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6 AUGUST 2019 — tuesday

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  • Coauthors and married partners Bob and Adele Levin read from their book, I Will Keep You Alive: A Cardiovascular Romance, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Gail Entrekin, Jackie Huss Hallerberg, Jim Gronvold, Joan Baranow, and Raphael Block in a poetry reading, hosted by Sandy Cross, Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes, free, 7:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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7 AUGUST 2019 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • New York Times bestseller Gail Carriger reads from the final book in her "Custard Protocol" series, Reticence, Books Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net)
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  • Enjoy a nice glass of wine while you read in silence with the Silent Book Club, no talking, simply enjoy a book among good company, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 7:00 (oaklandoctopus.org)
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8 AUGUST 2019 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Grace Marie Grafton, Lens, and Judy Maher, Dear Circus God, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Why There Are Words presents six accomplished authors on the theme "Wilderness," featured novelist Daphne Kalotay, Blue Hours, novelist Kim Magowan, The Light Source, poet Valerie Neiman, To the Bones, poet and memoirist Mike Smith, And There Was Evening and There Was Morning, novelist Alex Tilney, The Expectations, and journalist Beth Winegarner, The Columbine Effect: How Five Teen Pastimes Got Caught in the Crossfire and Why Teens are Taking Them Back, cash bar, Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, $10, doors open 7:00, reading 7:15 (Studio 333: 415/331-8272, whytherearewords@gmail.com, www.whytherearewords.com)
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  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Patricia Nelson, Donna Emerson, Jeanne Fanning Santangelo, Nancy Cavers Dougherty, and Susanne West in a poetry reading, hosted by Susan Gunter, Novato Library, 1720 Novato Blvd., Novato, free, 7:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Live Lit: Poetry and Story Open Mic series, every Thursday, hosted by Santa Clara Country Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee, open to the public, bring stories, poetry, rants, raves, and missives, Caffe Frascati, 315 South First Street, San Jose, free, sign up at 7:00, open mic 7:30 (www.pcsj.org)
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9 AUGUST 2019 — friday

10 AUGUST 2019 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Tobey Hiller, Grace Marie Grafton, Lee Rossi, Dale Jensen, and Judy Wells in a poetry reading, hosted by Meryl Natchez, South Branch, Berkeley Public Library, 190 Russell Street, Berkeley, free, 2:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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  • Writers with Drinks features Namwali Serpell, The Old Drift, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Vanessa Hua, A River of Stars, Seth Katz, Satanic Feminism, Lynn Breedlove, 45 Thought Crimes, Sarah Rose Etter, The Book of X, Brandon Melendez, home/land, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, $5-$20, 7:00-9:30 (www.writerswithdrinks.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Photographer and ocean activist Josie Iselin reads from The Curious World of Seaweed, her artistic and biological exploration of seaweeds and kelps that live in the thin region where the Pacific Ocean converges with the North American continent, Point Reyes Books,11315 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, free, 7:00 (415/663-1542, www.ptreyesbooks.com)
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11 AUGUST 2019 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Second Sunday Poetry series presents a reading by Kim Rosen, Dawn McGuire, and Alison Luterman, curated by Barb Reynolds, at their new venue, Venus Solano, 1889 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, free, 3:30-5:00 (www.venussolano.com)
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12 AUGUST 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading by Lori Lynne Armstrong, hosted by Jim Barnard, open mic before and after reading, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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    EAST:
  • Writers On the Air (WOA), a Sacramento spoken word and word artists community that supports and encourages all writers, presents an open mic, five to seven-minutes, after each reading there will be a short positive critique on request, hosted by Todd Boyd, Creekside Cafè, 1750 Oaks Drive #170, Sacramento, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (www.meetup.com/Writers-On-the-Air)
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13 AUGUST 2019 — tuesday

    SOUTH:
  • Well-RED reading series presents a poetry reading by Gregory Mahrer, A Provisional Map of the Lost Continent, Alexandra Mattraw, small siren, and Kathleen Winter, I will not kick my friends, winner of the Elixir Poetry Prize, Works/San Jose, 365 South Market Street, San Jose, $2 admission (no one turned away), doors open 6:30, reading 7:00 (www.pcsj.org)
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14 AUGUST 2019 — wednesday

