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12 JANUARY 2017 — thursday

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  • CANCELED: Poetry Flash presents a Bay Area book launch and reading by Christopher Buckley, Star Journal: Selected Poems, and poet/printer Gary Young, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Hettie Jones discuss her new book, Love H: The Letters of Helene Dorn and Hettie Jones, the writer who had been married to LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka) and her correspondence with painter and sculptor Helene Dorn, wife of poet Ed Dorn, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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13 JANUARY 2017 — friday

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  • Fresh and Best poetry reading series presents poet, movement worker, and educator Tongo Eisen-Martin and Wendy Trevino, Brazilian is Not a Race, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 7:00-8:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)
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  • Last Word Reading Series presents a reading by poet Julia Vinograd, Look Out, poet and fiction writer Fred Dodsworth, and poet Tom Odegard, plus open reading, hosted by Dale Jensen, Ralph Dranow, John Rowe, and Grace Grafton, Nefeli Caffe, 1854 Euclid Avenue, near Hearst, Berkeley, 7:00 (cafe: 510/841-6374)
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14 JANUARY 2017 — saturday

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  • Writers with Drinks! presents nonfiction writers Jeff Chang, Wendy C. Ortiz, Antonio Garcia Martinez, poet and fiction novelist Aya de Leon, and comedian Jennifer Dronsky, with guest host Baruch Porras-Hernandez, proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture, The Make Out Room, 3223 22nd Street, San Francisco, $5-$20, doors open 6:30, show 7:30-9:30 (www.writerswithdrinks.com)
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  • Conspiracy of Beards men's choir celebrates poems and songs by the late poet Leonard Cohen, The Musical Offering Café-Bistro, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, $10 at the door, space is limited, doors open 7:00, music 7:30 (510/849-0211, cafebistro@musicaloffering.com)
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  • "Russian Tales," a reading about Queer Life in Czarist Russia, a decaying Soviet Union, and a post-Perestroika world with novelists Gabrielle Glancy, Vera, Wayne Goodman, Vanya Says Go! and Arthur J. Levy, Coda: A Tale of Tchaikovsky's Secret Love, free Russian snacks and door prizes, Laurel Book Store, 1423 Broadway, Oakland, near BART, free, 5:00 (510/452-9232, www.laurelbookstore.com, www.facebook.com/events/128351030989009)
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15 JANUARY 2017 — sunday

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  • Third Annual Black Comix Arts Festival (BCAF) celebrates African-American creativity in the comic arts and popular visual culture, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, noon (415/557-4277, sfpl.org)
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  • Bay Area Writing Project presents a poetry reading by Chana Bloch and Carol Dorf, open mic before featured reading, hosted by Judy Bebelaar, refreshments; the Bay Area Writing Project is a collaboration between UC Berkeley and Bay Area schools dedicated to improving writing and teaching at all levels, all disciplines, Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, free, 3:00-4:30 (judy@judybebelaar.com, www.bayareawritingproject.org)
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  • A night of readings and recommitment to Democracy, a benefit for International Institute of the Bay Area, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Transgender Law Center, featuring poets and writers Jason Bayani, MK Chavez, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Natasha Dennerstein, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Jane Hirshfield, Stacy Nathaniel Jackson, Bich Minh Nguyen, D.A. Powell, Ishmael Reed, Tennessee Reed, Margaret Rhee, Elena Rose, Solmaz Sharif, Kevin Simmonds, Arisa White
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16 JANUARY 2017 — monday

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  • Oakland Queer People of Color (QPOC) Book Club discusses All Inclusive by Farzana Doctor, winner of a Lambda Literary Award, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 7:00-8:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)
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17 JANUARY 2017 — tuesday

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  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Lidija Canovic and Mauro Zanetti, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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  • Novelist Joshua Mohr reads from his new addiction memoir, Sirens, he won the Northern Californis Book Award in Fiction for his 2015 novel All This Life, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Coastside Poetry Reading and Open Mic Night, a monthly series, features a reading by poet and novelist Joe Cottonwood and poet Terry Adams, who lives in lives in Ken Kesey's famed 1960s cabin in La Honda, California, Adams rescued it from destruction in 1998; a ten-person poetry open mic follows, Café Society, 522 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, come early to sign up, starts promptly at 7:00 (Ryan Warren, r_p_warren@yahoo.com)
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18 JANUARY 2017 — wednesday

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  • Lyrics & Dirges, a monthly reading series of prominent, emerging, and beginning writers features a reading by local writers Frederick Speers, Terry Taplin, James Cagney, Clara Hsu, and Isobel O'Hare, hosted by Mk Chavez and Sharon Coleman, wine and light fare, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30-9:00 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • City Lights celebrates indy publisher Unnamed Press with a reading their new books of fiction: One Life, by David Lida, and The Border of Paradise, by Esme Weijun Wang, Annnisse Gross, West Coast Correspondent for Publisher's Weekly will be in conversation with the two debut novelists, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Movie Night Series screens the documentary IZ: The Man and His Music, on the Hawai'ian musician and singer, followed by a discussion with Hawai'ian culture scholar Constance Hale, Diesel, A Bookstore, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, free, 6:30-8:30 (415/785-8177, www.dieselbookstore.com)
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19 JANUARY 2017 — thursday

