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2 FEBRUARY 2019 — saturday

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  • Left Margin Lit has opened enrollment for their writing workshop, "The Art of Brevity: Writing Flash Fiction," with Grant Faulkner, workshop covers how a different type of creativity emerges within a hard compositional limit, participants will write short pieces and explore the expansiveness of succinctness, $80, Left Margin Lit, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B, Berkeley, 10:00 a.m.-noon (www.leftmarginlit.org)
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  • City Lights presents "Poetic City" at the Night of Ideas, a seven-hour marathon of debate, performance, readings, screenings, and music presented by the San Francisco Public Library, SFMOMA, and the French Consulate, local artists and writers Julien Poirier, Ash Tre Philips, Kim Shuck, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Robert Andrew Perez, Ava Koohbor, Lisa Gray-Garcia, Josiah Luis Alderete, Thea Matthews, Jack Hirschman, and Flavia Mora share their work, RSVP required, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 8:00-9:00 (415/557-4400, www.nightofideassf.com, sfpl.org)
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3 FEBRUARY 2019 — sunday

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  • CODEX VII Book Fair brings together book artists from all over the world, Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbor Way South, Richmond, tickets available at door, multi-day $30, single-day $10, student with ID $5, 12:30-5:30 (www.codexfoundation.org)
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  • San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Clouds Running In and poet E. K. Keith, Ordinary Villains, read from their new poetry, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 5:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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4 FEBRUARY 2019 — monday

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  • CODEX VII Book Fair brings together book artists from all over the world, Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbor Way South, Richmond, tickets available at door, multi-day $30, single-day $10, student with ID $5, 12:30-6:00 (www.codexfoundation.org)
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  • John Kim reads from and discusses his new book, I Used to Be a Miserable F*ck: An Everyman's Guide to a Meaningful Life, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut Street, San Fransico, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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  • Poetry Express presents a poetry reading and open mic, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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5 FEBRUARY 2019 — tuesday

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  • Birthday celebration for the late, great Beat writer William S Burroughs, Don't Hide the Madness: William S Burroughs in Conversation with Allen Ginsberg, with a discussion on this new book with Steven Taylor, Peter Hale, Erik Drooker, Peter Carlaftes, and V Vale, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • CODEX VII Book Fair brings together book artists from all over the world, Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbor Way South, Richmond, tickets available at door, multi-day $30, single-day $10, student with ID $5, 12:30-6:00 (www.codexfoundation.org)
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  • Jazz Stories: Live Jazz presents live jazz and stories about jazz, hosted by Richard Leiter, first Tuesday of every month, Pegasus Books on Solano, 1855 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Elizabeth Treadwell, Charles Alexander, and Karen Randall read from their latest poetry and writings, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, 7:00-8:30 (www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Sara B. Hart reads from and discusses her new book The Upside of Downsizing: Getting to Enough, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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  • Devi S. Laskar reads from and discusses her new novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Books Inc., 317 Castro Street, Mountain View, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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6 FEBRUARY 2019 — wednesday

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  • CODEX VII Book Fair brings together book artists from all over the world, Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbor Way South, Richmond, tickets available at door, multi-day $30, single-day $10, student with ID $5, 12:30-6:00 (www.codexfoundation.org)
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7 FEBRUARY 2019 — thursday

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  • An evening of reading and discussion to celebrate A People's Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction From 25 Extraordinary Writers, featuring contributors Charlie Jane Anders and Gabby Rivera, moderated by Arly Sorg, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Alice Robb reads from and discusses her new book Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey, drawing from fresh and forgotten research as well as her experiences to show why dreams are vital to our emotional and physical health, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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  • Gregg Hurwitz reads from and discusses his new Orphan X novel, Out of the Dark, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Books Inc., 1875 South Bascom Avenue, Campbell, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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  • Leonard Mlodinow reads from and discusses his new book Elastic: Unlocking Your Brain's Ability to Embrace Change, a look at how the human mind deals with change and how to process it, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, free, 8:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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8 FEBRUARY 2019 — friday

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  • Alta Magazine presents David E. Presti reading from and discussing Mind Beyond Brain: Buddhism, Science and the Paranormal, exploring evidence for anomalous phenomena, such as near-death experiences, apparent memories of past lives, apparitions, and experiences associated with death, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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  • Poets Juliana Spahr and Jasmine Gibson read from their work, as part of the Writers in Common Series sponsored by the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, 8:15 (www.moesbooks.com)
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9 FEBRUARY 2019 — saturday

