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3 MARCH 2017 — friday

    SOUTH:
  • Special cocktail hour reading and conversation with acclaimed poet and writer Kim Addonizio, reading from her new collection of poetry, Mortal Trash, San Jose State University, Steinbeck Center, SJSU Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, One Washington Square, San Jose, free, 4:00-5:00 (408/808-2067, library.sjsu.edu)
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  • "An Evening of Poets & Film," a night of poetry performances and short films, with internationally acclaimed poet and writer Kim Addonizio, Mortal Trash, poems, and Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life, memoir, showing short films based on her poems, produced by Moving Poems, Yoshihiro Uchida Hall Auditorium, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose, 7:30-9:00 (408/808-2067, library.sjsu.edu)
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4 MARCH 2017 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Memorial reading and tribute to the late poet David Meltzer, readings by notable poets including his wife, Julie Rogers, Jack Hirschman, Agneta Falk, Alejandro Murguía, Neeli Cherkovski, and much more, The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/399-9626, www.kerouac.com/beat_event/tribute-david-meltzer)
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  • Nonfiction writer Amy Sutherland, What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage, presents her new book, Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes, Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, free, 1:00 (415/835-1020, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • B Street Writers Collective, in collaboration with Synchronized Chaos, presents a reading by Julian Tirhma and Aquiela Lewis, with a first-come, first-served open mic, five-minute spots, dinner, pastry, tea available, Le Paradis and La Patrisserie, 22809 Mission Blvd., Hayward, parking in garage at B Street and Mission, open mic sign up 5:30, reading 6:00-8:00 (Please RSVP: bstreetwriterscollective@yahoo.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Clair Brown, Director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Society at UC Berkeley, presents her book about economics, Buddhist Economics, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 4:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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5 MARCH 2017 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading for Susan Herron Sibbet's posthumously published poetry collection, Great Blue, with Terry Ehret, Steve Gilmartin, and the book's editors, Nina Lindsay, Carolyn Miller, and LeeAnn Pickrell, 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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  • Nonfiction author Robert Atkinson reads from and discusses his book, The Story of Our Time, a narrative of conscious evolution drawn from the wisdom of the world's religions, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 7:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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  • The Wide Net: a gathering of readers and writers of poetry with poet and editor Terry Lucas, ongoing for eight weeks, this is the fourth meeting, drop in, come with a poem, forty lines or less, by you or a favorite poet, and be prepared to read it aloud, all welcome, Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 1:00-3:00 (rsvp: lucas.t274@gmail.com, mtumc.org, www.terrylucas.com)
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6 MARCH 2017 — monday

7 MARCH 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Leticia Garcia Bradford and Jack Foley, 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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  • B Street Writers Collective, in collaboration with Synchronized Chaos, presents a reading by Julian Tirhma and Aquiela Lewis, with a first-come, first-served open mic, five-minute spots, dinner, pastry, tea available, Le Paradis and La Patrisserie, 22809 Mission Blvd., Hayward, parking in garage at B Street and Mission, open mic sign up 5:30, reading 6:00-8:00 (Please RSVP: bstreetwriterscollective@yahoo.com)
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  • Sara Gottfried, M.D. presents her latest book, Younger: A Breakthrough Program to Reset Your Genes, Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com/events/sara-gottfried-md-0)
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  • Novelist Yiyun Li celebrates the release of her first nonfiction book, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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8 MARCH 2017 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • "Navigating Space for Women through Poetry, Literature and Art" a presentation by poet and travel writer Faith Adiele, poet Tonya M. Foster, and visual artist Asya Abdrahman, discussing the ways they "make place" and navigate the literary, artistic, and academic worlds, in celebration of International Women's Day, co-sponsored by the SFSU Poetry Center, in conjunction with the exhibition "Where is Here," curated by Jacqueline Francis and Kathy Zarur, Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street, San Francisco, $5-$10, 7:00 (415/338-2227, poetry.sfsu.edu)
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  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Megan Marshall reads from her latest biography, Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com/events/megan-marshall)
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9 MARCH 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Shipwreck, a literary erotic fan fiction event where six great writers destroy six notable characters from one great book, continues with Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, with featured writers Sarah Manolis, Kamala Puligandla, Joe Wadlington, and more, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, $10 in advance, tickets online/$12 door, open bar, 7:00 (415/863-8688, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2752995)
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    SOUTH:
  • Sacramento-based crime historian David Kulczyk discusses his new work, California's Deadliest Women: Dangerous Dames and Murderous Moms, the definitive guide to the murderesses of the Golden State, a horrifying compendium of women driven to kill, Books Inc., 301 Castro Street, Mountain View, 7:00 (650/428-1234, www.booksinc.net/MountainView)
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10 MARCH 2017 — friday

11 MARCH 2017 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Writers with Drinks! presents fiction writer Shobha Rao, An Unrestored Woman, poet Paul Vangelisti, Border Music, movement historian and author L.A. Kauffman, Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism, and food writer Leena Trivedi-Grenier, proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture, The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, $5-$20, doors open 6:30, show 7:30-9:30 (www.writerswithdrinks.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Book launch reading for Jonah Raskin, No Walls Now and Gary Brandt, The Vault Apocalyptia, hosted by David Madgalene, SoCo Coffee, 1015 4th Street, Santa Rosa, free, 4:00-5:30 (707/328-3325, www.sococoffeesr.com)
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12 MARCH 2017 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Kendra Tanacea reads from and celebrates her new poetry collection, A Filament Burns In Blue Degrees, also featuring readings by fiction writer Peter Thomas Bullen, Wallflower, and poet Tracey Knapp, Mouth, Bazaar Café, 5927 California Street, San Francisco, between 21st Avenue and 22nd Avenue, 6:00 (415/831-5620, www.bazaarcafe.com)
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    NORTH:
  • The Wide Net: a gathering of readers and writers of poetry with poet and editor Terry Lucas, ongoing for eight weeks, this is the fifth meeting, drop in, come with a poem, forty lines or less, by you or a favorite poet, and be prepared to read it aloud, all welcome, Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 1:00-3:00 (rsvp: lucas.t274@gmail.com, mtumc.org, www.terrylucas.com)
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13 MARCH 2017 — monday

