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1 MAY 2021 — saturday

2 MAY 2021 — sunday

  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, Remains of the Day, discussing his new novel, Klara and the Sun, a powerful story of environmental destruction and technological advancement told from the perspective of a robot designed to be a child's companion, in conversation with acclaimed novelist Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing, $20 admission only, $40 includes a copy of the book, with a limited number of signed copies available, online, 1:00-2:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents journalist Orville Schell discussing his new novel, My Old Home, and the intersection of art and love in a time of political unrest and brutality, in conversation with novelist and essayist Yiyun Li, Tolstoy Together), moderated by journalist and historian Adam Hochschild, $15, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:

3 MAY 2021 — monday

  • Odd Mondays Reading Series presents a poetry reading by Arisa White, Who's Your Daddy, MK Chavez, Dear Animal, and Vickie Vétiz, Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut, from new work, free, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (RSVP on Facebook:, or email: for Zoom link)
  • City Lights Books presents photographer Mary Beth Meehan and Fred Turner, writer and professor at Stanford University, discussing their new book, Seeing Silicon Valley: Life Inside a Fraying America, a look into the truth of Silicon Valley, past the promise of wealth and innovation and into the real lives of people struggling with soaring housing prices and environmental damage, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents novelist and screenplay writer Charles Yu discussing his new novel, Interior Chinatown, winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction, in conversation with Jim Gavin, novelist and creator of the television series Lodge 49, $15, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:

4 MAY 2021 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents poet Teri Cross Davis, Haint, winner of the Ohioana Book Award for Poetry, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here:
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents novelist and publisher of Narrative Magazine Carol Edgarian discussing her new novel, Vera, a vibrant coming-of-age story set in 1906 San Francisco amid the devastating earthquake and fires, in conversation with novelist Vendela Vida, We Run the Tides, moderated by Cherilyn Parsons, founder-director of the Bay Area Book Festival, free, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents poet and essayist Erica Hunt and poet Michael Palmer, reading from their latest books of poetry, Jump the Clock by Erica Hunt and Little Elegies for Sister Satan by Michael Palmer, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Kepler's Literary Foundation presents novelist Stacey Lee, discussing her latest book, Luck of the Titanic, a gripping story of two British-Chinese acrobats aboard the Titanic, in conversation with novelist Stephanie Garber (Caraval), free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

5 MAY 2021 — wednesday

  • The Poetry Center presents a reading featuring poets Dan Lau, managing editor of the literary journal Foglifter, Edward Gunawan, and Carlos Osario, emceed by Carlos Quinteros III, part of the new annual reading series New Voice, free, online, 4:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The Library Foundation of Los Angeles presents motivational speaker and activist Ian Manuel discussing his new book, My Time Will Come: A Memoir of Crime, Punishment, Hope, and Redemption, about how Manuel, at fourteen, was sentenced to life without parole, and the humanity and willpower it took to rise above the gross injustice and racism of the United States prison system, in conversation with Bryan Stevenson, lawyer and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, free, online, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents journalists and novelists Annalee Newitz, Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age, and Nathaniel Rich, Second Nature: Scenes from a World Remade, discussing their latest books and the future of our human species that has irreparably altered Earth and its climate, moderated by journalist Bonnie Tsui, Why We Swim, $15, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • Book Passage presents Jan-Philipp Sendker, novelist and former correspondent for Stern, discussing his new novel, The Heart Remembers, the final book in the bestselling The Art of Hearing Heartbeats trilogy, free, online, Noon PDT (Register to attend:

6 MAY 2021 — thursday

  • Litquake presents novelist and nonfiction writer Natalie Baszile, author of the best-selling novel Queen Sugar and We Are Each Other's Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers Land and Legacy, a collection of poems, essays, and interviews about the history of Black people's relationship with the American land, part of the Seismic Salon series, an intimate setting with an author and a small audience, $100, limit ten participants, online, 5:00-6:30 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • City Lights Books presents poet and artist Kate Durbin, reading from her new collection of poetry, Hoarders, in conversation with poet Alex Dimitrov (Love and Other Poems), free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Join Beyond Baroque for a celebration of poetry and literature, "Beyond This Moment," a virtual benefit for the literary center as it reopens this year, featuring an array of notable writers and performers, including inaugural Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess, Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson, former L.A. Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer with poet activist John Sinclair, poets E. Ethelbert Miller, Ryka Aoki, and Peter J. Harris, actors Bradley Whitford and Amy Landecker, actor and writer Simon Callow, and many more, $25 general admission, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • Book Passage presents novelist Adam Mansbach (Rage is Back, The End of the Jews) discussing his new book, I Had a Brother Once, part poem, part memoir, in conversation with novelist Daniel Alarcón (Lost City Radio), free, online, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents novelist Douglas Stuart discussing his debut novel, Shuggie Bain, winner of the 2020 Booker Prize, in conversation with memoirist Casey Gerald, There Will Be No Miracles Here, $15, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:

7 MAY 2021 — friday

  • Skylight Books presents novelist and voice actor James Sie discussing his new novel, All Kinds of Other, in conversation with actor and director Shaan Dasani and Ash Nichols, instructor at Trans* Lounge in Los Angeles, free, online, 6:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents novelists Nnedi Okorafor, Remote Control, and Jeff VanderMeer, Hummingbird Salamander, discussing their new novels and the changing worlds of fantasy and sci-fi writing, and what the genres can tell us about our own world, moderated by novelist and poet Isabel Yap, $15, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:

