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3 JUNE 2018 — sunday

4 JUNE 2018 — monday

    NORTH:
  • Join Marlene Cullen and Susan Bono's Jumpstart, a writing workshop that meets Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings, where creative prompts are used to inspire writing, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, $15 per workshop, 6:30-8:30 (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php/)
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5 JUNE 2018 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Friends of the San Francisco Public Library present "Tuesdays at North Beach," a weekly poetry series celebrating internationally acclaimed poets and showcasing local talent, hosted by Friends' Poet-in-Residence Jack Hirschman, this week features Martin Hickel and Trang Cao, North Beach Public Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:30-8:00 (Byron Spooner, 415/626-7500, sfpl.org)
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  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie Le Duff, Detroit: An American Autopsy, reads from and discusses his new book, Sh*tShow: The Country's Collapsing…and the Ratings Are Great, The Bindery, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, bar opens 6:00, event begins 8:00 (www.booksmith.com/event/bindery-charlie-leduff-shtshow-countrys-collapsing-and-ratings-are-great)
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  • Book launch and poetry reading for Alexandra Mattraw's new book, small siren, also featuring readings by poets Norman Fischer and Tiff Dressen, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Silent Reading Party presented by Lemony Snicket and Radio Silence, bring a book to read to yourself in silence, drinks and light snacks available, all proceeds from drink sales benefit Visitacion Valley Middle School's Library, a public school in San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:30 (www.booksmith.com/event/bindery-silent-reading-party-jun-5)
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    NORTH:
  • Join Marlene Cullen and Susan Bono's Jumpstart, a writing workshop that meets Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings, where creative prompts are used to inspire writing, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, $15 per workshop, 10:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php/)
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6 JUNE 2018 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Alameda Island Poets Gathering presents a reading, Poets Who Dance, an event celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Dancing Poetry Festival (to be held in San Francisco, September 15, 2018) featuring poet-dancers Diane Frank, Rhonda Hollie, Tanya Joyce, Natica Angilly, Richard Angilly, Takako Miyashita, Nanette Bradley Deets, Alyza Lee Saloman, Nancy Merritt, Beatrice Levy, Cathy Dana, and special guest Wanda Ingmire, Poet Laureate of St. Joseph's High School, open reading follows, refreshments, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, free, 7:00 (510/523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org)
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  • Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen, illustrator Thi Bui, and short story writer Meron Hadero discuss their new anthology The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/info/?fa=event&event_id=3239)
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  • Shipwreck presents San Francisco's premier Literary Erotic Fanfiction Competition, Andre Aciman's Call Me By Your Name, featuring writers Stephanie Lacy-Price, Chris Philpot, Jared Schwartz, Stephanie Smith, and Andriana Vazquez, six great writers destroy six notable characters from one great book, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, $15 at the door/$12 advance, tickets include open bar for twenty-one and over, plus admission to the after party at The Bindery (1727 Haight Street, San Francisco), 7:00 (www.booksmith.com/event/shipwreck-presents-call-me-your-name)
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  • Award-winning Canadian writer Mariko Tamaki, Supergirl: Being Super, talks with graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, Superman, about writing graphic novels for young readers, The Bindery, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30-9:00 (www.booksmith.com/event/bindery-mariko-tamaki-supergirl-being-super)
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  • The Green Arcade presents Hazel White in a reading for her new collection of poetry, Vigilance Is No Orchard, with poets Jennifer S. Cheng Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems, and Denise Newman, The New Make Believe, Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.thegreenarcade.com)
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7 JUNE 2018 — thursday

