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23 JULY 2012 — monday

    NORTH:
  • Napa Valley Writers' Conference presents Eavan Boland, Against Love and Poetry, in a lecture on the craft of poetry, "The Politicial Poem and its Pronouns," open to the public, Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Avenue, St. Helena, $25, $90 for four-lecture series in poetry or fiction, students with valid ID free, 9:00 a.m. (707/478-4307, napawritersconference.org)
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  • Napa Valley Writers' Conference presents Lan Samantha Chang, All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost, in a lecture on the craft of fiction, "Uncertainties, Mysteries, Doubts: Keats's Negative Capability and 'The Beggar Maid,'" open to the public, Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Avenue, St. Helena, $25, $90 for four-lecture series in poetry or fiction, students with valid ID free, 1:30 (707/478-4307, napawritersconference.org)
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  • Napa Valley Writers' Conference presents a wine reception and featured reading by poet Arthur Sze, The Ginko Light, and fiction writer Ron Carlson, The Signal, open to the public, Merryvale Vineyards, 1000 Main Street, St. Helena, $10, students with valid ID free, wine reception 7:30, reading 8:00 (707/478-4307, napawritersconference.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Elizabeth Mercer reads from Uncommon Education, her debut novel about an underground Shakespeare Society, Books Inc., Town & Country, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 7:00 (650/321-0600, www.booksinc.net)
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  • Maggie Shipstead reads from Seating Arrangements, a family portrait, Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, 7:00 (650/591-2763, www.booksinc.net)
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    EAST:
  • Poet Danny Romero reads from Traces, hosted by Tim Kahl, Sacramento Poetry Center, 25th and R Complex, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 7:30 (916/240-1897 www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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24 JULY 2012 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Dinah Sanders reads from Discardia, how to make the most of your space, Books Inc. in Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/776-1111, www.booksinc.net)
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  • Editor Lavinia Spalding and a panel of contributors present The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 8, Books Inc, 2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/931-3633, www.booksinc.net)
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  • Sally Love Saunders reads from Quiet Thoughts and Gentle Feelings, poems, Golden Gate Valley Branch Library, 1801 Green Street, San Francisco, free, 3:00-4:30 (415/557-4277, sfpl.org)
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  • Spanish Book Group discusses Daniel Sada's novel Casi Nunca, Modern Times Bookstore, 2918 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/282-9246, www.modertimesbookstore.com)
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  • Activist Tim Gee reads from Counterpower: Making Change Happen, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/431-6800, www.thegreenarcade.com)
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  • City Lights Bookstore and Liquake's Epicenter Reading Series present journalist Gilles Verlant, Gainsbourg: The Biography, in conversation with Tosh Berman on French cultural icon and pop-star Serge Gainsbourg, Tosca Café, 242 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/986-9651, toscacafesf.com)
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  • Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy read from Rabid, the history, science, and cultural impact of rabies, Books Inc., 1760 Fourth Street, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (510/525-7777, www.booksinc.net)
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    NORTH:
  • Napa Valley Writers' Conference presents a wine reception and reading by poet Brenda Hillman, Pieces of Air in the Epic, and fiction writer Lan Samantha Chang, All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost, open to the public, Robert Mondavi Winery, 7801 St. Helena Highway, Oakville, $10, students with valid ID free, reception 7:30, reading 8:00 (707/478-4307, napawritersconference.org)
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  • Napa Valley Writers' Conference presents Ron Carlson, The Signal, in a craft of fiction lecture, "Blue Heart: The Story of a Story," open to the public, Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Avenue, St. Helena, $25, $90 for four-lecture series in poetry or fiction, students with valid ID free, 1:30 (707/478-4307, napawritersconference.org)
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  • Napa Valley Writers' Conference presents Forrest Gander, Core Samples from the World, in a poetry craft lecture, "Ecological Poetics and Internationalism," open to the public, Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Avenue, St. Helena, $25, $90 for four-lecture series in poetry or fiction, students with valid ID free, 9:00 a.m. (707/478-4307, napawritersconference.org)
