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May 2019

Emma Bland Smith

May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Emma Bland Smith discusses her new children's book To Live on an Island. About To Live on an Island When you live on an island, things are different. Sometimes harder. Sometimes sweeter. Sometimes quieter. Experience a day in the life of a child growing up on a Pacific Northwest island in this beautifully written and illustrated picture book. Off the coast of Washington State rise hundreds of small islands. Some are lush and green. Others are rugged and rocky. And each…

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Cliterary Salon: Mothers and Monsters of May

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Perdita, 323 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
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$12

Join us as we dig into all that is May: flowers, fantasy, mothers, monsters, poetry and pettiness. Hosted at Perdita in the Haight, this is a spring literary event you won't want to miss! Lineup TBA.

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An Evening with Tony Horwitz: Spying on the South

May 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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The best-selling author of Confederates in the Attic returns to the South and the Civil War era for an epic adventure on the trail of America's greatest landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. Pegasus Books Downtown welcomes Tony Horwitz for a discussion and book signing of his long-awaited new release, Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide. Free to attend. About Spying on the South In the 1850s, the young Frederick Law Olmsted was adrift, a restless farmer and dreamer in search of a mission. He found…

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Bawdy Storytelling ‘UNICORNFEST’

May 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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$25 – $35

Friday, May 17th, 2019 at the Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street, San Francisco CA Remember: Bang-O & Games at 7 PM, Stories at 8 PM Want a sample? Listen to our podcast at http://bit.ly/bawdypodcast •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• This evening of 'That came outta nowhere!' stories & songs includes: ❤ Hosted by Sexual Folklorist Dixie De La Tour ❤ Play Bang-O, Bawdy's beloved icebreaker ❤ WIN Prizes from Good Vibrations - yeah, baby! ❤ Lube Giveaways from UberLube & Good Clean Love ❤ Condom Giveaways from Lucky…

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Babylon Salon : Rachel Howard, Kristen Cosby, Cheryl Ossola: Summer 2019

May 18 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Armory Club, 1799 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Free

Babylon Salon presents our Summer Reading Saturday, May 18, 2019, 6.00 pm  at The Armory Club 1799 Mission Street  (downstairs performance space)   featuring -- Rachel Howard  (The Risk of Us; The Long Night) Kristen Cosby (Atlas Obscura; The Moment; The Spirit of Disruption) Cheryl Ossola (The Wild Impossibility) and many more! ____________________ Check out our partner Podcast: www.grottopod.com ____________________ Free Admission Cash Bar Exotica Doors at 5.30, Reading at 6.00 @ the Armory Club, 1799 Mission St., San Francisco across from the San Francisco…

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Ages 7 up! Jane Solomon and Tyler Schnoebelen in Conversation

May 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Ages 7 up! Jane Solomon and Tyler Schnoebelen in Conversation launching The Dictionary of Difficult Words: With More Than 400 Perplexing Words to Test Your Wits!  To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of The Dictionary of Difficult Words by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website. Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 3:00pm What is a bumbershoot? Or a moonbow? And what does it mean when someone absquatulates? Find out all this and more in the Dictionary of Difficult Words. Test your knowledge…

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Second Sunday Poetry series presents a reading by Amanda Moore, Ken Haas, Janey Jennings, and Barb Reynolds, curated by Barb Reynolds

May 19 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Brit-Marie’s Restaraunt, 1369 Solano Avenu
Albany, CA
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Second Sunday Poetry series presents a reading by Amanda Moore, Ken Haas, Janey Jennings, and Barb Reynolds, curated by Barb Reynolds, Britt-Marie's Restaurant, 1369 Solano Avenue, Albany, free, 3:30-5:00 (510/527-1314, brittmariesolano.com)

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READING Anna Moschovakis and Tonya Foster

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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READING Anna Moschovakis and Tonya Foster May 19, 2019 7:00 PM Artists' Television Access 992 valencia street, san francisco, ca FREE Free for members

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STACEY ABRAMS In Conversation with Alexis Madrigal

May 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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SOLD OUT

STACEY ABRAMS In Conversation with Alexis Madrigal Sunday, May 19, 2019, 7:30 pm Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater Series: Special Events Tickets Sold Out! Stacey Abrams is an author, serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO and political leader. After serving for eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, in 2018, Abrams became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, when she won more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. Abrams was the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for…

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POETS! – featured readers followed by an open mic

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Poetry Express presents a reading by Carla Williams-Namboodiri, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Poetry Express presents a reading by Carla Williams-Namboodiri, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00

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POETS! YOU BET! – featured readers followed by an open mic

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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POETS! YOU BET! - featured readers followed by an open mic WhenMon, May 20, 7pm – 9pm DescriptionNick, Micah, many more!

