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November 2018

BINDERY: Sarah Cooper / How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings: Non-Threatening Leadership Strategies for Women

November 11 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts a special afternoon with Sarah Cooper for her new book How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings: Non-Threatening Leadership Strategies for Women. Please join us!   Ambitious women are so scary. In this fast-paced business world, female leaders need to make sure they're not perceived as pushy, aggressive, or competent. In How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings, Sarah Cooper, author of the bestselling 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, illustrates how women can achieve their dreams, succeed in their…

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Peter Nathaniel Malae in conversation with Alan Soldofsky

November 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Peter Nathaniel Malae in conversation with Alan Soldofsky celebrating the release of Son of Amity by Peter Nathaniel Malae - published by Oregon State University Press Three lives on the verge of ruin intersect in the small Oregon town of Amity: Pika, a half-Samoan ex-con from California, seeks to deliver justice to his sister's rapist; Michael, a five-tour Iraq War Marine, faces the cracked mirror of his own embattled soul; and Sissy, a recent convert to Catholicism, must resist the…

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Susannah Carlson and Peter Bradbury, editors of Sanctuary

November 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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 Editors Susannah Carlson and Peter Bradbury discuss Sanctuary: A Collection of Poetry and Prose. About Sanctuary When we started this project eight months ago, we had no way of knowing how bad things would get or how timely the final product would be. The idea of sanctuary has become a flashpoint. Empathy and kindness seem, on the surface, to have taken a backseat to hatred, nationalism, and fear. Yet, while some spew hatred, still more speak out on behalf of kindness. Such…

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Idra Novey with Marie Mockett and Bernice Yeung

November 11 @ 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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Idra Novey discusses her new novel Those Who Knew with Marie Mockett and Bernice Yeung. Praise for Those Who Knew “There’s an urgent timeliness to this story of the crimes committed by a powerful man, but Idra Novey’s riveting, formally brilliant novel transcends any particular moment. Those Who Knew is a devastating inquiry into the way lofty ideals can serve as cover for brutal impulses, the way struggles for control of the body politic wreak havoc on actual bodies. Most of all, it’s an indictment,…

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BOOKSMITH: Timothy Denevi / Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson’s Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism

November 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts a special evening with Timothy Denevi(Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD) for his new book Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism. Please join us!   Hunter S. Thompson is often misremembered as a wise-cracking, drug-addled cartoon character. This book reclaims him for what he truly was: a fearless opponent of corruption and fascism, one who sacrificed his future well-being to fight against it, rewriting the rules of journalism and political satire in the process. This…

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Nicole Chung and Daniel Mallory Ortberg

November 12 @ 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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Nicole Chung discusses her new memoir All You Can Ever Know with Daniel Mallory Ortberg. Praise for All You Can Ever Know "This book moved me to my very core. As in all her writing, Nicole Chung speaks eloquently and honestly about her own personal story, then widens her aperture to illuminate all of us. All You Can Ever Know is full of insights on race, motherhood, and family of all kinds, but what sets it apart is the compassion Chung brings to every…

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BINDERY: Brian Posehn / Forever Nerdy: Living My Dorky Dreams and Staying Metal

November 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts a special evening with comedian, actor, and forever nerd Brian Posehn for his new memoir Forever Nerdy: Living My Dorky Dreams and Staying Metal. Please join us!   “I’m a full-blown nerd,” Posehn writes in the preface. “And by full-blown nerd, I mean I’m obsessed with a bunch of cool stuff that dumb people think is uncool, like comics, Dungeons & Dragons, action and horror movies, and HEAVY FUCKING METAL.”   Forever Nerdy is a collection of stories from his life that…

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Karen Finley

November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Karen Finley Opening statement by Amy Scholder celebrating the release of Grabbing Pussy By Karen Finley published by OR Books In a breathless cascade of poetry and prose, celebrated performance artist Karen Finley here lays bare the psychosexual obsessions that have burst to the surface of today's American politics. Based on her widely praised performance piece Unicorn Gratitude Mystery ("Wickedly funny"—The New York Times), Finley explores the Shakespearean dynamics that surface when libidos and loyalties clash in the public and private personas of…

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Kat Gardiner, Sea of Bees and Rose Droll