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25 JULY 2012 — wednesday

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  • Great Books Group meets to discuss reader's choice, bring your favorite book, story, poem or play to share, facilitated by Rosalie Gonzales, Edith Stone Room, Albany Library, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, 1:30-2:30 (510/526-3720, rdavis @ aclibrary.org)
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  • Chris Colfer, Emmy-winning star of Glee, signs his debut children's novel, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Well, Books Inc. in Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, $18 includes a copy of The Land of Shadows, 7:00 (purchase tickets online or at the venue: 415/776-1111, www.booksinc.net)
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  • HAVOQ Prison Abolition & Letter Writing Workgroup presents its monthly penpal night to "create relationships of friendship, support, and solidarity between inside and outside folks and help break isolation for incarcerated members of our communities"; letters may be anonymous, Modern Times Bookstore, 2918 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/282-9246, www.modertimesbookstore.com)
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  • Renowned historian and Chinatown native Phillip P. Choy celebrates the release of San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to its History and Architecture, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, North Beach, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, citylights.com)
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  • Open mic follows, featured reader to be announced, Sacred Grounds Café, 2095 Hayes Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:50 (415/387-3859, www.facebook.com/groups/203539673028715)
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  • Writing Teachers Write reading series presents contributors to the most recent edition of Digital Paper, the Bay Area Writing Project's online magazine, and participants in BAWP's 15th annual Spring Writing Retreat, open reading follows, refreshments, Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby, at Adeline, across from Ashby BART, Berkeley, 5:30-7:30 (510/644-4930, www.expressionsgallery.org)
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    NORTH:
  • Napa Valley Writers' Conference presents Arthur Sze, Redshifting Web, in a poetry lecture, "Circles," open to the public, Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Avenue, St. Helena, $25/$90 for four-lecture series in poetry or fiction, students with valid ID free, 9:00 a.m. (707/478-4307, napawritersconference.org)
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  • Napa Valley Writers' Conference presents a wine reception and reading by poet Eavan Boland, Domestic Violence, and fiction writer Tayari Jones, Silver Sparrow, open to the public, Educational Center for the Performing Arts, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, $10/ students with valid ID free, reception 6:30, reading 7:00 (707/478-4307, napawritersconference.org)
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  • Napa Valley Writers' Conference presents Kevin Brockmeier, The Brief History of the Dead, in a fiction lecture, "On Fantasy and Prophecy," open to the public, Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Avenue, St. Helena, $25/$90 for four-lecture series in poetry or fiction, students with valid ID free, 1:30 (707/478-4307, napawritersconference.org)
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26 JULY 2012 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents Anita Barrows, Dawn McGuire, and David Shaddock, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Benefit for the Japanese Society for Traumatic Stress, which provides support to survivors of the Fukushima tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear disasters, featuring a poetry reading by Heather Bourbeau, a display of ceramic vessels by Liz Worthy, and a chance to make paper cranes and send them in a bottle to the Japanese Society for Traumatic Stress, Modern Times Bookstore, 2918 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/282-9246, www.modertimesbookstore.com)
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  • Dinah Sanders reads from Discardia, how to make the most of your space, a mini-workshop follows, Richmond Meeting Room, Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch Library, 351 9th Avenue, free, 6:30-8:00 (415/557-4277, sfpl.org)
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  • The San Francisco International Poetry Festival Official Kick-Off Party, hosted by Jack Hirschman and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, with live jazz, presented by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, and the Mayor's Office of Protocol, surprise guests, Kerouac Alley, between Vesuvio's and City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, North Beach, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (sfipf.org)
