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10 NOVEMBER 2018 — saturday

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  • All-open mic for poetry, hosted by Jeanne Lupton, Frank Bette and Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 7:00 (510/523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org)
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11 NOVEMBER 2018 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Lisa Dordal, for Mosaic of the Dark, and Rebecca Foust, Paradise Drive, wheelchair accessible, East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel), 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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  • Award-winning novelist Peter Nathaniel Malae celebrates and discusses the release of his new book, Son of Amity, with poet Alan Soldofsky, In the Buddha Factory, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 5:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Julia Vinograd Cancer Support Fund Benefit with featured readers: Thaisa Frank, Richard Loranger, Jack Foley and Sangye Land, Jan Steckel, David Gollub, Judy Wells, Dale Jensen, Steve Arntson, Deborah Fruchey, Kathleen Wood, Russell Reza-Khaliq Gonzaga, Harold Adler, Fred Dodsworth, John Rowe, Julie Roberts, and more, open mic reading follows; Julia Vinograd, celebrated Bay Area poet for over 50 years and unofficial "poet laureate" of Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue, recently received a cancer diagnosis, Harold Adler and other friends are holding this fundraising reading to raise funds for Julia's 24-hour care needs, all of the proceeds are going directly to Julia Vinograd, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, $15 to $150 donation, doors open 4:30 for open sign up and potluck, bring a dish to share, reading 5:00-8:00, all ages and wheelchair accessible (510/472-3170; if you can't attend the benefit, go to the GoFundMe page: www.gofundme.com/poet-julia-vinograd-cancer-support)
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12 NOVEMBER 2018 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Sophia Moore, open mic, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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13 NOVEMBER 2018 — tuesday

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  • Performance artist and writer Karen Finley celebrates the release of her new book, Grabbing Pussy, a breathless cascade of poetry and prose that lays bare the psychosexual obsessions that have burst to the surface of today's American politics, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series presents Michelle Ruiz Keil, Norelyn Parker, Josiah Luis Alderete, refreshments, hosted by Mk Chavez and Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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14 NOVEMBER 2018 — wednesday

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  • David Berlin, Lydia Kiesling, Rachel Khong, Jim Nisbet, and Robin Sloan celebrate the life and work of American short-story writer Lucia Berlin with the release of two new books, Welcome Home: A Memoir with Selected Photographs and Letters, and Evening in Paradise: More Stories, both published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Vijaya Nagarajan presents Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Ecology in India: An Exploration of the Kolam, the first comprehensive book in English on the kolam, a ritual rice flour drawing created by Tamil women, to reserve your seat, purchase a copy of the book by speaking to a bookseller or ordering via website, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, reserved seating, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Science fiction writer and New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson celebrates his new book, Red Moon, a magnificent novel of space exploration and political revolution, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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15 NOVEMBER 2018 — thursday

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  • Pegasus Books celebrates poet Bill Mayer; he reads from his collected works, A Truce with Fantasy, Articulate Matter, and more, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Indigo Moor, In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers, and Amber Flora Thomas, Red Channel in the Rupture, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Prize-winning translator Marian Schwartz discusses her latest translation of Russian author Leonid Yuzefovich's Horsemen of the Sands, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Franciso, free, 7:30 (415/742-5833, www.greenapplebooks.com)
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16 NOVEMBER 2018 — friday

17 NOVEMBER 2018 — saturday

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  • Poetry reading with Neeli Cherkovski, Elegy for My Beat Generation, Tate Windell, founder of Unrequited Records and co-editor of a forthcoming book of poems by Bob Kaufman, and poet and musician Thomas Antonic, author of numerous publications in German and English, with musician and composer Michael Fischer, The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway, San Francisco, 2:00 (www.kerouac.com)
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18 NOVEMBER 2018 — sunday

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  • Richard Krech (1946-2018) Memorial and Poetry Reading for a legendary poet, poetry magazine publisher, and Oakland criminal defense lawyer, born in Berkeley and author of over fifteen poetry collections, pot luck, bring food and beverages to share, open reading, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free admission/donations welcome, sign up opens at 11:00 a.m., reading noon-3:00 (510/472-3170)
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19 NOVEMBER 2018 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Joyce Young, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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20 NOVEMBER 2018 — tuesday

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  • Author, academic, and journalist Christina Gerhardt discusses and presents her latest, co-edited book, 1968 and Global Cinema, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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21 NOVEMBER 2018 — wednesday

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23 NOVEMBER 2018 — friday

24 NOVEMBER 2018 — saturday

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  • Writer, poet, cartoonist, and artist Avery Cassell appears on "Small Business Saturday" for a book signing of Resistance: The LGBT Fight Against Fascism in WWII, Avery will also be presenting a coloring workshop featuring printouts from Resistance and Butch Lesbians Coloring Books, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 3:00 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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25 NOVEMBER 2018 — sunday

26 NOVEMBER 2018 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Juan Sequeira, open mic, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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27 NOVEMBER 2018 — tuesday

28 NOVEMBER 2018 — wednesday

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  • Pegasus Books Solano presents "Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards," bring you little ones for a fun, interactive, and educational morning, Imagination Flannel Board will be on hand to share stories and songs that spark your children's imagination by engaging with the storyteller through singing, repetition, and movement, held every fourth Wednesday of the month, Pegasus Books Solano, 1855 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, free, 10:30 a.m. (510/525-6888, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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29 NOVEMBER 2018 — thursday

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  • Fiction writer, poet, and musician Mark Russell Gelade celebrates the release of his new, debut short story collection, Navigating by Stars: 24 Very Short Stories of Love and Longing, stories centered around desire, divorce, nostalgia for the past, and consolation, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Franciso, free, 7:30 (415/742-5833, www.greenapplebooks.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Persis Karim, poet and editor, Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora, and poet, translator, playwright Sholeh Wolpé, The Conference of Birds, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • The SFSU Poetry Center presents "In Common Writers Series" with writer, artist, and editor Janice Lee, The Sky Isn't Blue, reading from her work and in conversation with poet, editor, and publisher Brenda Iijima, Remembering Animals, The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/338-2227, www.sfsu.edu)
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  • Fiction writer Sarah Stone reads from her new novel, Hungry Ghost Theater, an inventive, funny, sometimes heart-breaking exploration of the connections between art and hunger, duty and desire, loss and survival, Green Apple Books & Music, 506 Clement Street, at 6th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/387-2272, www.greenapplebooks.com)
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30 NOVEMBER 2018 — friday

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  • Fiction and nonfiction writer, educator, and essayist May-Lee Chai discusses her new short story collection, Useful Phrases for Immigrants, with Jamel Brinkley, A Lucky Man: Stories, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Franciso, free, 7:30 (415/742-5833, www.greenapplebooks.com)
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