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8 MARCH 2018 — thursday

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  • City Arts & Lectures presents political commentator and authorRobert Reich, The Common Good, in conversation with news reporter Mina Kim, Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $29, 7:30 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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  • Vegas Tenold presents his new book Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3116)
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    NORTH:
  • "Listening to the Color of the Land" with authors Mimi Robinson, Local Color: Observing Place Through Watercolor, and Christian McEwan, World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down, Point Reyes Books, 11315 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, free, 7:00 (www.ptreyesbooks.com/events)
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    SOUTH:
  • Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" award-finalist Soon Yu celebrates the launching of his business book, Iconic Advantage(r): Don't Chase the New, Innovate the Old, Books Inc., 1375 Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame, free, 6:30 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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9 MARCH 2018 — friday

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  • Last Word Reading Series presents a reading with poet and writer Jerry Ratch, A Body Divided, Olmec, and Vonn Anderson, open reading follows, Nefeli Caffe, 1854 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (http://nefelicaffeberkeley.com/41324)
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  • A reading by Northern California Book Award-winning poet Solmaz Sharif, Look, with a reception, in celebration of the new Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at San Francisco State University and its inaugural director, Persis Karim, Humanities Symposium Room, HUM 587, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (http://poetry.sfsu.edu)
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10 MARCH 2018 — saturday

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  • Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reads from her new book, Loaded, providing necessary context on the persistence of the national gun crisis, Center for Political Education, San Francisco, 522 Valencia Street, San Francisco, 4:00 (www.facebook.com/events/2037874726226932)
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  • Book launch for Susie Meserve's debut poetry collection Little Prayers, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 4:00 (rollingwriters.blogspot.com)
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11 MARCH 2018 — sunday

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  • Benicia Literary Arts and the First Tuesday Poets present a reading of and about the Beat Poets, open mic follows, The Rellik Tavern, 726 First Street, Benicia, free, 4:00-6:00 (www.benicialiteraryarts.org)
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12 MARCH 2018 — monday

13 MARCH 2018 — tuesday

14 MARCH 2018 — wednesday

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  • Celebrating A Life Among Fishes: The Art of Gyotaku, by scientist and artist Christopher M. Dewees and Designing with Palms by landscape designer Jason Dewees, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3116)
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  • Freud's Bar monthly talks given by Bay Area psychoanalysts, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 6:30 (www.ebbooksellers.com/events)
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  • Mallory Ortberg, Texts from Jane Eyre, reads from her new book of darkly playful short stories, The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com/events/)
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  • Talk Story: a writing workshop with Lauren Ito, Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 7:00 (oaklandoctopus.org)
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15 MARCH 2018 — thursday

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  • Novelist Ramona Ausubel reads from and discusses her new story collection, Awayland, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (www.ebbooksellers.com/events)
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  • Two Lines Launch Party, Celebrating Women in Translation, the annual journal launch is dedicated to women in translation, the poetry reading features both poets and translators reading their own poetry, their translations, and the great work you'll find in Two Lines, readers include Norma Cole, Maxine Chernoff, Gillian Conoley, Ani Gjika, and Lizzie Davis, co-sponsored by The Poetry Society of America, Churchill's Office, 194 Church Street, upstairs, San Francisco, tickets $10, includes a copy of Two Lines and an open cocktail bar, tickets online or at door, 7:00 (415/754-0194, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3334073)
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  • Spit Back At Ya! Girl Heros Tell it Like it is, featuring Ananda Esteva, The Wanderings of Chela Coatlicue Alvarez: Touring Califaztlan, Michelle Cruz Gonzales, and Maw Shein Win, Invisible Gifts: Poems, Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 7:00 (oaklandoctopus.org)
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  • A reading and conversation with David Henderson, poet, writer, and co-founder of the Black Arts Movement, The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (poetry.sfsu.edu)
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  • Peggy Orenstein, Girls & Sex, delivers her first collection of essays, Don't Call Me Princess, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Marin Poetry Center Third Thursdays series presents poet Cheryl Dumesnil, Showtime at the Ministry of Lost Causes and In Praise of Falling, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and editor and poet Allison Joseph, Crab Orchard Review, Falkirk Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael, free, 7:30-9:30 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org/events.php)
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  • Writers Forum presents "The Children's Publishing Process Revealed," with Abigail Samoun, What's In Your Purse?, a discussion on what it takes to get a children's book published, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, free, 6:30 (www.thewritespot.us)
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16 MARCH 2018 — friday

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  • Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary at the Human Rights Campaign, discusses her memoir, Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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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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  • Hilary Zaid reads from and discusses her new novel, Paper is White, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (www.ebbooksellers.com/events)
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17 MARCH 2018 — saturday

18 MARCH 2018 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Feminist Press, in conjunction with Asian American Writers' Workshop, presents Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Esmé Weijun Wang celebrating Go Home!, a new anthology of Asian diasporic writing, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 5:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3116)
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  • Susan Dambroff reads from her new poetry chapbook, Conversations with Trees, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00-3:30 (www.birdbeckett.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading and celebration for So Many Voices, a Poetic Matrix Press twentieth anniversary anthology edited by John Peterson, James Downs, and Joe Milosch, of writings published by Poetic Matrix Press authors from 1997-2017, contributors reading: Kim Shuck, Gail Entrekin, Charles Entrekin, James Downs, Joseph Milosch, Leroy F. Moore, Jr., Patricia Nelson, Chris Olander, and Joseph Zaccardi, wheelchair accessible, East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel), 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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  • Peter Wohlleben discusses his new book The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion—Surprising Observations of a Hidden World, Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station, $25, 1:00-3:00 (www.ptreyesbooks.com/events)
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19 MARCH 2018 — monday