November 13 @ 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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Kat Gardiner discusses her new book from Father/Daughter Records, Little Wonder: A Micro-Fictionalized Account of Honest Failure. With musical performances by Sea of Bees and Rose Droll. About Little Wonder Kat Gardiner’s debut collection of microfiction, Little Wonder, springs from the year she spent in Anacortes, Washington. Young and idealistic, she and her husband moved to town to open a café and music venue in the hopes of finding a home there.   The experiment lasted exactly one year.   In interconnected fragments, Little Wonder reads like…

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Kat Gardiner (Little Wonder) with Sea of Bees and Rose Droll

November 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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Born in Oklahoma, raised in the Pacific Northwest, and currently based in Detroit, author Kat Gardiner carries a restlessness through her writing that's been honed by a lifelong search for roots. Her debut collection of short fiction, Little Wonder, fictionalizes the experience of opening and closing a music venue and café with her husband in the small Pacific Northwest town of Anacortes, Washington in 2008. An adult coming-of-age story told in fragments, Little Wonder explores the bittersweet love affair that takes…

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MFA in Writing Program Reading Series presents Ottessa Moshfegh

November 13 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
USF Lone Mountain Main – LM 100 – Handlery Room, 2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 7:45 – 9:30 p.m. Lone Mountain Main - LM 100 - Handlery Room Ottessa Moshfegh is the author of the novels My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Eileen, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and awarded the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. Her story collection, Homesick for Another World, was a New York Times Notable Book. Moshfegh has received the Pushcart Prize, the O. Henry Award, a Plimpton Prize from The Paris…

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BOOKSMITH: Joseph Fink / Alice Isn’t Dead

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith welcomes Welcome to Night Vale creator Joseph Fink back to the store for his new novel, Alice Isn't Dead. Join us!   PLEASE NOTE: this is a ticketed event, with each ticket including one copy of Alice Isn't Dead. One ticket per person—no exceptions. Tickets must be purchased in advance—each ticket costs the price of 1 book + tax. Last-minute tickets may be available at the door; if so we will announce closer to the event.   This isnt a story, its a road trip. So starts Alice…

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Celebrating the life and work of Lucia Berlin

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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with David Berlin, Lydia Kiesling, Rachel Khong, Jim Nisbet, and Robin Sloan celebrating the release of two new books: Welcome Home: A Memoir with Selected Photographs and Letters and Evening in Paradise: More Stories both published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux about Welcome Home: A compilation of sketches, photographs, and letters, Welcome Home is an essential nonfiction companion to the stories by Lucia Berlin Before Lucia Berlin died, she was working on a book of previously unpublished autobiographical sketches called Welcome Home. The work consisted of…

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Kim Stanley Robinson

November 14 @ 7:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Please join us in celebrating the publication of Red Moon. Red Moon is a magnificent novel of space exploration and political revolution from New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson.

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InsideStorytime

November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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InsideStorytime will be at Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, Thursday November 15th, 7-9pm. details TBA

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Daniel Levin Becker on the Oulipo

November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Daniel Levin Becker on the Oulipo celebrating the release of All That is Evident is Suspect edited by Ian Monk and Daniel Levin Becker published by McSweeney's Since its inception in Paris in 1960, the OuLiPo—ouvroir de littérature potentielle, or workshop for potential literature—has continually expanded our sense of what writing can do. It's produced, among many other marvels, a detective novel without the letter e (and a sequel of sorts without a, i, o, u, or y); an epic…

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INVASIONS: Calvin Gimpelevich

November 15 @ 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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Author Calvin Gimpelevich is touring the West Coast in support of INVASIONS: the debut short fiction collection, just out from Instar Books! Come out to Wolfman Books at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, for an evening of rad new trans fiction by Calvin, as well as work from other local LGBT writers! More on Invasions: http://www.instarbooks.com/books/invasions.html “Invasions blew my mind. Flipping between speculative worlds deeply rooted in realness and emotion and more familiar landscapes that tip on the edges of…

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Reese Erlich & Norman Solomon: The Iran Agenda Today

November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents Reese Erlich & Norman Solomon The Iran Agenda Today: The Real Story Inside Iran and What's Wrong with US Policy Hosted by Sabrina Jacobs Advance tickets: $12 at 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM info: kpfa.org/events Based on frequent, first-hand reporting in Iran and the United States, The Iran Agenda Today explores the turbulent recent history between the two countries and reveals how it has led to a misguided showdown over…

