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January 2019

The Match Book: Tenderloin Historical Ephemera Project

January 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St
San Francisco , CA United States
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Join the Tenderloin Museum for the opening reception of our Matchbook Map Exhibit, featuring a searchable, interactive touchscreen map that connects matchbook imagery to historical info on the associated business and address, and links to information about the present day site. We’ll be presenting this new permanent exhibit in conjunction with a temporary exhibit, the Tenderloin Ephemera Exhibition, featuring historical Tenderloin ephemera from the 1920’s-1950’s — including bar signs, glassware, postcards, menus, matchbooks et al. These small, seemingly ordinary mementos…

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Voz Sin Tinta: Our monthly bilingual poetry series and open mic.

January 10 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Poetry Circle @BPL Claremont

January 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Claremont Branch, Berkeley Public Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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The Poetry Circle at the Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Public Library features you and what you like. Come with a favorite poem — or find one here! If you write poetry, share one of your own, too. We will be taking turns in a reading circle. Listeners welcome.

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NYMBC Presents KIERSTEN WHITE & ADRIENNE YOUNG at Palo Alto

January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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Not Your Mother's Book Club presents New York Times-bestselling author Kiersten White in celebration of Slayer--book one in her brand-new series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Kiersten will be in conversation with Adrienne Young, author of the much-buzzed debut fantasy Sky in the Deep. About Slayer: Into every generation a Slayer is born... Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It's hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher's Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here…

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ALISON HART at Books Inc. Alameda

January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Alameda, 1344 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501 United States
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Renowned local poet and writer Alison Hart shares her stunning work of literary fiction, Mostly White. This special event will include a Reader's Theater performance featuring Alison Hart, Lady H a.k.a. Haninah Abdullah, Cynthia Onetta Toliver, Robert Fisher, Gloria Fisher, and Keith Grier. A family saga: four generations of mixed-race African American, Native American, and Irish women experience intergenerational trauma as well as the healing brought by nature and music, leading to triumphant resilience. Mostly White begins in 1890 when Emma, a mixed-race Native American and African American girl, is beaten by nuns…

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Paul Skenazy, Temper CA

January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2019 - 7:00PM This is an advanced event listing. Please check back for updated information, or sign up for our events emails. This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins. If you have ADA accommodation requests for this event, please e-mail info@bookshopsantacruz.com by January 8th. Joy Temper grew up wandering the woods of Temper, CA, a Gold Rush town her family helped establish…

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Thomas Kohnstamm: Lake City

January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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East Bay Booksellers welcomes Thomas Kohnstamm to discuss his new new book Lake City. He will be in conversation with Broke-Ass Stuart Schuffman. The novel’s setting is Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood during the 2001 holiday season. In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy and at the peak of Seattle’s first wave of tech-boom gentrification--a wave that never quite made it to his neighborhood--Lane Beuche schemes how to win back his wife (and her trust fund). East Bay Booksellers 5433 College Avenue…

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Why There Are Words Presents a Special Celebration: WTAW 9th Anniversary!

January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street
Sausalito , CA 94965 United States
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$10

Join Why There Are Words on January 10, 2019, at Studio 333 in Sausalito for a special celebration: Our 9th anniversary! A spectacular line up of authors will help us ring in the new year and kick off another year of Why There Are Words: Nisha Batsha, Jack Boulware, Lydia Kiesling, Dickson Lam, Huda Al-Marashi, Caille Millner Nayomi Munaweera, and Jeremy Vasquez.   Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15. $10 entry fee at the door. Cash bar. For…

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Raise the Bay: In Her Voice

January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The UC Theatre Taub Family Music Hall, 2036 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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$10.00

Speak Your Truth presents its fourth event, "Raise the Bay: In Her Voice" on January 10, 2019. Raise the Bay will highlight female-identifying singer/songwriters and spoken word artists in the Bay Area. All of the proceeds from this event (and all of our Speak Your Truth events) directly benefit our education programming, which aims to diversify the next generation of music industry professionals. Speak Your Truth takes place every other month on our Tier One stage (the top tier of…

