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20 FEBRUARY 2023 — monday

21 FEBRUARY 2023 — tuesday

22 FEBRUARY 2023 — wednesday

  • Skylight Books presents award-winning fiction writer and poet Francesca Lia Block, celebrating her new book, House of Hearts, joined by best-selling novelist Janet Fitch, White Oleander, editor and novelist Samantha Dunn, Failing Paris, finalist for the PEN West Fiction Award in 2000, and memoirist Amanda Yates Garcia, Initiated: Memoir of a Witch, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • The City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads Series presents “Writing Paths Toward Justice," a discussion that explores human nature through the paths taken by criminals and outcasts, featuring novelists Walter Mosley, Every Man a King; Steph Cha, Your House Will Pay, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award and California Book Award; Kellye Garrett, Like a Sister; Joe Ide, Smoke; and music journalist and film critic Jordan Harper, Everybody Knows, online, free, 6:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents groundbreaking historian Christina Heatherton, discussing her new book, Arise! Global Radicalism in the Era of the Mexican Revolution, in conversation with Jason Ferreira, Medicine for Nightmares, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:30-8:30 pm PST (More information here:

23 FEBRUARY 2023 — thursday

  • The Center for Literary Arts of San Jose presents poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, Eric Hoffer Book Prize finalist, A Little Devil in America, National Book Award finalist and winner of the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, reading from and discussing his work, Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose, free, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Green Apple Books on the Park features poets Beverly Burch, Leave Me a Little Want, and Robert Thomas, Sonnets with Two Torches and One Cliff, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents best-selling novelist Alyssa Cole, discussing her book When No One Is Watching, winner of the 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Paperback Original, in conversation with SFPL librarian Rachel Fiege, African American Center Exhibit Space, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, as well as online via Zoom, free, 6:00-7:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Book Passage features Christopher J. Preston, The Synthetic Age, presenting his book Tenacious Beasts, on ecological restoration to indigenous knowledge to rewilding practices, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 6:00 pm PST (More information here: )
  • Mill Valley Public Library presents An Evening with Poet Laureates, celebrating the newly appointed California Poet Laureate Lee Herrick, Scar and Flower, joined by San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, winner of a California Book Award and an American Book Award, and Marin County Poet Laureate emerita Becky Foust, ONLY, Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize-winner, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Skylight Books presents translator Sam Kunkel, discussing Solar Circus by poet Gustave Kahn (1859-1936), in conversation with Robert Pruett-Vergara, Reviews Editor of Volupté: Interdisciplinary Journal of Decadence Studies; he was a member of the Symbolist movement who is credited with inventing free verse poetry, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Left Margin Lit presents "Writing Our Truths Through Fables and Fairytales," a class led by poet Leonora Simonovis, Study of the Raft, winner of the 2021 Colorado Prize for Poetry; attendees of the class will read work from contemporary writers inspired by fairytales and fables to draw inspiration for their own poems or hybrid work, runs four Thursdays, February 23-March 23, no class on March 9, online via Zoom, $275, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (Enroll here:
  • Poet and artist Daniela Molnar celebrates her debut collection, Chorus, winner of the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Award, in conjunction with her solo art show of the same name, joined by poet Brenda Hillman, Extra Hidden Life, among the Days, come for an evening of art and poetry reading, Round Weather Gallery, 951 Aileen Street, Suite P, Oakland, free, 5:00 pm PST
  • Writers Read Ukiah celebrates the publication of Heavy Lifting, a limited edition artist's book collaboration between artist Felicia Rice, Moving Parts Press, and poet/printer Theresa Whitehill, this event will feature a talk by Rice and a poetry reading by Whitehill, followed by an open mic, ten percent of book sales will go to humanitarian aide in Mendocino County, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, 7:00 pm PST (For more information about the book, go to
  • The UCSC Literature Department—Creative Writing Programs present the Winter 2023 Living Writers Series, featuring fiction writer Shruti Swamy, author of A House Is a Body, finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize and the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award, and The Archer, winner of the California Book Award for fiction, Humanities 1 Lecture Hall 206, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, free, 5:20-6:55 pm PST (More information here:
  • Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita, reads from her new collection of essays, Noodle, Rant, Tangent, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:15 pm PST (More information here:

24 FEBRUARY 2023 — friday

  • Skylight Books presents novelist Jac Jemc, My Only Wife, finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award, discussing her new book, Empty Theatre, in conversation with fiction writer and essayist Amelia Gray, Isadora, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here:

