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2 OCTOBER 2020 — friday

  • Nomadic Press hosts a virtual open mic with thirty slots, hosted by Nazelah Jamison, every Friday, three minutes per reader, 6:00–7:30 pm PDT (Sign up to read: forms.gle/1ZNKSnnzRZpXxvUE7; online Zoom link is posted on Nomadic Press Facebook invitation)

3 OCTOBER 2020 — saturday

  • Keynote event for the Bay Area Book Festival's Berkeley #UNBOUND: Politics, Race, and the State of Play in our Nation features a conversation with sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell, host of the Emmy-award winning docuseries United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, and UC Berkeley Professor of Psychology Dacher Keltner, as they discuss the intersections of power, race, sports, activism, and comedy, $10, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.baybookfest.org/berkeleyunbound/schedule/#!event-register/2020/10/3/berkeley-unbound-kickoff)
  • Book Passage presents best-selling author P.J. O'Rourke discussing his latest collection of essays, A Cry from the Far Middle, with broadcast journalist and author Michael Krasny, free, online, 4:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/conversations-authors-p-j-orourke-virtual-event)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink presents Prose and Poetry Workshop with Sarah Sleeper, former journalist and author of Gaijin, on the use of poetry and prose together as a way to garner inspiration and overcome writer's block, $30 members/$36 nonmembers, online, 10:00 am-Noon PDT (Register to attend: www.sandiegowriters.org/october-prose-poetry-sarah-sleeper)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink presents Meditate and Write Flash Workshop with yoga and meditation instructor Rebecca Jane, guided meditation, followed by a writing prompt, the intention is to share a meditative space with others and generate a piece of flash fiction, $5, online, 1:00-2:00 pm PDT (Register here: www.sandiegowriters.org/meditate-flash-rebecca-jane-10-03)
  • Ugly Beauty Performance Art & Poetry Open Mic presents featured readers with ten open mic spots, hosted by Gamal Abdel and Karla Brundage, online, 8:00-10:00 pm PDT (Reserve a reading spot through the Ugly Beauty Performance Art & Poetry Open Mic Facebook Invite)

4 OCTOBER 2020 — sunday

  • Book Passage presents Bobbie Ann Mason, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for Shiloh and Other Stories, discusses her latest novel Dear Ann, with novelist and short story author Jill McCorkle, free, online, 4:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/conversations-authors-bobbie-ann-mason-virtual-event)
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents Berkeley #UNBOUND: The Radical Necessity of Nonviolence, featuring eminent activist and theorist Judith Butler, Gender Trouble, as she talks with Stephen Best, None Like Us: Blackness, Belonging, Aesthetic Life, Professor of English at UC Berkeley, about what nonviolence really means, and how to move forward in a time of protests, uprisings, and nuclear-armed countries in conflict, free, online, 11:00 am-Noon PDT (Register to attend: www.baybookfest.org/berkeleyunbound/schedule/#!event-register/2020/10/3/berkeley-unbound-kickoff)
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents Berkeley #UNBOUND: Writing a New World Into Existence: Lessons from Literary Futurism, featuring four Berkeley novelists in conversation to discuss how fiction can serve as a guide to progress, with Aya de Leon, Annalee Newitz, science journalist and author of science and speculative fiction, Ishmael Reed, poet, novelist, and playwright, and Shanti Sekaran, writer on class, immigration, and privilege, free, online, 12:30-1:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.baybookfest.org/berkeleyunbound/schedule/#!event-register/2020/10/3/berkeley-unbound-kickoff)
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents Berkeley #UNBOUND: LIVE! Embracing the Other, featuring Arlie Russell Hochschild, preeminent sociologist and author of New York Times best seller Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, with john a. powell, Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society, Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley in a much-needed discussion about divisiveness and violence, the ways in which "othering" is used in politics and society, and how we can move forward in unity and healing, free, online, 2:00-3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.baybookfest.org/berkeleyunbound/schedule/#!event-register/2020/10/3/berkeley-unbound-kickoff)
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents Berkeley #UNBOUND: Food is Fundamental, featuring Alice Waters, legendary founder of the Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse, in a conversation with Saru Jayaraman, food activist and Director of UC Berkeley's Food Labor Research Center and President of One Fair Wage, an advocate for tipped workers, who are often underpaid and often women of color and immigrants; the discussion covers numerous aspects of our food system, from the environmental repercussions of factory farming to the dangers and negligence of corporate control of food and water, moderated by Davia Nelson, host of The Kitchen Sisters podcast, free, online, 3:30-4:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.baybookfest.org/berkeleyunbound/schedule/#!event-register/2020/10/3/berkeley-unbound-kickoff)
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents Berkeley #UNBOUND: How the Constitution Can Save Us, featuring Erwin Chemerinsky, We the People: A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century, in conversation with Congresswoman Barbara Lee, representative of California's Thirteenth Congressional District since 1998 and a powerful progressive voice in Congress, together they discuss a more progressive vision for the U.S. Constitution, free, online, 5:00-5:45 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.baybookfest.org/berkeleyunbound/schedule/#!event-register/2020/10/3/berkeley-unbound-kickoff)

