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26 FEBRUARY 2018 — monday

  • New York Times best-selling memoirist Jasmin Darznik shares her debut novel Song of a Captive Bird, in conversation with novelist Donia Bijan, The Last Days of Café Leila, set against the history of Iran, Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, free, 7:00 (

27 FEBRUARY 2018 — tuesday

  • Dirty Old Women: Erotica, a monthly series celebrating erotic writing by self-identified older women, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 7:30 (
  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reads from her new bookLoaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (
  • Akwaeke Emezi reads from and discusses her debut novel, Freshwater, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (
  • City Arts & Lectures presents writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, The Mother of All Questions, with Buddhist teacher and anthropologist Roshi Joan Halifax, Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $29, 7:30 (
  • PBS NewsHour reporter Elizabeth Flock discusses her debut work of reportage about twenty-first century marriage in India, The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai, Books Inc., 317 Castro Street, Mountain View, free, 7:00 (

28 FEBRUARY 2018 — wednesday

  • Black History Month Celebration of African American Literature with discussion by Dr. Juan Mance, Professor of African American Literature at Mills College, about nearly-lost works by Black authors in the United States prior to the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:00 (
  • A reading and discussion with writer Louise Nayer on her book Poised For Retirement: Moving From Anxiety To Zen, BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (
  • Hand To Mouth/Words Spoken Out reading series presents a poetry reading by Margaret Stawowy, Keeper of the Pond, Doreen Stock, Three Tales From the Archives of Love, and Camron McDonald, Redbound Bookstore, 1611 Fourth Street, San Rafael, free, 7:00-9:00 (

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