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ANGELA Y. DAVIS & IBRAM X. KENDI

January 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$29

ANGELA Y. DAVIS & IBRAM X. KENDI In Conversation with Jeff Chang Thursday, January 10, 2019, 7:30 pm Venue: Nourse Theater Series: Cultural Studies  Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400 A teacher, writer, scholar, and activist, Angela Y. Davis first received national attention in 1969, after being removed from her teaching position at UCLA for her social activism and membership to the Communist Party. In 1970, she was placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List” on false charges, which culminated in one of the most…

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JEFF TWEEDY In Conversation with George Saunders

January 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$35

 Buy Tickets | 415.392.4400 “Jeff is our great, wry, American consolation poet. I don’t mean this abstractly: to see him play is to find yourself in a crowd of people being actively consoled—being moved, reassured, validated, made to feel like part of a dynamic aural friendship.” – George Saunders. Founding member and frontman of Wilco, Jeff Tweedy is also known for his self-titled solo project, which most recently yielded the album Warm, his first album featuring solely original songs. His memoir, Let’s Go (So We Can Get…

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Writers with Drinks

January 12 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$5 - $20

Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019: Colin Winnette (The Job of the Wasp) Simon Sheppard (Man on Man: The Best of Simon Sheppard) Izzy Oneiric (The Year Is Sunday: a lyric memoir) John Briscoe (Crush: The Triumph of California Wine) Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away All proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture. At The Make Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco CA, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM.  

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Non-Fiction Discussion Group: Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard

January 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard NOTE: Cynthia Haven literary critic and local author will join us to discuss her book at this month’s meeting. Please be sure to RSVP! René Girard (1923-2015) was one of the leading thinkers of our era--a provocative sage who offered a bold, sweeping vision of human nature, human history, and human destiny. In this first-ever biographical study, Cynthia L. Haven traces the evolution of Girard's thought in parallel with his life and…

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JENN STROUD ROSSMAN at Books Inc. in The Marina

January 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. in The Marina, 2251 Chestnut St
San Francisco , CA 94123 United States
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Pushcart Prize-nominee Jenn Stroud Rossman shares her witty debut novel, The Place You're Supposed to Laugh. It's 2002 in Silicon Valley. 9/11's still fresh, the dot-com bubble has burst, and holy calamity is raining down on 14-year-old Chad Loudermilk. His father is about to lose his job, his mother isn't the same since Chad's grandma died, and as one of the few black kids at tony Palo Alto High School, Chad's starting to wonder about his birth parents. Next door lives dot-com mogul…

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Local Leaders Series: SF Parks and Recreation General Manager Phil Ginsburg

January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Manny’s, 3092 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
San Francisco, 94108 United States
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Each month at Manny's we'll be featuring one local leader for the community to meet, engage with, ask questions, and learn about who they are, their story, and what drives them and their work. Get excited because for January we'll be bringing in our awesome General Manager of the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department, Phil Ginsburg, to Manny's. This is your chance to meet the person most involved in the day to day life of our Parks! About Phil:…

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A NIGHT OF POETRY WITH THE TELEGRAPH HILL DWELLERS

January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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TUES. JAN. 15TH, 6:30PM Join us as we kick off the new year with our friends and neighbors reading their latest poems and works in progress. Featured readers include: Christopher Bernard (with Mark Weiman) Mark Bittner Kate Greene Lucy Johns Richard Slota Dylan Tweney

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Incantatory Prophet: Raúl Zurita / Norma Cole and Forrest Gander in conversation

January 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Norma Cole and Forrest Gander discuss and read from the work of one of Latin America's most celebrated and controversial poets, Raúl Zurita celebrating the release of INRI by Raúl Zurita, translated by William Rowe, forward by Norma Cole published by New York Review Books In 2001, the president of Chile publicly acknowledged that many of the bodies of the people who had disappeared under the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet would never be recovered. The victims had been flown…

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Brittany Ackerman and Francesca Bell

