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5 JANUARY 2018 — friday

6 JANUARY 2018 — saturday

7 JANUARY 2018 — sunday

8 JANUARY 2018 — monday

9 JANUARY 2018 — tuesday

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  • Poetry at the Albany Library presents a poetry reading by Robert Hass, Pulitzer Prize-winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate, and Christina Hutchins, the first Poet Laureate of Albany; both of these acclaimed poets have served as Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place in New Hampshire, the poet Robert Frost's former home, open mic follows; this is the last event in this celebrated twelve-year series to be hosted by Catherine Taylor, Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, free, 7:00-9:00 (510/526-3720, albanylibrary.wordpress.com)
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10 JANUARY 2018 — wednesday

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  • Simeon Marsalis reads from his first book A Lie Is to Grin: A Novel, shortlisted for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com)
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  • Poetry reading by Sally Love Saunders to celebrate her 78th Birthday, open mic follows, Sacred Grounds Café, 2095 Hayes Street, San Francisco, free, to get a table, order food, and sign up for the open mic, come at 7:00, reading 7:30 (415/387-3859, www.facebook.com/groups/203539673028715)
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  • MFA Creative Writing Public Events presents a poetry reading and panel on "Why Poetry," with poets Robert Hass, A Little Book on Form, Judy Halebsky, Dean Rader, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, and Matthew Zapruder, Why Poetry, Dominican University, Garden Room, Edgehill Mansion, 75 Magnolia Avenue, San Rafael, proceeds benefit the MFA Scholarship Fund, one-day pass for afternoon talks January 7-12: $30, 4:30-5:30; reading is free, 7:00-8:00 (www.dominican.edu/academics/lae/graduate-programs/mfa-creative-writing/public-event-schedule)
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11 JANUARY 2018 — thursday

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  • Terry Shames reads from and discusses his new Samuel Craddock mystery, A Reckoning in the Back Country, with author Timothy Hallinan, Simeon Grist Los Angeles, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • MFA Creative Writing Public Events presents a reading and panel on regarding the pain of others by Louise Aronson, A History of the Present Illness, Marilyn McEntyre, and Elizabeth Rosner, The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, Dominican University, Garden Room, Edgehill Mansion, 75 Magnolia Avenue, San Rafael, proceeds benefit the MFA Scholarship Fund, one-day pass for afternoon talks January 7-12: $30, 4:30-5:30; reading is free, 7:00-8:00 (www.dominican.edu/academics/lae/graduate-programs/mfa-creative-writing/public-event-schedule)
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12 JANUARY 2018 — friday

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  • Release party for ZYZZYVA's Winter 2018 Issue including writers Troy Jollimore, Syllabus of Errors, Victoria Chang, Barbie Chang, Dean Rader, Works & Days, and ZYZZYVA contributing editor Ismail Muhammad, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (www.ebbooksellers.com/events)
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  • Featured poet Connie Post will read first, open mic follows, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:30 (www.facebook.com/My-Word-Open-Mic-142276163092434)
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  • MFA Creative Writing Public Events presents a reading and panel on writing dialogue by Thomas Burke, an instructor at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, Kim Culbertson, novelist and creative writing teacher, Marianne Rogoff, author and teacher at San Francisco State University, and poet David Watts, Dominican University, Garden Room, Edgehill Mansion, 75 Magnolia Avenue, San Rafael, proceeds benefit the MFA Scholarship Fund, one-day pass for afternoon talks January 7-12: $30, 4:30-5:30; reading is free, 7:00-8:00 (www.dominican.edu/academics/lae/graduate-programs/mfa-creative-writing/public-event-schedule)
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13 JANUARY 2018 — saturday

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  • Poetry reading by David Erdreich and Britt Peter, open mic follows, hosted by Jeanne Lupton every second Saturday monthly, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 7:00 (510/523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org)
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  • Pacifica Writers Open Mic, open to all readers and writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, Florey's Book Company, 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, free, 2:00-4:00 (www.facebook.com/events/1570488856373523)
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14 JANUARY 2018 — sunday

