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18 MAY 2018 — friday

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  • David Ulrich presents his new book, Zen Cameras: Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice of Photography, encouraging a daily visual journal in which photography can become a path of self-discovery, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (www.mrsdalloways.com/events)
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19 MAY 2018 — saturday

20 MAY 2018 — sunday

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  • Mediterranean Garden Society talk with Jason Dewees on his new book, Designing with Palms, signing to follow, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 3:00 (www.mrsdalloways.com/events)
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  • Britt-Marie's Second Sunday Poetry Series (moved to this date this month only because of Mother's Day) features Donna Emerson, Cathryn Shea, and Susan Suntree, hosted by Barb Reynolds, Britt-Marie's Wine Bar and Restaurant, 1369 Solano Avenue, Albany, 3:30 (brittmariesolano.com)
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  • Poetry & Place | El Cerrito, a celebratory reading and fund raiser with Maw Shein Win, El Cerrito Poet Laureate; Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate; Rafael Jesús González, Berkeley Poet Laureate; and Indigo Moor, Sacramento Poet Laureate; live music by Dan Plonsey, Ethan Port, and Thomas Scandura, in their debut as Moeser, performing music created for this event; all-ages open mic; this event is in conjunction with Poetry Flash, now celebrating their 45th anniversary, local literary presses, magazines, and art organizations will table, including Poetry Flash, Sixteen Rivers Press, Manic D Press, Nomadic Press, Work and Conversations, Left Margin Lit, Bay Area Generations, and others, silent auction and raffle will benefit Poetry Flash, refreshments, El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito, free admission, 1:30-5:00 (Maw Shein Win: elcerritopoet@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/events/155754105130147)
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21 MAY 2018 — monday

    NORTH:
  • Join Marlene Cullen and Susan Bono's Jumpstart, a writing workshop that meets Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings, where creative prompts are used to inspire writing, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, $15 per workshop, 6:30-8:30 (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php/)
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    EAST:
  • Sacramento Poetry Center presents a reading by poets Cynthia Linville, The Lost Things, and Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas, Hasty Notes in No Particular Order, with host Penny Kline, open mic follows, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 7:30 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com/calendar-of-events)
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22 MAY 2018 — tuesday

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  • The Bindery hosts novelist Lucy Jane Bledsoe reading from her new novel, The Evolution of Love, with novelist Rabih Alameddine The Angel of History, winner of the Northern California Book Award in Fiction, The Bindery, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, Bar opens 7:00, event 7:30 (www.booksmith.com/event/bindery-lucy-jane-bledsoe-evolution-love)
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  • Friends of the San Francisco Public Library present "Tuesdays at North Beach," a weekly poetry series celebrating internationally acclaimed poets and showcasing local talent, hosted by Friends' Poet-in-Residence Jack Hirschman, this week features poet David Watts and translator Barbara Paschke, North Beach Public Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:30 (Byron Spooner, 415/626-7500, sfpl.org)
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  • Jenny Xie reads from her poetry collection, Eye Level, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3174)
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    NORTH:
  • Join Marlene Cullen and Susan Bono's Jumpstart, a writing workshop that meets Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings, where creative prompts are used to inspire writing, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, $15 per workshop, 10:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php/)
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23 MAY 2018 — wednesday

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  • The Booksmith presents novelist Andrew Sean Greer reading from Less, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, for the paperback launch, novelist R.O. Kwon also reads, The Bindery, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, bar opens 6:30, event 7:00 (www.booksmith.com/event/bindery-andrew-sean-greer-less)
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  • Daegan Miller discusses his new book This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 ( www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3175)
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  • Poetry reading by Wendy Trevino, whose first full-length book of poetry, Cruel Fiction, is forthcoming in fall 2018, Jane Gregory, and Geoffrey G. O'Brien, Experience in Groups, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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24 MAY 2018 — thursday

