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1 DECEMBER 2020 — tuesday

  • Skylight Books presents Julie Buxbaum, best-selling young adult novelist, reading from her latest, Admission, a novel inspired by the college admissions scandal in March 2019, in conversation with novelist E. Lockhart, free, online, 6:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-julie-buxbaum-reads-her-new-novel-admission-e-lockhart)
  • Nomadic Press hosts a poetry reading fundraiser for the Nomadic Press Emergency Fund, featuring readings by poets devorah major, Leticia Hernández-Linares, Maw Shein Win, Norm Mattox, Karthik Sethuraman, and Anna C. Rodas, emceed by Dazié Grego-Sykes, with live music TBA, free but with a recommended donation of $25, donations will be gathered during the event and you can give before the event as well, online via Zoom, 6:00-7:30 pm PST (RSVP/Donate on Nomadic Press Facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/2765586907040547/)

2 DECEMBER 2020 — wednesday

3 DECEMBER 2020 — thursday

  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents Part II of The Poetry Stage Redux, a series of readings from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage, featuring poets Francisco Aragón, Sarah Arvio, Shonda Buchanan, Maxine Chernoff, Tiana Clark, Timothy Donnelly, Karen Kevorkian, Judith Pacht, Arthur Sze, Imani Tolliver, and Mariano Zaro, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-poetry-stage-redux-part-ii-tickets-129623873495)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink, presents "Publishing," a workshop led by best-selling author Cathy Scott, covering topics including how to come up with ideas, researching ideas, and the decision to self-publish versus a traditional publishing house, $30 for members, $36 for nonmembers, online via Zoom, 6:30-8:30 pm PST (Enroll here: www.sandiegowriters.org/december-online-publishing-cathy-scott/)

4 DECEMBER 2020 — friday

  • Josiane Chriqui, essay writer and entrepreneur, brings her extensive experience in book publishing to this one-day workshop, "Bookends: Crafting Compelling Openings and Memorable Endings," breaking down how to grab a reader's attention at the start of a piece and how to craft an ending that is both satisfying and provocative, $30 for members, $36 for nonmembers, online via Zoom, 10:00 am–12:00 pm PST (Enroll here: www.sandiegowriters.org/december-online-crafting-openings-memorable-endings-josiane-chriqui/)

5 DECEMBER 2020 — saturday

  • San Diego Writers, Ink, offers "Developing Great Characters," a workshop led by director and screenwriter David Raines, teaching how to write memorable characters with meaningful story arcs, how to include backstory, and how to get audiences to empathize with your characters, $30 members, $36 nonmembers, online via Zoom, Noon-2:00 pm PST (Enroll here: www.sandiegowriters.org/december-online-great-characters-david-raines)

6 DECEMBER 2020 — sunday

7 DECEMBER 2020 — monday

  • Aqus presents their bimonthly Poetry Open Mic, hosted by poet and artist Sande Anfang, held the first and third Monday of each month, with three-minute slots per reader, free, online via Zoom, 6:15 pm PST (Sign up for the open mic/RSVP to attend: aqus.com/rivertownpoets/)

8 DECEMBER 2020 — tuesday

  • Coastside Poetry presents a reading featuring Maw Shein Win, who served as the first Poet Laureate of El Cerrito, reading from her new collection, Storage Unit for the Spirit House, open mic to follow, three-minutes per reader, free, online via Zoom, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (email Diane Lee Moomey: dianeleemoomey@coastsidepoetry.org or Steve Long: stevelong@coastsidepoetry.org for the Zoom link and to sign up for the open mic, for more information, visit coastsidepoetry.org)

9 DECEMBER 2020 — wednesday

  • San Diego Writers, Ink, offers "Writing the Micro Memoir, Life in a Flash," a two-session workshop led by Judy Reeves, co-founder of San Diego Writers, Ink; Part I of the workshop explores the Flash Memoir genre, where participants will read published examples and write their own, Part II (on December 16) will be an opportunity to bring these edited memoirs for critique and reader response, $60 for members, $72 for nonmembers, online via Zoom, 6:30-8:30 pm PST (Enroll here: www.sandiegowriters.org/december-online-micro-memoir-life-flash-judy-reeves)

10 DECEMBER 2020 — thursday

  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents Part III of The Poetry Stage Redux, a series of readings from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage, featuring poets Kazim Ali, Jubi Arrioloa-Headley, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Travis Denton, Katie Ford, Sally Wen Mao, Sandra Meek, Deborah Paredez, Eleni Sikelianos, David St. John, and Chad Sweeney, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-poetry-stage-redux-part-iii-tickets-129624126251)

11 DECEMBER 2020 — friday

  • The Mechanics' Institute presents David Landau discussing his book Brothers From Time to Time, a history of the Cuban Revolution with a focus on one Cuban family and the relationship between brothers Adolfo and Emi Rivero, free, online, Noon-1:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.milibrary.org/events/brothers-time-time-david-landau-dec-11-2020)
  • Vroman's Bookstore presents Alice Quinn, poet and former director of the Poetry Society of America, reading from Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond to the Pandemic, a collection of poems gathered by Quinn when she reached out to see what poets all across America were writing during quarantine; the resulting collection is darkly humorous, brave, and resilient, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.vromansbookstore.com/event/alice-quinn)

12 DECEMBER 2020 — saturday

13 DECEMBER 2020 — sunday

14 DECEMBER 2020 — monday

  • Vroman's Bookstore presents newspaper reporter and novelist William Loving reading from his first novel, City of Angles, the story of one man's fall from success into the gritty underbelly of Los Angeles, in conversation with Chip Jacobs, Los Angeles-area journalist and author, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.vromansbookstore.com/event/William-Loving)

15 DECEMBER 2020 — tuesday

16 DECEMBER 2020 — wednesday

  • San Diego Writers, Ink, offers Part II of this two-session workshop, "Writing the Micro Memoir, Life in a Flash," led by Judy Reeves, nonfiction author and co-founder of San Diego Writers, Ink, participants will bring their edited memoirs from the previous week for critique and reader response, $60 for members, $72 for nonmembers, online via Zoom, 6:30-8:30 pm PST (Enroll here: www.sandiegowriters.org/december-online-micro-memoir-life-flash-judy-reeves)

17 DECEMBER 2020 — thursday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents an evening of poetry, storytelling, and song in honor of renowned Samoan poet, novelist, and playwright Albert Wendt, hosted by Tongan scholar and poet Dr. Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, assisted by poet activists Kevin Aipopo Henderson and Lisiate Vuna, featuring presenters Dr. Caroline Sinavaiana Gabbard, Dr. Craig Santos Perez, Herman Wainggai, Kathy Jentil-Kijiner, Dr. Ngahuia te Awekotuku, Terisa Siagatonu, Dr. Lee Kava, Dr. No'u Revilla, Tigilau Ness, Commissioner Faauunga Molinga, and Commissioner Manufou Liaiga-Anoa'l, free, online via Zoom and YouTube Live, 6:00-7:15 pm PST (RSVP to attend: sfpl.org/events/2020/12/17/performance-our-moana-nui-we-are-pacific-islander-studies)

18 DECEMBER 2020 — friday

19 DECEMBER 2020 — saturday

20 DECEMBER 2020 — sunday

21 DECEMBER 2020 — monday

  • Aqus presents their bimonthly Poetry Open Mic, hosted by poet and artist Sande Anfang, held the first and third Monday of each month, with three-minute slots per reader, free, online via Zoom, 6:15 pm PST (Sign up for the open mic/RSVP to attend: aqus.com/rivertownpoets/)

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