15 AUGUST 2019 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Speaking Axolotl, a latinx poetry reading series and open mic, every third Thursday in "The Chapel" at Nomadic Press, featured readers will be announced, Nomadic Press, 111 Fairmount Avenue Oakland, free, 8:00-10:00 (www.nomadicpress.org)
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    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Lily Iona MacKenzie, Meryl Natchez, Amanda Moore, Sián Killingworth, and Lynn Ireland in a poetry reading, hosted by Amanda Moore, Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, free, 7:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Poetry Center San Jose presents Third Thursdays at Willow Glen Library, featuring a poetry reading by Deborah LeFalle, Willow Glen Library, 1157 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, free and open to the public, 7:00 (408/808-3045, 408/266-1361, www.pcsj.org)
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  • Live Lit: Poetry and Story Open Mic series, every Thursday, hosted by Santa Clara Country Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee, open to the public, bring stories, poetry, rants, raves, and missives, Caffe Frascati, 315 South First Street, San Jose, free, sign up at 7:00, open mic 7:30 (www.pcsj.org)
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16 AUGUST 2019 — friday

17 AUGUST 2019 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Book launch for Rain and Honey, poems by David Zeltzer with artwork by Livia Stein, the paintings and drawings will be projected during the poetry reading, Transmission Gallery, 770 West Grand, Oakland, 7:30 (thetransmissiongallery.com)
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18 AUGUST 2019 — sunday

    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Margaret Wagner, Jeremy Pugh, Judith Yamamoto, and Jennifer Nichols in a poetry reading, hosted by Lisa Rubio, Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, free, 2:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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19 AUGUST 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Open Mic with Alexander McAlister, sign up through Facebook or just show up, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/870788299728965, oaklandoctopus.org)
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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Laura Schulkind, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, open mic, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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    EAST:
  • Writers On the Air (WOA), a Sacramento spoken word and word artists community that supports and encourages all writers, presents an open mic, five to seven-minutes, after each reading there will be a short positive critique on request, hosted by Todd Boyd, Creekside Cafè, 1750 Oaks Drive #170, Sacramento, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (www.meetup.com/Writers-On-the-Air)
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20 AUGUST 2019 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Get-Lit #44-55 presents twelve to fifteen writers reading never-before-read material within a three-minute time limit, live music, beer made by Ale Industries on site, readers to be announced, Nomadic Press, 111 Fairmount Avenue Oakland, $10-$15, 7:00-9:00 (www.nomadicpress.org)
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    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Nancy Cherry, Leta Bushyhead, Bonnie Carasso, and poets to be announced, hosted by Suz Lipman, Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, free, 7:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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21 AUGUST 2019 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly reading series features emerging writers to highlight the diverse literary community in the Bay Area, hosted by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, pegasusbookstore.com)
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22 AUGUST 2019 — thursday

    SOUTH:
  • Live Lit: Poetry and Story Open Mic series, every Thursday, hosted by Santa Clara Country Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee, open to the public, bring stories, poetry, rants, raves, and missives, Caffe Frascati, 315 South First Street, San Jose, free, sign up at 7:00, open mic 7:30 (www.pcsj.org)
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23 AUGUST 2019 — friday

24 AUGUST 2019 — saturday

25 AUGUST 2019 — sunday

26 AUGUST 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents poet, novelist, and memorist Jerry Ratch, hosted by Gary Turchin, open mic before and after featured reading, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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  • Open Mic with Alexander McAlister, sign up through Facebook or just show up, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/870788299728965, oaklandoctopus.org)
    event page
    EAST:
  • Writers On the Air (WOA), a Sacramento spoken word and word artists community that supports and encourages all writers, presents an open mic, five to seven-minutes, after each reading there will be a short positive critique on request, hosted by Todd Boyd, Creekside Cafè, 1750 Oaks Drive #170, Sacramento, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (www.meetup.com/Writers-On-the-Air)
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27 AUGUST 2019 — tuesday

    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Susan Gunter, Catharine Clark-Sayles, Marvin R. Hiemstra, Jeanne Rana, and Sandra Anfang in a poetry reading, hosted by Julia Vose, Rebound Books, 1611 4th Street, San Rafael, free, 7:00 (415/482-0550, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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28 AUGUST 2019 — wednesday

29 AUGUST 2019 — thursday

    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Kathleen McClung, Diane Kirsten Martin, Sandy Cross, David Glick, and Shelley Chesley in a poetry reading, hosted by Amanda Moore, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 7:00 (415/389-4292, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Live Lit: Poetry and Story Open Mic series, every Thursday, hosted by Santa Clara Country Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee, open to the public, bring stories, poetry, rants, raves, and missives, Caffe Frascati, 315 South First Street, San Jose, free, sign up at 7:00, open mic 7:30 (www.pcsj.org)
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30 AUGUST 2019 — friday

31 AUGUST 2019 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Saturday Night Special presents featured poets, hosted by Holly Hardy, three-minute maximum open mic on the theme of exploring boundaries between public and private, all creative work welcomed, must be twenty-one, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, free but one drink minimum, 7:00-9:30 (510/652-6425, nickslounge.com)
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