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  • That Feeling When…"Trump Gets Inaugurated: Poetry and Open Mic Troublemaking," featuring poetry performances by Jan Steckel, The Horizontal Poet, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Nonfiction, Nasmimeh Bahrayni, Luna G. Reiley, open mic with five-minute limit follows, hosts Elle Aviv and Jenna Spagnolo, wine and poetry video installations, presented by Poets Reading the News, B4BEL4B Gallery, 184 10th Street, Oakland, $7, 7:00-10:30 (www.facebook.com/events/1152531344865580)
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  • Poetry reading from their new poetry collections by Laura Walker, Story, Micah Ballard, Afterlives, and Sarah Rosenthal, Lizard, followed by Q&A, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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  • Marin Poetry Center presents 2015 Northern California Book Award-winning poet Julia Levine, Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight, and poet, physician, and short story writer C. Dale Young, The Halo, light refreshments, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael, $5 non-members/$3 members, students free, 7:30 (415/388-4033, events@marinpoetrycenter.org, marinpoetrycenter.org/events.php)
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    SOUTH:
  • Coast Writers is a safe space for sharing and receiving feedback on your writing, with Ryan Warren of Coastside Poetry, Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows Hall, 526 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, 7:00 (r_p_warren@yahoo.com)
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20 JANUARY 2017 — friday

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  • Peter Koch, printer and publisher of fine press and artist books, founding director of the biennial Codex International Book Fair and Symposium, delivers an illustrated talk, "Codex: Embodied Language and the Form of the Book," on the role of the book as a work of art in contemporary practice, and discusses how he and friends started the Codex Foundation in Berkeley, the world's most important global marketplace for fine press books, artists books, and fine art editions, Berkeley Art Museum, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley, lecture included with museum admission, 3:00 (www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/event/codex-embodied-language-and-form-book#)
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  • A Day of Affirmation, a communal reading of the Constitution of the United States, copies available in the store, a positive discussion on "means of defending the Republic" follows, coffee and doughnuts, The Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th Street, San Rafael, San Francisco, 10:00 a.m.-noon (415/482-0550, reboundbookstore@aol.com)
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  • Second annual High School Arts Mashup: Opening Gala, celebrate youth and the arts with Prartho Sereno, Marin Poet Laureate, performances by soulful rap/spoken word artists Amani Williams and Jahan Khalighi and featured high school poets, the Jazz Ensemble Chorus, exhibit of visual art, refreshments, co-sponsored by the Marin Poetry Center, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael, free, 5:30-7:30 (415/721-7519, 415/388-4033, marinpoetrycenter.org)
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21 JANUARY 2017 — saturday

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  • Dr. Bonyfide presents the children's book series Know Yourself, hands-on activities for kids and parents, Diesel, A Bookstore, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, free, 11:00 a.m.-noon (415/785-8177, www.dieselbookstore.com)
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22 JANUARY 2017 — sunday

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  • Anastasia Aukeman discusses and celebrates Welcome to Painterland: Bruce Conner and the Rat Bastard Protective Association, on the group of artists who lived in the same building in San Francisco in the 1950s and 1960s and spearheaded avant-garde art in the Bay Area, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 5:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Mark O'Connell presents Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other Nontraditional Twenty-First-Century Weddings, a conversation with the Foreward-writer Liza Monroy follows, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00-4:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)
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  • 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Poets Against the Trump Agenda present an open mic, plus poetry from featured readers Kim Hester Williams, Joan Brady, Dusty Wroten, Attila Nagy, Vilma Ginzberg, Paul Nicholson, Ed Coletti, and Steve Cohen, with blues musicians Ari Camarota and Hank Levine, Gaia's Garden, 1899 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, $5 toward purchase to support the venue, 2:00-4:30 (415/273-1303, edwardcolettispoetryblog.blogspot.com)
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23 JANUARY 2017 — monday

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  • Kearny Street Workshop presents an artist showcase for new books by Jennifer S. Cheng, House A, and Robert Andrew Perez, the field, and an opening reception for a new exhibition by photographer Francis Calimlim, co-sponsored by Omnidawn Publishing, Arc Studios & Gallery, Kearny Street Workshop, 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, $8 early bird/$10 pre-sale/$12 door, 7:30-10:30 (415/503-0520, i52611.wixsite.com/kearnystreet)
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  • Poetry Express presents an open reading on the writing prompt "Dark Matter"; Prompt Nights "the group nominates a work which then is eligible for publication in our online magazine at the end of the year," hosted by Liz Alford, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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  • John Hart celebrates and reads from his second poetry book, Storm Camp, on his experiences as a rock climber and mountaineer, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 7:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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24 JANUARY 2017 — tuesday

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  • Poet and visual artist Deborah Kennedy reads from her book, Nature Speaks: Art and Poetry for the Earth, Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (415/835-1020, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Greg Pond and George Long, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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  • Shanthi Sekaran, Lucky Boy: A Novel, in conversation with ZYZZYVA managing editor Oscar Villalon, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Martin and Dorothie Hellman discuss the secrets that allowed them to reclaim true love from a marriage on the brink of failure, A New Map for Relationships, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 7:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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25 JANUARY 2017 — wednesday

