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12 JUNE 2017 — monday

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  • Mark Hull, Associate Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and author of Irish Secrets: German Espionage in Wartime Ireland 1939-1945, discusses his new book, Masquerade: Treason, the Holocaust, and an Irish Imposter, co-authored by Vera Moynes, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Penelope Thomas, open reading—need a prompt? "Barrel," hosted by Jim, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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13 JUNE 2017 — tuesday

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  • Poetry at the Albany Library features Angela Hume, Middle Time; she is co-editor of Ecopoetics: Essays in the Field, a forthcoming anthology; an open mic on the natural world and human concerns related to the environment follows, the first readers will be Morgan Azevedo, Ethan Hanks, Tom Sciara, and Gabrielle Solis, students of ecopoetry and recent graduates of Alhambra High School; event hosted by Catherine Taylor, every second Tuesday, Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, free, 7:00-9:00 (510/526-3720, albanylibrary.wordpress.com)
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  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Laura Seeley and Kevin Simmonds, 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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  • Jennifer L. Shaw discusses her new book, Exist Otherwise: The Life and Works of Claude Cahun, with writer and translator Kit Schluter, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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14 JUNE 2017 — wednesday

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  • Poets Alex Dimitrov, Begging for it, and Randall Mann,Straight Razor, read rom their new poetry collections, Together and By Ourselves, and Proprietary: Poems, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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15 JUNE 2017 — thursday

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  • Writer and translator Kit Schluter discusses his latest translation of scholar Marcel Schwob's The King in the Golden Mask, twenty-one of the cruelest and most erudite tales of unexplained violence both historical and imaginary, with poet Garrett Caples, Retrievals, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • El Cerrito Poet Laureate Maw Shein Win reads from her poetry in celebration of a new public art piece, "Flower Interruptions," her performance in collaboration with artist Megan Wilson, with a Taiko performance, The Asian Art Museum, corner of Fulton and Larkin Streets, San Francisco, free, 5:00 (www.asianart.org/events/1176)
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  • Writers Forum presents a talk by Skye Blaine on "Excavating Memories, Revealing Yourself to Yourself," on writing memoirs and the price of telling the truth, the need to dig deep to reach a place of not blaming or shaming others, contacting people depicted in the memoir prior to publishing, dealing with exposing your truth to the public, hosted by Marlene Cullen, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, free, 6:30-8:30 (www.TheWriteSpot)
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  • Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Improv Reading Series features Brian Boldt, hosted by blake more, reading begins with live jazz by local musicians and an open mic with jazz improv, 215 Main Pub, 215 Main Street, Point Arena, free, 7:00 (707/884-9189, blake@snakelyone.com, www.facebook.com/215Main)
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16 JUNE 2017 — friday

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  • On the Road: Dana Gioia's 58-California County Tour: California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia reads from his poetry, 99 Poems: New and Selected, Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville, free, 5:30 (530/621-5540, www.eldoradolibrary.org
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17 JUNE 2017 — saturday

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  • MK Chavez reads from her poetry, followed by an interview and discussion; she is co-founder of Lyrics & Dirges, curates Uptown Fridays, and co-directs the Berkeley Poetry Festival, this event is part of a guest poet series and a free chapbook is available at Berkeley Public Library branches, Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue Avenue, Berkeley, free, 2:00-3:00 (510/981-6820, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/poetry-circle)
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18 JUNE 2017 — sunday

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  • "Clay with Your Food," San Francisco Design Week event, three Bay Area chefs compete in a food-meets-performance-art triathlon, preparing food in the kiln at 1,000 degrees, throwing their own serving dishes on the potter's wheel, and "plate food on sculpture" made by International Clayboy and Vesselist, Jered Nelson; a round of live, on-the-spot ekphrastic poetry about the chefs' cullinary and ceramic creations will be presented by guest poets El Cerrito Poet Laureate Maw Shein Win, MK Chavez, and Hugh Behm-Steinberg reading poems inspired by plated dishes created by Bay Area chefs and potters, Jered's Pottery, 867 S. 19th Street, Richmond, $100 includes food and wine, 4:00-7:00 (2017.sfdesignweek.org/events/clay-with-your-food)
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19 JUNE 2017 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Jeanne Lupton, open reading—need a prompt? Write Tanka, hosted by Bruce, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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20 JUNE 2017 — tuesday

