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21 JUNE 2017 — wednesday

  • Lyrics & Dirges presents a reading with Andre Wilson, Nick Johnson, Nancy Davenport, Andrew Thomas, and Charif Shanahan, hosted and curated by Mk Chavez and Sharon Coleman, free refreshments, every third Wednesday of the month, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (
  • Achy Obejas, critically acclaimed novelist of Ruins, and Days of Awe, reads from her new short story collection The Tower of the Antilles, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193,

22 JUNE 2017 — thursday

  • Former CIA worker Melvin Goodman discusses his latest book, Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193,
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Janet Hamill, Knock, and Cal Freeman, Brother of Leaving, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087,

23 JUNE 2017 — friday

24 JUNE 2017 — saturday

  • Poetry reading by Kay Gabriel, Chris Nealon, and Jordan Reynolds, hosted by Kevin Killian, Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco 2:00-5:00 (415/824-1761,

25 JUNE 2017 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Andrena Zawinski, Landings, and Cathleen Calbert, The Afflicted Girls, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from, wheelchair accessible, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965,
  • City Lights and Ars Citizen present reception and book signing to celebrate the release of Rachel Monique published by Editions Xavier Barral, and a rare appearance of French conceptual artist Sophie Calle (on the occasion of her forthcoming show at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture), a wide selection of her work will be available, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (415/362-8193,

26 JUNE 2017 — monday

  • Bay Area Generations presents writers of different generations in pairs, through its submission-based reading series, features and musical guest to be announced, guest curator Joel Landmine, full bar, free garage parking/walkable from 19th Street BART, Bellevue Club, 525 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, admission/donation $7, admission with souvenir chapbook $10, doors open 7:00, show 7:30 (
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Johanna Ely, open reading—need a prompt? "The Lower," hosted by J.D., Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (,

27 JUNE 2017 — tuesday

  • Oliver Chin, author, publisher and founder of Immedium, discusses the children's book industry and its lack of Asian American representation in the United States, shares how Immedium, his publishing company, has addressed this by collaborating with multicultural creators, sponsored by Asian American Studies, Asian American and Pacific Islander Retention and Education, and the Asian American & Pacific Islander Student Services, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, LIB 121, 10:30 a.m.-noon (415/338-2698)
  • 36th Annual Northern California Book Awards, Northern California authors are honored in Fiction, General Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Translation, and Children's Literature with brief readings and remarks; presentation of the Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award to poet, activist, and cultural theorist Judy Grahn; NCBR Recognition Award to Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers, by Bobby Seale and Stephen Shames; master of ceremonies Oscar Villalon, ZYZZYVA Managing Editor, presented by the Northern California Book Reviewers, Poetry Flash, San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, PEN West, Women's National Book Association-SF Chapter, and Mechanics' Institute Library, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin, enter at Grove, SF, free, 5:30, book signing reception follows (510/525-5476,,
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Patti Trimble and Toshi Washizu, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602,

28 JUNE 2017 — wednesday

29 JUNE 2017 — thursday

  • "Dream Colonies, Painterlands, and the Intersection of Curating with Creation: Bruce Connor meets Walter Hopps" presents a conversation with fiction editor and co-author Deborah Treisman, The Dream Colony: A Life in Art, with art historian, curator, and author Anastasia Aukeman, Welcome to Painterland: Bruce Connor and The Rat Bastard Protective Association, discussing their newly released books, moderated by Paul Yamazaki, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193,

30 JUNE 2017 — friday

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