14 MARCH 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry at the Albany Library features a reading by Camille Dungy, Trophic Cascade, open mic follows, hosted by Catherine Taylor, Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, free, 7:00-9:00 (510/526-3720, albanylibrary.wordpress.com)
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  • Translator and nonfiction writer Damion Searls discusses his new book, The Inkblot: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing, the untold story of Hermann Rorschach and his famous inkblot test, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Pireeni Sundaralingam and Francisco Herrera, 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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    SOUTH:
  • Poetry Santa Cruz poetry reading by Travis Mossotti, Field Study, and David Sullivan, Take Wings, Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, $3 donation, 7:30 (831/423-0900, www.bookshopsantacruz.com)
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  • Poetry Center San José's Well-RED Reading Series presents Lisa Allen Ortiz and Susan Cohen, open mic follows, Works/San José, 365 South Market Street, San Jose, $2, doors open 6:30, reading 7:00 (www.pcsj.org)
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15 MARCH 2017 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Launch party and reading for Joan Frank's fourth novel, winner of the Juniper Prize for Fiction, All The News I Need, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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  • Celebrate "Intelligence," the debut issue of Logic, a magazine devoted to technology and society, an exploration of how technology works and whom it works for, with founding editors Ben Tarnoff, Moira Weigel, Jim Fingal, Chrrista Hartsock, and contributors Tim Hwang, Miriam Posner, and Conrad Amenta, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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16 MARCH 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Reading and concert in celebration of the Shuffle Boil special issue of AMERARCANA: A Bird & Beckett Review, edited by Steve Dickinson, Director of The Poetry Center, SFSU, and the late poet David Meltzer, with featuring live music by David Boyce, Hafez Modirzadeh, Marshall R. Trammell, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (Bird & Beckett: 415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com, poetry.sfsu.edu)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Raphael Block, with guitar music by David Field, to celebrate Strings of Shining Silence: Earth-Love Poems, and Thanasis Maskaleris reads from My Life on the Ragged Paths of Pan: Selected Poems and Translations, 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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  • Harriet Scott Chessman reads from her new novel, The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas, about a blind woman's new understanding of life and her cousin, Degas, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com/events/harriet-scott-chessman)
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  • Writer and taleteller Deepak Unnikrishnan reads from his new novel, Temporary People, winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center presents a poetry reading by Pushcart Prize and Cave Canem winner John Murillo, Up Jump the Boogie, and El Salvadoran-born Javier Jose Zamora, Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award-winner and Wallace Stegner Fellow, light refreshments, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael, $5 non-members/$3 members, students free, 7:30 (415/388-4033, events@marinpoetrycenter.org, marinpoetrycenter.org/events.php)
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  • Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Improv Reading Series features Laura Pope, hosted by blake more, reading begins with live jazz by local musicians and an open mic with jazz, 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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17 MARCH 2017 — friday

18 MARCH 2017 — saturday

19 MARCH 2017 — sunday

    NORTH:
  • The Wide Net: a gathering of readers and writers of poetry with poet and editor Terry Lucas, ongoing for eight weeks, this is the sixth meeting, drop in, come with a poem, forty lines or less, by you or a favorite poet, and be prepared to read it aloud, all welcome, Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 1:00-3:00 (rsvp: lucas.t274@gmail.com, mtumc.org, www.terrylucas.com)
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20 MARCH 2017 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Meredith Maran presents her book, The New Old Me, her personal exploration of what it means to be a woman of a certain age, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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21 MARCH 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Agneta Falk and Mauro Fortissimo, 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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  • Berkeley Arts & Letters presents academic and social critic Camille Paglia in a reading and discussion of her new book, Free Woman, Free Man, a collection of her best essays on feminism, The Booksmith, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, $12, purchase tickets online, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2721977)
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22 MARCH 2017 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Novelist Jami Attenberg presents her book, All Grown Up, in conversation with Alexis Coe, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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  • Staff writer at The New Yorker Elif Batuman, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, celebrates the release of her new novel, The Idiot, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Red Hen Press Evening, featuring novelists Alan Lightman, Song of Two Worlds; Ellen Meeropol, On Hurricane Island, and Amy Hassinger, After the Dam, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 7:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)
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23 MARCH 2017 — thursday

24 MARCH 2017 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • City Lights presents novelist Jim Shepard, The Book of Aron, reading to celebrate the release of his new collection of stories, The World to Come, introduced by Michael Ray, Managing Editor of Zoetrope Magazine, Zoetrope Cafe, 916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, free, 3:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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25 MARCH 2017 — saturday

26 MARCH 2017 — sunday

    NORTH:
  • The Wide Net: a gathering of readers and writers of poetry with poet and editor Terry Lucas, ongoing for eight weeks, this is the seventh meeting, drop in, come with a poem, forty lines or less, by you or a favorite poet, and be prepared to read it aloud, all welcome, Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 1:00-3:00 (rsvp: lucas.t274@gmail.com, mtumc.org, www.terrylucas.com)
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27 MARCH 2017 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • 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

    CENTRAL:
  • 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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29 MARCH 2017 — wednesday

30 MARCH 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • 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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  • 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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31 MARCH 2017 — friday


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