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May 2018

Glori Simmons and Dickson Lam

May 17 @ 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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Glori Simmons and Dickson Lam read from their latest works from Autumn House Press About Carry You   In Carry You, a Sunni museum official accidentally hits a Shiite child with her car. A group of young GIs sneak into the women’s quarters wearing night vision goggles. A father makes a daily ritual of searching the streets of war-torn Baghdad for his missing daughter. An injured vet finally mails a letter he found in a dying woman’s pocket. Moving between the Khalil family in Iraq…

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Ellen Forney / Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life

May 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Ellen Forney for Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life, the anticipated companion volume to her bestselling graphic memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, which she presented at Booksmith. Please join us in welcoming Ellen back to San Francisco! Whereas Marbles was a memoir about her bipolar disorder, Rock Steady turns the focus outward, offering a self-help guide of tips, tricks, and tools by someone who has been through it all and come through stronger for it. With Marbles, Forney helped de-stigmatize mood disorders…

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Poetry Flash presents Melissa Stein and C. Dale Young

May 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Melissa Stein’s new book of poems is Terrible Blooms. The New York Times says, “Ms. Stein reminds us that there is no honey—rough, or otherwise—without the sting.” Her first book of poems, Rough Honey, won the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. She’s received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She’s a freelance editor in San Francisco. C. Dale Young’s new novel-in-stories, The Affliction, is his first collection of fiction. Charles Baxter says, “The linked stories…

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YOU’RE GOING TO DIE: POETRY, PROSE & EVERYTHING GOES

May 17 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Lost Church, 65 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$10

YOU’RE GOING TO DIE: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes... is an open mic event, a communal offering for us to explore the conversation of death & dying, to embrace our losses & mortality, to grieve, bereave & honor those we’ve lost & love… while all the while making room for simply being ALIVE. Sign-ups will be the night of & the list fills up quickly, so if you want to perform, you’d better get there early… If you’re going to…

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Perfectly Queer Plus East Bay Book Reading “Queer Fiction Authors”

May 17 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94704 United States
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Visiting author James Han Mattson (The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves) reads with local authors Wayne Goodman, Lori Ostlund, and Barbara Ridley at a Perfectly Queer Plus East Bay book reading, Thursday, May 17, 7:30pm to 8:30pm at Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. An author signing follows the readings. Free admission, free refreshments. Door prizes at 7:30! ABOUT THE AUTHORS: James Han Mattson was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in North Dakota. A Michener-Copernicus Fellowship recipient and…

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Bawdy Storytelling’s ‘F*CK BUDDIES’

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

Thursday, May 17th, 2018 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 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Bawdy Storytelling is a live Storytelling series - and yeah, WE GO THERE. The evening of Stories, Songs & Sex Toys includes: ❤ Hosted by Sexual Folklorist & Storyteller Dixie De La Tour ❤ 'Watt the Safeword's host Amp the (Human) Pup ❤ Pitch your story to…

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Bookworks :: An Artist’s Book Fair

May 18 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island St.
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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About the Bookworks :: An Artist's Book Fair Bookworks at San Francisco Center for the Book is a great place to start your artist’s book collection, to meet fantastic book artists, and spend time with friends over cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. The vision of Bookworks is to encourage the beginning artist’s book collector, support local book artists (especially in the early stages of their career), and provide a social event for the community.

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THERE

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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NEXT THERE: THERE 23 – Friday, May 18, 2018, with East Bay novelist Cameron MacKenzie, award-winning local writer Tamara Schuyler, local novelist Yang Huang,and musical guest TBA. THERE (THe Eastbay Reading Extravaganza) is a reading series showcasing emerging and established writers from Oakland and Berkeley, with the occasional San Franciscan. Doug hosts it on the third Friday of each month at Octopus Literary Salon in Uptown Oakland. It also features a live original musical performance by a local musical artist at “halftime” of each month’s reading, and Doug’s famous…

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‘NEARING THE EXIT’: POEMS BY HERBERT GOLD