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  • Essayist Chuck Klosterman reads from X: A Highly Specific Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century to celebrate the paperback release, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, limited seating, 7:00 (www.booksmith.com/event/booksmith-chuck-klosterman-x-highly-specific-defiantly-incomplete-history-early-21st-century)
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  • The Bindery explores "the body" in fiction and nonfiction with a presentation from these writers on the theme: Lone Mørch, Embody; Sarah Kornfeld, What Stella Sees; writer and filmmaker September Williams, Chasing Mercury; novelist Kristin Kaye Tree Dreams, The Bindery, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, bar opens 7:00, event 7:30 (www.booksmith.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Carol Muske-Dukes, Blue Rose, and Jane Mead, World of Made and Unmade, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Goethe Institut San Francisco, in conjunction with City Lights Books and New York Review Books, presents Weimar Mirror: Revisiting Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), re-explores the classic work of German writer Alfred Döblin, Berlin Alexanderplatz, the great novel of Berlin and the doomed Weimar Republic, on the publication of the new translation by Michael Hoffmann, opening statement by National Book Award-winner William T. Vollmann, presentations and roundtable participation by Adrian Daub, Thomas O. Haakenson, Mel Gordon, Deniz Göktürk, and William T. Vollmann, hosted by Peter Maravelis, Goethe Institut San Francisco, 530 Bush Street, Suite 204, San Francisco, free, 7:00 ( www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3176)
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25 MAY 2018 — friday

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  • Brenda Hillman reads from and discusses her new book of poetry, Extra Hidden Life, among the Days, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00 (www.cafesociety.coffee/events)
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    EAST:
  • The Art of Storytelling and Poetry presents a performance evening with the theme "Making a Home," The Avid Reader, 1945 Broadway, Sacramento, free, 7:00-8:30 (www.avidreaderonbroadway.com)
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26 MAY 2018 — saturday

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  • San Francisco International Arts Festival presents the world premiere of DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE Requiem for a King, an instrumental and vocal multi-movement jazz and spoken word work, featuring spoken word written for this performance by educator, scholar, activist and author Angela Davis, music composed by Anthony Brown and performed by the Asian American Orchestra and Voices Of A Dream vocal ensemble; DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy of the civil rights movement; the evening length concert includes Anthony Brown's seminal work GO FOR BROKE!, composed for the 75th anniversary of the February 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066, which forced over 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry into interment camps during World War II, the performance features a reading by former San Francisco Poet Laureate and community activist Janice Mirikitani, Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, $25-$65 reserved seating, 8:00 (www. sfiaf.org/2018_anthony_brown_and_angela_davis)
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  • GearBox Poetry presents a reading by poet, musician, singer, bird watcher, and gardener David Erdreich, Mr. E's Mystery, hosted by David Zeltzer, series meets every fourth Saturday of the month for a featured reading and open mic, GearBox Gallery, 770 West Grand Avenue, Oakland, free, open mic sign up 1:30 in the gallery, event 2:00-4:00 (www.gearboxgallery.com/gearboxpoetry.html)
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27 MAY 2018 — sunday

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  • Poet and writer Patti Trimble leads a two-day writing retreat, Sunday, May 27 to Monday, May 28, with workshops for new poetry and prose, and time for writing and walking, there are options to stay extra nights before or after to write on your own, $160 includes Sunday overnight, shared rooms, nice old redwood retreat center, potluck dinner, St. Columba's Retreat on the Inverness Mesa, West Marin (pmtrim@gmail.com for information or to register)
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28 MAY 2018 — monday

    NORTH:
  • Poet and writer Patti Trimble leads a two-day writing retreat, Sunday, May 27 to Monday, May 28, with workshops for new poetry and prose, and time for writing and walking, there are options to stay extra nights before or after to write on your own, $160 includes Sunday overnight, shared rooms, nice old redwood retreat center, potluck dinner, St. Columba's Retreat on the Inverness Mesa, West Marin (pmtrim@gmail.com for information or to register)
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29 MAY 2018 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Friends of the San Francisco Public Library present "Tuesdays at North Beach," a weekly poetry series celebrating internationally acclaimed poets and showcasing local talent, hosted by Friends' Poet-in-Residence Jack Hirschman, this week features Boadiba and Jami Proctor-Xu, North Beach Public Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:30-8:00 (Byron Spooner, 415/626-7500, sfpl.org)
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30 MAY 2018 — wednesday

31 MAY 2018 — thursday


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