- tickets are not guaranteed to be available at the door. "Unforgettable .…

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Jennifer S. Hirsch / Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts Jennifer S. Hirsch, co-author with Shamus Khan of the new book Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus. Please join us! Sexual Citizens is a groundbreaking study that transforms how we see and address the most misunderstood problem on college campuses: widespread sexual assault. The fear of campus sexual assault has become an inextricable part of the college experience. And for far too many students, that fear is realized. Research has shown that by the time they…

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Ocean Vuong with Tommy Orange

February 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$29
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Showered with critical acclaim, Ocean Vuong’s 2016 poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds cemented his status as a young new voice. His equally beloved debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, is a stunning portrait of family, love, and the power of storytelling. Written as a letter from a son to a mother, the book asks perennial and pressing questions about race, class, masculinity, addiction, and trauma, all with the characteristic care and love that Vuong lends the page. Born in Vietnam and raised…

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Benicia First Tuesday Poets

February 4 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Benicia Public Library, 150 East L St.
Benicia, 94510
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Benicia First Tuesday Poets

Benicia Public Library in the Dona Benicia Room. Hosted by Benicia Poet Laureate Tom Stanton. Mystery Poet followed by open mic! Founded in 2003.

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Brooke Barker & Boaz Frankel / Let’s Be Weird Together

February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith holds a special in-store event with Brooke Barker (Sad Animal Facts and Sad Animal Babies) and Boaz Frankel, creators of the new book Let's Be Weird Together. Please join us! Please note: This is a ticketed event, to be held at Booksmith (1644 Haight St.). The price of admission is equal to the cost of Let's Be Weird Together, which is included with each ticket. Advance tickets are highly encouraged -- tickets are not guaranteed to be available at the door. Conversations made up entirely of inside jokes. Netflix passwords,…

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Ian Brennan in conversation with Kevin Army on Silenced by Sound

February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Ian Brennan in conversation with Kevin Army about Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth at Moe’s Books in Berkeley, CA on Tuesday, February 4th at 7pm. "Silenced by Sound is a powerful exploration of the challenges facing art, music, and media in the digital era. It is “full of wisdom from someone who cares deeply about the power of real music.”—MOJO Ian Brennan is a Grammy-winning music producer who has produced three other Grammy-nominated albums. He is the author of four books…

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Author Mary Ladd in conversation with Peter Lawrence Kane

February 4 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd’s debut disrespectful cancer book. Delivered with bold gallows humor, it intimately address the gravity of cancer and invites the reader to bear witness to both the horror and the joke(s). Armed with creative sensibility, Ladd robs her diagnosis of its dour weightiness. Refusing to tiptoe around the gnarlier elements of treatment and recovery, the narrative is powerful in its unvarnished honesty and contagious lust for life exemplified by hilarious anecdotes.   A uniquely fresh modern and black comedy take…

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Mary Ladd: The Wig Diaries

February 4 @ 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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Mary Ladd disucusses her new book, The Wig Diaries, with Peter Lawrence Kane. Praise for The Wig Diaries "I love this book."--Mary Roach, author of the books Grunt, Stiff, Spook, and Bonk "This looks like a hoot and a half. I want more."--Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), author of A Series of Unfortunate Events "Clear-eyed, fun, and reassuring, it's the perfect guide "--Vanessa Hua, author of A River of Stars and Deceit and Other Possibilities About The Wig Diaries The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd's…

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The New Global Politics of Waste

February 5 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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This lecture addresses how wastes have become globalized, but also how one decision - such as China's decision not to import paper and plastic scrap - can affect all of us right down to weekly decisions about taking out the trash. Kate O"Neill is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley, teaching and working on global environmental politics and the global politics of waste.

