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3 NOVEMBER 2020 — tuesday

4 NOVEMBER 2020 — wednesday

  • The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books presents nonfiction writers Emily Bernard, Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine, Frank Wilderson, Afropessimism, and Morgan Jerkins, Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots, discussing the Black experience of race, family legacy, and historical and current social conditions, moderated by Los Angeles Times columnist Sandy Banks, free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/?3_route=/client-embeds/la-times-festival-of-books-2020/1/3/__/&)
  • Spoken Interludes presents journalist and physician James Hamblin reading from his new book Clean, examining the science and culture of how we care for our skin, in a well-researched look at what it really means to be clean, $10, online, 8:00-9:00 pm EST/5:00-6:00 pm PST (Purchase tickets here: spokeninterludes.com/event/james-hamblin)

5 NOVEMBER 2020 — thursday

  • Lunch Poems presents a reading by Aria Aber, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry for her debut book Hard Damage, hosted by University of California, Berkeley, free, online, Noon PST (Register to attend: lunchpoems.berkeley.edu)
  • Vroman's Bookstore presents novelist Barbara Abercrombie, The Language of Loss, and Jacqueline Winspear, This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing, author of the Maisie Dobbs series, in conversation with memoirist Monica Holloway about Abercrombie and Winspear's latest memoirs on family and the language we use to talk about those we have loved and lost, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.vromansbookstore.com/event/barbara-abercrombie-and-jacqueline-winspear)
  • City Lights Books presents novelist Mauro Javier Cárdenas reading from his new novel Aphasia, in conversation with novelist Carlos Fonseca, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3703)
  • Los Angeles Times Festival of Books presents a discussion of modern romance novels, featuring novelists Casey McQuiston, Red, White, and Royal Blue: A Novel, Jasmine Guillory, Party of Two, and Rebekah Weatherspoon, If the Boot Fits, moderated by novelist Elissa Sussman, Stray, free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/?3_route=/client-embeds/la-times-festival-of-books-2020/1/3/__/&)
  • The Poetry Center presents a conversation honoring the work and continuing influence of poets Audre Lorde and Pat Parker, featuring three Bay Area writers who knew and worked with them, poet and essayist Judy Grahn, poet and novelist Jewelle Gomez, and poet and musician Avotcja, also joining them are three younger writers tied to the Bay Area, poet Arisa White, artist and writer Leila Weefur, and poet Angela Hume, with Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta as emcee, free, online, 7:00 pm PST (Register via Zoom: linktr.ee/thepoetrycenter)
  • Brilliant Playground poetry workshop, led by poet and musician Maxima Kahn, writers explore new writing styles through writing exercises and revisions, runs for six weeks November 5-December 17, $297, online via Zoom, 4:00-6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: brilliantplayground.com/riding-the-dragon/?fbclid=IwAR0Qdi7QDQEHULLxHfo5mPRSxiYx6r6dnmz5izwprckPW5hc1em5tdeuHdE)
  • Copperfield's Books presents journalist Matthew Van Meter and his book Deep Delta Justice: A Black Teen, His Lawyer, and Their Groundbreaking Battle for Civil Rights in the South, detailing the events and injustices that led to a significant decision in Duncan v. Louisiana, free, online, 7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/matthew-van-meter-online)
  • 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 PST (For questions: tedwards@milibrary.org, online sign up: www.milibrary.org/events)

6 NOVEMBER 2020 — friday

7 NOVEMBER 2020 — saturday

8 NOVEMBER 2020 — sunday

9 NOVEMBER 2020 — monday

10 NOVEMBER 2020 — tuesday

11 NOVEMBER 2020 — wednesday

12 NOVEMBER 2020 — thursday

  • City Lights Books presents a launch party celebrating Issue no. 119 of ZYZZYVA, featuring readings by Jonathan Escoffery, Wendy C. Ortiz, Siel Ju, Andrés Reconco, Kathleen Mackay, and Nina Revoyr, hosted by ZYZZYVA managing editor Oscar Villalon, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3727)
  • Skylight Books presents a discussion of dance and writer marlee grace's new book, Getting to Center: Pathways to Finding Yourself in the Great Unknown, in conversation with Erica Chidi, co-founder of LOOM, a wellbeing platform to empower women through sexual and reproductive health education, free, online, 6:30 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-marlee-grace-discusses-her-new-book-getting-center-erica-chidi)
  • Copperfield's Books presents a reading featuring Juan Felipe Herrera, the twenty-first Poet Laureate of the United States and the first Latino to hold this position, reading from his new collection of poetry, Every Day We Get More Illegal, and San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Deer Trails, free, online, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/juan-felipe-herrera-and-kim-shuck)
  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Susan Kelly-DeWitt, from her new book, Gravitational Tug, with David Woo, Divine Fire, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)
  • Vroman's Bookstore presents novelist and educator Kiese Laymon, with his latest book How to Slowly Kill Yourselves and Others in America, a humorous and insightful collection of thirteen essays, in conversation with essayist Minda Honey, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.vromansbookstore.com/event/kiese-laymon-with-minda-honey)
  • San Francisco Public Library's monthly Poem Jam features Indigenous Poet Laureates past and present, including Linda Noel, former Poet Laureate of Ukiah; Denise Low, former Poet Laureate of Kansas; Georgina Marie, current Poet Laureate of Lake County; and Kim Shuck, current Poet Laureate of San Francisco, free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events/2020/11/12/performance-poem-jam)
  • The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books presents Marilynne Robinson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, reading from her latest novel Jack, in conversation with journalist and novelist Héctor Tobar, free, online, 5:00-6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/?3_route=/client-embeds/la-times-festival-of-books-2020/1/3/__/&)
  • 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 PST (For questions: tedwards@milibrary.org, online sign up: www.milibrary.org/events)
  • City Lights Books presents a launch party celebrating Issue no. 119 of ZYZZYVA, featuring readings by authors Jonathan Escoffery, Wendy C. Ortiz, Siel Ju, Andrés Reconco, Kathleen Mackay, and Nina Revoyr, hosted by ZYZZYVA managing editor Oscar Villalon, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3727)

