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7 FEBRUARY 2020 — friday

8 FEBRUARY 2020 — saturday

9 FEBRUARY 2020 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by David Alpaugh, Spooky Action at a Distance, and Connie Post, Prime Meridian, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)

10 FEBRUARY 2020 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Sarah Abrevaya Stein, Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century, in conversation with Janine Zacharia, in partnership with Jewish Film Institute, SF Hillel, the Jewish Community Library, and JIMENA, bookseller Books Inc. Laurel Village, JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, free, complimentary wine and cheese reception 6:00, program 7:00 (415/292-1200, www.jccsf.org)
  • Poetry Express presents Lenore Weiss, The Golem, and Holding on to the Fringes of Love, flash fiction, the Alexandria Quarterly Press small stories series first-prize winner, in a featured poetry reading, open mic before and after, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
    NORTH:
  • The Write Spot: Jumpstart Workshop, participants write freely in response to a variety of prompts, facilitated by Marlene Cullen, drop-in, all writers welcome, all writing and conversations confidential, bring notebook and pen, Copperfield's Books Petaluma Store, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, 18+, $15 per workshop, 6:30-8:30 (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php)

11 FEBRUARY 2020 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by union activist, editor, and poet Jean Day, The Triumph of Life, and Evan Kennedy, The Sissies, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
    NORTH:
  • The Write Spot: Jumpstart Workshop, participants write freely in response to a variety of prompts, facilitated by Marlene Cullen, drop-in, all writers welcome, all writing and conversations confidential, bring notebook and pen, Copperfield's Books Petaluma Store, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, 18+, $15 per workshop, 10:00-11:45 a.m. (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php)

12 FEBRUARY 2020 — wednesday

    NORTH:
  • The Write Spot: Jumpstart Workshop, participants write freely in response to a variety of prompts, facilitated by Lakin Khan, drop-in, all writers welcome, all writing and conversations confidential, bring notebook and pen, Copperfield's Books San Rafael Store, 850 4th Street, San Rafael, 18+, $15 per workshop, 4:30-6:30 (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php)

13 FEBRUARY 2020 — thursday

14 FEBRUARY 2020 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Cafe Society presents Robert Hass, celebrated U.S. Poet Laureate 1995-97 and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner reads from and discusses his collection, Summer Snow: New Poems, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00-9:00 (www.kaleidoscopecoffee.com)
    NORTH:
  • Poetry Connection reading series presents Open Mic Love Poems, share all of your heartful poems among friends, hosted by Terry Lucas, Marin County Poet Laureate, light refreshments, The Fireside Room, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.terrylucas.com/schedule.html)

15 FEBRUARY 2020 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Benefit Poetry Reading for the Safe House Education Fund (S.H.E.) for Maasai girls in Narok, Kenya, with acclaimed poets Ellen Bass, Jane Hirshfield, and Marie Howe, with Kim Rosen on behalf of the S.H.E. College Fund, UUCB-Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington, general admission $30, $100 patrons receive preferred seating, a tax deduction, and invitation to pre-event champagne reception, 7:00-9:00 (www.shefund.bpt.me)

16 FEBRUARY 2020 — sunday

17 FEBRUARY 2020 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a poetry reading by Dennis J. Bernstein, Five Oceans in a Teaspoon, the award-winning KPFA radio host and producer of "Flashpoints," open mic before and after, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
    NORTH:
  • The Write Spot: Jumpstart Workshop, participants write freely in response to a variety of prompts, facilitated by Marlene Cullen, drop-in, all writers welcome, all writing and conversations confidential, bring notebook and pen, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, 18+, $15 per workshop, 6:30-8:30 (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php)
    EAST:
  • The Distinguished Writers Series presents a reading by novelist Swan Huntley, The Goddesses and We Could Be Beautiful, Q&A and book signing to follow, sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, English Department, California State University, East Bay, Library's Biella Room, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, free and open to the public, 6:00-7:00 (www.csueastbay.libcal.com)