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The Wig Diaries Book Signing at Copperfield’s Books Napa

February 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Copperfield’s Books Napa, 3740 Bel Aire Plaza
Napa, 94558
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Mary Ladd, author of The Wig Diaries, will host a book signing at Copperfield's Books in Napa. The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd’s debut disrespectful cancer book. Delivered with bold gallows humor, it intimately address the gravity of cancer and invites the reader to bear witness to both the horror and the joke(s). Armed with creative sensibility, Ladd robs her diagnosis of its dour weightiness. Refusing to tiptoe around the gnarlier elements of treatment and recovery, the narrative is powerful…

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Cutting Up The Century: A Burroughs Birthday Miscellany

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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with Joan Hawkins, Alex Wermer-Colan, Peter Hale, and Jon Longhi celebrating the release of William S. Burroughs Cutting Up the Century Edited by Joan Hawkins and Alex Wermer-Colan published by University of Indiana Press William S. Burroughs Cutting Up the Century is the definitive book on Burroughs' overarching cut-up project and its relevance to the American twentieth century. Burroughs's Nova Trilogy (The Soft Machine, Nova Express, and The Ticket That Exploded) remains the best-known of his textual cut-up creations, but he committed more than a decade of his…

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John Carreyrou – Bad Blood

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 20 Olive Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901 United States
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John Carreyrou

Tickets: $40 (includes signed book) In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the next Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with its breakthrough device, which performed the whole range of laboratory tests from a single drop of blood. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s…

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Tomas Moniz in Conversation with Nancy Au

February 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Big Familia follows Juan Gutiérrez, a self-employed single father, as he navigates a tumultuous year of inescapable change. His daughter, Stella, is on the verge of moving away to college; his lover, Jared, is pressing him for commitment; and his favorite watering hole—a ramshackle dive presided over by Bob the Bartender—is transforming into a karaoke hotspot. The story is set in a neighborhood that is also changing, gentrification inciting the ire of the established community. Upon the unexpected death of one…

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Berkeley Arts & Letters presents Shauna Shapiro / Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy with Eve Ekman

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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Good Morning, I Love You

Berkeley Arts & Letters and The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley co-present an evening with Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D. for her new book, Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy. In Good Morning, I Love You, Dr. Shauna Shapiro -- one of the leading scientists studying the effects of mindfulness on well-being -- shows us that acting with compassion toward ourselves is the key. In short, lively chapters, Dr. Shapiro…

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Elaine Kahn

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from her new book Romance or The End: poems published by Soft Skull Press Romance or The End takes up the tools of romantic narrative in order to perform the rupture between self and story that occurs at the onset of trauma. Using known and pathologized literary arcs, Elaine Kahn unspools the fundamental instability of truth, love, and language to create an experiential portrait of narrative's power to both disfigure and restore. ROMANCE or THE END This is a book…

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Alexis Coe / You Never Forget Your First

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith welcomes back Alexis Coe (Alice + Freda Forever) for her new book, You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington. Please join us! Young George Washington was raised by a struggling single mother, demanded military promotions, caused an international incident, and never backed down -- even when his dysentery got so bad he had to ride with a cushion on his saddle. But after he married Martha, everything changed. Washington became the kind of man who named his dog Sweetlips…

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Tommy Orange Reading & Conversation with Nick Taylor

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hammer Theater Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio Walk
San Jose, CA 95113 United States
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Tommy Orange @ CLA

The Center for Literary Arts is pleased to present Tommy Orange, author of There There on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the Hammer Theatre's Black Box Theatre at 7PM. The reading will be followed by an on-stage interview with professor, Nick Taylor, plus an audience Q&A, book sale and signing. A national bestseller, There There has won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the American Book Award.…

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Garth Greenwell: Cleanness

February 6 @ 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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Garth Greenwell discusses his new novel, Cleanness, with R.O. Kwon. Praise for Cleanness “Garth Greenwell is an intensely beautiful and gorgeous writer. I can think of no contemporary author who brings as much reality and honesty to the description of sex—locating in it the sublime, as well as our deepest degradation, sweetness, confusion, and rage. Most American literature seems neutered by comparison. His perfect noticing extends to the way we experience love and loneliness, the feeling of exile, and the eternal search for…

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Andy Warner presents Spring Rain