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  • Left Margin Lit has opened enrollment for their writing workshop, "How to Sell Your Ideas to the World: Writing and Pitching Op-Eds," with Ruth Whippman; you will learn how to craft, pitch, and sell the perfect op-ed, with a focus on how to craft an argument, structure your thoughts, and then write a piece that will grab readers, Left Margin Lit, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B, Berkeley, $150, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 (www.leftmarginlit.org)
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10 FEBRUARY 2019 — sunday

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  • Second Sunday Poetry series presents a reading by Margaret Stawowy, Kate Peper, and Ron Campbell, curated by Barb Reynolds, Britt-Marie's Restaurant, 1369 Solano Avenue, Albany, free, 3:30-5:00 (510/527-1314, brittmariesolano.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a Kelsay Books reading by Rachel Dacus, Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas, Eileen Malone, Kathleen McClung, Lenore Weiss, and Andrena Zawinski, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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  • Sharon Saline reads from and discusses What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 3:00 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Poetic Voices presents Prartho Sereno in a poetry reading from her books, Indian Rope Trick, Elephant Raga, Call from Paris and Causing a Stir: The Secret Lives and Loves of Kitchen Utensils, open mic, The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 3:00-4:30 (510/845-1767, dream-institute.org)
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  • Second Sunday Poetry series presents a reading by Margaret Stawowy, Kate Peper, and Ron Campbell, curated by Barb Reynolds, Britt-Marie's Restaurant, 1369 Solano Avenue, Albany, free, 3:30-5:00 (510/527-1314, brittmariesolano.com)
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11 FEBRUARY 2019 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Carl Kopman, open mic, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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12 FEBRUARY 2019 — tuesday

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  • Acclaimed fiction writer Joyce Carol Oates reads from her new novel, Hazards of Time Travel, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Left Margin Lit has opened enrollment for their writing workshop, "Reshape, Renew, Regenerate: A Workshop in Creative Revision," with poet and writer Rachel Richardson, learn how to revise drafts and turn them into works of art, heavy focus on in-class experimentation: play with shape and sound, movement, and energy, Left Margin Lit, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B, Berkeley, every Tuesday from February 12- March 5, $245 for the whole course, 7:00-9:00 (www.leftmarginlit.org)
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  • Yangsze Choo reads from and discusses her new novel, The Night Tiger, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Books Inc., 317 Castro Street, Mountain View, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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13 FEBRUARY 2019 — wednesday

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  • Left Margin Lit has opened enrollment for their writing workshop, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Food: A Sensory Workshop," with Faith Adiele; explore how food conversation can not only cross borders and history, but create a genre, learn about the history of foods, memoirs that use recipes to capture an organizing principle, food comics/graphic novels, Left Margin Lit, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B, Berkeley, every Wednesday from February 13- March 6, $245, 7:00-9:00 (www.leftmarginlit.org)
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  • Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy read from and discuss their new book, No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work, a hilarious guide to effectively expressing one's emotions at work, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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  • A talk and film screening with Barry Gifford celebrating the release of his graphic novels, Southern Nights, Night People, Arise and Walk, and Baby Cat Face, published by Seven Stories Press, the evening also features a screening of the short film American Falls and the directors-cut of Wild at Heart, Alamo Draft House, 2250 Mission Street San Francisco, book signing 8:30, film screening and talk 9:30 (drafthouse.com/sf/show/wild-at-heart)
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  • Alta Magazine presents John Jay Osborn reading and discussing his novel, Listen to the Marriage, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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14 FEBRUARY 2019 — thursday

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  • Novelist Keith Scribner, Old Newgate Road, and short story writer Tom Barbash, The Dakota Winters, read from their new books, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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15 FEBRUARY 2019 — friday

16 FEBRUARY 2019 — saturday

17 FEBRUARY 2019 — sunday

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  • Poetry Santa Cruz presents Poet/Speak Open Reading, an all-open reading, meets every third Sunday, Santa Cruz Library, upstairs Training Room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, 2:00-4:00 (www.poetrysantacruz.org)
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18 FEBRUARY 2019 — monday

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  • Not Your Mother's Book Club presents a night of fantasy with Sara Holland Evermore, Laura Sebastian Lady Smoke: Ash Princess, and Tara Sim Firestarter, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Jan Steckel, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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  • Angie Thomas reads from her new novel, On the Come Up, with a conversation with MK Asante, event co-sponsored by Oakland Unified School District Library Service, Oakland Technical High School Auditorium, 300 42nd Street, Oakland, tickets can be purchased at EventBrite, puchase will include a ticket and copy of the book to be picked up at the event, 3:00-5:00 (www.eventbrite.com/e/angie-thomas-in-conversation-with-mk-asante-tickets-53325637417)
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    EAST:
  • A poetry reading by Steven Sanchez, Phantom Tongue, winner of Marsh Hawk Press' Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award, and Michelle Brittan Rosado, Why Can't It Be Tenderness, Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry-winner, hosted by Penny Kline, open mic follows, refreshments, free parking, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 7:30 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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19 FEBRUARY 2019 — tuesday

