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10 FEBRUARY 2018 — saturday

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  • Poetry reading by Jalyce Fairley and Nichelle Pete, 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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  • Marilyn Yalom, How the French Invented Love, presents her new book, The Amorous Heart: An Unconventional History of Love, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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11 FEBRUARY 2018 — sunday

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  • Bird & Beckett presents a reading with Don Alberts, Beyond the Grand Matoeba, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00-3:00 (www.birdbeckett.com)
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  • The Richmond Poets Laureate present Writes of Winter, a reading of works written in November in response to prompts offered by Daniel Ari, Rob Lipton, and Ciera Jevae-Gordon, Kaleidoscope Cafe, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, free, 7:00-9:00 (kaleidoscopecoffee.com)
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  • 38th Annual Valentine's Revel featuring poets Nils Peterson and Sally Ashton with the For This Hour Singers, Cafe Stritch, 374 S. 1st St, San Jose, free, doors open 5:00, reading 5:30 (www.pcsj.org)
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  • The Poetry Center San José presents the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Poets @ Play; any written work created during the past ten years at these meetings is welcome along with any other work you may like to share, cake and libations served, Edwin Markham House, History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, free, 1:00-4:00 (www.pcsj.org)
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12 FEBRUARY 2018 — monday

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  • Tim Kreider, New York Times essayist and creator of the popular comic strip, The Pain--When Will It End?, shares his profound new collection, I Wrote This Book Because I Love You, essays, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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  • An open mic with LEX, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (rollingwriters.blogspot.com)
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  • Poetry Express presents a reading with the Mighty Pens, Alameda Community Learning Center's school-wide poetry club, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com/p/about.html)
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13 FEBRUARY 2018 — tuesday

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  • Rolling Writers' Mash-Up presents memorable moments from past programs reprised, Paul Corman-Roberts, Michael Crabtree, Sean Craven, and more, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 7:00 (rollingwriters.blogspot.com)
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  • Not Your Mother's Book Club presents award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Neal Shusterman in celebration of his new book, Thunderhead, in conversation with S.J. Kincaid, critically-acclaimed science fiction novelist, author of The Empress, the sequel to The Diabolic, Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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  • Well-RED Reading Series presents Kara Arguello and J. Bruce Fuller, open reading follows, Works/San José, 365 South Market Street, San Jose, $2, doors open at 6:30, reading begins at 7:00 (www.pcsj.org)
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  • Former TechCrunch writer Billy Gallagher discusses his book, How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars: The Snapchat Story, in conversation with Josh Elman, partner at Greylock Partners, Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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14 FEBRUARY 2018 — wednesday

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  • Not Yet Dead Poets presents Valentine's Day Poetry featuring Peter Neil Carroll, An Elegy for Lovers, an open reading for love poems, Main Gallery, 1018 Main Street, Redwood City, free, 7:00 (www.themaingallery.org)
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15 FEBRUARY 2018 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Hadara Bar-Nadav, The New Nudity, and Dean Rader, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Two Lines 2018 launch party, dedicated to women in translation, a reading with poets and translators Norma Cole, Maxine Chernoff, Gillian Conoley, Ani Gjika, and Lizzie Davis, Churchill's Office, upstairs, 194 Church Street, San Francisco, $10, 7:00 (www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3334073)
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  • Bay Area Book Festival presents author and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, and author Asha Bandele in conversation with Mother Jones reporter Jamilah King, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco, $25, 7:30-9:30 (www.baybookfest.org)
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  • Two Way Mirror: Marina Lazzara and friends reading, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.birdbeckett.com)
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  • NYMBC presents David Levithan, Every Day, in conversation with Jesse Andrews, screenwriter of the film adaptation of Every Day and author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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  • A poetry reading with Julian Talamantez, Of Mongrelitude, and Garrett Caples, Power Ballads, The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (http://poetry.sfsu.edu)
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  • Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Reading Series presents Berkeley poet and songwriter Carol Denney, with improv jazz and an open mic, 215 Main Street, Point Arena, free, 7:30 (www.facebook.com/thirdthursdayreadingseries)
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  • Marin Poetry Center Third Thursdays series presents John Murillo, Up Jump the Boogie, Pushcart Prize winner, and Nicole Sealey, Ordinary Beast, Cave Canem Executive Director, Falkirk Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael, free, 7:30-9:30 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org/events.php)
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  • Award-winning authors Mira T. Lee and Anne Raeff discuss their respective novels, Everything Here Is Beautiful and Winter Kept Us Warm, Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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  • The Burlingame Library presents award-winning artist Paul Madonna in celebration of his new graphic novel, Close Enough for the Angels, Burlingame Main Library, 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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16 FEBRUARY 2018 — friday

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  • THERE with Doug Sovern: Readings, Music, and Trivia, Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 7:00 (oaklandoctopus.org)
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  • Yasha Levine, investigative journalist for Pando Daily, a San Francisco-based news magazine focused on covering the politics and power of big tech, discusses his new book, Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet, Books Inc., 317 Castro Street, Mountain View, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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17 FEBRUARY 2018 — saturday