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  • Jon Else reads from True South: Henry Hampton and "Eyes on the Prize," the Landmark Television Series That Reframed the Civil Rights Movement, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Celebrate the life and work of Scottish poet Leonard George Irving (1924-2016), who recently died at 92, come tell a favorite memory or read a poem in his honor, his poems will be on hand, plus a recording of him reading and a photo gallery, Sacred Ground Coffee House, 2095 Hayes Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00
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  • Linda Kelly discusses the story of the Grateful Dead in Deadheads, Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (415/835-1020, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Best-selling science author Gary Tubes presents The Case Against Sugar, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Doctor-turned-journalist James Hamblin, in conversation with Alexis Madrigal, discusses his book, If Our Bodies Could Talk, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 7:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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26 JANUARY 2017 — thursday

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  • Jennifer Monahan presents This Trip Will Change Your Life: Shaman's Story of Spirit Evolution, Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (415/835-1020, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Rachel Richardson, Hundred-Year Wave, and Martin Rock, Residuum, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Will Schwalbe reads from Books for Living, his personal celebration of reading and how it helps to make sense of the world, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Melissa Hartwig and Danielle Walker discuss their cookbooks, Whole30 Cookbook and Against All Grain Celebrations, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 7:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Writers Read presents a poetry reading by Theresa Whitehill, Blake More, and Devreaux Baker, Ukiah Art Center, S. State and Church Streets, Ukiah, 7:00 (jabezw@sonic.net)
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27 JANUARY 2017 — friday

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  • Heavy Breathing Reading Group is a launch event for the Heavy Breathing Reader, a compilation of writing and art that responds to the recent series of Heavy Breathing workshops (combining somatic exercise with critical discourse) at BAMPFA, with poet and performer Claudia La Rocco, The Best Most Useless Dress and petit cadeau, editor of SFMOMA's Open Space, and other guest artists, Berkeley Art Museum, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley, event included with museum admission, 6:00-8:00 (www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/event/heavy-breathing-reading-group)
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  • Jon Else reads from True South: Henry Hampton and "Eyes on the Prize," the Landmark Television Series That Reframed the Civil Rights Movement, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 7:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • The Other Voice presents a poetry reading by Susan Kelly-DeWitt, Spider Season, and Carlena Wike, open mic follows, hosted by Allegra Silberstein, refreshments, in the Library, Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road, Davis, 7:30 (530/753-2581, www.uudavis.org)
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28 JANUARY 2017 — saturday

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  • The Ina Coolbrith Circle meeting features poet David Alpaugh, in a reading and talk, "Let There Be Light (Verse)!" on the light verse and the work of Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Ogden Nash, and Dorothy Parker, Lafayette/Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette, 2:00 (www.coolpoetry.org)
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  • Poetry at Florey's presents a reading by poet and visual artist Diane Moomey and Ryan Warren, three-minute limit open mic follows, bring a snack, drink, or paper goods, cups, plates, or napkins, to share during the break, hosted by Sherri Rose-Walker, Florey's Book Company, 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, 7:30 (650/355-8811, SherriRose-Walker@hotmail.com)
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  • Dr. Rachel Abrams discusses Bodywise: Discovering Your Body's Intelligence for Lifelong Health and Healing, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 11:00 a.m. (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Steph Jagger discusses Unbound, his story of skiing, courage, and self-discovery, Unbound, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 1:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Best-selling fiction author Jeffrey Tiger reads from his political thriller, Santorini Caesars, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 4:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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29 JANUARY 2017 — sunday

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  • Celebrating Diverse Children's Books, a panel discussion featuring local authors and San Francisco Public Library librarians, Children's Center, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, 2:00-3:30 (415/557-4400, sfpl.org)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading and celebration for the anthology Far Out: Poems of the '60s, with contributing poets Chana Bloch, Lucille Lang Day, Sandra Gilbert, and Kathleen Winter, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)
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  • Paulette Jiles reads from her new novel, News of the World, longlisted for the National Book Award in Fiction, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 4:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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30 JANUARY 2017 — monday

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  • Bay Area Generations presents writers of different generations in pairs through its submission-based reading series, curated by Amos White and Sherry Wilson, submissions for this reading closed January 1, see guidelines on their website, full bar, Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, $7/$10 admission with chapbook of work by the readers, doors open 7:00, show 7:30 (Hotel Rex: 415/433-4434, bayareagenerations.com)
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  • Susan Sherman reads from her second novel, If You Are There, set in early 1900s Paris and featuring the great Marie and Pierre Curie, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 7:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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31 JANUARY 2017 — tuesday

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  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Judith Ayn Bernhard and Romeo Alcala Cruz, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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  • Alexandra Kenin presents Urban Trails: San Francisco, the first ever guidebook to hiking in San Francisco, Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San
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  • Brunonia Barry reads from her new suspense novel, The Fifth Petal, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 7:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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