5 OCTOBER 2020 — monday

  • Vroman's Bookstore presents Terri Cheney, Manic: A Memoir, discussing her new book Modern Madness: An Owner's Manual, with author and video producer Meredith Skrzypek Arthur, dissecting complicated aspects of mental illness with an approach of love and acceptance, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/terri-cheney-discusses/register)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink presents a Short Story Finishing School Workshop with Cornelia Feye, author and educator, co-editor of a short story anthology that won the San Diego Book Award 2019; this four-week workshop focuses on polishing short story ideas or finished drafts, with an eye for conflict, plot twists, character development, and dialogue to make short stories sparkle, $120 members/$144 nonmembers, online, 10:00 am-Noon PDT (Enroll here: www.sandiegowriters.org/october-short-story-finishing-school-cornelia-feye)
  • Left Margin LIT presents Music of the Mind Poetry Workshop with David Roderick, whose book of poems Blue Colonial (2006) won the APR/Honickman Prize, this poetry workshop explores the sonnet, ode, and pastoral traditions, demonstrating the lyricism inherent in all poetry through creative and playful writing assignments, $355, online, runs six weeks, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (Enroll here: www.leftmarginlit.org/music-of-the-mind-david-roderick)
  • Diesel Books presents Cassidy Lucas, aka the writing duo Julia Fierro and Caeli Wolfson Widger, discussing their book Santa Monica, the story of an elite LA community rocked by a murder, revealing that things aren't as perfect as they seem for the residents of this wealthy neighborhood, Fiero and Widger will also sign the book for purchase through Diesel in Santa Monica, free, online, 6:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.dieselbookstore.com/event/virtual-event-tuesday-october-6th-630-pm-cassidy-lucas-discusses-and-signs-santa-monica)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink presents a workshop, The Story You Need to Tell—Writing and Resilience, led by Sandra Marinella, The Story You Need to Tell; this class focuses on personal stories and growth, and the reliance and renewal found in sharing our stories, $120 members/$144 nonmembers, online, runs four weeks, 10:00 am-Noon PDT (Enroll here: http://www.sandiegowriters.org/october-stories-writing-resilience-sandra-marinella)
  • Vroman's Bookstore presents Nathan Marsak discussing his book Bunker Hill Los Angeles: Essence of Sunshine and Noir, about Bunker Hill, commemorating the poets, artists, architects, and activists who made the neighborhood what it is, an examination of intense city politics through the destruction and rebuilding of the highest (literally) neighborhood in Los Angeles, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.crowdcast.io/e/nathan-marsak-discusses/register)

6 OCTOBER 2020 — tuesday

7 OCTOBER 2020 — wednesday

  • Iris Jamahl Dunkle, former Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, reads from her new book Charmian Kittredge London: Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer, a profile of Charmian Kittredge London, pioneering writer and wife of Jack London, free, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Email support@readersbooks.com to register or register for the Zoom webinar here.)