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  • Joe McNair launches his new book of poems and original artwork, I Hear Music In The Air, hosted by Avotcja, with former San Francisco poet laureate devorah major and steel drum musician Val Serrant, Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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  • Justin Hall reads from No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, Book Inc., 2275 Market Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/864-6777, www.booksinc.net)
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  • KPFA presents art critic Kay Larson reading from Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and The Inner Life of Artists, about where Cage's unique music comes from, hosted by Richard Friedman, The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, $15, $12 advance tickets at Pegasus Books, Marcus Books, Mrs. Dalloway's, Moe's Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL, A Bookstore, and Modern Times Bookstore, 7:30 (800/838-3006, www.kpfa.org/events)
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  • Lois Leveen reads from The Secrets of Mary Bowser, based on the true story of a freed slave who returns to Virginia to spy on Confederates, Books Inc., 1760 Fourth Street, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (510/525-7777, www.booksinc.net)
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  • Rob Reid, founder of Rhapsody music download provider, reads from Year Zero, a comic sci-fi adventure in the spirit of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Social Network, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Napa Valley Writers' Conference presents Brenda Hillman, Pieces of Air in the Epic, in a poetry lecture, "Six Questions to End With," open to the public, Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Avenue, St. Helena, $25/$90 for four-lecture series in poetry or fiction, students with valid ID free, 9:00 a.m. (707/478-4307, napawritersconference.org)
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  • Poet Laureate Summer Poetry Series with Readers' Books presents a poetry reading by Ed Coletti, When Hearts Outlive Minds, Lin Marie deVincent, Geri Digiorno, White Lipstick, and Jewel Mathieson, This Dance: A Poultice of Poems, hosted by Sonoma County Poet Laureates Terry Ehret and Bill Vartnaw, in honor of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, tickets include entry to Cross-Pollination: The Art of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, an exhibition of Ferlinghetti's poetry and paintings ongoing through September 23, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma, $10/$5 members, 5:30 (www.svma.org)
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  • Poetry by the Bay presents a spoken word open mic, live bands and poets, hosted by Profet of ProfeticLyrics, Panama Red Coffee Co., 289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo, 7:30-9:30 (707/554-2100)
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  • Tayari Jones, Silver Sparrow, gives a fiction lecture: "Tales from the Kidscape: The Art of the Coming-of-Age Story," open to the public, Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Avenue, St. Helena, $25/$90 for four-lecture series in poetry or fiction, students with valid ID free, 1:30 (707/478-4307, napawritersconference.org)
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  • UUCSR/ Unitarian Universalist Congregation Santa Rosa Writers meet for coffee and conversation, Haven Café, Video Droid, 1901 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, 10:00 a.m. (GGdeB @ aol.com, uucsrwriters.blogspot.com)
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  • Writers Read presents an all open mic reading for poetry and prose, Arts Center Ukiah's Corner Gallery, 201 South State Street, Ukiah, featured reading 7:00, open mic 8:00 (707/462-1400, artcenterukiah.org, coloredhorse.com/WritingPoetry/PoetryEvents)
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    SOUTH:
  • Mystery writers read, with Cara Black, author of the Aimée Leduc mysteries, Laurie R. King, author of the Marry Russell novels, and Heather Haven, author of the Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, Books Inc., Town & Country, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 7:00 (650/321-0600, www.booksinc.net)
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  • SubRosa Open Mic, music, poetry, performance, SubRosa, 703 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, donation $3-$7, sign up 7:30, show 8:00 (www.subrosaproject.org)
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  • World Affairs Book Club discusses journalist Pamela Constable's Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself, read the book to attend, Capitola Book Café, 1465 41st Avenue, Capitola, free, 7:00 (831/462-4415, www.capitolabookcafe.com)
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27 JULY 2012 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Bookswap Social, with food, drink, prizes, and games, Books Inc. in Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (415/776-1111, www.booksinc.net)
