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1 DECEMBER 2016 — thursday

  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet and publisher Mariela Griffor, translator of Pablo Neruda, and poet and translator Lynne Knight, who will be launching her new book of poems, The Persistence of Longing, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087,
  • Lunch Poems presents Juan Felipe Herrera, our current U.S. Poet Laureate, Morrison Library, 101 Doe Library, University of California, Berkeley campus, free and open to the public, 12:10-12:50 (
  • Storyteller Joel Ben Izzy presents his book for all ages, Dreidels on the Brain, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (

2 DECEMBER 2016 — friday

  • Author, musician, and native San Franciscan Mat Callahan explores the dynamic links of forces as he exposes and reframes the political and social context for the San Francisco sound and its associated vibrant subcultural uprisings in his book, The Explosion of Deferred Dreams, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/849-2087,

3 DECEMBER 2016 — saturday

  • Comedian Kathy Griffin signs her new book, Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index, book signing only, Books Inc. Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, free, 2:00 (
  • Poets and translators William O'Daly and Arturo Mantecón read from the poetry and prose of Pablo Neruda, Francisco Ferrer Lerín, and Leopoldo Maria Panero, music by Arturo Balderrama, Q&A follows, with a limited open mic, Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/824-1761,
  • The 26th Annual PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Awards honor award winners: Treaty Shirts by Gerald Vizenor, Between The World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates, The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander, Notes on the Assemblage by Juan Felipe Herrera, The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art by Frances Gateward and John Jennings, Barter Within the Bark of Trees by Latif Harris, readings by winning authors, followed by reception, Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Avenue, Oakland, free and open to the public, 2:00-5:00 (

4 DECEMBER 2016 — sunday

5 DECEMBER 2016 — monday

  • Poetry Express presents a featured reader, plus an open reading, hosted by Jan Dedrick, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (,
  • Celebrated essayist and nonfiction author Rebecca Solnit discusses and reads from her culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases, Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, which conveys innumerable unbound experiences of New York City through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/849-2087,

6 DECEMBER 2016 — tuesday

  • Pegasus Books Solano presents Jazz Stories, an evening of live jazz and wonderful stories about jazz, hosted by Richard Leiter, every first Tuesday, Pegasus Books on Solano, 1855 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/525-6888,
  • Judy Wells, The Glass Ship; Janell Moon, Riding Free in a Blue Studebaker; Dale Jensen, Yew Nork; and Fred Dodsworth will read from their poetry on the theme of "A Day Without Art," open mic, sign up by email, full bar, Spice Monkey Restaurant, 1628 Webster Street, at 17th, Oakland, near 19th Street BART, free, 6:30 (

7 DECEMBER 2016 — wednesday

8 DECEMBER 2016 — thursday

9 DECEMBER 2016 — friday

  • Cleave: Bay Area Women Writers features a reading by debut novelist Alyss Dixon, writer Lluvia de Milagros Carrasco, writer and editor Arielle Schussler, and poet Suzy Huerta, Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, at 22nd Street, Oakland, 7:00 (

10 DECEMBER 2016 — saturday

11 DECEMBER 2016 — sunday

12 DECEMBER 2016 — monday

  • Poetry Express presents a featured reader, plus an open reading, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (,
  • Drop-in freewrite group for poets, creative prose writers, playwrights, and other creative writers led by poet, prose writer and director Robin Leslie Jacobson, meets second Monday of the month, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission, at E, San Rafael, free, 7:00-9:00 (

13 DECEMBER 2016 — tuesday

  • Poetry at the Albany Library features a reading by Richard Silberg, The Horses: New and Selected Poems, and Murray Silverstein, Master of Leaves, followed by an open mic, hosted by Catherine Taylor, Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, free, 7:00-9:00 (510/526-3720,

14 DECEMBER 2016 — wednesday

  • Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon reads from and discusses his new novel, Moonglow, book signing follows, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (510/653-9965,

15 DECEMBER 2016 — thursday

  • Marin Poetry Center presents their Holiday Potluck/ReadAround, bring a poem for the read around, twenty-five lines maximum, and a dish to share: A-H: Dessert, I-P: Salad, Q-Z: Main Dish, Falkirk Cutural Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael, potluck 6:30, ReadAround 7:30 (
  • Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Improv Reading Series features Solstice Open Mic and community party, hosted by blake more, all open reading begins with live jazz by local musicians and jazz improv, 215 Main Pub, 215 Main Street, Point Arena, free, 7:30 (707/884-9189,,

16 DECEMBER 2016 — friday

17 DECEMBER 2016 — saturday

18 DECEMBER 2016 — sunday

19 DECEMBER 2016 — monday

  • Poetry Express presents a featured reader, plus an open reading, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (,

20 DECEMBER 2016 — tuesday

21 DECEMBER 2016 — wednesday

22 DECEMBER 2016 — thursday

23 DECEMBER 2016 — friday

24 DECEMBER 2016 — saturday

25 DECEMBER 2016 — sunday

26 DECEMBER 2016 — monday

  • Bay Area Generations presents writers of different generations in pairs through its submission-based reading series, submissions for this reading are open November 2 to December 1, see guidelines on their website, full bar, Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, $7, admission with chapbook of readers $10, doors open 7:00, show 7:30 (Hotel Rex: 415/433-4434,

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