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July 2018

Rachel Heng and Ingrid Rojas Contreras

July 23 @ 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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Rachel Heng discusses her new novel, Suicide Club with Ingrid Rojas Contreras. Praise for Suicide Club “How can such a young writer know all these things? Rachel Heng’s first novel is as keen as a sharpened blade. SUICIDE CLUB is on the money about where our current obsessions are leading us and yet she makes us care about her characters in deep and old-fashioned ways. It reminded me again and again of Orwell and Huxley. I have the feeling that this is the beginning…

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On Doing Nothing by Roman Muradov

July 24 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mechanics Institute, 57 Post St 4th Floor Boardroom
San Francisco, CA 94104 United States
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On Doing Nothing by Roman Muradov In an age of obsessive productivity and stress, this illustrated ode to idleness invites readers to explore the pleasures and possibilities of slowing down. Beloved author and illustrator Roman Muradovweaves together the words and stories of artists, writers, philosophers, and eccentrics who have pursued inspiration by doing less. He reveals that doing nothing is both easily achievable and absolutely essential to leading an enjoyable and creative life. Cultivating idleness can be as simple as taking a…

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Matthew Zapruder: My Favorite Book

July 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Avenune
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102 United States
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DATE & TIME: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6 p.m. LOCATION: Main Library, 100 Larkin St. San Francisco, CA 94102 View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: SMC professor Matthew Zapruder will read in the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library as part of SF Grotto's live podcast series.

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Open Books: Cara Black

July 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, 100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA, 94102
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Join us when Cara Black reads from her new Aimée Leduc novel Murder on the Left Bank.  In this novel a confession fifty years in the making puts Aimée on a collision course with the Black Hand, a cabal of corrupt Parisian cops.  When a friend’s child is kidnapped while wearing her daughter’s hoodie, Aimée realizes that the case has crossed into the realm of the personal in more ways than one. A book sale by the Friends of the San…

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SPANISH LANGUAGE BOOK CLUB MEETING

July 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Please join us for a lively discussion about “Hasta no verte Jesus Mio” by Elena Poniatowska To join the book group please contact iranyi@me.com

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The Annotated Big Sleep

July 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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The first fully annotated edition of Raymond Chandler’s 1939 classic The Big Sleepfeatures hundreds of illuminating notes and images alongside the full text of the novel and is an essential addition to any crime fiction fan’s library. "Nothing, even a book as singular and archetypal as The Big Sleep, comes from nowhere. What a gift, to see in part how Chandler made it. Under just three names, these annotators number among them two poets, an archivist and literary scholar, a gifted crime novelist,…

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Perfectly Queer Plus Reading “Nick White & Friends”

July 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dog Eared Books Castro, 489 Castro Street
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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Free

Mississippi-born author Nick White is visiting San Francisco on his book tour. He'll be reading with friends Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Dave Madden, and Hilary Zaid at a Perfectly Queer Plus reading at Dog Eared Books Castro, 489 Castro St. on Tuesday, July 24, from 7pm to 8pm. Nick will read from his short story collection, Sweet & Low. Free admission, free refreshments, and sweet door prizes. Book signing follows the readings. Here's more about the authors: Lucy Jane Bledsoe will…

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Inside Raymond Chandler’s Creation of The Big Sleep – Reading

July 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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The first fully annotated edition of Raymond Chandler’s 1939 classic The Big Sleep features hundreds of illuminating notes and images alongside the full text of the novel and is an essential addition to any crime fiction fan’s library. "Nothing, even a book as singular and archetypal as The Big Sleep, comes from nowhere. What a gift, to see in part how Chandler made it. Under just three names, these annotators number among them two poets, an archivist and literary scholar,…

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Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards