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  • San Francisco International Poetry Festival presents a reading by Jack Hirschman, Antonie Cassar, Matt Gonzales, Agneta Falk, and Alejandro Murguia, presented by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, and the Mayor's Office of Protocol, Civic Center Plaza, 355 McAllister Street, San Francisco, free, noon-1:30 (sfipf.org)
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  • San Francisco International Poetry Festival presents a reading by Joachim Sartorius, Scott Thompson, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Antonieta Villamil, Barbara Paschke, Jane Hirshfield, Dunya Mikhael, and Kareem James Abdul-Zeid, presented by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, and the Mayor's Office of Protocol, San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 1:45-4:30 (sfipf.org)
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  • San Francisco International Poetry Festival presents Readers Bookstore's book sales and signings by SFIPF featured participants, at two locations: And Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, and the Mint Café, 400 McAllister Street, both San Francisco, free, 1:00-4:30 (sfipf.org)
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28 JULY 2012 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by painter/poet Sande Anfang and musician/poet Steve Arntson, The Wikkeling, open mic follows, Florey's Book Company, 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, 7:00-9:30 (650/355-8811, sherrirose-walker @ hotmail.com)
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  • Bay Area Poetry Marathon presents a poetry reading by Megan Breiseth, Joshua Edwards, Evan Kennedy, James Meetze, Chris McCreary, Jenn McCreary, Susan Scarlata, and Lynn Xu, hosted by Kathryn L. Pringle, The CCA Writers Studio, 195 DeHaro, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (baypoetry @ gmail.com, www.facebook.com/bayareapoetrymarathon/info)
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  • Fourth Saturdays Poetry & Prose presents poets Randy Fingland, Orphans of War, and Louis Cuneo, Splash, open mic follows, hosted by Jeanne Lupton, refreshments provided by participants, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, free, 7:00-9:00 (510/523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org)
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  • Calligraphy demonstration of pointed pen calligraphy by Melissa Titone, in conjunction with KALLI-GRAPHIA 13, an exhibition of contemporary calligraphy, broadsides, and manuscript books, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, San Francisco Main Library, Lower Level, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00-4:00 (415/557-4277, sfpl.org)
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  • Women of Distinction for Humanitarianism winner Nona Mock Wyman reads from her book Bamboo Women: Stories from Ming Quong, a Chinese Orphanage in California, Chinatown Meeting Room, Chinatown/Him Mark Lai Branch Library, 1135 Powell Street, San Francisco, free, 3:00-4:30 (415/557-4277, sfpl.org)
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  • Sara Adams teahes a fiction writing workshop for teens (15 to 19), using the neutral workshop style; bring five copies of a five to ten page story you've written, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, $35, 2:00-4:30 (510/523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org)
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  • San Francisco International Poetry Festival presents a reading by Amiri Baraka, Jack Hirschman, Yahia Lababidi, Marie Silkeberg, Agneta Falk, Matt Sedillo, Sandro Sardella, Bobby Coleman, Sasha Pimental Chacon, Ataol Behramoglu, Mark Kockinos, Scott Thompson, Carla Badillo Coronado, and Jessica Loos, presented by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, and the Mayor's Office of Protocol, Civic Center Plaza, 355 McAllister Street, San Francisco, free, noon-5:00 (sfipf.org)
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  • San Francisco International Poetry Festival presents Readers Bookstore's book sales and signings by SFIPF featured participants, at two locations: And Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, and the Mint Café, 400 McAllister Street, both San Francisco, free, 12:00 a.m.-5:00 (sfipf.org)
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  • Poetry In The Garden presents Christopher Sindt, The Bodies, Elizabeth Robinson, Inaudible Trumpeters, and Sara Mumolo, Coming Out Tomorrow, refreshments, 5548 Lawton Avenue, Oakland, free, 11:30 a.m.-2:30
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    NORTH:
  • Redwood Writers Open Mic, with a featured reader, SoCo Coffee, 1015 4th Street, at Brookwood Drive, Santa Rosa, sign up 3:30, reading 4:00-6:00 (house @ bbooks.com; redwoodwriters.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Poet and Guggenheim fellow Robert Sward New and Selected Poems, 1957-2012, teaches a workshop, "Writing Family Stories, Writing Family Secrets," bring a bag lunch and six or more family photos, letters, notes, diaries, and so on, includes a complimentary subscription to Memoir, Capitola Book Café, 1465 41st Avenue, Capitola, $115, 7:30 (register in advance: 831/462-4415, www.memoirjournal.net)
