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26 JULY 2013 — friday

27 JULY 2013 — saturday

  • Poetry reading by Cathy Barber and Richard Linker, open mic follows, Florey's Book Company, 2129 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, 7:30-9:30 (650/355-8811,
  • Poetry Readings in the Garden presents Maxine Chernoff, Amanda Nadelberg, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, and Alice Jones, in the backyard of a private home, refreshments, parking is difficult, consider taking BART, 5548 Lawton Avenue, Oakland, free, 11:30 a.m.-2:30
  • Journalist Gordon Young reads from Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City, about his hometown, Flint, Michigan, Badger Books, 401 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco 3:00 (415/648-5331,
  • Katie Hafner reads from her new memoir Mother Daughter Me, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 4:00 (510/704-8222,
  • Unrequited Records presents American literature scholar Hilary Holladay, founder of the Kerouac Conference on Beat Literature, reading from and signing her biography of the Times Square hustler who was an inspiration for the Beat movement, American Hipster: The Life of Herbert Huncke, with a screening of rare film clips, Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, at Harrison, San Francisco, 6:00 (
  • Bay Area Poetry Marathon 2013 features Ivy Johnson, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Ronald Palmer, Nico Peck, Karen Penley, Jai Arun Ravine, Janey Smith, Pamela Z, guest curator Tom Comitta, The Public School, 2141 Broadway, Oakland, doors open 7:00, event begins 7:30 (,
  • Launch party for Jim Nisbet's new noir novel Snitch World and the re-release of his underground classic Prelude to a Scream, with music by Lars Mars and Durand Begault (Lars Mars and His Men), The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, at Gough, San Francisco, 8:00 (415/431-6800,
  • Hand to Mouth series presents a poetry reading by Terry Lucas, who work appeared in Best New Poets 2012, and Iris Dunkle, Gold Passage, open mic follows, refreshments, Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th Street, San Rafael, 4:00-6:00 (415/482-0550,

28 JULY 2013 — sunday

  • Dolores Deluce reads from her memoir My Life, A Four Letter Word: Confessions of a Counter Culture Diva, she claims to be the illegitimate daughter of Divine, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, at Gough, San Francisco, 5:00 (415/431-6800,
  • The Music of the Word/La Palabra Musical features poet Nancy Aidé González, and the duo Piet Bereal with L. Abdul Keyatta, hosted by Avotcja, bring your congas, Casa Latina Café, 1805 San Pablo Avenue, at Delaware, Berkeley, two blocks west of North Berkeley BART, no cover, 3:30-5:30 (,
  • Terry Shames reads from her debut mystery A Killing at Cotton Hill, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 4:00 (510/704-8222,
  • Sundays in Kerouac Alley presents the legendary literary roadshow Sister Spit, hosted by poet and writer Michelle Tea, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 2:00-4:00 (415/362-8193,
  • Poetry and prose reading with poet and psychologist Karen Motan and short story writer Kaitlyn Gallagher, Point Me in the Right Direction, reading from her modern Gothic novel, 181, which she has serialized and is reading in monthly installments, a summary of previous events in the novel will be given, MINE gallery, 1820 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax, free, 3:00 (415/755-4472,

29 JULY 2013 — monday

  • Caveat Lector Salon presents a reading by poet and translator Keith Ekiss from his translations of the poetry of Eunice Odio, El tránsito de fuego/The Fire's Journey, open mic follows, ArtInternationale Gallery and Art Lounge, 963 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, $3 covers snacks and beverages, salon 7:00, feature 8:00 (650/355-8811,
  • Poetry Express presents an open mic, bring a poem and someone else at the event will read it, ten percent discount on dinner if you come for the reading, Priya Indian Cuisine, 2702 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (
  • Poetry Workshop led by Los Gatos Poet Laureate Erica Goss, bring ten copies of your poem, drop-in, meets the last Monday of the month, Los Gatos Library, 100 Villa Avenue, Los Gatos, 6:00 (
  • Poetry reading by Phillip Larrea and Karin Erickson, hosted by Dennis Hock, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 7:30 (415/431-6800,

30 JULY 2013 — tuesday

  • Renowned Britist environmentalist Tony Jupiter reads What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, at Gough, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/431-6800,
  • A reading by middle graders by Anne Nesbet, A Box of Gargoyles, Kristen Kittscher, The Wig in the Window, and Elisabeth Dahl, Genie Wishes, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 5:30 (510/704-8222,
  • Marin Poetry Center's Summer Traveling Show features poets Rose Black, Donna Emerson, Janet Jennings, Calvin Ahlgren, Patricia Garfield, Yvonne Postelle, hosted by Jean Hawkins Sublett, Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon, (415/788-7649,
  • Write to the End Workshop for all writers and writing genres, meets every Tuesday except the first Tuesday, drop-in coffee shop workshop, Snake & Butterfly, 191 E. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 7:00-9:00 (

31 JULY 2013 — wednesday

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