8 MAY 2021 — saturday

  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, discussing There's A Revolution Outside, My Love, a collection of letters, poems, and essays from a diverse array of writers written in response to the tragedy and tumultuous time of history in which we find ourselves, in conversation with poet and criminal justice reform advocate Reginald Dwayne Betts and poet Camille T. Dungy, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, moderated by Ismail Muhammad, story editor for the New York Times, $30, tickets include a complimentary copy of the book, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • Skylight Books presents novelist Rivers Solomon discussing their new book, Sorrowland, the story of a pregnant woman seeking to escape the religious compound where she was raised, desperate to carve a space for her small family and face the violent forces working against her, in conversation with best-selling novelist and short story writer Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist, $33.32, tickets include a signed copy of Solomon's book, online, 1:00 pm PDT (
  • City Lights Books celebrates the release of Mule Kick Blues, the last collection of poetry by acclaimed Beat poet Michael McClure (1932-2020), featuring a discussion with poet Eileen Myles (Not Me, Chelsea Girls), Anne Waldman, poet and co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and poet and editor for City Lights Garrett Caples, free, online via Zoom, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

9 MAY 2021 — sunday

  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents a roundtable discussion of powerful women novelists with women-focused stories, featuring Avni Doshi, Burnt Sugar, Maaza Mengiste, The Shadow King, and Alia Trabucco Zerán, Las Homicidas, moderated by Karen Phillips, executive director of Words Without Borders, free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents world-renowned psychiatrist Irvin Yalom, discussing his memoir, A Matter of Death and Life, which explores themes of love, intimacy, and grief in the wake of the death of his wife, feminist scholar Marilyn Yalom, in conversation with novelist and poet Joyce Carol Oates, A Garden of Earthly Delights, Them, $15, online, 1:00-2:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:

10 MAY 2021 — monday

11 MAY 2021 — tuesday

  • Coastside Poetry presents a poetry reading featuring James Cagney, Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory, winner of the PEN Oakland 2019 Josephine Miles Award, free, online via YouTube Live, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • Cobalt Poets presents poet and editor Christopher T. George, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here:
  • City Lights Books presents novelist Francisco Goldman (Say Her Name, winner of the Prix Femina Etranger) discussing his latest novel, Monkey Boy, in conversation with essayist and novelist Valeria Luiselli (Sidewalks, Faces in the Crowd), free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

12 MAY 2021 — wednesday

  • Book Passage presents Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri (The Lowland, Interpreter of Maladies), discussing her new novel, Whereabouts, her first novel written in Italian and translated into English, $40, ticket price includes a complementary copy of the book, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • Red Hen Press presents a poetry reading featuring Janice Dewey, How to Feed a Horse, and Eleanor Wilner, Gone to Earth, from Red Hen Press's new imprint, Crooked Hearts, focusing on writers over the age of 55, free, online, 4:00-5:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

13 MAY 2021 — thursday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents the monthly Poem Jam, curated by San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin and Kim Shuck, San Francisco poet laureate emeritus, featuring readings from poets James Cagney (Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory), Josiah Luis Alderete (Baby Axolotls y Old Pochos), Lourdes Figuroa (Ruidos = To Learn Speak), and Mimi Tempestt (the monumental misrememberings), free, online, 6:00-7:15 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Two Lines Press presents novelist Bruno Lloret discussing his debut novel, Nancy, originally published in Spanish and now available in English, joined by Ellen Jones, translator of the book, and short story writer Kathryn Scanlan, free, online, 5:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:

14 MAY 2021 — friday

  • Point Reyes Books presents poet, essayist, and artist Rikki Ducornet, discussing her new novel, Trafik, a story of an astronaut living in a post-Earth future and her adventures in search of the planet Trafik, in conversation with novelist Jeff VanderMeer (Annihilation), free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

15 MAY 2021 — saturday

16 MAY 2021 — sunday

17 MAY 2021 — monday

18 MAY 2021 — tuesday

19 MAY 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents novelist Aminatta Forna (Ancestor Stones, The Memory of Love) discussing her new book, The Window Seat: Notes From a Life in Motion, a collection of new and previously published essays about displacement, community, and how humanity co-exists (or not) with the non-human world, in conversation with nonfiction writer Eula Biss (Having and Being Had), free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Point Reyes Books presents Noah Warren, winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, reading from and discussing his collection of poems, The Complete Stories, joined by poets Armen Davoudian (Swan Song), Randall Mann (Propriety), and Katie Peterson (A Piece of Good News), free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

20 MAY 2021 — thursday

21 MAY 2021 — friday

22 MAY 2021 — saturday

23 MAY 2021 — sunday

24 MAY 2021 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents acclaimed novelist and nonfiction writer Sarah Schulman discussing her new book, Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP in New York, 1987-1993, an insightful examination of the grassroots coalition that took on the AIDS epidemic and fought for treatment for all, in conversation with nonfiction author Marc Stein, Queer Public History: Essays on Scholarly Activism, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

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