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6 JANUARY 2020 — monday

7 JANUARY 2020 — tuesday

8 JANUARY 2020 — wednesday

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  • Reading Evie Shockley: A Discussion Group is a special, one-time reading and discussion group on Evie Shockley's poetry, hosted by former Albany Poet Laureate Christina Hutchins, Albany Library, Basement Meeting Room, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, copies of Evie Shockley's books will be on hand, free, 6:30-7:30 (events.aclibrary.org)

9 JANUARY 2020 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a book launch reading by poet and artist Ellery Akers, Swerve: Environmentalism, Feminism, and Resistance, with poet and reviewer Barbara Berman, Currents, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
  • Poem Jam presents San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Charlie Getter, Pretti Vangani, and special guests, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, lower level, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (415/557-4400, www.sfpl.org)
  • A benefit for poet Q.R. Hand, Whose Really Blues, as he battles cancer, with his partners in WordWind Chorus: Brian Auerbach and Lewis Jordan, Avotcja, and a dozen other crucial poets and artists, please go to "A Helping Hand for Q.R. Hand" on Go Fund Me to donate, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)

10 JANUARY 2020 — friday

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  • Litquake and SF Sketchfest present My First Time, a storytelling podcast about early memories of significant life events, hosted by Mary Jo Smith and Colleen Smith, Groundlings Alums, with special guest Bryan Safi, co-host and co-creator of Throwing Shade podcast, PianoFight, Main Stage, 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, $25, all ages, 10:00-11:30 (415/816-3691, www.pianofight.com)
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  • Poetry Connection reading series presents CB Follett and Joseph Zaccardi, hosted by Terry Lucas, Marin County Poet Laureate, open mic to follow, light refreshments, The Fireside Room, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.terrylucas.com/schedule.html)

11 JANUARY 2020 — saturday

12 JANUARY 2020 — sunday

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  • Don Asmussen, creator of the twice-weekly comic strip Bad Reporter in the San Francisco Chronicle, and illustrator of Mary Ladd's recent debut, The Wig Diaries, in conversation with Phil Bronstein, Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, art exhibition features work by Don Asmussen, Thomasina DeMaio, Gary Janis, and Nancy Calef, Live Worms Gallery, 1345 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, free, 3:00-4:30 (415/297-5931)
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  • Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review and author of My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, and Maria Russo, children's books editor of The New York Times Book Review, read from their new book, How to Raise a Reader, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, Lisk Feng, Vera Brosgol, and Monica Garwood, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 1:00 ( www.bookpassage.com)

13 JANUARY 2020 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a poetry reading by Paul Jolly, Why Ice Cream Trucks Play Christmas Songs, open mic before and after, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
  • Reading by poet and literary and cultural theory critic D.S. Marriott, On Black Men, reads from his poetry, including Duppies, The Bloods, and Incognegro, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 www.citylights.com

14 JANUARY 2020 — tuesday

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  • A celebration of ZYZZYVA's Bay Area Issue, featuring contributors Meg Hurtado Bloom, Rita Bullwinkel, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Chia-Chia Lin, Kevin Simmonds, and Paul Wilner, moderated by Oscar Villalon, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (www.citylights.com)
  • Introductory Tuesday Night Playwriting Class taught by Gary Graves, company co-director of Central Works Theater Ensemble, space available, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, 2025 Addison Street, Berkeley, $360, meets weekly January 14-March 17, 7:00-10:00 (www.berkeleyrep.org)
  • Poetry@Albany presents a poetry reading by acclaimed poet Evie Shockley, the new black, 2012 winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and semiautomatic, winner of the 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, co-sponsored by Marin Poetry Center and Dominican University, Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, free, 7:00 (events.aclibrary.org)
  • The Green Arcade presents David Talbot, acclaimed writer, best-selling author, and founder of Salon Magazine, in conversation on his new near-death/new life memoir, Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke, special guests include Joe Talbot, Jimmy Fails, Tom Ammiano, Gary Kamiya, and Hillary Ronen, McRoskey Mattress Co., Third Floor Loft, 1687 Market Street (across from The Green Arcade), San Francisco, 7:00, doors open 6:30 (www.thegreenarcade.com)
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  • Colleen Hoover reads from her new novel, Regretting You, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, you must buy a copy of Regretting You from Book Passage to join the signing line, 7:00 (www.bookpassage.com)