July 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Pegasus Books on Solano, 1855 Solano Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707 United States
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Wednesday, July 25, 10:30 - 11:00 am Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards Bring your little ones to Pegasus on Solano for a fun, interactive, and educational morning. Imagination Flannel Boards will be on hand to share stories and songs that spark your children’s imagination. They will engage with the storyteller through singing, repetition, and movement. They will cheer when the ducklings find their mother and laugh when the Old Lady swallows a cow!…

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LABORFEST: REVOLUTIONARY POETS BRIGADE

July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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The dystopian world we live in will be challenged by words and music that will bring solidarity and unity of all working people. POETS: Mahnaz Badihian Lisbit Bailey Kristina Brown Pauline Craig John Curl Diego De Leo Agneta Falk Maria Cristina Herrera Martin Hickel Jack Hirschman Karen M. Magoon Rosemary Manno Sarah Menefee Barbara Paschke Gregory Pond MUSIC & SONG: Francisco Herrera (Guitar) George Long (Saxophone)

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Perfectly Queer East Bay Reading “Summer Reading List”

July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Laurel Book Store, 1423 Broadway
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Whether it's a staycation at Lake Merritt or a trip to the Mediterranean, you'll need a good book--or four. Come hear visiting author Nick White and local writers Cathy Arellano, Wilfredo Pascual, and Kate Raphael read from their newest books at Perfectly Queer East Bay's "Summer Reading List" Wednesday, July 25, 7pm at Laurel Book Store, 1423 Broadway in Oakland. Free admission, free refreshments, and Queerly summer door prizes. ABOUT THE AUTHORS & THEIR BOOKS: The broken-hearted lesbian love poems in Cathy Arellano’s…

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Bookswap at The Bindery: Antagonist Edition

July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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$15

We're feeling evil this summer, so for July, bring a book with a villain you love to hate. Maybe het's a ring-bearer with an insatiable lust for power, or perhaps a cult leader who took over a swath of South America, or maybe he's a slick nomad who kidnaps his landlord's daughter (YES HUMBERT IS A VILLAIN): bring on your favorite literary monsters.    And if that isn't your cup of tea, bring any book you love and want other…

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Jason Morris Book Release w/ Evan Kennedy

July 26 @ 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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Everybody! Hey! Jason Morris has a brand new book of poetry out! It's called Levon Helm and we want to celebrate. The poet Evan Kennedy will be reading too. And we will be able to say I was there when... Jason Morris grew up in Vermont. He is the author of six books of poetry and other writing, including, most recently, Levon Helm (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018) and Late to Practice (Dirty Swan Projects, 2017). His essays, including essays on Clark Coolidge’s Crystal Text and Bernadette…

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Elizabeth Cooperman and Thomas Walton

July 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Please join us on Clement street on Thursday, July 26th at 7:00 p.m. as we welcome Elizabeth Cooperman & Thomas Walton to celebrate the release of their new book (from Sagging Meniscus Press) The Last Mosaic! “Most current discussion in American literary culture regarding fragmentation, collage, bricolage, braided narrative, etc. is blinkered by the illusion that these are uniquely contemporary gestures, but they go back to at least Heraclitus and probably to the first human who etched a list of words on stone and, for…

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Poetry Flash presents William O’Daly and Peter Weltner

July 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Famed Spanish translator William O’Daly’s new book of translation is Book of Twilight, by Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda, which is Neruda’s debut book, never before published in its entirety in the United States. The bilingual collection has just been nominated for the 2018 Northern California Book Award in Translation. His translations include eight other books of poetry by Pablo Neruda. He published a full-length collection of his own poetry, Water Ways, in 2017, with prose and photography by J.S. Graustein. A second collection, Yarrow and…

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Victoria Patterson

July 26 @ 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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Victoria Patterson discusses her new story collection, The Secret Habit of Sorrow. Praise for The Secret Habit of Sorrow “Patterson is on a mission to bring our ghosts out of the shadows. These stories shine with empathy and find the humanness in all our struggles.” —Joshua Mohr, author of All This Life   "A darkly entertaining collection of stories all about the little sins we commit in the name of our desires and their myriad repercussions. Armed with sharp emotional insight and vision…

