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18 MARCH 2017 — saturday

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  • WordTemple Poetry Series reading by Gerald Fleming, One, and Carolyn Miller, Route 66 and Its Sorrows, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol, free, 7:00 (www.wordtemple.com/blog/)
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19 MARCH 2017 — sunday

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  • The Wide Net: a gathering of readers and writers of poetry with poet and editor Terry Lucas, ongoing for eight weeks, this is the sixth meeting, drop in, come with a poem, forty lines or less, by you or a favorite poet, and be prepared to read it aloud, all welcome, Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 1:00-3:00 (rsvp: lucas.t274@gmail.com, mtumc.org, www.terrylucas.com)
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20 MARCH 2017 — monday

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  • Samuel Bercholz presents A Guided Tour of Hell: A Graphic Memoir, on his near-death experience, illustrated by renowned Tibetan artist Pema Namdol Thaye, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Meredith Maran presents her book, The New Old Me, her personal exploration of what it means to be a woman of a certain age, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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21 MARCH 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 Agneta Falk and Mauro Fortissimo, 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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  • Berkeley Arts & Letters presents academic and social critic Camille Paglia in a reading and discussion of her new book, Free Woman, Free Man, a collection of her best essays on feminism, The Booksmith, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, $12, purchase tickets online, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2721977)
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22 MARCH 2017 — wednesday

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  • Novelist Jami Attenberg presents her book, All Grown Up, in conversation with Alexis Coe, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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  • Staff writer at The New Yorker Elif Batuman, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, celebrates the release of her new novel, The Idiot, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Perfectly Queer Easy Bay and Nomadic Press presents "Queer Speculative Fiction" with award-winning writer, journalist and editor of Black Futurists Speak: An Anthology of New Black Writing, Kwan Booth, young adult author, short story fiction writer, poet, and musician Skye Allen, Pretty Peg, and writer Na'amen Tilahun, The Root: A Novel of the Wrath & Athenaeum, Nomadic Press Uptown, 2301 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (347/844-0481, www.nomadicpress.org)
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  • The Holloway Series in Poetry presents a reading by Graham Foust, A Mouth in California, To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems, and more, open to the public, UC Berkeley, Hearst Field Annex D37, free, 6:30 (510/642-3467, hollowayreadingseries.wordpress.com/about-2)
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  • "Semifinals #1, featuring 2016 Berkeley Slam Indie Champ, Brandon Melendez," presented by the weekly Berkeley Poetry Slam, every Wednesday, led by slam-master Jaz Sufi, hosted by Sam Sax, Time "Toaster" Henderson, Sevan, and Dre, cash prizes, The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, $7-$10, open sign up at 7:30, show 8:00, all ages before 10:00 (510/841-0188, www.thestarryplough.com; berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com)
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  • Pegasus Books presents fiction writer Rob Pierce as he launches his new book, With the Right Enemies, with a reading from writer Joe Clifford, Lamentation, fiction writer Sean Craven, Future Lovecraft, fiction writer Tom Pitts, HUSTE, and poet Joel Landmind, Yeah, Well…, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com/rob_pierce)
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  • Red Hen Press Evening, featuring novelists Alan Lightman, Song of Two Worlds; Ellen Meeropol, On Hurricane Island, and Amy Hassinger, After the Dam, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 7:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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23 MARCH 2017 — thursday

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  • Ecology and radical history focused writer Ivy Anderson, and artist, activist, and historian Devon Angus, read from their co-edited non-fiction book, Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/742-5833, http://www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-alice-memoirs-barbary-coast-prostitute)
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  • Elif Batuman discusses her latest novel, The Idiot, about a daughter of Turkish immigrants, sacrifice, and her experiences as a freshman at Harvard, with Yuyin Li, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Radar Productions presents March Queer Reading Series with Bay Area poet, illustrator, and educator Trinidad Escobar, CRUSHED, nonfiction author and photographer Yuska Lufti Tuanakotta, Gentlemen Prefer Asians: Tales of Gay Indonesians and Green Card Marriages, artist, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and poet, founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Weird Sister Marisa Crawford, Reversible, hosted by Juliana Delgado Lopera, Q&A, cookies served, Latino/Hispanic Rooms (basement level), San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 5:45-7:30 (415/557-4400, www.radarproductions.org)
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24 MARCH 2017 — friday

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  • Acción Latina presents Jorge Argueta, poet and winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award 2017, celebrating his latest children's book, Somos como las nubes/We are Like the Clouds, proceeds benefit "The Library of Dreams Project" in El Salvador, complimentary appetizers, light beverages, and music, Acción Latina, 2958 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-9:00 (415/648-1045, accionlatina.org/en/; please RSVP via Facebook or call 415/795-0024)
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  • Emily K. Hobson discusses her non-fiction book, Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left, the history of gay and lesbian radicalism in the San Francisco Bay Area, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com/Emily_Hobson)
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  • City Lights presents novelist Jim Shepard, The Book of Aron, reading to celebrate the release of his new collection of stories, The World to Come, introduced by Michael Ray, Managing Editor of Zoetrope Magazine, Zoetrope Cafe, 916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, free, 3:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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25 MARCH 2017 — saturday