13 NOVEMBER 2020 — friday

14 NOVEMBER 2020 — saturday

15 NOVEMBER 2020 — sunday

16 NOVEMBER 2020 — monday

  • Aqus presents their bimonthly Poetry Open Mic, hosted by poet and artist Sande Anfang, held the first and third Monday of each month, with three-minute slots per reader, featuring Terry Ehret, John Johnson, and Nancy Morales, translators of Plagios (Plagiarisms) by Ulalume González de León, free, online via Zoom, 6:15 pm PST (Sign up for the open mic/RSVP to attend: aqus.com/rivertownpoets/)

17 NOVEMBER 2020 — tuesday

18 NOVEMBER 2020 — wednesday

19 NOVEMBER 2020 — thursday

  • Marin Poetry Center and Osher Marin JCC present poets Jane Hirshfield, Ledger, and Meryl Natchez, Catwalk, in a reading and discussion, free, online, 7:00 pm PST (Zoom link for the reading: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvd-6qqjoiGdd63b4Vb0oIDgr2ey3yjEHU)
  • City Lights Books presents journalist Azadeh Moaveni, ReTargeting Iran, and novelist Salar Abdoh, Out of Mesopotamia: A Novel, in discussion about the intersections of their new books, free, online, 11:00 am PST (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3726)
  • City Lights Books presents journalist Azadeh Moaveni, ReTargeting Iran, and novelist Salar Abdoh, Out of Mesopotamia: A Novel, in discussion about the intersection of their new books, free, online, 11:00 am PST (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3726)
  • The Poetry Center presents a reading and conversation with Wendy Trevino, poet and writer-in-residence at The Poetry Center, reading from her new book Cruel Fiction, joined by poet Zaina Alsous, hosted by alex cruse, free, online, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: poetry.sfsu.edu)
  • The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University presents a reading and conversation with Wendy Trevino, poet and writer-in-residence at The Poetry Center, reading from her new book Cruel Fiction, joined by poet Zaina Alsous, with emcee alex cruse, free, online, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: poetry.sfsu.edu)
  • 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 PST (For questions: tedwards@milibrary.org, online sign up: www.milibrary.org/events)
  • Vroman's Bookstore presents a discussion of Tom Zoellner's latest book, The National Road: Dispatches from a Changing America, an incisive and introspective look at what divides America, and what can bring us together, in conversation with novelist Tod Goldberg, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.vromansbookstore.com/event/tom-zoellner-with-tod-goldberg)

20 NOVEMBER 2020 — friday

21 NOVEMBER 2020 — saturday

  • Jingletown Reading & Open Mic celebrates writers committed to social justice: William Archila, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Barbara Jane Reyes, open mic limited to five readers, hosted by harold terezόn and Adela Najarro, online, 2:00-3:30 pm PST (Online: Zoom: 992 1716 1772, password: justice, Facebook Live)
  • Poetry reading by Carla M. Cherry, Stardust and Skin, and Maxima Kahn, Fierce Aria, followed by a conversation and Q&A about the practice and publication of poetry, discussing topics such as writing revision, inspiration for new poems, and submitting poems for publication, free, online via Zoom, 1:00 pm PST (Register to attend: us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrdeitrj8pGNVhmV9c7SNWDye09OI5HpgF)
  • Skylight Books presents columnist and writer Cazzie David and her memoir, No One Asked for This, a darkly funny collection of essays exploring topics like misanthropy, social media, and anxiety, in a drive-thru in-person book signing event at Mel's Drive-In, 8585 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, California; preordering a copy of the book for $18 is strongly recommended, books will also be available for purchase on-site, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (Order the book here: www.skylightbooks.com/event/drive-thru-signing-cazzie-davids-debut-memoir-no-one-asked)
  • Book Passage presents their Conversations with Authors series, featuring Deborah Madison, author of fourteen cookbooks, discussing her latest book, An Onion in My Pocket: My Life with Vegetables, a warm and insightful memoir that delves into the vegetarian movement, in conversation with poet Jane Hirshfield, free, online, 4:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/conversations-authors-deborah-madison-virtual-event)

22 NOVEMBER 2020 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Maw Shein Win, Storage Unit for the Spirit House and Amy Gerstler, Scattered at Sea, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link and information on how to join the reading)

23 NOVEMBER 2020 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents a reading and discussion of the poet Paul Celan (1920-1970), considered one of the greatest European post-World War II poets, featuring special guests, activist and theorist Judith Butler, poet Fady Joudah, poet D.S. Marriott, and poet and historian Roberto Tejada, hosted by educator and essayist Robert Kaufman, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3723)
  • The Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo presents An Evening of Jewish Poetry, featuring readings by celebrated Jewish poets Yehoshua November, Two Worlds Exist, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, The Volcano and After, Philip Terman, This Crazy Devotion, and Eleanor Wilner, em>Before Our Eyes: New and Selected Poems, 1975-2017, free, online via YouTube Live, 7:00 pm EST/4:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.jccbuffalo.org/event/an-evening-of-jewish-poetry)

24 NOVEMBER 2020 — tuesday

25 NOVEMBER 2020 — wednesday

26 NOVEMBER 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 PST (For questions: tedwards@milibrary.org, online sign up: www.milibrary.org/events)

27 NOVEMBER 2020 — friday

28 NOVEMBER 2020 — saturday

29 NOVEMBER 2020 — sunday

30 NOVEMBER 2020 — monday


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