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TELEGRAPH OPEN MIC (FEATURES: TBD AND TBD)

July 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nomadic Press: Uptown, 2301 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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$10

Join us at 23rd and Telegraph in Oakland for a six-slot open mic alongside two amazing features. This month's show features TBD and TBD! Music by TBD! Telegraph Open Mic takes place every fourth Friday from 7-9:00 PM at our Uptown location. It will have six open-mic slots open to the public. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis and the list opens at 7:00 PM sharp. As is the case with our musicians and features at all events,…

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Boris Rozenfeld Russian Bibliophiles Club

July 28 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Avenune
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102 United States
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Join us for our monthly Russian book club, literary discussion, and/or poetry recital.   Koret Auditorium Main Library

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R-Dub Love

July 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rolling Out Cafe, 1722 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116 United States
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Free

~ an evening of love-themed music and lit ~   We are OPEN for literary submissions. Guidelines. This is an evening for music and literature on the theme of romantic love. Featured readers will get up to eight minutes at the mic (about 1,200 words). This series primarily features complete works of fiction and memoir, but poetry and reasonably self-contained novel excerpts are presented to a limited extent. Submissions are rolling—we generally consider submissions until a lineup is filled. You must submit personally—no…

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Young Adults 12 & up! James Parks & Ben Costa

July 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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present Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 2: The Middle-Route Run Nimona meets Adventure Time in this full-color graphic novel as a singing skeleton continues to search for his origins alongside his gelatin monster sidekick! To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 2 by speaking to a bookseller or ordering on our website. Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 3:00pm Rickety Stitch is a walking, talking, singing skeleton minstrel, the only animated skeleton in the dungeon who seems…

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Reading & Chap Release Party

July 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Celebrate the release of 3 special edition chapbooks by our current round of writers-in-residence! Featuring readings by:   MK Chavez Philip Harris Emily Pinkerton

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R.O. Kwon Book Release

July 31 @ 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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Join us on Tuesday, July 31st to celebrate the release of R.O. Kwon's debut novel, The Incendiaries. R.O. will be in conversation with Esmé Weijun Wang. Praise for The Incendiaries “The Incendiaries is a God-haunted, willful, strange book written with a kind of savage elegance. I've said it before, but now I'll shout it from the rooftops: R. O. Kwon is the real deal.”—Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies “Every explosive requires a fuse. That’s R. O. Kwon’s novel, a straight, slow-burning fuse.…

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August 2018

The Red Army Faction and West Germany’s Debate Over Democracy and Authority

August 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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Screening the Red Army Faction explores representations of the Red Army Faction (RAF) in print media, film and art. The book contributes both a new history and a new cultural history of post-fascist era West Germany that grapples with the fledgling republic's most pivotal debates about the nature of democracy and authority; about violence, its motivations and regulation; and about its cultural afterlife. Christina Gerhardt is Associate Professor of German at University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

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Invocation to Daughters

August 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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Barbara Jane Reyes   Celebrate the opening of PAL / The Pilipinx American Library at the Asian Art Museum with readings by Bay Area poets led by Barbara Jane Reyes. Browse through PAL's collection of Filipino-authored books, grab a drink at the cash bar and groove to music by DJ Jon Reyes.

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Shipwreck Presents: Winnie the Pooh

August 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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$12 - $15

Bring out your bear jokes. Sorry in advance! (Pants optional) Featured writers TBA. $12 advance, $15 door, ticket includes *open bar* for 21+, and admission to the afterparty at The Alembic (1725 Haight). Seats tend to sell out fast; we encourage you to buy early. Tickets on sale now! Please remember: Shipwreck tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. -- Welcome, Shipsters, to San Francisco's premier literary erotic fanfiction event. Six Great Writers destroy six notable characters from one Great Book on the first Thursday of every…

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