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28 MAY 2012 — monday

  • Poetry Express presents an open mic night with featured readers, with hosts Jim Barnard, Nance Wogan, Odilia Galvan Rodriguez, and Jan Dederick, mention the reading for a ten percent meal discount, Priya Restaurant, 2072 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (poetryexpress @
  • Poet's Gallery presents open mic night, Caffe Greco, 423 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30-9:30

29 MAY 2012 — tuesday

  • City Lights Bookstore and Litquake's Epicenter Reading Series present an evening of reading and music in celebration of Edith Piaf, with Carolyn Burke, No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf, with musical accompaniment by Betty Roi, Tosca Café, 242 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/986-9651,
  • Featured poetry reading by Jeanne Powell, and open mic, 21 and over, courtesy pub grub, Keane's 3300 Club, 3300 Mission Street, at 29th Street, San Francisco, free, sign up 6:30, reading 7:00 (415/826-6886,

30 MAY 2012 — wednesday

  • HAVOQ presents a monthly queer prisoner pen-pal letter-writing night to help break isolation for incarcerated members of communities, Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (
  • Social critic Jerry Mander, director of the International Forum on Globalization, discusses The Capitalism Papers: Six Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System, on the environmental and social problems of capitalism, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, at Broadway, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/362-4921,
  • Joan Frank, In Envy Country, reads from her new novel, Make It Stay, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, 7:30 (415/864-8688,
  • Ryan George Kittleman reads from his debut novel The Great Peace, Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/776-1111,
  • Freelance and pulp fiction writer Will Viharo and Scott Fulks read and sign copies of their first novel It Came From Hanger 18, Books Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, 7:00 (510/522-2226,
  • Marty Brounstein reads from his debut novel Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust, Books Inc., 301 Castro Street, Mountain View 7:00 (650/428-1234,
  • The Rubber Chicken presents a poetry slam and open mic, East Village Coffee Lounge, 498 Washington Street, Monterey, free, sign up 7:30, show 8:00 (
  • Mahogany Slam with Khiry, all ages, Queen Sheba Restaurant, 1704 Broadway at 17th Street, Sacramento, $5, 9:00-11:00 (malikspeaks @

31 MAY 2012 — thursday

  • Buzz Bissinger, Friday Night Lights, presents Father's Day: A Journey Into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son, Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/776-1111,
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Carol V. Davis, Between Storms, and Grace Grafton, Whimsey, Reticence and Laud, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087,; wheelchair accessible, ASL interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired may be requested a week in advance by email,
  • An evening of song and verse celebrating Imagining Paradise: New and Selected Poems, by poet and fiction writer Barry Gifford, with musician and author Willy Vlautin, Lean on Pete, member of the band Richmond Fontaine, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, at Broadway, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/362-4921,
  • Thursday at Readers Poetry Series presents John Landry and Peter Sherburn-Zimmer, food and drink sales benefit San Francisco Public Library, Readers Café, Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/771-1011,
  • Lewis Buzbee reads from and celebrates the launch of his new Young Adult novel Bridge of Time, Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/931-3633,
  • Poetry Unplugged presents an open mic before and after featured readers, hosted by Joe Montoya, Luna's Café and Juice Bar, 1414 16th Street, Sacramento, $2 or one drink minimum, 8:00 (916/441-3931,

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