25 FEBRUARY 2023 — saturday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents poet and fiction writer Leticia Del Toro, reading from her debut chapbook, All We Are Told Not to Touch, in conversation with Norma Liliana Valdez, founder of the Xingona Collective and author of Preparing the Body, joined by guest poet Yaccaira Salvatierra and singer and jarana player Maria de la Rosa, Medicine for Nightmares, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (More information here:
  • Book Passage presents Brooklyn journalist Jake Bittle, discussing his book The Great Displacement, about those who are experiencing life on the move due to climate change. Book Passage 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 1:00 pm PST (More information here: )
  • Book Passage presents H.H. Leonards, founder of The Mansion on O Street in Washington D.C., discussing her new book, Rosa Parks Beyond the Bus: Life, Lessons, and Leadership, a collection of memories and stories gathered from the decade that Rosa Parks was a guest in H.H. Leonards' home, in conversation with Dr. LaDonna Boyd, president of R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation, online, free, 4:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:
  • 33rd Annual African American Celebration Through Poetry, featuring Oakland Poet Laureate Ayodele Nzinga, joined by Raymond Nat Turner, Karla Brundage, Darlene Roberts, Halima Oluyemi, Adrienne Danyelle Oliver, Gene Howell, Dajhila O'Blenis, Damu Sudi Alii, Zakiyyah G. E. Capehart, Bryant Bolling, Tanya Lazar Lea, Andre Le Mont Wilson, Garrett Murphy, Genay Markham, David Osaodion Odiase, and Zouhair Mussa, hosted by Wanda Sabir, online, free, 10:00 am-1:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:
  • Book Passage presents novelist Tara Ison, reading from and discussing her new book, At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf, a story taking place during World War II France detailing the life of a twelve-year-old Parisian-Jewish girl disguised as a Catholic orphan, in conversation with Meridith Hall, author of Without a Map. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, free, 3:00 pm PST (More information here: )
  • Fourth Saturdays presents a poetry reading by Kareem Tayyar, Let Us Now Priase Ordinary Things, and B.H. Fairchild, Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest, National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry-winner, reading from his new book, An Ordinary Life, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PST (More information here:

26 FEBRUARY 2023 — sunday

  • Valley Contemporary SoCal Poets Reading, featuring Laurel Ann Bogen, Washing a Language, Michael C. Ford, Emergency Exits, nominated for a 1998 Pulitzer Prize, Rick Lupert, I am not Writing a Book of Poems in Hawaii, E Amato, Swimming Through Amber, Beth Ruscio, Speaking Parts, Robert Krut, Watch Me Trick Ghosts, and Ashaki Jackson, Language Lesson, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, 2:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:
  • Book Passage presents criminal justice journalist Graham Rayman, The NYPD Tapes, reading from Rikers: An Oral History, about Rikers Jail told by those whose lives have been changed by injustice, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 1:00 pm PST (More information here: )
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Genny Lim Kra!, Maya Khosla All the Fires of Wind and Light, Chris Olander, River Light, John Curl, Rainbow Weather, online, via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

27 FEBRUARY 2023 — monday

28 FEBRUARY 2023 — tuesday

  • Book Passage presents author and activist Lesley-Ann Brown, Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to her European Son, discussing her new book, Blackgirl on Mars, a profound memoir that follows the author's two years of travel in search of "home," in conversation with actor Elisa Donovan, who starred in the movie Clueless and authored the memoir Wake Me When You Leave, online, free, 1:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet George Hammons, Hungry to Bed/Love Poems, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore presents award-winning novelist Amy Poeppel, reading from and discussing her new book, The Sweet Spot, in conversation with editor and writer Anika Streitfeld, book signing to follow, free, Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (More information here:
  • City Lights Books presents poet, essayist, and activist Margaret Randall, reading from two new books, Lupe's Dream and other stories, her first collection of fiction, and Vertigo of Risk: poems, joined in conversation by Garrett Caples, poet and editor at City Lights Books, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents Earth Sessions, an eco-poetry reading and workshop, featuring readings from poets Leah Thomas, The Intersectional Environmentalist: How to Dismantle Systems of Oppression to Protect People + Planet, and Diandra Marizet, with a workshop led by Kiana Kazemi, environmental activist and storyteller, Medicine for Nightmares, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (More information here:

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