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September 2020

Robert Macfarlane: A virtual event to celebrate the paperback release of Underland

September 16 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Robert Macfarlane joins us for a virtual event to celebrate the paperback release of Underland (W.W. Norton). More details coming soon, so keep an eye on this space for registration info. About Underland National Bestseller • New York Times "100 Notable Books of the Year" • NPR "Favorite Books of 2019" • Guardian "100 Best Books of the 21st Century" • Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award "Mesmerizing…Underland is a portal of light in dark times." —Terry Tempest Williams, New York…

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Zach Norris and Rosemarie Day VIRTUALLY

September 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Rosemarie Day and Zach Norris discuss both of their books, the pandemic's effect on communities of color and lower income communities, public health policy across a wider range of issues, and much more! Rosemarie Day, author of Marching Toward Coverage: How Women Can Lead the Fight for Universal Healthcare, is the founder and CEO of Day Health Strategies, which helps to implement national health reform. She’s been working in healthcare and related fields for more than 25 years, including as the founding…

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Conversations with Authors – Sue Miller (Virtual Event)

September 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sue Miller’s latest book, Monogomy, is an engrossing and haunting novel about marriage, love, family, happiness and sorrow. Sue is recognized internationally for her elegant and sharply realistic accounts of the contemporary family. Her books have been widely translated and published in 22 countries around the world. The Good Mother, the first of her ten novels, was an immediate bestseller (more than six months at the top of the New York Times charts). Subsequent novels include three Book-of-the-Month main selections:  Family Pictures (a Finalist for…

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Uche Nduka and Sophia Dahlin: Celebrating City Lights Spotlights Series Vol. 19 & 20

September 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

       reading from Facing You/Spotlight #19, by Uche Nduka Natch/Spotlight #20, by Sophia Dhalin both published by City Lights Books ---- This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom. ---------- Event is free, but registration is required. (Click Here) to register.…

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Lara Mimosa Montes

September 17 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Lara Mimosa Montes is the author of THRESHOLES, a meditation on the Bronx of the 70s and 80s, gentrification, trauma, and loss. Her work has appeared in Fence, BOMB, Jacket2, and elsewhere. She is a CantoMundo fellow and has been awarded residencies from Storm King: Shandaken, Marble House Project, and Headlands Center for the Arts. In 2018, Lara was awarded a McKnight Fellowship in Poetry. Currently, she is a senior editor of Triple Canopy and lives in Minnesota.

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Changing Academia Forever: Black Student Leaders Analyze the Movement They Led

September 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The most effective and long-lasting student strike in U.S. history took place at San Francisco State College in 1968. The first Black Student Union, the first Black Studies Department, the only College of Ethnic Studies, and the admission of thousands of students of color resulted from this four-and-a-half-month strike which shut down 80% of the campus. It has been called the movement which “changed academia forever.” Join Kitty Kelly Epstein and Bernard Stringer, co-authors of Changing Academia Forever: Black Student Leaders Analyze the Movement…

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Virtual Event: Carl Phillips and Kimberly Reyes

September 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on Thursday, September 17 at 6pm PDT when Carl Phillips discusses his latest poetry collection, Pale Colors in a Tall Field, with Kimberly Reyes on Zoom. Zoom Login Info Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83365473355 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16699009128,,83365473355#  or +13462487799,,83365473355# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 9128  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 646 558 8656  or…

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Virtual Event: Carl Phillips and Kimberly Reyes

September 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Join us on Thursday, September 17th at 6pm PDT when Carl Phillips discusses his latest poetry collection, Pale Colors in a Tall Field, with Kimberly Reyes on Zoom. Zoom Login Info Please click the link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83365473355 Webinar ID: 833 6547 3355 About Pale Colors in a Tall Field A powerful, inventive collection from one of America's most critically admired poets. Carl Phillips’s new poetry collection, Pale Colors in a Tall Field, is a meditation on the…

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YOU’RE GOING TO DIE: ALL THE FEELS 2020