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Novelist, memoirist, essayist, Herbert Gold returns to his earliest form of literary expression, poetry—here in a publishing first, Nearing the Exit. In these poems 94-year-old Gold visits his past and future, with a tip of the hat to the theme of his recent book Still Alive: A Temporary Condition(2008, republished as Not Dead Yet, 2011). Includes an interview with Herb by publisher Les Gottesman at Omèrta Press. Herbert Gold began writing poetry in high school in Cleveland in the 1930s. Writing propelled him to…

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Friday Night Poetry: w/ Carmen Giménez Smith & MK Chavez

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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Friday, May 18 7:00pm East Bay Booksellers is excited to host a fantastic Friday night of contemporary poetry, featuring Carmen Giménez Smith and MK Chavez, on May 18th at 7pm. Carmen Giménez Smith "In the body, through the lyric, and twitching with every sense of the word 'nerve, ' book sings a mongrel nation into and across its cruel futures. Like Neruda in his Plenos Poderes/Full Powers, Giménez Smith has all the mastery she needs to cast a cold eye on her positioning, and ours. In…

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Laura Catherine Brown

May 18 @ 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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Laura Catherine Brown dicusses her new novel, Made By Mary. About Made By Mary When Mary and Ann agree to a surrogacy partnership everything goes awry. Ann, a pre-school teacher, is desperate for the children she physically can’t have. Mary, a 50-year-old pagan jeweler, hopes to make amends for years of maternal neglect. Together, they plunge into the expensive, morally complex world of reproductive technology and an intimacy neither they, nor Ann’s husband, Joel, is prepared for. Financially hard-pressed, Joel…

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Molly Crabapple / Brothers of the Gun

May 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Molly Crabapple for Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War, which she illustrated and co-authored with Marwan Hisham. Please join us! A bracingly immediate memoir by a young man coming of age during the Syrian war, Brothers of the Gun is an intimate lens on the century’s bloodiest conflict and a profound meditation on kinship, home, and freedom. In 2011, Marwan Hisham and his two friends -- fellow working-class college students Nael and Tareq -- joined the first protests of…

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Laura Catherine Brown and Maw Shein Win

May 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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  Laura Catherine Brown and Maw Shein Win read from their latest works, Made By Mary and Invisible Gifts. About Made By Mary   When Mary and Ann agree to a surrogacy partnership everything goes awry. Ann, a pre-school teacher, is desperate for the children she physically can’t have. Mary, a 50-year-old pagan jeweler, hopes to make amends for years of maternal neglect. Together, they plunge into the expensive, morally complex world of reproductive technology and an intimacy neither they, nor Ann’s husband,…

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David Ulrich

May 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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David Ulrich presents Zen Camera: Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice of Photography, an unprecedented photography practice that guides you to the creativity at your our fingertips, calling for nothing more than your vision and any camera, even the one embedded in your phone. "Zen Camera is to photographers what The Artist's Way is to writers. This master class in creativity deserves a place in your home."--Create with Joy To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Zen Camera by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from…

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AfroSurreal Writers Monthly Meeting

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
AfroSurreal Writers Workshop Oakland, CA United States + Google Map

Folks, do the grown person thing and RSVP yes only if you can confirm your attendance so we can plan accordingly. We need to know how much food, chairs, etc to bring. Those who RSVP yes will receive the venue address via messenger. Thank you! This is the monthly (every 3rd Saturday) meeting of the AfroSurreal Writers Workshop in Oakland. We welcome new members so please share with your networks even if you aren't able to join this month. This…

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Bikes to Books Five-Year Anniversary Spring Ride

May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jack London Street, Jack London Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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Celebrate five years of Bikes to Books with our annual spring ride! Combining San Francisco history, art, literature, cycling, and urban exploration, Bikes to Books began as an homage to the 1988 street-naming project spearheaded by City Lights founder and former San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in which 12 San Francisco streets were renamed for famous artists and authors who had once made San Francisco their home. The resulting 7.1-mile tour is a diverting and unique way to celebrate both…