January 15 @ 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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Brittany Ackerman discusses her new memoir, The Perpetual Motion Machine, with Francesca Bell. About The Perpetual Motion Machine Inspired by a brother's high school science project--a perpetual motion machine that could save the world--the Perpetual Motion Machine is a memoir in essays that attempts to save a sibling by depicting the visceral pain that accompanies longing for some past impossibility. The collection has been a science project in its study of memory, in the calculation and plotting of the moments that make up a…

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ANA ARANDA at Books Inc. Opera Plaza

January 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Books Inc. Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness
San Francisco , CA 94107 United States
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Join internationally exhibited artist Ana Aranda in celebration of her delightful new bilingual picture book, ¡Our Celebración!: ¡la Celebracion! (Ages 5+) It's a sunny summer day. Come join the crowd headed for the parade! Marvel at the people riding motorcycles, bicycles, tricycles, and unicycles. Duck out of the way as firefighters spray water on hot spectators. Clap to the music as bands of musicians playing clarinetes, saxophones, flautas, trumpets, and drums march by. Feast on lemonade, watermelon, tacos, and ice cream. Wave to the corn…

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The State of the LGBT Rights Movement in the US – What are we fighting for?

January 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Manny’s, 3092 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
San Francisco, 94108 United States
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$6 - $54

In the last two years many of the gains the LGBT rights movement fought so hard for have either wiped away or are in serious danger. What's the prognosis for the movement? How worried should we be? What are we fighting for in this time of uncertainty? Are we a unified voice? Who might we be leaving behind? In a time of close to full legal equality what is the full picture of LGBT life in America and our equal…

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LYNDSAY FAYE at Books Inc. in Alameda

January 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Alameda, 1344 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501 United States
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Lyndsay Faye, author of Edgar-nominated Jane Steele and Gods of Gotham, will discuss her exciting new historical thriller, The Paragon Hotel, which follows Alice “Nobody” from Prohibition-era Harlem to Portland’s the Paragon Hotel. The year is 1921, and “Nobody” Alice James is on a cross-country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life following an illicit drug and liquor deal gone horribly wrong. Desperate to get as far away as possible from New York City and those who want her dead, she has her…

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MATT COYLE with TERRY SHAMES at Books Inc. Berkeley

January 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Books Inc. Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley , CA 94710 United States
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Joining Books Inc. in Berkeley for an evening of thrills and chills with award-winning mystery writer Matt Coyle sharing his intriguing new novel, Wrong Light: Rick Cahill #5. Matt will be in conversation with Mystery Writers of America member Terry Shames, author of the charming Samuel Craddock mystery series. About Wrong Light: Perfect for hard-boiled PI and Noir fans who like a tainted hero living by his own code. Naomi Hendrix's sexy voice hovering over the radio waves isn't the only thing haunting the Southern California nights. A demented soul is stalking…

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Jessica Trounstine

January 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing the subject of her new book Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities from Cambridge University Press Segregation by Design draws on more than 100 years of quantitative and qualitative data from thousands of American cities to explore how local governments generate race and class segregation. Starting in the early twentieth century, cities have used their power of land use control to determine the location and availability of housing, amenities (such as parks), and negative land…

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BINDERY: Jeremy N. Smith / Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called “Alien”

January 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Jeremy N. Smith for Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called "Alien". Please join us!   When she arrived at MIT in the 1990s, Alien was quickly drawn to the school’s tradition of high-risk physical trespassing: the original “hacking.” Within a year, one of her hallmates was dead and two others were arraigned. Alien’s adventures were only just beginning.   After a stint at the storied, secretive Los Alamos National Laboratory, Alien was recruited by a top…

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Stevan Allred and Renee Macalino Rutledge

January 16 @ 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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Stevan Allred discusses his new novel, The Alehouse at the End of the World with Renee Macalino Rutledge. About The Alehouse at the End of the World When a fisherman receives a mysterious letter about his beloved's demise, he sets off in his skiff to find her on the Isle of the Dead. The Alehouse at the End of the World is an epic comedy set in the sixteenth century, where bawdy Shakespearean love triangles play out with shapeshifting avian demigods and a…

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