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17 FEBRUARY 2018 — saturday

  • Bohemian Revival Writing Collective is an Oakland based writing collective and support group focused on readings, performance, critique, chat, and advice, all writers welcome, Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 4:00 (
  • Sugartown Publishing book launch party for Constance Rowell Mastores, Dusk, email for reservation and location, Albany, 4:00-6:00 (
  • Book Launch for Sandra Austin Mello's novel What You Carry, live music follows, Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (
  • Clearly Meant presents Richard Silberg, Poetry Flash Associate Editor and author of six poetry collections, most recently The Horses: New and Selected Poems, reading his poetry, followed by an interview and discussion, free chapbooks of his work will be handed out, Berkeley Public Library, Claremont Branch, 2940 Benvenue Avenue, at Ashby, Berkeley, free, 2:00-3:00 (510/981-6820,
  • 2018 Benicia Love Poetry Awards Ceremony, winners of this year's contest read their poems, open mic follows, The Benicia Historical Museum/Stone Hall, 2060 Camel Road, Benicia, free, 2:00-4:00 (

18 FEBRUARY 2018 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a reading and launch celebration for Know Me Here: An Anthology of Poetry by Women, edited by Katherine Hastings, with readings by contributors Susan Cohen, Lucille Lang Day, Miriam Bird Greenberg, Judy Halebsky, Elizabeth C. Herron, Mary Mackey, Connie Post, Julia Vose, Laura Walker, and Kathleen Winter, wheelchair accessible, East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel), 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965,

19 FEBRUARY 2018 — monday

  • An open mic with LEX, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (
  • Shizue Seigel and Hiroshi Kashiwagi read prose and poetry in observation of Executive Order 9066 signed on this day in 1942 by President Roosevelt leading to the internment of Japanese-Americans, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (
  • Poetry Express presents a reading with Andrena Zawinski, Landings, followed by an open reading, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (

20 FEBRUARY 2018 — tuesday

  • City Lights presents a Book Release Party and Exhibit Launch for Doc/Undoc : Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática, featuring Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Felicia Rice, Zachary Watkins, and other contributors, Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, free, 7:00-9:00 (

21 FEBRUARY 2018 — wednesday

22 FEBRUARY 2018 — thursday

  • Lee Bruno reads from and discusses his new book Misfits, Merchants and Mayhem: Tales from San Francisco's Historic Waterfront, 1849-1934, BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (
  • Concord Music reissues Allen Ginsberg reading Howl on vinyl, opening statement by City Lights editor Garett Caples, and Beat scholar Ann Charters with Bill Belmont, Producer at Concord Music; Reminiscences of the late great poet Allen Ginsberg and readings from HOWL by Neeli Cherkovski, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (
  • University of San Francisco's MFA Reading Series presents fiction writer Sam Lipsyte, The Ask, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, free, 7:45-9:30 (
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Kathleen Winter to launch her brand new book, I will not kick my friends, winner of the 2017 Elixir Poetry Prize, and Brynn Saito, Power Made Us Swoon, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087,

23 FEBRUARY 2018 — friday

  • A reading with local writers Cécile Barlier, Lorraine Babb, and Mark Peterson, featured in The Writers Studio at 30, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (
  • The Art of Storytelling and Poetry presents a performance evening with the theme "In the Beginning," The Avid Reader, 1945 Broadway, Sacramento, free, 7:00-8:30 (

24 FEBRUARY 2018 — saturday

  • Arts Benicia presents an ekphrastic poetry reading for the exhibition, "The Art of a Community," Arts Benicia Gallery, 991 Tyler Street #114, Benicia, 2:00-4:00 (

25 FEBRUARY 2018 — sunday

  • NYMBC presents illustrator and author Jen Wang in celebration of her new graphic novel The Princess and the Dressmaker, Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street, Alameda, free, 2:00 (

26 FEBRUARY 2018 — monday

  • New York Times best-selling memoirist Jasmin Darznik shares her debut novel Song of a Captive Bird, in conversation with novelist Donia Bijan, The Last Days of Café Leila, set against the history of Iran, Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, free, 7:00 (

27 FEBRUARY 2018 — tuesday

  • Dirty Old Women: Erotica, a monthly series celebrating erotic writing by self-identified older women, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 7:30 (
  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reads from her new bookLoaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (
  • Akwaeke Emezi reads from and discusses her debut novel, Freshwater, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (
  • City Arts & Lectures presents writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, The Mother of All Questions, with Buddhist teacher and anthropologist Roshi Joan Halifax, Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $29, 7:30 (
  • PBS NewsHour reporter Elizabeth Flock discusses her debut work of reportage about twenty-first century marriage in India, The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai, Books Inc., 317 Castro Street, Mountain View, free, 7:00 (

28 FEBRUARY 2018 — wednesday

  • Black History Month Celebration of African American Literature with discussion by Dr. Juan Mance, Professor of African American Literature at Mills College, about nearly-lost works by Black authors in the United States prior to the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:00 (
  • A reading and discussion with writer Louise Nayer on her book Poised For Retirement: Moving From Anxiety To Zen, BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (
  • Hand To Mouth/Words Spoken Out reading series presents a poetry reading by Margaret Stawowy, Keeper of the Pond, Doreen Stock, Three Tales From the Archives of Love, and Camron McDonald, Redbound Bookstore, 1611 Fourth Street, San Rafael, free, 7:00-9:00 (

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