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21 MAY 2017 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Bay Area Writing Project presents a poetry reading by poet and writer Susan Cohen, A Different Wakeful Animal, and poet, memoirist, and literary critic Mary Pacifico Curtis, Between Rooms, open mic follows, light refreshments available, Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, free, 3:00-4:30 (510/644-4930, judy@judybebelaar.com, www.expressionsgallery.org)
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  • California Writers Club talk with LeeAnne Krusemark on "How to Get Paid to Write for Magazines and Websites," the meeting includes interactive marketing and writing craft support groups, ConneXion, Jack London Plaza, 520 Third Street, Suite 109, Oakland, $10/$5 members, noon-4:00 (www.cwc-berkeley.org, www.leeannekrusemark.com)
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  • The Oakland Book Festival presents one hundred writers in fifty events on one day, this year featuring writers Angela Davis, Judith Butler, Danielle Allen, Jeff Chang, Arlie Hochschild, Sheryl Oring, Mistah F.A.B., Wendy Brown, Ishmael Ree, Laura Albert, and Anthony Marra among many others; this literary event is dedicated to books, ideas, and the pleasures of literacy, aiming to serve the reading public, to encourage debate, and celebrate Oakland; the City Hall hearing rooms host panels in which journalists, fiction writers, poets, editors, critics, and memoirists discuss challenges of gentrification, cosmopolitan, diversity, tolerance, conflict, education, more, audience participation is encouraged; live performances for all ages as well as a dedicated children's area featuring readings hosted by the Oakland Public Library, book-making projects sponsored by Oakland's Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA), and interactive programs courtesy of Fairyland, book vendors and publishers exhibit [Visit Poetry Flash and Manic D Press at Booth 33! Come see the latest books on pop culture from Manic D Press and pick up free Poetry Flash poem bookmarks and the latest on the 2017 Northern California Book Awards], Oakland City Hall and Frank Ogawa Plaza, downtown Oakland, free, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 (www.oaklandbookfestival.org)
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  • The 14th Annual Judith Lee Stronach Memorial Lecture on the Teaching of Poetry presents, "Dada, Dido, Dodo, Du Du Or, Who's Afraid of Wisdom Verse?" a lecture by acclaimed poet Peter Cole, Hymns & Qualms: New and Selected Poems and Translations, the introduction to Peter Cole's lecture, by poet/translator Forrest Gander, Alice Iris Red Horse: Poems by Yoshimasu Gozo, will be read by Albany poet Nate Klug, Anyone, reception follows, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, free, 3:00 (510/643-2526, www.magnes.org)
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    NORTH:
  • 4th Annual El Cerrito Hillside Festival activities for young and old include hiking, learning about nature, history, geology, more; the main gathering spot will be Meadow just above the Schmidt Lane Trailhead near El Cerrito Recycling Center; 11 a.m.-noon: Poetry Hike for all ages, join Jenny Hammer for a literary treasure hunt through nature and search for some hidden poems, moderate level hike; noon: lunch snacks provided but you are welcome to bring your own sandwiches while listening to poet and performer Kirk Lumpkin, In Deep, celebrate the city's open spaces, and musicians Ken Hayes and Tom Cline perform renditions of roots and Americana tunes, Meadow just above the Schmidt Lane Trailhead, Hillside Natural Area, El Cerrito, free, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 (ectrailtrekkers@gmail.com, www.ectrailtrekkers.wordpress.com/hillside-festival)
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22 MAY 2017 — monday

23 MAY 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • China Miéville, The City and the City, multi-award-winning author of many works of fiction and non-fiction, discusses the subject of his new book, October: The Story of the Russian Revolution, the story of the extraordinary months between Russia's last monarchy and becoming the first socialist state in world history, City Lights Booksellers, 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 Jami Proctor-Xu and Bob Booker, 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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24 MAY 2017 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poet, translator, and novelist David Brazil, The Ordinary and Antisocial Patience, celebrates the release of his third full-length collection of poetry, Holy Ghost (City Lights Spotlight No. 15), with co-founder of Ugly Ducking Presse and poet Julien Poirier, Way Too West, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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25 MAY 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Dan Bellm, Deep Well, and Ann Pelletier, Letter That Never, 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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26 MAY 2017 — friday

27 MAY 2017 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • An Evening of Political Readings with California Writers Club authors Ransom Stephens, Al Sandine, Ann Berlak, Jim Beach, Gini Graham Scott, Stephen Cataldo, Mary Luersen, Kristen Caven, Karma Bennett, and Henry Hitz, book signing follows, Laurel Book Store, 1423 Broadway, Oakland, free, 6:00 (510/452-9232, www.laurelbookstore.com, www.cwc-berkeley.org)
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28 MAY 2017 — sunday

29 MAY 2017 — monday

30 MAY 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Virginia Barrett and Q.R. Hand, 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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31 MAY 2017 — wednesday


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