September 17 @ 6:30 pm
Free

You're Going to Die: ALL THE FEELS 2020 an ONLINE Open Mic & Listening Space for communal connection & mortal vulnerability w/Ned Buskirk, the You're Going to Die Team & music from The Singer and The Songwriter! Thursday, September 17th Virtual Doors at 6:30pm Show at 7pm REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/3bmNi8W Like so many other artists & nonprofits with a live event focus, much of our in person work for the foreseeable future is cancelled. For this special online event, we…

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VIRTUAL EVENT: Jessica Garrison, The Devil’s Harvest

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for an online event with Jessica Garrison, author of The Devil's Harvest: A Ruthless Killer, a Terrorized Community, and the Search for Justice in California's Central Valley, the gut-wrenching, unbelievable true story of Jose Martinez, and how the criminal justice system fails our country's most vulnerable immigrant communities. It melds the pacing and suspense of a true crime thriller with the rigor of top-notch investigative journalism. Register for this Crowdcast event here! This is a free event. The book may be purchased below.…

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Poetry Center Book Award Reading: Ashley Toliver and Jason Bayani, reading and in conversation

September 17 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Register to attend Join us for this reading by Poetry Center Book Award winner Ashley Toliver, for her book Spectra (Coffee House Press). She'll be joined by award judge Jason Bayani, reading his own work, with the two poets in conversation with one another and the audience. With emcee, Brent Awa Jensen. This remote access event takes place promptly at 7:00 pm Pacific Time, and is free and open to the public. Real-Time Captioning will be provided here. For any…

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Third Thursdays @ Willow Glen Library

September 17 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Thursday, September 17, 7:00pm featuring Peter Neil Carroll online on Zoom registration link to come Peter Neil Carroll is currently Poetry Moderator of Portside.org. His sixth collection of poetry, recently published, is Something is Bound to Break (Main Street Rag). Earlier titles include Fracking Dakota; Elegy for Lovers; and A Child Turns Back to Wave which won the Prize Americana. He lives in Belmont CA with photographer/writer Jeannette Ferrary. [Quarantine makes it difficult to sell books but Peter will offer…

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Speaking Axolotl Reading and Open Mic

September 17 @ 8:00 pm
Nomadic Press, 2926 Foothill Blvd
Oakland , CA 94601 United States
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A Latinx poetry reading series y open mic that happens every third Thursday (unless otherwise noted) in "The Chapel" at Nomadic Press. Decolonized beats provided by the one-and-only L7. Hosted by Josiahluis Alderete. This month's features are TBA. Donations will be kindly requested to help pay the features and cover the cost of the space. The 10-slot open mic list opens at 7:30 PM and fills up pretty quick so if you plan on reading get there early Free parking…

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Jingletown Reading Presents Tomás Riley

September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Please Share. Please Invite. Join us as Jingletown Reading & Open Mic celebrates Tomás Riley on Saturday September 19, 2020 from 2-3:30pm PST. See Jingletown feat, Cathy Arellano, Tomás Riley, & Luivette Resto. for more info. Hosted by Adela Najarro & Harold Tzn Open mic limited to 5 readers, 4 minutes max, 1st come first serve. Doors open at 1:45pm. zoom id: 992 1716 1772 pswd: justice

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Conversations with Authors – Ayad Akhtar (Virtual Event)

September 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Ayad Akhtar's new novel, Homeland Elegies, is the profound and provocative story of an immigrant father and his son searching for belonging—in post-Trump America, and with each other. Ayad is a novelist and playwright whose work has been published and performed in over two dozen languages. He is the winner of numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the author of American Dervish, published in over 20…

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Nasty Woman Press Literary Extravaganza: Shatter Some Glass! (Virtual Event)