15 JANUARY 2020 — wednesday

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  • Mapping the Bay, a poetry reading and discussion about the relationship between language and the natural world with San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Deer Trails, and poets Thea Matthews and Kevin Madrigal, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (www.citylights.com)
  • Chef Serena Wolf, The Dude Diet: Clean(ish) Food for People Who Like to Eat Dirty, a cult-classic, reads from her new healthy living cookbook, The Dude Diet Dinnertime: 125 Clean(ish) Recipes for Weeknight Winners and Fancypants Dinners, Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, 6:00 (www.bookpassage.com)
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  • James Alexander, prison reform advocate, presents his recent memoir, Courage in the Face of Cruelty: My Twenty-Eight Year Journey Through the California Prison System, in conversation with actor Peter Coyote, The Rainman's Third Cure: An Irregular Education, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 7:00 (www.bookpassage.com)

16 JANUARY 2020 — thursday

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  • Christopher Bernard launches his new novel, Meditations on Love and Catastrophe at The Liars' Cafe, with a reading and book signing, Green Apple Books, 506 Clement Street, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/ 387-2272, www.greenapplebooks.com)
  • Poetry Flash presents a book launch reading by David Shaddock, The Book of Splendor: New and Selected Poems on Spiritual Themes, with poet and political thinker Peter Dale Scott, Walking in Darkness, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Nancy Davis Kho, creator of the Midlife Mixtape blog and podcast, reads from her new book, The Thank-You Project: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time, which draws from her own experience writing fifty thank-you letters in a year, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 7:00 (www.bookpassage.com)

17 JANUARY 2020 — friday

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  • Kwei Quartey, author of the Darko Dawson mystery series, reads from his new novel, The Missing American: The First Emma Djan Investigation, Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, 6:00 (www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Novelist Mira Jacobs, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing, reads from her new graphic memoir, Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 7:00 (www.bookpassage.com)

18 JANUARY 2020 — saturday

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  • Valerie Caccia, real estate salesperson, humorist, and host of the How to Eat a Millennial podcast, reads from her new book How to Eat a Millennial, One Byte at a Time, Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, 3:00 (www.bookpassage.com)
  • Litquake and SF Sketchfest present Fake TED Talks, with guests Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm, Adam Savage, and more, Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Street, San Francisco, $45 reserved front row seating, $40 reserved premium seating, $35 general admission, 18+, 7:30-9:00 and 10:30-11:59 (www.litquake.org)
  • Litquake presents The Art of Process, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, legendary singer-songwriters, meet to discuss creative processes and working styles, this week's special guests are Rhett Miller, lead singer of the alternative country band, Old 97's, and Scott Thompson, from the comedy troupe Kids in the Hall, Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, $35, all ages, 4:00-5:30 (www.litquake.org)
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  • "Jollytologist" Allen Klein, Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times: A Renew-Your-Spirits Guide, presents his new book of inspirational sayings, The Lighten Up Book: Affirmations and Insights to Inspire Health and Happiness, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 1:00 (www.bookpassage.com)
  • Judy Melinek, M.D. and T.J. Mitchell, co-authors of the memoir Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner, read from their new novel, First Cut, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 4:00 (www.bookpassage.com)

19 JANUARY 2020 — sunday

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  • Steve Gorman, drummer and founding member of The Black Crowes, reads from his new first person history, Hard to Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes, Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, $32, includes signed copy of Hard to Handle, tickets are non-refundable, 3:00 (www.bookpassage.com)
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  • Ben Moon, adventure photographer, director, and filmmaker, reads from his new memoir, Denali: A Man, a Dog, and the Friendship of a Lifetime, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 1:00 (www.bookpassage.com)