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  • Bohemian Revival Writing Collective is an Oakland based writing collective and support group focused on readings, performance, critique, chat, and advice, all writers welcome, Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 4:00 (oaklandoctopus.org)
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  • Sugartown Publishing book launch party for Constance Rowell Mastores, Dusk, email janniedres@att.net for reservation and location, Albany, 4:00-6:00 (sugartownpublishing.com)
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  • Book Launch for Sandra Austin Mello's novel What You Carry, live music follows, Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (oaklandoctopus.org)
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  • Clearly Meant presents Richard Silberg, Poetry Flash Associate Editor and author of six poetry collections, most recently The Horses: New and Selected Poems, reading his poetry, followed by an interview and discussion, free chapbooks of his work will be handed out, Berkeley Public Library, Claremont Branch, 2940 Benvenue Avenue, at Ashby, Berkeley, free, 2:00-3:00 (510/981-6820, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/guest-poet-richard-silberg-claremont)
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  • 2018 Benicia Love Poetry Awards Ceremony, winners of this year's contest read their poems, open mic follows, The Benicia Historical Museum/Stone Hall, 2060 Camel Road, Benicia, free, 2:00-4:00 (www.benicialiteraryarts.org)
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18 FEBRUARY 2018 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading and launch celebration for Know Me Here: An Anthology of Poetry by Women, edited by Katherine Hastings, with readings by contributors Susan Cohen, Lucille Lang Day, Miriam Bird Greenberg, Judy Halebsky, Elizabeth C. Herron, Mary Mackey, Connie Post, Julia Vose, Laura Walker, and Kathleen Winter, wheelchair accessible, East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel), 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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19 FEBRUARY 2018 — monday

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  • An open mic with LEX, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (rollingwriters.blogspot.com)
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  • Shizue Seigel and Hiroshi Kashiwagi read prose and poetry in observation of Executive Order 9066 signed on this day in 1942 by President Roosevelt leading to the internment of Japanese-Americans, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.birdbeckett.com)
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  • Poetry Express presents a reading with Andrena Zawinski, Landings, 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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20 FEBRUARY 2018 — tuesday

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  • City Lights presents a Book Release Party and Exhibit Launch for Doc/Undoc : Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática, featuring Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Felicia Rice, Zachary Watkins, and other contributors, Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3114)
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21 FEBRUARY 2018 — wednesday

22 FEBRUARY 2018 — thursday

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  • Lee Bruno reads from and discusses his new book Misfits, Merchants and Mayhem: Tales from San Francisco's Historic Waterfront, 1849-1934, BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.bookshopwestportal.com/events-bookshop-west-portal)
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  • Concord Music reissues Allen Ginsberg reading Howl on vinyl, opening statement by City Lights editor Garett Caples, and Beat scholar Ann Charters with Bill Belmont, Producer at Concord Music; Reminiscences of the late great poet Allen Ginsberg and readings from HOWL by Neeli Cherkovski, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3116)
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  • University of San Francisco's MFA Reading Series presents fiction writer Sam Lipsyte, The Ask, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, free, 7:45-9:30 (www.usfca.edu/arts-sciences/graduate-programs/writing/reading-series)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Kathleen Winter to launch her brand new book, I will not kick my friends, winner of the 2017 Elixir Poetry Prize, and Brynn Saito, Power Made Us Swoon, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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23 FEBRUARY 2018 — friday

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  • A reading with local writers Cécile Barlier, Lorraine Babb, and Mark Peterson, featured in The Writers Studio at 30, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (www.ebbooksellers.com/events)
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  • The Art of Storytelling and Poetry presents a performance evening with the theme "In the Beginning," The Avid Reader, 1945 Broadway, Sacramento, free, 7:00-8:30 (www.avidreaderonbroadway.com)
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24 FEBRUARY 2018 — saturday

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  • Arts Benicia presents an ekphrastic poetry reading for the exhibition, "The Art of a Community," Arts Benicia Gallery, 991 Tyler Street #114, Benicia, 2:00-4:00 (artsbenicia.org)
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25 FEBRUARY 2018 — sunday

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  • NYMBC presents illustrator and author Jen Wang in celebration of her new graphic novel The Princess and the Dressmaker, Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street, Alameda, free, 2:00 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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26 FEBRUARY 2018 — monday

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  • New York Times best-selling memoirist Jasmin Darznik shares her debut novel Song of a Captive Bird, in conversation with novelist Donia Bijan, The Last Days of Café Leila, set against the history of Iran, Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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27 FEBRUARY 2018 — tuesday

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  • Dirty Old Women: Erotica, a monthly series celebrating erotic writing by self-identified older women, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 7:30 (rollingwriters.blogspot.com)
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  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reads from her new bookLoaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3116)
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  • Akwaeke Emezi reads from and discusses her debut novel, Freshwater, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (www.ebbooksellers.com/events)
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  • City Arts & Lectures presents writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, The Mother of All Questions, with Buddhist teacher and anthropologist Roshi Joan Halifax, Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $29, 7:30 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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  • PBS NewsHour reporter Elizabeth Flock discusses her debut work of reportage about twenty-first century marriage in India, The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai, Books Inc., 317 Castro Street, Mountain View, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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28 FEBRUARY 2018 — wednesday

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  • Black History Month Celebration of African American Literature with discussion by Dr. Juan Mance, Professor of African American Literature at Mills College, about nearly-lost works by Black authors in the United States prior to the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:00 (rollingwriters.blogspot.com)
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  • A reading and discussion with writer Louise Nayer on her book Poised For Retirement: Moving From Anxiety To Zen, BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.bookshopwestportal.com/events-bookshop-west-portal)
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  • Hand To Mouth/Words Spoken Out reading series presents a poetry reading by Margaret Stawowy, Keeper of the Pond, Doreen Stock, Three Tales From the Archives of Love, and Camron McDonald, Redbound Bookstore, 1611 Fourth Street, San Rafael, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.reboundbookstore.com)
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