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  • Britt-Marie's Second Sunday Poetry Series presents a poetry reading with Casey FitzSimons, Judith Offer, and Andrena Zawinski, curated by Barb Reynolds, Boxing Without Gloves, Britt Marie's Wine Bar and Restaurant,
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  • Benefit for the North Bay poets who lost their homes in the recent fires, a reading with California State Poet Laureate Dana Gioia and Sonoma County Poet Laureate Iris Jamahl Dunkle, along with former Sonoma County Poets Laureate Terry Ehret, Katherine Hastings, Gwynn O'Gara, and Bill Vartnaw, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, all donations go to the poets affected by the Sonoma County fires, 2:00 (www.birdbeckett.com)
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15 JANUARY 2018 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a reading with fiction writer and poet Fred Dodsworth, followed by an open reading, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com/p/about.html)
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  • The Odd Mondays Series presents a reading and discussion with author Dr. Omondi Nyong'o, poet Jeanne Powell, Two Seasons, and Holman Turner, friend of Dr. King, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King's Legacy, Folio Books, 3957 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.oddmondays.com)
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16 JANUARY 2018 — tuesday

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  • Discussion lead by activist and author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, on her new book Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com)
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  • The WordParty presents an open reading hosted by Jennifer Barone, Saporoso: Poems of Italian Food and Love, and Ingrid Keir, The Choreography of Nests, with live jazz accompaniment from Daniel Heffez, Geordie Van Der Bosch and friends, PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:30 (thewordparty.wordpress.com)
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17 JANUARY 2018 — wednesday

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  • Discussion by TJ Demos, Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today, Julia Bryan-Wilson, author and professor at University of California, Berkeley, and Gopal Dayaneni, an activist fighting for social, economic, environmental and racial justice, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com)
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18 JANUARY 2018 — thursday

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  • TICKETS SOLD OUT: Daniel Ellsberg in conversation with Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director of Center for Investigative Reporting discussing the subject of Daniel Ellsberg's new book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, $15/$10 members, 6:00 (http://www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3113)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Chris Olander, River Light, and San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Sidewalk NDN, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • The Marin Poetry Center presents a poetry reading by Martha Ronk, Ocular Proof, and Brian Turner, Here, Bullet, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, free, 7:30 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org/events.php)
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19 JANUARY 2018 — friday

20 JANUARY 2018 — saturday

21 JANUARY 2018 — sunday

22 JANUARY 2018 — monday

23 JANUARY 2018 — tuesday

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  • A tribute to the life and work of Denis Johnson, American novelist, poet and playwright, with Program Director of Theatre for Intersection for the Arts, Sean San José, playwright Octavio Solis, novelist and editor Vendela Vida, and other special guests celebrating his final collection of short fiction, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3114)
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24 JANUARY 2018 — wednesday

25 JANUARY 2018 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet Dan Bellm, Deep Well, translator of Speaking in Song (hearing and forgetting), by Pura López Columé, and poet Annie Stenzel, The First Home Air After Absence, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Michael Benanav presents his new book Himalaya Bound: One Family's Quest to Save Their Animals and an Ancient Way of Life, stories of tribal cultures where Western ways of protecting the environment clash with an indigenous understanding of nature, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Berkeley Seminars in Art and Religion present a poetry reading with Linda Gregerson, Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, prior to her campus lecture on Milton, "Milton and the Syntax of Faith," 300 Wheeler Hall, University of California campus, Berkeley, free, reading 2:00 (bcsr.berkeley.edu/events/category/berkeley-seminars-in-art-and-religion)
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26 JANUARY 2018 — friday

27 JANUARY 2018 — saturday

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  • Poetry at Florey's presents a reading and open mic featuring poets Laura Davis, Braiding the Storm, and Rosemary Ybarra-Garcia, New to North America: Writing by Immigrants, Their Children, and Grandchildren, Florey's Book Company, 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, free, 7:00-9:30 (www.facebook.com/pg/FloreysBookCo/posts)
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28 JANUARY 2018 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a Tribute Reading for Chana Bloch, Invocation to Daughters, by her Writing Group: Dan Bellm, Jeanne Foster, Sandra Gilbert, Peter Dale Scott, Phyllis Stowell, and Alan Williamson, wheelchair accessible, East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel), 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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29 JANUARY 2018 — monday

30 JANUARY 2018 — tuesday

31 JANUARY 2018 — wednesday

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  • City Lights and the Rock and Roll Book Club of San Francisco present a discussion with Greil Marcus, music journalist, cultural critic, and author, and Jenn Pelly, author and editor at Pitchfork, about her book The Raincoats, the first ever written about this feminist punk band, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3116)
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  • Colin Winnette reads from and discusses his delightfully creepy gothic novel, The Job of the Wasp, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (www.ebbooksellers.com/events)
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