20 JANUARY 2020 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents Caroline Goodwin in a featured poetry reading, open mic before and after featured reading, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)

21 JANUARY 2020 — tuesday

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  • Gibby Haynes, Butthole Surfers front man and lyricist, reads from his debut novel, Me & Mr. Cigar, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (www.citylights.com)
  • Peggy Orenstein, Girls & Sex, in conversation with Chris Colin, What to Talk About, on Orenstien's new book, Boys & Sex, in partnership with Jewish Family and Children's Services, The Writers Grotto, Huckleberry Youth, Urban School of San Francisco, Our Family Coalition and Planned Parenthood, bookseller Green Apple Books, JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, $20/members ten percent off, 7:00 (415/292-1200, www.jccsf.org)

22 JANUARY 2020 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • David Talbot, acclaimed writer, best-selling author, and founder of Salon Magazine, discusses his near-death/new life memoir, Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (www.citylights.com)

23 JANUARY 2020 — thursday

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  • Winter Poetry Workshop 1 is a six-week writing workshop taught by Hollie Hardy, How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems, open to all levels and styles of poetry, January 23-February 27, SF Creative Writing Institute, WeWork Golden Gate, 25 Taylor Street, San Francisco, Thursday evenings, 6:00-9:00, $375 for six weeks (www.sfwriting.institute)
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Alan Williamson, reading from his brand new collection of poetry, Franciscan Notes, with Jeanne Foster, Goodbye, Silver Sister, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)

24 JANUARY 2020 — friday

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  • Cafe Society presents novelist Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, A Kind of Freedom, National Book Award-nominee, reading from her new historically inspired novel The Revisioners, wine, conversation, and book signing to follow, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00 (www.cafesociety.coffee)
  • SPD Presents, a bi-monthly reading series that aims to foster connections within the national small press community, celebrates the release of Jennifer Soong's new book of poetry, Near, At, readings by Jennifer Soong, Trisha Low, author of Socialist Realism, Alli Warren, author of Little Hill, and Nora Treatbaby, whose work has appeared in Weakly and The Shotgun, refreshments, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Robert Hass, acclaimed U.S. Poet Laureate 195-97, whose books include Time and Materials, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, reads from his new collection, Summer Snow, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 7:00 (www.bookpassage.com)

25 JANUARY 2020 — saturday

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  • Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic presents Out of the Dark, bring on/off theme poems, stories, comedy sketches, songs, or dances, three-minute maximum, featured readers, poet Vernon Keeve III, Southern Migrant Mixtape, recipient of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and memorist Alvin Orloff, Disasterama!: Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977-1997, hosted by Hollie Hardy, last Saturday of every month, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, 21+, free but one drink minimum, cash only, sign up 7:00, reading 7:00-9:30 (510/652-NICK, www.nickslounge.com)

26 JANUARY 2020 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Wendy Barker, Gloss, and NCBA Cody Award-winner Sandra M. Gilbert, Judgment Day, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)

27 JANUARY 2020 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Dan Lineham, author of the multimedia serial novel The Princess of the Bottom of the World, open mic before and after, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
  • The Monday Writers Group is for playwrights at all levels who wish to develop their scripts by having their work read while responding to the work of others, space available, contact Gary Graves to get involved, Central Works, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, $200, meets weekly January 27-March 23, Noon-2:00 (gary@centralworks.org, www.centralworks.org)
  • Litquake, Berlin International Literature Festival, and Goethe-Institut San Francisco present SHOAH: A Film Screening, of Claude Lanzmann's 1985 nine-and-a-half-hour documentary in honor of the International Day of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust, Goethe-Institut San Francisco, 530 Bush Street #204, San Francisco, free, film screening 9:00 a.m.-6:30, evening panel and audience discussion 7:00 (www.litquake.org)