8 OCTOBER 2020 — thursday

  • Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena presents esteemed author and activist Eddie R. Cole discussing his book, The Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom with David G. Garcia, Associate Professor and researcher at UCLA, Cole's book focuses on the period from 1948 to 1968, and the racial injustices and segregation perpetrated by college presidents even as the country was making strides towards racial equality, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.crowdcast.io/e/ripbiibs/register)
  • Copperfield's Books presents Iris Jamahl Dunkle, former Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, and her new book Charmian Kittredge London: Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer, a profile of one of California's central literary figures, in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and essayist Forrest Gander, free, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Register to attend here.)
  • Diesel Books presents novelist and playwright Seth Greenland talking with journalist and author Tom Teicholz about Greenland's book A Kingdom of Tender Colors on his battle with lymphatic cancer, a daunting story filled with Greenland's wit and humor, triumph and hope, free, online, 6:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.dieselbookstore.com/event/virtual-event-thursday-october-8th-630-pm-seth-greenland-conversation-tom-teicholz-discusses)
  • Litquake presents a talk with Kevin Kwan, author of the best-selling novel Crazy Rich Asians, and Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club, on Kwan's new novel Sex and Vanity, a tale of modern love and comedy of manners, free, online, 7:00-8:15 pm PDT (Register to attend: litquake2020festival.sched.com/event/djD5/sex-and-vanity-kevin-kwan-with-amy-tan)
  • The Mechanics' Institute Library of San Francisco hosts "Write If You Dare," a drop-in writing workshop for all genres and levels with directed free writing and sharing, member-led, free for MI members, 11:00 am–1:00 pm PDT (For questions: tedwards@milibrary.org, online sign up: www.milibrary.org/events)

9 OCTOBER 2020 — friday

  • San Diego Writers, Ink presents a workshop, Bookends: Crafting Compelling Openings and Memorable Endings, with Josiane Chriqui, essay writer and entrepreneur, with extensive experience in book publishing; she breaks down how to grab a reader's attention at the start of a piece and how to craft an ending that is both satisfying and provocative, $30 members/$36 nonmembers, online, 10:00 am-Noon PDT (Register to attend: www.sandiegowriters.org/october-crafting-openings-endings-josiane-chriqui)
  • Nomadic Press hosts a virtual open mic with thirty slots, hosted by Nazelah Jamison, every Friday, three minutes per reader, 6:00–7:30 pm PDT (Sign up to read: forms.gle/1ZNKSnnzRZpXxvUE7; online Zoom link is posted on Nomadic Press Facebook invitation)

10 OCTOBER 2020 — saturday

  • Litquake presents Debut Authors: Making a Splash During the Apocalypse, with author and attorney Adam Smyer talking with several debut authors of this year, including activist Mia Birdsong, essayist Sejal Shah, novelist Carol Stivers, author-agent Danielle Svetcov, and YA author Phil Stamper, $12, online, Noon-1:15 pm PDT (Register to attend: litquake2020festival.sched.com/event/dnwi/debut-authors-making-a-splash-during-the-apocalypse)
  • Litquake presents Juan Felipe Herrera, Every Day We Get More Illegal, the twenty-first U.S. Poet Laureate and first Latino to hold the position, with 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry-winner Jericho Brown, author of three collected works, including The Tradition, co-presented by City Lights Books, free, online, 5:00-6:15 pm PDT (Register here: litquake2020festival.sched.com/event/djDE/every-day-we-get-more-illegal-juan-felipe-herrera-with-jericho-brown)
  • San Francisco Center for the Book presents a talk with book artist and paper engineer Shawn Sheehy about his pop-up artist books, connecting his work to politics and environmentalism and exploring interdependence in ecosystems and humans' effect (and often hubris) when it comes to co-existing with these systems, free, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfcb.org/events)