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29 JULY 2012 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Berkeley poet and percussionist Avotcja celebrates her 71st birthday, featuring jazz singer Faye Carol, poet Genny Lim, Child of War, Kaylah Marin, Tasha Kame, Tureeda Mikell, and others, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, $10-$20, 7:00 (510/849-2568, www.lapena.org)
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  • Jerry Mander reads from The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System, Books Inc. in Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/776-1111, www.booksinc.net)
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  • Renee Gibbons reads from her memoir Longing for Elsewhere: My Irish Voyage through Hunger, History, and High Times, Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 2:30 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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  • The San Francisco International Poetry Festival presents Poetry Crawl in North Beach, with stops at the Beat Museum, Kerouac Alley, City Lights Books, Caffe Trieste, and more, begin at Emerald Tablet Gallery, 80 Fresno Street, North Beach, San Francisco, free, noon-6:00 (sfipf.org)
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  • San Francisco International Poetry Festival presents a Translation Panel, featuring John Curl, Kathleen Weaver, Barbara Paschke, Anne O. Fisher, John Balcom, and Mahnaz Badihian, moderated by Judith Ayn Berhard, Emerald Tablet Gallery, 80 Fresno Street, North Beach, San Francisco, free, 3:00-4:30 (sfipf.org)
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  • San Francisco Zen Center holds a Sunday Writing Studio with poet Genine Lentine, City Center Art Lounge, 300 Page Street, San Francisco, 4:00-6:00, $20/$18 members/$16 limited income (888/743-9362, 415/475-9362, www.sfzc.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Djerassi Resident Artist Program's open house: open studios, dance and music performances, literary readings by artists-in-residence, including poet Dolores Hayden and playwright Dipika Guha, self-guided walking tours of the ranch, light refreshments, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, SMIP Ranch, 2325 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside, $35, alumni and children twelve and under/free, 1:00-5:00 (reservations required: 650/747-1250, www.djerassi.org)
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  • Ten-year-old Riya Sinha reads from her book The Runaway Twins, Books Inc., Town & Country, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 7:00 (650/321-0600, www.booksinc.net)
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30 JULY 2012 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • LaborFest 2012 presents author, instructor, and lecturer David Duckworth, talking on times in American history when public space was occupied for political reasons, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/431-6800, www.thegreenarcade.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • Art critic Kay Larson reads from Where the Hearts Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists, how Zen Buddhism transformed Cage's work, East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View, free, 7:30 (call to reserve tickets: 650/988-8900, eastwest.com)
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    EAST:
  • A benefit reading for C.O.R.E/Chicano Organizing and Research in Education with poets William O' Daly, The Whale in the Web, and Francisco X. Alarcón, Angels Ride Bikes/Los Angeles Andan En Bicicleta: And Other Fall Poems/Y Otras Poemas de Otono, hosted by Paco Marquez and Frank Graham, Sacramento Poetry Center, 25th and R Complex, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 7:30 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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31 JULY 2012 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry at the 3300 Club presents a reading by Cynthia Wooten, open mic, 21 and over, courtesy pub grub, Keane's 3300 Club, 3300 Mission Street, at 29th Street, San Francisco, free, sign up 6:30, show 7:00 (415/826-6886, www.3300club.com)
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  • Dinah Sanders reads from Discardia, how to make the most of your space, mini-workshop follows, Bernal Heights Meeting Room, Bernal Heights Branch Library, 500 Cortland Avenue, free, 7:00-8:30 (415/776-1111, sfpl.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Ken Segall, Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success, in conversation with Time's Harry McCracken, Computer History Museum, 1401 North Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, free for two with purchase of $10 or the event book, noon (650/324-4321, www.keplers.com)
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  • Vanessa Diffenbaugh reads from her best selling debut novel, The Language of Flowers, a young woman who, after childhood in foster care, uses flowers to connect with people, Capitola Book Café, 1465 41st Avenue, Capitola, free, 7:30 (831/462-4415, www.capitolabookcafe.com)
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