28 JANUARY 2020 — tuesday

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  • Jun Jun Li, artist, presents her recent book of oil paintings and poems, Deep Sea in The Seed, live music and painting, storytelling by Jun Jun Li, dance performance by Jun Ting, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
  • A reading by Bob Perelman, from his new poetry book Jack and Jill in Troy, poet Norman Fischer, On a Train at Night and Untitled Series: Life As It is, serial poems, and Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion, prose, and poet James Sherry, Entangled Bank: A Conceptual Memoir of Language Ecosystems, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
  • Andre Perry in conversation with Colin Winnette, The Job of The Wasp, in celebration of Perry's debut collection of personal essays, Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (www.citylights.com)

29 JANUARY 2020 — wednesday

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  • #we music, bi-monthly talk and performance series of queer perspectives, presents Sidney Chen, Chinese-American vocalist and performance artist, giving a talk on "Mother Tongues: Reclaiming a Discarded Self," with a vocal and handmade music box performance, and Rybree Tree, non-binary singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, giving a talk on "In Between: Visions from the Outskirts & People People," with a musical performance, hosted by Richard Loranger, ProArts Gallery & Commons, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, free/a hat will be passed, 7:00-9:00 (www.proartsgallery.org)
  • Fire Thieves Board The Peace Train, a poetry reading featuring Joyce Jenkins, Gary Gach, Judith Ayn Bernhard, Val Ibarra, Melena Garrone, and more, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, in association with the American Academy of Poets, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
  • JCCSF presents poet, performer, and multi-disciplinary artist Danez Smith, Don't Call Us Dead, as they read and share from their new poetry collection, Homie, in partnership with Litquake, Poetry Flash, The Urban School, and MoAD, JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, $20, members get ten percent off, 7:00 (415/292-1200, www.jccsf.org)
  • Dr. Samuel C. Woolley, a researcher specializing in automation/AI, emergent technology, politics, persuasion, and social media, discusses his book, The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (www.citylights.com)
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  • The Write Spot: Jumpstart Workshop, participants write freely in response to a variety of prompts, facilitated by Lakin Khan, all writers welcome, all writing and conversations confidential, bring notebook and pen, Copperfield's Books, 850 4th Street, San Rafael, 18+, $15 per drop-in workshop, 4:30-6:30 (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php)

30 JANUARY 2020 — thursday

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  • John Curl reads from his new novel, Outlaws of Maroon, an adult novel about two children set in the 1950s, New York, McCarthy era, and poet Jack Foley, When Sleep Comes: Shillelagh Songs, performs with Sangye Land, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, 6:30-8:00 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
  • Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties, celebrates the release of her new memoir, In the Dream House, in conversation with Esmé Weijun Wang, The Collected Schizophrenias, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (www.citylights.com)
  • "In DNA, Secrets & Inheritance," Dani Shapiro, author of memoirs and novels including Hourglass and Black & White, is joined by Dr. Abraham Verghese, Professor and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University and author of Cutting for Stone, to discuss Shapiro's memoir Inheritance, exploring the combination of factors that make us who we are, in partnership with Jewish Film Institute, SF Hillel, The Writers Grotto, the Jewish Community Library, and JIMENA, bookseller Green Apple Books, JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, $30/members ten percent off, tickets include a copy of Inheritance, 7:00 (415/292-1200, www.jccsf.org)
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  • Michael Shapiro presents his new collection of interviews The Creative Spark: How Musicians, Writers, Explorers, and Other Artists Found Their Inner Fire and Followed Their Dreams, Copperfield's Books, 138 Main Street, Sebastopol, free, first come, first served seating, 7:00 (www.copperfieldsbooks.com)

31 JANUARY 2020 — friday

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  • Playwright Terry Baum HICK: A Love Story, and Carolyn Myers, editor, present One Dyke's Theater, their recent book of ten ground-breaking feminist plays written over four decades, Copperfield's Books, 1330 Lincoln Street, Calistoga, free, 5:00 (www.copperfieldsbooks.com)

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