11 OCTOBER 2020 — sunday

  • The Litquake annual festival presents Speaking Axolotl: The San Pancho Edition, a poetry reading featuring four talented poets, Anthony Cody, Borderland Apocrypha, winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Contest, José Olivarez, whose debut book of poetry, Citizen Illegal, won the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize, Raquel Salas Rivera, poet, translator, and editor, author of while they sleep (under the bed is another country, and Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, artist and poet whose La Movida is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2022, hosted by Josiah Luis Alderete, poet and founding member of The Molotov Mouths spoken word troupe, free, online, 5:00-6:15 pm PDT (Register to attend: litquake2020festival.sched.com/event/djDF/speaking-axoloti-the-san-pancho-edition)
  • The Litquake annual festival presents Forests with Obi Kaufmann with Leslie Carol Roberts, Kaufmann discusses his new book, The Forests of California, with author Leslie Carol Roberts; Kaufmann's book is an exploration of the diversity, power, and beauty within California forests, free, online, 7:00-8:15 pm PDT (Register to attend: litquake2020festival.sched.com/event/djDH/forests-obi-kaufmann-with-leslie-carol-roberts)

12 OCTOBER 2020 — monday

  • Left Margin LIT presents the More with Less Short Story, a four-week workshop with Hannah Michell, The Defections; her essays and short stories appear in the San Francisco Chronicle and Asian Review of Books, participants read contemporary short stories and workshop their in-progress drafts, $245, online, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (Enroll here: www.leftmarginlit.org/do-more-with-less-michell)
  • Litquake, San Francisco's annual festival, presents The Rise of Nancy Pelosi, featuring Molly Ball, TIME National Political Correspondent discussing her book Pelosi, a dynamic biography of Nancy Pelosi, her lifetime of politics and iconic leadership in the Democratic Party, joined by Scott Shafer, of KQED, free, online, 5:00-6:15 pm PDT (Register to attend: litquake2020festival.sched.com/event/djDT/the-rise-of-nancy-pelosi-molly-ball-with-scott-shafer)
  • Litquake, San Francisco's annual festival, presents a Foglifter Press reading, with contributors from the LGBTQ+ journal and press, featuring short readings from Ching-In Chen, Piper J. Daniels, Chekwube Danladi, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, J.S. Kuiken, t. tran le, Wryly T. McCutchen, heidi andrea restrepo Rhodes, Zak Salih, and Mimi Tempestt, free, online, 7:00-8:15 pm PDT (Register to attend: https://litquake2020festival.sched.com/event/djDW/foglifter-press-eyeing-the-margins)

13 OCTOBER 2020 — tuesday

14 OCTOBER 2020 — wednesday

15 OCTOBER 2020 — thursday

  • Left Margin LIT presents The Memoir of Childhood Memoir Workshop with Tommy Moulton, a John Steinbeck Fellow, focusing on childhood memories and the emotion and truth they evoke as a creative foundation for memoir writing, $245, online, runs four-weeks, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (Enroll here: https://www.leftmarginlit.org/memoir-of-childhood-mouton)
  • The Mechanics' Institute Library of San Francisco hosts "Write If You Dare," a drop-in writing workshop for all genres and levels with directed free writing and sharing, member-led, free for MI members, 11:00 am–1:00 pm PDT (For questions: tedwards@milibrary.org, online sign up: www.milibrary.org/events)