September 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Meet some of the legendary, bestselling and critically acclaimed authors who donated time and work to Shattering Glass, the first non-profit anthology by non-profit publisher Nasty Woman Press! Discover why New York Times bestselling author Marcia Clark calls the collection "Moving, often poetic, and always compelling." All profits from this unique work are donated to Planned Parenthoos! Readers and Participants Include: Robin C. Stuart (Facilitator) Robin C. Stuart is a veteran cybercrime investigator and contributing author to the short story anthology, Fault Lines: Stories by Northern California…

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VIRTUAL EVENT: Sy Montgomery, Becoming a Good Creature

September 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us on the Crowdcast platform for an event with National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery (Soul of an Octopus) for her new book, Becoming a Good Creature. Based on the New York Times best-selling adult memoir, Sy Montgomery and Rebecca Green's beautiful, friendly guide is for readers young and old who wish to be better creatures in the world. Go ahead, pass it on. Register for this free Crowdcast event here! This is a free event. The book may be purchased below. You can…

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Conversations with Authors – Wade Davis (Virtual Event)

September 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Wade Davis' inspiring tale of hope and redemption, Magdalena: River of Dreams, braids together memoir, history, and journalism to form both a rare, kaleidoscopic picture of Colombia’s most magnificent river and the epic story of a nation on the verge of a new period of peace. Wade is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker whose work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, Africa to Australia, Polynesia to the Arctic. Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 2000 to 2013, he…

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Poetry as Translation, Translation as Poetry with Ostashevsky

September 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Eugene Ostashevsky, a Russian-American poet, will talk about the intersection between poetry and translation in his work, in particular on wordplay in Russian avant-garde poetry and his new writing project The Feeling Sonnets.   Ostashevsky is the author of three full-length poetry collections in English: Iterature (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2005), The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008), and The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi (New York Review of Books, 2017). The winner…

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The Humanities Institute presents Margaret Atwood in conversation with Kate Schatz

September 22 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join The Humanities Institute as they present their virtual Peggy Downes Baskin Ethics Lecture featuring Margaret Atwood in conversation with UC Santa Cruz alumna and New York Times best-selling author Kate Schatz (Stevenson ‘01, creative writing). This free, live, virtual event is part of The Humanities Institute’s Deep Read Program and culminates months of in-depth programming and community engagement focused on Atwood’s latest Booker Prize–winning novel, The Testaments, a sequel to her 1985 classic, The Handmaid’s Tale. Please note, this event will not be…

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Dan Beachy-Quick: Poet discusses his new translation, Stone-Garland

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Poet, essayist, and translator Dan Beachy-Quick joins us for a conversation about his new translation of ancient Greek poetry, Stone-Garland (Milkweed Editions). This event is sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation, a San Francisco-based non-profit dedicated to finding dazzling new, overlooked, and underrepresented voices, brought into English by the best translators, and to celebrating the art of translation. About Stone-Garland Anthology. The Greek origins of the word gesture at a bouquet, a garland; "a flower-logic, a petal-theory, a blossom-word." In Stone-Garland,…

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VIRTUAL: Lucy Jane Bledsoe in conversation with Christina Quintana and Naomi J. Williams / Lava Falls

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Booksmith and The Bindery host a virtual event with Lucy Jane Bledsoe to celebrate the paperback edition of her new novel Lava Falls. She'll be in conversation with Christina Quintana (The Heart Wants) and Naomi J. Williams (Landfalls). ** Please note ** >  This event is free and all ages, but RSVP is required. >  If you'd like a copy of Lava Falls, you can purchase one here, below, or when completing your registration. We are currently offering free shipping throughout San Francisco and the East Bay. The spirited, heart-driven people who populate these…

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Barry Gifford in conversation with Rob Christopher

September 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

celebrates the release of his new book Roy's World: Stories 1973-2020 published by Seven Stories Press In a special presentation, Barry Gifford will be joined by flimmaker Rob Christopher to explore the rich landscape of his seminal Roy Stores, a tie-in to the new documentary, Roy's World: Barry Gifford's Chicago, directed by Rob Christopher narrated by Lili Taylor, Matt Dillon and Willem Dafoe, these stories comprise one of Barry Gifford's most enduring works, his homage to the gritty Chicago landscape of his…

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Obi Kaufmann: The Forests of California: A California Field Atlas

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
virtual
$5 – $20.

