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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: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • 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: www.baybookfest.org)
  • 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: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3789)
  • 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: www.keplers.org/upcoming-events-internal/2021/5/4/stacey-lee-with-stephanie-garber)

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: poetry.sfsu.edu/events/29194-new-voice-reading-dan-lau-edward-gunawan-carlos-osoria)
  • 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: lfla.org/event/my-time-will-come-a-memoir-of-crime-punishment-hope-and-redemption)
  • 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: www.baybookfest.org)

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: www.litquake.org/seismicsalons.html)
  • 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: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3781)
  • 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: www.beyondbaroque.org/2021gala.html)
  • 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: www.bookpassage.com/event/book-passage-presents-adam-mansbach-i-had-brother-once-online-event)
  • The Center for Literary Arts of San Jose presents best-selling novelist Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, discussing her new book, Death in Her Hands, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.clasanjose.org/ottessamoshfegh)
  • 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: www.baybookfest.org)

7 MAY 2021 — friday

  • The Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents a reading featuring poets Natasha Sajé, Vivarium, and Terroir: Love, Out of Place, and Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas, Alice in Ruby Slippers, hosted by poet Tim Kahl, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.facebook.com/events/3733922900066432)
  • 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: www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-james-sie-shaan-dasani-and-ash-nichols-conversation-about-all-kinds-other)
  • 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: www.baybookfest.org)

8 MAY 2021 — saturday

  • The Bay Area Book Festival celebrates a year-long collaboration with Cinnamongirl, Inc., Write Your Story, who offer creative writing workshops to young girls of color, ages twelve to eighteen, featuring readings of original work from the young writers of Cinnamongirl, Inc., moderated by Misa Sugiura, It's Not Like It's a Secret, best-selling Young Adult novelist and instructor for Cinnamongirl, Inc., free, online, 3:30-4:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.baybookfest.org/session/the_dream)
  • 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: www.baybookfest.org)
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents "Your Self on the Shelf: Books that Speak Your Language," featuring Ellen Oh, the CEO of grassroots organization We Need Diverse Books, and Kelly Starling Lyons, member of The Brown Bookshelf, discussing diversity in children's and young adult literature and how authors are overcoming barriers to create inclusive characters in their stories today, moderated by Bay Area librarian Joanne Marple, free, online, 3:00-3:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.baybookfest.org/session/self_shelf)
  • 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 (www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-zoom-rivers-solomon-reads-their-novel-sorrowland-conversation-roxane-gay)
  • 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: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3774)

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: www.baybookfest.org)
  • City Lights Books presents a memorial tribute to the award-winning poet Michael McClure (1932-2020), a major figure in the Beat poet movement in San Francisco as well as the 1960s counterculture movement, with readings and remembrances by Russ Tamblyn, CAConrad, Margaret Randall, Forrest Gander, George Herms, Henry Kaiser, Jerome Rothenberg, Cedar Sigo, Paul Nelson, Lyn Hejinian, Andrew Schelling, Amy McClure, Jane McClure, and Joanna McClure, free, online, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com)
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents "Who Saves the World? Girls!" celebrating the climate activism of three young women: Shreya Ramachandran, seventeen; Lilly Platt, twelve; and Haven Coleman, fourteen; they will discuss their work as eco-advocates, joined by Rachel Sarah, author of Girl Warriors: How 25 Young Advocates Are Saving the Earth, free, online, 3:00-3:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.baybookfest.org/session/who_saves)
  • The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents a poetry reading featuring Marc Zegans, The Snow Dead, and Samuel Salerno, The New World, free, online via Zoom, 2:00 pm PDT (Email jfellguth@sbcglobal.net by 5:00 pm PDT Saturday, May 8 for the Zoom link; for information go to: www.facebook.com/events/776007639698532)
  • 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: www.baybookfest.org)

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: coastsidepoetry.org/current-features)
  • Cobalt Poets presents poet and editor Christopher T. George, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • 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: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3766)