16 OCTOBER 2020 — friday

  • The Elysian Valley Arts Collective and Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice present Reading the River: The Poetry of Lewis MacAdams, a celebration of the life and work of Lewis MacAdams (1944-2020), poet, activist, and founder of Friends of the Los Angeles River, where he worked to clean up the Los Angeles River and advocated for its preservation; featuring readings of MacAdam's poetry by poets Adam Saroyan, Mike Sonksen, and some surprise guests, moderated by journalist Rex Weiner, free, online, 5:00-6:00 pm PDT (Register for the Zoom event here: www.evartscollective.com/event-details/reading-the-river-the-poetry-of-lewis-macadams)
  • Nomadic Press hosts a virtual open mic with thirty slots, hosted by Nazelah Jamison, every Friday, three minutes per reader, 6:00–7:30 pm PDT (Sign up to read: forms.gle/1ZNKSnnzRZpXxvUE7; online Zoom link is posted on Nomadic Press Facebook invitation)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink presents Using Tarot to Write Love Poems Workshop with poet Tania Pryputniewicz, November Butterfly, on the connection between tarot, poetry, love, and the emphatic emotional connection they draw, $15 members/$20 nonmembers, online, Noon-1:45 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.sandiegowriters.org/ffw-tarot-love-poems-tania-pryputniewicz)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink presents Adapting for Artists, a workshop session with Tim West, noted actor, playwright, and theatre artist, demonstrating that the process of adaptation is a necessary tool for artists, across genres or mediums, $15 members/$20 nonmembers, online, 10:00-11:45 am PDT (Register to attend: http://www.sandiegowriters.org/ffw-adapting-for-artists-tim-west)

17 OCTOBER 2020 — saturday

  • Jingletown Reading & Open Mic celebrates writers committed to social justice: José Héctor Cadena, Kin Folkz, Aimee Suzara, open mic limited to five readers, hosted by harold terezόn and Adela Najarro, online, 2:00-3:30 pm PDT (Online: Zoom: 992 1716 1772, password: justice, Facebook Live)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink presents an Online Showcase: Healing Through Story, performances and readings by students of the six-week class run by Brenda Adelman, actor and storyteller, whose one-woman show My Brooklyn Hamlet has toured in four countries and ten states, $5, online, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.sandiegowriters.org/online-showcase-healing-through-story-brenda-adelman)

18 OCTOBER 2020 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Karen Kevorkian, Quivira, and Ramón García, The Chronicles, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link and information on how to join the reading)

19 OCTOBER 2020 — monday

20 OCTOBER 2020 — tuesday

21 OCTOBER 2020 — wednesday

22 OCTOBER 2020 — thursday

  • The Mechanics' Institute Library of San Francisco hosts "Write If You Dare," a drop-in writing workshop for all genres and levels with directed free writing and sharing, member-led, free for MI members, 11:00 am–1:00 pm PDT (For questions: tedwards@milibrary.org, online sign up: www.milibrary.org/events)

23 OCTOBER 2020 — friday

  • Nomadic Press hosts a virtual open mic with thirty slots, hosted by Nazelah Jamison, every Friday, three minutes per reader, 6:00–7:30 pm PDT (Sign up to read: forms.gle/1ZNKSnnzRZpXxvUE7; online Zoom link is posted on Nomadic Press Facebook invitation)

24 OCTOBER 2020 — saturday

25 OCTOBER 2020 — sunday

26 OCTOBER 2020 — monday

27 OCTOBER 2020 — tuesday

28 OCTOBER 2020 — wednesday

29 OCTOBER 2020 — thursday

  • The Mechanics' Institute Library of San Francisco hosts "Write If You Dare," a drop-in writing workshop for all genres and levels with directed free writing and sharing, member-led, free for MI members, 11:00 am–1:00 pm PDT (For questions: tedwards@milibrary.org, online sign up: www.milibrary.org/events)

30 OCTOBER 2020 — friday

  • Nomadic Press hosts a virtual open mic with thirty slots, hosted by Nazelah Jamison, every Friday, three minutes per reader, 6:00–7:30 pm PDT (Sign up to read: forms.gle/1ZNKSnnzRZpXxvUE7; online Zoom link is posted on Nomadic Press Facebook invitation)

31 OCTOBER 2020 — saturday


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