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM with Heyday Books presents a webinar Obi Kaufmann The Forests of California A California Field Atlas with Brian Edwards-Tiekert   EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/obi-kaufmann-the-forests-of-california-tickets-118221899885   From the author of The California Field Atlas comes another major work that not only guides readers through the Golden State's forested lands, but also presents a profoundly original vision of nature in the 21st century. The Forest of California features a stunning wealth of Obi Kaufmann's signature watercolor illustrations, maps, and trail…

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Tara Fickle in Conversation with Andrew Way Leong

September 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for a book talk with Tara Fickle about her new book The Race Card: From Gaming Technologies to Model Minorities and Aiiieeeee!: An Anthology of Asian American Writers (3rd Edition) in which she wrote the forward for. Hosted by Andrew Way Leong and followed by a Q&A session with the audience. --- About the book: As Pokémon Go reshaped our neighborhood geographies and the human flows of our cities, mapping the virtual onto lived realities, so too has…

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A Reading of Osip Mandelstam in English, with Ilya Bernstein

September 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Globus Books presents a reading of Osip Mandelstam's poetry in English. Mandelstam is one of the dozen luminous names in Russian poetry. Mandelstam (1891–1938) began as one of the more original poets of the Russian avant-garde before the First World War, but his extraordinary growth as a poet over the next quarter-century set him a great distance apart from almost all of his contemporaries. By the 1930s he was writing the most memorable poems in the language. In English, Mandelstam has…

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Zoom Book Launch of The Lines Between Us: Author Rebecca D’Harlingue in Conversation with Author Jill G. Hall

September 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Please join us on Thursday, September 24 at 5 PM PDT for a Zoom book launch with author Rebecca D'Harlingue discussing her new novel, THE LINES BETWEEN US, with author Jill G. Hall. Pre-registration is required for this event. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pc-6oqjwpE9xcv83NvpIf6Tp_XiOXeWba. (Registrants will receive a confirmation email with entry link from Barbara Kridl.) (Order your copy of THE LINES BETWEEN US at https://bit.ly/ggpLinesBetweenUs.) Description In 1661 Madrid, Ana is still grieving the loss of her husband when her niece, sixteen-year-old Juliana, suddenly vanishes. Ana frantically searches…

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Virtual Event: Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Marcelo Hernadez Castillo

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St
San Francisco , CA 94118 United States
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Join us on Thursday, September 24 at 6pm PDT when Rowan Ricardo Phillips reads from his latest collection, Living Weapon, with Marcelo Hernandez Castillo on Zoom! Zoom Login Info Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83770739482 Webinar ID: 837 7073 9482 Praise for Living Weapon "Over and again, Phillips strives—within his own poems—to chip away at an explicit definition of what exactly we mean when we say 'poetry' . . . Throughout the collection, Rowan Ricardo Phillips…

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Kerri Arsenault and John Freeman Discuss Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kerri Arsenault joins us via Crowdcast to discuss her debut book, Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains (St. Martin's Press), with poet, editor, and writer John Freeman. The pair will discuss slow violence, the need to live together, the difficulty of doing so, and why even when we find ourselves within an idyllic setting - a park or a small town -- the gremlins of humanity are already inside the keep. This event is co-sponsored by Orion Magazine and will be presented on our Crowdcast…

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Presentation: Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era

September 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
San Francisco Public Library – Virtual Library
Free

Elizabeth Pepin Silva and Lewis Watts will present an illuminating slide show and talk about the new edition of Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era. Through dozens of archival photographs and oral accounts from the neighborhood residents and musicians who experienced it at its height, the Harlem of the West SF Project celebrates this unique and rediscovered chapter in jazz history and the African-American experience on the West Coast. The Project is a platform for the Fillmore’s…

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