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Oakland Book Festival: Angela Davis, Ishmael Reed, Laura Albert, more

21 MAY 2017 — sunday

The Oakland Book Festival presents one hundred writers in fifty events on one day, this year featuring writers Angela Davis, Judith Butler, Danielle Allen, Jeff Chang, Arlie Hochschild, Sheryl Oring, Mistah F.A.B., Wendy Brown, Ishmael Ree, Laura Albert, and Anthony Marra among many others; this literary event is dedicated to books, ideas, and the pleasures of literacy, aiming to serve the reading public, to encourage debate, and celebrate Oakland; the City Hall hearing rooms host panels in which journalists, fiction writers, poets, editors, critics, and memoirists discuss challenges of gentrification, cosmopolitan, diversity, tolerance, conflict, education, more, audience participation is encouraged; live performances for all ages as well as a dedicated children's area featuring readings hosted by the Oakland Public Library, book-making projects sponsored by Oakland's Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA), and interactive programs courtesy of Fairyland, book vendors and publishers exhibit [Visit Poetry Flash and Manic D Press at Booth 33! Come see the latest books on pop culture from Manic D Press and pick up free Poetry Flash poem bookmarks and the latest on the 2017 Northern California Book Awards], Oakland City Hall and Frank Ogawa Plaza, downtown Oakland, free, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 (www.oaklandbookfestival.org)




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22 AUGUST 2019 — thursday

    SOUTH:
  • Live Lit: Poetry and Story Open Mic series, every Thursday, hosted by Santa Clara Country Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee, open to the public, bring stories, poetry, rants, raves, and missives, Caffe Frascati, 315 South First Street, San Jose, free, sign up at 7:00, open mic 7:30 (www.pcsj.org)
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23 AUGUST 2019 — friday

24 AUGUST 2019 — saturday

25 AUGUST 2019 — sunday

26 AUGUST 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents poet, novelist, and memorist Jerry Ratch, hosted by Gary Turchin, open mic before and after featured reading, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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  • Open Mic with Alexander McAlister, sign up through Facebook or just show up, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/870788299728965, oaklandoctopus.org)
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    EAST:
  • Writers On the Air (WOA), a Sacramento spoken word and word artists community that supports and encourages all writers, presents an open mic, five to seven-minutes, after each reading there will be a short positive critique on request, hosted by Todd Boyd, Creekside Cafè, 1750 Oaks Drive #170, Sacramento, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (www.meetup.com/Writers-On-the-Air)
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27 AUGUST 2019 — tuesday

    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Susan Gunter, Catharine Clark-Sayles, Marvin R. Hiemstra, Jeanne Rana, and Sandra Anfang in a poetry reading, hosted by Julia Vose, Rebound Books, 1611 4th Street, San Rafael, free, 7:00 (415/482-0550, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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28 AUGUST 2019 — wednesday

29 AUGUST 2019 — thursday

    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Kathleen McClung, Diane Kirsten Martin, Sandy Cross, David Glick, and Shelley Chesley in a poetry reading, hosted by Amanda Moore, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 7:00 (415/389-4292, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Live Lit: Poetry and Story Open Mic series, every Thursday, hosted by Santa Clara Country Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee, open to the public, bring stories, poetry, rants, raves, and missives, Caffe Frascati, 315 South First Street, San Jose, free, sign up at 7:00, open mic 7:30 (www.pcsj.org)
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30 AUGUST 2019 — friday

31 AUGUST 2019 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Saturday Night Special presents featured poets, hosted by Holly Hardy, three-minute maximum open mic on the theme of exploring boundaries between public and private, all creative work welcomed, must be twenty-one, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, free but one drink minimum, 7:00-9:30 (510/652-6425, nickslounge.com)
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