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14 FEBRUARY 2019 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Novelist Keith Scribner, Old Newgate Road, and short story writer Tom Barbash, The Dakota Winters, read from their new books, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)

15 FEBRUARY 2019 — friday

16 FEBRUARY 2019 — saturday

17 FEBRUARY 2019 — sunday

    SOUTH:
  • Poetry Santa Cruz presents Poet/Speak Open Reading, an all-open reading, meets every third Sunday, Santa Cruz Library, upstairs Training Room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, 2:00-4:00 (www.poetrysantacruz.org)

18 FEBRUARY 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Not Your Mother's Book Club presents a night of fantasy with Sara Holland Evermore, Laura Sebastian Lady Smoke: Ash Princess, and Tara Sim Firestarter, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Jan Steckel, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
  • Angie Thomas reads from her new novel, On the Come Up, with a conversation with MK Asante, event co-sponsored by Oakland Unified School District Library Service, Oakland Technical High School Auditorium, 300 42nd Street, Oakland, tickets can be purchased at EventBrite, puchase will include a ticket and copy of the book to be picked up at the event, 3:00-5:00 (www.eventbrite.com/e/angie-thomas-in-conversation-with-mk-asante-tickets-53325637417)
    EAST:
  • A poetry reading by Steven Sanchez, Phantom Tongue, winner of Marsh Hawk Press' Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award, and Michelle Brittan Rosado, Why Can't It Be Tenderness, Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry-winner, hosted by Penny Kline, open mic follows, refreshments, free parking, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 7:30 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)

19 FEBRUARY 2019 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Ayesha Harruna Attah reads from The Hundred Wells of Salaga: A Novel, an exceptional view of how slavery and the fight over Africa affected people's lives, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
  • Dani Shapiro reads from and discusses her book, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love , to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)

20 FEBRUARY 2019 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Alan Brennert reads from his novel, Daughter of Moloka`i, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly poetry series presents Jenny Qi, Tony Aldarondo, Heather June Gibbons, James Cagney, and Yaccaira Salvatierra, hosted and curated by Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (www.pegasusbookstore.com)
  • Cheryl Mitchell Wade reads from her novel, Photogenic: Where a Photograph is a Time Travel Portal to Live a Second Chance, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Books Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
    SOUTH:
  • Alta Magazine presents a reading by co-authors Les Kaye and Teresa Bouza from A Sense of Something Greater: Zen and the Search for Balance in Silicon Valley, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Books Inc., 317 Castro Street, Mountain View, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
    EAST:
  • Sacramento Poetry Center presents a generative writing workshop, led by Christin O'Cuddenhy, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 6:00-8:00 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)

21 FEBRUARY 2019 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Guggenheim recipient and novelist Chloe Aridjis reads from Sea Monsters, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
  • Poetry reading by GennaRose Nethercott, The Lumberjack's Dove, and Miriam Bird Greenberg, In the Volcano's Mouth, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (www.pegasusbookstore.com)
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Christopher Buckley, Chaos Theory, and Gary Young, That’s What I Thought, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
    EAST:
  • Sacramento Poetry Center presents an open reading, hosted by Mary Zeppa and Lawrence Dinkins, Sacramento Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, free, noon ( www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)

22 FEBRUARY 2019 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Nomadic Press Open Mic presents six open-mic slots filled on a first-come, first-serve basis with to-be-announced music and features curated and emceed by Rene Vaz, fourth Friday of every month, Nomadic Press: Uptown, 2301 Telegraph Avenue, $10 sliding scale, sign up list opens 7:00 sharp, 7:00-9:00 (www.nomadicpress.org)
    EAST:
  • Random Lane Press book release party for poet NSAA aka Lawrence Dinkins, hosted by Bob Stanley, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 6:00 ( www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)

23 FEBRUARY 2019 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Zoetic Press authors Amy Karon, Meg Yardley, Effie Sieberg, Janna Layton, and Meadhbh Hamrick present their latest works, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street at 22nd Street, Oakland, free, 7:00 (oaklandoctopus.org)
  • Bawdy Storytelling celebrates twelve years of groundbreaking storytelling with an edge, this "Dirty Dozen" evening includes artist, educator, and "super nova of kink" Midori and sexual folklorist Dixie Del La Tour, custom bawdy songs by Rachel Lark, play Bang-O and win prizes, sexy cocktails to help you libate, Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, $25-$65, Bang-O at 6:00, storytelling 7:00 (www.verdiclub.net)

24 FEBRUARY 2019 — sunday

25 FEBRUARY 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Juda Kalamka, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)

26 FEBRUARY 2019 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Oral historian and archivist in the fields of jazz and African American cultural history Maxine Gordon reads from and discusses Sophisticated Giant:The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)

27 FEBRUARY 2019 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications Lloyd Khan presents Driftwood Shack: Anonymous Architecture Along the California Coast, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
  • #we presents Tom Odegard speaking on "being intersex" and reading poetry on the subject, and Jan Steckel speaking on "Bi Babes in the Woods" with a reading of bi poems from her new book Like Flesh Covers Bone, Q&A follows, hosted by Richard Loranger, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, at 22nd Street, Oakland, free, 7:00 (oaklandoctopus.org)
    EAST:
  • Mariewriters workshop led by Laura Martin, workshop will be held two doors down from Sacramento Poetry Center in the Women's Wisdom Room, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 6:00-8:00 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)

28 FEBRUARY 2019 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Barbara Henning, A Day Like Today, and Maureen Owen, Edges of Water, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
  • Katie Peterson, A Piece of Good News: Poems, in conversation with Louise Glück, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
  • James Weeks reads from his book, Mediations Across the Kings River, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, ree, 7:30 (www.pegasusbookstore.com)

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