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26 JULY 2020 — sunday

27 JULY 2020 — monday

  • The Booksmith and Berkeley Arts & Letters host Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum presenting her new book, Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism, online, free, 12:30-1:30 pm PST (Advance RSVP is required:
  • Rivertown Poets present Aqus Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Sandra Anfang every Monday, three minutes per reader, sign up in advance, 8:15-8:30 pm PDT (, Zoom:

28 JULY 2020 — tuesday

  • City Lights Live! presents novelist and screenwriter Robert Mailer Anderson joined by actor Jacqueline Obradors and comic book artist Jon Sack, with musical accompaniment by Jay Walsh (of Douglas Fir), celebrating the new graphic novel Windows on the World, co-authored by Robert Mailer Anderson and Zack Anderson, with Jon Sack, published by Fantagraphics Books, online via Zoom, register on, 6:00 pm PDT (
  • Litquake on Lockdown presents a poetry reading, "Afrotourism—Risen from a Poet's Sun," with poets Tongo Eisen-Martin, Thea Matthews, James Cagney, and Tureeda Mikell, online on Facebook Live and via Zoom, 6:00-7:15 pm PDT (Sign up to receive Zoom link:
  • The Booksmith and The Bindery, in partnership with ZYZZYVA, celebrate new books by award-winning fiction writers Lysley Tenorio, The Son of Good Fortune, and Sameer Pandya, Members Only, streamed live from The Booksmith in San Francisco, 11:00 am-Noon PDT (Streamed live from The Booksmith Facebook page:

29 JULY 2020 — wednesday

  • Bay Area Book Festival #UNBOUND presents Happy Hour with Transformational Coach Alexandra Roxo; she discusses her debut book F*ck Like a Goddess with Dr. Carole Queen, founding director of the Center for Sex and Culture. online, free, 5:30 pm PDT (Sign up for links:

30 JULY 2020 — thursday

  • The Museum of African Diaspora hosts Open Mic Night with featured reader Yeva Johnson, Black American Jewish Queer Lesbian feminist-pacifist mother, musician, poet, hosted by Nia McAllister, online, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (For links to sign up for Open Mic and attend:
  • Litquake on Lockdown presents a fiction reading by Peter Orner from his latest collection of short stories, Maggie Brown and Others, moderated by Paul Madonna, online on Facebook Live and via Zoom, 6:00-7:15 pm PDT (Sign up to receive Zoom link:
  • The Racket Weekly presents six to eight writers and poets, hosted by Noah Sanders, every Thursday, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (See Facebook page for Zoom link:

31 JULY 2020 — friday

  • Nomadic Press's Virtual Open Mic, hosted by Nazelah Jamison, ninety minutes and thirty readers, online, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (Sign up to read, Zoom Meeting ID: 823 0091 7193,

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