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21 JANUARY 2020 — tuesday

  • Gibby Haynes, Butthole Surfers front man and lyricist, reads from his debut novel, Me & Mr. Cigar, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (
  • Peggy Orenstein, Girls & Sex, in conversation with Chris Colin, What to Talk About, on Orenstien's new book, Boys & Sex, in partnership with Jewish Family and Children's Services, The Writers Grotto, Huckleberry Youth, Urban School of San Francisco, Our Family Coalition and Planned Parenthood, bookseller Green Apple Books, JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, $20/members ten percent off, 7:00 (415/292-1200,

22 JANUARY 2020 — wednesday

  • David Talbot, acclaimed writer, best-selling author, and founder of Salon Magazine, discusses his near-death/new life memoir, Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (

23 JANUARY 2020 — thursday

  • Winter Poetry Workshop 1 is a six-week writing workshop taught by Hollie Hardy, How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems, open to all levels and styles of poetry, January 23-February 27, SF Creative Writing Institute, WeWork Golden Gate, 25 Taylor Street, San Francisco, Thursday evenings, 6:00-9:00, $375 for six weeks (
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Alan Williamson, reading from his brand new collection of poetry, Franciscan Notes, with Jeanne Foster, Goodbye, Silver Sister, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087,

24 JANUARY 2020 — friday

  • Cafe Society presents novelist Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, A Kind of Freedom, National Book Award-nominee, reading from her new historically inspired novel The Revisioners, wine, conversation, and book signing to follow, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00 (
  • SPD Presents, a bi-monthly reading series that aims to foster connections within the national small press community, celebrates the release of Jennifer Soong's new book of poetry, Near, At, readings by Jennifer Soong, Trisha Low, author of Socialist Realism, Alli Warren, author of Little Hill, and Nora Treatbaby, whose work has appeared in Weakly and The Shotgun, refreshments, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (
  • Robert Hass, acclaimed U.S. Poet Laureate 195-97, whose books include Time and Materials, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, reads from his new collection, Summer Snow, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 7:00 (

25 JANUARY 2020 — saturday

  • Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic presents Out of the Dark, bring on/off theme poems, stories, comedy sketches, songs, or dances, three-minute maximum, featured readers, poet Vernon Keeve III, Southern Migrant Mixtape, recipient of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and memorist Alvin Orloff, Disasterama!: Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977-1997, hosted by Hollie Hardy, last Saturday of every month, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, 21+, free but one drink minimum, cash only, sign up 7:00, reading 7:00-9:30 (510/652-NICK,

26 JANUARY 2020 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Wendy Barker, Gloss, and NCBA Cody Award-winner Sandra M. Gilbert, Judgment Day, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965,

27 JANUARY 2020 — monday

  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Dan Lineham, author of the multimedia serial novel The Princess of the Bottom of the World, open mic before and after, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (
  • The Monday Writers Group is for playwrights at all levels who wish to develop their scripts by having their work read while responding to the work of others, space available, contact Gary Graves to get involved, Central Works, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, $200, meets weekly January 27-March 23, Noon-2:00 (,
  • Litquake, Berlin International Literature Festival, and Goethe-Institut San Francisco present SHOAH: A Film Screening, of Claude Lanzmann's 1985 nine-and-a-half-hour documentary in honor of the International Day of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust, Goethe-Institut San Francisco, 530 Bush Street #204, San Francisco, free, film screening 9:00 a.m.-6:30, evening panel and audience discussion 7:00 (

28 JANUARY 2020 — tuesday

  • Jun Jun Li, artist, presents her recent book of oil paintings and poems, Deep Sea in The Seed, live music and painting, storytelling by Jun Jun Li, dance performance by Jun Ting, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/586-3733,
  • A reading by Bob Perelman, from his new poetry book Jack and Jill in Troy, poet Norman Fischer, On a Train at Night and Untitled Series: Life As It is, serial poems, and Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion, prose, and poet James Sherry, Entangled Bank: A Conceptual Memoir of Language Ecosystems, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (
  • Andre Perry in conversation with Colin Winnette, The Job of The Wasp, in celebration of Perry's debut collection of personal essays, Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (

29 JANUARY 2020 — wednesday

  • #we music, bi-monthly talk and performance series of queer perspectives, presents Sidney Chen, Chinese-American vocalist and performance artist, giving a talk on "Mother Tongues: Reclaiming a Discarded Self," with a vocal and handmade music box performance, and Rybree Tree, non-binary singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, giving a talk on "In Between: Visions from the Outskirts & People People," with a musical performance, hosted by Richard Loranger, ProArts Gallery & Commons, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, free/a hat will be passed, 7:00-9:00 (
  • Fire Thieves Board The Peace Train, a poetry reading featuring Joyce Jenkins, Gary Gach, Judith Ayn Bernhard, Val Ibarra, Melena Garrone, and more, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, in association with the American Academy of Poets, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/586-3733,
  • JCCSF presents poet, performer, and multi-disciplinary artist Danez Smith, Don't Call Us Dead, as they read and share from their new poetry collection, Homie, in partnership with Litquake, Poetry Flash, The Urban School, and MoAD, JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, $20, members get ten percent off, 7:00 (415/292-1200,
  • Dr. Samuel C. Woolley, a researcher specializing in automation/AI, emergent technology, politics, persuasion, and social media, discusses his book, The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (
  • The Write Spot: Jumpstart Workshop, participants write freely in response to a variety of prompts, facilitated by Lakin Khan, all writers welcome, all writing and conversations confidential, bring notebook and pen, Copperfield's Books, 850 4th Street, San Rafael, 18+, $15 per drop-in workshop, 4:30-6:30 (

30 JANUARY 2020 — thursday

  • John Curl reads from his new novel, Outlaws of Maroon, an adult novel about two children set in the 1950s, New York, McCarthy era, and poet Jack Foley, When Sleep Comes: Shillelagh Songs, performs with Sangye Land, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, 6:30-8:00 (415/586-3733,
  • Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties, celebrates the release of her new memoir, In the Dream House, in conversation with Esmé Weijun Wang, The Collected Schizophrenias, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (
  • "In DNA, Secrets & Inheritance," Dani Shapiro, author of memoirs and novels including Hourglass and Black & White, is joined by Dr. Abraham Verghese, Professor and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University and author of Cutting for Stone, to discuss Shapiro's memoir Inheritance, exploring the combination of factors that make us who we are, in partnership with Jewish Film Institute, SF Hillel, The Writers Grotto, the Jewish Community Library, and JIMENA, bookseller Green Apple Books, JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, $30/members ten percent off, tickets include a copy of Inheritance, 7:00 (415/292-1200,
  • Michael Shapiro presents his new collection of interviews The Creative Spark: How Musicians, Writers, Explorers, and Other Artists Found Their Inner Fire and Followed Their Dreams, Copperfield's Books, 138 Main Street, Sebastopol, free, first come, first served seating, 7:00 (

31 JANUARY 2020 — friday

  • Playwright Terry Baum HICK: A Love Story, and Carolyn Myers, editor, present One Dyke's Theater, their recent book of ten ground-breaking feminist plays written over four decades, Copperfield's Books, 1330 Lincoln Street, Calistoga, free, 5:00 (

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