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  • Ayesha Harruna Attah reads from The Hundred Wells of Salaga: A Novel, an exceptional view of how slavery and the fight over Africa affected people's lives, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Dani Shapiro reads from and discusses her book, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love , to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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20 FEBRUARY 2019 — wednesday

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  • Alan Brennert reads from his novel, Daughter of Moloka`i, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly poetry series presents Jenny Qi, Tony Aldarondo, Heather June Gibbons, James Cagney, and Yaccaira Salvatierra, hosted and curated by Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Cheryl Mitchell Wade reads from her novel, Photogenic: Where a Photograph is a Time Travel Portal to Live a Second Chance, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Books Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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    SOUTH:
  • Alta Magazine presents a reading by co-authors Les Kaye and Teresa Bouza from A Sense of Something Greater: Zen and the Search for Balance in Silicon Valley, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Books Inc., 317 Castro Street, Mountain View, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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  • Sacramento Poetry Center presents a generative writing workshop, led by Christin O'Cuddenhy, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 6:00-8:00 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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21 FEBRUARY 2019 — thursday

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  • Guggenheim recipient and novelist Chloe Aridjis reads from Sea Monsters, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Poetry reading by GennaRose Nethercott, The Lumberjack's Dove, and Miriam Bird Greenberg, In the Volcano's Mouth, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Christopher Buckley, Chaos Theory, and Gary Young, That’s What I Thought, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Sacramento Poetry Center presents an open reading, hosted by Mary Zeppa and Lawrence Dinkins, Sacramento Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, free, noon ( www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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22 FEBRUARY 2019 — friday

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  • The Nomadic Press Open Mic presents six open-mic slots filled on a first-come, first-serve basis with to-be-announced music and features curated and emceed by Rene Vaz, fourth Friday of every month, Nomadic Press: Uptown, 2301 Telegraph Avenue, $10 sliding scale, sign up list opens 7:00 sharp, 7:00-9:00 (www.nomadicpress.org)
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  • Random Lane Press book release party for poet NSAA aka Lawrence Dinkins, hosted by Bob Stanley, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 6:00 ( www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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23 FEBRUARY 2019 — saturday

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  • Zoetic Press authors Amy Karon, Meg Yardley, Effie Sieberg, Janna Layton, and Meadhbh Hamrick present their latest works, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street at 22nd Street, Oakland, free, 7:00 (oaklandoctopus.org)
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  • Bawdy Storytelling celebrates twelve years of groundbreaking storytelling with an edge, this "Dirty Dozen" evening includes artist, educator, and "super nova of kink" Midori and sexual folklorist Dixie Del La Tour, custom bawdy songs by Rachel Lark, play Bang-O and win prizes, sexy cocktails to help you libate, Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, $25-$65, Bang-O at 6:00, storytelling 7:00 (www.verdiclub.net)
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24 FEBRUARY 2019 — sunday

25 FEBRUARY 2019 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Juda Kalamka, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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26 FEBRUARY 2019 — tuesday

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  • Oral historian and archivist in the fields of jazz and African American cultural history Maxine Gordon reads from and discusses Sophisticated Giant:The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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27 FEBRUARY 2019 — wednesday

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  • Editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications Lloyd Khan presents Driftwood Shack: Anonymous Architecture Along the California Coast, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • #we presents Tom Odegard speaking on "being intersex" and reading poetry on the subject, and Jan Steckel speaking on "Bi Babes in the Woods" with a reading of bi poems from her new book Like Flesh Covers Bone, Q&A follows, hosted by Richard Loranger, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, at 22nd Street, Oakland, free, 7:00 (oaklandoctopus.org)
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  • Mariewriters workshop led by Laura Martin, workshop will be held two doors down from Sacramento Poetry Center in the Women's Wisdom Room, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 6:00-8:00 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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28 FEBRUARY 2019 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Barbara Henning, A Day Like Today, and Maureen Owen, Edges of Water, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Katie Peterson, A Piece of Good News: Poems, in conversation with Louise Glück, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • James Weeks reads from his book, Mediations Across the Kings River, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, ree, 7:30 (www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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