18 FEBRUARY 2020 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by Derek Fenner, Gossamer Nevele Grimoire, Ava Koohbor, Death Under Construction, and Nicholas James Whittington, Resolution of the West, a celebration of these three new releases, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, doors 7:00, reading 7:30 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
    NORTH:
  • The Write Spot: Jumpstart Workshop, participants write freely in response to a variety of prompts, facilitated by Marlene Cullen, drop-in, all writers welcome, all writing and conversations confidential, bring notebook and pen, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, 18+, $15 per workshop, 10:00-11:45 a.m. (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php)

19 FEBRUARY 2020 — wednesday

    NORTH:
  • The Write Spot: Jumpstart Workshop, participants write freely in response to a variety of prompts, facilitated by Lakin Khan, drop-in, all writers welcome, all writing and conversations confidential, bring notebook and pen, Copperfield's Books, 850 4th Street, San Rafael, 18+, $15 per workshop, 4:30-6:30 (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php)

20 FEBRUARY 2020 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poem Jam presents San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and special guests, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, lower level, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (415/557-4400, www.sfpl.org)

21 FEBRUARY 2020 — friday

22 FEBRUARY 2020 — saturday

23 FEBRUARY 2020 — sunday

24 FEBRUARY 2020 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents Scott Caputo, The Bridge Under Construction, in a poetry reading, open mic before and after, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
    NORTH:
  • The Write Spot: Jumpstart Workshop, participants write freely in response to a variety of prompts, facilitated by Marlene Cullen, drop-in, all writers welcome, all writing and conversations confidential, bring notebook and pen, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, 18+, $15 per workshop, 6:30-8:30 (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php)

25 FEBRUARY 2020 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Marcia Chatelain, South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration, discusses her new book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, on the untold history between fast food and black wealth in America, in conversation with Allyson Hobbs, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, in partnership with MoAD and Green Apple Books, $20, members ten percent off, 7:00 (415/292-1200, www.jccsf.org)
  • John Sayles reads from his fifth novel, Yellow Earth, set in the aftermath of a shayle oil discovery under Yellow Earth, North Dakota, and the Three Nations Indian reservation; he is a screenwriter, actor, and director whose work includes Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay nominees Passion Fish and Lone Star, and National Book Award and the National Critics' Circle Award-nominee Union Dues, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
    NORTH:
  • The Write Spot: Jumpstart Workshop, participants write freely in response to a variety of prompts, facilitated by Marlene Cullen, drop-in, all writers welcome, all writing and conversations confidential, bring notebook and pen, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, 18+, $15 per workshop, 10:00-11:45 a.m. (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php)

26 FEBRUARY 2020 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Marcia Chatelain, South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration, discusses her new book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, on the untold history of the relationship between fast food and black wealth in America, in conversation with Allyson Hobbs, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, in partnership with MoAD and Green Apple Books, JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, $20/members ten percent off, 7:00 (415/292-1200, www.jccsf.org)
    NORTH:
  • The Write Spot: Jumpstart Workshop, participants write freely in response to a variety of prompts, facilitated by Lakin Khan, drop-in, all writers welcome, all writing and conversations confidential, bring notebook and pen, Copperfield's Books, 850 4th Street, San Rafael, 18+, $15 per workshop, 4:30-6:30 (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php)

27 FEBRUARY 2020 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a book launch reading celebrating The Collected Poetry and Prose of Lawrence Fixel, with the collection's editor Gerald Fleming, and poets Jack Marshall, Edward Mycue, Jo-Anne Rosen, and Patti Trimble, painter Stephanie Sanchez, photographer Mark Citret, psychotherapist Robert Cantor, and teacher Wendy Berkelman, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)

28 FEBRUARY 2020 — friday

29 FEBRUARY 2020 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Cafe Society presents Jenny Odell, multi-disciplinary artist, on her recent book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00-9:00 (www.kaleidoscopecoffee.com)
  • Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic, monthly literary reading series, bring on/off theme poems, stories, comedy sketches, songs, or dances, three-minute maximum, two featured readers to be announced, theme to be announced at the end of the January reading, hosted by Hollie Hardy and Tomas Moniz, last Saturday of every month, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, 21+, free but one drink minimum, cash only, sign up 7:00, show 7:00-9:30 (510/652-NICK, www.nickslounge.com)

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