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18 JUNE 2019 — tuesday

  • Get-Lit #44-55 presents twelve to fifteen writers reading never-before-read material within a three-minute time limit, live music, beer made by Ale Industries on site, readers to be announced, Nomadic Press, 111 Fairmount Avenue Oakland, $10-$15, 7:00-9:00 (

19 JUNE 2019 — wednesday

  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly reading series features emerging writers to highlight the diverse literary community in the Bay Area, hosted by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320,
  • David Trinidad, Amy Gerstler, D.A. Powell, Kevin Killian, Dodie Bellamy, and Roberto Bedoya read and celebrate the release of poet Ed Smith's Punk Rock is Cool for the End of the World: Poems and Notebooks of Ed Smith, edited by David Trinidad, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193,

20 JUNE 2019 — thursday

  • UC Associate Professor of Medicine and fiction writer Louise Aronson presents her new book, Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193,
  • A latinx poetry reading series and open-mic that happens every third Thursday in "The Chapel" at Nomadic Press, featured readers to be announced, Nomadic Press, 111 Fairmount Avenue Oakland, free, 8:00-10:00 (
  • Gia Lynne reads from her new sex ed book On Blossoming: Frank and Practical Advice on Our Bodies, Sexual Health, Sensuality, Pleasure, Orgasm, and More, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320,
  • Aunt Lute Books presents "The Unburied: A Poetics of Indigenous Memory and Movement" featuring San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and award-winning author ire'ne lara silva reflecting on how poetry is used as tool of healing and to commune with the dead as we build the future, Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:30 (415/826-1300)

21 JUNE 2019 — friday

  • Nomadic Press presents poetry reading featuring ire'ne lara silva, Cynthia Gòmez, Tureeda Mikell, and Nazelah Jaminso, wine and refreshments available, Nomadic Press, in the chapel, 111 Fairmont Avenue, Oakland, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (see Nomadic Press Facebook page for more information)

22 JUNE 2019 — saturday

23 JUNE 2019 — sunday

  • 38th 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 and NCBR Recognition Award; 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 Street, enter on Grove, SF, free, 1:00, book signing and lively reception follows (510/525-5476, 510/612-3958,,

24 JUNE 2019 — monday

  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Kitty Costello, open mic, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (

25 JUNE 2019 — tuesday

  • Alta Magazine presents Somatic Psycholigist Francoise Bourzat reading from Consciousness Medicine: Indigenous Wisdom, Entheogens, and Expanded States of Consciousness for Healing and Growth, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (

26 JUNE 2019 — wednesday

27 JUNE 2019 — thursday

  • Award-winning author Aya de Leòn reads from the fourth installment of her Justice Hustlers series, Side Chick, savvy Dulce is on the run from a dangerous man and having new adventures in Santo Domingo, KPFA's Vylma V. joins in conversation, $1 from each book sold will benefit Aurora Levins-Morales' PR initiative Finca La Lluvia, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320,
  • Chef and award-winning entrepreneur Mereya Ibrahim signs her new cookbook Eat Like You Give A Fork: The Real Dish on Eating to Thrive, Books Inc., 1491Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 3:30 (
  • Composer and writer Elliott Sharp presents his new book, IrRational Music, in conversation with David Rothenberg, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193,

28 JUNE 2019 — friday

29 JUNE 2019 — saturday

  • Jim Hodges "Unearthed" performance series and Grace Cathedral present poet and author Susan Griffin reading selected poetic prose pieces inspired by the emotions and thoughts that the sculpture "Unearthed" conjures, Grace Cathedral, 110 California Street, San Francisco, free but donations appreciated, 7:30 (
  • Saturday Night Special presents featured poets, hosted by Holly Hardy, three-minute maximum open mic on the theme of exploring boundaries between public and private, all creative work welcomed, must be twenty-one, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, free but one drink minimum, 7:00-9:30 (510/652-6425,

30 JUNE 2019 — sunday

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