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18 JANUARY 2018 — thursday

  • TICKETS SOLD OUT: Daniel Ellsberg in conversation with Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director of Center for Investigative Reporting discussing the subject of Daniel Ellsberg's new book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, $15/$10 members, 6:00 (
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Chris Olander, River Light, and San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Sidewalk NDN, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087,
  • The Marin Poetry Center presents a poetry reading by Martha Ronk, Ocular Proof, and Brian Turner, Here, Bullet, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, free, 7:30 (

19 JANUARY 2018 — friday

20 JANUARY 2018 — saturday

21 JANUARY 2018 — sunday

22 JANUARY 2018 — monday

23 JANUARY 2018 — tuesday

  • A tribute to the life and work of Denis Johnson, American novelist, poet and playwright, with Program Director of Theatre for Intersection for the Arts, Sean San José, playwright Octavio Solis, novelist and editor Vendela Vida, and other special guests celebrating his final collection of short fiction, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (

24 JANUARY 2018 — wednesday

25 JANUARY 2018 — thursday

  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet Dan Bellm, Deep Well, translator of Speaking in Song (hearing and forgetting), by Pura López Columé, and poet Annie Stenzel, The First Home Air After Absence, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087,
  • Michael Benanav presents his new book Himalaya Bound: One Family's Quest to Save Their Animals and an Ancient Way of Life, stories of tribal cultures where Western ways of protecting the environment clash with an indigenous understanding of nature, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222,
  • Berkeley Seminars in Art and Religion present a poetry reading with Linda Gregerson, Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, prior to her campus lecture on Milton, "Milton and the Syntax of Faith," 300 Wheeler Hall, University of California campus, Berkeley, free, reading 2:00 (

26 JANUARY 2018 — friday

27 JANUARY 2018 — saturday

  • Poetry at Florey's presents a reading and open mic featuring poets Laura Davis, Braiding the Storm, and Rosemary Ybarra-Garcia, New to North America: Writing by Immigrants, Their Children, and Grandchildren, Florey's Book Company, 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, free, 7:00-9:30 (

28 JANUARY 2018 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a Tribute Reading for Chana Bloch, Invocation to Daughters, by her Writing Group: Dan Bellm, Jeanne Foster, Sandra Gilbert, Peter Dale Scott, Phyllis Stowell, and Alan Williamson, wheelchair accessible, East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel), 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965,

29 JANUARY 2018 — monday

30 JANUARY 2018 — tuesday

31 JANUARY 2018 — wednesday

  • City Lights and the Rock and Roll Book Club of San Francisco present a discussion with Greil Marcus, music journalist, cultural critic, and author, and Jenn Pelly, author and editor at Pitchfork, about her book The Raincoats, the first ever written about this feminist punk band, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (
  • Colin Winnette reads from and discusses his delightfully creepy gothic novel, The Job of the Wasp, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (

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