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  • The WordParty Poetry & Jazz Night, with featured poet Val Ibarra, live jazz with Daniel Heffez, Geordie Van Der Bosch and friends, hosted by Jennifer Barone, Ingrid Keir, open mic for poetry only, three-minute limit, pick your best poem to read with live jazz accompaniment, every third Tuesday of the month, PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, between Turk and Eddy, near Powell Street BART, free, 7:00-9:30 (
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  • Lyrics & Dirges presents a reading with Andre Wilson, Nick Johnson, Nancy Davenport, Andrew Thomas, and Charif Shanahan, hosted and curated by Mk Chavez and Sharon Coleman, free refreshments, every third Wednesday of the month, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • 21 JUNE 2017 — wednesday

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    • Lyrics & Dirges presents a reading with Andre Wilson, Nick Johnson, Nancy Davenport, Andrew Thomas, and Charif Shanahan, hosted and curated by Mk Chavez and Sharon Coleman, free refreshments, every third Wednesday of the month, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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    • Achy Obejas, critically acclaimed novelist of Ruins, and Days of Awe, reads from her new short story collection The Tower of the Antilles, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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    22 JUNE 2017 — thursday

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    • Former CIA worker Melvin Goodman discusses his latest book, Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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    • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Janet Hamill, Knock, and Cal Freeman, Brother of Leaving, 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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    23 JUNE 2017 — friday

    24 JUNE 2017 — saturday

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    • Poetry reading by Kay Gabriel, Chris Nealon, and Jordan Reynolds, hosted by Kevin Killian, Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco 2:00-5:00 (415/824-1761, www.alleycatbookshop.com)
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    25 JUNE 2017 — sunday

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    • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Andrena Zawinski, Landings, and Cathleen Calbert, The Afflicted Girls, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)
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    • City Lights and Ars Citizen present reception and book signing to celebrate the release of Rachel Monique published by Editions Xavier Barral, and a rare appearance of French conceptual artist Sophie Calle (on the occasion of her forthcoming show at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture), a wide selection of her work will be available, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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    26 JUNE 2017 — monday

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    • Bay Area Generations presents writers of different generations in pairs, through its submission-based reading series, features and musical guest to be announced, guest curator Joel Landmine, full bar, free garage parking/walkable from 19th Street BART, Bellevue Club, 525 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, admission/donation $7, admission with souvenir chapbook $10, doors open 7:00, show 7:30 (bayareagenerations.com)
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    • Poetry Express presents a reading by Johanna Ely, open reading—need a prompt? "The Lower," hosted by J.D., Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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    27 JUNE 2017 — tuesday

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    • Oliver Chin, author, publisher and founder of Immedium, discusses the children's book industry and its lack of Asian American representation in the United States, shares how Immedium, his publishing company, has addressed this by collaborating with multicultural creators, sponsored by Asian American Studies, Asian American and Pacific Islander Retention and Education, and the Asian American & Pacific Islander Student Services, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, LIB 121, 10:30 a.m.-noon (415/338-2698)
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    • 36th Annual Northern California Book Awards, Northern California authors are honored in Fiction, General Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Translation, and Children's Literature with brief readings and remarks; presentation of the Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award to poet, activist, and cultural theorist Judy Grahn; NCBR Recognition Award to Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers, by Bobby Seale and Stephen Shames; master of ceremonies Oscar Villalon, ZYZZYVA Managing Editor, presented by the Northern California Book Reviewers, Poetry Flash, San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, PEN West, Women's National Book Association-SF Chapter, and Mechanics' Institute Library, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin, enter at Grove, SF, free, 5:30, book signing reception follows (510/525-5476, NCBR@poetryflash.org, poetryflash.org)
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    • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Patti Trimble and Toshi Washizu, 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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    28 JUNE 2017 — wednesday

    29 JUNE 2017 — thursday

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    • "Dream Colonies, Painterlands, and the Intersection of Curating with Creation: Bruce Connor meets Walter Hopps" presents a conversation with fiction editor and co-author Deborah Treisman, The Dream Colony: A Life in Art, with art historian, curator, and author Anastasia Aukeman, Welcome to Painterland: Bruce Connor and The Rat Bastard Protective Association, discussing their newly released books, moderated by Paul Yamazaki, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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    30 JUNE 2017 — friday


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