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23 MAY 2018 — wednesday

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  • Aja Gabel reads from her debut novel, The Ensemble, with writer and San Francisco Chronicle columnist Vanessa Hua, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (www.greenapplebooks.com)
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  • The Booksmith presents novelist Andrew Sean Greer reading from Less, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, for the paperback launch, novelist R.O. Kwon also reads, The Bindery, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, bar opens 6:30, event 7:00 (www.booksmith.com/event/bindery-andrew-sean-greer-less)
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  • Daegan Miller discusses his new book This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 ( www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3175)
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  • Poetry reading by Wendy Trevino, whose first full-length book of poetry, Cruel Fiction, is forthcoming in fall 2018, Jane Gregory, and Geoffrey G. O'Brien, Experience in Groups, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Poetry reading featuring Paradise the Poet, poet, musician, and activist, he was recently honored with his own day by the City of Berkeley for his years of community service in the arts and poetry scene, plus open mic, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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24 MAY 2018 — thursday

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  • Barbara Berman reads from her new collection of poetry, Currents, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (www.greenapplebooks.com)
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  • Essayist Chuck Klosterman reads from X: A Highly Specific Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century to celebrate the paperback release, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, limited seating, 7:00 (www.booksmith.com/event/booksmith-chuck-klosterman-x-highly-specific-defiantly-incomplete-history-early-21st-century)
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  • The Bindery explores "the body" in fiction and nonfiction with a presentation from these writers on the theme: Lone Mørch, Embody; Sarah Kornfeld, What Stella Sees; writer and filmmaker September Williams, Chasing Mercury; novelist Kristin Kaye Tree Dreams, The Bindery, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, bar opens 7:00, event 7:30 (www.booksmith.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Carol Muske-Dukes, Blue Rose, and Jane Mead, World of Made and Unmade, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Goethe Institut San Francisco, in conjunction with City Lights Books and New York Review Books, presents Weimar Mirror: Revisiting Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), re-explores the classic work of German writer Alfred Döblin, Berlin Alexanderplatz, the great novel of Berlin and the doomed Weimar Republic, on the publication of the new translation by Michael Hoffmann, opening statement by National Book Award-winner William T. Vollmann, presentations and roundtable participation by Adrian Daub, Thomas O. Haakenson, Mel Gordon, Deniz Göktürk, and William T. Vollmann, hosted by Peter Maravelis, Goethe Institut San Francisco, 530 Bush Street, Suite 204, San Francisco, free, 7:00 ( www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3176)
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25 MAY 2018 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Daniel Gumbiner discusses his debut novel published by McSweeney's, The Boatbuilder, with artist, writer, and musician Ross Simonini, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (www.greenapplebooks.com)
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  • Brenda Hillman reads from and discusses her new book of poetry, Extra Hidden Life, among the Days, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00 (www.cafesociety.coffee/events)
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  • Teacher, author, and farmer Eli Jaxon-Bear reads from his latest book, An Outlaw Makes It Home, book signing follows, Green Apple Books on Clement Street, 506 Clement Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.greenapplebooks.com)
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    EAST:
  • The Art of Storytelling and Poetry presents a performance evening with the theme "Making a Home," The Avid Reader, 1945 Broadway, Sacramento, free, 7:00-8:30 (www.avidreaderonbroadway.com)
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26 MAY 2018 — saturday

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  • San Francisco International Arts Festival presents the world premiere of DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE Requiem for a King, an instrumental and vocal multi-movement jazz and spoken word work, featuring spoken word written for this performance by educator, scholar, activist and author Angela Davis, music composed by Anthony Brown and performed by the Asian American Orchestra and Voices Of A Dream vocal ensemble; DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy of the civil rights movement; the evening length concert includes Anthony Brown's seminal work GO FOR BROKE!, composed for the 75th anniversary of the February 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066, which forced over 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry into interment camps during World War II, the performance features a reading by former San Francisco Poet Laureate and community activist Janice Mirikitani, Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, $25-$65 reserved seating, 8:00 (www. sfiaf.org/2018_anthony_brown_and_angela_davis)
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  • GearBox Poetry presents a reading by poet, musician, singer, bird watcher, and gardener David Erdreich, Mr. E's Mystery, hosted by David Zeltzer, series meets every fourth Saturday of the month for a featured reading and open mic, GearBox Gallery, 770 West Grand Avenue, Oakland, free, open mic sign up 1:30 in the gallery, event 2:00-4:00 (www.gearboxgallery.com/gearboxpoetry.html)
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27 MAY 2018 — sunday

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  • Poet and writer Patti Trimble leads a two-day writing retreat, Sunday, May 27 to Monday, May 28, with workshops for new poetry and prose, and time for writing and walking, there are options to stay extra nights before or after to write on your own, $160 includes Sunday overnight, shared rooms, nice old redwood retreat center, potluck dinner, St. Columba's Retreat on the Inverness Mesa, West Marin (pmtrim@gmail.com for information or to register)
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28 MAY 2018 — monday

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  • Poet and writer Patti Trimble leads a two-day writing retreat, Sunday, May 27 to Monday, May 28, with workshops for new poetry and prose, and time for writing and walking, there are options to stay extra nights before or after to write on your own, $160 includes Sunday overnight, shared rooms, nice old redwood retreat center, potluck dinner, St. Columba's Retreat on the Inverness Mesa, West Marin (pmtrim@gmail.com for information or to register)
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29 MAY 2018 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Friends of the San Francisco Public Library present "Tuesdays at North Beach," a weekly poetry series celebrating internationally acclaimed poets and showcasing local talent, hosted by Friends' Poet-in-Residence Jack Hirschman, this week features Boadiba and Jami Proctor-Xu, North Beach Public Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:30-8:00 (Byron Spooner, 415/626-7500, sfpl.org)
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  • Martha K. Davis reads from her new novel Scissors, Paper, Stone, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (www.greenapplebooks.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Point Reyes Books presents Man Booker Prize-winning writer Michael Ondaatje reading from Warlight, his first novel in seven years, Toby's Feed Barn, 11250 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, $30 includes book, 6:30-8:30 (www.ptreyesbooks.com)
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30 MAY 2018 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Hisrotian Jesse Berrett reads from his newest book, Pigskin Nation: How the NFL Remade American Politics, Granny Smith Room, Green Apple Books on Clement Street, 506 Clement Street, San Francisco, free, 6:30 (www.greenapplebooks.com/event/clement-jesse-berrett)
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  • Jessica Weisberg discusses her debut novel Asking for a Friend: Three Centuries of Life, Love, Money, and Other Burning Questions from a Nation Obsessed, with feminist and author Courtney Martin, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-jessica-weisberg)
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  • The Bindery presents the second installment of the new nonfiction series "On the Cusp," on the theme "A Taxing Season," featuring novelist Joyce Maynard, poets Maw Shein Win, Miriam Bird Greenberg, and James Cagney, and crime fiction author and editor Joe Clifford, $5 advance, $10 door, bar opens 7:00, event 7:30 (www.booksmith.com/event/bindery-cusp-taxing-season/)
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31 MAY 2018 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Aunt Lute, feminist book publisher, hosts an open-mic featuring Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate, fifteen available open slots, sign up on arrival, Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:30 (www.alleycatbookshop.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center presents William Brewer, I Know Your Kind, reads from his moving and dramatic poems that tackle the pain of the opioid addiction in West Virgina, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free 7:00-9:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org/blog/events)
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