12 MAY 2021 — wednesday

  • Join poet Jannie M. Dresser for "Kissing a Bride Through a Veil: Reading Poetry in Translation," a six-week workshop; attendees will read and listen to nineteenth and twentieth century poems from around the world in different translations, with an emphasis on the translator's art as well as a diverse array of literary voices, $85 for members, $127 for nonmembers, runs six weeks (May 12-June 16, online, 10:30 am-12:30 pm PDT (Enroll here: www.scholarolli.com/product/programs/courses/kissing-a-bride-through-a-veil-reading-poetry-in-translation)
  • 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: www.bookpassage.com/lahiri-whereabouts)
  • 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: www.facebook.com/redhenpress)

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: sfpl.org/events/2021/05/13/performance-poem-jam)
  • Aunt Lute and POC United present a reading by writers of color, featuring novelist Naima Coster, Halsey Street, novelist Devi S. Laskar, The Atlas of Reds and Blues, poet and fiction writer Alba Delia Hernández, novelist and creative nonfiction writer Tom Pyun, and novelist Nayomi Munaweera, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, reading on the theme of Isolation and the joys and traumas of isolation since the beginning of the global pandemic in 2020, free, online, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.auntlute.com)
  • Two Lines Press presents novelist Bruno Lloret, discussing his debut novel Nancy, with Ellen Jones, who translated the book from Spanish, in conversation with short story author Kathryn Scanlan, The Dominant Animal, free, online, 5:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: catranslation.org/event/nancy-bruno-lloret-and-ellen-jones-in-conversation)

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: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/rikki-ducornet-and-jeff-vandermeer)

15 MAY 2021 — saturday

  • The Poetry Center presents a collective reading featuring poet and translator Lyn Hejinian and the work of the late poet and essayist Leslie Scalapino, Hejinian reads from and discusses Hearing, the second book in a series of collaborations between Hejinian and Scalapino, including readings from sections of the book by writers E. Tracy Grinnell, Michael Cross, Lindsay Choi, Simone White, Eric Falci, Eileen Myles, Renee Gladman, Myung Mi Kim, Judith Goldman, and Tom White, followed by a conversation between the readers and with audience questions, free, online, Noon PDT (Register to attend: poetry.sfsu.edu/events/29197-hearing-lyn-hejinian-and-leslie-scalapino-collective-reading-and-conversation)
  • LitFest Pasadena presents "Stories of the New Unionism," featuring a panel of activist writers and educators, Arlene Inouye, Rafael Jaime, Carolina A. Miranda, Christine O'Connell, Lindsay Zafir, and Todd Wolfson discussing the history and stories of the pursuit of labor justice, moderated by Mia McIver, followed by a ten-minute interlude of readings, featuring the East Pasadena Poets Mary Fitzpatrick, "What to Do from Confinement," Linda Dove, "The Haptics," Beverly LaFontaine, "This Skin Is Not Enough to Keep Me Warm," and Lois P. Jones, "Apple," free, online, Noon-1:00 pm PDT (RVSP to attend: litfestpasadena.org/schedule)
