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27 JULY 2012 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Bookswap Social, with food, drink, prizes, and games, Books Inc. in Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (415/776-1111, www.booksinc.net)
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  • San Francisco International Poetry Festival presents a reading by Jack Hirschman, Antonie Cassar, Matt Gonzales, Agneta Falk, and Alejandro Murguia, presented by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, and the Mayor's Office of Protocol, Civic Center Plaza, 355 McAllister Street, San Francisco, free, noon-1:30 (sfipf.org)
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  • San Francisco International Poetry Festival presents a reading by Joachim Sartorius, Scott Thompson, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Antonieta Villamil, Barbara Paschke, Jane Hirshfield, Dunya Mikhael, and Kareem James Abdul-Zeid, presented by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, and the Mayor's Office of Protocol, San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 1:45-4:30 (sfipf.org)
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  • San Francisco International Poetry Festival presents Readers Bookstore's book sales and signings by SFIPF featured participants, at two locations: And Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, and the Mint Café, 400 McAllister Street, both San Francisco, free, 1:00-4:30 (sfipf.org)
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28 JULY 2012 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by painter/poet Sande Anfang and musician/poet Steve Arntson, The Wikkeling, open mic follows, Florey's Book Company, 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, 7:00-9:30 (650/355-8811, sherrirose-walker @ hotmail.com)
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  • Bay Area Poetry Marathon presents a poetry reading by Megan Breiseth, Joshua Edwards, Evan Kennedy, James Meetze, Chris McCreary, Jenn McCreary, Susan Scarlata, and Lynn Xu, hosted by Kathryn L. Pringle, The CCA Writers Studio, 195 DeHaro, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (baypoetry @ gmail.com, www.facebook.com/bayareapoetrymarathon/info)
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  • Fourth Saturdays Poetry & Prose presents poets Randy Fingland, Orphans of War, and Louis Cuneo, Splash, open mic follows, hosted by Jeanne Lupton, refreshments provided by participants, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, free, 7:00-9:00 (510/523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org)
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  • Calligraphy demonstration of pointed pen calligraphy by Melissa Titone, in conjunction with KALLI-GRAPHIA 13, an exhibition of contemporary calligraphy, broadsides, and manuscript books, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, San Francisco Main Library, Lower Level, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00-4:00 (415/557-4277, sfpl.org)
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  • Women of Distinction for Humanitarianism winner Nona Mock Wyman reads from her book Bamboo Women: Stories from Ming Quong, a Chinese Orphanage in California, Chinatown Meeting Room, Chinatown/Him Mark Lai Branch Library, 1135 Powell Street, San Francisco, free, 3:00-4:30 (415/557-4277, sfpl.org)
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  • Sara Adams teahes a fiction writing workshop for teens (15 to 19), using the neutral workshop style; bring five copies of a five to ten page story you've written, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, $35, 2:00-4:30 (510/523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org)
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  • San Francisco International Poetry Festival presents a reading by Amiri Baraka, Jack Hirschman, Yahia Lababidi, Marie Silkeberg, Agneta Falk, Matt Sedillo, Sandro Sardella, Bobby Coleman, Sasha Pimental Chacon, Ataol Behramoglu, Mark Kockinos, Scott Thompson, Carla Badillo Coronado, and Jessica Loos, presented by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, and the Mayor's Office of Protocol, Civic Center Plaza, 355 McAllister Street, San Francisco, free, noon-5:00 (sfipf.org)
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  • San Francisco International Poetry Festival presents Readers Bookstore's book sales and signings by SFIPF featured participants, at two locations: And Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, and the Mint Café, 400 McAllister Street, both San Francisco, free, 12:00 a.m.-5:00 (sfipf.org)
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  • Poetry In The Garden presents Christopher Sindt, The Bodies, Elizabeth Robinson, Inaudible Trumpeters, and Sara Mumolo, Coming Out Tomorrow, refreshments, 5548 Lawton Avenue, Oakland, free, 11:30 a.m.-2:30
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  • Redwood Writers Open Mic, with a featured reader, SoCo Coffee, 1015 4th Street, at Brookwood Drive, Santa Rosa, sign up 3:30, reading 4:00-6:00 (house @ bbooks.com; redwoodwriters.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Poet and Guggenheim fellow Robert Sward New and Selected Poems, 1957-2012, teaches a workshop, "Writing Family Stories, Writing Family Secrets," bring a bag lunch and six or more family photos, letters, notes, diaries, and so on, includes a complimentary subscription to Memoir, Capitola Book Café, 1465 41st Avenue, Capitola, $115, 7:30 (register in advance: 831/462-4415, www.memoirjournal.net)
