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27 MARCH 2017 — monday

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  • Novelist Jim Shepard reads from his new collection of stories, The World to Come, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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28 MARCH 2017 — tuesday

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  • University of San Francisco Emerging Writers Festival presents a reading by Cortney Lamar Charleston, Telepathologies, selected by D.A. Powell for the 2016 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, and by fiction writer, Patricia Park, Re Jane, a novel inspired by Emily Brontë's Jane Eyre, reception follows, Fromm Hall, FR 125, Maraschi Room, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, free, 7:45-9:00 (415/422-6066, www.usfca.edu/event/2017-03-28-1945/emerging-writers-festival)
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  • Pegasus Books presents "Happy Hour Stories: Solano's Story Time For Adults," every last Tuesday of the month, featuring a short story reading on a theme by Pegasus staff, friends, and special guests, refreshments, Pegasus Books on Solano, 1855 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/525-6888, www.pegasusbookstore.com/happyhour_march2017)
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  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Genny Lim and Charles Curtis Blackwell, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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  • Jon Raymond discusses his new novel, Free Bird, about an all-American family and their moral crisis around death and politics in America today, with Zoetrope's Michael Ray, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/742-5833, http://www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-jon-raymond)
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29 MARCH 2017 — wednesday

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  • University of San Francisco Emerging Writers Festival presents a reading by short story fiction writer Vanessa Hua, Deceit and Other Possibilities winner of the Asian/Pacific Award for Literature, poet Sam Sax, Madness, winner of The National Poetry Series, and nonfiction writer Mike Scalise, The Brand New Catastrophe, reception follows, Fromm Hall, FR 120, Xavier Auditorium, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30-9:30 (415/422-6066, www.usfca.edu/event/2017-03-29-1930/emerging-writers-festival)
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  • University of San Francisco Emerging Writers Festival presents "The Writing Life Panel" with Cortney Lamar Charleston, Patricia Park, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Sam Sax, and Mike Scalise, a discussion of their experiences in the writing industry, with Q&A, McLaren Complex, MC 250, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, free, 4:30-6:00 (415/422-6066, www.usfca.edu/event/2017-03-29-1630/emerging-writers-festival-the-writing-life-panel)
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  • "Semifinals #2, featuring 2016 Berkeley Slam Women's Champ, Sarah Minaj," presented by the weekly Berkeley Poetry Slam, every Wednesday, led by slam-master Jaz Sufi, hosted by Sam Sax, Time "Toaster" Henderson, Sevan, and Dre, cash prizes, The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, $7-$10, open sign up at 7:30, show 8:00, all ages before 10:00 (510/841-0188, www.thestarryplough.com; berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com)
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  • Independent scholar Tim Stroshane reads from and discusses his new book, Drought, Water Law, and the Origins of California's Central Valley Project, an account of how water rights were designed as a key part of the state's largest public water system, the Central Valley Project, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com/tim_stroshane)
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  • "Hand to Mouth/WORDS Spoken Out #85, Second Sci-fi Writers' Nite" with Loren Rhoads, The Dangerous Type, and S.G. Browne, Less Than Hero, light refreshments, open mic follows, participating neighborhood restaurants have discounts available at the reading, Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th Street, San Rafael, free, 7:00-9:00 (415/482-0550, www.reboundbookstore.com)
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30 MARCH 2017 — thursday

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  • Hannah Lillith Assadi reads from and discusses her debut novel, Sonora, about the daughter of a Palestinian refugee and his Israeli wife, with Shawn Wen, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/742-5833, http://www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-hannah-lillith-assadi)
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  • Fiction writer Lauren Grodstein reads from and discusses her book, Our Short History, about a successful New York political consultant and single mother who wrestles with her terminal illness and her ex's new presence in their son's life, Green Apple Books, 506 Clement Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/387-2272, http://www.greenapplebooks.com/event/clement-lauren-grodstein)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Katherine Hastings, Shakespeare & Stein Walk Into a Bar, and a poetry performance by G.P. Skratz, Sundae Missile: the Mass of the Church of the Center that will not Hold, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • The SFSU Poetry Center presents a poetry reading by Margaret Randall, Only the Road/Solo el Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry, Humanities Building, Room 512, Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (415/338-2227, poetry.sfsu.edu)
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  • Subterranean SF Reading Series celebrates the release of Bradley Spinelli's book, The Painted Gun, a washed-up ex-journalist looking for a missing girl in San Francisco is framed by a Guatemalan hit man for a series of murders, this event takes place at an undisclosed location, invitations will be available at City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, beginning March 20, no reservations accepted, free on a first come, first serve basis, 7:00 (415/362-8193x24, www.citylights.com)
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  • Ursula Werner reads from her debut novel, The Good at Heart, based on her great grandfather's reluctant participation in Hitler's cabinet, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com/events/ursula-werner)
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31 MARCH 2017 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • California College of the Arts presents a poetry reading with Margaret Randall, Only the Road/Solo el Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry, reception follows, Writers Studio, San Francisco Campus, California College of the Arts, 195 De Haro Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (415/551-9237, nwasher@cca.edu, www.cca.edu/calendar/2017/reading-margaret-randall)
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