  • LitFest Pasadena presents "Our SoCal DNA," featuring Southern California writers Ryka Aoki, Aimee Bender, Natashia Deón, Deborah A. Lott, Luis J. Rodriguez, and Michael Torres, discussing how location influences how and what they write, moderated by Monica Fernandez, followed by a ten-minute interlude poetry reading, featuring poets Raundi Moore-Kondo, "My California Roots," Arminé Iknadossian, "California Love," Ron Koertge, "An Uneasy Trance Will Never Break," Kim Dower, "Thanking My Breasts," and Alene Terzian-Zeitounian, "Insurrection Snapshot #1," free, online, 1:00-2:00 pm PDT (RVSP to attend: litfestpasadena.org/schedule)
  • LitFest Pasadena presents "Our Culinary Table," featuring Elisa Callow, founding director of the Armory Center for the Arts and author of The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring & Cooking on L.A.'s Eastside, and Bill Esparza, award-winning food writer and author of L.A. Mexicano: Recipes, People & Places, in conversation with journalist Val Zavala, followed by a ten-minute interlude poetry reading, featuring Gerda Govine Ituarte, "Visit to Godfather's," Raundi Moore-Kondo, "You Don't Need a Ticket," Ayb Marapao, "Dear Covid," Rainesford Stauffer, An Ordinary Age, and Jervey Tervalon, "Walking," free, online, 2:00-3:00 pm PDT (RVSP to attend: litfestpasadena.org/schedule)
  • LitFest Pasadena presents "Writing While Black," featuring journalist Donnell Alexander, An Oregon County, a short film, novelist Rachel Harper, This Side of Providence, novelist Keenan Norris, The Confession of Copeland Cane, writer and editor Kia Penso, novelist and artist Lisa Teasley, Heat Signature, and poet and novelist Jervey Tervalon, Dead Above Ground, followed by a ten-minute interlude poetry reading, featuring Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson, "Once, We Were Rivers," and Tim Stiles, winner of the 2021 Jonathan Gold Award, free, online, 3:00-4:00 pm PDT (RVSP to attend: litfestpasadena.org/schedule)
  • LitFest Pasadena presents "Graphic Description," a panel discussing the making of graphic novels, featuring artist Mariah Rose-Marie; Amanda Meadows, Senior Editor at Oni Press; Pamela Ribon, screenwriter for Moana; Josh Trujillo, writer and editor for Marvel and children's books such as Lost Beast, Found Friend; Carly Usdin, director and creator of Heavy Vinyl; Shannon Waters, senior editor at BOOM! Studios; moderated by Gary Phillips, writer of the Be-Bop Barbarians; followed by a ten-minute interlude poetry reading, featuring readings from the Omega Sci Fi Awards, and poet Johnny Bender, "Elemental," free, online, 4:00-5:00 pm PDT (RVSP to attend: litfestpasadena.org/schedule)
  • LitFest Pasadena presents a panel of writers and editors discussing their new anthology, Speculative Los Angeles, a collection of sci-fi and fantasy stories set in Los Angeles, featuring editor Denise Hamilton, journalist Lynell George, novelist Kathleen Kaufman, and novelist Duane Swierczynski, followed by a ten-minute interlude poetry reading, featuring poets Johnny Bender, "Letter to Self," Cathie Sandstrom, "Standing Up in a Slim Boat" and "She Ages," and the short film "Negative Space," free, online, 5:00-6:00 pm PDT (RVSP to attend: litfestpasadena.org/schedule)