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Max Porter

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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celebrating the release of Lanny: a novel from Graywolf Press "An exhilarating, disquieting, joyous read. It will reach into your chest and take hold of your heart. . . . It's a novel to press into the hands of everyone you know and say, read this."—Maggie O’Farrell There’s a village an hour from London. It’s no different from many others today: one pub, one church, redbrick cottages, some public housing, and a few larger houses dotted about. Voices rise up,…

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You’re Doing What? Older Women’s Tales

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 7:00 PM Location:  In the basement 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley YOU'RE DOING WHAT? Older Women's Tales of Achievement and Adventure, Compiled and Edited by Marjorie Penn Lasky. "You're Doing What? is an inspirational and insightful call to action to its readers. These stories are certain to encourage women - and men - of all ages to view aging as an opportunity to act on long deferred or never before-imagined dreams." - Congresswoman Barbara Lee In my…

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Memorial Tribute to Linda Gregg

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael , CA 94901 United States
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Falkirk Cultural Center This tribute celebrates Linda Gregg’s life and work, with poems and stories from poets and friends. Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Forrest Gander, Jane Hirshfield and other poets and friends will gather to read and speak about Linda. Refreshments will be served. If you plan to attend and/or read, please RSVP to events@marinpoetrycenter.org so we can plan appropriately. Doors open at 6:30, event starts at 7. Parking is in the lot below Falkirk Center. Please allow time to park and…

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WOMEN’S HEALTH: TRUTH AND MISINFORMATION WITH DR. JEN GUNTER In Conversation with Ayelet Waldman

May 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$29

WOMEN’S HEALTH: TRUTH AND MISINFORMATION WITH DR. JEN GUNTER In Conversation with Ayelet Waldman Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7:30 pm Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater Series: Conversations on Science  Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400 Dr. Jen Gunter is OB/GYN and a pain medicine physician, writing on topics of sex, science, and social media. A fierce advocate for women’s health, Gunter is devoted to correcting the myths and misinformation perpetuated by the internet around women’s well-being and reproductive health. She is the author of The Preemie Primer, a…

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Megan Griswold discusses The Book of Help

May 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Tuesday, May 21, 7:30pm Pegasus Books Downtown Megan Griswold discusses and signs copies of The Book of Help: A Memoir in Remedies. “In a world full of spiritual seekers, Megan Griswold is an undisputed All-Star. She has spent her life examining her existence in patient, courageous, and microscopic detail, and now she has written about her search with tender and comic honesty. What a delightful journey!” –Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Magic and Eat, Pray, Love ABOUT THE BOOK OF HELP The Book of Help traces…

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Susie Linfield discusses The Lions’ Den: Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky

May 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Cultural critic Susie Linfield presents her lively intellectual history of the political left, The Lions' Den: Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky. In conversation wtih Steve Wasserman, publisher and executive director of Heyday.   About The Lions' Den: In this lively intellectual history of the political Left, cultural critic Susie Linfield investigates how eight prominent twentieth-century intellectuals struggled with the philosophy of Zionism, and then with Israel and its conflicts with the Arab world. Constructed as a series of interrelated portraits that…

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GALILEO HIGH SCHOOL & 826 VALENCIA: ‘WE BELONG HERE’ BOOK RELEASE

May 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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REFLECTIONS ABOUT BORDERS FROM THE STUDENTS OF GALILEO HIGH SCHOOL THURS. MAY 23RD, 6:30PM Join us for readings, book signings, and a celebration of our student authors. 826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills…

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THE RACKET!

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Details soon! Hosted by Noah B. Sanders

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Edgar Kunz

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Edgar Kunz joins us to discuss his debut poetry collection, Tap Out . Praise for Tap Out “A whirlwind debut.Stories of sclerotic lives told in wrought images, Kunz arrives with real poetic talent… pulls us into his poems and keeps us there through crisp detail…(A hint: trust poets who show back to you the images you’ve seen in glimpses and tucked in the back of your mind.)…Tap Out lives in a bittersweet world, and does so well, but there’s also fine touches here: a…

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Music of Remembrance Presents “The Parting”

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street
San Francisco, 94102
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$60 – $75

A new chamber opera by composer Tom Cipullo and librettist David Mason commissioned by Music of Remembrance about Hungarian poet Miklós Radnóti. Starring: baritone Michael Mayes; mezzo soprano Catherine Cook; and soprano Laura Strickling. Director Erich Parce.

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GEORGE PACKER In Conversation with Clara Jeffery

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$29

GEORGE PACKER In Conversation with Clara Jeffery Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7:30 pm Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater Series: Social Studies  Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400 Longtime staff writer for The New Yorker, George Packer has written on the Iraq war, the civil war in Sierra Leone, and a number of other foci of global unrest. He has written multiple books of nonfiction–including The Unwinding and The Assassin’s Gate–two novels, and a play, as well as essays, articles, and reviews for The New York Times Magazine, Dissent, Mother Jones, and Harper’s, among others. His…

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Voice of Witness: Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America

May 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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Editors Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman discuss Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America with Lauren Markham. About Solito, Solita They are a mass migration of thousands, yet each one travels alone. Solito, Solita (Alone, Alone) is an urgent collection of oral histories that tells--in their own words--the story of young refugees fleeing countries in Central America and traveling for hundreds of miles to seek safety and protection in the United States. Fifteen narrators describe why they fled their homes, what…

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Poetry at Pegasus: Cooperman | Kaupang | Ronda | George Bagdanov

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Thursday, May 23, 7:30pm Pegasus Books Downtown Pegasus Books Downtown welcomes Matthew Cooperman, Aby Kaupang, Margaret Ronda, and Kristin George Bagdanov, for a night of shared poetry from their collective works. -- Matthew Cooperman is the author of, most recently, Spool, winner of the New Measure Prize (Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press, 2016), Disorder 299.00, w/Aby Kaupang (Essay Press, 2015), the text + image collaboration Imago for the Fallen World, w/Marius Lehene (Jaded Ibis Press, 2013), and numerous other books. A Professor of English at Colorado State University, he is…

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