26 MARCH 2017 — sunday

    NORTH:
  • The Wide Net: a gathering of readers and writers of poetry with poet and editor Terry Lucas, ongoing for eight weeks, this is the seventh meeting, drop in, come with a poem, forty lines or less, by you or a favorite poet, and be prepared to read it aloud, all welcome, Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 1:00-3:00 (rsvp: lucas.t274@gmail.com, mtumc.org, www.terrylucas.com)
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27 MARCH 2017 — monday

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  • Novelist Jim Shepard reads from his new collection of stories, The World to Come, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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28 MARCH 2017 — tuesday

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  • University of San Francisco Emerging Writers Festival presents a reading by Cortney Lamar Charleston, Telepathologies, selected by D.A. Powell for the 2016 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, and by fiction writer, Patricia Park, Re Jane, a novel inspired by Emily Brontë's Jane Eyre, reception follows, Fromm Hall, FR 125, Maraschi Room, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, free, 7:45-9:00 (415/422-6066, www.usfca.edu/event/2017-03-28-1945/emerging-writers-festival)
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  • Pegasus Books presents "Happy Hour Stories: Solano's Story Time For Adults," every last Tuesday of the month, featuring a short story reading on a theme by Pegasus staff, friends, and special guests, refreshments, Pegasus Books on Solano, 1855 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/525-6888, www.pegasusbookstore.com/happyhour_march2017)
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  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Genny Lim and Charles Curtis Blackwell, 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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  • Jon Raymond discusses his new novel, Free Bird, about an all-American family and their moral crisis around death and politics in America today, with Zoetrope's Michael Ray, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/742-5833, http://www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-jon-raymond)
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29 MARCH 2017 — wednesday

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  • University of San Francisco Emerging Writers Festival presents a reading by short story fiction writer Vanessa Hua, Deceit and Other Possibilities winner of the Asian/Pacific Award for Literature, poet Sam Sax, Madness, winner of The National Poetry Series, and nonfiction writer Mike Scalise, The Brand New Catastrophe, reception follows, Fromm Hall, FR 120, Xavier Auditorium, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30-9:30 (415/422-6066, www.usfca.edu/event/2017-03-29-1930/emerging-writers-festival)
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  • University of San Francisco Emerging Writers Festival presents "The Writing Life Panel" with Cortney Lamar Charleston, Patricia Park, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Sam Sax, and Mike Scalise, a discussion of their experiences in the writing industry, with Q&A, McLaren Complex, MC 250, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, free, 4:30-6:00 (415/422-6066, www.usfca.edu/event/2017-03-29-1630/emerging-writers-festival-the-writing-life-panel)
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  • "Semifinals #2, featuring 2016 Berkeley Slam Women's Champ, Sarah Minaj," presented by the weekly Berkeley Poetry Slam, every Wednesday, led by slam-master Jaz Sufi, hosted by Sam Sax, Time "Toaster" Henderson, Sevan, and Dre, cash prizes, The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, $7-$10, open sign up at 7:30, show 8:00, all ages before 10:00 (510/841-0188, www.thestarryplough.com; berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com)
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  • Independent scholar Tim Stroshane reads from and discusses his new book, Drought, Water Law, and the Origins of California's Central Valley Project, an account of how water rights were designed as a key part of the state's largest public water system, the Central Valley Project, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com/tim_stroshane)
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  • "Hand to Mouth/WORDS Spoken Out #85, Second Sci-fi Writers' Nite" with Loren Rhoads, The Dangerous Type, and S.G. Browne, Less Than Hero, light refreshments, open mic follows, participating neighborhood restaurants have discounts available at the reading, Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th Street, San Rafael, free, 7:00-9:00 (415/482-0550, www.reboundbookstore.com)
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30 MARCH 2017 — thursday

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  • Hannah Lillith Assadi reads from and discusses her debut novel, Sonora, about the daughter of a Palestinian refugee and his Israeli wife, with Shawn Wen, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/742-5833, http://www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-hannah-lillith-assadi)
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  • Fiction writer Lauren Grodstein reads from and discusses her book, Our Short History, about a successful New York political consultant and single mother who wrestles with her terminal illness and her ex's new presence in their son's life, Green Apple Books, 506 Clement Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/387-2272, http://www.greenapplebooks.com/event/clement-lauren-grodstein)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Katherine Hastings, Shakespeare & Stein Walk Into a Bar, and a poetry performance by G.P. Skratz, Sundae Missile: the Mass of the Church of the Center that will not Hold, 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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  • The SFSU Poetry Center presents a poetry reading by Margaret Randall, Only the Road/Solo el Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry, Humanities Building, Room 512, Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (415/338-2227, poetry.sfsu.edu)
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  • Subterranean SF Reading Series celebrates the release of Bradley Spinelli's book, The Painted Gun, a washed-up ex-journalist looking for a missing girl in San Francisco is framed by a Guatemalan hit man for a series of murders, this event takes place at an undisclosed location, invitations will be available at City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, beginning March 20, no reservations accepted, free on a first come, first serve basis, 7:00 (415/362-8193x24, www.citylights.com)
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  • Ursula Werner reads from her debut novel, The Good at Heart, based on her great grandfather's reluctant participation in Hitler's cabinet, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com/events/ursula-werner)
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31 MARCH 2017 — friday

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  • California College of the Arts presents a poetry reading with Margaret Randall, Only the Road/Solo el Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry, reception follows, Writers Studio, San Francisco Campus, California College of the Arts, 195 De Haro Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (415/551-9237, nwasher@cca.edu, www.cca.edu/calendar/2017/reading-margaret-randall)
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