16 MAY 2021 — sunday

  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents best-selling novelist and poet Julia Alvarez, In the Time of the Butterflies, The Woman I Kept to Myself, discussing her new novel, Afterlife, in conversation with Sylvanna M. Falcón, founder of the Human Rights Investigation Lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz and author of Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activities inside the United Nations, free, online, 11:00 am PDT (Register to attend: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/julia-alvarez)
  • The Safe House Education (S.H.E.) Fund presents a live reading and musical performance From Tribe and Fire, a benefit for the students of the S.H.E. Fund, Maasai young women who fled their tribe as girls, escaping early childhood marriage and female genital mutilation to pursue education and autonomy over their lives, featuring poets Ellen Bass, Indigo, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jane Hirshfield, LEDGER, Marie Howe, Magdelene, and Danusha Laméris, Bonfire Opera, with musical performances by Jami Sieber, Agu, and Muthoni Drummer Queen, and poems performed by the S.H.E. students, hosted by Kim Rosen, founder of the S.H.E. fund, free, donations welcome to benefit the S.H.E. fund, online, 1:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.shecollegefund.org/events)
  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Kathy Evans, Trespassers Welcome, and Terri Glass, Being Animal, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)
  • Book Passage presents Dr. Jane Goodall, renowned primatologist and founder of the humanitarian youth program Roots & Shoots, and best-selling author Peter Wohlleben, in celebration of Wohlleben's new book, The Heartbeat of Trees, a profound look at humans' connection with nature, moderated by Donna Seaman, editor for Adult Books for Booklists, $5 general admission, $35 includes a signed copy of the book, online, 10:00 am PDT (Register to attend: www.bookpassage.com/heartbeat-of-trees)
  • LitFest Pasadena presents a panel featuring bestselling true crime authors Rabia Chaundry, Adnan's Story, Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, The Fact of a Body, Rachel Monroe, Savage Appetites, and Chip Jacobs, The Darkest Glare, moderated by Julia Callahan, free, online, Noon-12:50 pm PDT (RVSP to attend: litfestpasadena.org/schedule)
  • LitFest Pasadena presents "Authors and Airwaves," a panel about podcasts and how prominent podcasters have created quality content, featuring podcasters Tony DuShane, Drinks With Tony, Meghan Daum, The Unspeakable Podcast, and Zibby Owens, Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books, free, online, 1:00-1:50 pm PDT (RVSP to attend: litfestpasadena.org/schedule)
  • The Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club presents the panel "Race as Context: BIPOC California Writers on How Race Informs Writing", featuring short story writer and novelist Alex Sato, novelist Gabriel Campbell, Love, Legends, and Legacies, Book One of the Keita Daze, novelist and short story author Jhon Valdes Klinger, and former San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Whose Water?, moderated by Ellen McBarnette, member of the CWC, $5 for CWC members, $10 general admission, online, 1:00-3:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: cwc-berkeley.org/race-as-context-panel)
  • LitFest Pasadena presents a panel discussing young adult fiction and writing through the lens of children, featuring YA authors Tracy Holczer, The Secret Hum of a Daisy, Rajani LaRocca, Midsummer's Mayhem, and Mae Respicio, Any Day with You, moderated by Dana Middleton, Open If You Dare, free, online, 2:00-2:50 pm PDT (RVSP to attend: litfestpasadena.org/schedule)
  • LitFest Pasadena presents filmmaker Myles Matsuno, discussing his documentary First To Go, about Ichiro Kataoka, the first San Francisco Japanese person to be taken by the FBI after the attack on Pearl Harbor, in conversation with movie critic John Powers and community leader Jinghuan Liu Tervalon, discussing America's history of anti-Asian racism and how we can stand up and stop anti-Asian hate crimes, free, online, 3:00-3:50 pm PDT (RVSP to attend: litfestpasadena.org/schedule)
  • LitFest Pasadena presents a panel of four best-selling novelists, J. Ryan Stradal, The Lager Queen of Minnesota, Steph Cha, Your House Will Pay, Sergio Troncoso, Nepantla Familias, and Amy Meyerson, The Imperfects, discussing family relationships and their inspiration for storytelling, moderated by Colleen Dunn Bates, founder of Prospect Park Books, free, online, 4:00-4:50 pm PDT (RVSP to attend: litfestpasadena.org/schedule)
  • LitFest Pasadena presents "Publishers' Roundtable," a panel of publishers discussing their different processes for publishing work, how to get work published, and what publishers look for, featuring Julia Callahan, former Director of Sales and Marketing at Rare Bird, and Tim DeRoche, self-published author, as well as reps from Red Hen Press, Unnamed Press, Lil' Libros, and TSEHAI Publishers, free, online, 5:00-5:50 pm PDT (RVSP to attend: litfestpasadena.org/schedule)

17 MAY 2021 — monday

  • Rivertown Poets presents an open mic poetry reading, three-minutes per reader, hosted by poet and artist Sande Anfang, Xylem Highway, held the first and third Mondays of the month, free, online via Zoom, 6:15 pm PDT (Register to attend/sign up for open mic: aqus.com/rivertownpoets)
  • Book Passage presents best-selling novelist Maggie Shipstead (Seating Arangements) discussing her new novel, Great Circle, a story of a daring female aviator in the early twentieth century and the woman playing her in a film a century later, free, online, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/book-passage-presents-maggie-shipstead-great-circle-online-event)

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: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3790)
  • Red Hen Press presents a reading and conversation featuring poets Judy Grahn, Touching Creatures Touching Spirit, Kim Stafford, Singer Come From Afar, and Gary Lemons, Original Grace, discussing their new collections from Red Hen Press as well as their long careers as poets and writers in their respective communities, free, online, 4:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.facebook.com/redhenpress)
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents Yusef Salaam, inspirational speaker and prison reform activist, one of the wrongfully imprisoned Central Park Five, discussing his new book, Better, Not Bitter: Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice, a memoir that calls a nation to action, to rectify serious miscarriages of justice and to be held accountable for its history of racism and abuse, cosponsored by the NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch, $29, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/better-not-bitter)
  • 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: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/noah-warren-complete-stories)