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29 JULY 2012 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Berkeley poet and percussionist Avotcja celebrates her 71st birthday, featuring jazz singer Faye Carol, poet Genny Lim, Child of War, Kaylah Marin, Tasha Kame, Tureeda Mikell, and others, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, $10-$20, 7:00 (510/849-2568, www.lapena.org)
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  • Jerry Mander reads from The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System, Books Inc. in Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/776-1111, www.booksinc.net)
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  • Renee Gibbons reads from her memoir Longing for Elsewhere: My Irish Voyage through Hunger, History, and High Times, Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 2:30 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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  • The San Francisco International Poetry Festival presents Poetry Crawl in North Beach, with stops at the Beat Museum, Kerouac Alley, City Lights Books, Caffe Trieste, and more, begin at Emerald Tablet Gallery, 80 Fresno Street, North Beach, San Francisco, free, noon-6:00 (sfipf.org)
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  • San Francisco International Poetry Festival presents a Translation Panel, featuring John Curl, Kathleen Weaver, Barbara Paschke, Anne O. Fisher, John Balcom, and Mahnaz Badihian, moderated by Judith Ayn Berhard, Emerald Tablet Gallery, 80 Fresno Street, North Beach, San Francisco, free, 3:00-4:30 (sfipf.org)
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  • San Francisco Zen Center holds a Sunday Writing Studio with poet Genine Lentine, City Center Art Lounge, 300 Page Street, San Francisco, 4:00-6:00, $20/$18 members/$16 limited income (888/743-9362, 415/475-9362, www.sfzc.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Djerassi Resident Artist Program's open house: open studios, dance and music performances, literary readings by artists-in-residence, including poet Dolores Hayden and playwright Dipika Guha, self-guided walking tours of the ranch, light refreshments, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, SMIP Ranch, 2325 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside, $35, alumni and children twelve and under/free, 1:00-5:00 (reservations required: 650/747-1250, www.djerassi.org)
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  • Ten-year-old Riya Sinha reads from her book The Runaway Twins, Books Inc., Town & Country, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 7:00 (650/321-0600, www.booksinc.net)
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30 JULY 2012 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • LaborFest 2012 presents author, instructor, and lecturer David Duckworth, talking on times in American history when public space was occupied for political reasons, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/431-6800, www.thegreenarcade.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • Art critic Kay Larson reads from Where the Hearts Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists, how Zen Buddhism transformed Cage's work, East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View, free, 7:30 (call to reserve tickets: 650/988-8900, eastwest.com)
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    EAST:
  • A benefit reading for C.O.R.E/Chicano Organizing and Research in Education with poets William O' Daly, The Whale in the Web, and Francisco X. Alarcón, Angels Ride Bikes/Los Angeles Andan En Bicicleta: And Other Fall Poems/Y Otras Poemas de Otono, hosted by Paco Marquez and Frank Graham, Sacramento Poetry Center, 25th and R Complex, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 7:30 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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31 JULY 2012 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry at the 3300 Club presents a reading by Cynthia Wooten, 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, show 7:00 (415/826-6886, www.3300club.com)
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  • Dinah Sanders reads from Discardia, how to make the most of your space, mini-workshop follows, Bernal Heights Meeting Room, Bernal Heights Branch Library, 500 Cortland Avenue, free, 7:00-8:30 (415/776-1111, sfpl.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Ken Segall, Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success, in conversation with Time's Harry McCracken, Computer History Museum, 1401 North Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, free for two with purchase of $10 or the event book, noon (650/324-4321, www.keplers.com)
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  • Vanessa Diffenbaugh reads from her best selling debut novel, The Language of Flowers, a young woman who, after childhood in foster care, uses flowers to connect with people, Capitola Book Café, 1465 41st Avenue, Capitola, free, 7:30 (831/462-4415, www.capitolabookcafe.com)
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