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BINDERY: Gina Arnold / Half A Million Strong: Crowds and Power from Woodstock to Coachella

November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Gina Arnold for the launch of her new book, Half a Million Strong: Crowds and Power from Woodstock to Coachella. Please join us!     From baby boomers to millennials, attending a big music festival has basically become a cultural rite of passage in America. In Half a Million Strong, music writer and scholar Gina Arnold explores the history of large music festivals in America and examines their impact on American culture. Studying literature, films, journalism, and other archival detritus of…

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BOOK LAUNCH: ‘VEXATION, AMPLITUDE’ BY TOM STOLMAR

November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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FRI. NOV. 16TH, 7PM   Join Tom Stolmar and friends in celebrating the release of his new poetry collection, Vexation, Amplitude. Long overdue, this collection of Tom Stolmar’s poems bottles his impulse-driven barely containable talent for stringing words together that convey unexpected emotional truths laced with comedy of the highest and lowest orders. In some poems, Stolmar appears to have channeled Wallace Stevens by way of a mad Hungarian street performer on the San Francisco waterfront. His antics attract a crowd.…

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Peter LaBerge & Rebecca Foust Falkirk Center

November 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael , CA 94901 United States
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Rebecca Foust, the Marin County Poet Laureate, is the author of four books of poetry: Paradise Drive (2015), which won a Poetry Society of Virginia Book Award, a National Indie Excellence Award for Poetry, a San Francisco Book Festival Award for Poetry, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Poetry; All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song (2010), winner of a Many Mountains Moving Press Book Prize; and God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World (2010), a collaboration with artist Lorna Stevens that won a Foreword Reviews Book of…

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BINDERY: Kristen Tracy with Daniel Handler / Half-Hazard

November 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Kristen Tracy for her first book of poems,Half-Hazard, winner of the Emily Dickinson First Book Award from the Poetry Foundation. Joining Kristen in conversation isDaniel Handler. Please join us!   Half-Hazard is a book of near misses, would-be tragedies, and luck. As Kristen Tracy writes in the title poem, “Dangers here. Perils there. It’ll go how it goes.” The collection follows Tracy’s wide curiosity, from her growing up in a small Mormon farming community to her exodus out into the forbidden…

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BINDERY: Chaya Bhuvaneswar / White Dancing Elephants

November 18 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts a special afternoon with Chaya Bhuvaneswar for her debut story collection, White Dancing Elephants, winner of both the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize and Narrative Magazine's Top Five Stories of the Week for 2017. Please join us!   A woman grieves a miscarriage, haunted by the Buddha's birth. An artist with schizophrenia tries to survive hatred and indifference in small-town India by turning to the beauty of sculpture and dance. Orphans in India get pulled into a strange "rescue"…

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Nick Mamatas & Michael Marshall Smith

November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Doors open 6:00pm Event begins 6:30pm At the American Bookbinders Museum   Please join us for an evening with author Nick Mamatas reading and in conversation with Bay Area writer, editor, and raconteur Terry Bisson. Nick Mamatas is the author of six and a half novels, including The Last Weekend (PS Publishing), Love is the Law (Dark Horse), The Damned Highway with Brian Keene (Dark Horse), Bullettime (CZP), Sensation (PM Press), Under My Roof (Counterpoint/Soft Skull), and Move Under Ground (Night Shade/Prime). His latest collection is The Nickronomicon, from Innsmouth Free Press. His novels have been translated…

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May-Lee Chai and Jamel Brinkley

November 18 @ 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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May-Lee Chai discusses her new story collection Useful Phrases for Immigrants with Jamel Brinkley. Praise for Useful Phrases For Immigrants "May-lee Chai’s Useful Phrases for Immigrants holds multitudes, taking us into a dazzling range of lives. With exquisite prose and unforgettable characters, the collection is a must-read."--Vanessa Hua, A River of Stars The eight stories in this collection contain multitudes. Chai interrogates heavy subjects with a light touch. She grants each character with the gift of a gleaming voice, rendering them to be shaped by circumstances, while…

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