20 MAY 2021 — thursday

  • The PEN American World Voices Festival presents three novelists discussing their recent works, Naima Coster, What's Mine and Yours, Dantiel W. Moniz, Milk Blood Heat, and Kirstin Valdez Quade, The Five Wounds, all poignant stories about young people of color growing up in the United States that challenge the mores of the coming-of-age story, moderated by novelist Brian Young, Healer of the Water Monster, $20, online, 10:00 am PDT (Purchase tickets here: pen.org/event/the-myth-of-innocence-coming-of-age-in-america)
  • Poetry Center San Jose presents Bill Cozzini, poet and editor-in-chief of Caesura, Poetry Center San Jose's literary magazine, hosted by poet Lesa Medley, open mic to follow, free, online, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: sjpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5fa4a65d5e8c0f2400fa3e6f)
  • Join the You're Going to Die team for this open mic, "Poetry, Prose, and Everything Goes," performance time five-minutes maximum, bring poetry, prose, music, dance, artwork to perform in this online community space, sign up during the Zoom meeting, with Ned Buskirk, free, with suggested donation, online via Zoom, 6:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.facebook.com/events/784477869113153)
  • Friends of the Redwood City Public Library presents novelist Thomas Farber, reading from and discussing his new memoir, Acting My Age, that pushes the boundaries of the autobiography and explores not only the author's life and mortality but also that of coral, ecosystems, and the possible extinction of the natural world, in conversation with writer Lillian Howan, The Charm Buyers, poet and novelist Pat Matsueda, Stray, and novelist Shawna Yang Ryan, Green Island, free, online via Zoom, 5:30-6:45 pm PDT (Register to attend: redwoodcity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IbHQ6o2OT26OnwG_OCienw)
  • Point Arena Third Thursday Poetry Series presents a reading featuring former Poet Laureate of Vallejo Diana Lang, This Festival of Dreams, open mic to follow, with host Blake More, free, online via Zoom, 7:00 pm PDT (Email: blake@snakelyone.com for Zoom information, and if you would like to participate in the open mic)
  • The PEN American World Voices Festival presents novelists George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo, winner of the Man Booker Prize, and Matthew Salesses, The Hundred-Year Flood, leading the hybrid workshop discussion "The Master's Tools: On the Art of Writing," about how writing is taught and the spaces workshops create for writers to hone their craft, moderated by novelist Rivka Galchen, Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch, $20, online, 4:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: pen.org/event/the-masters-tools-the-art-of-teaching-writing)

21 MAY 2021 — friday

  • The PEN America World Voices Festival presents memoirists Randa Jarrar, Love Is an Ex-Country, and Mortada Gzar, I'm In Seattle, Where Are You?, discussing their recent memoirs and how the genre depicts the self against a background of politics, history, and social mores, in conversation with historian and poet Dr. Maytha Alhassen, presented in collaboration with Radius of Arab American Writers and Skylight Books, $20, online, 5:30 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: pen.org/event/the-art-of-the-memoir)
  • The PEN World Voices Festival presents "On Revolutionary Love and Poetic Resistance", featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth; poet Threa Almontaser, The Wild Fox of Yemen, winner of the Walt Whitman Award; and novelist Edwidge Danticat, The Art of Death, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle; moderated by writer and critic John Freeman, co-editor of the anthology There's a Revolution Outside, My Love, $20, online, 4:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: pen.org/event/on-revolutionary-love-and-poetic-resistance)

22 MAY 2021 — saturday

23 MAY 2021 — sunday

  • Lummis Days presents a poetry reading and conversation featuring poets Erica Ayón, Orange Lady, and Ramón García, The Chronicles, Other Countries, Arroyo Seco Library, free, online via Zoom, 3:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.lummisday.org/poetryreading)
  • Poetry Flash presents a Sixteen Rivers Press poetry reading by Stella Beratlis, Dust Bowl Venus, and Dane Cervine, The World is God's Language, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents a poetry reading by The Venice Collective, featuring poets Dina Hardy, Holaday Mason, Jan Wesley, Jeanette Clough, Jim Natal, Mariano Zaro, Marjorie Becker, Paul Lieber, and Sarah Maclay, free, online, 4:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)