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Mitali Perkins

May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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Get up close and personal with Mitali Perkins, author of ten novels for young readers.  Her latest book, You Bring the Distant Near, is an unforgettable story that spans decades and continents as it moves among three generations of Indian women, some new immigrants to the U.S., all struggling to bridge cultures.  Come and discover why Mitali has been honored by independent booksellers across the country as a "Most Engaging Author."  A book-signing session will follow the presentation.  Join us! For more information about the…

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Caroline Paul / You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World

May 19 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts a launch party for Caroline Paul's new book, You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World. Bring the family and join us for fun, food, and books! Kids all over the world are making a difference. With protests, marches, town halls, and speeches, kids have proven that they are paying attention. They’re not going to let their age be a reason to stay quiet. It’s time for the youngest generation to show what they can do. To guide…

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Spring Poetry & Place | El Cerrito

May 20 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane
El Cerrito, CA 94530 United States
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Spring Poetry & Place | El Cerrito Please join us on Sunday, May 20 from 1:30 - 5 pm at the El Cerrito Community Center for our Spring Poetry & Place celebration! This event will feature readings by Rafael Jesús González, poet laureate of Berkeley, Indigo Moor, poet laureate of Sacramento, Kim Shuck, poet laureate of San Francisco, and Maw Shein Win, poet laureate of El Cerrito. Music by Dan Plonsey, Ethan Port, and Thomas Scandura in their debut as…

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Christopher DeLorenzo discusses his celebration of cooking, KITCHEN INHERITANCE

May 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Christopher DeLorenzo to the store to discuss his part-memoir, part-cookbook, Kitchen Inheritance: Memories and Recipes from My Family of Cooks, on Sunday, May 20th at 3pm. This collection of narratives and recipes tells a non-traditional coming of age story. Christopher's is the story of a man on a journey, which ultimately leads him to see himself as part of a large and growing family.

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Jason Dewees

May 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Join Mrs. Dalloway's and the Mediterranean Garden Society for a talk and signing by Jason Dewee's on his just released book, Designing with Palms (photography by Caitlin Atkinson). To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Designing with Palms by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website. Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 3:00pm In this comprehensive guide, Dewees shares the many ways palms can transform courtyards, gardens and landscapes. Detailing the most important species and highlighted by striking photography, Designing with Palms imparts vital advice…

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Express Yourself: Celebrating Gender Diversity

May 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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When living in a world that is still learning about the gender spectrum, forms of expression become survival tools helping trans and nonbinary people live authentically and tell their stories. This event celebrates all forms of expression we use to affirm who we are and ensure our voice is heard. Music, writing, art, makeup, style, or dance are examples that will be discussed as strategies for survival, building resilience, and finding community. Join us for this event celebrating gender diversity…

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KASSIDAT: Spoken word and music

May 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Featured readers - James Zealous Christine No Tifa Love Clara Hsu Sarita de la Madrid Musical guests: Brother Spellbinder Ed Dang With your host Bloodflower

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An Opportunity to Meet London Breed

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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As part of a series for meet and greet opportunities with San Francisco's mayoral candidates, we are pleased to host London Breed on Sunday, May 20 starting at 6:30pm at The Bindery at 1727 Haight street. New to the city? First time voter? Have a pressing issue on your mind? The Bindery has extended an invitation to all mayoral candidates to come meet our community. The format will be of a typical "house party" and include a short speech by the candidate,…

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Simulation featuring Justine Musk

May 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States
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$25

What do courage and confidence have to do with maximizing human potential? How can we humanize others rather than villainize them? How can we best move forward into this technology-driven globalized world? Join us on May 20th as we host author Justine Musk for powerful conversation at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco. SCHEDULE 6:30 PM Doors Open 7:30 - 9:00 PM Fireside Chat 9:00 - 9:30 PM Q & A 9:30 - 10:00 PM VIP Meet & Greet…

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