8 JUNE 2018 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Booksmith collaborates with Alembic in celebration of Jessica Battilana's Repertoire: All the Recipes You Need and Maggie Hoffman's The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit, The Bindery, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, purchase tickets at website: $35 bites and booze, $90 bites, booze, and both books, 7:00-8:30 (www.booksmith.com/event/bindery-night-jessica-battilana-and-maggie-hoffman/)
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9 JUNE 2018 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by Cynthia Bryant and Cher Wollard, followed by an open mic, hosted by Jeanne Lupton every second Saturday monthly, Frank Bette and Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 7:00 (510/523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org)
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  • Clearly Meant presents haiku poet Bruce H. Feingold, author of three haiku collections, chair of the Haiku Foundation Touchstone Awards and vice-president of the Haiku Poets of Northern California, in a reading of 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-bruce-h-feingold-claremont)
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  • The Octopus Literary Salon presents a reading by poets Hazel White, Vigilance Is No Orchard, Anna Morrison, Terry Taplin, and Valerie Witte, It's Been a Long Time Since I've Dreamt of Someone, 2101 Webster Street #170, Oakland, free, 4:00 (www.oaklandoctopus.org/poetry-hazel-white-anna-morrison-terry-taplin-valerie-witte-4pm-free)
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    EAST:
  • The second annual Mahogany Festival celebrates Black culture and community along with the 19th Anniversary of the Mahogany Urban Poetry Series, where every Wednesday night, poets, comedians, and entertainers share their stories, festival will feature live music, poetry, workshops, food, 3300 Stockton Boulevard, Sacramento, free, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 (www.mahoganyfestival.com)
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10 JUNE 2018 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Britt-Marie's Second Sunday Poetry Series features Jacqueline Berger, The Day You Miss Your Exit, Edie Hartshorne, K.T. Landon, hosted by Barb Reynolds, Britt-Marie's Wine Bar and Restaurant, 1369 Solano Avenue, Albany, 3:30 (brittmariesolano.com)
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11 JUNE 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Best-selling author David Graeber discusses his new book Bullshit Jobs: A Theory, regarding the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs and their consequences, City Lights Booksellers, 2261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/info/?fa=event&event_id=3227)
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12 JUNE 2018 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Friends of the San Francisco Public Library present "Tuesdays at North Beach," a weekly poetry series celebrating internationally acclaimed poets and showcasing local talent, hosted by Friends' Poet-in-Residence Jack Hirschman, this week features Carol Denney and Patti Trimble, North Beach Public Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:30-8:00 (Byron Spooner, 415/626-7500, sfpl.org)
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  • Berkeley poet Alexandra Mattraw launches her debut novel small siren, reading with Tiff Dressen, SONGS FROM THE ASTRAL BESTIARY, and poet Norman Fischer On a Train at Night, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/info/?fa=event&event_id=3195)
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  • Turk & Divis (Evan and Miles Karp) launch the Quiet Lightning album, featuring eleven tracks of original music scored to excerpts of fifty Bay Area writers performing live in last year's Quiet Lightning show, the night will include a listening/screening party with performances by the album's contributors such as Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Margaret McCarthy, Matt Liebel, Miah Jeffra, AshleyRose Sanchez, Matt Carney, Roberto F. Santiago, Rayam Mustafa, Kristin Ten, Linette Escobar, Riss Rosado, John Panzer, Danielle Bero, Abe Becker, Cassandra Dallett, and Paul Corman-Roberts, plus open mic, sign up to read/perform during an improv set by Turk & Divis, The Bindery, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, all ages, doors open 6:00, show 7:00-10:00 (www.booksmith.com/event/bindery-turk-divis-quiet-lightning-album-release-party)
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    SOUTH:
  • Coastside Poetry Community presents poet Andrena Zawinski, Landings, and Santa Cruz poet Magdalena Montagne, Earth, My Witness, in a featured reading followed by an open mic, ten open slots for poets to sign up and read for five minutes, sign up sheets are available at the coffee bar, along with food and drinks, Café Society, 522 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, free, doors open 6:30, reading 7:00 (www.coastsidepoetry.org)
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13 JUNE 2018 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • June is Pride Month! The Bindery hosts a Bookswap, bring the queerest book you love, cocktails and snacks available, $15 admission includes drink ticket, swag, and twenty percent off book purchases at The Bindery and The Booksmith for the evening, bar opens 6:30, fun starts 7:00 (www.booksmith.com/event/bindery-bookswap-pride-edition)
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14 JUNE 2018 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Paul Hoover from his new collection, The Book of Unnamed Things, with Gillian Conoley, Peace, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Tommy Orange, 2014 MacDowell Fellow and 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow, reads from his new novel There There, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/info/?fa=event&event_id=3196)
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15 JUNE 2018 — friday