24 MAY 2021 — monday

25 MAY 2021 — tuesday

  • The Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center presents the Poetry on Sunday series, featuring a reading by poet Josiah Luis Alderete (Baby Axolotls y Old Pochos), Sacramento Poet Laureate Andru Defeye, and spoken word poet Angela Drew, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 2:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.mostpoetry.org/event/poetry-on-sunday-series-5-2021)
  • Join Poetic License Sonoma every fourth Tuesday for an evening of poetry readings, this reading with special guest poet Abayomi Animashaun, Sailing for Ithaca, The Giving of Pears, and featuring the nine poets that make up Poetic License Sonoma: Susanne Arrhenius, Jeffrey Bartfeld, Joseph Cutler, Paul DeMarco, Kusum Irene Jain, Leo McCloskey, Steve Trenam, Judith Vaughn, and Jaime Zukowski, this reading's theme is "Elements of Nature", free, with donations welcome, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: poeticlicensesonoma.com/events)
  • Book Passage presents novelist Eric Nguyen, discussing his debut novel Things We Lost to the Water, a poignant story of an immigrant Vietnamese family settling in New Orleans, free, online, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/book-passage-presents-eric-nguyen-things-we-lost-water-online-event)
  • Copperfield's Books presents Dr. Jen Gunter, gynecologist and best-selling author of The Vagina Bible, discussing her new book, The Menopause Manifesto, a much-needed guide to menopause in a world filled with misinformation and shame around women's bodies; this book offers practical advice while affirming that menopause is a body change, not a disease, and can even be something to celebrate, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/dr-jen-gunter-online)
  • City Lights Book presents writer and activist Cynthia Kaufman, Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope, discussing her new book, The Sea Is Rising and So Are We: A Climate Justice Handbook, in conversation with Francesca Caparas, Fulbright Scholar to the Philippines for 2020-21, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/info/?fa=event&event_id=3765)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Prince A. McNally, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • 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: www.bookpassage.com/event/book-passage-presents-jan-philipp-sendker-heart-remembers-online-event)

26 MAY 2021 — wednesday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents the reading "Poetry and Resistance," featuring five poets from Mississippi: C. Liegh McInnis, Matters of Reality: Mind, Body, and Soul, Carlton Turner, co-founder of the performing arts group M.U.G.A.B.E.E., Charlie Braxton, Embers Among the Ashes: Poems in a Haiku Manner, Halima J. Olufemi, member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and JXN People's Assembly, and Monica "Surreal the Messenger" Atkins, culture worker, labor organizer, and Director of Organizing for the Climate Justice Alliance membership, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, free, online, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events/2021/05/26/performance-poetry-and-resistance)
  • City Lights Books presents poet Nathaniel Mackey (Blue Fasa, Splay Anthem) discussing his new poetry collection, Double Trio, a three-book lyric exploration of poetry and jazz, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3798)
  • The Library Foundation of Los Angeles presents novelist Vendela Vida, discussing her new book, We Run the Tides, a poignant story of a mysterious disappearance set in pre-tech boom San Francisco, in conversation with photographer and film director Autumn de Wilde, free, online, 5:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: lfla.org/event/we-run-the-tides-a-novel/)

27 MAY 2021 — thursday

  • Salon 21 presents an evening of poetry and musical performance featuring poet and translator Don Bogen, reading from his new poetry book, Immediate Song, with music by mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh and pianist Jill Jantzen performing settings of Bogen's poetry, free, online, 4:00-5:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.eventbrite.com/e/immediate-song-tickets-122232160683?mc_cid=0dcd493034&mc_eid=4a52513da2)
  • The Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents poet Lucille Lang Day, Bird of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place, discussing traditional Native American poetry and songs, with a presentation including a reading of poems from the anthology that she co-edited, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, part of the Literary Lectures series, free, online, 7:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.facebook.com/events/965954774208166)
  • The Ukiah Library presents Loba Poetry Series, an open mic poetry reading, held on the last Thursday of each month, open to both teens and adults, free, online via Zoom, 7:00 pm PDT (Email: carrm@mendocinocounty.org for Zoom link)

28 MAY 2021 — friday

29 MAY 2021 — saturday

30 MAY 2021 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Lucille Lang Day, Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place, and Iris Jamahl Dunkle, West : Fire : Archive, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

31 MAY 2021 — monday


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