20 MARCH 2018 — tuesday

    NORTH:
  • Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reads from her new book, Loaded, providing necessary context about the persistence of the national gun crisis, Humboldt State University, The Latinx Center for Academic Excellence, Arcata, 7:00 ( www2.humboldt.edu/aspresents/node/81)
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21 MARCH 2018 — wednesday

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  • David Koehn celebrates the release of Compendium: Donald Justice's Prosody Syllabus, which he co-edited with Alan Soldofsky; Robert Hass reads from his A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3116)
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22 MARCH 2018 — thursday

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  • Matthew Dickman reads from his new poetry collection, Wonderland, Emily Strelow reads from her new novel The Wild Birds, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3116)
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  • Michael Davis Lukas reads from his new novel The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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23 MARCH 2018 — friday

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  • Novelist Jeff Talarigo reads from In the Cemetery of the Orange Trees, short stories exploring life in the Gaza Strip, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00 (www.cafesociety.coffee/events)
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24 MARCH 2018 — saturday

25 MARCH 2018 — sunday

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  • Opening celebration and reading for "The Imagination of American Poets," a photography exhibition of American poets, including many Native American poets, Christopher Felver, photographer and filmmaker; readings and remarks by Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate; Robert Hass, former U.S. Poet Laureate; and poets Jack Hirschman, Neeli Cherkovski, Agneta Falk, Gail Mitchell in Koret Auditorium; exhibit curated by Sue Kubly and Dr. Peter Selz on display in Jewett Gallery March 24-June 24, co-sponsored by Poetry Flash and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Main Library, Lower Level, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, 1:00 (www.sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1028587901)
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26 MARCH 2018 — monday

27 MARCH 2018 — tuesday

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  • The Octopus Literary Salon presents 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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  • Christopher Felver's documentary film Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder, takes a close look at Lawrence Ferlinghetti's role in the literary world during postwar America; he is the internationally acclaimed San Francisco poet who co-founded City Lights Books; filmmaker and photographer Chris Felver will be at the screening, Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (www.sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1028587901)
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  • Poetry reading by Randall Mann, Proprietary, and Fernando Pérez, A Song of Dismantling: Poems; also discussing the poetic experience as a path to cultural healing, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3116)
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28 MARCH 2018 — wednesday

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  • Zachary Lazar reads from his new novel Vengeance, with special guests The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva), Peabody Award-winning independent producers who create stories for NPR and other public media, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3116)
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  • USF Honors College presents a poetry reading with Craig Santos Perez, Home Islands, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, free and open to the public, 7:30-9:30 (www.usfca.edu/arts-sciences/graduate-programs/writing/reading-series)
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  • Facets of Spirituality, a poetry reading by Murray Silverstein, Master of Leaves, Jacqueline Kudler, Easing Into Dark, and reader and event host Richard Silberg, The Horses: New and Selected Poems, refreshments, Temple Sinai, Albers Chapel, entrance is on Webster Street, just north of 28th Street beside the parking lot, "2808 Summit" is written above the door, several blocks east of Telegraph Avenue, no driving entry from Broadway, Oakland, free, 7:00 (Phil Rubin, 510/547-8080; www.oaklandsinai.org)
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29 MARCH 2018 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by surrealist poet Ivan Argüelles, poet and KPFA "Cover to Cover" radio host Jack Foley, and poet, writer, and publisher Jacob Smullyan, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • City Arts & Lectures presents Kate Crawford, Artificial Intelligence: The Trouble with Bias, in conversation with Indre Viskontas, Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $29, 7:30 (www.cityarts.net)
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  • Bruce Holbert discusses his new novel Whiskey, in conversation with Suzanne Lang, a reporter for KQED and the host of "A Novel Idea" on KRCB radio, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3116)
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  • A poetry reading with Hilton Obenzinger, Treyf Pesach, and friends, open mic follows, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.birdbeckett.com)
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  • Book Launch for Crystal Jo Reiss's new novel, Jane is Everywhere, with readings from novelist Elizabeth Stark, Shy Girl, and poet Devi S. Laskar, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 7:30 (rollingwriters.blogspot.com)
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  • Jacqueline Winspear reads from and discusses To Die But Once, a novel, BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.bookshopwestportal.com/events-bookshop-west-portal)
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30 MARCH 2018 — friday

    EAST:
  • The Art of Storytelling and Poetry presents a performance evening with the theme "Growing Up," The Avid Reader, 1945 Broadway, Sacramento, free, 7:00-8:30 (www.avidreaderonbroadway.com)
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31 MARCH 2018 — saturday

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  • Café Society presents Betty Reid Soskin reading from her new memoir, Sign My Name to Freedom: A Memoir of a Pioneering Life, interviews, letters, and speeches, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place Point, Richmond, 7:00 (www.cafesociety.coffee/events)
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  • Youth Speaks holds their Teen Poetry Slam Semi-Finals featuring hundreds of kids performing their strong, demanding, moving poetry on stage, Red Bay Coffee Warehouse, 3098 E. 10th Street, Oakland, 5:00 (www.youthspeaks.org/youth-speaks-teen-poetry-slam)
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    SOUTH:
  • Musical performance combining poetry and music by Chappell and Dave Holt, open mic follows, Florey's Book Company, 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, free, 7:30-9:30 (floreysbooks.blogspot.com)
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