February 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Andy Warner presents and signs copies of Spring Rain: A Graphic Memoir of Love, Madness, and Revolutions. ABOUT THE BOOK An intimate graphic memoir by a New York Times–bestselling writer about his semester abroad in Beirut as he grows close to a crowd of mostly LGBTQ students, and suffers a mental breakdown while the city erupts into revolution. In 2005 Andy Warner travelled to Lebanon to study literature in Beirut, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan and storied cities. Twenty-one years old and…

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The Buried Ships of San Francisco

February 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mechanics Institute, 57 Post St 4th Floor Boardroom
San Francisco, CA 94104 United States
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Every day, thousands of us walk above and over the buried hulls of ships, old wharves, and cargo. Muni streetcars below the street pass right through the oaken hull of a 19th-century ship. Nearly a thousand ships came from all over the world to San Francisco in the early years of the Gold Rush. Almost fifty of them burned to the waterline in the 1851 fire; others used as warehouses were surrounded by wharves that were constantly being extended. Everything…

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Lidia Yuknavitch / Verge

February 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery welcomes the fierce and fabulous Lidia Yuknavitch back for her first collection of stories, Verge. Please join us! I tell you, do not go near that place. Do not go near it. Graywolves guard the ground there. Girls are growing from guts, enough for a body and language all the way out of this world. An eight-year-old trauma victim is enlisted as an underground courier, rushing frozen organs through the alleys of Eastern Europe. A young janitor transforms discarded objects into a…

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Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Marcelo Hernandez Castillo by Kenzie Allen

reading from his new book Children of the Land published by HarperCollins This unforgettable memoir from a prize-winning poet about growing up undocumented in the United States recounts the sorrows and joys of a family torn apart by draconian policies and chronicles one young man's attempt to build a future in a nation that denies his existence. "You were not a ghost even though an entire country was scared of you. No one in this story was a ghost. This…

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Sarah Abrevaya Stein

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
JCCSF, 3200 California St
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century In conversation with Janine Zacharia 6:00 pm: Complimentary wine and cheese reception 7:00 pm: Talk The Levy family established itself in Salonica (now Thessaloniki, Greece) in the 18th century and for two centuries published books and newspapers for the region’s Sephardic Jews. With the Ottoman Empire’s collapse, the Levys scattered throughout the world but kept in touch through letters. Drawing on this rich correspondence, Stein, the award-winning author of Extraterritorial Dreams…

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Jean Day and Evan Kennedy

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Jean Day is a poet, union activist, and editor whose Triumph of Life was published last spring by Insurance Editions. Her Late Human will follow from Ugly Duckling in 2021.Recent poems can also be seen in Brooklyn Rail, Chicago Review, The Delineator, Across the Margin, Open House, Breather, and Jongler (French). Earlier works include Daydream (Litmus, 2016), Early Bird (O’Clock, 2014), and Enthusiasm (Adventures in Poetry, 2006), among other books. She lives in Berkeley, where she works as managing editor of Representations, a scholarly humanities journal, and does advocacy work for members of the…

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Happy Endings: February

February 11 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Happy Endings

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, NOTAFLOF

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Amina Cain: Indelicacy

February 11 @ 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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Amina Cain discusses her new novel, Indelicacy, with Rita Bullwinkel. Praise for Indelicacy "In Indelicacy we meet a woman who spends time studying landscape paintings and then walking inside the landscapes where she lives. She looks at a landscape then moves inside another, and as we read it begins to seem that the landscapes in paintings and in fiction are eerily the same. In a deeply pleasing way, reading this novel is a bit like standing in a painting, a masterful study of light…

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Arthur Kleinman

February 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
UCSF Parnassus Campus, 530 Parnassus Avenue, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143 United States
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The Department of History, Anthropology, and Social Medicine at UCSF in conjunction with City Lights Booksellers and Viking Books present Arthur Kleinman discussing the subject of his new book The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor from Viking Books A moving memoir and an extraordinary love story that shows how an expert physician became a family caregiver and learned why care is so central to all our lives and yet is at risk in…

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