16 JUNE 2018 — saturday

17 JUNE 2018 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Bindery hosts Jared Brock reading from his new book, The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War, along with a screening of the corresponding thirty-nine minute documentary film, Josiah, narrated by Danny Glover, Q&A and signing follows, The Bindery, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 4:00-5:30 (www.booksmith.com/event/bindery-jared-brock-road-dawn)
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18 JUNE 2018 — monday

    NORTH:
  • Join Marlene Cullen and Susan Bono's Jumpstart, a writing workshop that meets Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings, where creative prompts are used to inspire writing, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, $15 per workshop, 6:30-8:30 (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php/)
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19 JUNE 2018 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Friends of the San Francisco Public Library present "Tuesdays at North Beach," a weekly poetry series celebrating internationally acclaimed poets and showcasing local talent, hosted by Friends' Poet-in-Residence Jack Hirschman, this week features John Curl and Nadine Lockhart, North Beach Public Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:30-8:00 (Byron Spooner, 415/626-7500, sfpl.org)
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  • Writer and poet Yrsa Daley-Ward reads from her new book, The Terrible: A Storyteller's Memoir, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30-9:00 (www.booksmith.com/event/booksmith-yrsa-daley-ward-terrible)
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  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes discusses his new book, Energy: A Human History, highlighting the successes and failures that led breakthroughs in energy production, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/info/?fa=event&event_id=3240)
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    NORTH:
  • Join Marlene Cullen and Susan Bono's Jumpstart, a writing workshop that meets Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings, where creative prompts are used to inspire writing, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, $15 per workshop, 10:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php/)
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20 JUNE 2018 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Ana Raquel Minian explores the history of Mexican migration in her new book Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration, with The Nation blogger Laura Bogado, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/info/?fa=event&event_id=3214)
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  • Moriel Rothman-Zecher reads from his new novel, Sadness Is a White Bird, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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21 JUNE 2018 — thursday

    NORTH:
  • Marlene Cullen's Writer's Forum, a literary workshop on the craft and business of writing presents romantics Georgia James and Deborah Parrish, Home Sweet Sonoma, speaking on "The Language of Love in Today's Changing Times: How to Write Empowering Love Connections that Embrace Passion and Intimacy," Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, free, 6:30-8:30 (www.thewritespot.us/forum.php/)
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22 JUNE 2018 — friday

23 JUNE 2018 — saturday

24 JUNE 2018 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Kim Addonizio, Mortal Trash, Donna Masini, 4:30 Movie, and Brittany Perham, Double Portrait, wheelchair accessible, East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel), 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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25 JUNE 2018 — monday

    NORTH:
  • Join Marlene Cullen and Susan Bono's Jumpstart, a writing workshop that meets Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings, where creative prompts are used to inspire writing, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, $15 per workshop, 6:30-8:30 (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php/)
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26 JUNE 2018 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Novelist Glen David Gold discusses his new memoir, I Will Be Complete, with ZYZZYVA managing editor Oscar Villalon, City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/info/?fa=event&event_id=3215)
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  • Friends of the San Francisco Public Library present "Tuesdays at North Beach," a weekly poetry series celebrating internationally acclaimed poets and showcasing local talent, hosted by Friends' Poet-in-Residence Jack Hirschman, this week features David Volpendesta and Dan Katz, North Beach Public Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:30-8:00 (Byron Spooner, 415/626-7500, sfpl.org)
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    NORTH:
  • Join Marlene Cullen and Susan Bono's Jumpstart, a writing workshop that meets Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings, where creative prompts are used to inspire writing, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, $15 per workshop, 10:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php)
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27 JUNE 2018 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Veronica Scott Esposito The Doubles, Charlie Jane Anders All the Birds in the Sky, and Craig Santos Perez From Unincorporated Territory discuss the very lively, very angry collection of work from forty novelists, essayists, poets, and artists, Who Will Speak for America, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, san Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/info/?fa=event&event_id=3216)
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  • An evening with novelist Porochista Khakpour reading from her new book, Sick: A Memoir, with novelist Esmé Weijun Wang, The Border of Paradise, The Bindery, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, bar opens 7:00, event 7:30 (www.booksmith.com/event/bindery-porochista-khakpour-sick)
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28 JUNE 2018 — thursday

29 JUNE 2018 — friday

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


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